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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.01.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.01.17


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.


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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