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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:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco


...and those who have died



Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection June 12, 2016 - $12,636.06


Online Giving - 34 - $808.00


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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A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.19.16

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Last week when I stopped at my parent’s home in Whitehall for dinner, as I pulled my Jeep into their driveway I found my dad Bill, was outside cutting the grass. After dinner I helped him with the bag of grass clippings to place on the curb for trash pickup and I helped him load the lawn mowing equipment back into the storage shed. Over the years, my dad and I have fond memories spending hours outside: cutting grass, trimming hedges, sweeping the sidewalks and pulling weeds. Like father like son, my dad and I love being outdoors. My dad said to me last week, “son, I love it outside, it’s good quiet time.”

Today we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on discipleship and following Christ. In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus discloses his true Messianic identity to his disciples. He is revealed as a suffering Messiah. Discipleship is about imitating Jesus, taking up our cross and following Him.

It is Father’s Day today when we pause to say thanks to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles and all men who hold a “fatherly role” in a person’s life.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Parish Census Thank you to all who participated in our Parish census the weekend of May 14 and 15 and last weekend. A total of 659 census forms have been updated and 27 new parishioners registered in the parish. Any registered parishioner who has not yet updated their form will be called over the summer to make sure we have the correct information. It is very important that everyone participate in this updating process. Please call our Business Manager, Terri Price, at 412-741-6650 extension 312 if you have any questions.

On Mission for the Church Alive! The Diocese of Pittsburgh announced last weekend that ten parishes will be merging into three, with two church buildings closing. St. Matthias in Evans City and St. Gregory in Zelienople will merge into one parish as of July 1. Holy Innocents in Sheraden, Guardian Angels in the West End, Ascension in Ingram and St. Philip in Crafton will merge into one parish as of August 1. Guardian Angels and Holy Innocents churches will close. St. Albert the Great in Baldwin, St. Basil and St. Wendelin in Carrick and St. Norbert in Overbrook (my home parish) will merge as of September 1 forming Holy Apostles Parish. These mergers and closings are a result of shifting in population, financial matters, and also the number of priests available to serve in parishes. Let us be open to the Holy Spirit as we continue to move forward with On Mission for the Church Alive.

Safe Environment Audit The Diocese of Pittsburgh conducts annual Safe Environment audits in parishes to make sure that parishes are following the Safe Environment policies properly for all volunteers and staff. It is very important that all volunteers have the proper up to date clearance forms on file. Our audit will take place on Tuesday, July 12. Please contact our Safe Environment coordinator, Sue Ponticello, at the rectory office 412-741 -6650 extension 315 if you have any questions.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Amy Caltrelli, Angelina Caltrelli Rippole, Eric and Samantha Condrin, and Charlotte Orient.

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Marcy Knobloch, our school secretary who is celebrating her birthday this weekend, June 19, and our office Manager, Karin Masterani, who will be celebrating her birthday this coming Thursday, June 23.

Congratulations Congratulations to Emma Grace Krzan, daughter of Matt and Rebecca Lawell Krzan, and Cohen Kline Tylenda, son of Jason and Jennifer Stebler Tylenda who are being baptized this weekend.

Notre Dame Vision This week I will be traveling to South Bend Indiana to visit Notre Dame University to participate in Notre Dame Vision with our youth group. There will be no daily masses Monday thru Friday, June 20-24. Please hold all phone calls and e-mail messages until I return.

Something to Think About… Pray for peace and healing for the victims of the terroristic attack in Orlando Florida last Sunday. Good overcomes evil!

Peter’s Pence Collection Next weekend (June 25/26) there will be a second collection for the annual Peter’s Pence collection. Please be as generous as possible.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their fourth Stanley Cup!

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 - 06.12.16

FORGIVEN!

Today we celebrate the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. The desire to love greatly comes from the unconditional love of the Lord expressed in forgiveness of our sins. We are called to forgive and love others as much as the Lord loves us. 

In the First reading from Samuel, we read how Nathan appoints David the King of Israel. David admits his sinfulness from his past faults of murder and adultery and God forgives him. David was honest and brave enough to admit his guilt and ask for forgiveness.

In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read a remarkable story about faith and forgiveness. Jesus is invited to Simon the Pharisee’s home for dinner. A woman who is publically known as a sinner attends the dinner party and approaches Jesus. She bathes Jesus’ feet with her tears, anoints them with expensive oil, and dries the feet with her hair. Simon the Pharisee self-righteously condemns the sinful woman and Jesus for allowing her to touch him. Jesus addresses the woman, commends her for her faith and tells her that her sins have been forgiven.

Jesus calls all of us to acknowledge our sinfulness, and restored to God’s love, to begin once again to live a life of love to those around us. If it has been a while since we received the Sacrament of Penance, let us approach the Sacrament and let go of the baggage holding us back from moving forward. Let us ask the Lord to forgive our past faults, and also let us forgive those who have hurt us in the past and present. Let Go, Let God!

FORGIVEN!

On Mission For the Church Alive For the past several weeks the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper has been running weekly articles 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, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff.

We met as a group this past Monday to discuss the process and will be meeting on a regular basis. Our parish will be hosting two information sessions that parishioners will be welcomed to attend to discuss and learn about the On Mission process on Monday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 25. Stay tuned for future updates.

Parish Improvements New seat cushions have been purchased and placed in the side pews near our children’s chapel. These cushions add extra comfort for the elderly and those with special needs.

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 began this past Tuesday June 7 and will last throughout the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will assist us with this project.

Notre Dame Vision Retreat I will be traveling with Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, and fifty of our high school students to the University of Notre Dame for a summer conference June 20-24. Please note there will be no daily Masses Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24.

Gluten-Free Hosts Available Gluten-free hosts are available. Please see me in the sacristy before Mass to make arrangements for Communion.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Gloria Cecchetti, Jeffrey Minarik, Janice Pallone and Karen and Katherine Scanlon.

Congratulations Congratulations to Cooper John Berarducci, Eric Joseph Bosh Jr., Lyla Izabella–Rose Decker, and Dylan Thomas Whitaker who were Baptized last weekend and Ryder Brooks Merritt, Isabella Grace Scalercio, and Dominic Thomas Walsh who are being baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy birthday to our Youth Minister, Maria Brown who celebrated her birthday this past Wednesday, June 8.

Something to Think About… Life is an adventure in forgiveness. - Norman Cousins

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 - 06.05.16

LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT!

As a priest for fifteen years, one of the hardest things for me to do is a child’s funeral. Day in and day out we turn on the radio or television and hear another victim to gun violence, another car accident because of speeding too fast or texting while driving, drug overdose, or suicide.

Today we celebrate the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, we hear two accounts of life being restored. In the First Reading from the Book of King’s, the prophet Elijah pleaded with God to revive the widow’s son. In today’s Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus journeys to the City of Nain and is moved by pity for a grieving mother and restored her son’s life.

Let us pray this weekend for parents who have lost a child. Pray for our youth and young adults who face bullying in school or on social media, those who are finding it hard to been a teenager or face pressures at home. Say a special prayer this weekend to St. Felicity of Rome- the Patron Saint of parents who have lost children.

LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL GIFT!

Parish Share 2016 The annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parish Share funds our High School and College Campus Ministry programs, Correctional, Hospital and Nursing Home Chaplaincy programs, Elementary and Secondary School scholarships, Catholic Charities and St. Anthony School Programs, St. Paul Seminary and the Pastoral Center downtown. We all benefit from Parish Share. Our parish goal for 2016 is $173,549. Please be as generous as possible.

Hands and Feet of Love Ministry Parishioners who are interested in visiting the sick and homebound of our parish are welcomed to join us for an information meeting this coming Saturday, June 11 at Noon in Church. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or e-mail her at tharshini. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Census to be conducted next weekend! Thank you to all who participated in our Parish Census Update a few weeks ago. We had 446 families/individuals update their information and 17 new registrations! We are asking that those who have not updated their information to participate in the “second round” of Census updates the weekend of June 11 and 12 before or after all the weekend Masses in front of the main entrance of the church to look over the printed form and make any necessary additions or deletions.

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available after all the weekend Masses next weekend and also at the rectory.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: gift cards, lottery tickets, wine, etc. You can drop them off in the Ushers Room or at the Rectory by Thursday, June 16 at 3:00pm.

St. James School As we wrap up another successful school year, I would like to thank our faculty, staff, students and parents for a great year. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 who graduated last Thursday evening. This year we say farewell to long time fourth grade teacher Jeanne Riley. Mrs. Riley has been teaching at St. James for 15 years! Best wishes and enjoy your retirement!

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is now open for Pre- School and Kindergarten thru eighth grade. If you would like to take a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 ext.100.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Timothy and Jaime Bell, Maureen Hester, Timothy Lawrence, and Edem, Emmanuella, and Elom Setodsi.

Something to Think About… Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe. - St. Theresa of Lisieux

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 - 05.29.16

COME TO THE FEAST!

A few weeks ago our Second Grade children received their First Holy Communion. It is always special to see the children so excited to receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. The bread and wine that is brought up during the Offertory procession at Mass is turned into the Body of Blood of Jesus Christ. When we receive the Eucharist we receive Jesus!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” In today’s Gospel, we read the famous Gospel of Multiplication of loaves and fishes. This miracle is reported in all four Gospels. Let us be grateful we are Catholic and be grateful that we are fed and nourished at each Mass we attend. We are the Body of Christ.

COME TO THE FEAST!

Hands and Feet of Love Ministry Parishioners who are interested in visiting the sick and homebound of our parish are welcomed to join us for an information meeting Saturday, June 11 at Noon in Church. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Census to be conducted June 11 and 12! Thank you to all who participated in our Parish Census Update two weeks ago. We had 446 families/individuals update their information and 17 new registrations! We are asking that those who have not updated their information to participate in the “second round” of Census updates the weekend of June 11 and 12 before or after all the weekend Masses in front of the main entrance of the church to look over the printed form and make any necessary additions or deletions.

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30 to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available after all the weekend Masses June 4/5 and 11/12. They are also available at the rectory.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: Gift Cards, Lottery Tickets, and Wine. etc. You can drop them off at in the Ushers’ Room or at the Rectory by Thursday, June 16 at 5pm.

Altar Server Coordinator Special thanks to Molly Torbic who has been the long time Altar Server Coordinator and trainer. Molly has done a wonderful job with training and scheduling our altar servers. I am pleased to welcome Sylvia McGaughey as our new coordinator.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Lee Ann, Julia, Rosemarie, and Lyla Snyder.

15 years of Priesthood This past Thursday, May 26, I celebrated my 15th anniversary of ordination as a priest. I was ordained May 26, 2001 by Bishop Donald Wuerl at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. I am honored for my 15 years of ministry serving in the parishes of St. Alphonsus - Wexford, St. Paul Cathedral- Oakland, Good Shepherd-Braddock, and St. James- Sewickley.

Other positions I uphold include: Co-Director of Vocations, member of the Priest Council and the College of Consultors, Chaplain to the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Anthony School Programs, serving on various Boards such as the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland and the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper and most recently appointed the host of “Education Plus” radio program on KQV Radio 1410AM.

** Please note that I am currently on vacation. Fr. Richard Terdine will be celebrant at the 9:00am Mass on Memorial Day, May 30. There will be no daily Masses this Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday morning June 4th. Please hold any phone messages or emails while I am away. Please contact the office staff if you need assistance.

Something to Think About… In Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of bread. In our work we find him under the appearance of flesh and blood. It is the same Christ. -Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

Happy Memorial Day! May we never forget their sacrifices!

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