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A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.31.17

WE ARE FAMILY!

This year Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Monday. Last Sunday we did a “double header” by attending Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family and on Monday, New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God.

Please note that because this year’s Holy Day is falling on a Monday, IT IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION to attend Mass. Mass will still be celebrated on New Year’s Eve at 4:00pm and New Years Day at 9:30am. (I know it can be confusing sometimes).

Today we rejoice as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. In the first reading from Genesis, we read how a wise teacher offers some advice for families. Abraham and Sarah are blessed with a son named Isaac. In the Second Reading to the Hebrews, Paul encourages each family of faith to inspire others to walk with the Lord. In the Gospel of Luke we read the Presentation in the Temple, when Joseph and Mary present baby Jesus to the temple leaders. Simeon and Anna offer prophetic testimony regarding who Jesus is.

We know there is no perfect family, we all face challenges every day. Pray for those families that are divided or who are experiencing divorce, separation, drug addiction, abuse, or infidelity. Let us pray that we all may become one.

WE ARE FAMILY!

On Mission For the Church Alive As we have been hearing at Mass and reading in the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper throughout the year, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is beginning preparations for “On Mission For the Church Alive! which is a process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese effective October 15, 2018. St. James School is now part of the North Hills Catholic Regional School System and St. James Cemetery will begin to be run by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association effective January 18.

As we now move into the new year, 2018, our On Mission Team members and I would like to begin to start working with our neighboring parishes and developing friendships. Our team includes: Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Patty Gebhard, MaryLu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Donna Pavlis.

The parish model for consideration by the diocese and On Mission Commission include St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp., St. Joseph in Coraopolis, as well as St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. (Please note that NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE YET). The final model announcements with the clergy assignments will be announced on April 26 and the implementation of the new mass schedules will begin October 15.

Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our diocese.

The Rectory offices are currently closed for the holidays and will reopen Wednesday, January 3. Please hold all rectory phone calls and office business. If you need assistance (for an emergency matter only) please call my office at 412- 741-6650, ext. 311.

Happy Birthday Wishes Birthday wishes to Terri Price, our Business Manager, who celebrated her birthday on December 27 and Bill Hawthorne who will be celebrating his birthday, December 31.

Congratulations to Mason Joseph Ford son of Justin and Brittany Bennett Ford who is being baptized this weekend.

Are You Registered? If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered, 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. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, or are not receiving the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, please let us know so we can update our files.

Year-End Donations As you make decisions on year-end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. An open donation helps us utilize your gift where it is most needed to run the day to day operations of our parish. If you would like, you can designate your donation to the Parish, School, or Parish Share. May God Bless you and your family this holy season.

Something to Think About… All our dreams can come true-if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney

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 - 12.24.17

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

It doesn’t happen very often, Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, which is also the Fourth Sunday of Advent this year. We light the fourth and final candle in our Advent Wreath in the morning then come back in the afternoon, evening, or on Monday to celebrate Christmas Day. (This will not happen again until the year 2023.) For the past four weeks we have been watching, waiting, and preparing the way for the Lord. In the Gospel this Sunday from Luke we read the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will be the Mother of the Son of God. Mary says yes to carry the Lord.

Let us make some Christmas and New Year’s Resolutions to pray more, attend Mass on a regular basis and become more fully involved in the various parish activities, small groups and events.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas at St. James Please note that this weekend is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and also Christmas Eve. We will need to do a “double header” and come to Mass twice this week. We will follow the regular weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday, December 23 5:00pm Mass, and Sunday morning, December 24 at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Christmas Eve Masses will be held Sunday, December 24 at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be NO MORNING MASS Tuesday, December 26 thru Friday, December 29.

The Rectory offices are closed this week for the Christmas and New Year’s We will reopen on Wednesday, Jan 3.

Please hold all rectory phone calls and office business until after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you need assistance (for an emergency matter only) please call my office at 412-741-6650, ext. 311.

On Mission for the Church Alive! We continue to move forward with the On Mission For the Church Alive which is a process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese starting October 15, 2018.

One of the immediate On Mission changes is the parish cemeteries. The 116 parishes that operate a parish cemetery are now run professionally by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association. For the past several months the parishes in Greene and Washington Counties have transitioned their cemetery records from the parish offices to a new administrative center in Cecil Township, and the parishes in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties have transitioned their cemetery records from the parish offices to the new administrative center in New Castle. Both centers are now fully functioning. For the parishes in Allegheny County we will be transitioning records in two phases for the new Allegheny Regional Office which is located on Logue Street in the West End section of Pittsburgh (the former Guardian Angels Parish Campus). St. James Parish Cemetery will begin operating under the new system as of January 18, 2018.

We will be transferring our records to the new cemetery office in the next few weeks. The new cemetery office phone number is 412-256-9370. As previously announced a few weeks ago, the clergy will be informed of their new assignments on April 26, 2018 and the new parish groupings will take effect October 15, 2018. The possible parish groupings for our area are St. James - Sewickley, St. Joseph-Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary-Moon Township, and St. Catherine-Crescent. Stay tuned to the bulletin and the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper for further details.

Welcome We would like to welcome Frank, Tricia, Isabel, Ava and Zachary Nicolas, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Are You Registered? If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered, please complete a registration form located on the information tables and return it to the office.

If you are planning to move and change your address or are not receiving the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, please let us know so we can update our files.

Year-End Donations As you make decisions on year end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. An open donation helps us utilize your gift where it is most needed to run the day to day operations of our parish. If you would like, you can designate your donation to the Parish, School, or Parish Share. May God Bless you and your family this holy season.

Something to Think About… Change is inevitable; growth is intentional. - Glenda Cloud

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 - 12.17.17

REJOICE!

For the past several weeks, during the weekend Masses, various funeral liturgies and even at the recent Light Up Night Pasta Feast, I heard many positive compliments how inviting, active and welcoming our parish is and how clean and updated our campus is kept. As your Pastor, I am so proud to say that I am from St. James- Sewickley because we are an active and thriving Parish. As Bishop Zubik often says, We Are the Church Alive! What a great time to Rejoice!

Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called “Gauete Sunday” which means Rejoice! We are half way to Christmas! The pink candle in our Advent wreath signifies joy and hope. Today’s readings focus on rejoicing.

In today’s first reading from Isaiah we read how a prophet is overjoyed that God has anointed him to bring good news to the people. In the second reading, from the Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, Paul states to rejoice always, pray without ceasing. In the gospel of St. John, we continue to read about the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, who always points the way to Christ.

Jesus is the light of the world and Advent is a time to come out of the darkness and walk in the light of Christ. As we approach “half time” in this advent season, let us work on being more positive with ourselves and those that we interact with. Instead of complaining about something today, give a compliment. Look at the positive things in life.

REJOICE!

Pasta Feast a Success! Thank you to all who participated in our 3rd Annual Light Up Night Homemade Pasta Feast on Friday, December 1. Over 520 meals were prepared! Special thanks to our Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild and numerous youth and adult volunteers for their hard work in making this event such a success!

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

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.

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Please note that next Sunday, December 24 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and also Christmas Eve. We will need to do a “double header” and come to Mass twice next weekend. We will follow the regular weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday, December 23 5:00pm Mass, and Sunday morning, December 24 at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Christmas Eve Masses will be held Sunday, December 24 at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be NO MORNING MASS, December 26 thru Friday, December 29.

The Rectory offices will closed Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 2.

Gift Card Program Support your parish by buying gift cards. Stop by the gift card 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 from 9:00-11:30am and 2:00-3:30pm.

Welcome A special welcome to Bill and Luann Richardson and William, Tess, and Katarina Rodgers who recently registered at St. James.

Congratulations to Hazel Fleishman, daughter of Jon and Amy Tirimacco Fleishman, and Madeline Cecile Mozur, daughter of Eric and Sara Sevald Mozur who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to the Quaker Valley football team … 2017 State Champs!

Year End Donations As we come close to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on year end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. Your financial contributions help us continue to keep the Parish Campus updated, clean and comfortable. Please remember to support our Parish, School and the Parish Share Campaign. Together we can keep St. James Catholic Parish Alive and Well and Growing. St. James Catholic Parish is truly the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley!

Gluten Free Hosts Gluten free hosts are available upon request. Please see me in the Sacristy before Mass to make arrangements for Communion.

Something to Think About… Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

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 - 12.10.17

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

 
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