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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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.19.17

FORGIVE!

We live in a society where there are a lot of divisions between families, friends and neighbors. How sad it is when we become divided.

This weekend as we celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on an alternative method to achieve peace and settle the arguments and differences in the world. The First reading from Leviticus we hear the Lord speak to Moses and challenges the people to distinguish themselves in every way as chosen ones. In today’s Second Reading to the Corinthians, Paul wants us to know we are temples of God, because the Holy Spirit resides within us. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount as Jesus continues teaching the disciples that they must love their enemies (the Scribes and Pharisees) and pray for those who persecute them.

This is a real challenge for all of us as it forces us to step back and really think what Jesus is saying and asking each one of us. Let us act instead of reacting, to love our enemies, not hold a grudge, to give true charity, and to be a temple of God’s spirit.

FORGIVE!

On Mission for the Church Alive! This past Monday, St. James On Mission team members hosted our first parish-cluster district meeting. We met with the pastors and team members of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito and Diocesan Parish Services Representative, Ellen Mady were also present. It was a very good meeting looking at the possible models. St. James presented its possible model to merge with St. Joseph, St. Margaret Mary and St. Catherine’s in Crescent and the other team members and pastors seemed open to the possibility. We will keep you posted on the progress.

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share 2017 campaign officially kicks off next weekend. All registered parishioners should have already received their pledge and payment cards in the mail. Our goal this year is $179,002. Please be as generous as possible.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins Wednesday, March 1st. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, Noon (Liturgy of the Word Service), and 7:00pm.

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 in the 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 6pm to 9pm. (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 will begin to go on sale before and after all the masses starting next weekend or at the rectory.

Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards.

Light of Christ : 2nd grade Cub Scouts - Grant Griesacker Family of God: 2nd and 3rd grade Brownies - Amelia Balet, Gabrielle Gallagher, Lily Giunipero, Madeline Horton, Savannah Hornstein, Sophia Kostkas and Faith Williamson Mary, the First Disciple 7-8th grade Cadettes - Isabella Alvarado, Lydia Cwalina, Julia Fancher, Emily Gierczynski, Margaret McManus, Kelsey McGaughey ,Jacqueline Nicolaus, and Sara Weller Region III Pin - Jackie Nicolaus

Fish Fry Volunteers Our famous Fish Fry, during Lent will begin next Friday, March 3. If you would like to help out this year with set up, clean up or help during the dinners, please plan on attending a volunteer information meeting on Monday, February 20 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. Middle school and high school students who need service hours are also encouraged to help. To sign up to volunteer 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 . All volunteers must have their clearances before volunteering.

St. James School Annual Fund Students from our school will be on hand next weekend at all Masses in regards to their Annual Fund Drive. Taking home a pledge card or giving a monetary donation next weekend would be truly appreciated!

Welcome A special warm welcome to Lacey Gerle, and James, Caroline and Anna Podroskey who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. - James Thurber

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 02.12.17

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Growing up in the Carrick/Overbrook section of the City of Pittsburgh, my parents, Bill and Marge, taught my sisters Lisa and Linda and me to pray daily, go to church on Sundays, work hard each day and treat others with compassion. With my father being a City of Pittsburgh Police Officer we were taught to follow the laws, respect people and their property, and be cheerful to others. Now that my sisters and I are older, we appreciate what our parents taught us and now Lisa and Linda are passing those morals and values on to my nephews.

This week we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making the correct decisions in life, knowing what is right and what is wrong. Each and every day we have to make decisions in our life. Some are small and others are big. We live in a very complicated world which can hamper us from making a decision in our life.

In the first reading from the book of Sirach, which is a collection of wise sayings that help humans order their life and make right choices, we read how the wise teacher has a valuable lesson for God’s people. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul celebrates the kind of wisdom that comes from faith in God. The desire for a deeper relationship with God inspires us to choose to keep the commandments and to trust in him. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, which we continue reading from the “Sermon on the Mount,” we read how Jesus sets forth the deeper meaning of the Torah, which he has come to fulfill. He offers critical insight into his entire Mission. As he speaks to his disciples he is also addressing the Scribes and the Pharisees who are very strict and rigid. Jesus affirms the Mosaic Law, rejects legalism, and challenges his followers by offering an ethic that transcends the law.

Jesus dined with tax collectors and prostitutes, and showed affection for the unclean, the lepers and those afflicted with evil spirits. He did that because that is what God’s law commands all of us to do - - to look out for the needs of the least among us.

How do we interpret Church law? Do we come to Mass just to fill the Sunday Obligation and “watch” people in the pew and be critical of those around us? Are we critical of our priests, deacons and bishop, and knit pick at things in the parish and diocese? Do we gossip and complain and pull people down? Those who hear his word are challenged to live fully by living in the deep spirit of the law, not merely according to its literal meaning.

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

On Mission Parish Cluster Meeting The On Mission for the Church Alive process is a diocesanwide planning initiative in which Bishop Zubik invites all Catholics to envision how parishes, schools, and ministries can best respond to the changes in our communities so that they can be vital centers of worship and service, and deepen people’s relationship with Jesus.

As we begin moving forward with the On Mission process, this week we will undergo our first Cluster meeting with our neighboring parishes to investigate ways to become a stronger community of faith. Please keep your On Mission Team in your thoughts and prayers as they begin the first discussion stages of the process.

Lector Workshop There will be lector “refresher” workshop next Saturday, February 18 from 11:00am to Noon OR Sunday, February 19 from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Please call Karin Masterani at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your day.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 5th 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, beverages and entertainment. Tickets are currently available at the Rectory during normal business hours and will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in a few weeks.

Congratulations Congratulations to Elom Jesse Setodji , son of Edem and Adoude Setodji who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ibie Alfonso, our church sacristan who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, February 8.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Albert Mendicino and Craig and Evelyn Schein who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… You can’t have relationships with other people until you give birth to yourself. - Sonia Sanchez

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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