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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.07.18
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.07.18

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Over the past few weeks I was able to visit with many family and friends. My parents Bill and Marge along with my sisters Lisa and Linda and my brother-in-laws Paul and Eric and seven nephews all came to the rectory for dinner Christmas Eve then attended the 7pm mass. Christmas Day following the morning Mass I spent time with my parents at their home in Whitehall. We had a delicious dinner and exchanged Christmas gifts. I reconnected with a few of my high school and college friends that I have not seen or been able to talk to for a while. That is what the holidays are all about, faith, family and friends, sharing the Light of Christ with those around us.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” The readings reflect joy of the birth of Christ. In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah we read how the prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. Jerusalem has become a beacon of light in the world. The nations bring gifts to offer thanks to God. Darkness and gloom are replaced by splendor, light and glory. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul is grateful to be the herald of good news. He is to make known the plan of God to save both Jews and Gentiles through Christ’s saving work. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how the newborn Messiah is manifested to the Magi, Gentile Astrologers. They were overjoyed at finding the newborn King of the Jews. Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light.

As we begin a new year, 2018 and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, we pray that God’s light may shine in our hearts and on our world. With all that has gone on this past year -- the continued political fighting in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, police shootings, terrorism, natural disasters, the opioid crisis with the large number of drug over doses, let us not focus on the darkness of things but on the light of Christ coming into this world.

Thank you to all who sent me Christmas cards, gifts and goodies. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James!

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 21.

A Confirmation Retreat for all our Eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held Monday, February 19 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View.

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting- will take place on Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm in the Gathering Space.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

A Pre-Lenten Parish Mission with Greg Wasinski will take place February 11-13.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Fish Fry every Friday during Lent starting Friday, February 16.

Parish Improvements We continue to improve our campus both indoors and outdoors. Buch Electric Company of Bethel Park recently replaced all new LED lighting in the parking lot and on the building fixtures. They replaced burned out bulbs in the church and repaired the Gym scoreboard. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this major upgrade project.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life which will take place on Friday, January 19. Sign up in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses. There is no cost for the bus trip. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel, that Friday. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Timothy and Deborah Metcalf who recently registered at St. James Parish

Something to Think About… A spark of divine light is within each of us. - Pope Francis

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