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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.17.16

WELCOME!

Three weeks ago after a six-hour bus trip traveling through heavy thunderstorms on the Ohio and Indiana turnpike to attend the Notre Dame Vision Youth Conference, our youth group, adult chaperones and I were joyfully greeted by the Notre Dame Vision staff immediately upon our arrival to Geddes Hall to register.

After registration, I walked from Geddes Hall to Corby Hall, which is the Holy Cross Priest and Brother’s Residence and is located next door to the Sacred Heart Basilica. When I entered Corby Hall, I was greeted by Julia Nash, the Administrative Director of Corby Hall, and Fr. Mark Theising. They welcomed me and told me to make myself at home. I stayed in the Presbytery, which is the guest house next to Corby Hall. The living quarters were comfortable for my week’s stay and it faced the beautiful Grotto. I was also made to feel welcomed through the concelebrating of daily mass with the Holy Cross Fathers.

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on welcoming others into our daily life. In the First Reading from Genesis, we read how Abraham and Sarah welcome three visitors into their home. In the Gospel of Luke we read how Jesus visits Martha and Mary. Martha is busy making a meal for Jesus while Mary sits at his feet listening to every word.

Each of us has gifts to offer. We are each called to bring our gifts to the Lord and let it shine Let us learn to minister well by being attentive to the needs of each person that we encounter. In the busyness of our daily lives, let us try to keep a healthy balance by opening our hearts and minds to Jesus by listening to the Word of God then acting on it by our actions with others.

WELCOME!

Parish Improvements Major repairs and improvements though out the parish campus continue:

S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the sacristy and hallways. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge updated the Sacristy doors, installed new wooden cabinets and sink in the sacristy, and installed crown molding under the church canopy. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

St. James School Registration Looking for a wonderful safe and loving environment for your child? St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100.

Congratulations Congratulations to Collin Roger Kouao Bley, son of Jean and Kelly Lewis Bley, Thomas Matthew Dundon, son of Jay and Christen Mackenzie Dundon, and Colton Bradley Van- Buskirk, son of Bradley and Lauren Maxwell VanBuskirk who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gerard and Betty Heuler who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Matthew, Adrien and Dia Collavo, and Lisa Mauti, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal/Second Collection This weekend we welcome Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue, who will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” - Author Unknown

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 - 07.10.16

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Two weeks ago when our Youth Group attended Notre Dame Vision, the theme for the week was “Merciful Like the Father.” National Catholic speakers spoke to the Youth and Adults about Mercy. Pope Francis has declared the year of 2016 as the Year of Mercy.

Our youth learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Sick, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Visit the Prisoner, and Bury and Mourn the Dead.

They also learned the Spiritual Works of Mercy: Admonish the Sinner, Instruct the Ignorant, Counsel the Doubtful, Comfort the Sorrowful, Bear Wrongs Patiently, Forgive all Injuries, and Pray for the Living and the Dead.

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on loving God, and loving thy neighbor. In the Gospel of Luke we read the famous parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke is the only Gospel to have this parable. To love God is to treat one another with mercy, reconciliation and love.

This weekend is a good time to reflect on who is our neighbor? A neighbor is not just the person or family that lives next door to us or our co-worker in the next cubicle, but our neighbor is anyone in need. We are all called to treat one another with mercy. Acting mercifully toward our neighbor is built into the human heart; all we have to do is act on it.

As we reach the mid-point of summer and mid-point of the “Year of Mercy 2016,” let us take a step back and look at where we are at in life. Let us be a “Good Samaritan” showing selfless love to all those in need.

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the parish campus this summer:

S&N Industries of Harmony, PA are at the “half way” mark of replacing our “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the meeting rooms, chorus room, AIU room, Lou Valenzi’s Office and main Gathering Space room. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley continues to upgrade outlet voltage and making additional outlets for coffee makers, etc. He also installed wiring for motorized window blinds. He will continue to work on decorative and recessed lighting in the main Gathering Space area. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Pittsburgh Blinds Company of Presto, PA has installed new blinds on the front windows, skylights, meeting rooms and chorus room. **Special thanks to our Women’s Guild for totally funding this project.**

Cemetery Improvements Cemetery upgrades recently included new fencing. Parishioner Jake Smiley did these upgrades for his Eagle Scout Award project. Special thanks to an anonymous donor for providing all the fencing materials for the upgrades.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eileen Johnson and Michael Kravitz who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Robert and Karen Cobourne, Uriah, Britany, Jude, and Evelyn Leddy, and Jane McKenzie who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a simple ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many. - Kevin Heath

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 07-03-16

HARVEST IS ABUNDANT, LABORERS ARE FEW!

This weekend in the Pittsburgh Catholic there are over forty changes in clergy assignments listed. As we continue to move forward with “On Mission, For the Church Alive!” our priests are taking on additional responsibilities with two, three and four parishes when years ago, each parish had a Pastor and Parochial Vicar. Population changes in Western Pennsylvania continue to alter the demographics of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Twenty years ago we had 600 priests, now in 2016 we have 225. It is projected that in a few years, we will have 112 priests! Let us pray for more vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being a disciple of the Lord and spreading the Good News. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus appoints seventy-two disciples and sends them out two by two as workers.

Luke is the only Gospel writer that has a “commissioning” of the twelve and a second “commissioning” of the seventy two. The other Gospel writers only focus on sending out the twelve. By virtue of our Baptism we are called to be sent. Jesus says that the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. Let us look at our own vocation calling in life and look at the gifts and talents that the Lord calls us and continue to pray for men to enter in the priesthood and pray for the men and woman in Religious Life.

As we celebrate this Independence Day holiday weekend, let us pray for our country that is divided and for all those who are unemployed as well as those serving in our military. Let us be proud to be Americans and proud to be living in the land of the free and home of the brave!

HARVEST IS ABUNDANT, LABORERS ARE FEW!

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our bulletin has a “new look”. Our parish continues to be alive and well with great organizations and activities. Please be sure to patronize our businesses on the back pages who help make this wonderful bulletin available to be printed free of charge on a weekly basis.

Pastoral Council Special thanks to Gene Battistella who has completed his term on Pastoral Council.

It is with great joy I appoint Jeffrey Minarek to Pastoral Council. Originally a member of Transfiguration Church in Russellton, Jeff currently lives in Moon Township. He is employed at Dick's Sporting Goods in Findlay Township as a Supervisor of Store Planning. He is also a Eucharistic Minister and has a nephew and niece Alex and Olivia Omler who attend St. James School. He looks forward to serving our parish community.

Parish Share 2016 Parish Share 2016 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day-to-day operations for the Diocesan offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $173,549.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016 -2017 school year. There is a three year old half day Preschool program and half day and full day four year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. One hundred and three years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Congratulations Congratulations to Rikki Jaclyn Doran, daughter of Jack Doran and Jennifer Snee who was baptized last weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kevin and Dorothy Clocherty, Catherine Morkert, and Mark, Pam, Bryce, Weston and Jack Roberts who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Please note that on Monday, July 4 we will have 9am Mass only. The Rectory Office will be closed for the day. Happy 4th of July!

Something to Think About… Challenges are what makes life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

With God, All Things Are Possible!

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.26.16

FOLLOW ME!

On Sunday June 5, I had dinner with my five classmates from the class of 2001 and our families celebrating our fifteenth anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. I have a great class, we are close and all love being priests. It was a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained three men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate the Class of 2016: Rev. Jack E. Demnyan - Holy Rosary Parish, Muse, Rev. Adam C. Potter - St. Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon, and Rev. Anthony R. Sciarappa - Sts. John and Paul Parish, Franklin Park.

We also congratulate three men ordained to the diaconate: Rev. Mr. Benjamin E. Barr - St. Monica Parish, Beaver Falls, Rev. Mr. David W. Green - St. Elizabeth Parish, Pleasant Hills, and Rev. Mr. Daniel R. Waruszewski- St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville. These men are “Transitional Deacons” and will be preparing for the final year of the seminary as they prepare to become Diocesan Priests. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry. 

This weekend we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on saying yes to the Lord. In the First reading from the First Book of Kings, we read how God invites a young prophet Elisha to follow Elijah.

In the Gospel, we begin a new section of Luke’s Gospel often referred to as the “travel account” as Jesus sets out on his journey towards Jerusalem. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his destiny and accepts it from God. Along the way he teaches his disciples about discipleship: love your neighbor as yourself. First Jesus is rejected in a Samaritan village. (Samaritans were estranged from Jews in Jerusalem). The Apostles want to retaliate but Jesus tells them to move on. Jesus moves on and invites people to follow him.

As we go out into the world, let us keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is calling us. Let us answer the Lord’s call.

FOLLOW ME!

Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice Calls Please note that whenever a loved one is admitted to a hospital, nursing home or hospice center, to please notify the nurse on duty that the patient is Catholic. If the person needs to receive the Sacrament of Anointing, every facility in the Pittsburgh area has a local Catholic parish that covers the facility for the Sacraments. Here at St. James Parish I am “on call” at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for “Emergency Calls.” The local parishes of St. Joseph in Coraopolis, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township cover the hospital Monday through Thursday. With the shortage of priests, it is physically impossible to visit every major hospital, nursing home or hospice in the Pittsburgh area. Please notify the “Catholic Chaplain on Duty” for communion or anointing.

As a courtesy, please notify me when your loved one is admitted so that we can put them on our prayer chain. Whenever possible, please ask to be anointed before going into the hospital for major tests or surgery.

Independence Day - Monday, July 4 the only Mass will be at 9:00am. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday.

Parish Improvements Ward Restaurant Equipment Company and Rayburg Appliance of Arnold, PA installed a new commercial dish washer in our school cafeteria and Allegheny Acoustics of McMurray, PA has begun replacing ceiling tiles in the cafeteria. Renovations will be ongoing during the summer. Funds from our Fish Fry are helping to pay for this major project.

S & N Industries of Harmony, PA, are currently working on the “steep slope” total roof replacement project. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are paying for these repairs.

Special thanks to Belinda Thompson who planted flowers around the outdoor gathering area near our new wooden benches and in front of the rectory.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Eric Bosh Sr. and Eric Bosh Jr. Jay, Christen, and Thomas Dundon, and Joseph Sofranko who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. - Louisa May Alcott

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 - 06.19.16

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Last week when I stopped at my parent’s home in Whitehall for dinner, as I pulled my Jeep into their driveway I found my dad Bill, was outside cutting the grass. After dinner I helped him with the bag of grass clippings to place on the curb for trash pickup and I helped him load the lawn mowing equipment back into the storage shed. Over the years, my dad and I have fond memories spending hours outside: cutting grass, trimming hedges, sweeping the sidewalks and pulling weeds. Like father like son, my dad and I love being outdoors. My dad said to me last week, “son, I love it outside, it’s good quiet time.”

Today we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on discipleship and following Christ. In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus discloses his true Messianic identity to his disciples. He is revealed as a suffering Messiah. Discipleship is about imitating Jesus, taking up our cross and following Him.

It is Father’s Day today when we pause to say thanks to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles and all men who hold a “fatherly role” in a person’s life.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Parish Census Thank you to all who participated in our Parish census the weekend of May 14 and 15 and last weekend. A total of 659 census forms have been updated and 27 new parishioners registered in the parish. Any registered parishioner who has not yet updated their form will be called over the summer to make sure we have the correct information. It is very important that everyone participate in this updating process. Please call our Business Manager, Terri Price, at 412-741-6650 extension 312 if you have any questions.

On Mission for the Church Alive! The Diocese of Pittsburgh announced last weekend that ten parishes will be merging into three, with two church buildings closing. St. Matthias in Evans City and St. Gregory in Zelienople will merge into one parish as of July 1. Holy Innocents in Sheraden, Guardian Angels in the West End, Ascension in Ingram and St. Philip in Crafton will merge into one parish as of August 1. Guardian Angels and Holy Innocents churches will close. St. Albert the Great in Baldwin, St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Carrick and St. Norbert in Overbrook (my home parish) will merge as of September 1 forming Holy Apostles Parish. These mergers and closings are a result of shifting in population, financial matters, and also the number of priests available to serve in parishes. Let us be open to the Holy Spirit as we continue to move forward with On Mission for the Church Alive.

Safe Environment Audit The Diocese of Pittsburgh conducts annual Safe Environment audits in parishes to make sure that parishes are following the Safe Environment policies properly for all volunteers and staff. It is very important that all volunteers have the proper up to date clearance forms on file. Our audit will take place on Tuesday, July 12. Please contact our Safe Environment coordinator, Sue Ponticello, at the rectory office 412-741 -6650 extension 315 if you have any questions.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Amy Caltrelli, Angelina Caltrelli Rippole, Eric and Samantha Condrin, and Charlotte Orient.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Marcy Knobloch, our school secretary who is celebrating her birthday this weekend, June 19, and our office Manager, Karin Masterani, who will be celebrating her birthday this coming Thursday, June 23.

Congratulations Congratulations to Emma Grace Krzan, daughter of Matt and Rebecca Lawell Krzan, and Cohen Kline Tylenda, son of Jason and Jennifer Stebler Tylenda who are being baptized this weekend.

Notre Dame Vision This week I will be traveling to South Bend Indiana to visit Notre Dame University to participate in Notre Dame Vision with our youth group. There will be no daily masses Monday thru Friday, June 20-24. Please hold all phone calls and e-mail messages until I return.

Something to Think About… Pray for peace and healing for the victims of the terroristic attack in Orlando Florida last Sunday. Good overcomes evil!

Peter’s Pence Collection Next weekend (June 25/26) there will be a second collection for the annual Peter’s Pence collection. Please be as generous as possible.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their fourth 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

 
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