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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 12.01.13
The Shepherd's Voice 12.01.13

Be Prepared! 

Last Tuesday I had the honor of attending the 64th Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner for the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. The Eagle Scout that I hosted was Arthur Joseph Arnett from Troop 238 at St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon. A.J. is a Senior at Mt. Lebanon High School and a graduate of St. Bernard Elementary School. For his Eagle Scout Project he cleaned 304 gravesites and created a catalog system at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. 

Several St. James parishioners attended including David Thompson who also hosted an Eagle Scout and Roger Dickhans who was the official photographer for the dinner. As a fellow Eagle Scout and the Chaplain for the Catholic Committee on Scouting, I am proud of the Boy Scout Organization. A Scout is Reverent! 

Today we begin a new season, a new year in the calendar of the Church as we begin the Season of Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” Advent prepares us for Christmas and looks back at the promise of his first coming and issues a spiritual wake up call to us. To watch means to be awake, to be alert and to be active. This Sunday is a chance to make a new beginning in our following of Christ as we anticipate the coming of the Lord. 

All three readings this weekend affirm our need to be prepared for and to open ourselves to God’s coming. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, the people make their way to the house of the Lord. In the second reading to the Romans, Paul encourages us to live in the light and put on the armor of Light of Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, which is the Gospel we will be reading on Sunday’s this liturgical year; Jesus stresses with great urgency the need to be constantly prepared for the coming of the Son of Man. 

Be Prepared! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Last weekend we officially “kicked off” Our Campaign For the Church Alive! It provides us with the opportunity to help serve the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as nourishing our Catholic community here at St. James. 60% of what is collected will go to the Diocese and 40% will stay here at St. James. Our parish target is $1,535,000. Forty percent of the total funds we raise will stay with us here in Sewickley for our own needs which amounts to $614,000. If we surpass this target, we will retain sixty percent of all funds we raise above our goal. Every registered parishioner will be receiving a pledge card and asked to participate. Please return your pledge card to the Rectory. I ask that you open your heart to participate in this historic campaign as we help the Diocese of Pittsburgh and St. James Catholic Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Advent Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance this 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. 

Scrip Program With the Christmas shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory office. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday wishes this Thursday, December 5th to our own Father Gruber! 

Something to Think About… The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. Bill Copeland

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