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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.09.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.09.17


As a priest for the past sixteen years, I have had many people come to me and asked to pray for them. Even parishioners from my past assignments keep in touch and let me know when they would like a few extra prayers said for them. Life can be very burdensome. There are all kinds of burdens: worry, responsibility, disappointments, hurts, bitterness, guilt, illness, unemployment, a difficult relationship, or addiction.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on looking at those challenges in our life that are burdensome. Jesus wants us to bring our burdens to him and he will give us rest.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus praises God for revealing the hidden things to simple people like his disciples. He invites all to share in his burden. Jesus wants us first to entrust and share our problems with him. He promised his disciples, and us, that when burdens weigh us down and when we feel we cannot take one more step, Jesus will carry our cross for us.

Let us keep our faith when times are tough and ask the Lord to walk the journey of life with us. Let us take the words of Christ to heart and learn to turn to him more readily when we are in need.


Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the church campus this summer:

Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues to replace 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 on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space.

Improvements to our Prayer Path along Walnut Street continue. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has been installed. Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley has installed new lighting along the sidewalks. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. 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 her 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.” We are now looking into having donations of a certain denomination applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for further details regarding this endeavor.

Vector Security continues to install and upgrade a new fire alarm system in our School building. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive are helping to pay for this project.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. recently cleaned the church entrance way and vestibule floors, restrooms, church sacristy, baptismal area, and children’s chapel. They will also be cleaning the school in August.

Sewickley Rug Cleaners recently cleaned the carpets in the church, children’s chapel and the ushers’ room.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township will begin installing new carpeting on the ground level of the school this coming week. The Pre-School, Kindergarten, Library and Religious Education/ Youth Ministry Offices will receive new carpeting. Special thanks to the Eileen Paul Memorial Fund for making this project a possibility.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017- 2018 school year. There is a three year old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day four year old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Rebecca Strong and John Malley who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Tom, Kara, Kallahan, Kennedy, and Tate McCune who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. - Marie Curie

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