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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.05.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.05.17


Last Thursday evening as I returned back to the rectory from my day off, I walked into my office to check the mail and phone messages. On my office chair were two big bags of something I really love… Girl Scout Cookies!

My favorites are Thin Mints, Trefoils, Samoa’s, and Tagalongs. (I love cookies with my Starbucks Coffee). I did open a few packages for a taste test, knowing with Lent approaching soon I was going to “give up” sweets once again for Lent. Temptations are very difficult to deal with especially when we are challenged each day; whether if it is a favorite food, beverage, or other things, we would like to cut back on them for a sacrifice.

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. We walk this journey together for the next six weeks focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The First reading from Genesis focuses on Eve in the Garden and the temptation and fall into sin. The Second Reading from Roman’s focuses how sin entered the world. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we read how the spirit drives Jesus out into the desert for forty days and he is tempted by the devil. Temptation always starts out as something which seems minor and insignificant but then it can grow. If we develop a habit of daily prayer then we can combat the daily temptations that life throws at us…even cookies. Happy Lent!


On Mission For the Church Alive! As we heard a few weeks ago about the Regionalization of our Catholic Elementary Schools, our Parish Catholic Cemeteries will also be regionalized. Three regional offices are being phased-in throughout 2017, with the first office for cemeteries in Washington and Greene Counties, headquartered in Cecil, already up and running. A second office serving cemeteries in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties is being established in New Castle, and the main office, serving cemeteries in Allegheny County (including St. James Cemetery) is going to be located in the former Guardian Angels Parish Complex off of Steuben Street in the West End. More information will follow in the next few months on the transition of cemetery records from our parish office to the new regional office.

Upcoming Lenten Activities Penance Service - Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm. Light is On For You - Wednesday, March 15 6:00 to 9:00pm. (church will be open for private prayer, Meditation and confession). Parish Mission with Fr. Scott Seethaler- March 19-22 Living Stations - Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.”

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Dinner will be catered by the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale and music will be provided by parishioner DJ David Ford. Tickets are available at the rectory during the week or you can purchase the tickets before or after the weekend Masses in church.

We are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate, please drop them off in the Ushers Room near the Vestibule of the church or you may drop them off at the rectory. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and Lottery Tickets are greatly appreciated.

A planning meeting for the dance will be held on Monday, March 6 at 6:30pm in the School cafeteria. If you would like to help out with the dinner, please join us for the planning meeting.

Congratulations to St. James School sixth grader, Joel Fabian who placed Third Place in the Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 District Level Essay Competition and to eighth grader, Catherine Martsolf who placed First Place in her grade level. The topic for the Essay Contest was “Why you should vote.” The winners will now go on to compete at the state level.

Congratulations to Frederick Bradley Christof II, son of Frederick and Rebecca Tudi Christof who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Mary Kay Ford, and Monica Lane, and Bernadette Wenglik who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday to Sister Agnes McCormick, RGS who celebrated her birthday this past Thursday, March 2!

Something to Think About… There are plenty of obstacles in your path…don’t allow yourself to become one of them. - Author Unknown

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