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In Observance of Holy Week and Easter,

The Rectory offices will be CLOSED

Holy Thursday (April 13), Good Friday (April 14) and

Easter Monday (April 17)

The offices will reopen on Tuesday, April 18, at 8:30AM

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 04.16.17

HAPPY EASTER!

These past forty days of Lent have been a time for us to reflect on the positive changes we would like to make in our life and remind ourselves that we are all on this journey together. Our theme this Lent was “Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking.” During our Lenten Parish Mission, Capuchin Franciscan Father Scott Seethaler reminded us of several key points: God is not missing in our life, make prayer a daily part of our life, forgive those who have hurt us, and don’t let worry take over our life.

Today we rejoice at Easter as the tomb is empty. St. John places Mary Magdalene at the center of his Resurrection Gospel. As she approaches the tomb, she sees the rolled-away stone and sees that the tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is the first person at the tomb in all four gospels and she is the messenger who then brings Peter and the Beloved Disciple to see that the stone has been moved.

Easter is about Jesus, the Jesus who announced God’s kingdom. We celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness and good over evil. Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

HAPPY EASTER!

Gathering Hymnals Over the past several months we have added new Gathering Hymnals to the pews. These hymnals now have ribbons and all the music and readings for the Sunday Masses. 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 and on the bulletin boards in the main and Gathering Space vestibule and return it to Terri Price our Business Manager at the Rectory.

Education Plus on KQV Radio Tune into KQV Radio 1410Am Fridays at 7:00pm and/or Sundays at 8:30am for “Education Plus.” I host this weekly radio program to highlight Catholic Elementary and High Schools. Education Plus is brought to you by the generosity of Sam and Judy Spanos and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017 -2018 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. We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for this coming year! Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more information or for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered you are most welcomed here! Please complete the registration form that is on the information tables 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. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael and Hannah Boyd, and Caroline Senra, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations This weekend, we welcome the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2017 include: Jason Brewer, Olivia Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Special thanks to Bob Basl, and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year.

Looking Ahead Emily Jancart Memorial Scholarship Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 30 after all Masses in the School Cafeteria.

First Holy Communions for our second graders will be the weekends of April 29-30, and May 6-7.

*** Please note that our campus will be closed on Easter Monday, April 17 in observance of the Easter holiday. There will be no daily Mass, no school, and the Rectory offices will be closed.

Also, there will be no daily Mass the week of April 24-28 while I will be on Spring retreat and traveling to Iowa and Illinois.

Something to Think About… Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

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 - 04.09.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

HOSSANA!

Today, we bless the palm branches and carry them in high honor of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and today is the only Sunday that we read two gospel passages. Our liturgy is divided into three parts: commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, Liturgy of the Word, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. We end our readings with Jesus having been betrayed and tortured, denied, mocked and crucified. Matthew’s Passion story stretches from the plot of Judas to the stone placed before Jesus’ tomb. Jesus is in complete control of the situation.

This coming week is “Holy Week” - - the holiest week of the year honoring our Lord as we retrace his steps through Jerusalem to Calvary. Let us become closer to the Lord and pick up our cross and follow the Lord.

HOSSANA!

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

Lenten Penance Services The last penance service will be conducted tomorrow, Monday, April 10 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

No confessions will be heard until after Easter.

Living Stations This weekend we welcome the St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program as they perform “Living Stations.” This is a wonderful passion play on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Over ninety high school students will perform. Please join us this evening at 7:30pm in the church.

Final Fish Fry this coming Friday! Thank you to all who have come out the past five Fridays for our Parish Fish Fry. Our final Fish Fry will take place on Good Friday and dinners will be available from 3:00-7:00pm. Stop down to the Cafeteria or take out your food order in the Gathering Space after the Liturgy of the Word Service. If you have not yet visited 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.

Scrip Program The Easter shopping season is now in full swing and St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make, the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available after Mass and also at the rectory office Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:00am or 2:00-3:30pm.

Holy Week Schedule Please join us for Holy Thursday, April 13 for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm, Good Friday Liturgy April 14 at 1:00pm, and Blessing of Baskets and Food Holy Saturday, April 15 at Noon. The Easter Vigil Mass will be held Saturday at 8:00pm, and on Easter Sunday, Masses are at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am.

Please note that there will be NO daily Mass on Monday, April 17

Rectory Office Hours The Rectory Offices will be CLOSED Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday. If you need assistance during that time, please call my office at 412-741-6650 extension 311.

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered, you’re most welcomed here! 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. If you are currently not receiving envelopes or the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, please notify the parish office. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Welcome A special welcome to Collin and Leah Glover, Rachel Hildebrand, and Darren and Amanda Wood who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Stella Jolene Bennett, Alexandra Kim Mayo, Gianna Renee Mayo, and Vedder Inez Zernich who are being Baptized this weekend!

Have a very blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter!

Something to Think About… Everything in life can be summarized in two words: challenge and response. - Arnold Toynbee

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 - 04.02.17

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

For the last three weeks we have been reading personal encounter stories of Jesus. As with the Samaritan woman and the man born blind, this week Jesus calls Martha (and us) to a deeper level of faith in him. In the Gospel of John, Jesus reveals himself as the giver of life by raising Lazarus from the dead. This reading offers us hope and consolation in the face of death. In grieving for Jesus, Martha and Mary shows us that the Lord understands and shares our human sorrow at the death of loved ones. Our faith in Jesus helps believers prepare for eternal life.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent can be seen as a turning point in the Lenten journey as we enter the final days of the Liturgical time we will be approaching the Paschal Triduum in two weeks. Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” These words clearly identify Jesus as the Son of God, the author of life and the one who brings our salvation.

Burdened by daily struggles in life; not having any joy or hope, let us open ourselves up to the spirit of Christ and his promise of a new beginning.

LET’S ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING!

Fish Fry Expands into the Gathering Space Thank you to all who have come out the past five weekends for our Parish Fish Fry. Business is booming! We have now expanded our take-out service and seating capacity by also utilizing the Gathering Space with “Seafood Express.” All take-out orders are now served in the Gathering Space with two lines available; one for casual dining in or take-out service. 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 Roberta Wagner who won the 5 Generation Bakers, LLC - Jenny Lee Swirl Bread Giveaway!

Living Stations Next Sunday, April 9, 7:30pm in church, St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program will perform “Living Stations.” Over 91 high school students will perform this wonderful passion play. Please join us to prepare for Holy Week.

Lenten Penance Service The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. The final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, April 10 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017 -2018 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. Scholarships and Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

On Mission For the Church Alive! Last week I attended our Spring Vicariate Meeting at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Bentleyville, Washington County. Bishop Zubik gave the priests and deacons an update on the On Mission process that we are currently planning for 2018. And this past Tuesday I attended the monthly Priest Leadership and Evangelization Collaborative at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. 150 priests are currently enrolled in this monthly collaborative which will help Pastors learn new ways for leadership in the future. As your Pastor, please know that I am deeply committed to shepherding my people that the Bishop has entrusted in me. Please keep all priests in your thoughts and prayers as we all go through the change of ministry that is quickly approaching.

Congratulations Congratulations to our seventy-three eighth graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Wednesday by Bishop Waltersheid. Special thanks to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal, and our teachers and catechists for preparing our youth.

Welcome A special welcome to Dana Derbish, and Jan and Tammy Sailman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… The game isn’t over till it’s over. - Yogi Berra

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 - 03.26.17

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

 
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