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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.26.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.26.16


On Sunday June 5, I had dinner with my five classmates from the class of 2001 and our families celebrating our fifteenth anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. I have a great class, we are close and all love being priests. It was a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained three men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate the Class of 2016: Rev. Jack E. Demnyan - Holy Rosary Parish, Muse, Rev. Adam C. Potter - St. Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon, and Rev. Anthony R. Sciarappa - Sts. John and Paul Parish, Franklin Park.

We also congratulate three men ordained to the diaconate: Rev. Mr. Benjamin E. Barr - St. Monica Parish, Beaver Falls, Rev. Mr. David W. Green - St. Elizabeth Parish, Pleasant Hills, and Rev. Mr. Daniel R. Waruszewski- St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville. These men are “Transitional Deacons” and will be preparing for the final year of the seminary as they prepare to become Diocesan Priests. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry. 

This weekend we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on saying yes to the Lord. In the First reading from the First Book of Kings, we read how God invites a young prophet Elisha to follow Elijah.

In the Gospel, we begin a new section of Luke’s Gospel often referred to as the “travel account” as Jesus sets out on his journey towards Jerusalem. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his destiny and accepts it from God. Along the way he teaches his disciples about discipleship: love your neighbor as yourself. First Jesus is rejected in a Samaritan village. (Samaritans were estranged from Jews in Jerusalem). The Apostles want to retaliate but Jesus tells them to move on. Jesus moves on and invites people to follow him.

As we go out into the world, let us keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is calling us. Let us answer the Lord’s call.


Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice Calls Please note that whenever a loved one is admitted to a hospital, nursing home or hospice center, to please notify the nurse on duty that the patient is Catholic. If the person needs to receive the Sacrament of Anointing, every facility in the Pittsburgh area has a local Catholic parish that covers the facility for the Sacraments. Here at St. James Parish I am “on call” at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for “Emergency Calls.” The local parishes of St. Joseph in Coraopolis, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township cover the hospital Monday through Thursday. With the shortage of priests, it is physically impossible to visit every major hospital, nursing home or hospice in the Pittsburgh area. Please notify the “Catholic Chaplain on Duty” for communion or anointing.

As a courtesy, please notify me when your loved one is admitted so that we can put them on our prayer chain. Whenever possible, please ask to be anointed before going into the hospital for major tests or surgery.

Independence Day - Monday, July 4 the only Mass will be at 9:00am. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday.

Parish Improvements Ward Restaurant Equipment Company and Rayburg Appliance of Arnold, PA installed a new commercial dish washer in our school cafeteria and Allegheny Acoustics of McMurray, PA has begun replacing ceiling tiles in the cafeteria. Renovations will be ongoing during the summer. Funds from our Fish Fry are helping to pay for this major project.

S & N Industries of Harmony, PA, are currently working on the “steep slope” total roof replacement project. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are paying for these repairs.

Special thanks to Belinda Thompson who planted flowers around the outdoor gathering area near our new wooden benches and in front of the rectory.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Eric Bosh Sr. and Eric Bosh Jr. Jay, Christen, and Thomas Dundon, and Joseph Sofranko who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. - Louisa May Alcott

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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