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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 10.12.14
The Shepherd's Voice 10.12.14


As a priest I conduct a lot of weddings. Often I get invited to the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Whenever I receive a wedding invitation in the mail I try to respond immediately to the invite if I can attend the dinner or not as a courtesy to the bride and groom so that they can make proper preparations and seating arrangements. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on answering God’s invitation. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how a prophet looks forward to the day people will enjoy all the good things that come when they put God first in their life. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we read how Paul expresses his ability to live in humble circumstances and in abundance because Christ Jesus strengthens him. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read the Parable of the Wedding Feast. This is the third week in a row we hear Jesus teach a parable who addresses the Chief Priests and the Elders. We ask forgiveness for the times we fail to participate fully in celebrating the Eucharist. God sends his son Jesus into this world to follow and believe, yet many are “too busy” to come and see. 

Let us be open to the Lord’s invitation when he invites us to the feast. and participate as fully as possible in the Mass. The Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist feeds us and nourishes us in mind, body, and soul.


Parish Improvements We recently purchased a 2012 Ram 1500 ST 4x4 truck from Kelly Cars in Moon Township for our Maintenance Department. We purchased this much needed vehicle through the funds from the Church Alive campaign that we raised this year. Special thanks to all who participated in the Diocesan campaign. This is the first purchase we have made that was on our campaign goal sheet. Our former maintenance truck, a 1997 Ford F150, will be given to the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh for the parishes of St. Basil-Carrick, St. Norbert-Overbrook, St. Wendelin- Carrick and St. Albert the Great- Baldwin as a gift from the parishioners of St. James Parish. The four partner parishes in the inner city of Pittsburgh currently do not have a maintenance truck and all four parishes have a limited income. A generous parishioner gave us the “trade in value” of the truck so we could give the Ford truck as gift. Neighbors helping Neighbors! 

Also, the hallway near the Usher’s Room and restrooms at the main church entrance received a fresh coat of paint. 

October Count Each October, parishes conduct a census of Mass attendance by counting every individual (adults and children) who attend Mass during the four weekends of October. This “October Count” provides valuable information on Mass attendance trends throughout the Diocese that is critical to pastoral planning.

Reflections of Italy Trip Members of St. James Parish will be traveling to Italy October 21-31. Because I will be out of the country during this period of time there will be NO DAILY MASSES Tuesday, October 21 thru Saturday, November 1. The church will be open daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm for private prayer. 

Please see the opposite page for schedules of confession and Mass times at our neighboring parishes. Also, please hold all calls and emails while I am away.

Congratulations Congratulations to Nora Francis Aloe who was Baptized this past Tuesday, and Sebastian Alexander Fruehauf who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to William Titus, Joseph, Dana, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Joseph Maule who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ed Gintner from our school maintenance department who is celebrating his birthday this weekend. 

Second Collection The second collection for next weekend, October 18-19 is for World Missions. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt 

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