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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.05.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.05.15

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

REJECTING THE MESSENGER 

It is very common that people that we know very well—family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and co-workers—may or may not always agree with our way of thinking. Families can have “heated” arguments at the dinner table when politics or religion topics arise. What we say and do and how we treat people can really make it or break it in a relationship. We cannot allow rejection to deter us. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being a prophet and keeping the faith. Amos, Paul and the twelve apostles all responded to God’s call, despite not always being welcomed or accepted. 

In the First reading from the Book of Amos, we read how the prophet explains that he does not speak for himself, but for God. His authority comes from the court of heaven. In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul gives praise and thanks to God for all the graces and blessings. Despite his challenges, Paul experiences the power of God’s grace. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus summons the twelve disciples. He invites each of us to bring God’s compassion and healing to others, even if we face persecution. 

As we observe this holiday weekend celebrating Independence Day, let us pray for all those who feel rejected or having difficulties in their families or workplace. Let us listen to the voice of God in our own lives, and allow God to speak words of wisdom, challenge, and guidance. 

REJECTING THE MESSENGER 

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our parish bulletin has a “new look” with the front cover and other areas. Our parish continues to grow and we have many great organizations and activities. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print FREE OF CHARGE on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is alive and well, and growing! 

Parish Share 2015 Parish Share 2015 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this year is $155,416.00

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. There is a three-year old half day Preschool program and half day and full day four-year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. 100 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540, extension 100. 

Parish Maintenance This has been a very wet and rainy summer season. We are experiencing several leaks with the main church roof and several of the “flat roof” areas with ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures being damaged. We had to close off the Children’s Chapel last weekend due to water leaking and ceiling tiles dropping. We are well aware of the issues and are looking into getting these repaired or replaced in very near future. We are looking into tapping into the Campaign for Church Alive funds to help offset the cost of the emergency repairs. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Looking Ahead: Vacation Bible School - July 13-17: 9:00am to 12:30pm 

Parish Trip to Ireland: July 20-28. Please note: There will be NO WEEKDAY MASSES during this time. Daily Masses for St. James parishioners will be available at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Aleppo Twp., Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp., and St. Catherine in Crescent. 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, August 1 8:00am to 2:00pm 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Cornell and Andrea Hopkins Green and their daughter Talia, and Melanie Baldwin who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Kind words will unlock an iron door. - Turkish Proverb 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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