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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 12.28.14
The Shepherd's Voice 12.28.14


This past Thursday we celebrated Christmas, the Birth of our Lord. This time of year is a great time to spend quality time with our family and friends to celebrate the holidays. I always enjoy this time of year with family gatherings and socials and spending time with parishioners. 

For the past 44 years of my life I have been blessed to have a close knit family with my parents Bill and Marge, my sisters Lisa and Linda, brother in-laws Paul and Eric and my seven nephews: Michael, Matthew, Thomas, Wyatt, Donovan, Killian, and Keegan. I count my blessings every day. 

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. In the First Reading we read from Sirach on how a wise teacher provides families with a formula for success. It begins with respect and honor. In the Second Reading to the Colossians, Paul gives a list of virtues that will enhance the life of the family unit: kindness, humility, patience, and forgiveness. In the Gospel of Luke, we read of the purification of Mary and the presentation in the temple. Simeon and Anna are featured in this Gospel passage. Simeon recognizes that he has seen the Lord, and Anna, a prophetess and well advanced in years and a widow, informs us about what lies ahead for this newborn child. 

We are a family with joys, sorrows, triumphs and sins. There is no perfect family. Family life is very challenging. Every family goes through rough times. Many times we like to hold on to anger, envy and hatred inside in our heart. This is a good time of the year to Let Go, and Let God come into our heart. As this year comes to an end let us pray that families who are divided may establish peace and harmony and pray for those who have hurt us or maybe we have hurt. 

Let us let go of any hatred of a Bishop, Priest, Religious Sister or Brother, or Parishioner and not look backward but move forward. 

A family that prays together, stays together! 


Holy Day This coming Wednesday, January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be held Wednesday evening, December 31st at 4pm (Vigil) and on Tuesday, January 1st at 9:30 am. There will be no Mass on Friday, January 2. 

Please Note Because of the New Year’s holiday, the Rectory office will remain closed the week of December 29 thru January 4 and will reopen Monday, January 5th. There are no activities scheduled on campus except for daily Mass and funerals. St. James School resumes, Monday, January 5. 

If you need assistance (for emergency matters only) please call my office at (412)741-6650, extension 311. 

Year End Donations As we come to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on your year end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. An open donation helps us utilize your gift where it is most needed to run the day to day operations of our parish. If you would like, you can designate your donation to the parish, school, or parish share. May God Bless you and your family this Holy season. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Diamond-Nicole McKay and Ryan Linn who are celebrating their wedding on New Years Eve! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Philip, Katherine, and Jay Diemert, and Todd, Abigail, Domenic, and Maryan Anderson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Bill Hawthorne who works in our school Maintenance Department who will be celebrating his birthday on December 31.

Happy New Year 2015! 

Something to Think About… Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. - Brad Paisley 

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