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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.10.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.10.17


We go through life carrying a lot of anger, hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Jesus suffered and died on the cross to free us of our sins.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we read how God gives the prophet Ezekiel a very important task. He must speak God’s word, even if the people he is ministering to do not listen. In the Second Reading from Romans, Paul reminds us that the love of our neighbor is the best way to fulfill the laws handed down by Moses. The Commandments that Moses gave us are in loving others just as we readily love ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets forth for dealing with conflict between others. Communicate, seek input from others, heal and forgive. No family is perfect and every family goes through trials and tribulations: divorce, drug addiction, loss of a job, or a death of a loved one.

As Christian disciples we are given the grace to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus gave his life for us to show us the way to be reconciled with God and with one another.

This Monday, September 11, marks the 16th Anniversary of the terroristic attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and close by in Shanksville, Somerset County. We pray for all those who perished on this horrific day and seek out unity and peace in our country and in our world. God Bless America!


Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast thru September 17. There will be no daily Masses this week: September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration next Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm. 

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for St. James parishioners 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 this weekend and next weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative brick installed on the prayer path. There is no limit now for the number of bricks that you can buy. We are already half sold!

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 ext. 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.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19th. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Hurricane Harvey Next week’s Second Collection is for Catholic Relief Services to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please be as generous as possible.

Parish Improvements Metro Fencing of Moon Township recently installed a new slide gate for the entrance of our parking lot along Beaver Street. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive funded this project.

Welcome A special welcome to Andrew, Tess, Liam, Carolyn, and Elsie Powers, and Patricia Waugaman who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Accounts Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Friday, September 8, and to our Youth Minister John Wieland who is celebrating his birthday this Sunday, September 10.

Something to Think About… We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. - Walter Mosley

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