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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.29.17


Last Friday, I traveled to Emil’s Restaurant in Rankin to have dinner with my friend Frannie from Swissvale. Frannie was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and after several treatments and medications, she beat it! Her attitude and faith has helped her get through the cancer treatments. She said to me “Fr. Tom, I am blessed!” This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being blessed.

In the first reading from Zephaniah, we read how a prophet speaks to God’s humble people and reminds them to seek justice and humility. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul offers the Corinthian community a new meaning for wisdom. The true measure of wisdom is in the things of God rather than in the things of this world. In today’s Gospel passage from the Fifth Chapter of Matthew, (which we will be reading the next four Sunday’s) we read from the “Sermon on the Mount” the Beatitudes which are the framework of Jesus’ ministry. Each Beatitude describes an action or a life situation that is rewarded by God and helps open our minds and hearts to a new way of seeking and judging.

Let us be open to being a little more humble in thoughts and actions and focus on our weaknesses and our strengths.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2017. This year’s theme is “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. We welcome our students, parents, faculty and staff. I am a product of both Catholic and Public Education, and am grateful for attending a Catholic Elementary School to lay the foundation of my Catholic faith!

There are many wonderful options for schools in our area. St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education is a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. We are a great “neighborhood school!” Please call the school office at 412-741-5540, extension 100 for more information or to take a tour of the school.

The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 and Elks chairwoman and parishioner, Ann Barger will conduct an awards presentation next weekend at the 9:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay expressing the topic, “Why Is It Important To Vote.” Congratulations to the following winners: 6th grade: Sofia Bencic, Joel Fabain, and Candace Cardwell 8th grade: Catherine Martsolf, Julia Centofanti, and Tyler Pontello

Special thanks to Eighth Grade teacher, Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project.


Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, which is this Friday, February 3, we will have the blessing of throats after each Mass next weekend. All are invited to get their throat blessed.

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. They will be available to purchase before or after the weekend Masses in church in a few weeks.

We will be 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 during the week. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated.

Parish Improvements We are pleased to have three new storage cupboards installed in the School Cafeteria near the Elevator for the Knights of Columbus and Fish Fry Committee to store their items. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus to help fund this project.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Chris and Trish Price, and Earl and Judi Seiler who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Margaret Lawton and Nicholas Khan who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Maintenance, Paul Denk, who is celebrating his birthday this coming Thursday, February 2.

Something to Think About… Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while your climbing it. - Andy Rooney

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 - 01.22.17


Recently, my friend Debbie Daft, dropped off three albums of news clippings, articles and bulletin announcements of my seminary years and priesthood ordination. Her mom, Ruth White, is a dear friend of mine, who is a long time parishioner from St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township where I did my Summer internship as a student at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. Ruth recently had to transition into Assisted Living and Debbie was cleaning out her mom’s cupboard and found the articles and thought I would enjoy reading them. Looking through the albums brought back so many wonderful memories of my seminary days and my early years of priesthood. This year I will be celebrating 16 years of priesthood. I love being a priest and I love serving the people of God. I am so glad I “answered the call” almost 20 years ago!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on discipleship and following Christ.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how God brings joy to people used to suffering and death. Darkness turns into light and the Lord brings abundant joy and great rejoicing. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community to let go of divisions and be inspired by the cross of Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the early ministry years of Jesus, as he calls Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him. All four respond immediately to Jesus’ call by leaving everything behind to follow him.

As we live through these mid-winter days, we are encouraged to deepen our belief in the living way of the Gospel. Winter can be a very good time for prayer and reflection. Let us turn darkness into light and answer the Lord’s call.


Celebrating Catholic Schools Week Next Sunday at the 9:30am Mass we will kick off “Catholic School’s Week”. We will have participating with us at Mass students, faculty, staff and parents. This year’s theme is “Faith, Service, and Knowledge.” Lots of great events and celebrations are planned for the week including a food drive for Center for Hope, Crazy Hair Day, a Fire and Ice Science Assembly, Crazy Sock Day and an Ice Cream Social. St. James Catholic School provides a quality Catholic Education in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. If your interested in looking at the Pre - School 3 and 4 year program or Kindergarten thru Eighth Grade, call the school at 412-741-5540 extension 100 to schedule a tour.

Memorial Candles Since we have limited daily and Sunday Masses, an option to honor a loved one living or deceased is to have a Memorial Candle lit for them each week. We have several options: Sanctuary Candle, Marian Candle, St. Joseph Candle and the St. Teresa of Calcutta candle. Donations are $10.00 and you can contact Karin Masterani at the Rectory for available weeks. Names of the loved ones will be published weekly in our bulletin.

Church Donations/ End of the Year Tax Statements For those who use the Weekly Envelopes, Our Sunday Visitor Envelope Company will be mailing out end of year tax statements to parishioners who have contributed $50 or more to our parish in 2016. For those who contribute through our Online Service and have donated $50 or more in 2016 please contact Karin at the rectory office at 412-741-6650 ext. 310 to obtain the necessary instructions on how to receive your end of the year tax statement.

Fish Fry Sponsor Lent is quickly approaching and that means we are gearing up for our famous weekly Friday Night Fish Fry’s. We are seeking individuals and businesses who would like to advertise on our new 2017 St. James Fish Fry t-shirt. If you are interested in a sponsorship please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944-6903 or 724-846-2127 or via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome A special warm welcome to Janice Bolea and James Freeman who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Little Sisters of the Poor The Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to visit St. James next weekend at all of the Masses for their annual appeal to help take care of the elderly in the Pittsburgh Area. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. - Margaret Shepard

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.15.17


Recently I was talking to a parishioner who enjoyed reading Matthew Kelly’s book “Resisting Happiness” which we distributed to parishioners and visitors over Christmas. The parishioner really enjoyed reading the book and would like to get more involved in our parish with the various ministries.

Today we begin “Ordinary Time” and for the next eight weeks we will read in the Gospel, the early ministry years of Jesus. All the reading’s this weekend focus on being called and sent.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a servant is honored to have a part in God’s saving plan. The servant will be a light to all the nations and bring people back to God. In the second reading to the Corinthians, we read the beginning of the letter of Paul to the Corinthian community. Paul greets the people and extends to them a special blessing. In the Gospel of John we read how the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

We are all called by God in Baptism to be consecrated to God and be sent out to share the love of God to others.


On Mission For the Church Alive 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.

This coming week 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.

An alternative Parish Model for consideration includes our cluster neighbors: St. Margaret Mary in Moon, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, as well as St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. We will keep you posted with any information that comes available out of the meeting this coming week.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother Statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street. Last October we asked for donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. This week’s bulletin lists the donors who are making this project possible. 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. In the Spring we will begin upgrades with the improvements. Thank you for your generosity.

Holy Hour For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Life, Friday, January 27 from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel. If you are unable to make the March for Life in Washington D.C., come to St. James Church and pray for the pilgrims and our nation. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

House Blessing/ Home Visit Please know that you are most welcomed to ask for a house blessing or a home visit. Just e-mail me at thomasburke70@ or give me a call at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 to set up a time. Also if you or someone you know is unable to attend Mass and would like Holy Communion or the Sacrament of Anointing, please let me know. As your pastor, I am honored to do this for you as it gives me a chance to get to know parishioners in the comforts of their own home.

Congratulations Congratulations to Connor James Maher, Adelaide Faith Kane, and Anna Joan Podroskey who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to Terry Grady, Amy Oravec, Joseph Pearce, and Beth Scioscia, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. - Doug Firebaugh

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.08.17


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.


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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