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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 10.13.13
The Shepherd's Voice 10.13.13

Giving Thanks to God! 

As Pastor of St. James, one of the things I look forward to is visiting our children at St. James School. Weekly I like to visit the classrooms, cafeteria and walk around outside on the playground. I also like to hold the door open at the front door of the school at dismissal greeting the students as they head home. Often times I am impressed on how many of our youngsters say “thank you” to me for holding the door open. That is one of the great things about a quality Catholic education, teaching good morals and values. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on giving thanks to God. 

In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read about the prophet Elisha who was the successor of the prophet Elijah. Naaman was a pagan army officer from Syria who came to Elisha seeking a cure of leprosy. He is cured and has a confession of faith. In the second reading from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, we read a summary of Paul’s teachings about Christ. In the Gospel of St. Luke we read the healing of the ten lepers. Out of the ten that were cleansed only one, a Samaritan, came back to say Thank You. Jesus says “stand up and go, your faith has saved you.” The Samaritan leper had faith in Jesus. Jesus shows us that through sharing in the goodness and love of God, we will learn to recognize the “other” as a cherished brother or sister made in the image and likeness of God. Love leads to action. Jesus explains his love of God by his actions. Faith is risky, bold, courageous, and powerful. It leads to transformation. Let us be grateful for Jesus’ presence in our lives. 

Giving Thanks to God! 

Welcome Jean Bley It gives me great pleasure to appoint Mr. Jean K. Bley to our Pastoral Council. Jean is currently vice president of Risk Information Management for the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In his position, he manages and oversees various corporate risk projects and regulatory initiatives. He relocated to Sewickley in 2008 with his wife Kelly and their three daughters (Olivia, Coco & Camille). Jean and his family have been active members of St. James since moving to Sewickley. Jean attended catholic school in both Ivory Coast and France. He is a member of the parish adult bible study group, where he enjoys their Saturday morning gatherings. 

Second Collection The second collection next weekend is the World Mission Collection. Please be as generous as possible. 

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) meets on Thursdays, at 7pm 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.

Mass Requests for 2014 This Sunday, October 13 from 8am to 12:30pm in the Gathering Space we will conduct Mass requests for 2014. In order to be fair to everyone, we ask that each family request only 4 Masses and/or Sanctuary Candles. The stipend for each Mass and Sanctuary Candle is $10. Please condense your Masses or Sanctuary Candles such as “For the intention of the Burke and Dvorsky Families.” Please note for the major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day) all the Masses for that day will be “For the Living and Deceased Members of St. James Parish.”

Please note Pink Candle Envelopes- With the addition of candles in our church and candle money boxes, we have “phased out” the pink votive candle envelopes to cut down on costs for liturgical expenses. Simply drop the candle donation in one of the various money boxes and light your candle. This saves on paper and printing expenses. 

Parish Improvements The Wilson Group of Pittsburgh recently installed four new photo copy machines in the rectory, school, religious education and music offices. 

Thank You Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus and all who made Oktoberfest 2013 such a success. Thanks to the ladies who made the delicious homemade food and our St. James School eighth graders who operated the outdoor games. Wedding Bells Congratulations to Jennifer Hyland and Anthony Palazzolo who were married this weekend! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to James, Pamela, Liam and Jack Rogers, Peter, Davon, Antonio and Giavonna Randazzo, and Martin, Eileen, and Genevieve Scanlon who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Zachary Robert Ahmed Seman, Jr. who is being Baptized this weekend. 

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