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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 12.29.13
The Shepherd's Voice 12.29.13


For the past 43 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 gives sound advice to families on how to grow stronger when they put God first in their life. In the Second Reading to the Colossians, Paul gives a list of virtues that will enhance the life of the family unit. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how the Holy Family faced danger and how the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take his family and leave Egypt. 

We all know that every family has challenges. 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 Tuesday, December 31 at 4:00pm (Vigil) and on Wednesday, January 1st at 9:30am and 11:30am. 

PLEASE NOTE Because of the New Year’s holiday, the Rectory offices will remain closed the week of December 30 through January 2 but will reopen Friday, January 3rd. There are no activities scheduled on campus except for daily Mass and funerals. St. James School will resume on Monday, January 6. If you need assistance (for emergency matters only) please call my office at 412-741-6650, extension 311. 

CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE! WE DID IT! We reached our goal for the diocesan Capital Campaign of $1.5 million. Thank you to all who have made a pledge or donation. Once you submit your pledge card to the Rectory offices you will then start receiving statements from the campaign office. Please note when making payments to the Capital Campaign to please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc!” and please submit your payments to: 

Diocese of Pittsburgh - Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CAMPAIGN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Co-Chairs: Tom and Eileen McConomy and Mike and Ann Killian Committee Members: Bill and Carole Battisti, Sandy Foody, Fran Matten, Alice Phillips, Paul O’Connor, Beth and Manny Villegas, and Kathleen and Bill Wycoff. 

We began this campaign right after Labor Day and worked many long hours on the phones and in meetings. It was such a great learning experience for me to really get to know our parishioners. Thank you so much for your generosity to help make the Church Alive in Pittsburgh and at St. James Parish! 

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 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. 

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Ainsley Martine Christof, Cameron Barry Coletti, Joseph Albert Coletti, and Grant Julian Morgan who are being Baptized this weekend. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Happy Birthday to Bill Hawthorne who works in our School Maintenance Department. He will be celebrating his birthday on December 31st.


SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT… There’s no turning back, as the clock ticks away, So, ahead is the way we must go, for tomorrow, today will be yesterday; let’s make it a memory we know. - Paul F. Dudley 

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