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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.20.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.20.16


As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, we are coming to the end of the liturgical calendar, and the end of the Year of Mercy. A new cycle of readings begins next Sunday, November 27, the first week of Advent. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. The readings this weekend focus on a different type of kingship that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. Instead of an earthly throne, his cross was his throne. Instead of wearing an earthly crown of gold and jewels, his was a crown of thorns.

In our first reading from the Book of Samuel, we read how all the tribes of Israel invite David to be their King. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the same Passion Narrative that we read this past Palm Sunday. The Crucifixion focuses on Christ being taunted by the soldiers yelling at him that he is “King of the Jews.” Two thieves are crucified next to Jesus. One thief, Dismiss, also known as the good thief, is aware that they have condemned an innocent man. His faith motivates his dying wish: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” On Calvary, a convicted sinner professed his faith!

As we come to the end of this Liturgical year, let us pray in the darkest moments of our life, that we will trust the Lord who is our friend, and our king. He will set us free and remind us that we one day will be with him in paradise.


On Mission For the Church Alive… Thank you to all who participated in the two consultation sessions back on October 24 and 25 for the upcoming On Mission For the Church Alive process which is a major restructuring project for the entire diocese. The two possible models that were presented: POSSIBLE Model 1 is to merge with St. Mary in Aleppo Township, Sacred Heart in Emsworth and Assumption in Bellevue, and POSSIBLE Model 2 is to merge with Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. John the Baptist in Baden and Sts. John and Paul in Wexford. Please note that NO decisions have been made and your feedback is important during this process. Feedback forms are on the Information Tables in church.

Also, the schools office is continuing meetings with Pastors and Principals from the North Hills Area Catholic Schools for possible reorganization next year. Because of the location of St. James School, we do not have any other Catholic Elementary School nearby to merge but we would partner with the new North Hills Regional Schools for purchasing books and hiring staff and teachers. Again, no decisions have been at this time. We will keep you posted as the information is released on this new Regionalization model.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Joe, Kristie, Audrina, and Arianna DiRenzo, Robyn Remic, Mark, Annie, Makaylee, and Chase Rogers who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving day Mass will be held Thursday, November 24 at 9:00am. Safe travels to all who will be traveling!

Please note that there will no 6:45am Mass on Friday, November 25 and no 9:00am Mass, confessions or Adoration on Saturday, November 26. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 23 and will reopen on Monday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Pasta Feast! Please join us on Friday, December 2 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria and/or the Gathering Space for a delicious spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. James Womens Guild.

A “Welcome Home Mass” for fallen away Catholics will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 5:00pm. Please invite a family member or friend to join us for Mass.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Ashley Russo and Arran Harland who celebrated their wedding last weekend!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 46th birthday this Thursday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents, Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James.

Something to Think About… On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. - William Jennings Bryan

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