This weekend we celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on trusting in God. In the First Reading, the Prophet Isaiah speaks of comfort to the Jewish people who were in exile in Babylon. In the Second Reading, Paul tells the Corinthian community to not make any judgment before the appointed time. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds us that we cannot serve two masters. He tells us not to worry about tomorrow, to live today in the present and be appreciative with all that we have. Jesus calls us to discipleship to get our priorities in order. What are things in life that distract us from having a relationship with the Lord? Jesus reminds us that we are God’s precious children. We must put his future in the hands of God and pray only for the modest needs of today. As we prepare to start the season of Lent, let us Let Go, and Let God!
Let’s Eliminate Negative Thinking Lent Begins this Wednesday, March 5 * Masses for Ash Wednesday will be at 6:45AM, 9:00AM, Noon- (Liturgy of the Word with the distribution of Ashes), and 7:00PM. * Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30PM (with school children) and 7:00PM. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in school cafeteria.
Lenten Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct a Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, April 1 - St. Margaret Mary - Moon Twp. Tuesday, April 8 - St. Catherine of Siena - Crescent
Items Needed for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner We are in need of unused items for our upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 15. Items will be used for our gift baskets. You may drop the items off at the rectory office during regular office hours 8:30 AM to 5PM or bring it to church next weekend to the “usher’s room” at church. Thank you for your generosity.
New Pastoral Council Member It gives me great pleasure to appoint Catherine Platt to Pastoral Council. Catherine has been a parishioner of St. James her entire life, is a graduate of St. James Catholic School, Sewickley Academy and Boston University. She spent nine years as a tax CPA. She is currently in the process of receiving her masters at Duquesne University School of Education for program planning and evaluation. She is a Program Manager for Basic Health International, a nonprofit organization that is working to eliminate cervical cancer in impoverished countries. Catherine is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane Platt and resides in Sewickley.
Reflections of Italy Trip St. James Catholic Parish and Travel Junction Inc. are proud to present a “Reflections of Italy” Trip October 21-31, 2014. We will travel to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice and Milan Malpensa. There will be an informational meeting this Monday, March 3 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Alice Steel at 724-266-5715.
Parish Improvements Gerard Plumbing and Heating of Moon Twp. recently replaced a sump pump in the Rectory basement and also repaired a clogged drain and broken pipe in the school cafeteria area.
Parish Share 2014 This weekend we kick off our Diocesan Parish Share Campaign 2014. Parish Share is a program that all 200 parishes in the Diocese participate. Please be as generous as possible and complete your pledge card that has been mailed to you. Our goal this year is $196,477.
Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrated “Scout Sunday.” Several of our scouts have been working hard on obtaining their Religious Awards.
Congratulations to the following Scouts: Award: I Live My Faith (Girl Scouts) - Elleson Burke, Mary Connelly, Abby Jester, Kelsey McGaughey, Maggie McManus, Jackie Nicolaus, Maddie Sollinger and Katerina Zick
Award: Par Vuli Dei (Cub Scouts) - Robert Martin
Award: Guardian Angel (Girl Scouts)-Jessica Nicolaus
Welcome A special warm welcome to Michael, Kathleen and Christine Barthen, Brad and Rebecca Christof, and Dick and Mary Ann Kostkas who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Something to Think About… “Pray, hope and don’t worry! Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear our prayer.” St. Padre Pio
With God, All Things Are Possible!
Love God, Love Neighbor!
This weekend we celebrate the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on loving God and loving Neighbor. The First reading from Leviticus focuses on Moses teaching the people to love your neighbor as yourself. In Paul’s Letter to the Corinthian’s, he reminds the community that they are God’s temple and are to be holy and helpful. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus calls his followers to be whole and complete. God cautions us to not take revenge or harbor grudges.
If we are dealing with a misunderstanding, holding a grudge with a family member, co-worker, classmate, fellow parishioner, Priest, or Bishop, let us let go of the negativity. Let Go, and Let God.
Love God, Love Neighbor!
New Business Manager Jan Kowalski has accepted the position of part-time Business Manager for St. James Parish. Jan took early retirement after a 20 year career in the Pittsburgh office of Deloitte Consulting LLP in December 2013. Most recently with Deloitte, she specialized in program management for large consulting engagements. Jan is a member of St. Ursula Parish in Allison Park and is active with Pastoral Council, Youth Ministry, and the Communications Committee. She has a BA in mathematics, an MS in public management and policy, and is currently working on her masters in secondary education. Her interests include golf, hiking, and reading. Jan will begin her duties on Monday, March 3.
Reflections of Italy Trip St. James Catholic Parish and Travel Junction Inc. are proud to present a “Reflections of Italy” Trip October 21-31, 2014. We will travel to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice and Milan Malpensa. There will be an information meeting on Monday, March 3 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Alice Steel at 724-266-5715.
ChristLife Our Lenten Series Christlife begins this Tuesday, February 26 at 6:45pm in the School cafeteria. We are looking forward to a great seven weeks with this program.
Looking Ahead Pastoral and Finance Council will have a joint meeting this Monday, February 24 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room 2 . (Finance Council will have a brief meeting separately at 6:00pm).
School Gala - Saturday, March 1st at the Montour Heights Country Club in Moon Twp.
Scout Sunday - Next Sunday, March 2nd at the 11:30am Mass. We will welcome our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, their leaders and parents.
Lent Begins Wednesday, March 5. Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00pm in school cafeteria. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 15, 6:30-10:00pm, school gym. Living Stations - Sunday, April 13, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.”
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. There will be great food, music and gift baskets. We are starting to collect items for our gift basket raffles. If you have any brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next two weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and Lottery Tickets are greatly appreciated.
The Light is On for You Bishop Zubik is asking every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to have their doors open on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00-9:00pm. Fr. Gruber and I will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Welcome A special warm welcome to Robert and Sarah DiTommaso. Edward and Jo Ann Hauck, Dr. James Millen, and Nicole and Lauren Nejes who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Thank You Special thanks to the Furman South III family for offering Memorial donations to St. James Parish in memory of Furman South III who passed away last month.
Please bring last year’s Palm Branches to church next weekend and empty them in one of the collection baskets in the vestibule. They will be burned to create ashes for the upcoming Ash Wednesday.
Something to Think About… The sweetest revenge is to forgive. Isaac Friedman
With God, All Things Are Possible!
Last Sunday as I was making my rounds visiting the students in our Religious Education program, I stopped in the sixth grade class. They were talking about making good moral decisions in life and choosing right over wrong. We had a very good discussion on morality.
This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on making wise choices in life. The First reading from Sirach focuses on trusting in God and keeping the Commandments. In today’s Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says he has come not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Jesus teaches a strong message today. He came to teach a new way of living, not just know the law, but to fully live the law as it was meant to be lived.
Life can be a challenge. We make wrong “turns” in life and learn from our mistakes. Let us choose wisely and try to work on some improvements with the things that we struggle with in life.
Pittsburgh Catholic Article about Clergy Distribution Please take a look at last weeks and this weeks Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. Bishop Zubik has a very well written article about clergy distribution and preparing for the future. In the next few months there will be several priests retiring and there will be several changes in the way parishes will be covered. Please take some time to inform yourself with the upcoming changes that we will be facing in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Donut Sunday/ Farewell Reception for Fr. Matthew The Women’s Guild and the Knights of Columbus will be hosting our monthly “Donut Sunday” this weekend after the 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am Masses in the Gathering Space. This event is also a Farewell Reception for Fr. Matthew Tosello who will be relocating as of February 28.
This will be an opportunity for our parishioners to say farewell and say thank you for his service the past four years. The Clergy Office is assisting Fr. Matthew in his transition.
Knights of Columbus This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we welcome the Knights of Columbus. This Fraternal Men’s Organization is very active here at St. James supporting various charities including children with special needs and Catholic School Scholarships. They also conduct various parish events including Oktoberfest, Turkey Bingo, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance, Italian Dinner Dance, and Pancake Breakfasts. This organization is open to all men of the parish. Please stop by the Gathering Space this weekend to learn more about this organization. I am proud to say that I am a 4th Degree Knight!
Parish Share 2013 Parish Share 2013 is concluding in two weeks. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, operates St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, assists with school scholarships, and helps operate College Campus Ministry and Hospital Chaplaincy programs. We all benefit from Parish Share! Please contribute to our Parish Share Program so we can achieve our goal!
Little Sisters of the Poor Sister Margaret Mary from the Little Sisters of the Poor recently sent a thank you note on her and Sister Grace’s recent visit to St. James. She wrote “we were edified with the beauty of the liturgy. Through the generosity of you and your parishioners we received $4,258.52. All funds collected this past weekend will be used to continue the tradition of loving care to the elderly poor living in our Home in Pittsburgh.”
ChristLife ChristLife registration ends this Wednesday, February 19. Sessions begin February 26 at 6:45pm.
Honor Roll Congratulations to the following parishioners who made the Honor Roll for the first semester:
CENTRAL CATHOLIC - High Honors: Joseph Auth, Brendan Murray, John Peilert, and Lucas Peilert. Honors: Clifford Krey, and Jeffrey Van Kooten
OAKLAND CATHOLIC - Highest Honor: Peyton Holleran, Gina Lucia and Sara Marlovits. High Honor: Jenna Ponticello. Honor: Molly DeFilippo, Andrea DelGrande, Alexa Lemieux, and Margaret Scanlon
Welcome A special warm welcome to Nicholas D’Urso, Brian Lukach, and Yvonne Tomayko who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Bishop David A. Zubik will visit St. James Parish this Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Congratulations Congratulations to Lillian Pauline Adalia Lois Williams, Carter Anthony Scott, and Alexander James Woolsey who are being Baptized this weekend.
Something to Think About… Happiness is a way to travel…not a destination
With God, All Things Are Possible!
SALT AND LIGHT!
In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, the prophet reminds the Jewish people to share their bread with the hungry. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells the Corinth community that he doesn’t use fancy words to preach. He depends on the spirit. In today’s Gospel of Matthew we read part of the “Sermon on the Mount.” After Jesus teaches the Beatitudes, he proclaims that his followers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew is the only evangelist to record this collection of phrases about salt and light and he places it specifically in the context of Jesus’s inaugural address. Jesus compares the presence and ministry of his disciples to salt which enhances taste of food, and to light, which is a necessity if we are to see our way in the darkness. The theme of light has been a constant focus in the readings at Mass this year. Christians are called to be light and salt for our world. Discipleship is about risk, boldness, and confidence.
We are the light of the world as long as we allow God’s light to illumine us. Let us be comfortable in sharing the light of Christ to others this week.
SALT AND LIGHT!
Campaign For The Church Alive! Please note that once you submit your pledge card to the rectory offices you will then start receiving statements from the campaign office.
When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” Please do not send payment envelopes to the rectory.
Please submit payments to: Diocese of Pittsburgh- Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004
If you participated in Our Campaign for the Church Alive, the Campaign Office will be mailing out year-end donation forms. If you have any questions, please call them directly at (412) 456-3155.
Sacrament of Confirmation Bishop David A. Zubik will visit St. James Parish on Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 82 Candidates will receive the Sacrament.
Welcome Patricia Grey It gives me great pleasure to appoint Dr. Patricia Grey, PhD to our Pastoral Council. Patte is a native of Sewickley and a long time parishioner of St. James Parish. She is an educational administrator with leadership and entrepreneurial experience in education, nonprofit and for-profit work and community and religious engagement in diverse settings. She will be a great asset to our council. Welcome aboard Patte!
Maintenance Update Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks replaced a water heater in our rental home that the parish owns on Walnut Street.
Parish Share 2013 Parish Share 2013 will conclude on March 2nd. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this past year was $175,210.
Honor Roll Congratulations to the following parishioners who made Honor Roll for the first semester.
Quigley Catholic - Highest Honors: Anthony Kuntz and High Honors: Aliana Lisanti and Austin Kuntz
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic - High Honors: Emma Cullo
Welcome A special warm welcome to Matthew, Amy, Aiden, Connor and Hannah Dwyer, John, Jackie, Colleen, Caroline, and Charlotte O’Brien, and Jason and Emily Weisser who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Congratulations Congratulations to Gavin James Rogers who is being Baptized this weekend.
Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday February 11th!
Happy Valentines Day!
With God, All Things Are Possible!
Fr. Tom Burke - Pastor