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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 09.21.14
The Shepherd's Voice 09.21.14

God is Generous! 

It is very common to fall into the trap of “wanting more.” We want more money, food, or material things…more, more, more. Sometimes we can become jealous and envious if someone does better than we do in school or at work or at a sporting event. It is very common to always wanting to be number one in line. 

Every day we strive to work hard to do our best. We seek equality, just wages, rights met and compensated monetarily because of what we accomplish or how hard or long we work. In the craziness of our lives we can lose sight of how generous God has been to us. Let us be open to all the generous blessings God gives us today and every day. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on God’s generosity. In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, a prophet invites his people to come to God for forgiveness. The ways of God are much different than the ways of the world. In the Second Reading from Philippians, Paul proclaims that his union with Christ gives meaning to his life on earth and his death. In the Gospel of Matthew we read the parable of the landowner or “good employer” who hires laborers to work in the vineyard. This parable strikes to the heart of being Christian in today’s culture of entitlement. In the parable, the grumbling workers who did not want the other laborers treated with generosity miss the point. We need to rejoice that others are given a share in the love. God is indeed generous. 

God is Generous! 

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 this Thursday, September 25. 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. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James Parish on a regular basis and are not officially registered you are most welcome here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. 

Mass Intention Sign Ups On Sunday, October 12 from 8:00am to Noon in the Gathering Space, we will have our book open for Mass Intentions for 2015. Due to the fact that we now have just one priest assigned to St. James we have a limited amount of Masses. Starting this year each family will be limited to only one weekday and one Sunday Mass intention plus one of either the Sanctuary Candle, Marian Candle, Altar Bread, Altar Candles or Altar Flowers. Please consider merging your Mass intentions such as “For the Burke and Dvorsky Families.” Also, instead of a Mass, you may always give a donation to the parish or school in loving memory of a loved one. Thank you for your understanding.

Looking Ahead Monday, September 22 - Pastoral Council, 6:30pm Gathering Space. Welcome A special welcome to Bryan, Heather, Keegan, Lillyan and Carmen Forsythe who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alex Deloia and Joseph Lancianese who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Catherine Siena Reer who was Baptized last weekend and Raegan Elizabeth Blair, Elizabeth Louise Campbell, Kayla Marie Parker, and Zachary Robert Siulborski who are being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Never reach out your hand unless you are willing to extend an arm. - Elizabeth Fuller 

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