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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.08.17
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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