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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 May 15, 2016 - $14,826.26


Online Giving - 33 - $796.86


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

$13,7




Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


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A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.22.16

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT!

My mom likes to work on word searches and puzzles. She says that it keeps her thinking. I can remember when we would take family vacations in the car, my mom would always pull out a word search puzzle. It was a wonderful accomplishment for her when all the words would be found. Most puzzles and word searches are solvable. Explaining or fully understanding the Trinity doesn’t always add up.

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. God is three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is one of the “mysteries” of our faith

In today’s Gospel, we read the famous Gospel that God so loved us that he gave his only begotten Son. This familiar Gospel passage with Jesus talking to Nicodemus reminds us that God gave his Son to the world to go out and preach and teach. As we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, let us seek out the Trinity in our life as a sign of hope and love.

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT!

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the rectory during normal business hours.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our gift baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: gift cards, lottery tickets, and wine. etc. You can drop them off at in the Ushers’ Room or at the Rectory by Thursday, June 16 at 5pm.

Parish Census Thank you to all who participated in our Parish census update last weekend. This census, once fully updated, will help us better communicate parish activities to our members. If you were unable to stop by last weekend, you will have an opportunity to update the info online at a later date. If you attend mass on a regular basis here at St. James and are not registered, this is a great opportunity to register.

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Home Remodeling of Ambridge recently updated the wooden cabinets in our Sacristy area. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive helped to pay for these upgrades. Thank you for your continued generosity and support for the campaign as we continue to make these much needed upgrades in the church.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Susan Gaudio and Josh and Noah Holland.

Congratulations Congratulations to Eilanna Jane Rogers, daughter of Jamie and Pam Mauti Rogers who is being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to Rayna Patricia Zola who is being Confirmed this weekend. Rayna has completed the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) Program.

Congratulations to our 2nd graders who made their First Holy Communion these past few weeks. May the Eucharist nourish them and guide them in their faith! Thank you to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education and her staff for their leadership.

15 years of Priesthood This coming Thursday, May 26, I will celebrate my 15th anniversary of ordination as a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I am grateful for my 15 years of ministry serving the Church of Pittsburgh, and honored for four of those years to serve as your Pastor here at St. James . Please keep me in your prayers.

**Please note that I will be visiting Alaska May 23 thru June 3. There will be no daily Masses May 23-28 (including Saturday morning Mass, Adoration or Confessions.)

Fr. Joe Freedy will celebrate the 9:00am school Mass Tuesday, May 24.

Fr. Richard Terdine will be the celebrant for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses and 9:00am Mass on Memorial Day, May 30. There will also be no daily Mass May 31 or June 1-3.

Please hold any phone messages or e-mails while I am away. Please contact the office staff if you need assistance.

Something to Think About… We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere. -Tim McGraw

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 5.15.16

COME HOLY SPIRIT!

For the past fifty days, we have been immersed in the mystery of new life with the Risen Lord. Today is Pentecost Sunday, the “birthday of the church”! Pentecost is Greek meaning fifty days. Our readings today recall and celebrate all that the Holy Spirit has done for us and for the church. We receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism and also at Confirmation to guide us and give us strength.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his Apostles, if you love me, you will keep my commandments. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us with love. The Spirit is there to assist as the church labors to witness to God’s truth, justice, peace, and love. Let us be aware of the value of that gift in our lives and be grateful for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe.

COME HOLY SPIRIT!

Cemetery Improvements I am pleased to announce that we are making much needed improvements to the St. James Cemetery. King Landscaping along with Jeff Reismeyer from Valley’s Best Tree Service recently removed several trees in the upper area of the cemetery. We have received permission from Sewickley Heights Borough to remove the trees for future expansion of the property and possibly add additional cemetery plots. Parishioner, Jake Smiley will be working on his Eagle Scout Project in the next few weeks which will include new fencing around the entire ceme- tery grounds and also clean up many of the bushes that surround the property. Spe- cial thanks to a “Friend of St. James” for making a monetary donation to make this project possible. We thank you for your patience and support as we improve our cemetery for our loved ones to be at peace and for families to enjoy the peace and beauty of our cemetery.

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30 to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the rectory during normal business hours.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian dinner dance: Gift cards, lottery tickets, Wine, etc. You can drop them off at in the Ushers Room or at the Rectory.

Maintenance Staff Changes Dan O’Rourke who has been a long time employee of our school maintenance staff will be retiring May 31. Dan has been employed with us since 1989. We thank him for his service and wish him well in his retirement.

Paul Denk who has worked part-time evenings on our school maintenance staff the past three years will become full-time as the Director of Maintenance starting June 13. Paul has been employed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh since 1998 first at St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks and recently as Director of Maintenance at St. Alphonsus School in Wexford. Welcome!

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Wes, Jennifer, Alex and Olivia Omler, and Betty Fecko.

**Please note that I will be visiting Alaska May 23 thru June 1st. There will be no daily Masses the week of May 23-28 (including Saturday morning Mass, Adoration or Confessions). Fr. Joe Freedy will celebrate the school Mass Tuesday, May 24 and Fr. Richard Terdine will be celebrant for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses and 9:00am Mass on Memorial Day, May 30. There will also be no daily Mass May 31 or June 1, 2, and 3rd.

Please hold any phone messages or e-mails while I am away. Please contact the office staff if you need assistance.

Something to Think About… If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. - Amit Ray

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 5.08.16

PRAY THAT WE ALL MAY BE ONE!

Mother’s Day is always a special day to honor all the women in our lives who hold a motherly role: mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, mother in-laws and aunts. It is a special day to say thank you for all they have done for us. I thank God every day for my mom, Marge, who after all these years, still does so much for her three children and seven grandchildren. Thanks mom for giving me life, teaching me the faith, and encouraging and supporting me throughout the forty five years of my life. Life...what a beautiful choice!

This weekend we celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on unity. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read the martyrdom of St. Stephen. He says “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” In the Gospel of John, we read the closing of “Jesus’ Farewell Discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus gives his “priestly prayer” and prays that we all may be one in him. In this beautiful prayer Jesus prays for himself, his disciples and for the community. The ultimate concern for Jesus is concern for the unity of the community

As we come into the home stretch of the Easter Season let us let go of grudges or differences and reach out and extend a sign of peace to someone. Pray for families that are divided, co-workers, classmates and neighbors that have strained relationships.

Pentecost is next weekend. Please wear something red to Mass. The second collection next weekend is for Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as possible.

PRAY THAT WE ALL MAY BE ONE!

Parish Census to be conducted May 14-15! All registered parishioners will be asked to participate in updating their information as we conduct a Parish Census the weekend of May 14 and 15 after all the Masses in the Gathering Space. We ask that parishioners stop over and look over the print out that the parish has for each registered individual/family. It is a good time to update family members who have moved out, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. This will save time calling each family. Also, if a person attends mass on a regular basis here at St. James and is not registered, this will be a great opportunity to register.

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi – Home Remodeling of Ambridge continues to make renovations to the Gathering Space. He is upgrading the ceiling in the middle of the room. Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley continues to upgrade the electrical outlets as well as install new lighting throughout the room.

Please note that during renovations, the Gathering Space is closed for “thru traffic” during the day Monday thru Friday, 6:00am to 5:00pm. Thank you for your patience as we continue with renovations throughout the month of May.

Please Note Offertory Gifts If you have a weekend Mass intention for a loved one and would like to bring up the gifts during the Offertory, please contact one of the Ushers before Mass.

All of our restrooms in the church and Gathering Space are equipped with sensor lights that turn on and off automatically. There is no need to touch the sensor light when entering or exiting the restrooms.

Newly Baptized Congratulations to Emery Rose Eldridge, daughter of Scott and Wendy Batman Eldridge and Aubrey Roxa Metz, daughter of William and Lauren Freeman Metz and William Cameron Hanlon, son of William and Kristie Kubit Hanlon who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Thomas Maher and Sandra Nelson who are validating their marriage vows this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Lou and Sharon Cisar, and Tony Mastroianni to who recently registered at St. James Parish.

A special welcome to all of our second graders and their families who are with us this weekend celebrating their First Holy Communions!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, aunts or any woman that holds a “motherly role” in someone’s life.

**Please note that there will be no daily Mass this coming Wednesday, May 11 or Friday, May 13. I will be out of town for a mini-retreat. **

Something to Think About… Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you are a referee. - David Frost

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 5.01.16

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

We have reached the “half way point” of the Easter Season. The readings for the second half concentrate on the impending departure of Jesus, the coming of the spirit, and the beginning of the young Church’s mission to preach salvation. This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on being connected to God the Father.

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the differences of opinion threaten to split the early church. The Holy Spirit brings them back together as one. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading the “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus informs his disciples that he is returning to the Father and he will send the disciples the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, will remain with the community always and who will teach them everything. Jesus instructs his disciples that to remember him is to love him. His parting words are a blessing, he says “my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not let them be afraid.” As we continue this Easter season and begin a new month of May, let us keep looking forward and keep the faith.

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Confirmation This past Thursday, April 28 we welcomed Bishop David A. Zubik to St. James to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation to the seventyone eghth graders. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may bless our youth and guide them for the future.

Windows of Unity One hundred people participated in the Windows For Unity fundraiser dinner on April 21 to raise funds for St. James Catholic Church in Ilorin, Nigeria. We packaged and shipped donated stained glass windows, religious articles, medical supplies and hospital equipment. Special thanks to Larry Richert from KDKA Radio for being the Master of Ceremonies, Patte Grey, Jean Bley, Terri Price, Donna Best, Anna Villella, Lou Valenzi, the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts for helping make the dinner run smoothly.

Ascension Thursday Thursday, May 5 is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have three masses available - 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

Parish Improvements Four new wooden benches have been placed outside of the main church entrance for a new outdoor Gathering Space. These wooden benches were handmade by Don Schueler (my sister Linda’s father in -law) for my nephew Donovan Burke Schuler’s Eagle Scout project, which was completed last year. This project included cleaning up the fish pond area and the prayer garden. These benches will now be enjoyed by all during the week and weekends.

Parish Share 2016 As we approach a new month this weekend, the month of May, let us remember to be generous to the Parish Share campaign, which runs the day to day operation s of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, operates St. Paul Seminary, helps with our schools and religious education funds. Our goal this year is $173,549.

Steep Slope Roof Renovations The Diocese has granted permission for St. James Parish to undergo major roof renovations. Our main church “steep slope” roof will be completely replaced. Funds from our campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for the repairs. S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has been awarded the contract. Work is set to begin June 7 and last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.

Congratulations Congratulations to Dylan Elizabeth Schillo, daughter of Robert and Gwendolyn Lewis Schillo, who is being baptized this weekend.

Happy anniversary to Jim and Marie Walls who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last weekend and my parents Bill and Marge Burke who are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this coming Thursday, May 5.

Welcome A special welcome to William, Lauren, and Liam Metz who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Love isn’t a thing, after all, but an endless series of single acts. - Richard Ford

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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