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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.12.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.12.17


As a youngster participating in the Boy Scouts, I often heard the motto be “Be Prepared.” Scouting taught me the basic life skills such as cooking and cleaning, first aid, protecting the environment, being proud of our American Heritage, and being reverent. Being prepared spiritually is an ongoing learning experience. We learn in catholic school and religious education classes that we need to wake up each and every day and live each day to the fullest being prepared for the coming of our Lord. We do not know the hour or day when the Lord will call us home.

This Sunday we celebrate the Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time and the readings this weekend invite us to contemplate the wonder of one day being able to stand in God’s presence. All the readings speak of being watchful and being active seeking God in our daily life.

In the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how a wise king explains how readily God bestows the gift of wisdom on people who truly search for it. In the Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians, we continue reading how Paul offers consolation to the people of faith and is thankful for the way the community of faith puts the Gospel into action. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. This gospel passage focuses on the Second Coming of the Son of God. The Bridegroom represents Christ and the virgins represent Jesus’s followers who are waiting for his return.

As we prepare to conclude the Liturgical Year in a few weeks (Advent begins Sunday, December 3) the next few weekends will focus on the end times. Let us pray that in our attitudes and actions we will eagerly welcome the arrival of the Lord in our everyday lives, and wisely prepare for his coming at the end of time.

The month of November is traditionally a month to remember our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. At every Mass during this month we will offer our prayers for the names of our loved ones who are listed in the Memorial Board near the pulpit on the altar and the names listed in the Book of Remembrance. Please feel free to inscribe names of your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance located up in front of the church near the pulpit.


St. James School Blue and White Gala This weekend we celebrate our annual Blue and White Gala at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township. This year we are honoring Bob Basl with the Excellent Minds Award, and Judy Spanos with the Exceptional Hearts Award. Congratulations Bob and Judy!

Looking Ahead Thanksgiving Day Mass - Thursday, November 23 at 9:00am. Please note that there will be no Mass on Friday, November 24 and no Mass or Confessions Saturday morning November 25. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

Advent Penance Service - Monday, November 27 at 6:30pm.

Parish Improvements Frantangelo’s Gardens and Landscaping of Moon Township have installed several new trees and shrubs in our Prayer Garden and has installed new sidewalks where four new benches will be placed.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge is currently renovating our Gathering Space kitchenette and back storage room. We will be updating the appliances with a new refrigerator, stove, and microwave and also new floor tile. The back room will have new storage cupboards for the Fifty-Five Plus Club and the Women’s Guild. Please note that due to the construction upgrades, the kitchenette will be “out of service” for the next several weeks. Stay tuned for further progress. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for assisting us financially with this project!

Welcome Home A special welcome to Jake, Becky, Laila, and Isabella Gillette, and Joseph and Mary Krall who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education and Sister Christy Hill, our School Principal, who are celebrating their birthday’s this week!

Happy Veterans Day Thank you to all of our men and women who have served our country and those currently serving in our Armed Forces. God Bless America!

Something to Think About… Begin each day as if it were on purpose. - 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