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The Catholic Cemeteries Association

Effective Thursday, January 18, 2018

St.James Cemetery will be taken over by

The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.


If you have any questions about the cemetery or problems at the cemetery, please call (412)256-9370.


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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.14.18

COME AND SEE!

Last weekend after the 11:30am mass we had a number of parishioners, including a large number of youth, helping with the clean up of the church and putting away the Christmas decorations. While helping to “direct traffic” in making sure the Nativity statues and Christmas trees were safely wrapped and put away down in the church basement storage room, I reflected on how people of the parish responded to the invitation to come and help clean the church and now they responded to the call.

This week we return to Ordinary Time briefly before we start the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday which is early this year, February 14. Ordinary time calls attention to our Lord’s ministry of preaching and healing. This weekend’s readings focus on Discipleship.

In the First Reading from the prophet Samuel, we read how the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel knows from the beginning that the Lord was calling him. He is ready to listen and to serve the Lord. In the Second Reading to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that all we say and do should exhibit our gratitude for enjoying the gift of salvation. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus is identified as the Lamb of God. Andrew and Simon Peter become his first disciples. Different from the way the Synoptic Gospels describes the call, John the Baptist redirects his own disciples to become followers of Jesus. Jesus’ invitation to the disciples of John parallels the Lord’s invitation to Samuel. The call to discipleship is based on a faith conviction of Jesus.

We have all been called through Baptism to the common vocations of holiness and service. As we begin a new year, 2018, we are called to commit ourselves to growing deeper and stronger in our own discipleship.

COME AND SEE!

St. James Cemetery As we continue to move forward with the On Mission for the Church Alive process, please note that effective this coming Thursday, January 18, operations of St. James Cemetery will officially be handled by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association located in at 1000 Logue Street in the West End. All cemetery records and files have been transferred to the new office. St. James Rectory staff and Parish will no longer handle any maintenance issues or handle opening and closing of the graves. All calls regarding the cemetery will now be handled by the new cemetery office. The new cemetery office phone number is 412-256-9370.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life in Washington D. C. on Friday, January 19. Sign ups are in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses or you may call Elsie at 412-944-8922. There is no cost for the bus trip and a box lunch will be provided. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9:00am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Parish Improvements Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for purchasing a new 44.5 cubic feet Commercial Reach-In refrigerator in the Cafeteria. This will come in good use for school lunches and also upcoming Pancake Breakfasts and the Fish Fry. Thank You Knights!

A new 13.6 cubic feet milk cooler was purchased for the Cafeteria. Funds from our Parish Building Fund paid for this new equipment.

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” on January 16 and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass next Sunday, January 21.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

House Blessing/Home Visits Please feel free to call or e-mail me to set up a time to come and bless your home. This is a great opportunity to get to know your pastor.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael Hurley Jr. and James Williams who recently registered at St. James Parish

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Patrick and Shannon Reilly who are renewing their vows and celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Something to Think About… What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference to make. - Jane Goodall

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 - 01.07.18

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Over the past few weeks I was able to visit with many family and friends. My parents Bill and Marge along with my sisters Lisa and Linda and my brother-in-laws Paul and Eric and seven nephews all came to the rectory for dinner Christmas Eve then attended the 7pm mass. Christmas Day following the morning Mass I spent time with my parents at their home in Whitehall. We had a delicious dinner and exchanged Christmas gifts. I reconnected with a few of my high school and college friends that I have not seen or been able to talk to for a while. That is what the holidays are all about, faith, family and friends, sharing the Light of Christ with those around us.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” The readings reflect joy of the birth of Christ. In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah we read how the prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. Jerusalem has become a beacon of light in the world. The nations bring gifts to offer thanks to God. Darkness and gloom are replaced by splendor, light and glory. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul is grateful to be the herald of good news. He is to make known the plan of God to save both Jews and Gentiles through Christ’s saving work. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how the newborn Messiah is manifested to the Magi, Gentile Astrologers. They were overjoyed at finding the newborn King of the Jews. Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light.

As we begin a new year, 2018 and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, we pray that God’s light may shine in our hearts and on our world. With all that has gone on this past year -- the continued political fighting in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, police shootings, terrorism, natural disasters, the opioid crisis with the large number of drug over doses, let us not focus on the darkness of things but on the light of Christ coming into this world.

Thank you to all who sent me Christmas cards, gifts and goodies. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James!

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 21.

A Confirmation Retreat for all our Eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held Monday, February 19 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View.

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting- will take place on Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm in the Gathering Space.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

A Pre-Lenten Parish Mission with Greg Wasinski will take place February 11-13.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Fish Fry every Friday during Lent starting Friday, February 16.

Parish Improvements We continue to improve our campus both indoors and outdoors. Buch Electric Company of Bethel Park recently replaced all new LED lighting in the parking lot and on the building fixtures. They replaced burned out bulbs in the church and repaired the Gym scoreboard. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this major upgrade project.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life which will take place on Friday, January 19. Sign up in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses. There is no cost for the bus trip. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel, that Friday. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Timothy and Deborah Metcalf who recently registered at St. James Parish

Something to Think About… A spark of divine light is within each of us. - Pope Francis

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 - 12.31.17

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

 
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