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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
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Carmela Valenzi
  • Anna Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Terri McClain
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Edward Ondek
  • George Dearth
  • Eve Peduto

...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)
  • 1st Lt. David Miller (Air Force)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • Captain Ben Rinaldi (Air Force)
  • Captain Sam Rinaldi (Air Force)
  • 1st Lt. Jessica Rinaldi (Air Force)
  • 2nd Lt. Sarah Miller (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col 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)
  • Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Col. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Sgt. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • Captain Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
  • Specialist Paul J. Ropon,Jr. (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Jacob Enke (army)
  • Specialist Daniella Robichaud (Army)


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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection February 5, 2017 - $12,726.60

Online Giving - 38 - $1,172.37

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 - 02.12.17


Growing up in the Carrick/Overbrook section of the City of Pittsburgh, my parents, Bill and Marge, taught my sisters Lisa and Linda and me to pray daily, go to church on Sundays, work hard each day and treat others with compassion. With my father being a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer we were taught to follow the laws, respect people and their property, and be cheerful to others. Now that my sisters and I are older, we appreciate what our parents taught us and now Lisa and Linda are passing those morals and values on to my nephews.

This week we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making the correct decisions in life, knowing what is right and what is wrong. Each and every day we have to make decisions in our life. Some are small and others are big. We live in a very complicated world which can hamper us from making a decision in our life.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach, which is a collection of wise sayings that help humans order their life and make right choices, we read how the wise teacher has a valuable lesson for God’s people. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul celebrates the kind of wisdom that comes from faith in God. The desire for a deeper relationship with God inspires us to choose to keep the commandments and to trust in him. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, which we continue reading from the “Sermon on the Mount,” we read how Jesus sets forth the deeper meaning of the Torah, which he has come to fulfill. He offers critical insight into his entire Mission. As he speaks to his disciples he is also addressing the Scribes and the Pharisees who are very strict and rigid. Jesus affirms the Mosaic Law, rejects legalism, and challenges his followers by offering an ethic that transcends the law.

Jesus dined with tax collectors and prostitutes, and showed affection for the unclean, the lepers and those afflicted with evil spirits. He did that because that is what God’s law commands all of us to do - - to look out for the needs of the least among us.

How do we interpret Church law? Do we come to Mass just to fill the Sunday Obligation and “watch” people in the pew and be critical of those around us? Are we critical of our priests, deacons and bishop, and knit pick at things in the parish and diocese? Do we gossip and complain and pull people down? Those who hear his word are challenged to live fully by living in the deep spirit of the law, not merely according to its literal meaning.


On Mission Parish Cluster Meeting The On Mission for the Church Alive process is a diocesanwide planning initiative in which Bishop Zubik invites all Catholics to envision how parishes, schools, and ministries can best respond to the changes in our communities so that they can be vital centers of worship and service, and deepen people’s relationship with Jesus.

As we begin moving forward with the On Mission process, this week we will undergo our first Cluster meeting with our neighboring parishes to investigate ways to become a stronger community of faith. Please keep your On Mission Team in your thoughts and prayers as they begin the first discussion stages of the process.

Lector Workshop There will be lector “refresher” workshop next Saturday, February 18 from 11:00am to Noon OR Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Please call Karin Masterani at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your day.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are currently available at the Rectory during normal business hours and will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in a few weeks.

Congratulations Congratulations to Elom Jesse Setodji , son of Edem and Adoude Setodji who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ibie Alfonso, our church sacristan who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, February 8.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Albert Mendicino and Craig and Evelyn Schein who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… You can’t have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself. - Sonia Sanchez

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

A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.05.17


Last week I went to visit a parishioner in Bell Acres who called to get Holy Communion and be anointed. The next day their neighbor called me to thank me for visiting. The neighbor said that my visit changed the parishioner’s whole attitude from being down and depressed for being sick to being hopeful and at peace to receive the Sacraments. A little visit to this parishioner brought light and hope. This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings weekend focus on discipleship and going out to proclaim the good news.

In the first reading from the book of Isaiah, the prophet reminds us to help others. Light will overcome darkness in our lives. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that humility is a true virtue for those who see themselves as disciples. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to his disciples “you are salt of the earth, light of the world”. This is the heart of discipleship.

In the ancient world, salt was one of the most important necessities of life, especially for preserving and seasoning food. Light was also important since there was no electricity. Jesus instructed his disciples that they have a vital role to play in the world through their good deeds. As Christians we have a positive role to play in the world. Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Christians, we must be missionary disciples. How can we be “salt” and “light” among the people we meet every day? Let us bring the light of Christ to those who are most in need.


Gather Hymnals This week we inserted donors’ name labels in the new Gather hymnals. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful project. Donations are still being accepted. If you would like to make a $25 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete a form on the information tables in the vestibule or at the Rectory and return it to Terri Price, our Business Manager at the Rectory.

Parish Share 2016 a success! We did it! We reached our 2016 Parish Share goal of $173,549! 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!

Gathering Space Rental Looking for a place to hold your next big event? Consider using our newly renovated Gathering Space! The Gathering Space is available for baptisms, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, showers or other small celebrations. For a nominal fee the room can seat up to 100 people with full use of the kitchenette, handicap accessible restrooms, handicap accessible parking, and a maintenance staff member on campus for needed assistance during the event. Please contact our Office Manager, Karin Masterani at the Rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 310 to inquire about availability.

Funeral Luncheons Please note that our Gathering Space is available for funeral luncheons at no charge for parishioners of St. James (pending availability). Our Funeral Luncheon Committee headed by Linda Boord is here to assist. Please contact Karin Masterani at the rectory for more information.

End of the Year Contribution Statements Our Sunday Visitor, our envelope company recently mailed out contribution statements to all parishioners who contributed $50 or more in 2016. If you notice any discrepancies with your contribution statement, please notify Karin at the Rectory at 412- 741-6650 extension 310 so we can alert them of the corrections. We appreciate your stewardship giving this past year.

Welcome A special warm welcome to David and Dee Derbish, Phil, Julia and Nicole Susie and Cindy Kohut 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 next Saturday, February 11!

Something to Think About… People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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

A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.29.17


Last Friday, I traveled to Emil’s Restaurant in Rankin to have dinner with my friend Frannie from Swissvale. Frannie was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and after several treatments and medications, she beat it! Her attitude and faith has helped her get through the cancer treatments. She said to me “Fr. Tom, I am blessed!” This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being blessed.

In the first reading from Zephaniah, we read how a prophet speaks to God’s humble people and reminds them to seek justice and humility. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul offers the Corinthian community a new meaning for wisdom. The true measure of wisdom is in the things of God rather than in the things of this world. In today’s Gospel passage from the Fifth Chapter of Matthew, (which we will be reading the next four Sunday’s) we read from the “Sermon on the Mount” the Beatitudes which are the framework of Jesus’ ministry. Each Beatitude describes an action or a life situation that is rewarded by God and helps open our minds and hearts to a new way of seeking and judging.

Let us be open to being a little more humble in thoughts and actions and focus on our weaknesses and our strengths.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2017. 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 to lay 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 is 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, extension 100 for more information or to take a tour of the school.

The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 and Elks chairwoman and parishioner, Ann Barger 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, “Why Is It Important To Vote.” Congratulations to the following winners: 6th grade: Sofia Bencic, Joel Fabain, and Candace Cardwell 8th grade: Catherine Martsolf, Julia Centofanti, and Tyler Pontello

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, which is this Friday, February 3, we will have the blessing of throats after each Mass next weekend. All are invited to get their throat blessed.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00, which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. They will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in church in a few weeks.

We will be collecting items for our gift basket raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Ushers’ Room near the vestibule of the church, or you may drop them off at the rectory during the week. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated.

Parish Improvements We are pleased to have three new storage cupboards installed in the School Cafeteria near the Elevator for the Knights of Columbus and Fish Fry Committee to store their items. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus to help fund this project.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Chris and Trish Price, and Earl and Judi Seiler who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Margaret Lawton and Nicholas Khan who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Maintenance, Paul Denk, who is celebrating his birthday this coming Thursday, February 2.

Something to Think About… Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while your climbing it. - Andy Rooney

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

A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.22.17


Recently, my friend Debbie Daft, dropped off three albums of news clippings, articles and bulletin announcements of my seminary years and priesthood ordination. Her mom, Ruth White, is a dear friend of mine, who is a long time parishioner from St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township where I did my Summer internship as a student at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. Ruth recently had to transition into Assisted Living and Debbie was cleaning out her mom’s cupboard and found the articles and thought I would enjoy reading them. Looking through the albums brought back so many wonderful memories of my seminary days and my early years of priesthood. This year I will be celebrating 16 years of priesthood. I love being a priest and I love serving the people of God. I am so glad I “answered the call” almost 20 years ago!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on discipleship and following Christ.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how God brings joy to people used to suffering and death. Darkness turns into light and the Lord brings abundant joy and great rejoicing. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community to let go of divisions and be inspired by the cross of Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the early ministry years of Jesus, as he calls Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him. All four respond immediately to Jesus’ call by leaving everything behind to follow him.

As we live through these mid-winter days, we are encouraged to deepen our belief in the living way of the Gospel. Winter can be a very good time for prayer and reflection. Let us turn darkness into light and answer the Lord’s call.


Celebrating Catholic Schools Week Next Sunday at the 9:30am Mass we will kick off “Catholic School’s Week”. We will have participating with us at Mass students, faculty, staff and parents. This year’s theme is “Faith, Service, and Knowledge.” Lots of great events and celebrations are planned for the week including a food drive for Center for Hope, Crazy Hair Day, a Fire and Ice Science Assembly, Crazy Sock Day and an Ice Cream Social. St. James Catholic School provides a quality Catholic Education in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. If your interested in looking at the Pre - School 3 and 4 year program or Kindergarten thru Eighth Grade, call the school at 412-741-5540 extension 100 to schedule a tour.

Memorial Candles Since we have limited daily and Sunday Masses, an option to honor a loved one living or deceased is to have a Memorial Candle lit for them each week. We have several options: Sanctuary Candle, Marian Candle, St. Joseph Candle and the St. Teresa of Calcutta candle. Donations are $10.00 and you can contact Karin Masterani at the Rectory for available weeks. Names of the loved ones will be published weekly in our bulletin.

Church Donations/ End of the Year Tax Statements For those who use the Weekly Envelopes, Our Sunday Visitor Envelope Company will be mailing out end of year tax statements to parishioners who have contributed $50 or more to our parish in 2016. For those who contribute through our Online Service and have donated $50 or more in 2016 please contact Karin at the rectory office at 412-741-6650 ext. 310 to obtain the necessary instructions on how to receive your end of the year tax statement.

Fish Fry Sponsor Lent is quickly approaching and that means we are gearing up for our famous weekly Friday Night Fish Fry’s. We are seeking individuals and businesses who would like to advertise on our new 2017 St. James Fish Fry t-shirt. If you are interested in a sponsorship please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944-6903 or 724-846-2127 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome A special warm welcome to Janice Bolea and James Freeman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Little Sisters of the Poor The Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to visit St. James next weekend at all of the Masses for their annual appeal to help take care of the elderly in the Pittsburgh Area. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. - Margaret Shepard

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