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      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 08.11.13
The Shepherd's Voice 08.11.13


Today we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on faith and being prepared for the Lord. 

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, the author addresses his writing to a group of Jews that were being tempted to abandon their religious practices and beliefs. In the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, which we will be reading for the next three Sundays, the author encourages the community, who’s faith is faltering by calling to mind the Old Testament’s hero’s, Abraham and Sarah. 

As we continue reading the Gospel from St. Luke Chapter 12, this week we read the Parable of the Waiting Servants who were prepared. Jesus encourages us to be vigilant because we do not know when he will surprise us with his presence. We should always be ready for God’s coming. Fear is to be overcome by the promise that God will give the kingdom to those who are faithful. How we live in the present time will determine the kind of assessment we will receive at the end-time. Let us wake up each day and live each day to the fullest. Not to have fear, but to have faith! 

Just a reminder that this coming Thursday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held Wednesday evening, August 14 at 7:00pm, and on Thursday, August 15 at 6:45 am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.


Hospital Coverage Please note that when you or a loved one is admitted to a local hospital to always ask the nursing staff to connect you to the Pastoral Care Department for Holy Communion and Anointing. Every major hospital in the Pittsburgh area including the hospitals in Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the North Side has a full time chaplain on duty. Here in Sewickley we have various parishes that cover the Pastoral Care Department. 

Monday - St. Margaret Mary, Tuesday - Good Samaritan, Wednesday - St. Joseph, Thursday - Good Samaritan, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - St. James. If you or a loved one are admitted to Sewickley Hospital please let the Pastoral Care Department know if you would like Holy Communion or need Anointed. Fr. Gruber and I are “on call” at Sewickley Hospital during the weekend. 

Welcome Deacon Olson Bishop Zubik has recently assigned newly ordained Deacon Jim Olson as Chaplain to Sewickley Hospital. Deacon Jim is a local attorney and is from Sts. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park. Special thanks to Deacon Steve Deskevich for his many years of service as Chaplain. 

Communion Calls If you or a loved one are homebound and are not able to attend Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion on a regular basis, please give me a call at the office at 412-741-6650 extension 311 or Fr. Gruber at extension 312 and we will be happy to add your name to our call list. We also have Eucharistic Ministers who can visit on a weekly basis. 

Church Fathers Bible Study It gives me great pleasure to announce that we will be offering an Adult Bible Study series titled “Journey through Scripture.” It was developed by Scott Hahn's St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. 

There will be six sessions, each running about an hour and a half (which includes 20 minutes or so at the end for questions and fellowship). Participants will be required to purchase the participant workbook which costs $10. Participants are also welcome to purchase additional materials on which the Bible study was based from the St. Paul Center at discounted prices. St. James parishioner Dave Kelch and Jerry Mackin, a parishioner at St. Margaret Mary, will be conducting the course. Classes will run Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the school library beginning Tuesday, September 24. For questions, please contact Dave at (804) 517-5532 or you can e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mission Cooperative Appeal 2013 This weekend we welcome Brother Kevin Dalmasse of The Brothers of the Christian Schools who will speak at all of the Masses for the annual Mission Cooperative Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Welcome A special welcome to Robert, Sharon and Alexa Cellini, Mary Lamark, Thomas and Mary Smolinksi, and John and Jessica Copeland Volante who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Birthday Wishes... Happy Birthday wishes go out to Patty Smitz (Rectory Housekeeper) and Dan O’Rourke (Maintenance) 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke - Pastor 

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