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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 10.20.13
The Shepherd's Voice 10.20.13


As a youngster growing up in the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh, I was very active in the Boy Scouts. I loved the outdoors and looked forward to this time of year for the annual Fall Camp- o- Ree which was usually held at Camp Baker in Beaver County or Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg. As I entered my teenage years and active with High School Activities, Scouting suddenly took a “back seat” in importance. My parents kept on encouraging me to stay in track on trying to achieve the Rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s Highest Honor. In times of distraction I listened to my parents and was able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of fifteen. I was grateful that I listened and didn’t give up. Being an Eagle Scout helped me in my high school and college years and even in my professional career in Public Relations and Marketing before I was a Priest.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time and the readings focus on persistence in prayer. 

In the first reading from the Book of Exodus, we read how God’s people find themselves in grave danger but God is there to keep them safe and bring them victory. Moses is persistent on holding up the staff. Joshua’s troops overcome the threat of Amalek. In the second reading from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, Paul says to remain faithful to what you have learned and believe. In the Gospel of St. Luke we read the parable of the dishonest judge and persistent widow. This story teaches us a lesson about perseverance in prayer and to keep the faith. The widow’s persistence in petitioning the judge is directed so that he will act and render a just decision. Persistent prayer is about a faithful relationship with God. We need to keep on praying to a God who wills only the good for us. Jesus assures us that God hears our prayer and reaches out to us lovingly. 


Oglebay Conference This week, Monday, October 21 thru Thursday, October 24 Fr. Gruber and I will be participating in the Eighth Triennial Convocation of Priests at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. Bishop David Zubik along with the priests and deacons in the Diocese will spend the week together on retreat. This year, two native Pittsburghers who are now bishops Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau Alaska and Bishop Bernard Hebda, newly appointed Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey will be speaking at the Convocation. This will be my fourth convocation and Fr. Gruber’s first. 

Fr. Matthew will celebrate the two daily Masses here at St. James Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In the event of an emergency please contact Karin or Sue at the office at 412-741-6650. The Clergy Office of the Diocese has co-coordinated that every hospital in the Pittsburgh Region will have a Priest “on call” for Emergencies. 

RCIA Do you know someone who is not baptized or baptized in a non- Catholic Christian tradition, who is interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a place to ask questions and seek understanding. Weekly “noobligation” Inquiry Sessions are held on Thursday’s, at 7pm in Meeting Room 2 of the Gathering Space. 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. 

All Saints Day Masses Mass for All Saints Day, will be held at 4pm on Thursday, October 31 and on Friday, November 1st at 6:45 am, 9am, and 7pm. 

All Souls Day Memorial Mass All Souls Day is a day to remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. We will have our regularly scheduled 9am Mass on Saturday, November 2nd and a special Memorial Mass at 10am for those families who have lost love ones this past year. The public is invited. 

Please note that because of the special All Souls Day Memorial Mass at 10am on Saturday, November 2nd there will be no Confessions held that day. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Scott, Jessica, Anthony and Elena Cindrich, Robert, Valerie, Lauren and Hannah Harrison, and Michael , Jo and Ben Jeannot who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… A positive attitude is a magnet for positive results. Author Unknown 

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