On Sunday June 5, I had dinner with my five classmates from the class of 2001 and our families celebrating our fifteenth anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. I have a great class, we are close and all love being priests. It was a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained three men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate the Class of 2016: Rev. Jack E. Demnyan - Holy Rosary Parish, Muse, Rev. Adam C. Potter - St. Bernard Parish, Mount Lebanon, and Rev. Anthony R. Sciarappa - Sts. John and Paul Parish, Franklin Park.
We also congratulate three men ordained to the diaconate: Rev. Mr. Benjamin E. Barr - St. Monica Parish, Beaver Falls, Rev. Mr. David W. Green - St. Elizabeth Parish, Pleasant Hills, and Rev. Mr. Daniel R. Waruszewski- St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville. These men are “Transitional Deacons” and will be preparing for the final year of the seminary as they prepare to become Diocesan Priests. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry.ÂÂ
This weekend we celebrate the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on saying yes to the Lord. In the First reading from the First Book of Kings, we read how God invites a young prophet Elisha to follow Elijah.
In the Gospel, we begin a new section of Luke’s Gospel often referred to as the “travel account” as Jesus sets out on his journey towards Jerusalem. Luke portrays Jesus as one who knows his destiny and accepts it from God. Along the way he teaches his disciples about discipleship: love your neighbor as yourself. First Jesus is rejected in a Samaritan village. (Samaritans were estranged from Jews in Jerusalem). The Apostles want to retaliate but Jesus tells them to move on. Jesus moves on and invites people to follow him.
As we go out into the world, let us keep in mind that the Lord Jesus is calling us. Let us answer the Lord’s call.
Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice Calls Please note that whenever a loved one is admitted to a hospital, nursing home or hospice center, to please notify the nurse on duty that the patient is Catholic. If the person needs to receive the Sacrament of Anointing, every facility in the Pittsburgh area has a local Catholic parish that covers the facility for the Sacraments. Here at St. James Parish I am “on call” at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for “Emergency Calls.” The local parishes of St. Joseph in Coraopolis, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township cover the hospital Monday through Thursday. With the shortage of priests, it is physically impossible to visit every major hospital, nursing home or hospice in the Pittsburgh area. Please notify the “Catholic Chaplain on Duty” for communion or anointing.
As a courtesy, please notify me when your loved one is admitted so that we can put them on our prayer chain. Whenever possible, please ask to be anointed before going into the hospital for major tests or surgery.
Independence Day - Monday, July 4 the only Mass will be at 9:00am. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday.
Parish Improvements Ward Restaurant Equipment Company and Rayburg Appliance of Arnold, PA installed a new commercial dish washer in our school cafeteria and Allegheny Acoustics of McMurray, PA has begun replacing ceiling tiles in the cafeteria. Renovations will be ongoing during the summer. Funds from our Fish Fry are helping to pay for this major project.
S & N Industries of Harmony, PA, are currently working on the “steep slope” total roof replacement project. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are paying for these repairs.
Special thanks to Belinda Thompson who planted flowers around the outdoor gathering area near our new wooden benches and in front of the rectory.
Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Eric Bosh Sr. and Eric Bosh Jr. Jay, Christen, and Thomas Dundon, and Joseph Sofranko who recently registered at St. James Parish.
Something to Think About… The humblest tasks get beautified if loving hands do them. - Louisa May Alcott
With God, All Things Are Possible!
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!
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.ÂÂ
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!
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!
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.
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!