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  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.13.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.13.16


Today we celebrate the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we approach the final weeks of the Liturgical Season, the readings this weekend focus on the end of time and keeping the faith. In the first reading of the prophet Malachi, we read how the prophet talks about a day of judgement. God will distinguish between the just and the unjust. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus teaches that the day is coming when the great temple of Jerusalem will be destroyed and Christians will be persecuted.

To be a Christian is to dare to be different. We need to be confident and faithful despite having to carrying heavy burdens. The difficulties of life, no matter what form they take, can be occasions for us to bear the witness to our faith in God and in Jesus. Our challenge today is to carry our own load and be ready to help others. Only God has a hand in the matters of life and death.

As we draw towards the end of the Liturgical year, let us reflect on our own challenges in life. Not have fear, but have faith!


Gathering Space Rental Now that our Gathering Space has been renovated we are opening up the space for rental. The Gathering Space is available for Baptisms, wedding rehearsals, birthday parties, or other small celebrations. For a nominal fee, the room can seat up to 100 people with full use of the mini kitchen and handicap accessible restrooms. Please contact our Office Manager, Karin Masterani at the Rectory Office to inquire about availability.

Pending availability, the Gathering Space is available for funeral luncheons at no charge for parishioners of St. James. Our Funeral Luncheon Committee is here to assist. Special thanks to Joan Straka who has headed the Funeral Luncheon Committee for the past four years and we welcome Linda Boord who will now chair this group.

On Mission for the Church Alive! Extra forms are available on the information tables in the church for the two possible models of the future restructuring of St. James Parish and our neighboring parishes. Please pick up a yellow information packet and complete the Feedback Form and return it to the On Mission box on the information table in the church vestibule or Gathering Space entrance by December 12. Your feedback is appreciated. Please join in talking to one of our On Mission Team Members after all the Masses next weekend in the Gathering Space to discuss your comments and suggestions about the process.

Parish Improvements Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley recently installed new outdoor bollard lighting near the Gathering Space Entrance and Handicap parking area. **Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for their financial contribution towards the cost of this project. ** **

Please be patient as we are in the process of installing a new sound system in the church. Good Sounds of Hunker, PA is currently installing new wiring, and speakers. We thank you for your patience as we make this much improved transition.**

Jake Luffy Masonry of Pittsburgh recently cleaned and sealed the limestone fascia surrounding the flat roof area of the church. They also repointed and repaired the brick on the rectory garage and outdoor wall near the fish pond area.

Rite of Welcoming Last weekend at the 9:30am Mass, we welcomed our RCIA candidates as we officially introduced them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. The Class of 2017includes: Jason Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Paul Muders, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville.

Congratulations Congratulations to Arianna Antonia DiRenzo daughter of Giuseppe and and Kristina Policastro DiRenzo, and Stephen Joseph Young, son of Matthew and Julie Dickhans Young, who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Joseph and Katherine Denn, Andrew, Diane, Archer, and Stella Dripps, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Karen Conroy our Director of Religious Education and Sister Christy Hill our School Principal!

Something to Think About… When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” - Erma Bombeck

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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