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A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.25.17

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Today we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on not having fear but having faith. In the First Reading from Jeremiah, we read how the prophet preaches that the Lord will guide and protect us. In the many hardships of life, God is there to help us. In the Second Reading from Paul to the Romans, we read how St. Paul reminds the Romans that Adam brought sin and death to the world but Jesus’ sacrificial act brought new life and a new creation. Jesus encourages his disciples to be bold and bring all secrets hidden in darkness into the light.

After more than three months of Lent and Easter, this weekend we return to Ordinary Time. This year we read from the Gospel of Matthew. This weekend we begin reading part of Matthew’s “Mission Discourse” which provides guidance to the disciples. In word and deed as disciples, we are sent to spread the Good News. Let us strive to openly proclaim the gospel message with joyful hearts. Let us not be afraid to testify our belief in Jesus.

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Parish Improvements Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. The only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers’ Room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited available bathrooms, both restrooms in the church are now for both men and women.

Improvements to our prayer garden along Walnut Street continue. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has now been installed since new lighting along the sidewalks is currently being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer. A current list of donors is in this week’s bulletin. We thank all those who are helping make this project possible.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650, extension 312 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path Upgrade Project.” We are currently looking into having donations applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for details regarding this endeavor.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro will begin to replace the flat roof on the Gathering Space, school gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space starting this week. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

On Mission For the Church Alive! The diocese is considering grouping St. James with St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, St. Joseph in Coraopolis and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent for the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive process. This grouping is very encouraging since we already partner with our neighbors across the Sewickley Bridge with our Lenten and Advent Penance Services and all four parishes currently cover at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital during the weekdays. With our updated Parish Census taken last summer, currently twenty percent of St. James registered parishioners have a Coraopolis/Moon Township zip code.

Also our St. James Parish St. Vincent dePaul Society has recently took on covering the Coraopolis area for needy families and individuals since the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Parish is no longer active and our food pantry is now sharing food to restock the food pantry at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon Township.

Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Paul and Patricia Dugan, John Kulka, and Jason, Rebecca, Juliet, and Violet Price.

Congratulations Congratulations to Madelyn Jean Biser, daughter of Stephen and Casey Kuyweski Biser who is being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Bethany Shaw and Shane Young who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Congratulations to Larry and Sharron Schaefer (our Associate Director of Music) celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Something to Think About… Life is a bumpy road, and laughter is your best shock absorber. - Author Unknown.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their 5th Stanley Cup!

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 - 06.18.17

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

During the Lenten season I refrained from eating cookies, cakes, and ice cream. It was a big sacrifice but I did it and it felt good that I lost ten pounds. Recently while I was working out at the Sewickley YMCA a parishioner said to me, “Fr. Tom you lost some weight!” What a great compliment. Now that Lent is over I have to confess that I have returned to eating sweets (but in moderation.) Just this past week a friend of mine gave me a book called “Let Food Be Your Medicine” by Dr. Don Colbert. I have started reading the book and it is a good guide to remind me to try to eat healthy every day. As they say… we are what we eat!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” In today’s Gospel, we read the famous “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus offers us incredible food for the journey. As believers, we take Jesus for his word as he says: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

We need the spiritual food of the Eucharist to successfully complete our life journey. Our Lord’s presence in the Eucharist is not only the source of God’s love for us and of our worship and adoration, it also gives us a challenge for us to give witness of the Lord’s love to our world.

Let us appreciate the Eucharist at every Mass we attend. Never take it for granted. Let us be fed and nourished and go out and share our food to others in need.

On this Father’s Day let us pray for all living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles or anyone who holds a fatherly role in our life.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Home Remodeling of Ambridge is currently working on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Because the restrooms are being renovated, the only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited bathrooms being available both restrooms in the church are now available for both men and women. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry Parishioners who are interested in helping deliver food to area residents and make house visits are welcomed to join the St. Vincent dePaul ministry. We recently took on covering the Coraopolis area since St. Joseph Parish disbanded their St. Vincent dePaul group. If you are interested please contact parishioner, John Nard at 724-979- 2401 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish - Lori Duffy and Bernadette Revicky.

Priesthood Ordination Next Saturday, June 24, Bishop Zubik will ordain five men to the priesthood at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate Benjamin E. Barr from St. Monica Parish - Beaver Falls/Chippewa Township/ Darlington, Thomas J. Gramc from St. Ferdinand Parish - Cranberry Township, David W. Green from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish - Pleasant Hills, Alexander J. Schrenk from Assumption Parish - Bellevue, and Daniel R. Waruszewski from St. Teresa of Avila Parish - Perrysville.

Pray for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life.

Congratulations Congratulations to Charlotte Elizabeth Sweeney, daughter of Steven and Caitlin Courneen Sweeney who is being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Mitchel Beining and Kirsten Robinson who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy 28th anniversary to Karin and Joe Masterani!

Happy Birthday Happy birthday to our school secretary, Marcy Knobloch, who is celebrating her birthday Monday, June 19, and our Office Manager, Karin Masterani, who is celebrating her birthday this coming Friday, June 23.

Notre Dame Vision Trip Please note that because I will be attending the Notre Dame Vision trip with our Youth Group this coming week. Please hold any phone calls or e-mails while I am away.

Please note that there will be no daily Mass Monday thru Friday, June 19-23.

Something to Think About… I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

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 - 06.11.17

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT!

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. God is a God of love. God’s unconditional love for us is the Good News. As we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, let us trust in God and show love towards one another.

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT!

Eucharistic Adoration To celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (which is next Sunday, June 18) there will Eucharistic Adoration this coming Thursday, June 15 from 9am to 9pm in the Children’s Chapel. All are welcome to spend time with the Lord for prayer and meditation.

Hands & Feet of Love Ministry Any parishioner who is currently homebound or unable to make it to Mass on a regular basis, needs assistance for errands, doctor visits, or would like to receive Holy Communion on a weekly basis, please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or e-mail at tharshini. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Home Remodeling of Ambridge is currently working on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Because the restrooms are being renovated, the only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers Room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited bathrooms available, both restrooms in the church will be available for both men and women temporarily. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fratangelo Gardens of Moon Township is currently installing new underground drains for our Prayer Path. In the next few weeks we will be working on installing new lighting. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer. Local landscape architect, David Lucci is assisting us with this project.

Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

Flat Roof Replacement The Diocese of Pittsburgh has granted us permission to replace the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has been awarded the contract. Work will begin next Monday, June 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of July (pending the weather.) Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will be assisting us with this project.

Youth Ministry I am pleased to appoint John Wieland as the new Director of Youth Ministry effective July 1. John has been a member of the parish for the past five years and has been active in volunteering for the Vacation Bible School and CCD programs. He is also a member of the Small Groups at St. James and belongs to the Christian Family Movement. John graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently working as the Academic Support Specialist for the Cornell School District. John is also involved with Junior Achievement, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, The United Way, Cub Scouts, Moon Area Baseball and Soccer Associations. John and his wife Jane have two sons Jacob and Jackson and currently reside in Moon Township.

Notre Dame Vision Once again our High School Youth Ministry program will be going to the University of Notre Dame June 19-23 to participate in the week long “Notre Dame Vision” program. Forty-eight high school students and four adults will be participating in this wonderful summer camp program.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: David and Monica Barchie, and Holly and Payton Mitchell.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eva Vaccaro and Nicholas Lumley who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our outgoing Youth Minister, Maria Brown who celebrated her birthday this past Thursday, June 8.

Something to Think About… Giving is true loving… - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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 - 06.04.17

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Fifty days ago we celebrated Easter. For the past seven weeks we have been reading from the Acts of the Apostles how the church grew after Jesus had resurrected. With the church being decorated with beautiful flowers, the Risen Lord statue, the Easter fountain and the Easter Candle, the fifty day celebration of the Risen Lord comes to an end today as we celebrate Pentecost. The Jewish people celebrated Pentecost for centuries before it became a feast. It was a celebration of the fiftieth day of Passover.

Today we read in the Gospel how Jesus commissions his disciples to continue his mission as he gives them the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his Apostles to continue the mission of the church to preach, teach and heal. In the Gospel of John we read how Jesus says “Peace Be With You.” This passage, often referred to as the “Johnnine Pentecost” describes how Jesus, after his resurrection, appeared to the disciples and gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Let us be open to the Holy Spirit so we too, like the Apostles can bring Christ to those who are in need. As we conclude the Easter season and return to Ordinary Time, let us celebrate the summer season being refreshed and renewed.

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Parish Improvements Our prayer garden along Walnut Street is being completely revamped. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and in the next few weeks we will be working on installing a new drainage system and new lighting along the sidewalks. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project. Plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer. 

Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path Upgrade Project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

Flat Roof Replacement The Diocese of Pittsburgh has granted us permission to replace the flat roof on the Gathering Space, the School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has been awarded the contract. Work will begin June 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of June (pending the weather.) Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will be assisting us with this project. Thank you to all who participated in the Our Campaign For the Church Alive to make this much needed project possible.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has begun renovation work in both restrooms in the Gathering Space. Please be patient while the renovations are taking place.

*** Due to the renovations of the Gathering Space restrooms, BOTH the women’s and men’s bathroom will be closed. Only the church restrooms (near the ushers’ room) will be available while these renovations are taking place. Please note that for added convenience, both restrooms in the church will be available for BOTH women and men. ***

16th Anniversary of Priesthood Thank you to all who sent cards, e-mails and well wishes as I celebrated my 16th anniversary of Priesthood Ordination last Friday, May 26. I had a picnic last Sunday at St. Mary of the Mount Parish on Mt. Washington with my classmates. I love being a priest and I am honored to be your Pastor.

Congratulations Congratulations to Rosalie Olivia Gill, daughter of Adam and Rachel Panek Gill, and Sandro Parise Presogna, son of Kyle Persogna and Holly Hursky who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Kathleen Rogers and David Ford who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome A special welcome to Michael, Connor, and Brooklyn Bell, Andrea Naplen, and Valerie Laux who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Thank you Thank you to Belinda Thompson for planting the beautiful red, white and blue flowers in the flower beds at the entrance of the church and rectory.

Something to Think About… It’s the will that’s awakened in the darkness that brings us to a more permanent light. - Daniel Katz

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

 
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