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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.13.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.13.17


Each of us has had at one time or another a time in our lives when we were afraid. Maybe it was afraid of the dark, moving to a new school, town or job, afraid of making a commitment, or undergoing some medical treatments. These fears can seem like “storms” in our life that can make us uncomfortable.

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on not being afraid but having faith. In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read how the prophet Elijah goes up to Mount Sinai and experiences a dramatic display of power from God. Elijah experiences discouragement, doubt and frustration then God comes in a whispering sound to calm all the fears. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus comes walking on the water towards his disciples who’s boat is about to sink. He reveals to them his identity as he calms the sea. Peter steps out on to the water and begins walking towards Jesus, but soon is overwhelmed by doubt and fear.

Jesus calls us to leave behind the false security of this world and come to him when we are most afraid. When we are battered by the storms in our own life we may seek safety, shelter from the winds and waves and put our trust in the Lord. When we put our faith in Jesus great things become possible. Let us open up our eyes and stay focused on the Lord.


Parish Improvements 6DK Enterprises Inc. of Baden made repairs to the exterior stucco along the gym and Gathering Space walls. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

Bruce Dille Painting Company of Washington, PA repainted all the parking lines in our church parking lot last week. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

John Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the doorways leading into the Gathering Space, school, and church and also gave a fresh coat of paint to the bathrooms in church.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. of the North Shore cleaned and sanitized the school offices, classrooms, restrooms, cafeteria and hallways.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more offering, you are welcome to purchase an engraved Memorial Brick installed on the prayer path. For a donation of $1,000 or more you can have your family name listed on the back of a special “Major Gifts” Welcome Garden Sign that will be installed at the entrance of our garden.

If you would like to purchase a Brick or make a major gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, 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 Garden Upgrade Project.”

Feast of the Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is this coming Tuesday, August 15, and a holy day of obligation. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please note there will be no daily Mass this Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Clarion visits Sewickley Last Wednesday I had dinner with leaders from my alma mater, Clarion University of Pennsylvania. St. James parishioners Len and Kate Cullo hosted the dinner at their home. Clarion President, Dr. Karen Whitney was named interim Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education by the Board of Governors last Friday.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Rudy and Kathy Fleck and Frank Sporter who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Mary Elizabeth Carroll, David Michael Coates, Aiden William Condrin, David Volante Janas, Eli Thomas Martin, and Lydia Jane Martin, who are all being Baptized this weekend!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Elke Peeters and Steven Kyle who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Thank you Special thanks to the Tucci Family for having memorial contributions go to St. James Church in loving memory of Ernie Tucci, who passed away on Saturday July 29.

Something to Think About… Sometimes reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey…at other times, it allowing another to take yours. - Vera Nzarian

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