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A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.18.16

GOD’S WILL!

We all want to be “in control” of situations. We often want to get our own way with things. If we do not, then we cause a fuss, get mad, or run away from the situation. There are going to be unexpected things in life that are beyond our control. We need not to have fear, but to have faith.

Christmas is almost here! Next weekend we will celebrate the Birth of our Lord. Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s readings focus on making important decisions in life and trusting in God’s will. In the First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how Isaiah invites King Ahaz to trust in the power of God. In the Second reading from the Romans, we read how Paul expresses his gratitude to God for the great privilege of preaching the gospel. Paul challenges us to go forward as apostles and spread the message that Jesus proclaimed. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the infancy narrative often named the “Annunciation to Joseph” when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary had been conceived by the Holy Spirit is pregnant with Jesus. Joseph did God’s will and adopted Jesus as his son. Mary remained a virgin, doing it “God’s way.”

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas next weekend, let us open up our hearts in doing God’s will and greet our family and friends with love and joy.

GOD’S WILL!

Penance Service A final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, December 19 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. Use these wafers at your Christmas Eve or day dinner with your family.

Christmas at St. James Christmas Eve Masses will be held at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be no morning Mass, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, December 24 or Saturday, January 31.

The Rectory offices will be closed Thursday, December 22 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3. There are no activities scheduled on campus except for daily Mass and funerals.

Please hold all rectory phone calls and office business until after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you need assistance (for emergency matters only) please call my office at (412)741-6650, extension 311.

Parish Improvements Ferri Electric of Pittsburgh recently installed all new LED lights in the sanctuary area of church. They are more energy efficient and brighter.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted vents in the church vestibule.

Congratulations Congratulations to parishioner Chris Tanabe, a Senior at Quaker Valley High School for being the school’s first boys team golfer to win a state championship! Chris is the son of Jennifer and Scott Tanabe of Sewickley.

Welcome We would like to welcome Matthew and Alexis Secosky, Gomer, Julie, Makenzie, Maguire, and Macy Smith 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 the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. 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. All registered members should have received a notice this year to update their census. Please complete your census form and return it to the rectory by December 31.

Year End Donations As you make decisions on your 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… Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. - Ruth Carter Stapleton

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 - 12.11.16

REJOICE!

For the past several weeks, during the weekend Masses, various funeral liturgies and even at last Friday night’s Spaghetti Dinner, I heard many positive compliments how inviting, active and welcoming our parish is. As your Pastor, I am so proud to say that I am from St. James- Sewickley because we are an active and alive Parish. What a great time to Rejoice!

Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called “Gauete Sunday” which means Rejoice! We are half way to Christmas! We light the pink candle in our Advent wreath which signifies joy and hope.

In today’s first reading from Isaiah we read how a prophet reminds us to stay strong and fear not! In the second reading, from the Letter of James, we read how James looks forward to the second coming of the Lord. In today’s gospel of St. Matthew, we read once again about John the Baptist. John is in prison and begins to doubt and wonder whether Jesus is the Messiah.

We all have doubts about our faith every now and then. We must not fall into fear but have faith especially as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and prepare for the Second Coming of Christ.

As we approach “half time” in this advent season, let us work on being more patient and find peace and hope in the season. In doing things for others we can all prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord!

Thank you to all who participated in our 2nd Annual Light Up Nightpasta feast on December 2. Over 520 meals were prepared! Special thanks to our Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild for their hard work in making this event such a success!

REJOICE!

Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. There are various Penance Services being conducted the final two weeks of Advent to get ready for the Christmas Season.

This Wednesday, December 14 we will participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will participate in. The church will be open and confessions will be available from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

A final district Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, December 19 at St. Joseph Church in Coraopolis.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders.

Christmas at St. James Christmas is a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord with family and friends. Christmas Eve Masses are 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be no morning Mass, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, December 24 or December 31.

The Rectory offices will be closed Thursday, December 22 through Monday, January 2.

Scrip Program Support your parish by purchasing gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by the Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass or during the week at the Rectory.

Welcome A special welcome to Rachel Deiter, Christopher, Elizabeth, Alexander, Benjamin, and Allison Moyer who recently registered at St. James.

Year-End Donations As we come close to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on your end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. Your financial contributions help us continue to keep the Parish campus updated, clean and comfortable. Please remember to support our Parish, School and the Parish Share campaign. Together we can keep St. James Catholic Parish Alive, Well and Growing. St. James Catholic Parish is truly the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Lucas Paul Weisser, son of Jason and Emily (Guzan) Weisser who is being baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to my dad, Bill Burke who celebrated his 76th birthday this weekend, December 10 and to Kyle Devlin who works in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday on Thursday, December 15!

Something to Think About… Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. - Guillaume Apollinaire

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 - 12.4.16

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. The readings this weekend focus on preparing for the Lord. In the Gospel of Matthew, we are introduced to John the Baptist who is a cousin of Jesus. We will read about John this week and next Sunday because he is a major figure during the Season of Advent and focuses on preparation and repentance. He says “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Prepare the Way of the Lord.”

Advent is a time to renew and deepen our relationship with God. It is a time of prayer. As believers who continue to await Jesus’ Second coming, let us draw hope from these texts and prepare for the Lord.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!

Parish Share 2016 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 192 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parish Share helps educate our Seminarians who are our future priests! We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Goal this year is $173,549.

Parish Improvements Precision Overhead Garage Door Service installed new doors on the rectory garages.

S & N Roofing of Harmony continues to work on the new metal roof for the rectory garage.

Good Sounds of Hunker, PA have completed installing new wiring and speakers throughout the church including the vestibule and children’s chapel. New microphones will be installed in a few weeks. 

2016 Gather Hymnals are now in place in each of the church pews. It has the updated music and readings. If you would like to make a $25 donation in Honor or in Memory of a loved one please complete a hymnal donation form located on the bulletin board of the main entrance of the church or on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space lobby. 

Prayer Garden Upgrades Donations are still being collected to make upgrades next spring to our Prayer Garden on the Walnut Street side of the Church. A new Blessed Mother Statue now stands and is illuminated at night with a spot light. We plan on making major upgrades next spring with new bushes, lights, benches and mulch. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one for Christmas, please send your donation into the rectory office with the memo “Prayer Garden Project Fund.” A list of names will be published in a future bulletin. 

December 8 - Holy Day of Obligation This Thursday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we celebrate Mary conceived in her mother’s womb. From the beginning she was sinless, destined to become the Mother of God. This is the patronal feast day of the United States. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. There are various Penance Services being conducted the next several weeks to get ready for the Christmas Season. Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, December 6 at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township and Monday, December 19 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

We will also participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every Parish will participate in, on Wednesday, December 14. The church will be open and confessions will be available from 6:30 to 9:00pm.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. Advent Sharing Tree/ CCD Children’s Hospital Toy Fund Our annual

Advent Sharing Tree program concludes next Saturday, December 10. If you took an ornament home with you last weekend, please bring back your wrapped gift with the ornament attached to the outside to the Baptism Font area by next Saturday.

**Our CCD families are participating in a separate Children’s Hospital Toy Drive conducted by Nolan Hutton. These unwrapped toys should be dropped off at the Religious Education Office during CCD hours on Sunday morning.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Adam Deiter, and Tom, Karen, Sarah, Rachel, and Nicole Shaheen who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Surrender to what is; let go of what was. Have faith in what will be. - Sonia Bicotti

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.27.16

BE WATCHFUL!

Today we begin a new season, a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It presents an opportunity of preparation and calls our attention to recall the birth of Jesus and also to anticipate his second coming. Advent makes us think of the theme of waiting. During Advent, the Church invites us to prepare to celebrate both Jesus’ birth and his promise to return at the end of time.

The readings this weekend focus on people engaging on a journey and be alert. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, we read how the prophet has a vision of King David’s city. It will become a place where people learn the ways of the Lord. In the Second reading to the Romans, Paul urges the people of faith to prepare for the day of the Lord, to awake from sleep. In the Gospel of Luke, we are reminded that the Son of Man is coming. The disciples are urged to await the Lord’s coming with confidence, vigilance and prayer. Jesus tells us to be vigilantnot because God intends to frighten or destroy us, but because God has great things in store for those whom God redeems. To watch means to be awake and to be alert.

As we light the first candle in our Advent wreath this week, let be alert, awake and watchful!

BE WATCHFUL!

Gather Hymnals This weekend we will begin using our new 2016 Gathering hymnals which contain updated readings and music. Thank you to all who made a donation to make this project possible.

Scrip Program With the Christmas Shopping season now in full swing, please 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. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office.

Fair Trade Sale Please join us next Sunday, December 6, after all the Sunday morning Masses for our annual Fair Trade Sale! There will be several vendors here with handmade goods from various countries.

Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service this coming Monday, November 28 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. On Wednesday December 14, from 6:00 to 9:00pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Light Up Night Pasta Feast We will be having our 2nd annual Light Up Night Pasta Feast from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the St. James School Cafeteria. Join us for a delicious dinner then leave your car in our parking lot and walk around Sewickley and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will benefit the Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild.

From 5:30-6:00pm, be sure to be at the main stage to listen to our St. James School students sing Christmas carols.

Christmas Wafers Christmas Wafers or “Oplatki” are available in church or at the rectory offices. Each package contains four blessed wafers for you to use during your Christmas dinner. The wafers are located near the candles in the main vestibule. The suggested donation is $5.00 which can be placed in the money boxes near the candle stands.

Happy Birthday A very special happy 100th birthday to Austin McGrath who celebrated his very special day this past Monday, November 21.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Domenic, Gina, Domenico, and Mario DiTano, Christopher, Asten, Jackson, and Greyson Pacellio who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Next Saturday, December 3 at the 5:00pm Mass, we will have a “Welcome Home” Mass. Please bring a family member, friend or co-worker who has been away from the church for a while. Bring them to welcome them back home to the Catholic Church!

Something to Think About… Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes, and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. - 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 - 11.20.16

CHRIST THE KING!

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, we are coming to the end of the liturgical calendar, and the end of the Year of Mercy. A new cycle of readings begins next Sunday, November 27, the first week of Advent. This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. The readings this weekend focus on a different type of kingship that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. Instead of an earthly throne, his cross was his throne. Instead of wearing an earthly crown of gold and jewels, his was a crown of thorns.

In our first reading from the Book of Samuel, we read how all the tribes of Israel invite David to be their King. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the same Passion Narrative that we read this past Palm Sunday. The Crucifixion focuses on Christ being taunted by the soldiers yelling at him that he is “King of the Jews.” Two thieves are crucified next to Jesus. One thief, Dismiss, also known as the good thief, is aware that they have condemned an innocent man. His faith motivates his dying wish: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” On Calvary, a convicted sinner professed his faith!

As we come to the end of this Liturgical year, let us pray in the darkest moments of our life, that we will trust the Lord who is our friend, and our king. He will set us free and remind us that we one day will be with him in paradise.

CHRIST THE KING!

On Mission For the Church Alive… Thank you to all who participated in the two consultation sessions back on October 24 and 25 for the upcoming On Mission For the Church Alive process which is a major restructuring project for the entire diocese. The two possible models that were presented: POSSIBLE Model 1 is to merge with St. Mary in Aleppo Township, Sacred Heart in Emsworth and Assumption in Bellevue, and POSSIBLE Model 2 is to merge with Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. John the Baptist in Baden and Sts. John and Paul in Wexford. Please note that NO decisions have been made and your feedback is important during this process. Feedback forms are on the Information Tables in church.

Also, the schools office is continuing meetings with Pastors and Principals from the North Hills Area Catholic Schools for possible reorganization next year. Because of the location of St. James School, we do not have any other Catholic Elementary School nearby to merge but we would partner with the new North Hills Regional Schools for purchasing books and hiring staff and teachers. Again, no decisions have been at this time. We will keep you posted as the information is released on this new Regionalization model.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Joe, Kristie, Audrina, and Arianna DiRenzo, Robyn Remic, Mark, Annie, Makaylee, and Chase Rogers who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving day Mass will be held Thursday, November 24 at 9:00am. Safe travels to all who will be traveling!

Please note that there will no 6:45am Mass on Friday, November 25 and no 9:00am Mass, confessions or Adoration on Saturday, November 26. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 23 and will reopen on Monday, November 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Pasta Feast! Please join us on Friday, December 2 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria and/or the Gathering Space for a delicious spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. James Womens Guild.

A “Welcome Home Mass” for fallen away Catholics will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 5:00pm. Please invite a family member or friend to join us for Mass.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Ashley Russo and Arran Harland who celebrated their wedding last weekend!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 46th birthday this Thursday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents, Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James.

Something to Think About… On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. - William Jennings Bryan

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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