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A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.14.17


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.


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

A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.07.17


For the past sixteen years, God has blessed me with great parish assignments in my Priesthood ministry: Parochial Vicar - St. Alphonsus in Wexford and St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Co- Director of Vocations, Chaplain to the Catholic Committee on Scouting, Member of the Priest Council and College of Consultors for the Diocese, Board of Director member for Holy Family Institute and Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper, Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Police Department and St. Anthony School Programs, Pastor of Good Shepherd in Braddock and St. James in Sewickley, and Radio Host on KQV- 1410 AM for Education Plus.

Every day I try to do my best to be a good priest to the people that I am entrusted with. I love being a Priest!

We all have a vocation in life, whether we are called to be Single, Married, Priesthood or Religious Life, we all have gifts and talents that God blesses us with each day.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read the conclusion of Peter’s “Pentecost Sermon” and how he proclaims the Gospel to the crowds in Jerusalem. He offers them the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles invite the crowds to repent and accept Baptism. In the Gospel of John we read how Jesus is the Good Shepherd to guide us and protect us. He presents himself as the shepherd and gate to the sheepfold. Both images express the commitment of the shepherd to lay down his life for the sheep. To believe in the Risen Christ is to open ourselves to his gifts and place ourselves and all that we do in the service of life.

The readings this weekend focus on listening to the Lord’s voice and following him. As Christians we are called to extend the hospitality of the Good Shepherd to members of the flock who have wandered or become disconnected from the Church. Let us invite a family member or friend who has been away from the Church to attend Mass with us, or share a meal or a cup of coffee to a “fallen away Catholic” to see what pains or hurts they hold in their heart. Let us pray for those who have fallen away or trying to find their way through life.

It gives to great pleasure to announce that the Diocese of Pittsburgh has accepted parishioner Jason Corsetti for the Permanent Deacon Formation Program. A Deacon assists the priest at the altar, reads the Gospel and can deliver a homily, conduct Baptisms and also able are able to conduct a Liturgy of the Word Ceremony for Weddings and Funerals. We will continue to pray for Jason as he prepares for this very important process. Jason and his wife Shea have two children Peyton and Addison and reside in Moon Township.


Prayer Path Improvements Underway Major upgrades are underway to our outdoor Prayer Path next to the church facing Walnut Street. We will be making some major improvements to the drainage system and add new landscaping and lighting. Special thanks to all those who made contributions in loving memory or in honor of a loved one last fall. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project to the Prayer Garden. If you would like to help with the cost of the upgrades please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org

Education Plus on KQV 1410AM Tune in to Friday evenings at 7:00pm and Sunday at 8:30am for “Education Plus” which is a half hour radio program highlighting the Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I am honored to be the host of this wonderful program.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Jason and Olivia Brewer, and Ken, Mary, Katie and Kenneth III Urish who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Alessandra Carrizales, daughter of Andrew and Marianna Reino Carrizales, and Christian Daniel Quimbley, son of Christian and Kimberly Falvo Quimbley who are being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy 55th wedding anniversary to my parents, Bill and Marge Burke!

Something to Think About… True holiness consists in doing God’s will with a smile. - St. Theresa of Calcutta

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 - 04.30.17


Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. All of the readings this weekend focus on recognizing that Christ is in our midst each and every day. In the gospel of Luke we read the beautiful scripture passage of the “Emmaus Walk” (which is only found in Luke) as two disciples of Jesus come to recognize the risen Lord.

Jesus is present in our family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. When we attend Mass, Christ is present in the Liturgy of the Word, and in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Let us take some time today to ponder Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. Let us strive to recognize Jesus in the people and events of our everyday lives.


Fish Fry Raffle Winners! Congratulations to the following winners of the Sports Raffle: 50/50 Raffle - Joe Moore Antonio Brown - Carl Szott Nolan Ryan baseball - Vincent Cagliuso Clint Hurdle baseball - Patty Farkas Ben Roethlisberger football - Joe Farkas Joe Greene jersey - John Hupp Mario Lemieux lithograph - Gloria Vescio Pennsylvania Everything basket - Tim Yost

Special thanks to Froggy Radio for broadcasting from our Fish Fry and Clearview Credit Union for making a donation to St. James School. We are grateful for all of our volunteers (over 100) who helped with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S&N Roofing, and the Wright Automotive Group.

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge recently installed several new doors: in the cafeteria to the school uniform and storage closet hallway; a new door separating the Kindergarten and Gym hallway, and also a new door in the boys’ locker room for storing gym equipment.

Tri-State Restaurant Equipment of Beaver Falls supplied us with several new kitchen appliances including: a fryer, warmer, and a convection oven for the school kitchen. This new equipment will also be used for Fish Fry, Pancake Breakfasts and Spaghetti Dinners.

Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks updated several outdated pipes in the rectory and also tuned up and repaired the Gathering Space and Church air conditioners.

Listen Hear of Shadyside installed a new projector and screen for meetings and events in the Gathering Space. Also for Easter and Christmas Masses this projector and screen is used to view the Mass from church for the over flow crowd in the Gathering Space.

Good Sounds of New Stanton installed a new sound system in the Gathering Space.

A new podium has been purchased from JMJ Church Supply and Gift Center of Bethel Park. This podium will be used for various speaking events and presentations.

Funds from the Building Fund are making these projects possible.

JMJ Church Supply and Gift Center of Bethel Park supplied the twoand four-book hymnal book holders that are now in place in each of the church pews.

Special thanks to all those who participated in our Hymnal Book Drive for making this project possible.

St. James Cemetery Upgrades We are pleased to announce that St. James Cemetery has a new cremation section that features a Columbarium for Urns. If you would like information on pricing and availability please contact Karin Masterani at the rectory office. The Parish Catholic Cemeteries Association will be taking over the operating and handling of St. James Cemetery, as well as all parish cemeteries, this summer.

Congratulations Congratulations to Francis Richard Prossen and Frederick Thomas Prossen, sons of Matthew and Shelby Allen Prossen, and John McQuone Meagher, son of Jeffrey and Kerry McQuone Meagher who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Darby Trovato and Jay Collins who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Eagle Scouts Congratulations to Ike Lagnese, Thomas Lasorda, Ryan McNelis, Samuel Perry, and Jake Smiley for obtaining the Rank of Eagle Scout this weekend. As a fellow Eagle Scout myself, welcome to the Eagle’s Nest! A Scout is Reverent!

Welcome A special warm welcome to Richard, Erin and Henry Donahue, Kyle and Sandro Presogna, Holly Hursky, Rylee Yoder, and Chance Kauco who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Belated Birthday to Mike Glumac who works in our Maintenance Department, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday, April 23!

Something to Think About… “The three most important things in my life… Faith, Family, and Football.” - Dan Rooney

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 04.23.17


This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the early church grew in numbers after the Resurrection of Jesus. In the Second Reading from First Peter, we read about hope. We are encouraged to remain steadfast in faith. In the Gospel of John, we read the first encounter after the Resurrection of Jesus and his Disciples. He simply says, “peace be with you.” Thomas was not at the first encounter with the other disciples and had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly had risen.

Jesus strengthens us when we have doubts and raises each of us above our human frailties. Through his mercy he brings us into communion with the Father. Let us open up our eyes today and see that Christ is in our midst.


Gathering Hymnals and Book Racks Over the past several months we have added new Gathering Hymnals to the pews. These hymnals now have ribbons and all the music and readings for the Sunday Masses. Recently we have also added new book racks in the middle of all the pews so that more people can enjoy the Hymnals to use during Mass. Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful project. Donations are still being accepted. If you would like to make a $25 donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please complete a form on the information tables and on the bulletin boards in the main and Gathering Space vestibule and return it to Terri Price, our Business Manager at the Rectory.

Finance Council It gives me great pleasure to welcome Dan Kerner to our Parish Finance Council. Dan was born and raised in Erie and graduated from Gannon University with a degree in Accounting. He is currently an Accounting Advisor for FedEx where he works to help account for the company’s worldwide portfolio of leases. Dan and his wife Johnna have two daughters; Hailey who is in Kindergarten at St. James School and Emma who is three years old. They currently reside in Ohio Township.

In Loving Memory Special thanks to the Amato and Vasiladiotis families for generously offering donations to St. James Parish in memory of Mildred Amato and Lyn Vasiladiotis. Please remember St. James in your living will or when making funeral arrangements for loved ones. It is wonderful to keep a loving member of the family in memory close to home.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Christopher and Jennifer DeAndrea, and Curt, Lindsey, Caden, and Clara Russell, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Last weekend, we welcomed the eleven men and women and two children who have completed the Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2017 include: Jason Brewer, Olivia Brewer, Jason Gasbarre, Walter Gleason, Jay Heurich, Thomas Melisko Jr., Paul Muders, Ethan Pelloni, Maxwell Pelloni, Rachel Pelloni, Christopher Price, Rikkelle Showalter, and Dane Summerville. Special thanks to Bob Basl , and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year. If you or you know someone interested in the Catholic Faith and would like to enroll in the RCIA program this coming fall, please give me a call or e-mail me to register. Classes will begin after Labor Day in September.

This weekend, we welcome, Francis Richard Prossen and Frederick Thomas Prossen, sons of Matthew & Shelby Allen Prossen and John McQuone Meagher, son of Jeffrey & Kerry McQuone Meagher who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Thomas Melisko Jr, and Karen Bove who validated their Marriage last week. If you or you know someone who was not married in a Catholic ceremony but would like to validate their marriage, please give me a call.

Please note This Sunday we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine at the Sunday morning Masses. I am traveling to Des Moines, Iowa and Springfield, Illinois this week for my Spring retreat. This will be my 48th and 49th state capitals to visit. Please note that there will be no daily Mass this week April 24-28. Please hold all calls and e-mails until I return Friday evening. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel to the mid-west.

Something to Think About… Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Holy Week Schedule



Mass is at 5:00pm


Masses are at 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am

St. Ferdinand Youth Group performs Living Stations – 7:30PM in Church


Mass at 6:45AM


Mass at 9:00AM


Mass is at 7:00pm

Church will be open until 11:00PM


Noon - Seven Last Words Cantata (By St. James Adult Choir)

1:30pm - Good Friday Service

4:30-7:30pm Fish Fry


Noon - Blessing of Food Baskets

Easter Vigil Mass is at 8:00pm


7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am

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