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A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.26.17

TRUSTING GOD!

This weekend as we celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on trust and trustworthiness and challenge our ability to let go of earthly worries and trust in God’s care. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches that an undivided faithfulness to God puts all other worries and concerns in their rightful place. The real meaning of life is to trust in God.

There is no doubt that we have to plan for tomorrow - work, pay the bills, save for retirement, exercise and get routine checkups, etc. But fretting and worrying about the material values in the world prevents us from focusing our attention on what really is important. Instead of seeking to hold on to “things,” we have to let go and let God take over.

TRUSTING GOD!

North Hills Regional Catholic Elementary Schools, Inc. Last weekend Bishop David Zubik announced the implementation of the North Hills Catholic Regional School system which St. James School will be part of effective the 2017-18 school year. Ten Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills will become a ministry of all thirty-two parishes in the region. Each school will continue to have a principal while, a regional administrator: Michael C. Killmeyer, will oversee all the elementary schools in the region. The shared governance model is expected to be implemented in the future in all other regions of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Regionalization is intended to reinforce Catholic schools’ identity and mission, reallocate resources to enhance academic excellence and stabilize tuition and enrollment; and enable greater collaboration in curriculum, technology, professional development, athletics and fundraising. The elementary schools of the North Hills are the pioneers, showing the way for others to follow.

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share 2017 campaign officially kicks off this weekend. All registered parishioners should have already received their pledge and payment cards in the mail. Our goal this year is $179,002. Parish Share as it helps operate the offices at the Diocese of Pittsburgh, supports our seminary and hospital and college campus programs. Please be as generous as possible.

LENT Begins! The season of Lent begins this week. All registered parishioners (who updated their Census Forms) should have received our Lenten brochure highlighting the various programs, activities and liturgies this Lenten Season.

Ash Wednesday, March 1 - Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be available at Sewickley Valley Hospital 1st floor near the Chapel - 7:00 to 9:00am and 2:00 to 4:00pm.

Daily Masses are held at 6:45am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Tuesday and Saturdays at 9:00am. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30am or by appointment. Eucharistic Adoration is available every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am. Please join us this Lenten Season!

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm school cafeteria. New on the menu this year…CRAB CAKES! Penance Service - Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm. Light is On For You - Wednesday, March 15 6:00 to 9:00pm. (church will be open for private prayer, meditation and confession). Parish Mission with Fr. Scott Seethaler - March 19-22 Living Stations - Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.”

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, soft drinks, dessert and entertainment. Tickets are available before and after all the masses this weekend or at the rectory during the week.

Fish Fry Volunteers Our famous Fish Fry, during Lent begins this, Friday, March 1. If you would like to help out this year with set up, clean up or help during the dinners please contact Barry Korcan at 724-846-2127 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations Congratulations to Nash Andrew Burgunder, son of Brian and Meghan Mowery Burgunder who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Peggy, Orlando, and Michael Renne, and Richard and Rachel Zollinger who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Entrust the past to God’s mercy, the present to his love, and the future to his providence. -St. Augustine

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 - 02.19.17

FORGIVE!

We live in a society where there are a lot of divisions between families, friends and neighbors. How sad it is when we become divided.

This weekend as we celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on an alternative method to achieve peace and settle the arguments and differences in the world. The First reading from Leviticus we hear the Lord speak to Moses and challenges the people to distinguish themselves in every way as chosen ones. In today’s Second Reading to the Corinthians, Paul wants us to know we are temples of God, because the Holy Spirit resides within us. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount as Jesus continues teaching the disciples that they must love their enemies (the Scribes and Pharisees) and pray for those who persecute them.

This is a real challenge for all of us as it forces us to step back and really think what Jesus is saying and asking each one of us. Let us act instead of reacting, to love our enemies, not hold a grudge, to give true charity, and to be a temple of God’s spirit.

FORGIVE!

On Mission for the Church Alive! This past Monday, St. James On Mission team members hosted our first parish-cluster district meeting. We met with the pastors and team members of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito and Diocesan Parish Services Representative, Ellen Mady were also present. It was a very good meeting looking at the possible models. St. James presented its possible model to merge with St. Joseph, St. Margaret Mary and St. Catherine’s in Crescent and the other team members and pastors seemed open to the possibility. We will keep you posted on the progress.

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share 2017 campaign officially kicks off next weekend. All registered parishioners should have already received their pledge and payment cards in the mail. Our goal this year is $179,002. Please be as generous as possible.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 1st. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, Noon (Liturgy of the Word Service), and 7:00pm.

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm.

Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. New on the menu this year…CRAB CAKES! Penance Service - Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm

Light is On For You- Wednesday- March 15 6pm to 9pm. (church will be open for Private Prayer, Meditation and Confession).

Parish Mission with Fr. Scott Seethaler- March 19-22

Living Stations- Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.”

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, soft drinks, dessert and entertainment. Tickets will begin to go on sale before and after all the masses starting next weekend or at the rectory.

Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards.

Light of Christ : 2nd grade Cub Scouts - Grant Griesacker Family of God: 2nd and 3rd grade Brownies - Amelia Balet, Gabrielle Gallagher, Lily Giunipero, Madeline Horton, Savannah Hornstein, Sophia Kostkas and Faith Williamson Mary, the First Disciple 7-8th grade Cadettes - Isabella Alvarado, Lydia Cwalina, Julia Fancher, Emily Gierczynski, Margaret McManus, Kelsey McGaughey ,Jacqueline Nicolaus, and Sara Weller Region III Pin - Jackie Nicolaus

Fish Fry Volunteers Our famous Fish Fry, during Lent will begin next Friday, March 3. If you would like to help out this year with set up, clean up or help during the dinners, please plan on attending a volunteer information meeting on Monday, February 20 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. Middle school and high school students who need service hours are also encouraged to help. To sign up to volunteer please contact Barry Korcan at (724)846-2127 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All volunteers must have their clearances before volunteering.

St. James School Annual Fund Students from our school will be on hand next weekend at all Masses in regards to their Annual Fund Drive. Taking home a pledge card or giving a monetary donation next weekend would be truly appreciated!

Welcome A special warm welcome to Lacey Gerle, and James, Caroline and Anna Podroskey who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. - James Thurber

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.12.17

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Growing up in the Carrick/Overbrook section of the City of Pittsburgh, my parents, Bill and Marge, taught my sisters Lisa and Linda and me to pray daily, go to church on Sundays, work hard each day and treat others with compassion. With my father being a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer we were taught to follow the laws, respect people and their property, and be cheerful to others. Now that my sisters and I are older, we appreciate what our parents taught us and now Lisa and Linda are passing those morals and values on to my nephews.

This week we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making the correct decisions in life, knowing what is right and what is wrong. Each and every day we have to make decisions in our life. Some are small and others are big. We live in a very complicated world which can hamper us from making a decision in our life.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach, which is a collection of wise sayings that help humans order their life and make right choices, we read how the wise teacher has a valuable lesson for God’s people. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul celebrates the kind of wisdom that comes from faith in God. The desire for a deeper relationship with God inspires us to choose to keep the commandments and to trust in him. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, which we continue reading from the “Sermon on the Mount,” we read how Jesus sets forth the deeper meaning of the Torah, which he has come to fulfill. He offers critical insight into his entire Mission. As he speaks to his disciples he is also addressing the Scribes and the Pharisees who are very strict and rigid. Jesus affirms the Mosaic Law, rejects legalism, and challenges his followers by offering an ethic that transcends the law.

Jesus dined with tax collectors and prostitutes, and showed affection for the unclean, the lepers and those afflicted with evil spirits. He did that because that is what God’s law commands all of us to do - - to look out for the needs of the least among us.

How do we interpret Church law? Do we come to Mass just to fill the Sunday Obligation and “watch” people in the pew and be critical of those around us? Are we critical of our priests, deacons and bishop, and knit pick at things in the parish and diocese? Do we gossip and complain and pull people down? Those who hear his word are challenged to live fully by living in the deep spirit of the law, not merely according to its literal meaning.

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

On Mission Parish Cluster Meeting The On Mission for the Church Alive process is a diocesanwide planning initiative in which Bishop Zubik invites all Catholics to envision how parishes, schools, and ministries can best respond to the changes in our communities so that they can be vital centers of worship and service, and deepen people’s relationship with Jesus.

As we begin moving forward with the On Mission process, this week we will undergo our first Cluster meeting with our neighboring parishes to investigate ways to become a stronger community of faith. Please keep your On Mission Team in your thoughts and prayers as they begin the first discussion stages of the process.

Lector Workshop There will be lector “refresher” workshop next Saturday, February 18 from 11:00am to Noon OR Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Please call Karin Masterani at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your day.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00 which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are currently available at the Rectory during normal business hours and will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in a few weeks.

Congratulations Congratulations to Elom Jesse Setodji , son of Edem and Adoude Setodji who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ibie Alfonso, our church sacristan who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, February 8.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Albert Mendicino and Craig and Evelyn Schein who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… You can’t have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself. - Sonia Sanchez

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 - 02.05.17

SALT OF THE EARTH, LIGHT OF THE WORLD!

Last week I went to visit a parishioner in Bell Acres who called to get Holy Communion and be anointed. The next day their neighbor called me to thank me for visiting. The neighbor said that my visit changed the parishioner’s whole attitude from being down and depressed for being sick to being hopeful and at peace to receive the Sacraments. A little visit to this parishioner brought light and hope. This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings weekend focus on discipleship and going out to proclaim the good news.

In the first reading from the book of Isaiah, the prophet reminds us to help others. Light will overcome darkness in our lives. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that humility is a true virtue for those who see themselves as disciples. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to his disciples “you are salt of the earth, light of the world”. This is the heart of discipleship.

In the ancient world, salt was one of the most important necessities of life, especially for preserving and seasoning food. Light was also important since there was no electricity. Jesus instructed his disciples that they have a vital role to play in the world through their good deeds. As Christians we have a positive role to play in the world. Pope Francis reminds us that as baptized Christians, we must be missionary disciples. How can we be “salt” and “light” among the people we meet every day? Let us bring the light of Christ to those who are most in need.

SALT OF THE EARTH, LIGHT OF THE WORLD!

Gather Hymnals This week we inserted donors’ name labels in the new Gather hymnals. 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 in the vestibule or at the Rectory and return it to Terri Price, our Business Manager at the Rectory.

Parish Share 2016 a success! We did it! We reached our 2016 Parish Share goal of $173,549! Parish Share is the annual appeal from the Diocese of Pittsburgh that helps run the day to day operations downtown at the Pastoral Center, assists financially to operate our Chaplaincy programs in our high schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing home facilities and correction centers and helps with school scholarships and youth ministry, St. Paul Seminary, and religious education programs. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Gathering Space Rental Looking for a place to hold your next big event? Consider using our newly renovated Gathering Space! The Gathering Space is available for baptisms, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, showers or other small celebrations. For a nominal fee the room can seat up to 100 people with full use of the kitchenette, handicap accessible restrooms, handicap accessible parking, and a maintenance staff member on campus for needed assistance during the event. Please contact our Office Manager, Karin Masterani at the Rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 310 to inquire about availability.

Funeral Luncheons Please note that our Gathering Space is available for funeral luncheons at no charge for parishioners of St. James (pending availability). Our Funeral Luncheon Committee headed by Linda Boord is here to assist. Please contact Karin Masterani at the rectory for more information.

End of the Year Contribution Statements Our Sunday Visitor, our envelope company recently mailed out contribution statements to all parishioners who contributed $50 or more in 2016. If you notice any discrepancies with your contribution statement, please notify Karin at the Rectory at 412- 741-6650 extension 310 so we can alert them of the corrections. We appreciate your stewardship giving this past year.

Welcome A special warm welcome to David and Dee Derbish, Phil, Julia and Nicole Susie and Cindy Kohut who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday next Saturday, February 11!

Something to Think About… People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.29.17

CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!

Last Friday, I traveled to Emil’s Restaurant in Rankin to have dinner with my friend Frannie from Swissvale. Frannie was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and after several treatments and medications, she beat it! Her attitude and faith has helped her get through the cancer treatments. She said to me “Fr. Tom, I am blessed!” This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being blessed.

In the first reading from Zephaniah, we read how a prophet speaks to God’s humble people and reminds them to seek justice and humility. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul offers the Corinthian community a new meaning for wisdom. The true measure of wisdom is in the things of God rather than in the things of this world. In today’s Gospel passage from the Fifth Chapter of Matthew, (which we will be reading the next four Sunday’s) we read from the “Sermon on the Mount” the Beatitudes which are the framework of Jesus’ ministry. Each Beatitude describes an action or a life situation that is rewarded by God and helps open our minds and hearts to a new way of seeking and judging.

Let us be open to being a little more humble in thoughts and actions and focus on our weaknesses and our strengths.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2017. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. We welcome our students, parents, faculty and staff. I am a product of both Catholic and Public Education, and am grateful for attending a Catholic Elementary School to lay the foundation of my Catholic faith!

There are many wonderful options for schools in our area. St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education is a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We are a great “neighborhood school!” Please call the school office at 412-741-5540, extension 100 for more information or to take a tour of the school.

The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 and Elks chairwoman and parishioner, Ann Barger will conduct an awards presentation next weekend at the 9:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay expressing the topic, “Why Is It Important To Vote.” Congratulations to the following winners: 6th grade: Sofia Bencic, Joel Fabain, and Candace Cardwell 8th grade: Catherine Martsolf, Julia Centofanti, and Tyler Pontello

Special thanks to Eighth Grade teacher, Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project.

CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, which is this Friday, February 3, we will have the blessing of throats after each Mass next weekend. All are invited to get their throat blessed.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance will be held on Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James gymnasium. Tickets are $25.00, which includes a full catered dinner, beverages and entertainment. They will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in church in a few weeks.

We will be collecting items for our gift basket raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Ushers’ Room near the vestibule of the church, or you may drop them off at the rectory during the week. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated.

Parish Improvements We are pleased to have three new storage cupboards installed in the School Cafeteria near the Elevator for the Knights of Columbus and Fish Fry Committee to store their items. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus to help fund this project.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Chris and Trish Price, and Earl and Judi Seiler who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Margaret Lawton and Nicholas Khan who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Maintenance, Paul Denk, who is celebrating his birthday this coming Thursday, February 2.

Something to Think About… Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while your climbing it. - Andy Rooney

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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