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A Word From Fr. Tom - 06.04.17

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Fifty days ago we celebrated Easter. For the past seven weeks we have been reading from the Acts of the Apostles how the church grew after Jesus had resurrected. With the church being decorated with beautiful flowers, the Risen Lord statue, the Easter fountain and the Easter Candle, the fifty day celebration of the Risen Lord comes to an end today as we celebrate Pentecost. The Jewish people celebrated Pentecost for centuries before it became a feast. It was a celebration of the fiftieth day of Passover.

Today we read in the Gospel how Jesus commissions his disciples to continue his mission as he gives them the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his Apostles to continue the mission of the church to preach, teach and heal. In the Gospel of John we read how Jesus says “Peace Be With You.” This passage, often referred to as the “Johnnine Pentecost” describes how Jesus, after his resurrection, appeared to the disciples and gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Let us be open to the Holy Spirit so we too, like the Apostles can bring Christ to those who are in need. As we conclude the Easter season and return to Ordinary Time, let us celebrate the summer season being refreshed and renewed.

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Parish Improvements Our prayer garden along Walnut Street is being completely revamped. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and in the next few weeks we will be working on installing a new drainage system and new lighting along the sidewalks. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project. Plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer. 

Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or via 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 Path Upgrade Project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

Flat Roof Replacement The Diocese of Pittsburgh has granted us permission to replace the flat roof on the Gathering Space, the School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has been awarded the contract. Work will begin June 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of June (pending the weather.) Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will be assisting us with this project. Thank you to all who participated in the Our Campaign For the Church Alive to make this much needed project possible.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has begun renovation work in both restrooms in the Gathering Space. Please be patient while the renovations are taking place.

*** Due to the renovations of the Gathering Space restrooms, BOTH the women’s and men’s bathroom will be closed. Only the church restrooms (near the ushers’ room) will be available while these renovations are taking place. Please note that for added convenience, both restrooms in the church will be available for BOTH women and men. ***

16th Anniversary of Priesthood Thank you to all who sent cards, e-mails and well wishes as I celebrated my 16th anniversary of Priesthood Ordination last Friday, May 26. I had a picnic last Sunday at St. Mary of the Mount Parish on Mt. Washington with my classmates. I love being a priest and I am honored to be your Pastor.

Congratulations Congratulations to Rosalie Olivia Gill, daughter of Adam and Rachel Panek Gill, and Sandro Parise Presogna, son of Kyle Persogna and Holly Hursky who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Kathleen Rogers and David Ford who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome A special welcome to Michael, Connor, and Brooklyn Bell, Andrea Naplen, and Valerie Laux who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Thank you Thank you to Belinda Thompson for planting the beautiful red, white and blue flowers in the flower beds at the entrance of the church and rectory.

Something to Think About… It’s the will that’s awakened in the darkness that brings us to a more permanent light. - Daniel Katz

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

 
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A Word From Fr. Tom 5.28.17

LET US PRAY!

Growing up I can recall my parents always taking the time to teach me and my sisters the Catholic prayers. The familiar “Bless Us O Lord” prayer before meals and “The Angel of God my Guardian Dear” prayer at bedtime are familiar prayers that we all know. Prayer is a conversation with God our Father to guide and help us. This weekend we celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter, the readings focus on prayer.

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the Apostles and the Blessed Mother meet in the Upper Room after the Ascension of the Lord. They are preparing to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Second Reading from Peter, we read how an Apostle finds reason to rejoice even in the face of suffering. It is a way of sharing in the suffering of Jesus. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. Jesus offers us an example in the way he prays to the Father on behalf of his disciples, asking that they may know the only true God and the one whom he sent, Jesus Christ. Jesus clearly states that he is praying for his disciples. We are called to look at what Jesus’ resurrection means in our everyday life. When our lives get chaotic and we’re dealing with difficult situations, let us develop regular habits of prayer.

As we prepare for Pentecost next weekend, let us find a way to reach out to others who need our prayers.

LET US PRAY!

Memorial Day Mass on Memorial Day will be held at 9am. Please join us to remember those who gave their life to protect our country. The Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday and will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 8:30am.

Parish Improvements Fratangelo Gardens of Moon Township recently cleaned out the old shrubs and bushes and grated the soil in our Prayer Path. In the next few weeks we will be working on installing a new drainage system and new lighting will be installed. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project. Plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation 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 Path Upgrade Project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

Flat Roof Replacement The Diocese of Pittsburgh has granted us permission to replace the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Schultheis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has been awarded the contract. Work will begin June 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of July (pending weather.) Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will be assisting us with this project. Thank you to all who participated in the Our Campaign For the Church Alive to make this much needed project possible.

***Please note that the women’s restroom in the Gathering Space is currently closed for renovations for the next few weeks. The men’s restroom is still currently available. We appreciate your patience and understanding that there will be limited bathroom availability (one woman’s and one men’s restroom) available near the Usher’s Room during the Sunday liturgies.***

Congratulations Congratulations to Blake Victoria Bankowski, daughter of Brian and Debra Hansen Bankowski, and Maggie Marie Welch, daughter of Matthew and Rebecca Kijanka Welch who are being baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratuations to Rikkelle Showalter and Matthew Oczypok who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome A special welcome to Alexis Corry and Charles and Jennifer Leis who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Have a very Blessed Memorial Day! Let us remember those who fought and died serving our country, and pray for those who are currently serving in our Armed Services. God Bless America!

Something to Think About… If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. - Ronald Regan

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 - 05.21.17

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT!

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how one of the original seven deacons, Philip, brings the Word of God to others and the early church grew. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper as we read how Jesus promises to send his disciples another Advocate who will serve as a mediator, intercessor, comforter, and consoler. Jesus teaches his Apostles before his death and resurrection assuring them that the Advocate would come soon. Jesus says if you love me, you will keep my commandments. We are never truly alone. Loving Jesus means listening to his word and putting it into action. When we love others, we are willing to go out of our way for them, be concerned about them and spend time with them. With Pentecost Sunday only three weeks away, let us be open to the Holy Spirit and bring Christ to others.

RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT!

Jason Corsetti Parishioner Jason Corsetti has been accepted by Bishop Zubik to begin the aspirancy phase of the diocesan Deacon Formation program that is known as the Propaedeutic Period. An opening Mass, with Bishop Zubik was held last Wednesday at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Best wishes to Jason as he begins this journey!

Ascension Thursday Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation, is this coming Thursday, May 25. We will have three masses available - 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

* Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Friday, May 26.

Parish Leadership Changes After much prayer, contemplation and support from her family, Maria Brown, who has been our Director of Youth Ministry for the past seven years has decided to seek employment outside of youth ministry effective July 1. Maria has been an outstanding Youth Minister with running the Middle School Program- Operation Christ, the High School Program and assisting with Vacation Bible School. She has been a true blessing to our parish. We wish her the best in her next adventure.

Kathleen Green our fifth grade teacher at St. James School for the past seven years is retiring at the end of this school year. She has been a tremendous asset to our children. We would like to extend best wishes to Kathleen on her retirement.

Special thanks to Jean Bley and Dave Kelch for serving on our Pastoral Council and John Nicolas, Kyle Richert, Gerry Joseph and Lisa Roskovensky for serving on our Finance Council. I am grateful for their service these past several years. On Mission for the Church Alive team member Jennifer Cowley has relocated to Maryland for employment.

I am pleased to appoint Donna Pavlis to the On Mission Team. Donna is a life-long member of our parish, active on Pastoral Council and the Singles Community Ministry and has excellent marketing and social media skills.

Parish Improvements Frantangelo Gardens of Moon Township has begun working on a new drainage system for the Prayer Path upgrade project. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project. Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org. Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path upgrade project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

***Please note that beginning this Wednesday May 24 the restrooms in the Gathering Space will be closed for renovations for approximately three to five weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding that there will be limited bathroom availability (one women's and one men's restroom) available near the Ushers’ Room during the Sunday liturgies.***

Congratulations Congratulations to Cameron David Leis, son of Charles and Jennifer Rostek Leis, who is being baptized this weekend.

Happy anniversary to George and Gloria Berry who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend.

Sweet Sixteen - This coming Friday, May 26, I will celebrate 16 years of Priesthood Ordination. I love being a priest and I am honored to be your Pastor!

Welcome A special welcome to Brian, Jade Mazzy, and Elodie Morel, and Mark and Sydney Windle who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… I destroy my enemy by making him my friend. - Abraham Lincoln

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 - 05.14.17

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

My mom, Marge Burke, is a remarkable woman. She and my dad Bill just celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. During that time they have raised three children and have seven wonderful grandsons. Raised in Hazelwood, she attended St. Stephen School in Hazelwood and graduated from St. John the Baptist high school in Lawrenceville. After high school she worked for the Diocese of Pittsburgh with Bishop Vincent Leonard until she had her first child, my oldest sister, Lisa. I give thanks each and every day for all that my mom has done for me over the past forty-six years of my life. As we reach the midpoint of the Easter season, this weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day!

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the Apostles offer prayers for members of the community chosen to care for the needy through the power of the Holy Spirit. The church continues to grow in great numbers. The twelve Apostles exhibit their leadership role and call the community to choose seven deacons to help them with God’s work. In the Gospel of John, we read part of Jesus’ farewell discourse. Jesus has a dialogue with Thomas and Philip as he says “do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God, have also in me.” Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He and the Father are one.

Whenever our faith is tested or whatever we are struggling with, remember Jesus knows us, and loves us. Let us keep moving forward to hold peace and trust in Christ. He will help us reach our destination in life.

Let us pray for all living and deceased mothers, grandmothers and Godmothers and aunts in our life.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Parish Improvements Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks recently installed a new furnace and air conditioner for the Rectory Offices.

***Please note that beginning Wednesday, May 24 the restrooms in the Gathering Space will be closed for renovations for approximately six weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding that there will be limited bathroom access (one women's and one men’s restroom) available near the Ushers’ Room during the Sunday liturgies.***

On Mission For the Church Alive! Recently the Diocese of Pittsburgh Catholic updated the Pastors and On Mission Team Members about the results of the surveys and input from the listening sessions that were conducted last October. The diocese is considering a new possible grouping of St. James with St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, St. Joseph in Coraopolis and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. This new grouping is very encouraging since we already partner with our neighbors across the Sewickley Bridge with our Lenten and Advent penance services and all four parishes currently take turns with during the week with coverage at Heritage Valley/Sewickley Hospital.

Also our St. James Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society has recently taken on covering the Coraopolis area for needy families and individuals since the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Parish is no longer active. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Chris DeAndrea to our Parish Finance Council. Chris grew up in Scott Township and attended Our Lady of Grace elementary school, and Bishop Canevin high school. He has a degree in Marketing and General MBA from Duquesne University and currently is employed at Henderson Brothers Retirement in Downtown Pittsburgh as a Retirement Planning Consultant. He and his wife, Jen currently reside in Kennedy Township and are expecting their first child in June.

Looking Ahead Next Thursday, May 25 is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Friday, May 26.

Sweet Sixteen! Next Friday, May 26, I will celebrate my sixteenth anniversary of ordination as a diocesan priest. I was ordained on May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral by Bishop Donald Wuerl. I am truly grateful for being your pastor here at St. James.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Andrew Gaus and Robin Snyder who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome A special welcome to Ashley Mayo and her children: Jordan, Gianna, Alexandra, and Stella who recently registered at St. James.

Second Collection Next weekend (May 20/21) there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “Every Day is Mother’s Day.” - Marge Burke

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

 
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