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Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco


...and those who have died



Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection August 14, 2016 - $16,261.08


Online Giving - 34  $833.00


Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00


All Saints Day collection 2,486.36



June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015

$13,7




Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.21.16

STRIVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE!

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.

STRIVE TO ENTER 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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.14.16

FIRE UPON THE EARTH!

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being a follower of Christ can mean that we are not always going to be welcomed by others. In the first reading we read the Prophet Jeremiah is rejected and some leaders want to kill him. A member of the court knows that he is speaking the truth and convinces King Zedekiah to draw Jeremiah out of the muddy water and his life is saved. In the Second Reading, Paul reminds us to get rid of our burdens and sins that cling to us and encourages all followers of Christ to persevere. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus proclaims the hard teaching that following Him will cause division between family and friends. Jesus proclaims that he has come to set the earth on fire. Following Jesus requires the willingness to bear the cost of rejection and opposition from others.

We are called to be witnesses to the challenges Jesus has brought to the world. Whether it is defending the unborn life, economic justice, or promoting peace, our faith can be tested.

FIRE UPON THE EARTH!

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Uriah Leddy to the Parish Finance Council. Originally from California and a convert to Catholicism in 2005, he is currently the Manager of Cage Operations at The Rivers Casino on the North Shore. He is proud to manage The River’s financial backbone balancing operations with Guest Services. He and his wife, Brittany have two children Jude and Evelyn who attend St. James School. They currently reside in Moon Township.

Parish Share 2016 Parish Share 2016 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $173,549.

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 September after Labor Day. 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.

Feast of the Assumption **Please note that because it falls on a Monday this year, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION THIS YEAR! We will have the regular 6:45am Mass.

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!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Daniel, Nicole, Harper, and Caleb Cowley, and Laurie Schad who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Giuliana Rose Verbene, daughter of Antonio and Lindsay O’Leary Verbene, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alex Kohun and Adam Heurich who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Vacation 2016 Please note that I will be on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast this coming week: August 18-28. There will be no daily Masses this Friday, August 19 and Saturday morning, August 20th (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration) or the week of August 22-27 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning). The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

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 celebrant for the weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and emails while I am away.

Something to Think About… Life is problems. Living is solving problems.

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.07.16

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Every day when we pick up the newspaper, turn on the radio or TV or log on to the Internet, we read about terrorism and violence. It can sometimes be very hard to look at the positive things in life. Despite the threats and violence, there are good things going on every day that do not make the headlines.

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on keeping the faith. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus told his followers to cast aside fear. We are at the half way point of Jesus’ ministry as he continues his travels towards Jerusalem. This is an urgent instruction to the disciples to be prepared for their own task of preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God. As long as believers in God’s ways exist, there is hope that love will overcome hate and good will overtake evil. Let us not have fear, but have faith!

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Brendan Nelson to the Parish Finance Council. Brendan grew up in Carnegie and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He graduated from Allegheny College in 2007 with a Degree in Communications and History and has a Graduate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University. He currently works as an Academic and Financial Aid Advisor for EdAssist, a Higher Education Consulting Company and also teaches at Robert Morris. He and his wife Jana, and daughter Summer, reside in Moon Township.

Help Wanted We currently have an opening for a part-time School custodian. This is a Monday thru Friday afternoon shift working from 3:00 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 school facilities. Applicants should have a high school/GED education, valid PA driver’s 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 via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540. School begins Monday, August 22!

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 a baptized Catholic but need communion and/or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. 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.

Feast of the Assumption **Please note that because it falls on a Monday this year, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION THIS YEAR! We will have the regular 6:45am Mass that day.

AWAKEN Join us for music, message, ministry and worship on Monday, August 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm 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!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Fernando, Laurel, Marissa, Caliana, and Amelia Mendez, and Linda Sirianni who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Pia Collavo, daughter of Matthew and Adrien Strano Collavo, and Austin Joseph Scott, son of Steven and Aimee Laschon Scott who are being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy 90th Birthday to Pat Lewis!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Lauren Renner and Cameron Arimoto who are celebrating their Wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for a very successful Elegant Junk Sale last Saturday. Thank you to all those who volunteered throughout the whole week!

PCNC Cable TV Mass Sunday, August 14 at 6am, Comcast Cable Channel 35. Rev. Thomas J. Burke - Celebrant

Something to Think About… “God does not desire us to be successful, God desires us to be faithful.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.31.16

REAL TREASURES!

This past week has been a very busy for our Women’s Guild in preparation for their annual “Elegant Junk Sale.” It is amazing of all the “stuff” that people donated. Our school cafeteria and rectory garages were lined with furniture, bikes, tools, small appliances, household items, toys, jewelry, purses, collectibles and vintage items. It was fun to browse around to see all the “stuff” that people have collected over the years. As the saying goes one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

This weekend we celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being grateful for God’s blessings and treasures in our life. In the First Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes, we read how a wise teacher takes a candid look at this world and reminds us to be grateful for the gift of life. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings do not satisfy them. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that we have been raised to heaven with Christ. The glorified Christ must be our focus. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the rich landowner. Jesus teaches us that the real meaning of life is not to be found in great wealth or numerous possessions. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings often end up not being satisfying. He warns against greed and stresses the foolishness of depending on material things for one’s security rather than on God. As we approach the end of the month of July and reach the mid-point of the year, let us let go of those “things” that distract us and keep a close relationship with God.

REAL TREASURES!

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016 -17 school year. During the summer we have made major improvements to our building including updating the concession stand in the gym, new carpeting in the hallways, painting and cleaning the classrooms and offices. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540. School begins Monday, August 22!

Interested in becoming a Deacon? The Diocese of Pittsburgh is initiating the nomination and application process for admitting a new class of interested and qualified Catholic men into the Deacon Formation Program. If you are interested in learning more about the Deaconate program, please give me a call or e-mail me. Deadline for nominations is September 15. Please check out the diocesan website at www.dipitt.org for more information.

Parish Improvements S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through mid- August. Funds from “Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are making this project possible.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting on the first and second floor hallways in the school and the first floor classrooms, main office and teachers’ lounge. Special thanks to a very generous parishioner for making this major project possible.

Quality Services Inc. of Penn Hills recently cleaned classrooms, windows, and hallways in our school.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Richard and Diane Nocito, and John, Jennifer, Anna and Alexander Weaver who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Millie Ann Clement, daughter of Matthew and Kelly Meehan Clement, and Charles Adam Holland, son of David and Lindsey Anderson Holland who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to Gloria Cecchetti and Elisabeth Smith who both recently completed the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation Program) and are now full members of the Catholic Church! Special thanks to Bob Basl, Director of the RCIA program, for helping them complete the program.

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 or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. 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.

Something to Think About… “Live simply, that others may simply live.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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