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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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A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.12.17

STAY AWAKE!

As a youngster participating in the Boy Scouts, I often heard the motto be “Be Prepared.” Scouting taught me the basic life skills such as cooking and cleaning, first aid, protecting the environment, being proud of our American Heritage, and being reverent. Being prepared spiritually is an ongoing learning experience. We learn in catholic school and religious education classes that we need to wake up each and every day and live each day to the fullest being prepared for the coming of our Lord. We do not know the hour or day when the Lord will call us home.

This Sunday we celebrate the Thirty-Second Sunday Ordinary Time and the readings this weekend invite us to contemplate the wonder of one day being able to stand in God’s presence. All the readings speak of being watchful and being active seeking God in our daily life.

In the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how a wise king explains how readily God bestows the gift of wisdom on people who truly search for it. In the Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians, we continue reading how Paul offers consolation to the people of faith and is thankful for the way the community of faith puts the Gospel into action. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom. This gospel passage focuses on the Second Coming of the Son of God. The Bridegroom represents Christ and the virgins represent Jesus’s followers who are waiting for his return.

As we prepare to conclude the Liturgical Year in a few weeks (Advent begins Sunday, December 3) the next few weekends will focus on the end times. Let us pray that in our attitudes and actions we will eagerly welcome the arrival of the Lord in our everyday lives, and wisely prepare for his coming at the end of time.

The month of November is traditionally a month to remember our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. At every Mass during this month we will offer our prayers for the names of our loved ones who are listed in the Memorial Board near the pulpit on the altar and the names listed in the Book of Remembrance. Please feel free to inscribe names of your loved ones in our Book of Remembrance located up in front of the church near the pulpit.

STAY AWAKE!

St. James School Blue and White Gala This weekend we celebrate our annual Blue and White Gala at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township. This year we are honoring Bob Basl with the Excellent Minds Award, and Judy Spanos with the Exceptional Hearts Award. Congratulations Bob and Judy!

Looking Ahead Thanksgiving Day Mass - Thursday, November 23 at 9:00am. Please note that there will be no Mass on Friday, November 24 and no Mass or Confessions Saturday morning November 25. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.

Advent Penance Service - Monday, November 27 at 6:30pm.

Parish Improvements Frantangelo’s Gardens and Landscaping of Moon Township have installed several new trees and shrubs in our Prayer Garden and has installed new sidewalks where four new benches will be placed.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge is currently renovating our Gathering Space kitchenette and back storage room. We will be updating the appliances with a new refrigerator, stove, and microwave and also new floor tile. The back room will have new storage cupboards for the Fifty-Five Plus Club and the Women’s Guild. Please note that due to the construction upgrades, the kitchenette will be “out of service” for the next several weeks. Stay tuned for further progress. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for assisting us financially with this project!

Welcome Home A special welcome to Jake, Becky, Laila, and Isabella Gillette, and Joseph and Mary Krall who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education and Sister Christy Hill, our School Principal, who are celebrating their birthday’s this week!

Happy Veterans Day Thank you to all of our men and women who have served our country and those currently serving in our Armed Forces. God Bless America!

Something to Think About… Begin each day as if it were on purpose. - Author Unknown

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.05.17

PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH!

The month of November is traditionally a month to remember our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. At every Mass during this month we will offer our prayers for the names of our loved ones who are listed on the Memorial Board near the pulpit on the altar along with the names listed in the Book of Remembrance.

This Sunday we celebrate the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being genuine with our every-day lives and “practice what we preach.”

In the First Reading from the Prophet Malachi, we read how a prophet challenges the spiritual leaders of his day. In the Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians, we read how Paul is thankful for the way the community of faith puts the Gospel into action. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus strongly criticizes the leaders of the Pharisees for not practicing what they preach. They want people to follow what they teach, but they do not follow it themselves.

We all have a responsibility, as parents, children, teachers, students, professionals, and as the church to set a good example - - one that invites others to join us in the daily work of building the Kingdom of God in our world. People look to us for guidance; they listen to our words, and observe our actions.

Let us lead by serving, mindful of the motives behind our actions. What we preach and practice should be consistent.

PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH!

St. James School Blue and White Gala Next Saturday, November 11 we will have our annual Blue and White Gala at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township. This year we will honor Bob Basl with the Excellent Mind’s Award, and Judy Spanos with the Excellent Heart’s Award. Congratulations Bob and Judy!

On Mission for the Church Alive! As we continue to move forward with the On Mission for the Church Alive process, the 116 parishes that operate a parish cemetery will now be 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 will be 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. Stay tuned for further information as we transfer our records to the new cemetery office. As announced last week, the clergy will be informed of their new assignments on April 26, 2018 and the new parish groupings will take affect October 15, 2018.

Parish Improvements Metro Fencing of Moon Township installed a privacy fence around the HVAC unit behind the church building.

S & N Industries of Harmony completed new metal roofing above the Gym and School Entrances. - New rugs have been installed in the Church entrance. - A new receptacle has been added outside the Gymnasium entrance.

In Remembrance Special thoughts of Margaret Thein, who passed away on March 8, 2017. Margie left a very generous bequest to St. James Parish in her will. These funds will be used for some upcoming projects around our parish campus. With so many organizations to give to when a loved one passes, it is nice to keep those monetary gifts close to home. Please remember St. James in your will.

Welcome Home A special welcome to John Conte, David, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Miles Hammel who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Grace Marie Formica and Robbie Gerald Robinson who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Jody Oberthaler and John Chmay who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Patte Grey, our Pastoral Council Facilitator and 2017 Manifesting the Kingdom Awardee, who is celebrating her birthday this week!

Something to Think About… Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. - Chinese Proverb

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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