DO NOT BE AFRAID!
We have reached the “half way point” of the Easter Season. The readings for the second half concentrate on the impending departure of Jesus, the coming of the spirit, and the beginning of the young Church’s mission to preach salvation. This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on being connected to God the Father.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the differences of opinion threaten to split the early church. The Holy Spirit brings them back together as one. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading the “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus informs his disciples that he is returning to the Father and he will send the disciples the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, will remain with the community always and who will teach them everything. Jesus instructs his disciples that to remember him is to love him. His parting words are a blessing, he says “my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, do not let them be afraid.” As we continue this Easter season and begin a new month of May, let us keep looking forward and keep the faith.
DO NOT BE AFRAID!
Confirmation This past Thursday, April 28 we welcomed Bishop David A. Zubik to St. James to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation to the seventyone eghth graders. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may bless our youth and guide them for the future.
Windows of Unity One hundred people participated in the Windows For Unity fundraiser dinner on April 21 to raise funds for St. James Catholic Church in Ilorin, Nigeria. We packaged and shipped donated stained glass windows, religious articles, medical supplies and hospital equipment. Special thanks to Larry Richert from KDKA Radio for being the Master of Ceremonies, Patte Grey, Jean Bley, Terri Price, Donna Best, Anna Villella, Lou Valenzi, the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts for helping make the dinner run smoothly.
Ascension Thursday Thursday, May 5 is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have three masses available - 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.
Parish Improvements Four new wooden benches have been placed outside of the main church entrance for a new outdoor Gathering Space. These wooden benches were handmade by Don Schueler (my sister Linda’s father in -law) for my nephew Donovan Burke Schuler’s Eagle Scout project, which was completed last year. This project included cleaning up the fish pond area and the prayer garden. These benches will now be enjoyed by all during the week and weekends.
Parish Share 2016 As we approach a new month this weekend, the month of May, let us remember to be generous to the Parish Share campaign, which runs the day to day operation s of the Diocesan Pastoral Center, operates St. Paul Seminary, helps with our schools and religious education funds. Our goal this year is $173,549.
Steep Slope Roof Renovations The Diocese has granted permission for St. James Parish to undergo major roof renovations. Our main church “steep slope” roof will be completely replaced. Funds from our campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for the repairs. S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has been awarded the contract. Work is set to begin June 7 and last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.
Congratulations Congratulations to Dylan Elizabeth Schillo, daughter of Robert and Gwendolyn Lewis Schillo, who is being baptized this weekend.
Happy anniversary to Jim and Marie Walls who celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last weekend and my parents Bill and Marge Burke who are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this coming Thursday, May 5.
Welcome A special welcome to William, Lauren, and Liam Metz who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Something to Think About… Love isn’t a thing, after all, but an endless series of single acts. - Richard Ford
With God, All Things Are Possible!
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
As we reach the mid-point of the Easter season, this weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on loving one another.
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how Paul and Barnabas complete their missionary journey. The early church continues to grow. In the Gospel of John, Jesus reaches his time of glorification. He gives his disciples a new commandment that they to love one another as he has loved them. This gospel account was the beginning of Jesus’ last discourse at the Last Supper. It is a discourse filled with promise, hope and a vision of the future. Once Judas left, Jesus indicates that the time has come for him to fulfill his mission. The disciples will share in his glorification.
We must actively listen, respond, and put into action in our daily lives the gifts God has given us and is giving us. Let us say a special prayer this week for a person (or persons) whom we may find difficult to get along with and ask the Lord to help us to be more loving towards them.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
Confirmation This Thursday, April 28 we welcome Bishop David A. Zubik to St. James to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation to the seventy-one eighth graders. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may bless our youth and guide them for the future.
Called and Gifted Workshop One hundred people participated in last week’s “Called and Gifted” Workshop conducted by Katherine Coolidge from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Charlie Hoover from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The two-day workshop focused on various church teachings and helped the participants to look at their spiritual gifts. Special thanks to members of our Pastoral Council and Called and Gifted Workshop leadership team for organizing this wonderful event. Also thanks to the Knights of Columbus for helping with parking, John Volante from Anthony’s Original Produce of Coraopolis, Robert Pavan from Bruegger’s Bagels of Sewickley, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Patrick Molyneaux, Joe and Sandy Napoli, Patte Grey, Pastoral and Finance Council members and the planning committee.
Parish Improvements Special thanks to Matt Krzan and his father, Tom for helping to renovate the front and side church pews to make them handicap accessible. The pews have been cut for wheel chairs, walkers and canes. Many parishioners and visitors have complimented on how more user friendly it is for them to get in and out of the pew. Those who have trouble walking up to communion are also highly encouraged to sit in these sections to make it easier for distribution of Holy Communion.
Steep Slope Roof Renovations The Diocese has granted St. James Parish to undergo major roof renovations. Our main church “steep slope” roof will be completely replaced. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for the repairs. S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has been awarded the contract. Work is set to begin June 7 and last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.
On Mission For the Church Alive! Recently the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper ran a special issue highlighting the new diocesan program On Mission For the Church Alive, which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese. Each pastor has been asked to appoint six parishioners to be representatives during this process. I am pleased to appoint: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, Mary Lu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.
Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Mike Glumac from our maintenance staff who celebrated his birthday on April 23.
Something to Think About… Love until it hurts. - Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta
With God, All Things Are Possible!
Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the Sanhedrin orders the Apostles to stop preaching and teaching. Peter and the other Apostles continue their mission. In the Second Reading from Revelation, we read how John declares the glory of Jesus, the Lamb of God. In the gospel we read the third appearance of Jesus after the Resurrection. Jesus encounters his disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. The three affirmations of Peter are parallel to his three denials before the crucifixion. The setting of a fishing story with a miraculous catch, together with Jesus hosting a meal suggests this is a story of forgiveness. Jesus invites his Apostles and he invites all of us to “Follow Him.” Let us approach each day as a new opportunity to follow him with courage and fidelity.
Fish Fry Raffle Winners! Our Fish Fry during Lent was a great success! Congratulations to the following winners of the Sports Raffle:
50/50 Raffle - Mike Balkey
Gerrit Cole Jersey - Justin Hajdukiewicz
Rocky Bleier jersey - Jenn Omlor
Pittsburgh Penguin tickets - Pat King
Mike Webster Autograph Hall of Fame - Colleen Martin
Joe Greene Autographed number - Pat Farkas
Terry Bradshaw/Lynn Swann helmet - Kate Dolak
Mario Lemieux Hockey stick - Scott Jubeck
Pastoral Plan Initiative: “Called & Gifted” The “Called & Gifted” workshop will be held this coming Friday, April 15 from 7:00-9:00pm and Saturday, April 16 from 9:00am - 4:00pm in the Gathering Space. If you have not yet registered please call the rectory office by this Tuesday, April 12 to reserve your seat!
Parish Improvements Gathering Space Renovations Underway! Renovations to the Gathering Space began several weeks ago with improvements to the two meeting rooms with new storage closets, updated lighting and ceiling tiles. Now the main room will undergo extensive renovations starting this week and remain under construction for several weeks. Please note for the next two weeks the Gathering Space will be closed Monday thru Friday from 6:00am to 5:00pm (including elevator access and the Gathering Space restrooms). New lighting, ceiling tiles, crown molding, and painting will be taking place. There will be no meetings or events held during the daytime period during construction. Please be patient! We appreciate your cooperation. Funds from our Building Fund and a donation from our Women’s Guild will help fund this very important project. New blinds and carpeting will also be installed upon completion of “Phase 1.”
Several new pamphlet racks were installed recently; one in the hallway near the children’s chapel and sacristy area and the other rack is located at the main entrance of the church. New sacristy cabinets and drawers will be installed in the next few weeks. Funds from the Campaign for the Church Alive are making this project possible.
Welcome A special warm welcome to Brandon, Jordan and Theodore Welt who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Congratulations Congratulations to Ella Pearl Bugunder, daughter of Brian and Meghan Mowery Burgunder, Abel Rinaldi Marek, son of Michael and Bethany Kurina Marek, Amelia Isabel Peace, daughter of Timothy and Ashley Call Peace, Brigid Frances Roach, daughter of Aaron and Amy Smith Roach, and James Orlando Vescio, son of Orlando and Adina Marks Vescio who are being baptized this weekend.
Something to Think About… Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. - William James
With God, All Things Are Possible
PEACE BE WITH YOU!
What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated, the music was outstanding, and the warm weather throughout the entire weekend was perfect! What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost Sunday.
Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas, was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. Thomas wanted proof rather than relying on the word of the other disciples. Jesus empowers his disciples with his peace and commissions them with his Holy Spirit. The risen Lord dispels the fear of the disciples. Jesus intends his disciples to go out and continue the work he had been doing. On this Second Sunday of Easter, let us heed the call of Jesus to be his hope-filled and merciful presence in our lives.
PEACE BE WITH YOU!
Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir members, and Musicians. Thank you to our “decorating committee” for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our maintenance staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday week end to tidy up the rest rooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter!
Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry Leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Phil Susie, Lynda Smiley, Ed and Pat Schuring, Mark Piccolo, Ed Ference, Bill & Rose Flaherty and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner
Windows For Africa St. James Parish is pleased to sponsor and support “Windows For Africa” on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 9:00pm in the School Gymnasium. This night of food and music with African and American themes will help raise funds to package and ship donated stained glass windows, religious articles, donated medical supplies and hospital equipment to our sister church, St. James Catholic Church in Ilorin, Nigeria. Tickets are$100.00 each and tables of eight are $700.00. Please call me at 412-741-6650 extension 311 to reserve your seat or online at www.showclix.com/event/windows-for-africa. Please make checks payable to Windows of Unity. Donations are also being accepted if you cannot make the dinner.
Roof Replacement Project Update The St. James steep slope roof replacement project is underway. Final bids from various roofing companies have been received and currently are being reviewed. The anticipated start date is mid-May and final completion is mid-August. Florida Consulting and the Office for Property and Planning with the Diocese will be reviewing the bids and helping us make a decision in the next few weeks. Funds from our Campaign for the Church Alive will be used to pay for the work.
Welcome A special warm welcome to Jack Doran who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Something to Think About… Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Author Unknown.
With God, All Things Are Possible!