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The Shepherd's Voice


Love One Another!

Election Day is quickly approaching and TV commercials are getting negative. Anti-American violence is increasing in the Middle East. As the school year gets into full swing, school administrators are promoting Anti-Bullying programs. Families are being torn by separation and divorce. Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling Addictions and Fidelity issues are tearing families apart. It just seems like we are living in a world with great division. 

The readings this weekend focus on love and compassion and letting go of power, greed, jealousy and hatred. In the first reading the book of Wisdom we read that good people endure ridicule and oppression. We continue reading from the letter of James and this week the second reading is the same theme as the first reading. Disorder and foul practices of the wicked are evident. James letter focuses with sins that threaten harmony in a Christian community. In the Gospel of Mark, we read the passage following the Transfiguration of Jesus. The disciples do not understand his teaching and are afraid to ask him to explain. They argue among each other who is the greatest. Jesus teaches his disciples the second prediction of the Passion: that the son of man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and in three days after his death the son of man will rise. Jesus patiently continues to instruct his disciples toward a deeper understanding of the heart of the mystery. Let us “let go” of any jealous, anger, hatred or envy. Let us love God, and love one another.

Love One Another! 


Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 extension 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Please Note 

For safety and security reasons, the church will be open from 5:30am -9:00pm Monday through Friday, 8:00am -6:00pm Saturday, and 6:00am – 6:00pm on Sundays.

Help Wanted 

I am looking for parishioners who would like to help with funeral liturgies and weddings. I am looking to develop a funeral committee to conduct a vigil prayer service at the funeral home and assist at the funeral with parking (especially on Saturday’s when the Farmer’s Market is going on) and help with set up and clean up. I am also looking for volunteers to be wedding co-coordinators and help with rehearsals and assist with the wedding ceremony. If you are interested please give me a call at the office at (412)741-6650 extension 311, or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Mission 

Save the date!! I am pleased to announce that as we continue to celebrate our Parish and School anniversaries, St. James Parish will conduct a Parish Mission March 16-20, 2013. Nationally known Catholic speaker Paul Koleske will be with us at the weekend Masses, conduct a Sunday evening concert and speak during the week. Paul is a great speaker and performer. He has done missions locally at Good Shepherd in Braddock, St. Norbert in Overbrook, St. Pio in Blawnox, St. Patrick in Canonsburg, and St. Bernadette in Monroeville. Save the date! 

Are You Registered? 

Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James Parish on a regular basis and are not officially registered your most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.


A special welcome to Jenna Batik, Steve & Katy Fleury and Family, and Tim & Erica Kagle and Family who recently registered at St. James Parish. Welcome to our parish family! We are glad you are here! 

Wedding Bells 

Congratulations to Stephanie Schriver and Adam Filippi who were married this weekend at St. James Parish. May God bless them as they begin a new life together. 

Something to Think About… 

“The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.” Pope St. Gregory the Great 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke 


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