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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.13.17

BE NOT AFRAID!

Each of us has had at one time or another a time in our lives when we were afraid. Maybe it was afraid of the dark, moving to a new school, town or job, afraid of making a commitment, or undergoing some medical treatments. These fears can seem like “storms” in our life that can make us uncomfortable.

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on not being afraid but having faith. In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read how the prophet Elijah goes up to Mount Sinai and experiences a dramatic display of power from God. Elijah experiences discouragement, doubt and frustration then God comes in a whispering sound to calm all the fears. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus comes walking on the water towards his disciples who’s boat is about to sink. He reveals to them his identity as he calms the sea. Peter steps out on to the water and begins walking towards Jesus, but soon is overwhelmed by doubt and fear.

Jesus calls us to leave behind the false security of this world and come to him when we are most afraid. When we are battered by the storms in our own life we may seek safety, shelter from the winds and waves and put our trust in the Lord. When we put our faith in Jesus great things become possible. Let us open up our eyes and stay focused on the Lord.

BE NOT AFRAID!

Parish Improvements 6DK Enterprises Inc. of Baden made repairs to the exterior stucco along the gym and Gathering Space walls. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

Bruce Dille Painting Company of Washington, PA repainted all the parking lines in our church parking lot last week. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

John Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the doorways leading into the Gathering Space, school, and church and also gave a fresh coat of paint to the bathrooms in church.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. of the North Shore cleaned and sanitized the school offices, classrooms, restrooms, cafeteria and hallways.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more offering, you are welcome to purchase an engraved Memorial Brick installed on the prayer path. For a donation of $1,000 or more you can have your family name listed on the back of a special “Major Gifts” Welcome Garden Sign that will be installed at the entrance of our garden.

If you would like to purchase a Brick or make a major gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Feast of the Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is this coming Tuesday, August 15, and a holy day of obligation. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please note there will be no daily Mass this Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Clarion visits Sewickley Last Wednesday I had dinner with leaders from my alma mater, Clarion University of Pennsylvania. St. James parishioners Len and Kate Cullo hosted the dinner at their home. Clarion President, Dr. Karen Whitney was named interim Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education by the Board of Governors last Friday.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Rudy and Kathy Fleck and Frank Sporter who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Mary Elizabeth Carroll, David Michael Coates, Aiden William Condrin, David Volante Janas, Eli Thomas Martin, and Lydia Jane Martin, who are all being Baptized this weekend!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Elke Peeters and Steven Kyle who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Thank you Special thanks to the Tucci Family for having memorial contributions go to St. James Church in loving memory of Ernie Tucci, who passed away on Saturday July 29.

Something to Think About… Sometimes reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey…at other times, it allowing another to take yours. - Vera Nzarian

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 - 08.06.17

BE TRANSFIGURED!

Every day when I stand at the altar to celebrate Mass here at St. James, I have the awesome privilege to look out at our congregation and straight ahead to the massive stained glass window of the Transfiguration above the Baptismal area. This beautiful window is made from handmade glass from Germany and France that shows Jesus with Peter, James and John and along the side is Moses and Elijah.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. The readings this weekend focus on making some positive changes in our life. In the first reading from Daniel, we read how a prophet sees a wonderful vision. A servant of God receives dominion over all the nations. This vision features divine protection for God’s faithful people. The son of man will reign over all nations. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain and he is transfigured. They hear God’s voice approving Jesus and the path to his cross and resurrection. These three disciples are traditionally with Jesus at all of the major moments of his ministry. The feast of the Transfiguration assures us of the divinity of Jesus. We are touched by the Lord every time we come to Mass. We are touched by Jesus and we are changed- transformed. The more we open ourselves to being transformed by Jesus, the more he will work in and through us.

As we come into church this week, let us reflect on how Christ can shine upon us to make some positive changes in our life. As the Summer season winds down and we prepare to get back to school, work, and the busy fall activities, let us be transformed to make some positive changes in our life.

BE TRANSFIGURED!

On Mission For the Church Alive! As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process next year, Bishop Zubik is hosting various Summer Sessions around the diocese to offer his reflections and take time for questions. Please join the Bishop on Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to www.onmissionchurchalive.org

Alpha Due to the complexity of organizing the Alpha program that was previously announced a few weeks ago and set to begin in September for the four area parishes of St. James (Sewickley), St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township), the Pastors of the four area parishes have decided to delay the launching of this eleven-week series to possibly the Spring. Stay tuned for further information.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has completed replacing the flat roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 extension 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Feast of the Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is a Holy Day of obligation on Tuesday, August 15. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please Note Please note there will be no daily Mass Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kristin Frantz and Patricia Niehenke who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Dianne Schweiger and Richard Nocito who validated their marriage this past week.

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Bill and Mary Kay Russo! Best Wishes!

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for a very successful Elegant Junk Sale last Saturday. Thank you to all the men, women and youth who volunteered throughout the whole week!

Something to Think About… The more open you can be, the more you allow your life to change and the more you see the influence of grace. A closed mind is the barrier to living a grace-filled life. - Cheryl Richardson

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 - 07.30.17

FINDING THE REAL TREASURES IN LIFE

Last week I received a phone call from my former neighbor, Robbie Paff, letting me know that her mother, Alice Ruhling, had passed away at the age of ninety-one. Mrs. Ruhling was a great lady who lived next door to me in the Carrick/ Overbrook section of Pittsburgh. During the summer she would always sit out on her back porch enjoying talking to her children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. The Ruhling’s, Paff’s and also the Winschel’s were all close knit families who were our neighbors on the corner block of Sinton Avenue, Yale Drive and Lucina Avenue. It was a true honor to return to my home, St. Norbert Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Overbrook, to celebrate her funeral. Mrs. Ruhling was very supportive of my vocation as a priest. What a real treasure!

This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being grateful for God’s blessings and treasures in our life. In the First Reading from the Book of Kings, we read how a young King, Solomon, asks for wisdom. He knows what he needs to guide God’s people along the path of life. In the Gospel of Matthew, we conclude Matthew’s discourse on parables about the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells parables of the buried treasure and the pearl. (This is only found in the Gospel of Matthew). The joy of responding to God’s call is more wonderful than a hidden treasure or a fine pearl.

We are all searchers and treasure hunters in the sense that we are looking for happiness. What are our real treasures in life? We are often quick to see our own faults and failings. Let us open up our eyes and see the true “treasures” that we have: our faith, family, friends and neighbors.

FINDING THE REAL TREASURES IN LIFE

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412)741- 6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Parish Guide Book and Directory Our 2017 Guide Book and telephone directory is here! All registered parishioners who have given us permission to publish their address will be mailed a complimentary copy of the book. Please note that the advertisers in the book helped make this project available to the parish at no cost to us. Please support our advertisers. For those who attend mass but are not registered in the parish, please see the registration forms on the information tables in church or call the rectory office.

Parish Improvements Rusmur Floors of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting on the ground floor of our school and in the Gathering Space. Special thanks to the Eileen Paul Family Memorial Fund for making this project a possibility.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has completed the Gathering Space bathroom renovations. New plumbing, hand bars, lighting, flooring and Koala Kare baby changing stations have been installed in both rest rooms. New hand bars have also been installed in the church restrooms. Please note that the two rest rooms near the Ushers’ Room are now for both men and women.

Seminarian Visit Seminarian Jeff Craig stopped by for a visit last week. Jeff is assigned to St. Francis Cabrini Parish in Center Township for his summer Pastoral Internship. In the fall he will be returning the North American College in Rome for his third year of Theology. Jeff is a graduate of St. Alphonsus School, Quigley Catholic High School and Duquesne University. Let us continue to keep Jeff in our thoughts and prayers.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Michael Martin and Patrick, Shannon, Quinn, and Padraig Reilly who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Olivia Scott Lockerman, daughter of Christian Lockerman and Theresa Lingg who is being Baptized this weekend.

Thank You Father Dozie Egbe from the Diocese of Egbe spoke at all of the masses last weekend for the annual Mission Office Diocesan Appeal. A total of $5,318.00 was collected. Thank you for your generous support!

Something to Think About… Two things you will never have to chase: true friends and true love. - Mandy Hale

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.23.17

BE PATIENT!

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being patient with ourselves and with one another.

In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, we read how a wise teacher gives a lesson about the mercy of God. God patiently guides us to repentance. In the Second reading to the Romans, we read how Paul says we have the spirit of God to help us pray. The spirit intercedes for us before the throne of God. In the Gospel of Matthew we continue reading about the Kingdom of God. Last week we read about the sower, this week we read Jesus using parables of the wheat and the weeds, the mustard seed and yeast. We need to be patient with ourselves and with one another. Good and evil are often entangled in our world. Jesus uses these parables to describe the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s Kingdom starts small, like the mustard seed then leads to extraordinary things.

BE PATIENT!

Manifesting the Kingdom Award Every two years, Bishop Zubik presents the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” to one person from each of the 183 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This award is given to a parishioner who goes beyond the call of duty for volunteering in a parish. I am deeply honored to announce that this year’s awardee representing St. James goes to Patte Grey. Patte is a life-long parishioner here and is the facilitator of our Parish Pastoral Council and has helped with developing Small Groups. The award will be presented at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30pm. Congratulations Patte!

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you searching for a deeper faith and would like to be Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 extension 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Alpha As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process, the Pastors and parishioners of St. James, St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township) are collaborating to work together with programs and activities. We are pleased to host a program called Alpha which will be an 11-week series where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session will include a meal and fellowship, video and learning and conversation about the video. The sessions will be held from September 12 thru November 21 in the St. James Cafeteria. To register or for more information please call 412-329-8833 or e-mail at BridgeParishCommunities@ gmail.com

Wedding Coordinator Ministry expanding! It has been a very busy spring and summer here at St. James with a wedding almost every weekend. I am very grateful for the volunteer wedding coordinators who help me with the rehearsal and the day of the wedding and assist the bridal party. I am very grateful to Bonnie Megan, Sandy Foody, Doreen Ropon and Beth Villegas who have assisted with this ministry for the past five years. I am pleased to welcome Eva Lumley, Gretchen Klavon, and Janette Poppenberg to the team.

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held next Saturday, July 29 from 8am to 2pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off this Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during nonpick up times. ***

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Staci Morgan and James Grafe Jr. who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Fabio, Luciana, Gabriel and Raphael Souza who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal This weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon. - Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.16.17

TIME Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

I can remember during this time of year, in the middle of the summer season, always pulling out weeds and rotating the soil on a weekly basis in my parents’ garden to keep the tomato plants, peppers and lettuce from getting choked. After the mid-summer heavy rains there would always seem to appear numerous weeds come up through the mulch and soil. It was a never ending project!

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on listening to the word of God and embracing it into our daily life. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet teaches about the word of God. Like the rain, it brings life into the world. In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the Parable of the Sower. Jesus uses Parables (stories) to teach about the Kingdom of God by describing four different kinds of soils: hard worn path, rocky, thorny and good soil. Jesus teaches the faith by telling his disciples that not all will accept the teachings.

God keeps sowing his word in our hearts even though he knows we can either accept the teachings or let life distract us. Those who hear God’s word and act on it produces a harvest so abundant. Let us reflect this weekend on how we can “rotate the soil” in our life (our faith) by being open to love and nurturing of God’s grace and blessings.

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

Flat Roof Replacement Schultheis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues working on replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your patience.

Improvements to our Prayer Garden along Walnut Street continue. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations are still being accepted for the improvement project occurring in the prayer garden. A donation of $50 or more will enable you to have an engraved commemorative brick located along the prayer path to remember or honor a loved one and become a permanent part of Saint James Prayer Garden. If you would like more information, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . When making a donation, please make checks payable to St. James Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off next Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during non- pick up times. ***

Living With Christ/ Missalettes Our parish subscribes to the Catholic publication “Living With Christ” which has the Daily and Sunday Mass Readings to follow along during Mass. We also have a limited number of Seasonal Missaelette’s to follow during Mass. These booklets are located in a basket in the back of the church and in the book rack on the side entrance of the church near the Sacristy and Children’s Chapel. We ask that you please return them after each Mass. These are not to take home as we only have a limited number of copies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eugenia Chalbaud-Santeliz and Robert-Ian Greene and Lauren Jones and Joseph Pearce who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Congratulations to Elena Sophia White, daughter of Matthew and Amy Bertoty White who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Courtney Colella, Jaxson Coletta-Bailey, and Lisa Ragan who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. - Rumi

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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