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      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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Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Sue Etters
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Carmela Valenzi
  • Anna Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Terri McClain
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Edward Ondek
  • George Dearth
  • Eve Peduto


...and those who have died

  • Ernie Tucci


Remember those in the Military

  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • 1st Lt. David Miller (Air Force)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 2nd Lt. Sarah Miller (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Col. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Sgt. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Captain Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
  • Specialist Paul J. Ropon,Jr. (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Jacob Enke (army)
  • Specialist Daniella Robichaud (Army)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection January 14, 2018 - $12,009.65


Online Giving - 56 - $1,453.00


Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00


All Saints Day collection 2,486.36



June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015

$13,7




Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


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Effective Thursday, January 18, 2018

St.James Cemetery will be taken over by

The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.


If you have any questions about the cemetery or problems at the cemetery, please call (412)256-9370.


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A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.21.18

FOLLOW ME!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on discipleship and following Christ.

In the first reading from the prophet Jonah, we read how Jonah sets out into the City of Nineveh to proclaim the word of God. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds us that even as we live in this world of time, we should never lose sight of our future with the Lord. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming “this is the time of fulfillment, the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Jesus calls Simon Peter and his brother Andrew to drop their fishing nets and come and follow him. Let us look at our gifts and talents and respond to the Lord’s call.

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we welcome our new Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell.

Special thanks to all who participated in the March for Life this past Friday and for those who participated in the Holy Hour for Life. Thanks to the Woman’s Guild for providing the Box Lunches, those who gave a Free Will Offering and to Dane and Beth Summerville for making a donation to offset the cost of the transportation to Washington D.C. Let us Respect All Human Life!

FOLLOW ME!

On Mission for the Church Alive! As we have been hearing at Mass and reading in the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is beginning preparations for “On Mission For the Church Alive! which is a process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese effective October 15, 2018. (On Mission is already taking place in my home parish, Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin, Carrick and Overbrook.) One possible parish model that is being considered by the Diocese is to have St. James partner with St. Margaret Mary in Moon, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent.

Last week I met with the area Pastors along with members of the Diocesan On Mission Commission who announced that another possible model being considered is for St. James and St. Mary Parish in Aleppo Township to be grouped together. St. Mary’s is only 4 miles from St. James and an 8 minute drive. We already share coverage of Masonic Village and are in the Quaker Valley School District. (Please note that NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE). The final model announcements with the clergy assignments will be announced on April 26 and the implementation of the new mass schedules will begin October 15. Our On Mission team members includes: Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Patty Gebhard, Mary Lu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Donna Pavlis. Please contact myself or one of the On Mission team members if you have any comments about the possible new model being considered.

Thank you for your openness and prayers as we begin moving forward to plan for the future of our diocese.

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week Next Sunday at the 9:30am Mass we will kick off “Catholic School’s Week. Lots of great events and celebrations are planned for the week. St. James Catholic School provides a quality Catholic Education in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. If you are interested in looking at the Pre-School 3 and 4 year program or Kindergarten thru Eighth grade, please call Mrs. Jeanne Riley, Director of Admissions, at 412-741-6650 extension 313 to schedule a tour.

Daily Mass Intentions Available We have a limited number of daily Mass intention’s available. Please contact Karin Masterani at the Rectory if you would like to schedule a Mass.

Fish Fry Planning Meeting There will be a Fish Fry planning meeting this Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30pm in the School Cafeteria. Anyone who would like to help with set up, serving, or clean-up is welcomed. 8th graders and high school students who need “service hours” are also welcomed.

Fish Fry Sponsor We are seeking out individuals and businesses once again who would like to advertise on our 2018 St. James Fish Fry t-shirt. If you are interested in a sponsorship please contact Barry Korcan at 724-944-6903, 724-846-2127 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome A special warm welcome to Nora Jockers, Claire Kramer, and Alyssa Schott who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations to Makai Cyrus Rooks and Wolf Lawrence Rooks who are being baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.14.18

COME AND SEE!

Last weekend after the 11:30am mass we had a number of parishioners, including a large number of youth, helping with the clean up of the church and putting away the Christmas decorations. While helping to “direct traffic” in making sure the Nativity statues and Christmas trees were safely wrapped and put away down in the church basement storage room, I reflected on how people of the parish responded to the invitation to come and help clean the church and now they responded to the call.

This week we return to Ordinary Time briefly before we start the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday which is early this year, February 14. Ordinary time calls attention to our Lord’s ministry of preaching and healing. This weekend’s readings focus on Discipleship.

In the First Reading from the prophet Samuel, we read how the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel knows from the beginning that the Lord was calling him. He is ready to listen and to serve the Lord. In the Second Reading to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that all we say and do should exhibit our gratitude for enjoying the gift of salvation. In the Gospel of John, we read how Jesus is identified as the Lamb of God. Andrew and Simon Peter become his first disciples. Different from the way the Synoptic Gospels describes the call, John the Baptist redirects his own disciples to become followers of Jesus. Jesus’ invitation to the disciples of John parallels the Lord’s invitation to Samuel. The call to discipleship is based on a faith conviction of Jesus.

We have all been called through Baptism to the common vocations of holiness and service. As we begin a new year, 2018, we are called to commit ourselves to growing deeper and stronger in our own discipleship.

COME AND SEE!

St. James Cemetery As we continue to move forward with the On Mission for the Church Alive process, please note that effective this coming Thursday, January 18, operations of St. James Cemetery will officially be handled by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association located in at 1000 Logue Street in the West End. All cemetery records and files have been transferred to the new office. St. James Rectory staff and Parish will no longer handle any maintenance issues or handle opening and closing of the graves. All calls regarding the cemetery will now be handled by the new cemetery office. The new cemetery office phone number is 412-256-9370.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life in Washington D. C. on Friday, January 19. Sign ups are in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses or you may call Elsie at 412-944-8922. There is no cost for the bus trip and a box lunch will be provided. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9:00am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Parish Improvements Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for purchasing a new 44.5 cubic feet Commercial Reach-In refrigerator in the Cafeteria. This will come in good use for school lunches and also upcoming Pancake Breakfasts and the Fish Fry. Thank You Knights!

A new 13.6 cubic feet milk cooler was purchased for the Cafeteria. Funds from our Parish Building Fund paid for this new equipment.

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” on January 16 and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass next Sunday, January 21.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

House Blessing/Home Visits Please feel free to call or e-mail me to set up a time to come and bless your home. This is a great opportunity to get to know your pastor.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael Hurley Jr. and James Williams who recently registered at St. James Parish

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Patrick and Shannon Reilly who are renewing their vows and celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Something to Think About… What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference to make. - Jane Goodall

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 01.07.18

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Over the past few weeks I was able to visit with many family and friends. My parents Bill and Marge along with my sisters Lisa and Linda and my brother-in-laws Paul and Eric and seven nephews all came to the rectory for dinner Christmas Eve then attended the 7pm mass. Christmas Day following the morning Mass I spent time with my parents at their home in Whitehall. We had a delicious dinner and exchanged Christmas gifts. I reconnected with a few of my high school and college friends that I have not seen or been able to talk to for a while. That is what the holidays are all about, faith, family and friends, sharing the Light of Christ with those around us.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” The readings reflect joy of the birth of Christ. In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah we read how the prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. Jerusalem has become a beacon of light in the world. The nations bring gifts to offer thanks to God. Darkness and gloom are replaced by splendor, light and glory. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul is grateful to be the herald of good news. He is to make known the plan of God to save both Jews and Gentiles through Christ’s saving work. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how the newborn Messiah is manifested to the Magi, Gentile Astrologers. They were overjoyed at finding the newborn King of the Jews. Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light.

As we begin a new year, 2018 and celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, we pray that God’s light may shine in our hearts and on our world. With all that has gone on this past year -- the continued political fighting in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, police shootings, terrorism, natural disasters, the opioid crisis with the large number of drug over doses, let us not focus on the darkness of things but on the light of Christ coming into this world.

Thank you to all who sent me Christmas cards, gifts and goodies. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James!

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!

Looking Ahead Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Howard Campbell will conduct a “Vicar Visit” and be the celebrant for the 9:30am Mass on Sunday, January 21.

A Confirmation Retreat for all our Eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held Monday, February 19 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View.

Bishop David A. Zubik will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Monday, April 8 at 7:00pm here at St. James Parish.

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting- will take place on Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm in the Gathering Space.

Opening of Catholic School Week will take place at the 9:30am mass on Sunday, January 28. Various celebrations and events will take place throughout the week at St. James School!

A Pre-Lenten Parish Mission with Greg Wasinski will take place February 11-13.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14. Fish Fry every Friday during Lent starting Friday, February 16.

Parish Improvements We continue to improve our campus both indoors and outdoors. Buch Electric Company of Bethel Park recently replaced all new LED lighting in the parking lot and on the building fixtures. They replaced burned out bulbs in the church and repaired the Gym scoreboard. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this major upgrade project.

March For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a bus for the Annual March for Life which will take place on Friday, January 19. Sign up in the church vestibule before or after all the weekend Masses. There is no cost for the bus trip. For those unable to attend the March for Life, we will once again conduct a Holy Hour for Life from 9am to Noon in the Children’s Chapel, that Friday. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Timothy and Deborah Metcalf who recently registered at St. James Parish

Something to Think About… A spark of divine light is within each of us. - Pope Francis

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