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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.17.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.17.17


For the past several weeks, during the weekend Masses, various funeral liturgies and even at the recent Light Up Night Pasta Feast, I heard many positive compliments how inviting, active and welcoming our parish is and how clean and updated our campus is kept. As your Pastor, I am so proud to say that I am from St. James- Sewickley because we are an active and thriving Parish. As Bishop Zubik often says, We Are the Church Alive! What a great time to Rejoice!

Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called “Gauete Sunday” which means Rejoice! We are half way to Christmas! The pink candle in our Advent wreath signifies joy and hope. Today’s readings focus on rejoicing.

In today’s first reading from Isaiah we read how a prophet is overjoyed that God has anointed him to bring good news to the people. In the second reading, from the Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, Paul states to rejoice always, pray without ceasing. In the gospel of St. John, we continue to read about the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, who always points the way to Christ.

Jesus is the light of the world and Advent is a time to come out of the darkness and walk in the light of Christ. As we approach “half time” in this advent season, let us work on being more positive with ourselves and those that we interact with. Instead of complaining about something today, give a compliment. Look at the positive things in life.


Pasta Feast a Success! Thank you to all who participated in our 3rd Annual Light Up Night Homemade Pasta Feast on Friday, December 1. Over 520 meals were prepared! Special thanks to our Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild and numerous youth and adult volunteers for their hard work in making this event such a success!

Advent Penance Service The final District Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, December 18 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis.

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders.

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Please note that next Sunday, December 24 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and also Christmas Eve. We will need to do a “double header” and come to Mass twice next weekend. We will follow the regular weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday, December 23 5:00pm Mass, and Sunday morning, December 24 at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Christmas Eve Masses will be held Sunday, December 24 at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 at 9:30am.

Please note that there will be NO MORNING MASS, December 26 thru Friday, December 29.

The Rectory offices will closed Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 2.

Gift Card Program Support your parish by buying gift cards. Stop by the gift card table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory from 9:00-11:30am and 2:00-3:30pm.

Welcome A special welcome to Bill and Luann Richardson and William, Tess, and Katarina Rodgers who recently registered at St. James.

Congratulations to Hazel Fleishman, daughter of Jon and Amy Tirimacco Fleishman, and Madeline Cecile Mozur, daughter of Eric and Sara Sevald Mozur who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to the Quaker Valley football team … 2017 State Champs!

Year End Donations As we come close to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on year end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. Your financial contributions help us continue to keep the Parish Campus updated, clean and comfortable. Please remember to support our Parish, School and the Parish Share Campaign. Together we can keep St. James Catholic Parish Alive and Well and Growing. St. James Catholic Parish is truly the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley!

Gluten Free Hosts Gluten free hosts are available upon request. Please see me in the Sacristy before Mass to make arrangements for Communion.

Something to Think About… Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D’Angelo

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