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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 09.29.13
The Shepherd's Voice 09.29.13

Welcome Fr. Joe Freedy and Seminarians ! 

This weekend Fr. Joe Freedy the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh along with the Seminarians from St. Paul Seminary in Crafton will be on hand for the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses. Fr. Joe will be the Principal Celebrate at both Masses and I will concelebrate. It is a joy to see these young men who are on fire with their faith, have an interest in the Priesthood. This is the future of the Church of Pittsburgh! Let us continue to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on opening up our eyes to see the needs of others around us.

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos, the prophet condemns the exploitation of the poor. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to Timothy, Paul encourages Timothy to be fervent in his ministry. Timothy can depend on the Holy Spirit to help him, no matter what difficulties arise. In the Gospel of St. Luke we read how the rich man named Lazarus lived a different lifestyle then the beggar Dives. All of his life Lazarus was unaware of the poor sitting outside his door. His lifestyle isolated him, made his world exceptionally small and void most of the world’s problems. The Gospel of Luke is often considered a champion of the poor. 

Let us take this opportunity to truly give thanks to God and ask that God give us the grace of generosity in whatever way that is appropriate in our lives. The greatest evil in the world today is a lack of love and the terrible indifferences towards one’s neighbor. Let us open up our eyes to the Lazarus at our door. October is Respect Life Month, this weekend we celebrate Respect Life Sunday. Let us open up our hearts to all the life that is around us. 

Welcome Fr. Joe Freedy and Seminarians ! 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) will begin meeting on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00pm in Meeting Room 2. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets next Sunday, October 6 at 1pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. Every participant will receive a very special pet medal and St. Francis Prayer Card in memory of a parishioner who lost their pet Greyhound “Gwenie” this past year. 

Mountain Fest 2013 Last weekend Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from our region participated in Mountain Fest 2013 at Heritage Reservation in Farmington, PA, Fayette County. I celebrated Mass for over 200 Scouts. Participating in the Mass included our very own parishioners John and Johnathan Nicolaus, and my nephews Wyatt and Donovan Schueler

Wolf Family Award Parishioner Mary Wolf along with her family will be traveling to Washington D.C. next weekend to receive The Elizabeth Seton Award for her late husband Bill Wolf. This award recognizes individuals who are committed to supporting Catholic Education. Bill was a long time St. James Parishioner who established wonderful scholarships for families in our area so that they could attend Catholic Grade Schools and High Schools. He left behind a legacy of great importance. What a wonderful tribute to Bill Wolf for all that he did for Catholic Education! 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Sarah Plese and Nicholas O’Neill who were married this weekend at St. James! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Jeff, Amy, Justin and Holly Clark, Rebecca, Lola, Juliet, and Vivienne Hood, Frank, Tracy, Francesca and Vincent Latino, Sean, Darlene, John, Nathaniel, and Joseph Weaver who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing! 

Something to Think About… The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands. Robert M. Pirsig 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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