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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.07.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.07.16



Back in the spring of 1994, I was working in Public Relations and Marketing for the Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America. I lived downtown in an apartment, walked to work, and was enjoying my career as a District Executive. I loved my job and was active at my home parish, St. Norbert in Overbrook, teaching Eighth Grade CCD, being a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, and working with the Youth Group.

One evening while visiting Christ the Light of the World Parish in the City of Duquesne, I met Fr. Dennis Colamarino, the pastor at the parish, for a Cub Scout Sign up night. Fr. Dennis invited me into the rectory for dinner after the sign up night, and we enjoyed dinner and conversation. During a great meal and conversation, suddenly he asked; “Tom, did you ever think of becoming of priest?” It was at that moment, I felt the Lord calling me to follow him.

We all have a vocation in life. Whether we are called to be Single, Married, a Priest, or Religious Brother or Sister, we all have gifts and talents that the Lord blesses us with and we need to use those gifts to the best of our ability.

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings weekend focus on “conversion.” Isaiah, St. Paul, and St. Peter are all called by God to follow him.

In the first reading from the book of Isaiah, we read the call of Isaiah. He says, “Here I am, Send Me!” Isaiah hears an awesome invitation from God. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we read like Paul, all disciples are called to share the Gospel. In today’s Gospel of Luke we read how Jesus calls and commissions his disciples to follow him. The disciples not only hear the word of Jesus, but they also respond immediately.

God’s word today calls us to overcome our fears and hear God’s call to follow him. As we prepare to begin Lent 2016, how is the Lord calling us to become more involved with our faith?


Parish Share 2015 a success! We did it! We reached our 2015 Parish Share goal of $155,416.00. Parish Share is the annual appeal from the Diocese of Pittsburgh that helps run the day to day operations downtown at the Pastoral Center, assists financially to operate our Chaplaincy programs in our high schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing home facilities and correction centers and helps with school scholarships and youth ministry, St. Paul Seminary, and religious education programs. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Every registered parishioner should have received their 2016 Parish Share Pledge card in the mail. Please be as generous as possible so we can obtain our goal for 2016.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 10. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm.

Ashes will also be distributed at Heritage Valley/Sewickley Valley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel.

Lenten Activities “Fifteen Minute Fridays”- every Friday in Lent at 6:45pm in church, Fr. Tom will give a Lenten Reflection on various topics including: Encountering Jesus, Mercy, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Suffering in the Wilderness, Giving up Control and the Crucification, and Rebirth and Renewal.

Stations of the Cross Every Friday, at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm.

Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. Country Music Station, Froggy 103.4 FM will broadcast live from the Fish Fry this coming Friday, February 12!

Bishop David Zubik and the Pittsburgh Seminarians will visit the fish fry and celebrate the Stations of the Cross and Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, March 11.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Marlene Mihalsky and Brent, Melissa, and Emily Rau who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday onFebruary 11!

Something to Think About… If the wind will not serve, take the oars. - Latin Proverb

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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