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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.24.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.24.16


This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on praying. In the First Reading from the Book of Genesis, we read how Abraham pleads for the life of the innocent of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses asks God to give the people another chance. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus teaches them the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Matthew and Luke both have the Lord’s Prayer in their gospels, Luke’s version is shorter. Luke is often referred to from scripture scholars as the “Gospel of Prayer” because he emphasizes Jesus’ practice of prayer. Jesus tells us that we should have no hesitation to talk and have a relationship with him.

Like Abraham, we are to approach God with a degree of confidence and trust. To verbally ask is not enough, we must also diligently seek to discover how to live so as to be worthy of obtaining what we ask for. Our heavenly Father loving watches over us and provides for what we truly need.

How is our prayer life? Do we take time each and every day to pray? Are we stressed and need to take a time out in our lives to pray? Perhaps today we can resolve to deepen our relationship with God through more frequent communication. Ask, you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.


Finance Council - Special thanks to Dave Carter and Steve Clemente, who both have relocated to other cities for employment, and Bob Vogel who has completed his term on the Finance Council.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kyle Richert to the Finance Council. Born and raised in Sewickley, he has been a member of St. James Parish for 23 years. He attended St. James School and Quaker Valley High School. Kyle studied finance and marketing at Grove City College. He currently works with Luttner Financial Group, a privately held wealth management firm in downtown Pittsburgh and has extensive experience in the areas of budgeting, personal finance, accounting, marketing, and fund raising. Kyle is also a member of the Revenue Committee and an active member in the adult choir.

Openings for Pastoral and Finance Council We will have two openings for Pastoral Council and Finance Council this fall.

Pastoral Council advises and assists the Pastor in identifying the mission of St. James and develops goals and objectives for our Pastoral Plan. Members serve for three years and meetings are held monthly usually the third Monday of the month.

Finance Council oversees in the area of Stewardship and helps prepare the budget for the parish and school by working closely with the Business Manager. The council also helps identify the needs of the physical plant and makes recommendations for its upkeep, maintenance and development. If you are interested in being on one of these councils, please call me at (412)741- 6650 extension 311 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Help Wanted We currently have an opening for a part-time School custodian. This is a Monday through Friday afternoon shift working from 4:00 to 8:00pm and one Saturday a month (on a rotation basis) for one to two hours. May also need to be on call for emergency situations. Primary responsibilities will be for the cleanliness and upkeep of the school facilities. Applicants should have a high school/GED education, valid PA drivers license, 21 years of age or older, have basic maintenance skills, and complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh Save Environment program. If interested in applying, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price 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 .

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Timothy and Barbara Brandenberger, Daniel Thompson, and Adam and Erin Watchey who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Roselyn Taylor Hasey who is being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Bianca Estrada and Peter Christof who were married this weekend!

Something to Think About… It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. St. Francis of Assisi

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