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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.29.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.29.15

First Sunday of Advent


Today we begin a new season, a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It presents an opportunity of preparation and calls our attention to recall the birth of Jesus and also to anticipate his second coming. During Advent, the Church invites us to prepare to celebrate both Jesus’ birth and his promise to return at the end of time. 

All the readings this weekend focus on preparing for Christ. In the first reading of the prophet Jeremiah, we read how the prophet tells the people of Judah that a righteous shoot will sprout from the house of David. Judah will be made safe and Jerusalem will dwell secure in his presence. In the Second reading to the Thessalonians, Paul tells the community that they must progress in their lives by demonstrating their love for another. In the Gospel of Luke, we are reminded that the Son of Man is coming. The disciples are urged to await the Lord’s coming with confidence, vigilance and prayer. Jesus tells us to be vigilant- not because God intends to frighten or destroy us, but because God has great things in store for those whom God redeems. 

What do we need to prepare for Christmas? Not just gifts, decorating or food preparation but preparing our heart and soul for Jesus, the newborn King of the Jews, the Prince of Peace. If we feel rushed to decorate for Christmas, write Christmas Cards, shop and wrap gifts, attend work and holiday parties, concerts and pageants, and other commitments, let us stop, look and listen to be alert for the Lord’s coming. 


Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service this coming Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: 

Thursday, December 10 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) 

Thursday, December 17 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

On Wednesday December 9, from 6:00 to 9:00pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 

Light Up Night in Sewickley Please join us this coming Friday, December 4 for Light Up Night in Sewickley. We will be having our 1st Annual Light Up Night Spagheti Dinner from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the school Cafeteria. Join us for a delicious dinner then leave your car in our parking lot and walk around the Village and enjoy the festivities. All proceeds from the Spaghetti Dinner will benefit the Gathering Space Improvement Project which we will conduct next Spring. 

Scrip Program With the Christmas Shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support our parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory. 

Fair Trade Sale Please join us next Sunday, December 6, after all the morning Masses for our Annual Fair Trade Sale! There will be several vendors here with handmade goods from various countries. It will be a great chance to get some Christmas shopping done and also enjoy free donuts and coffee and juice. The Scrip gift card table will also be available in the Gathering Space to purchase gift cards! 

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. They will also be available at the Rectory during the week during normal business hours. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Josephine Crapis and Richard Kantenwein who are celebrating their wedding this weekend and to Susan Crampton and William Monski who are validating their marriage this weekend! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Lee Domanski and Mary Kuga who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains. - William Penn 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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