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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.27.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.27.16


Today we begin a new season, a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It presents an opportunity of preparation and calls our attention to recall the birth of Jesus and also to anticipate his second coming. Advent makes us think of the theme of waiting. During Advent, the Church invites us to prepare to celebrate both Jesus’ birth and his promise to return at the end of time.

The readings this weekend focus on people engaging on a journey and be alert. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, we read how the prophet has a vision of King David’s city. It will become a place where people learn the ways of the Lord. In the Second reading to the Romans, Paul urges the people of faith to prepare for the day of the Lord, to awake from sleep. In the Gospel of Luke, we are reminded that the Son of Man is coming. The disciples are urged to await the Lord’s coming with confidence, vigilance and prayer. Jesus tells us to be vigilantnot because God intends to frighten or destroy us, but because God has great things in store for those whom God redeems. To watch means to be awake and to be alert.

As we light the first candle in our Advent wreath this week, let be alert, awake and watchful!


Gather Hymnals This weekend we will begin using our new 2016 Gathering hymnals which contain updated readings and music. Thank you to all who made a donation to make this project possible.

Scrip Program With the Christmas Shopping season now in full swing, please support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office.

Fair Trade Sale Please join us next Sunday, December 6, after all the Sunday morning Masses for our annual Fair Trade Sale! There will be several vendors here with handmade goods from various countries.

Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service this coming Monday, November 28 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. On Wednesday December 14, from 6:00 to 9:00pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Light Up Night Pasta Feast We will be having our 2nd annual Light Up Night Pasta Feast from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the St. James School Cafeteria. Join us for a delicious dinner then leave your car in our parking lot and walk around Sewickley and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will benefit the Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild.

From 5:30-6:00pm, be sure to be at the main stage to listen to our St. James School students sing Christmas carols.

Christmas Wafers Christmas Wafers or “Oplatki” are available in church or at the rectory offices. Each package contains four blessed wafers for you to use during your Christmas dinner. The wafers are located near the candles in the main vestibule. The suggested donation is $5.00 which can be placed in the money boxes near the candle stands.

Happy Birthday A very special happy 100th birthday to Austin McGrath who celebrated his very special day this past Monday, November 21.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Domenic, Gina, Domenico, and Mario DiTano, Christopher, Asten, Jackson, and Greyson Pacellio who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Next Saturday, December 3 at the 5:00pm Mass, we will have a “Welcome Home” Mass. Please bring a family member, friend or co-worker who has been away from the church for a while. Bring them to welcome them back home to the Catholic Church!

Something to Think About… Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented, and happy attitudes, and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful. - Norman Vincent Peale

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it