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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 09.01.13
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In the early days of his papacy, Pope Francis inspired the world with his focus on God, a simple lifestyle and his care for the poor. On his Twitter feed he wrote “true power is service. The Pope must serve all people, especially the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable.” In last Sunday’s newspaper it was reported that Pope Francis likes to randomly call people who write notes to him. He prefers a simple life. His recent trip to World Youth Day in Brazil driving in the Pope Mobile reaching out to people in close proximity shows how much he loves people. The Pope is a great leader who shows a wonderful way to serve the people with simplicity, love, and humility. 

Today we celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on humility. 

In the Gospel from St. Luke we read how Jesus offers the Pharisees some alternative criteria regarding who should be invited to a meal and how they should be seated. Jesus is calling us to authentic relationship with God by caring for those who cannot care for themselves. As deeply humble people, we come to God empty and empty ourselves to God’s filling us with what is lasting. Humility is a result of relying more on God than on self. Grabbing places of honor for ourselves can be as ordinary as pushing ahead of others in a grocery line, expecting special treatment at work or school, or feeling entitled to having everything we want. 

As we go about our busy schedules, let us look at trying to be humble every day.

Please note in observance of Labor Day, there is No School and the Rectory Offices will be closed. There will be just one Mass on Monday, September 2 at 9am. 


New Lectors and Eucharistic Minister Training We are in need of new Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers (especially at the 5pm Saturday evening and 11:30am Masses). If you are interested please call the Rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail me at thomasburke70@ A training session will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 11:00am to Noon in Church. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Parish Share 2013 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 200 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2013 is $175,210.00. 

Parish Share is a very important campaign to help run the day to day operations at the diocese, helps with Catholic School scholarships, Campus Ministry programs, and other organizations. We all benefit from Parish Share! Please be as generous as possible. 

Parish Improvements Ellis Asphalt Paving, Inc of Canonsburg recently updated our church and school parking lot by sealing the cracks and repainting the paving markings. (Please remember not to block any emergency fire lanes). 

Welcome David Thompson It gives me great please to appoint Mr. Dave Thompson as a member of the Parish Finance Council. Dave has 33 years of experience at BNY Mellon as the Head of Operational Risk and is also a CPA. Prior to working at the bank he worked as a consultant for Price Waterhouse and as a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC. He brings a broad range of financial and accounting experience to the Council. 

He and his wife Belinda and sons Daniel and James have been long time members of St. James Parish. Welcome Dave! 

Welcome A special welcome to Jeff, Amy, Justin and Holly Clark, Rebecca, Vivienne, Juliet, and Lola Hood, and Frank, Tracy, Francesca, and Vincent Latino, who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Robert Anthony Belliveau, Winston John Nobers, Emmalyn Maria Peace, and Gabriel Augustus Peace, who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Act justly, Love tenderly, Walk humbling, with your God. Micah 6:8 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it