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Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco

...and those who have died

Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)


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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection January 31, 2016 - $13,887.82

Online giving - 36 - $1,755.13

Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00

All Saints Day collection 2,486.36

June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014


All Souls Day


All Saints Day


A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.07.16



Back in the spring of 1994, I was working in Public Relations and Marketing for the Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America. I lived downtown in an apartment, walked to work, and was enjoying my career as a District Executive. I loved my job and was active at my home parish, St. Norbert in Overbrook, teaching Eighth Grade CCD, being a Lector and Eucharistic Minister, and working with the Youth Group.

One evening while visiting Christ the Light of the World Parish in the City of Duquesne, I met Fr. Dennis Colamarino, the pastor at the parish, for a Cub Scout Sign up night. Fr. Dennis invited me into the rectory for dinner after the sign up night, and we enjoyed dinner and conversation. During a great meal and conversation, suddenly he asked; “Tom, did you ever think of becoming of priest?” It was at that moment, I felt the Lord calling me to follow him.

We all have a vocation in life. Whether we are called to be Single, Married, a Priest, or Religious Brother or Sister, we all have gifts and talents that the Lord blesses us with and we need to use those gifts to the best of our ability.

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings weekend focus on “conversion.” Isaiah, St. Paul, and St. Peter are all called by God to follow him.

In the first reading from the book of Isaiah, we read the call of Isaiah. He says, “Here I am, Send Me!” Isaiah hears an awesome invitation from God. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, we read like Paul, all disciples are called to share the Gospel. In today’s Gospel of Luke we read how Jesus calls and commissions his disciples to follow him. The disciples not only hear the word of Jesus, but they also respond immediately.

God’s word today calls us to overcome our fears and hear God’s call to follow him. As we prepare to begin Lent 2016, how is the Lord calling us to become more involved with our faith?


Parish Share 2015 a success! We did it! We reached our 2015 Parish Share goal of $155,416.00. Parish Share is the annual appeal from the Diocese of Pittsburgh that helps run the day to day operations downtown at the Pastoral Center, assists financially to operate our Chaplaincy programs in our high schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing home facilities and correction centers and helps with school scholarships and youth ministry, St. Paul Seminary, and religious education programs. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Every registered parishioner should have received their 2016 Parish Share Pledge card in the mail. Please be as generous as possible so we can obtain our goal for 2016.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 10. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm.

Ashes will also be distributed at Heritage Valley/Sewickley Valley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel.

Lenten Activities “Fifteen Minute Fridays”- every Friday in Lent at 6:45pm in church, Fr. Tom will give a Lenten Reflection on various topics including: Encountering Jesus, Mercy, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Suffering in the Wilderness, Giving up Control and the Crucification, and Rebirth and Renewal.

Stations of the Cross Every Friday, at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm.

Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. Country Music Station, Froggy 103.4 FM will broadcast live from the Fish Fry this coming Friday, February 12!

Bishop David Zubik and the Pittsburgh Seminarians will visit the fish fry and celebrate the Stations of the Cross and Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, March 11.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Marlene Mihalsky and Brent, Melissa, and Emily Rau who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday onFebruary 11!

Something to Think About… If the wind will not serve, take the oars. - Latin Proverb

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.31.16


This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on listening to the word of God in a new way.

In the first reading from Jeremiah, we read how God appoints a new prophet for the people. In the second reading from Corinthians, we read a very popular scripture passage often heard at wedding masses, Paul reminds the Corinthian community and us that greatest gift to give to another human being is love. In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we read a continuation from last week’s gospel when Jesus is teaching in the synagogue. When Jesus returns to his hometown in Nazareth and reads from scripture, even his own people do not listen to him.

Both Jeremiah and Jesus were prophets, but they were not always well received or accepted. People didn’t want to be open to their teachings. Though Matthew and Mark narrate Jesus’ conflict with his hometown synagogue members, only Luke writes that “they rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill.” Like all prophets, Jesus tries to expand people’s minds by getting them to refocus their eyes on faith. After reading a passage from the prophet Isaiah, the majority of people gathered were unable to see that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.

Let us be open to the word and listen attentively and take the word of God into our daily lives and make some positive changes in our lives.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2016. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. We welcome our students, parents, faculty and staff. I am a product of both Catholic and Public Education, and am grateful for attending a Catholic Elementary School which laid the foundation of my Catholic faith!

There are many wonderful options for schools in our area. St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education in a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We are a great “neighborhood school!” Please call the school office at 412-741-5540 for more information or a tour of the school. An Open House will be offered on Sunday, March 13 after the 9:30am Mass.

St. James School News The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 will conduct an awards presentation next weekend at the 9:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay expressing the topic, “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country. Elks Chairwoman and St. James Parishioner Ann Barger will present the certificates. Congratulations to the following winners: 7th grade: Tyler Pontello and Catherine Martsolf and 8th grade: Haley Hamilton. Special thanks to Eighth Grade Teacher Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project.

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass this weekend and also on Wednesday, February 3 after the 6:45am Mass in church and at Heritage Valley/ Sewickley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm in the chapel area of the 1st floor of the hospital. All are invited to get their throat blessed.

Landscape Help Wanted Our parish is presently in need of a landscaper to cut grass and trim bushes on our church and cemetery grounds. If you are interested in inquiring about this project, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has begun renovations in Meeting Room #1. We will be building three new storage closets.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Robert and Terry Chesky and Michael Scimio who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Zachary James Brackney, son of Christopher and Jennifer Brackney who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Paul Denk who works part time in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday this coming Tuesday, February 2nd.

Something to Think About… We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of. - John J. Groberg

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.17.16

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Today we return to “Ordinary Time.” For the next four weeks, we will read the early ministry years of Jesus. The readings this weekend focus on the public revelation of Jesus’ identity and mission. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how Isaiah speaks of God’s love for the people of Israel. This is written during the time period when the Israelites began returning to Jerusalem from their time in exile. The reading offers hope and promise of new life for the people. Also in the next few weeks, our second reading will be from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul remarks about the many gifts of the spirit and introduces the concept of unity in diversity. In the Gospel of John, we read about Jesus’ first miracle performed at the wedding feast of Cana as Jesus turned water into wine. This miracle or “sign” is only recorded in the Gospel of John. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are members of the church. We have different gifts but the same spirit. All gifts, great or small, are needed in the church.


Parish Share The 2015 Parish Share campaign will conclude in two weeks. Please remember to submit your contributions so we can reach our goal. Thank you for your support to this annual appeal. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations at the Diocese of Pittsburgh Offices downtown, helps educate our seminarians, funds chaplaincy programs at our high schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and correction centers.

Holy Hour For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Life this Friday, January 22 from 9:00am to Noon in the Church. If you are unable to make the March for Life in Washington D.C. come to St. James Church and pray for the pilgrims, and our nation. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Parish Improvements Scherer Lock and Supply Company of the North Side recently furnished and installed classroom security locks to every classroom door. They also installed safety glass in all the doors.

Bactronix Corporation of Moon Township recently sanitized the gym. They sanitized the boys and girls locker rooms, equipment room, bleachers, fountains and all gym equipment.

House Blessing/Home Visit Please know that your most welcomed to ask for a house blessing or a home visit. Just e-mail or give me a call to set up a time. Also, if you or someone you know is unable to attend Mass and would like Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Anointing, please let me know. As your pastor, I am honored to do this for you and it gives me a chance to get to know parishioners in the comforts of their own home.

Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper All registered parishioners should be receiving a weekly copy of the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper in the mail. If you are not receiving a copy on a regular basis and would like to, please call Karin at the Rectory Office at 412-741-6650, extension 310 so we can alert the newspaper’s circulation department. The Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper is a great resource to keep updated on the happenings in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, great information about Catholic teachings and events for the Year of Mercy and news from the around the world. Also check out the Diocese of Pittsburgh Website:

Looking Ahead Vicar Visit - Fr. Sam Esposito, Regional Vicar for Vicariate 3 will visit St. James next Sunday, January 24, for his annual “Vicar Visit.” He will be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass.

Joint Pastoral Council and Finance Council Meeting - Monday, January 26 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room 2

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting - Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm in the Gathering Space.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, March 12, 6:30-10:30pm, St. James Gym. Dinner catered by The Cook Goose Catering Company, entertainment by DJ, David Ford. A planning committee meeting will be held Monday, February 1st at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Welcome A special welcome to Luis and Rosaura Saldivar and their children Luis Prada, Salome Prada, and Giovanni Saldivar who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Out of difficulties grow miracles. - Jean De La Breyere

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.10.16


As we put away the Christmas decorations for another year, this weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season officially comes to an end and we return to Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on serving the Lord and reminds us of our own baptism. In the First reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how the “suffering servant” is God’s chosen one who will endure much sorrow, ridicule and pain. In the second reading, we read Paul writing to Titus. Through our baptism, Christ first came into our lives and became the driving force that configures us to the will of the living God. By God’s generous love, we enjoy new life. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizes Jesus. John shows true humility—he points to the one who will be greater and mightier than he. After Jesus is immersed in the water, the heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends upon him and a voice from heaven proclaims, “This is my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” 

Baptism was a defining moment in the life of Jesus. It marked the beginning of his public ministry. Luke is often referred to as the “Gospel of Prayer” because he always presents Jesus as praying before making major decisions. 

Today, let us reflect on our own baptism. Let us commit ourselves once again to Christ.

Please note that if you or you know someone is asked to become a Godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism or a sponsor for Confirmation, all Godparents and sponsors need to obtain a “sponsor form” from the parish that they are registered in. A Godparent or Confirmation sponsor must be a registered, active, and practicing Catholic in good standing in the life of the Church. The person must be at least 16 years of age, an actively registered member who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion. If married, it must be a marriage recognized in the Church (married by a Catholic Priest or Deacon) and they should be attending Mass on a regular basis. 

If you have any questions about being a Sponsor or Godparent, or need your marriage validated in the church, please let me know. 


Campaign For the Church Alive! Thank you to all who have participated and continue to participate in our Diocesan campaign For the Church Alive! Since we surpassed our goal of 1.5 Million, we get to keep 60% of what we collect and are able to tap into our account to conduct the various projects on our “wish list.” An addition to our wish list is to repair all flat roofs and replace the main church roof due to various leaks. 

In the next few weeks we will begin preparing to seek out bids for Phase “2” of the main church roof that needs replaced. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will again assist with this project. 

When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” and mail them directly to the campaign office: Diocese of Pittsburgh - Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004 

March For Life/ Holy Hour For Life This year’s March for Life will take place on Friday, January 22 in Washington D.C. St. James will be sponsoring a coach bus for those who would like to participate. Please call John Bunce at 412-741-1050 to reserve your seat. 

Once again, this year we will be conducting a “Holy Hour For Life” from 9:00am to Noon in Church on Friday, January 22. We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Please stop by and say a prayer for the pilgrims marching in Washington D.C. and pray for an end to abortion and a respect for all human life. 

Welcome A special welcome to Paula Tapia and Peter Targuinio who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection The second collection next weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathan Swift 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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