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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.31.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.31.16


This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on listening to the word of God in a new way.

In the first reading from Jeremiah, we read how God appoints a new prophet for the people. In the second reading from Corinthians, we read a very popular scripture passage often heard at wedding masses, Paul reminds the Corinthian community and us that greatest gift to give to another human being is love. In today’s Gospel passage from Luke, we read a continuation from last week’s gospel when Jesus is teaching in the synagogue. When Jesus returns to his hometown in Nazareth and reads from scripture, even his own people do not listen to him.

Both Jeremiah and Jesus were prophets, but they were not always well received or accepted. People didn’t want to be open to their teachings. Though Matthew and Mark narrate Jesus’ conflict with his hometown synagogue members, only Luke writes that “they rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill.” Like all prophets, Jesus tries to expand people’s minds by getting them to refocus their eyes on faith. After reading a passage from the prophet Isaiah, the majority of people gathered were unable to see that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.

Let us be open to the word and listen attentively and take the word of God into our daily lives and make some positive changes in our lives.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2016. 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 which laid 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 in 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 for more information or a tour of the school. An Open House will be offered on Sunday, March 13 after the 9:30am Mass.

St. James School News The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 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, “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country. Elks Chairwoman and St. James Parishioner Ann Barger will present the certificates. Congratulations to the following winners: 7th grade: Tyler Pontello and Catherine Martsolf and 8th grade: Haley Hamilton. 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, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass this weekend and also on Wednesday, February 3 after the 6:45am Mass in church and at Heritage Valley/ Sewickley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm in the chapel area of the 1st floor of the hospital. All are invited to get their throat blessed.

Landscape Help Wanted Our parish is presently in need of a landscaper to cut grass and trim bushes on our church and cemetery grounds. If you are interested in inquiring about this project, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has begun renovations in Meeting Room #1. We will be building three new storage closets.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Robert and Terry Chesky and Michael Scimio who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Zachary James Brackney, son of Christopher and Jennifer Brackney who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Paul Denk who works part time in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday this coming Tuesday, February 2nd.

Something to Think About… We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of. - John J. Groberg

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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