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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.19.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.19.17


This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. The readings today and the next two Sundays will focus on Baptism and Conversion. In the First Reading from the book of Exodus, we read how the people grumble against Moses fearing they will die of thirst. God restores their faith with a gift of living water. In the Gospel of John, which we will be reading from the next three weeks, we read how Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. He reveals himself to her as the living water and the Messiah. His words renew her and change her life.

As we continue our Lenten journey, let us pause and reflect today what we are “thirsting” for in life: love, peace, acceptance, hope, financial security, good health, or a better prayer life? Let us be open to letting Christ come into our hearts to quench those things we thirst.

This weekend we welcome Capuchin Franciscan Father Scott Seethaler to lead us on our Lenten Parish Mission Sunday through Wednesday evening. Please join us for one or all of the nights to be quenched, refreshed and renewed with the Holy Spirit. Let’s approach this third full week of Lent with hope and love and positive thinking!


2016 Financial Report As your Pastor, one of my main responsibilities is to see to it that our parish is on solid financial ground. With the help of our Business and Office Managers and Finance Council I am pleased to release our annual financial report in this weeks bulletin. In last weeks issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, the Diocese released its annual financial report. (The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires every parish to submit their financial statement to its parishioners each year). We continue to make major upgrades to our campus which have been needed for a very long time. This coming summer we will replace the flat roofs on the gym, elevator area, and the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will pay for this major project. I thank you for your continued financial support to help St. James Catholic Parish be the beacon of hope in our community and beyond.

Rite of Sending Last Sunday our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen (non-Baptized), now officially called “the Elect” went to St. Paul Cathedral for the Rite of Election to be introduced to Bishop Zubik. The Class of 2017includes: Jason Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Congratulations to our “Elect!”

Fish Fry in Full Swing! Thank you to all who have come out the past three weekends for our Parish Fish Fry. Plans are underway to expand our takeout service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space! We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group. If you or your company would be interested in being a corporate sponsor this year to help with the cost of food, paper products, cleaning supplies, and advertising, please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944- 6903 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congratulations to last week’s weekly drawing winner The Andrews Family who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee swirl bread giveaway!

Lenten Penance Services - The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Our next District Penance Service will be conducted this Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township.

Monday, April 10, 6:30pm at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis.

Lenten Activities Living Stations - Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry program performs “Living Stations.”

Parish Improvements New seat cushions were installed last week in the back sections of the church pews on both sides. This will allow more comfort for everyone. Special thanks to Frank and Ann Cahouet for making this project possible.

Welcome A special welcome to Bernie Smith and Ashley and Corrie Woods who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… A person’s needs are met, and his appetite subsides. A person’s wants are met, and his thirst swells without end. - Richelle E. Goodrich

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