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A Word From Fr. Tom - 03.26.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

Rejoice! What a powerful week it has been having Fr. Scott Seethaler with us all week for our Parish Lenten Mission. We had great crowds each night and Fr. Scott gave us wonderful reflections. Thank you to all who took the time to participate in one or all of the four evenings. A lot of time and effort goes into planning these missions, so when our parishioners respond positively it is great. Special thanks to Maria Brown, our Director of Youth Ministry, Patte Grey and Anna Villella, our Pastoral Council members and our parish staff for putting all of this together this past week.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent, also known as Laetare Sunday, or Rejoice Sunday. We are half way through the Lenten Season. In the First Reading from the Book of Samuel, we read how God sends a prophet to anoint a King, David. This new king is filled with the spirit of God. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus heals the blind man. Not only does Jesus heal the man, but Jesus reveals himself as the light of the world.

What is blinding us to see the good around us? Pope Francis constantly challenges believers and nonbelievers alike to love and care for one another. Fear and anxiety can cloud our vision and keep us from seeing God. Like the Samaritan woman last week, the blind man in today’s Gospel becomes the bearer of Good news. Let us ask Christ to open our eyes to see beyond the surface of the world around us. Rejoice!

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Thank you to all who participated in our annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance last Saturday in our school gym. 130 guests were treated to a great dinner from the Cooked Goose Catering Company and entertainment was provided by parishioner, David Ford. There were thirty gift baskets raffled off and a 50/50 raffle. Thank you to our Knights of Columbus and the committee for their help with this fun social.

Welcome Bishop Waltersheid This coming Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm we are pleased to welcome our Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid to St. James to conduct the Sacrament of Confirmation to our 73 eighth graders. We pray for our candidates that they may be filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Fish Fry Expands into the Gathering Space Thank you to all who have come out the past four weekends for our parish Fish Fry. Business is booming! We are pleased to announce that we have now expanded our take-out service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space! We are proud to announce “Seafood Express” in the Gathering Space. All take-out orders will now be served in the Gathering Space and there will be two lines available, one for casual dine-in or take-out service. We have also recently purchased some new kitchen equipment to upgrade our food out-put. If you have not tried out our Fish Fry, come and see why it is so popular this year!

We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group.

Congratulations to last week’s weekly drawing winner Ann Edel who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee Swirl Bread Giveaway!

Lenten Activities Living Stations - Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry program performs “Living Stations.” Over 90 high school students will perform this live production of walking the road to Calvary with Jesus. This is a very powerful program! Families and youth are encouraged to attend.

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Our final district penance service will be conducted Monday, April 10 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis.

Parish Improvements Apogee IT Services of Sewickley recently upgraded the internet and wi-fi system in the school and the Gathering Space.

Welcome A special welcome to Dalia Guzman and Brad and Leah Seman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Xander William Secosky, son of Matthew and Alexis McCune Secosky, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder. - E.B. White

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 - 03.19.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Lent. The readings today and the next two Sundays will focus on Baptism and Conversion. In the First Reading from the book of Exodus, we read how the people grumble against Moses fearing they will die of thirst. God restores their faith with a gift of living water. In the Gospel of John, which we will be reading from the next three weeks, we read how Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well. He reveals himself to her as the living water and the Messiah. His words renew her and change her life.

As we continue our Lenten journey, let us pause and reflect today what we are “thirsting” for in life: love, peace, acceptance, hope, financial security, good health, or a better prayer life? Let us be open to letting Christ come into our hearts to quench those things we thirst.

This weekend we welcome Capuchin Franciscan Father Scott Seethaler to lead us on our Lenten Parish Mission Sunday through Wednesday evening. Please join us for one or all of the nights to be quenched, refreshed and renewed with the Holy Spirit. Let’s approach this third full week of Lent with hope and love and positive thinking!

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

2016 Financial Report As your Pastor, one of my main responsibilities is to see to it that our parish is on solid financial ground. With the help of our Business and Office Managers and Finance Council I am pleased to release our annual financial report in this weeks bulletin. In last weeks issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, the Diocese released its annual financial report. (The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires every parish to submit their financial statement to its parishioners each year). We continue to make major upgrades to our campus which have been needed for a very long time. This coming summer we will replace the flat roofs on the gym, elevator area, and the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will pay for this major project. I thank you for your continued financial support to help St. James Catholic Parish be the beacon of hope in our community and beyond.

Rite of Sending Last Sunday our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen (non-Baptized), now officially called “the Elect” went to St. Paul Cathedral for the Rite of Election to be introduced to Bishop Zubik. The Class of 2017includes: Jason Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Congratulations to our “Elect!”

Fish Fry in Full Swing! Thank you to all who have come out the past three weekends for our Parish Fish Fry. Plans are underway to expand our takeout service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space! We are very grateful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group. If you or your company would be interested in being a corporate sponsor this year to help with the cost of food, paper products, cleaning supplies, and advertising, please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944- 6903 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congratulations to last week’s weekly drawing winner The Andrews Family who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee swirl bread giveaway!

Lenten Penance Services - The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Our next District Penance Service will be conducted this Thursday, March 23 at 6:30pm at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township.

Monday, April 10, 6:30pm at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis.

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

Parish Improvements New seat cushions were installed last week in the back sections of the church pews on both sides. This will allow more comfort for everyone. Special thanks to Frank and Ann Cahouet for making this project possible.

Welcome A special welcome to Bernie Smith and Ashley and Corrie Woods who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… A person’s needs are met, and his appetite subsides. A person’s wants are met, and his thirst swells without end. - Richelle E. Goodrich

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 - 03.12.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. The readings focus on having courage to become a disciple and make positive changes in our life. To be a disciple means a willingness to give all. In the First Reading from Genesis, God commissions Abram to be the father of God’s people. Abram will become the father of faith for Israel. In the Second Reading from Paul to Timothy, we read how God has saved us and calls us to be holy. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John travel up to Mount Tabor and get to see a glimpse of the past: Moses and Elijah, and see the future: that Jesus is truly the Messiah, the Son of God.

As we continue our Lenten journey, todays scripture passages give us hope and encouragement. There will be difficulties along the way in life, but we need to just keep going.

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

Rite of Sending This weekend at the 9:30am Mass, we welcome our RCIA candidates and Catechumen (non-Baptized), now officially called “the Elect” as we officially send them to St. Paul Cathedral this afternoon for the Rite of Election to be introduced to Bishop Zubik as they become closer to joining us in the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil. The class of 2017includes: Jason Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held next Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Dinner will be catered by the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale and music will be provided by parishioner DJ David Ford. Last chance for tickets is this Monday, March 13 at the rectory office.

We are collecting items for our Gift Basket raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off at the rectory before 5:00pm this Wednesday, March 15. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated.

Fish Fry in Full Swing! Thank you to all who have come out the past two weekends for our Parish Fish Fry. The crowds have been amazing! We are very thankful for all of our volunteers who have been helping with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry corporate sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S &N Roofing, and Wright Automotive Group. If you or your company would be interested in being a corporate sponsor this year to help with the cost of food, paper products, cleaning supplies or advertising, please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944-6903 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Congratulations to last week’s weekly drawing winner Sam Botta who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC- Jenny Lee swirl bread giveaway!

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Every Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Wednesday, March 15 from 6:00 to 9:00pm where we will celebrate The Light Is On For You.

Upcoming Lenten Activities Parish Mission with Fr. Scott Seethaler - March 19-22 from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public.

Penance Service - Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township.

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

Knights of Columbus Every man age 18 and older is welcomed to join the St. James Knights of Columbus. This wonderful organization helps support various Diocesan Pro-Life Charities and helps with various parish fund raisers. It is a wonderful Mens Catholic Fraternity Organization. For more information please contact Terry Sexton at 412-398- 0646.

Congratulations Congratulations to our second graders who received their First Reconciliation last week. Special thanks to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education and her Catechists for preparing our children so well. The students will be receiving their First Holy Communion after Easter.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Lou Valenzi, our Director of Music Ministries who is celebrating his birthday on March 11.

Welcome A special welcome to Lynn and Mitchell Baer, Jackie Kresak, and Suzanne Werner who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Every small positive change we make in ourselves repays us in confidence in the future. - Alice Walker

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 - 03.05.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

Last Thursday evening as I returned back to the rectory from my day off, I walked into my office to check the mail and phone messages. On my office chair were two big bags of something I really love… Girl Scout Cookies!

My favorites are Thin Mints, Trefoils, Samoa’s, and Tagalongs. (I love cookies with my Starbucks Coffee). I did open a few packages for a taste test, knowing with Lent approaching soon I was going to “give up” sweets once again for Lent. Temptations are very difficult to deal with especially when we are challenged each day; whether if it is a favorite food, beverage, or other things, we would like to cut back on them for a sacrifice.

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. We walk this journey together for the next six weeks focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The First reading from Genesis focuses on Eve in the Garden and the temptation and fall into sin. The Second Reading from Roman’s focuses how sin entered the world. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we read how the spirit drives Jesus out into the desert for forty days and he is tempted by the devil. Temptation always starts out as something which seems minor and insignificant but then it can grow. If we develop a habit of daily prayer then we can combat the daily temptations that life throws at us…even cookies. Happy Lent!

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

On Mission For the Church Alive! As we heard a few weeks ago about the Regionalization of our Catholic Elementary Schools, our Parish Catholic Cemeteries will also be regionalized. Three regional offices are being phased-in throughout 2017, with the first office for cemeteries in Washington and Greene Counties, headquartered in Cecil, already up and running. A second office serving cemeteries in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties is being established in New Castle, and the main office, serving cemeteries in Allegheny County (including St. James Cemetery) is going to be located in the former Guardian Angels Parish Complex off of Steuben Street in the West End. More information will follow in the next few months on the transition of cemetery records from our parish office to the new regional office.

Upcoming Lenten Activities 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. Dinner will be catered by the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale and music will be provided by parishioner DJ David Ford. Tickets are available at the rectory during the week or you can purchase the tickets before or after the weekend Masses in church.

We are 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. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and Lottery Tickets are greatly appreciated.

A planning meeting for the dance will be held on Monday, March 6 at 6:30pm in the School cafeteria. If you would like to help out with the dinner, please join us for the planning meeting.

Congratulations to St. James School sixth grader, Joel Fabian who placed Third Place in the Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 District Level Essay Competition and to eighth grader, Catherine Martsolf who placed First Place in her grade level. The topic for the Essay Contest was “Why you should vote.” The winners will now go on to compete at the state level.

Congratulations to Frederick Bradley Christof II, son of Frederick and Rebecca Tudi Christof who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Mary Kay Ford, and Monica Lane, and Bernadette Wenglik who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday to Sister Agnes McCormick, RGS who celebrated her birthday this past Thursday, March 2!

Something to Think About… There are plenty of obstacles in your path…don’t allow yourself to become one of them. - 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 - 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

 
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