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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.26.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.26.17


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.


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