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Holiday Mass Schedule - 2017

Sunday, December 24

Vigil (Saturday, December 23) - 5:00pm

Sunday - 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am


CHRISTMAS EVE

Sunday, December 24

4:00pm (Children’s Choir)

7:00pm
Midnight (Adult & Bell Choirs)

(11:30pm Choir prelude)


CHRISTMAS DAY

Monday, December 25

9:30am


Sunday, December 31

Vigil (Saturday, December 30) - 5:00pm

Sunday - 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am


NEW YEAR’S EVE

Sunday, December 31

4:00pm


NEW YEAR’S DAY

Monday, January 1

9:30 am

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.10.17

MAKING ROOM FOR JESUS!

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. The readings this weekend focus on preparing for the Lord. In the Gospel of Mark, we are introduced to John the Baptist who is a cousin of Jesus. We will read about John this week and next Sunday because he is a major figure during the Season of Advent and focuses on preparation and repentance.

Both Isaiah and John the Baptist remind us that Advent is about preparing the way of the Lord, clearing space and making room for Jesus.

One of the most important things we can do this Advent Season is to prepare our own heart to receive Jesus. During this busy time of the year with work, school, Christmas shopping, writing out Christmas Cards, and attending various holiday gatherings and events, let us slow down and make time for Christ in our hearts.

MAKING ROOM FOR JESUS!

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 183 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parish Share helps educate our Seminarians who are our future priests! We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Goal this year is $179,002.

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has completed renovations to the Gathering Space Kitchen and Storage Room. The Women’s Guild and 55 Plus Group now have their own secured storage cabinet. Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for helping to fund this major project!

Ron Parisi also built an additional wooden walkway platform near the cantor stand and piano in the church for easier accessibility for our cantors and choir members.

Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks recently installed six new water fountains in the school hallways, Gym, and Gathering Space. A new water bottle filling station was also installed with each new fountain. Special thanks to Jamie and Pam Rogers for helping to fund this wonderful project! 

Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. There are various Penance Services being conducted the next several weeks to get ready for the Christmas Season.

We will participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will participate this coming Wednesday, December 13. The church will be open for private prayer and confessions will be available from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

The final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, December 18 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

Finance Council The Finance Council of St. James is a very important group of men and women who assist the Pastor and staff with guidance on the day to day operations of the parish and school.

I am very grateful for their expertise and leadership. I am pleased to appoint Bill Richardson to the Finance Council. Bill grew up in Beaver Falls and has a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and is a CPA and tax partner with Sisterston & Company LLP in Pittsburgh. He has served in numerous financial roles prior to joining St. James including being on the Finance Council of a nearby parish and Catholic school fundraising board, and is presently a member of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School Finance Council and Board of Directors. Bill and his wife Luann have four children and reside in Sewickley.

Other members include:Carole Enke, Daniel Kerner, Judy Spanos, David Thompson, Bernadette Wenglik and Andrea Vescio.

Pastoral Council The Pastoral Council of St. James is also a very important group of men and women who assist the Pastor and Staff with the guidance and leadership of parish life. Pastoral Council members include: Donna Best, Jean Bley, Ivan Hoffmann, Marty McDaniel, Jeff Minarek, Donna Pavlis, Linda Soldressen and Anna Villella.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. They are also available at the Rectory Office during the week during normal business hours.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Brad, Alissa, Ava and Brooks Durko, and Brion Harrison, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Cynthia Phillips and Timothy Patterson who are validating their marriage this weekend!

Happy Birthday Happy 80th birthday on December 16, to Emil Grazioli, who is the father of our Office Manager, Karin Masterani.

Something to Think About… There is always hope, but only if that hope is turned into action. - David Mitchell

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 - 12.03.2017

BE WATCHFUL!

Today we begin a new season and a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It presents an opportunity of preparation and calls our attention to recall the birth of Jesus and also to anticipate his Second Coming. Advent makes us think of the theme of waiting. During Advent, the Church invites us to prepare to celebrate both Jesus’ birth and his promise to return at the end of time.

The readings this weekend focus on being watchful and staying alert. In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how Isaiah prays for the chosen people who are in exile. In the Second reading to the Corinthians, Paul gives thanks for all the spiritual gifts God has given to the community of faith. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus reminds his disciples to be alert, be watchful. This Gospel is sometimes referred to as the “Little Apocalypse” which seeks to uncover the mysteries of the future and teach us about preparing for the second coming of Christ.

Advent is a time to be hopeful. We prepare our hearts by seeking forgiveness. Let us get rid of the clutter of sin and worldly distractions.

As we light the first candle in our Advent wreath this week, let us stay alert and be watchful!

BE WATCHFUL!

Gift Card Program With the Christmas shopping season now in full swing, please 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. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office.

Fair Trade Sale Please join us this weekend after all the Sunday morning Masses for our annual Fair Trade Sale! There will be several vendors here with handmade goods from various countries.

Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our next district penance service will be held this Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. On Wednesday December 13, from 6:00 to 9:00pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The final district penance service will be held on Monday, December 18 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis.

Christmas Wafers Christmas Wafers or “Oplatki” are available in church or at the rectory office. Each package contains four blessed wafers for you to use during your Christmas Eve or Day Dinner. The wafers are located near the candles in the main vestibule. Suggested donation is $5.00 which can be placed in the money box near the Candle Stands.

Little Blue Books Available We are pleased to distribute the annual “Little Blue Book” this weekend. The Little Blue Books are a great pocket prayer companion during the season of Advent. These booklets are free of charge, courtesy of the parish.

Parish Improvements New seat cushions have now been installed in all of the church pews. Special thanks to a very generous parishioner for making this project possible!

Welcome Home A special welcome to Rodrigo, Deise, Sarah, and Deborah Daud, and Patrick and Jeanie Kirkpatrick who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Are You Registered? Are you registered in the parish? Registration forms are located on the Information tables in Church or contact the Rectory office. Every Catholic needs a place to call home. You’re Welcomed Here!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Shaelyn Barchie and Adam Ross who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Congratulations to Brooks Miller Durko, son of Bradley and Alissa (Gilbert) Durko, and Blake Anne Duss, daughter of James and Alicia (Vereb) Duss who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to the Quaker Valley High School football team for winning the WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field against Aliquippa! Congratulations also goes out to the Quaker Valley High School soccer team for winning the State Championship! St. James School Alumni, Ian Rogers scored the winning goal!

Something to Think About… Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. - Roy T. Bennett

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 - 11.26.17

CHRIST THE KING!

We are coming to the end of the Liturgical Calendar. A new cycle of readings begins next Sunday, December 3, the first week of Advent. As we reflect on the past year, let us use this time to ask God for repentance and start a new year refreshed and renewed.

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. The readings this weekend use images of God and Christ as shepherd and King of all creation.

The celebration of Christ the King invites us to consider what we believe about where we and the universe are ultimately headed. When we see and respond to our brother sister in need, we are also seeing and responding to Christ. We serve our king by serving each other.

CHRIST THE KING!

On Mission For the Church Alive… As we prepare for the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive! process please note several upcoming important dates: Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association will begin to operate St. James Cemetery effective January 18, 2018. The new Allegheny Regional Office is located in the West End section of Pittsburgh on the former Guardian Angels Parish Campus. Bishop Zubik will announce the new parish groupings and clergy assignments on April 26, 2018. New mass schedules for each grouping are to begin the week of October 15, 2018. We continue to work with our neighboring parishes: St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township and St. Catherine’s in Crescent to promote each others’ parish events. We already share hospital coverage throughout the week at Heritage Valley - Sewickley and the St. James Parish St. Vincent dePaul Society is now offering assistance with the needy in Coraopolis.

Gift Card Program With the Christmas shopping season now in full swing, please support your parish by participating in our gift card program. Stop by the table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office from 9:00-11:30am and 2:00-3:30pm.

Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service next Monday, November 27 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. On Wednesday December 13, from 6pm to 9pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Light Up Night in Sewickley Please join us Friday, December 1 for Light Up Night in Sewickley. We will be having our 3rd annual Light Up Night Pasta Feast from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the School Cafeteria and Gathering Space. Join us for a delicious dinner then leave your car in our parking lot and walk around the village and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds from the pasta dinner will benefit the Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild. Get your advanced tickets before or after Mass this weekend or next weekend or at the Rectory. Tickets will be sold at the door for an additional $2 per meal.

Fair Trade Sale Join us Sunday, December 3, after all Masses for our annual Fair Trade Sale! There will be several vendors here with handmade goods from various countries.

Festival of Carol and Praise Come join the choirs from throughout the Diocese to fill St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland with joyful song on Saturday, December 9 from 7:30-9:00pm. Hosted by Holy Apostles Parish in South Pittsburgh (my home parish), the evening will be an opportunity to pray and worship together as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. We will be taking a bus departing from the St. James parking lot at 6:15pm. If you are interested in attending please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2626 or email at tharshini. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is no cost for transportation. The parish will cover the cost. Please register by Sunday, December 3 to reserve your seat.

Congratulations Congratulations to Madeline Grace Grefenstette and Liliana Rose Green who are being Baptized this weekend!

Welcome Home A special welcome to Brian, Annie, Brett and Luke Julian, and Kevin, Lauren, and Parker Leonard who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments. - C.S. Lewis

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 - 11.19.17

USE OUR TALENTS!

It is the mid- point of November and the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and we are experiencing cooler temperatures. As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Season, this is a good time to evaluate how the year 2017 has been for us: what have we done and where do we want to go for the New Year. This is a good weekend to do some “internal soul searching” to start making some goals to be a better person.

The readings this weekend focus on using our gifts and talents to the best of our ability. In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs, a poet describes Wisdom as the perfect partner. She brings life and countless blessings to those who love her. The final chapter of Proverbs honors the worthy wife and the poem gives special attention to the hands of a perfect spouse. In the Second Reading from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to be prepared, for the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly. Paul encourages his people to be alert spiritually. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Talents. Placed in the Lectionary towards the end of the liturgical year, this parable urges us to evaluate our own service. These three readings prepare us for the end of the year and challenge us to understand our life in terms of its ultimate purpose.

Jesus teaches us that careful preparation must be made for the final coming of the Lord. God calls us to live for his future and not our own. The task of all followers of Jesus is to devote our energies to God.

Do you have a passion for something that you do not use? Would you like to become more involved in the parish as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Choir Member, Religious Education Catechist or Youth Ministry Volunteer? Want to become a Member of the Women’s Guild, Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent de Paul Society? This is a wonderful time to become active. How can I better use the talents that God has given me?

USE OUR TALENTS!

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Carole Enke to the Parish Finance Council. Carol grew up in New Brighton and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management from Robert Morris University. She has been employed at American Zinc Recycling for the past twenty one years working in Sales and Marketing as well as preparing budgets and conducting corporate presentations. She is very active here at St. James as a Eucharistic Minister, Women’s Bible Study, and helps with the Fish Fry and Elegant Junk Sale. Carole and her husband John live in Chippewa Township.

Parish Improvements Three new benches have been installed in our Prayer Garden.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Greg, Emily, and Maryelle Olenic, and Leah Seese who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy 101st Birthday to Austin McGrath!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held Thursday, November 23 at 9am.

Please note that there will no 6:45 am Mass on Friday, November 24 and no Mass, Confessions or Adoration, Saturday morning, November 25. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!

Light Up Night in Sewickley! Please join us on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria and Gathering Space for a delicious spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. James Women’s Guild.

Welcome Home Mass A “Welcome Home Mass” for fallen away Catholics will be held next Saturday, November 25 at 5:00pm. Please invite a family member of friend to join us for Mass.

Thank You Thank you to all who attended the Blue and White Gala last weekend. Over 200 people attended the dinner! Special thanks to the Gala Committee for a successful event!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 47th birthday this Friday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James.

Something to Think About… “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

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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