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  • 02.08.11
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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.22.17
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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