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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.10.17

FORGIVE!

We go through life carrying a lot of anger, hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Jesus suffered and died on the cross to free us of our sins.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we read how God gives the prophet Ezekiel a very important task. He must speak God’s word, even if the people he is ministering to do not listen. In the Second Reading from Romans, Paul reminds us that the love of our neighbor is the best way to fulfill the laws handed down by Moses. The Commandments that Moses gave us are in loving others just as we readily love ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets forth for dealing with conflict between others. Communicate, seek input from others, heal and forgive. No family is perfect and every family goes through trials and tribulations: divorce, drug addiction, loss of a job, or a death of a loved one.

As Christian disciples we are given the grace to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus gave his life for us to show us the way to be reconciled with God and with one another.

This Monday, September 11, marks the 16th Anniversary of the terroristic attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and close by in Shanksville, Somerset County. We pray for all those who perished on this horrific day and seek out unity and peace in our country and in our world. God Bless America!

FORGIVE!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast thru September 17. There will be no daily Masses this week: September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration next Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm. 

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for St. James parishioners at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent.

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for this weekend and next weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative brick installed on the prayer path. There is no limit now for the number of bricks that you can buy. We are already half sold!

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 ext. 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.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19th. 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.

Hurricane Harvey Next week’s Second Collection is for Catholic Relief Services to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please be as generous as possible.

Parish Improvements Metro Fencing of Moon Township recently installed a new slide gate for the entrance of our parking lot along Beaver Street. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive funded this project.

Welcome A special welcome to Andrew, Tess, Liam, Carolyn, and Elsie Powers, and Patricia Waugaman who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Accounts Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Friday, September 8, and to our Youth Minister John Wieland who is celebrating his birthday this Sunday, September 10.

Something to Think About… We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. - Walter Mosley

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.03.17

FOLLOW ME!

Today we celebrate the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on perseverance in difficult times and answering the Lord’s call to follow him.

In the first reading from the Book of Jeremiah, we read how the prophet Jeremiah experienced many hardships. He complains to God that he has been duped. Later in Jeremiah’s words, which we do not read today, he affirms the Lord’s presence with him.

In the Gospel from St. Matthew, we continue reading from last week’s passage, Jesus says to his disciples that whoever wishes to follow him must take up his cross and follow him. Jesus tells his disciples he must go to Jerusalem and suffer and die on the cross and on the third day be raised. This is the first of three Passion predictions recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.

As we celebrate this Labor Day weekend, let us be thankful for the gifts of Labor God blesses us with and be grateful the for the gifts and talents. Let us return that thanks by being committed to God. Please join us for Mass this Labor Day, Monday, at 9am.

FOLLOW ME!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I will be heading on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast this coming week September 7-17. There will be no daily Masses this Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration) or the week of September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for St. James parishioners at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent.

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for the weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Labor Day In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the only Mass on Monday, September 4 will be 9:00am. The Rectory offices will also be closed. They will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:30am.

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. With schools and colleges now officially open for the new school year, Parish Share helps fund Catholic Campus Ministry programs to our local high school and college students. Our goal this year is $179,002. Please be as generous as possible so we obtain our goal.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative brick installed on the prayer path. There is no limit now for the number of bricks that you can buy. They are already half sold! 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 ext. 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.”

Parish Improvements Frantangelo’s Gardens and Landscaping of Moon Township have done some updating with our landscaping around the campus including planting new bushes around the school and gymnasium building and cleared areas near the Gathering Space windows and the Broad Street entrance/exit.

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 October 19th. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss. There will be an information meeting Sunday, September 24th at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Congratulations Congratulations to Alexandra Marceline Kostelnik, daughter of Nathan and Brooke Barber Kostelnik, and Elsie Ann Powers, daughter of Andrew and Teresa Miller Powers and Aurellia Marie Wood, Darren and Amanda Gary Wood who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to John and Jeanette Kent, and Theresa Lingg who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Second Collection Next Sunday’s second collection is for the Bishop’s Education Fund to help families receive scholarships for Catholic Education. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… We all have a path to take; sometimes it’s hidden under the weeds so you might have to work a little. - Mike Dolan

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.27.17

PETERS PROFESSION OF FAITH

Today we celebrate the twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being a servant to the Lord.

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, we read how God summons Eliakim to be a prophet to take the place of Shebna. He will serve the people as a loving father. In the Gospel from St. Matthew, we read how Jesus asks the question “who do people say that I am?” Peter responds by professing Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. This is considered by Scripture Scholars as Peter’s “Great Confession.” Jesus established the church on St. Peter’s profession of faith and gave him the keys to the kingdom. Peter had his faults, as we all do as human beings, but he had strengths with his leadership skills, his generosity, and enthusiasm. Our mission as the Church is to profess to the world that Jesus is the Messiah, the one sent to save us.

As we prepare to go back to school this week and return back to our busy fall schedules, let us see how the Lord is calling to serve him. What is God inviting us to do with our faith? 

PETERS PROFESSION OF FAITH

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.” We have lifted the one brick per family rule. Feel free to purchase as many bricks as you wish.

School Bells St. James Catholic School opens this Monday, August 28 for the 2017-2018 school year. We have made some great improvements over the summer including: new carpeting in the ground floor hallway, pre-school, kindergarten, art room, library and Youth Ministry and Religious Education offices, new floor tile in the pre-school, a new fire alarm system, a walk-in freezer in the cafeteria, new carpeting in the Gathering Space and meeting rooms and the doors were painted. New chairs have also been purchased for the Gathering Space.

This year we welcome Alison Narvett as our fifth grade teacher. Alison recently taught at St. Alphonsus School in Wexford. In the Allegheny Intermediate Unit we welcome Amanda Graff for Remedial Reading and Math, Pam Harff as our School Counselor and Susan Cain returns as our Speech Pathologist. We look forward to a great year!

Parish Improvements Tarax Service Systems Inc. of the North Shore washed and waxed all of the school hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and kitchen, and the carpets were cleaned.

Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley installed lighting along our outdoor prayer garden.

Local artist and fellow parishioner Jackie Kresak of Coraopolis cleaned and painted the bench out in front of the Gathering Space near the flag pole. The bench is in loving memory of former St. James School secretary, Michele Braun.

Welcome A special welcome to Shaelyn Barchie and Marc, Heidi, Giada, Francesca, and Luciana Buzzelli who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Vincent Francis DeAndrea, son of Christopher and Jennifer Fleck DeAndrea who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary to Bill and Carroll Logsdon who celebrated their 57th Anniversary this past week!

Five Years! It is five years today, August 27, 2012 that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. I love being a Priest and I love St. James Parish!

Labor Day Mass on Labor Day, Monday, September 4 will be at 9:00am.

Something to Think About… In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.20.17

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Last week we received a note in the office with an order form for a commemorative brick that will be installed in our updated prayer garden. The woman who wrote the note was purchasing a brick in memory of her brother who recently passed away. His passing brought her back to the Catholic Church after being away for more than forty years. God always has a way to bring back “home” those who have fallen away.

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on welcoming all to the table of the Lord. In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how a prophet has good news for the nations. They will be welcomed to join God’s holy people. In the Second Reading to the Romans, Paul is grateful for the privilege of preaching the Gospel message to both the Jews and the Gentiles. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus heals a Canaanite woman’s daughter. It is the woman’s faith that makes this miracle possible. Jesus is impressed with the woman’s words.

Let us let go of any negativity that we may have towards another person, let us be open to people who are “different” that we are whether it be race, ethnicity, religion, political or economic differences. Let us pray for healing and reconciliation in our country from last Saturday’s tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

On Mission for the Church Alive! I am pleased to appoint Patty Gebhard to the On Mission for the Church Alive team. Patty is a volunteer for our Religious Education program and Fish Fry. She and her husband Bob currently reside in Moon Township.

Special thanks to Kathleen Wycoff for her time serving on the On Mission Team this past year. Current On Mission Team Members include: Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Mary Lu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Donna Pavlis.

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 next Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to www.onmissionchurchalive.org

Parish Share 2017 Parish Share 2017 is in full swing. 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. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $179,002.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative 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 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 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.”

Hymnal Boards We now have the numbers listed on Hymnal Boards on the pillars of our church for your reference to the music for Mass. To participate fully with the liturgy, the new Hymnals in the pews have all the readings, music and prayers for Mass.

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 thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Estella Carabello, and Mark and Joanne Rogers who recently registered at St. James Parish. Congratulations Congratulations to Henri Matthew Graham, Millicent Helen Picarsic, and Mason Zachary O’Neill who are being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Human beings are human beings; just treat everyone like that. - Hayley Williams

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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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!

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