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A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.13.16

KEEP THE FAITH!

Today we celebrate the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we approach the final weeks of the Liturgical Season, the readings this weekend focus on the end of time and keeping the faith. In the first reading of the prophet Malachi, we read how the prophet talks about a day of judgement. God will distinguish between the just and the unjust. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus teaches that the day is coming when the great temple of Jerusalem will be destroyed and Christians will be persecuted.

To be a Christian is to dare to be different. We need to be confident and faithful despite having to carrying heavy burdens. The difficulties of life, no matter what form they take, can be occasions for us to bear the witness to our faith in God and in Jesus. Our challenge today is to carry our own load and be ready to help others. Only God has a hand in the matters of life and death.

As we draw towards the end of the Liturgical year, let us reflect on our own challenges in life. Not have fear, but have faith!

KEEP THE FAITH!

Gathering Space Rental Now that our Gathering Space has been renovated we are opening up the space for rental. The Gathering Space is available for Baptisms, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, or other small celebrations. For a nominal fee, the room can seat up to 100 people with full use of the mini kitchen and handicap accessible restrooms. Please contact our Office Manager, Karin Masterani at the Rectory Office to inquire about availability.

Pending availability, the Gathering Space is available for funeral luncheons at no charge for parishioners of St. James. Our Funeral Luncheon Committee is here to assist. Special thanks to Joan Straka who has headed the Funeral Luncheon Committee for the past four years and we welcome Linda Boord who will now chair this group.

On Mission for the Church Alive! Extra forms are available on the information tables in the church for the two possible models of the future restructuring of St. James Parish and our neighboring parishes. Please pick up a yellow information packet and complete the Feedback Form and return it to the On Mission box on the information table in the church vestibule or Gathering Space entrance by December 12. Your feedback is appreciated. Please join in talking to one of our On Mission Team Members after all the Masses next weekend in the Gathering Space to discuss your comments and suggestions about the process.

Parish Improvements Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley recently installed new outdoor bollard lighting near the Gathering Space Entrance and Handicap parking area. **Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for their financial contribution towards the cost of this project. ** **

Please be patient as we are in the process of installing a new sound system in the church. Good Sounds of Hunker, PA is currently installing new wiring, and speakers. We thank you for your patience as we make this much improved transition.**

Jake Luffy Masonry of Pittsburgh recently cleaned and sealed the limestone fascia surrounding the flat roof area of the church. They also repointed and repaired the brick on the rectory garage and outdoor wall near the fish pond area.

Rite of Welcoming Last weekend at the 9:30am Mass, we welcomed our RCIA candidates as we officially introduced them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. The Class of 2017includes: Jason Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville.

Congratulations Congratulations to Arianna Antonia DiRenzo daughter of Giuseppe and and Kristina Policastro DiRenzo, and Stephen Joseph Young, son of Matthew and Julie Dickhans Young, who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Joseph and Katherine Denn, Andrew, Diane, Archer, and Stella Dripps, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal!

Something to Think About… When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” - Erma Bombeck

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.06.16

LIFE AFTER DEATH

The month of November is traditionally a month to remember our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. At every Mass during this month we will offer our prayers for the names of our loved ones who are listed on the Memorial Board near the pulpit on the altar and the names listed in the Book of Remembrance.

This Sunday we celebrate the Thirty Second Sunday Ordinary Time and the readings this weekend and also for the next three Sundays focus on life after death. In the First Reading from the Book of Maccabees, we read how a mother and her sons profess their faith. They are confident that God will raise them to new life. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus confronts the Sadducees, who were a religious group who did not believe in life after death. The whole conversation is a trap to make Jesus look foolish no matter what he says. As Christians our hope of the resurrection is founded in the love God has shown us in Jesus.

We all have to go through the cycle of life, the beginning, middle and end. Let us wake up each day and live the day to the fullest. Remember all the great times with those loved ones who have passed on.

LIFE AFTER DEATH

St. James School Blue and White Gala Next Saturday, November 12 we will have our annual Blue and White Gala at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township. This year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Mind Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Heart Award. Congratulations Lou and John!

Bus Trip to St. Paul Cathedral Please join St. James Parish and the Women’s Guild in celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy as we host a bus trip to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to experience the “Holy Door of Mercy” next Monday, November 14 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A catered lunch from 424 Walnut will be served in the Gathering Space at 11:00am then we will depart from the parking lot at 12:10pm for the Cathedral and return to Sewickley by 4:00pm. I will provide a personal tour and history of the Cathedral and stained glass windows as we also walk through the Holy Door of Mercy. Cost is $15.00 for the lunch. Bus transportation will be paid by the generosity of the Women’s Guild. Please reserve your space by this Wednesday, November 9 to Terri Price our Business Manager at 412-741-6650 ext. 312. Space is limited. Join us for this wonderful road trip to the Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh!

On Mission for the Church Alive! Extra forms are available on all the information tables in the church for the two possible models of the future restructuring of St. James Parish and our neighboring parishes. Please pick up a yellow information packet and complete the Feedback Form and return it to the On Mission box on the information table in the church vestibule or Gathering Space entrance. Your feedback is appreciated. If you have any questions about the On Mission process please feel free to approach me or our On Mission team: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Mary Lu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Kathleen Wycoff.

Parish Improvements Please be patient as we are in the process of installing a new sound system in the church. Good Sounds of Hunker, PA is installing new wiring, and speakers. Please be patient the next few weeks as we make this transition.

S & N Industries of Harmony continues to install a new roof on the Rectory garage.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted several church doors and vents.

Welcome Home A special welcome to David and Melissa Deiter, Mark, Britt, Trip, and Archer Eubanks, and Beth, J. Connor, and Kelly Hyder who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Julianne Ganter and Patrick Baer who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Happy Anniversary Happy 27th anniversary to my sister and brother in-law, Lisa and Paul Denk.

Happy Veterans Day this coming Friday, November 11 to all our men and women who have served in our Armed Services. God Bless America!

Please remember to vote this coming Tuesday, November 8!

Something to Think About… A world without love is a deadly place. - Helen Fisher

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.30.16

SEEK OUT JESUS!

This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth- First Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings focus on seeking out the Lord in our life. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus travels through Jericho and encounters the tax collector Zaccheaeus. He climbs a tree and calls out to Jesus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, which made him rich and powerful but not honest or well liked. The people are shocked when Jesus approaches Zaccheaeus to dine with him. This gospel is an invitation for us to celebrate God’s love, to experience God’s mercy, and renew our commitment to Christ and his message.

Let us ask God to forgive our faults, forgive others, seek out peace, love and harmony, and see Christ in our midst.

SEEK OUT JESUS!

All Saints Day All Saints Day is this Tuesday, November 1. It is a Holy day of obligation and Masses will be held Tuesday at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

All Souls Day Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year will be invited to attend for a special candle service. There will be extra memorial candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation. Everyone is invited to attend the mass and light a candle in memory of their loved ones who have passed on to eternal life.

St. James School Blue and White Gala Please join us on Saturday, November 12 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township for our annual Blue and White Gala. This year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Mind Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Heart Award. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. If you would like to attend the Gala or sponsor a faculty or staff member, please call the school office at 412-741-5540.

Bus Trip to St. Paul Cathedral Please join us in celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy as we host a bus trip to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to experience the Holy Door of Mercy on Monday, November 14 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A catered lunch from 424 Walnut will be served in the Gathering Space at 11:00am and then we will depart from the parking lot at 12:10pm for the Cathedral and return by 4:00pm. I will provide a personal tour and history of the Cathedral and stained glass windows as we also walk through the Holy Door of Mercy. Cost is $15.00 for the lunch. Bus transportation will be paid by the generosity of the Women’s Guild. Please reserve your space by calling our Business Manager, Terri Price, at 412-741-6650 extension 312 by Wednesday, November 7.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden We are seeking donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden on the corner of Walnut Street with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, please make your check payable to St. James Catholic Parish and please put in the memo Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund. This is the final week for donors names to be listed in next Sunday’s bulletin.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Alexander Hays IV, Michael and Emily Koehle, and Tim, Christian, Morgan and Jacob O’Shea, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Ellie Lynn Beynon and Connor Gerard Nath who are being Baptized this weekend.

On Mission For the Church Alive… Thank you to all who participated in the two consultation sessions this past Monday and Tuesday. 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. Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our parish and diocese. Stay posted for more information.

As the Diocesan Bishop, Bishop David Zubik will be making the ultimate decisions about how the Church can be present and live in the six-county diocese. He will NOT be making those decisions until the first quarter of 2018.

Something to Think About… Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again. - Alex Tan

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr.Tom - 10.23.16

HUMILITY!

As this Jubilee Year of Mercy enters its final month, this weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings focus on humility. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches us the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus shows us the way to the Father who is a God of justice and mercy. Since God knows what is in our hearts, we can approach God with confidence, acknowledging our faults and relying on Divine Mercy. The Tax Collector was humble because he understood the depth of his sinful behavior. True humility calls for us to acknowledge and draw upon the good that is in within ourselves that need healing through God’s grace.

HUMILITY!

Education Plus Tune in this coming Friday, October 28 at 7pm and/or Sunday, October 30 at 8:30am on KQV 1410Am for Education Plus, my weekly radio program which highlights Catholic Education. My guest’s will be our very own Youth Minister Maria Brown and parishioner Stephen Wolf talk about the Notre Dame Vision Summer Camp program.

All Souls Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held next Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year will be invited to attend for a special candle service. There will be extra Memorial Candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation for those who wish to light a candle for their loved one.

St. James School Blue and White Gala Please join us on Saturday, November 12 from 6:30pm to 11pm at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township for our annual Blue and White Gala. This year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Minds Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Hearts Award. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. If you would like to attend the Gala or sponsor a faculty or staff member, please call the school office at 412-741-5540.

Bus Trip to St. Paul Cathedral Please join St. James Parish and the Women’s Guild in celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy as we host a bus trip to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to experience the “Holy Door of Mercy” on Monday, November 14 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A catered lunch from 424 Walnut will be served in the Gathering Space at 11:00am then we will depart from the St. James parking lot at 12:10pm for the Cathedral and return to Sewickley by 4:00pm. I will provide a personal tour and history of the Cathedral and stained glass windows as we also walk through the Holy Door of Mercy. Cost is $15.00 for the lunch. Bus transportation will be paid by the generosity of the Women’s Guild. Please call Terri Price at (412)741-6650, extension 312 to reserve your space by November 7. Space is limited. Join us for this wonderful road trip to the Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh!

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street and we are seeking donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, please make your check payable to “St. James Catholic Parish” and memo it Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund. Please make your donation by next Sunday, October 30 so we can begin this project as soon as possible. A list of donors names will be published in a future bulletin.

Welcome Home A special welcome to John Flanigan, Francis Fleming, and Raymond Gallagher who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Carter Lorenzo Bonilla, Rory Hayes Kennedy, Frankie Adele Lovell, and Adam James Nelson who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Daniel and Johnna Egley Kerner who are validating their Marriage this weekend.

On Mission For the Church Alive… Please join us either this Monday, October 24 or Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00pm for the On Mission For the Church Alive Parish informational meeting to see the proposed models for our parish.

Something to Think About… Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life. - George Arliss

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.16.16

KEEP THE FAITH!

It is natural to want to give up and throw in the towel when things go wrong or don’t go the way we would like it to. We need to keep moving forward and not give up hope but keep the faith.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being persistent and keeping the faith.

In the first reading from Exodus, we read how God’s people struggle to win victory against an enemy. Moses and Joshua win a battle against the evil leader Amalek. On their way to the Promised Land, the Israelites experienced many hardships. God gives them a reason to grow strong in faith. In the second reading from Paul to Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy to remain faithful. We are encouraged to persevere and be faithful to what we learn through Sacred Scripture. In the Gospel of St. Luke, we read the Parable of the Persistent Widow. Jesus highlights the action of a poor widow in order to teach about the necessity of perseverance in prayer. Let us pray always that our faith may be strengthened and our actions guided by God’s spirit.

KEEP THE FAITH!

Education Plus Tune in this coming Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm and/or next Sunday, October 23 at 8:30am on KQV 1410Am for Education Plus, my weekly radio program which highlights Catholic Education. My guests will be our very own Youth Minister Maria Brown and National Catholic Speaker Dan DeMatte talk about the importance of Catholic Youth Ministry. Education Plus is brought to you by the generosity of Sam and Judy Spanos and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Blue and White Gala Please join us for our annual “Blue and White Gala” for St. James School on Saturday, November 12 at the Montour Heights Country Club in Moon Township. We are pleased to announce that this year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Mind Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Heart Award. Both Lou and John have been very supportive of St. James School over the years. Please call the school office at 412-741-5540 to reserve your seat.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street. Just like we did last year for the Holy Family statue that was placed near the fish pond area, we are asking parishioners and friends if they would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one to help with the prayer garden upgrades including bushes, mulching and outdoor lighting. A list of names will be listed in a future bulletin. If you would like to make a donation please make your check payable to “St. James Catholic Parish” and memo it Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund.

Parish Rectory Garage Roofs Repairs S & N Roofing of Harmony has begun to replace the rectory garage roof. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for repairs. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will again assist us with this project.

Valley’s Best Tree Service and Landscaping of Freedom recently pruned several trees around our church campus and rental property.

John Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted the Ushers Room, Church restroom hallway and two exterior school doors on the Bank Street side.

Congratulations Congratulations to Calvin Ryan Andrulonis and Ayden Lee Beining who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Robert and Karen Cobourne, Christopher, Jordan, James, Ben, and Aoife Dervan who recently registered at St. James Parish. Welcome

Fr. Sam Esposito! Next Saturday, October 22, Fr. Sam Esposito, our Regional Vicar, will be the celebrant for the 5pm vigil Mass for his annual “Vicar Visit” to St. James Parish.

On Mission For the Church Alive…Save the Date! Monday, October 24 and/or Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00pm for the On Mission For the Church Alive Parish Information Meeting! Please plan on attending one of the information sessions!

The second collection next weekend is for World Mission Sunday, please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing. - Barry Finlay

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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