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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 11.17.13
The Shepherd's Voice 11.17.13

Always Faithful! 

This past week we saw in the news that Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. As of this writing the death toll could reach 10,000. Heavy rain, seawater and wind swept through the island very quickly. Many tragedies and disasters that occur in our world could easily lead us in despair. Some people think that because of these natural disasters that the end must be near. The truth is that we just don’t know. We live in a world which is full of confusion and unrest. But Jesus wants us to be ready, to persevere to the end so that our lives will be saved.

This weekend is the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we approach the end of the liturgical year, (next Sunday is the final Sunday of the Liturgical Year as we celebrate Christ the King) today’s readings address the end-times and the challenges of fidelity. Jesus warns his listeners against false prophets and mistaken signs. He also states that before the end comes his followers will suffer and be persecuted because of his name. Jesus guarantee’s the faithful ultimate victory. 

In family and marital relationships and business affairs, Christians must remain faithful to the examples of Christ. Whatever we may face, our faith in Jesus Christ teaches us to trust that his redeeming love will always win out in the end. Faith gives us the strength to cope with reality. God does not spare us pain, but rescues us from despair. The best preparation is to live each day as if it were the final one, knowing full well that probably will not be. Not to have fear each day but to have faith. Let us listen with open ears and open hearts to the warnings that God gives us today. 

Always Faithful! 

Looking Ahead Finance Council Meeting - Monday, November 18 - 6:30pm in Gathering Space Meeting Room 1. 

Thanksgiving Day Mass - Thursday, November 28 at 9:00am. 

Please note that there will be no 6:45am Mass on Thanksgiving Day or Friday, November 29. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 27 and will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday. 

Advent Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, December 10 – St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Tuesday, December 17- St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

We will also participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every parish will participate on Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The church will be open and confessions will be available. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Marcos Mendez Jr. who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Brittany Kisow and Kenneth Kugel Jr. who are being Married this weekend! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, November 13, and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal who celebrated her birthday this Saturday, November 16. 

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 43rd birthday next Sunday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. I have learned a great deal over the years and continue to learn and grow. Faith, family and friends are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James Catholic Parish. 

Something to Think About… A person with a grain of faith in God never loses hope, because he ever believes in the ultimate triumph of the truth. Gandhi 

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