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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.12.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.12.16


Today we celebrate the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. The desire to love greatly comes from the unconditional love of the Lord expressed in forgiveness of our sins. We are called to forgive and love others as much as the Lord loves us. 

In the First reading from Samuel, we read how Nathan appoints David the King of Israel. David admits his sinfulness from his past faults of murder and adultery and God forgives him. David was honest and brave enough to admit his guilt and ask for forgiveness.

In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read a remarkable story about faith and forgiveness. Jesus is invited to Simon the Pharisee’s home for dinner. A woman who is publically known as a sinner attends the dinner party and approaches Jesus. She bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears, anoints them with expensive oil, and dries the feet with her hair. Simon the Pharisee self-righteously condemns the sinful woman and Jesus for allowing her to touch him. Jesus addresses the woman, commends her for her faith and tells her that her sins have been forgiven.

Jesus calls all of us to acknowledge our sinfulness, and restored to God’s love, to begin once again to live a life of love to those around us. If it has been a while since we received the Sacrament of Penance, let us approach the Sacrament and let go of the baggage holding us back from moving forward. Let us ask the Lord to forgive our past faults, and also let us forgive those who have hurt us in the past and present. Let Go, Let God!


On Mission For the Church Alive For the past several weeks the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper has been running weekly articles highlighting the new diocesan program On Mission For the Church Alive, which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese. Each pastor has been asked to appoint six parishioners to be representatives during this process. I am pleased to appoint: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff.

We met as a group this past Monday to discuss the process and will be meeting on a regular basis. Our parish will be hosting two information sessions that parishioners will be welcomed to attend to discuss and learn about the On Mission process on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25. Stay tuned for future updates.

Parish Improvements New seat cushions have been purchased and placed in the side pews near our children’s chapel. These cushions add extra comfort for the elderly and those with special needs.

Steep Slope Roof Renovations The Diocese has granted St. James Parish to undergo major roof renovations. Our main church “steep slope” roof will be completely replaced. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for the repairs. S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has been awarded the contract. Work began this past Tuesday June 7 and will last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.

Notre Dame Vision Retreat I will be traveling with Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, and fifty of our high school students to the University of Notre Dame for a summer conference June 20-24. Please note there will be no daily Masses Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24.

Gluten-Free Hosts Available Gluten-free hosts are available. Please see me in the sacristy before Mass to make arrangements for Communion.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Gloria Cecchetti, Jeffrey Minarik, Janice Pallone and Karen and Katherine Scanlon.

Congratulations Congratulations to Cooper John Berarducci, Eric Joseph Bosh Jr., Lyla Izabella–Rose Decker, and Dylan Thomas Whitaker who were Baptized last weekend and Ryder Brooks Merritt, Isabella Grace Scalercio, and Dominic Thomas Walsh who are being baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy birthday to our Youth Minister, Maria Brown who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, June 8.

Something to Think About… Life is an adventure in forgiveness. - Norman Cousins

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