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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 11.09.14
The Shepherd's Voice 11.09.14

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

I recently returned from a ten day pilgrimage to Italy. It was a very rewarding experience to travel to Rome, Assisi, Sienna, Florence, Venice and Milan. Standing in St. Peters Square and seeing Pope Francis deliver his weekly Wednesday address will be a moment that I will never forget. The main theme of his homily was about family, that we are all connected to one another. Italy has many beautiful churches and Rome is the center point of our Catholicism. I had an opportunity to travel throughout the City of Rome and drive past all the four great basilicas: St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. John Lateran. 

This Sunday we take a break from “Ordinary Time” to celebrate the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica which is the Cathedral Church of Rome. This church is named after the Laterani Family who donated the land for the original church that was dedicated in the year 321. For centuries, the old Lateran palace was the residence of the popes. It was only when the popes returned from the Avignon exile in the 14th century that they took up residence at the Vatican. 

Through the centuries, the Lateran Basilica has been damaged by earthquakes, attacked by vandals and destroyed by fire. Despite these tragedies, the Lateran Basilica has been rebuilt and refurbished. It is the “mother church” of Roman Catholicism and the Cathedral Church of the Pope, who is the father and shepherd of us all. 

Closer to home, St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland is the “Mother Church” of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The 198 parishes that make up the Diocese of Pittsburgh in the six counties of Western Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, and Green County are connected to St. Paul Cathedral. The Lateran Basilica is the mother and head of all churches in the whole world. We are one family connected by our faith. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how a prophet sees water flowing from the temple of the Lord. It brings life to all the land. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, we read how Paul tells us that we are the temple of God. Jesus is the foundation. In John’s Gospel this weekend we read the “cleansing of the temple.” Jesus calls for greater respect of the temple. 

Let us pray for one another, as brothers and sisters, and pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, that he may continue to inspire believers everywhere to be holy and humble. 

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

Rite of Welcoming This weekend we welcome our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen (non baptized) to the 9:30 am Mass as we officially introduce them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. This week we welcome the Class of 2015: James Armeni, Stephen Biser, Shea Corsetti, Amy Dwyer, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, Michelle Straka, and Sarah D’Urso. Let us continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles, and a wonderful dinner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Dr. Richard MacDonald and Dr. Annette Cronauer and their children Cecilia, Kenzington, Alexander and Amalia MacDonald, and Marya Nitko and her daughter Sienna Mungia who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Religious Education Karen Conroy who is celebrating her birthday this week! 

Happy Anniversary Happy 25th Anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Paul Denk

Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women who have served in our Armed Services. God Bless America! 

Something to Think About… Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - St. Francis of Assisi 

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