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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.08.17

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Last Saturday night after the 5:00pm New Year’s Eve Mass, I had a chance to talk to local artist, Jackie Kresak. Jackie is a St. James Parishioner who lives in Coraopolis and is the sister of my best friend, Fr. Steve Kresak, the Pastor of Holy Apostles Parish (my home parish) in Carrick, Overbrook, and Baldwin.

Back in 2012, Jackie repaired and repainted our beautiful Nativity Set that sits on our altar every Christmas season. This historic nativity set was in the basement of Good Shepherd Church in Braddock where I was the Pastor from 2008 to 2012. Each figure was found in the church basement in garbage bags, broken, chipped, and damaged from years not being used.

When I was transferred from Good Shepherd to St. James in August 2012, I brought the Nativity set with me to St. James as a personal gift to the parish so Jackie could repair it. Now parishioners and guests enjoy this beautiful set every year and for many years to come!

Jackie recently repaired our Processional Cross that also sits on our altar and is used weekly by our Altar servers. She is a gifted artist and really is talented to be able to clean and restore these historical religious items. What a true gift to our parish!

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah we read how the prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. Jerusalem has become a beacon of light in the world. The nations bring gifts to offer thanks to God. Darkness and gloom are replaced by splendor, light and glory. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul is grateful to be the herald of good news. He is to make known the plan of God to save both Jews and Gentiles through Christ’s saving work. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how the newborn Messiah is manifested to the Magi, Gentile Astrologers. They were overjoyed at finding the newborn King of the Jews.

Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light.

As we begin a new year, 2017 and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany this weekend, we pray that God’s light may shine in our hearts and on our world. With all that has gone on this past year with the presidential election, police shootings, terrorism and natural disasters, let us not focus on the darkness of things, but on the light of Christ coming into this world.

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Looking Ahead First Holy Communion parent meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00pm in the Gathering Space.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am mass on Sunday, January 29. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

The Confirmation Retreat for all our eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held Saturday, February 25 in the Gathering Space.

Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1. The annual Fish Frys will be every Friday during Lent starting Friday, March 3.

First Penance Service for 2nd graders Saturday, March 4 at 10:30am or Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30pm.

Spring Mission – March 18 thru 22 with Fr. Scott Seethaler

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life which will take place on Friday, January 27. Sign up in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses. There is no cost for the bus trip. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel, that Friday. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Jeraldine Russo, Dane Summerville, and Paul, Trisha, and Madeline Volchko who recently registered at St. James Parish

Something to Think About… Don’t let the past steal your present. This is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. - Taylor Caldwell

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.01.17

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

Every beginning of a new year I always like to make new goals for myself. This year I would like to work on the following: go to bed earlier and eat healthier, go to the gym and work out more often, pray my Office of Readings and Breviary better, and reach out to some old friends and high school and college classmates that I have not had much contact recently. It is always good to set some realistic goals and objectives to work on for self- improvement.

Today on this New Year’s Day we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In the Gospel of Luke today we read how the shepherds make known the message that the angels had told them about the identity of the newborn Jesus, and all who hear it are amazed.

In the business of the holiday season, our lives can sometimes get hectic. Getting back into a normal routine after the Christmas and New Year Holidays can be stressful with getting to work and school on time, running shopping errands, taking the kids to their practices and games and attending meetings.

As we begin a new year, 2017, let us set some goals and resolutions for the coming year. Let us recommit to God by taking some time each day for prayer, going to Mass on a weekly basis, helping out in our parish and supporting its events, and living each day to the fullest.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

On Mission For the Church Alive As we begin this New Year we continue to move forward with the On Mission For the Church Alive process which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese in 2018.

These next few weeks we will begin the discussion sessions with priests and On Mission Team Members from our neighboring parishes. Our St. James Parish team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, Mary Lu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff.

The two possible models that were presented last October: 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.

Based on careful consideration and prayer, research and listening to feedback, the team has designed an Alternative Parish Model for consideration by the diocese and On Mission Commission. The model contains an alternative that includes our cluster neighbors: St. Margaret Mary in Moon, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, as well as St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. The teams work over the past months was driven not only by feedback and discussions with our parishioners, but also supported by research gathered by the team. Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our parish and diocese. We will keep you posted with any information that comes available.

St. James Cemetery Update With the On Mission process now moving forward, the Diocese is creating a “Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association” this year which will eventually have a full time professional office staff operate every parish cemetery including St. James. The new office will oversee the grounds upkeep including grass cutting and snow removal, burials, head stones, plots and sales for new cremation remains and ground burial plots. All parish cemetery records will be eventually moved to a central office location in Allegheny County. This will be a huge work load taken off the current parish staff. For the time being until the change over takes place, our parish will continue operating the parish cemetery as usual. We will keep you posted when this transition will take place.

Confirmation 2017 Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid will be the celebrant for Confirmation on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Corey, Nicole, and Ellie Beynon, and Darby Trovato who recently registered at St. James Parish

Please Note Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Monday, January 2 and the Rectory Offices are closed until Tuesday, January 3.

Something to Think About… Start wherever you are, and start small. - Rita Baily

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.25.16

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Today we rejoice as we celebrate the birth of our Lord. May this day be joyful for you and let us celebrate the life and love that is around us this glorious day.

A very special welcome to all of our parishioners, family, friends and visitors who are with us this weekend!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

On Mission For the Church Alive As we have been hearing at Mass and reading in the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper, throughout the year, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is beginning preparations for “On Mission For the Church Alive! which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese in 2018.

As we prepare to move in the year 2017, we will begin the discussion sessions with priests and On Mission Team Members from our neighboring parishes. Our team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff.

Thank you to all who participated in the two consultation sessions this past October. 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.

Based on careful consideration and prayer, research and listening to feedback, the team has designed an Alternative Parish Model for consideration by the diocese and On Mission Commission. The model contains an alternative that includes our cluster neighbors: St. Margaret Mary in Moon, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, as well as St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. The team's work over the past months was driven not only by feedback and discussions with our parishioners, but also supported by research gathered by the team. We will keep you informed after the commission has an opportunity to respond.

Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our parish and diocese.

Please note that this week we there will be no morning Mass Monday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, December 26, 29, 30. We will have 9:00am Mass this Tuesday and Wednesday only, December 27 and 28 at 9:00am.

The Rectory offices are currently closed for the holiday season until 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 an emergencies only) please call my office at 412-741- 6650, extension 311.

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 high light 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.

Congratulations Congratulations to Jospeh Andrew Gallo Jr. son of Joseph and Megan Freedline Gallo, Garret Nicholas Metheny, son of Michael and Amanda Bernet Metheny, and Penelope Scarlet Saldivar, daughter of Luis and Rosaura Solano Saldivar, who are being Baptized this week.

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. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. 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.

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.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Terri Price, our Business Manager who is celebrating her birthday this Tuesday, December 27 and Bill Hawthorne, who works in our Maintenance Department who will be celebrating his birthday on Saturday, December 31.

Merry Christmas (Different Languages) Buone Feste Natalizie! (Italian) Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Gaelic) Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia! (Polish) Vesele Vianoce. A Staslivy Novy Rok! (Slovak) Wjesole Hody A Strowe Nowe Leto! (Lituanian) Frohliche Weinachten Und Ein Gluckliches Newes Jahr! (German) Feliz Navidad! (Spanish) Merry Christmas! (English)

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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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

 
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