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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.18.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.18.16


We all want to be “in control” of situations. We often want to get our own way with things. If we do not, then we cause a fuss, get mad, or run away from the situation. There are going to be unexpected things in life that are beyond our control. We need not to have fear, but to have faith.

Christmas is almost here! Next weekend we will celebrate the Birth of our Lord. Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s readings focus on making important decisions in life and trusting in God’s will. In the First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how Isaiah invites King Ahaz to trust in the power of God. In the Second reading from the Romans, we read how Paul expresses his gratitude to God for the great privilege of preaching the gospel. Paul challenges us to go forward as apostles and spread the message that Jesus proclaimed. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the infancy narrative often named the “Annunciation to Joseph” when an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that Mary had been conceived by the Holy Spirit is pregnant with Jesus. Joseph did God’s will and adopted Jesus as his son. Mary remained a virgin, doing it “God’s way.”

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas next weekend, let us open up our hearts in doing God’s will and greet our family and friends with love and joy.


Penance Service A final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, December 19 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. Use these wafers at your Christmas Eve or day dinner with your family.

Christmas at St. James Christmas Eve Masses will be held at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be no morning Mass, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, December 24 or Saturday, January 31.

The Rectory offices will be closed Thursday, December 22 and reopen on Tuesday, January 3. There are no activities scheduled on campus except for daily Mass and funerals.

Please hold all rectory phone calls and office business until after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you need assistance (for emergency matters only) please call my office at (412)741-6650, extension 311.

Parish Improvements Ferri Electric of Pittsburgh recently installed all new LED lights in the sanctuary area of church. They are more energy efficient and brighter.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted vents in the church vestibule.

Congratulations Congratulations to parishioner Chris Tanabe, a Senior at Quaker Valley High School for being the school’s first boys team golfer to win a state championship! Chris is the son of Jennifer and Scott Tanabe of Sewickley.

Welcome We would like to welcome Matthew and Alexis Secosky, Gomer, Julie, Makenzie, Maguire, and Macy Smith who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Are You Registered? If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered, please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, or are not receiving the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper please let us know so we can update our files. All registered members should have received a notice this year to update their census. Please complete your census form and return it to the rectory by December 31.

Year End Donations As you make decisions on your end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. An open donation helps us utilize your gift where it is most needed to run the day to day operations of our parish. If you would like, you can designate your donation to the Parish, School, or Parish Share. May God Bless you and your family this holy season.

Something to Think About… Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. - Ruth Carter Stapleton

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