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A Word From Fr.Tom - 10.23.16

HUMILITY!

As this Jubilee Year of Mercy enters its final month, this weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings focus on humility. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches us the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. Jesus shows us the way to the Father who is a God of justice and mercy. Since God knows what is in our hearts, we can approach God with confidence, acknowledging our faults and relying on Divine Mercy. The Tax Collector was humble because he understood the depth of his sinful behavior. True humility calls for us to acknowledge and draw upon the good that is in within ourselves that need healing through God’s grace.

HUMILITY!

Education Plus Tune in this coming Friday, October 28 at 7pm and/or Sunday, October 30 at 8:30am on KQV 1410Am for Education Plus, my weekly radio program which highlights Catholic Education. My guest’s will be our very own Youth Minister Maria Brown and parishioner Stephen Wolf talk about the Notre Dame Vision Summer Camp program.

All Souls Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held next Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year will be invited to attend for a special candle service. There will be extra Memorial Candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation for those who wish to light a candle for their loved one.

St. James School Blue and White Gala Please join us on Saturday, November 12 from 6:30pm to 11pm at the Montour Heights County Club in Moon Township for our annual Blue and White Gala. This year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Minds Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Hearts Award. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. If you would like to attend the Gala or sponsor a faculty or staff member, please call the school office at 412-741-5540.

Bus Trip to St. Paul Cathedral Please join St. James Parish and the Women’s Guild in celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy as we host a bus trip to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to experience the “Holy Door of Mercy” on Monday, November 14 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. A catered lunch from 424 Walnut will be served in the Gathering Space at 11:00am then we will depart from the St. James parking lot at 12:10pm for the Cathedral and return to Sewickley by 4:00pm. I will provide a personal tour and history of the Cathedral and stained glass windows as we also walk through the Holy Door of Mercy. Cost is $15.00 for the lunch. Bus transportation will be paid by the generosity of the Women’s Guild. Please call Terri Price at (412)741-6650, extension 312 to reserve your space by November 7. Space is limited. Join us for this wonderful road trip to the Mother Church of the Diocese of Pittsburgh!

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street and we are seeking donations to help upgrade the Prayer Garden with new shrubs, mulching and outdoor lighting. If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one, please make your check payable to “St. James Catholic Parish” and memo it Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund. Please make your donation by next Sunday, October 30 so we can begin this project as soon as possible. A list of donors names will be published in a future bulletin.

Welcome Home A special welcome to John Flanigan, Francis Fleming, and Raymond Gallagher who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Carter Lorenzo Bonilla, Rory Hayes Kennedy, Frankie Adele Lovell, and Adam James Nelson who are being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Daniel and Johnna Egley Kerner who are validating their Marriage this weekend.

On Mission For the Church Alive… Please join us either this Monday, October 24 or Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00pm for the On Mission For the Church Alive Parish informational meeting to see the proposed models for our parish.

Something to Think About… Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life. - George Arliss

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.16.16

KEEP THE FAITH!

It is natural to want to give up and throw in the towel when things go wrong or don’t go the way we would like it to. We need to keep moving forward and not give up hope but keep the faith.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being persistent and keeping the faith.

In the first reading from Exodus, we read how God’s people struggle to win victory against an enemy. Moses and Joshua win a battle against the evil leader Amalek. On their way to the Promised Land, the Israelites experienced many hardships. God gives them a reason to grow strong in faith. In the second reading from Paul to Timothy, Paul reminds Timothy to remain faithful. We are encouraged to persevere and be faithful to what we learn through Sacred Scripture. In the Gospel of St. Luke, we read the Parable of the Persistent Widow. Jesus highlights the action of a poor widow in order to teach about the necessity of perseverance in prayer. Let us pray always that our faith may be strengthened and our actions guided by God’s spirit.

KEEP THE FAITH!

Education Plus Tune in this coming Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm and/or next Sunday, October 23 at 8:30am on KQV 1410Am for Education Plus, my weekly radio program which highlights Catholic Education. My guests will be our very own Youth Minister Maria Brown and National Catholic Speaker Dan DeMatte talk about the importance of Catholic Youth Ministry. Education Plus is brought to you by the generosity of Sam and Judy Spanos and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Blue and White Gala Please join us for our annual “Blue and White Gala” for St. James School on Saturday, November 12 at the Montour Heights Country Club in Moon Township. We are pleased to announce that this year we will honor Lou Valenzi with the Excellent Mind Award, and John Tucci with the Exceptional Heart Award. Both Lou and John have been very supportive of St. James School over the years. Please call the school office at 412-741-5540 to reserve your seat.

Outdoor Mary Statue and Prayer Garden A beautiful new Blessed Mother statue is now in place in our outdoor Prayer Garden near Walnut Street. Just like we did last year for the Holy Family statue that was placed near the fish pond area, we are asking parishioners and friends if they would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one to help with the prayer garden upgrades including bushes, mulching and outdoor lighting. A list of names will be listed in a future bulletin. If you would like to make a donation please make your check payable to “St. James Catholic Parish” and memo it Outdoor Prayer Garden Fund.

Parish Rectory Garage Roofs Repairs S & N Roofing of Harmony has begun to replace the rectory garage roof. Funds from Our Campaign For the Church Alive! will pay for repairs. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning will again assist us with this project.

Valley’s Best Tree Service and Landscaping of Freedom recently pruned several trees around our church campus and rental property.

John Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted the Ushers Room, Church restroom hallway and two exterior school doors on the Bank Street side.

Congratulations Congratulations to Calvin Ryan Andrulonis and Ayden Lee Beining who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Robert and Karen Cobourne, Christopher, Jordan, James, Ben, and Aoife Dervan who recently registered at St. James Parish. Welcome

Fr. Sam Esposito! Next Saturday, October 22, Fr. Sam Esposito, our Regional Vicar, will be the celebrant for the 5pm vigil Mass for his annual “Vicar Visit” to St. James Parish.

On Mission For the Church Alive…Save the Date! Monday, October 24 and/or Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00pm for the On Mission For the Church Alive Parish Information Meeting! Please plan on attending one of the information sessions!

The second collection next weekend is for World Mission Sunday, please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Every mountaintop is within reach if you just keep climbing. - Barry Finlay

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.18.16

CHOOSING BETWEEN GOD AND MONEY!

We all want to live a comfortable lifestyle. It is not a bad thing to want to work hard and be rewarded. But we have to keep a healthy balance in life to make sure that money or things do not become more important than God or family or friends. This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on looking at the attitudes toward our material resources and our spiritual wellbeing.

In the First Reading from Amos, we read how greed drives some people to oppress others. God cares for the poor. The prophet Amos was a great defender of the poor and a champion for justice. In the Second Reading to Timothy, we read how Paul teaches Timothy about prayer. God wants everyone to be saved, just not a few chosen and prayers should be offered to all people. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the Astute Manager or “unjust steward.” The manager was accused of embezzlement. It is the steward’s prudence that Jesus praises not his dishonesty. The steward’s example teaches us to use our earthly goods for the sake of the heavenly future. Greed for money can ruin a person. Let us be good stewards and use the gifts and talents that God blesses us with each and every day. Let us lessen our attachment on our possessions in life that distract us from becoming closer to Christ.

This weekend is also “Catechetical Sunday.” We thank all those who teach the faith in our parish: School Teachers, CCD Catechists, Youth Ministry, RCIA, Pre-Baptism Prep, and Pre- Marriage Prep.

Please note that because of the Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia this week, there will be NO DAILY MASSES Monday thru Friday, September 19-23 here at St. James. Please keep your Bishop and priests in prayer this week as we begin to discuss the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive process.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. will have 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Please hold any phone messages or e-mails until I return to the office Saturday morning, September 24.

CHOOSING BETWEEN GOD AND MONEY!

RCIA There will be an information meeting for those interested in learning more about the RCIA program Sunday, October 2nd at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or need the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation 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.

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm in front of the Church.

Parish Mission 2016 - “Holiness Revolution” St. James Parish is pleased to host a fall Parish Mission “Holiness Revolution” conducted by Dan DeMatte, October 2, 3 and 4th from 7 to 9pm in Church. Dan is an international speaker and author who will help us deepen our faith. Please save the date and get ready to be enriched and renewed!

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 8th and 9th. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future your most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person.

Quaker Valley High School Stadium Blessing Last Friday afternoon, I stopped down to Chuck Knox Stadium to bless the new fieldhouse for the Quaker Valley High School football team and also blessed the field. Head Coach, John Tortorea and Assistant Coach Bob Harrah along with parishioner Kent McGaughey gave me a tour of the new facilities. Quaker Valley defeated Neshannock 25-20!

Welcome A special welcome to Henry, Caroline and Luciana Passerrello, Kyle Richert, Craig and Angelina Rippole, and Mark Scally who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Eli Philip Diemert, son of Philip and Katherine Tedesco Diemert, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Joy is not in things; it is in us. - Richard Wagner

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.11.16

LOST AND FOUND!

Last Sunday was a glorious day for our church as Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa a saint! A woman who always reached out to the lonely, the homeless and dying, founded the Missionaries of Charity and lived a simple life, was a true living saint during her time on this earth. How providential, as we continue living out this Year of Mercy that we honor a wonderful woman who did so much for others.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on unconditional love and the Mercy God has for us. In the first reading from Exodus, we read how Moses intercedes for a sinful people. He appeals to God’s promise to make them a great generation. In the Second Reading from Timothy, Paul expresses his gratitude for the mercy that the Lord has showed him. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the three parables of forgiveness: the lost sheep, lost coin, and the Prodigal Son. Luke dedicates the entire Chapter 15 to the theme of forgiveness. Jesus is full of mercy and compassion. God accepts us. As imperfect as we are, God does not seek perfection in us.

This weekend at the 9:30am and 11:30am masses we welcome Co-Vocation Director, Fr. Michael Ackerman and the Diocesan Pittsburgh Seminarians!

Please note that because of the Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia, there will be no daily Masses Monday thru Friday, September 19-23 here at St. James.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. will have 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

LOST AND FOUND!

On Mission For the Church Alive! The Diocese of Pittsburgh has begun preparations for “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. For the next several weeks in our bulletin we will have information explaining what the “On Mission” process is all about. Please plan on attending an information meeting explaining the On Mission process for St. James either on Monday, October 24, or Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm in Church.

Our Mission Team has been meeting the last several months and is ready to begin the process with our neighboring parishes to discuss the future of our church in the Sewickley Valley Area. Our team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

“Holiness Revolution” St. James Parish is pleased to host a fall Parish Mission; “Holiness Revolution” conducted by Dan DeMatte, October 2,3 and 4 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Church. Dan is an international speaker and author who will help us deepen our faith. Please save the date and get ready to be enriched and renewed!

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, October 2 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 extension 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss.

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm in front of the Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing.

Education Plus on KQV Radio Tune into KQV Radio 1410AM Fridays at 7:00pm and/or Sundays at 8:30am for Education Plus. I host this weekly radio show to highlight Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Welcome A special welcome to Traci, Lily, Abigail and Charlotte Sinclair, Ben, Catherine, Nathan, and Matthew Susco, and Nancy Tullar who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Leanna Rudek and Justin Gasbarre who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Account Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Thursday, September 8.

Something to Think About… Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. - St. Teresa of Calcutta

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.04.16

TOTAL COMMITMENT!

Last week I spent some time on the Atlantic Coast for my annual summer vacation. I had beautiful weather and it was hot but I did a lot of walking each day. I read the book “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen, which focused on a collection of short essays that was his personal journal when he had extreme anguish, wondering whether he would be able to hold on to his life. The book came to be, through friends of Fr. Nouwen encouraging him to share his short essays to others about the challenges of life and making a total commitment to Christ.

Today celebrate the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on making a total commitment to God.

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read a reflection on the limitations of human wisdom. God’s Holy Spirit gives wisdom, which we will need to help us understand what Jesus is asking us to do in today’s Gospel. True wisdom can be gained only by a proper relationship with God.

In the Gospel from St. Luke, Jesus teaches that discipleship is a total commitment to Jesus. Discipleship demands loyalty and a complete focus on the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in order to be his disciple, we pick up our cross and follow him. Each of today’s readings reflect on those who choose to follow Jesus need practical wisdom.

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 Christ.

Please join us for Mass on Labor Day, Monday, at 9:00am.

Next Sunday, September 11 at the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses, Fr. Michael Ackerman, the Co-Vocation Director, and our St. Paul Seminarians will be here for both Masses.

Please note that because of the Triennial Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia, there will be no daily Masses Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23.

TOTAL COMMITMENT!

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 195 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 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 $173,549. Please be as generous as possible so we obtain our goal. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Parish Improvements S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has completed the “steep slope” church roof repairs and repairs to the bell tower on time and on budget. Now it will not leak! Special thanks to Diocesan Office of Property and Planning and Florida Consulting for their expert assistance with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign For the Church Alive!” paid for this project in full. Thank you to all those parishioners who donated to the campaign to make this much needed repair possible.

The Diocese has granted St. James Parish permission to begin “Phase 2” of the project to completely replace the rectory garage roof with the same steel roof as the church. S&N Industries of Harmony has been awarded this contract and will begin work in October. Once again the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning and Florida Consulting will assist with the project.

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 6. 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. There will be an informational meeting Sunday, October 2 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Congratulations Congratulations to Joseph Paul Cerchiaro, son of Michael and Jessica Lisjak Cerchiaro, and Caleb John Cowley, son of Daniel and Nicole Janet Cowley who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to Richard Praskach, Jamie Snyder, and Samuel, Noedmarie, and Daniel Torres who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” - Vincent Van Gogh 

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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