PEACE BE WITH YOU!
This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the early church grew in numbers after the Resurrection of Jesus. In the Second Reading from First Peter, we read about hope. We are encouraged to remain steadfast in faith. In the Gospel of John, we read the first encounter after the Resurrection of Jesus and his Disciples. He simply says, “peace be with you.” Thomas was not at the first encounter with the other disciples and had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly had risen.
Jesus strengthens us when we have doubts and raises each of us above our human frailties. Through his mercy he brings us into communion with the Father. Let us open up our eyes today and see that Christ is in our midst.
PEACE BE WITH YOU!
Gathering Hymnals and Book Racks Over the past several months we have added new Gathering Hymnals to the pews. These hymnals now have ribbons and all the music and readings for the Sunday Masses. Recently we have also added new book racks in the middle of all the pews so that more people can enjoy the Hymnals to use during Mass. 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 and on the bulletin boards in the main and Gathering Space vestibule and return it to Terri Price, our Business Manager at the Rectory.
Finance Council It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dan Kerner to our Parish Finance Council. Dan was born and raised in Erie and graduated from Gannon University with a degree in Accounting. He is currently an Accounting Advisor for FedEx where he works to help account for the company’s worldwide portfolio of leases. Dan and his wife Johnna have two daughters; Hailey who is in Kindergarten at St. James School and Emma who is three years old. They currently reside in Ohio Township.
In Loving Memory Special thanks to the Amato and Vasiladiotis families for generously offering donations to St. James Parish in memory of Mildred Amato and Lyn Vasiladiotis. Please remember St. James in your living will or when making funeral arrangements for loved ones. It is wonderful to keep a loving member of the family in memory close to home.
Welcome A special warm welcome to Christopher and Jennifer DeAndrea, and Curt, Lindsey, Caden, and Clara Russell, who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Congratulations Last weekend, we welcomed the eleven men and women and two children who have completed the Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2017 include: Jason Brewer, Olivia Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Thomas Melisko Jr., Paul Muders, Ethan Pelloni, Maxwell Pelloni, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Special thanks to Bob Basl , and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year. If you or you know someone interested in the Catholic Faith and would like to enroll in the RCIA program this coming fall, please give me a call or e-mail me to register. Classes will begin after Labor Day in September.
This weekend, we welcome, Francis Richard Prossen and Frederick Thomas Prossen, sons of Matthew & Shelby Allen Prossen and John McQuone Meagher, son of Jeffrey & Kerry McQuone Meagher who are being baptized this weekend.
Wedding Bells Congratulations to Thomas Melisko Jr, and Karen Bove who validated their Marriage last week. If you or you know someone who was not married in a Catholic ceremony but would like to validate their marriage, please give me a call.
Please note This Sunday we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine at the Sunday morning Masses. I am traveling to Des Moines, Iowa and Springfield, Illinois this week for my Spring retreat. This will be my 48th and 49th state capitals to visit. Please note that there will be no daily Mass this week April 24-28. Please hold all calls and e-mails until I return Friday evening. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel to the mid-west.
Something to Think About… Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King Jr.
With God, All Things Are Possible!
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 (PALM SUNDAY VIGIL)
Mass is at 5:00pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 9 (PALM SUNDAY)
Masses are at 7:30am,
9:30am and 11:30am
Youth Group performs Living Stations – 7:30PM in Church
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY
Mass at 6:45AM
Mass at 9:00AM
THURSDAY, APRIL 13 (HOLY THURSDAY)
Mass is at
Church will be
open until 11:00PM
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 (GOOD FRIDAY)
Noon - Seven Last Words Cantata (By
St. James Adult Choir)
1:30pm - Good Friday Service
4:30-7:30pm Fish Fry
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Noon - Blessing of Food Baskets
Easter Vigil Mass
is at 8:00pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (EASTER) MASSES
In Observance of Holy Week and Easter,
The Rectory offices will be CLOSED
Holy Thursday (April 13), Good Friday (April 14) and
Easter Monday (April 17)
The offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18, at
These past forty days of Lent have been a time for us to reflect on the positive changes we would like to make in our life and remind ourselves that we are all on this journey together. Our theme this Lent was “Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking.” During our Lenten Parish Mission, Capuchin Franciscan Father Scott Seethaler reminded us of several key points: God is not missing in our life, make prayer a daily part of our life, forgive those who have hurt us, and don’t let worry take over our life.
Today we rejoice at Easter as the tomb is empty. St. John places Mary Magdalene at the center of his Resurrection Gospel. As she approaches the tomb, she sees the rolled-away stone and sees that the tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is the first person at the tomb in all four gospels and she is the messenger who then brings Peter and the Beloved Disciple to see that the stone has been moved.
Easter is about Jesus, the Jesus who announced God’s kingdom. We celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness and good over evil. Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
Gathering Hymnals Over the past several months we have added new Gathering Hymnals to the pews. These hymnals now have ribbons and all the music and readings for the Sunday Masses. 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 and on the bulletin boards in the main and Gathering Space vestibule and return it to Terri Price our Business Manager at the Rectory.
Education Plus on KQV Radio Tune into KQV Radio 1410Am Fridays at 7:00pm and/or Sundays at 8:30am for “Education Plus.” I host this weekly radio program to highlight Catholic Elementary and High Schools. Education Plus is brought to you by the generosity of Sam and Judy Spanos and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017 -2018 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. We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for this coming year! Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more information or for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.
Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered you are most welcomed here! Please complete the registration form that is on the information tables and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.
Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael and Hannah Boyd, and Caroline Senra, who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Congratulations This weekend, we welcome the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2017 include: Jason Brewer, Olivia Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Special thanks to Bob Basl, and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year.
Looking Ahead Emily Jancart Memorial Scholarship Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 30 after all Masses in the School Cafeteria.
First Holy Communions for our second graders will be the weekends of April 29-30, and May 6-7.
*** Please note that our campus will be closed on Easter Monday, April 17 in observance of the Easter holiday. There will be no daily Mass, no school, and the Rectory offices will be closed.
Also, there will be no daily Mass the week of April 24-28 while I will be on Spring retreat and traveling to Iowa and Illinois.
Something to Think About… Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
With God, All Things Are Possible!
LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!
Today, we bless the palm branches and carry them in high honor of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and today is the only Sunday that we read two gospel passages. Our liturgy is divided into three parts: commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, Liturgy of the Word, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. We end our readings with Jesus having been betrayed and tortured, denied, mocked and crucified. Matthew’s Passion story stretches from the plot of Judas to the stone placed before Jesus’ tomb. Jesus is in complete control of the situation.
This coming week is “Holy Week” - - the holiest week of the year honoring our Lord as we retrace his steps through Jerusalem to Calvary. Let us become closer to the Lord and pick up our cross and follow the Lord.
LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!
Lenten Penance Services The last penance service will be conducted tomorrow, Monday, April 10 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.
No confessions will be heard until after Easter.
Living Stations This weekend we welcome the St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program as they perform “Living Stations.” This is a wonderful passion play on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Over ninety high school students will perform. Please join us this evening at 7:30pm in the church.
Final Fish Fry this coming Friday! Thank you to all who have come out the past five Fridays for our Parish Fish Fry. Our final Fish Fry will take place on Good Friday and dinners will be available from 3:00-7:00pm. Stop down to the Cafeteria or take out your food order in the Gathering Space after the Liturgy of the Word Service. If you have not yet visited our Fish Fry, come and see why it is so popular this year!ÂÂ
We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group.
Scrip Program The Easter shopping season is now in full swing and St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make, the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available after Mass and also at the rectory office Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:00am or 2:00-3:30pm.
Holy Week Schedule Please join us for Holy Thursday, April 13 for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm, Good Friday Liturgy April 14 at 1:00pm, and Blessing of Baskets and Food Holy Saturday, April 15 at Noon. The Easter Vigil Mass will be held Saturday at 8:00pm, and on Easter Sunday, Masses are at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am.
Please note that there will be NO daily Mass on Monday, April 17
Rectory Office Hours The Rectory Offices will be CLOSED Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday. If you need assistance during that time, please call my office at 412-741-6650 extension 311.
Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered, you’re most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. If you are currently not receiving envelopes or the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, please notify the parish office. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.
Welcome A special welcome to Collin and Leah Glover, Rachel Hildebrand, and Darren and Amanda Wood who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Congratulations Congratulations to Stella Jolene Bennett, Alexandra Kim Mayo, Gianna Renee Mayo, and Vedder Inez Zernich who are being Baptized this weekend!
Have a very blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter!
Something to Think About… Everything in life can be summarized in two words: challenge and response. - Arnold Toynbee
With God, All Things Are Possible!