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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.21.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.21.16


Today celebrate the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on keeping a close relationship with Christ

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, we read how the nations make their way to Jerusalem. The prophet’s inclusive vision of salvation for all natures pictures God gathering nations of every language. In the Gospel from St. Luke, we continue traveling with Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem. Jesus portrays the way of discipleship as the narrow gate. He teaches his disciples and others about the requirements for being a disciple and entering the kingdom of God. It demands faith and discipline. Entrance is based not on exclusionary privilege or status, but rather on fidelity to God’s ways manifested by care and concern for all. A relationship with Christ gains entry through the narrow gate. Through our Baptism, God has invited us to the eternal kingdom. Let us pray today that we might receive the grace. Let us not feel that we are “entitled” to entrance into the kingdom of God. A relationship with Christ lived in love, gains entry through the narrow gate.


RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

School Bells Best wishes to all our youth and young adults in our parish who return to Elementary and High School, College, and Graduate School!

St. James Catholic School opens this Monday, August 22 for the 2016-2017 school year. We have made some great new upgrades to our school including new carpeting in the hallways, classrooms and offices, upgrades to the school cafeteria and the Gathering Space. We look forward to a great year.

Parish Improvements Quality Services of Penn Hills washed and waxed all of the school hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and kitchen, and cleaned the school carpeting.

AWAKEN Join us for music, message, ministry and worship on Monday, August 29 from 7 to 9pm in church. We will have inspiring music by Carl and Erin Stuvek, a presentation from Dave Vanvickle, and Fr. Joe Freedy will lead us in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is welcomed!

Vacation 2016 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast and will return next Monday, August 29. There will be no Daily Masses this week of August 22-27 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning). The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7am to 6pm.

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for next weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and emails while I am away

Welcome A special welcome to Mary Anne Rahm and Elisabeth Smith who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Giuliana Rose Verbene, daughter of Giovanni and Lindsay O’Leary Verbene, who was baptized this past weekend.

Four Years! It will be four years this week, August 27, that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. Over the past for years, we have welcomed over 400 new families to St. James Parish and continue to improve the campus physical plant with much needed updated projects including the church roof, Gathering Space, and school cafeteria.

It is an honor to be your Pastor here at St. James. I love being a Priest and I love St. James Parish!

Something to Think About… Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake up and live! - Bob Marley

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