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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.16.17

TIME Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

I can remember during this time of year, in the middle of the summer season, always pulling out weeds and rotating the soil on a weekly basis in my parents’ garden to keep the tomato plants, peppers and lettuce from getting choked. After the mid-summer heavy rains there would always seem to appear numerous weeds come up through the mulch and soil. It was a never ending project!

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on listening to the word of God and embracing it into our daily life. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet teaches about the word of God. Like the rain, it brings life into the world. In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the Parable of the Sower. Jesus uses Parables (stories) to teach about the Kingdom of God by describing four different kinds of soils: hard worn path, rocky, thorny and good soil. Jesus teaches the faith by telling his disciples that not all will accept the teachings.

God keeps sowing his word in our hearts even though he knows we can either accept the teachings or let life distract us. Those who hear God’s word and act on it produces a harvest so abundant. Let us reflect this weekend on how we can “rotate the soil” in our life (our faith) by being open to love and nurturing of God’s grace and blessings.

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

Flat Roof Replacement Schultheis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues working on replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your patience.

Improvements to our Prayer Garden along Walnut Street continue. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations are still being accepted for the improvement project occurring in the prayer garden. A donation of $50 or more will enable you to have an engraved commemorative brick located along the prayer path to remember or honor a loved one and become a permanent part of Saint James Prayer Garden. If you would like more information, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price 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 . When making a donation, please make checks payable to St. James Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off next Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during non- pick up times. ***

Living With Christ/ Missalettes Our parish subscribes to the Catholic publication “Living With Christ” which has the Daily and Sunday Mass Readings to follow along during Mass. We also have a limited number of Seasonal Missaelette’s to follow during Mass. These booklets are located in a basket in the back of the church and in the book rack on the side entrance of the church near the Sacristy and Children’s Chapel. We ask that you please return them after each Mass. These are not to take home as we only have a limited number of copies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eugenia Chalbaud-Santeliz and Robert-Ian Greene and Lauren Jones and Joseph Pearce who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Congratulations to Elena Sophia White, daughter of Matthew and Amy Bertoty White who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Courtney Colella, Jaxson Coletta-Bailey, and Lisa Ragan who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. - Rumi

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.09.17

COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR!

As a priest for the past sixteen years, I have had many people come to me and asked to pray for them. Even parishioners from my past assignments keep in touch and let me know when they would like a few extra prayers said for them. Life can be very burdensome. There are all kinds of burdens: worry, responsibility, disappointments, hurts, bitterness, guilt, illness, unemployment, a difficult relationship, or addiction.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on looking at those challenges in our life that are burdensome. Jesus wants us to bring our burdens to him and he will give us rest.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus praises God for revealing the hidden things to simple people like his disciples. He invites all to share in his burden. Jesus wants us first to entrust and share our problems with him. He promised his disciples, and us, that when burdens weigh us down and when we feel we cannot take one more step, Jesus will carry our cross for us.

Let us keep our faith when times are tough and ask the Lord to walk the journey of life with us. Let us take the words of Christ to heart and learn to turn to him more readily when we are in need.

COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR!

Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the church campus this summer:

Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues to replace the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space.

Improvements to our Prayer Path along Walnut Street continue. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has been installed. Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley has installed new lighting along the sidewalks. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email her 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 Path Upgrade Project.” We are now looking into having donations of a certain denomination applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for further details regarding this endeavor.

Vector Security continues to install and upgrade a new fire alarm system in our School building. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive are helping to pay for this project.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. recently cleaned the church entrance way and vestibule floors, restrooms, church sacristy, baptismal area, and children’s chapel. They will also be cleaning the school in August.

Sewickley Rug Cleaners recently cleaned the carpets in the church, children’s chapel and the ushers’ room.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township will begin installing new carpeting on the ground level of the school this coming week. The Pre-School, Kindergarten, Library and Religious Education/ Youth Ministry Offices will receive new carpeting. Special thanks to the Eileen Paul Memorial Fund for making this project a possibility.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017- 2018 school year. There is a three year old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day four year old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Rebecca Strong and John Malley who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Tom, Kara, Kallahan, Kennedy, and Tate McCune who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. - Marie Curie

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 - 07.02.17

FOLLOW ME!

Last weekend was a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained five men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate the Class of 2017: Rev. Benjamin E. Barr - St. Monica Parish, Beaver Falls, Rev. Thomas J. Gramc - St. Ferdinand Parish, Cranberry Township, Rev. David W. Green - St. Elizabeth Parish, Pleasant Hills, Rev. Alexander J. Schrenk - Assumption Parish, Bellevue, and Rev. Daniel R. Waruszewski - St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry.

This weekend we celebrate the Thirteen Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on the cost of discipleship and showing hospitality to others. In the First reading from the Second Book of Kings, we read how a devout family invites a servant of God into their home.

In the Gospel, we continue reading the “Mission Discourse” in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Jesus instructs his disciples on the challenges, sufferings, and support they will encounter on their missionary journeys.

FOLLOW ME!

Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice Calls Please note that whenever a loved one is admitted to a hospital, nursing home or hospice center to please notify the nurse on duty that the patient is Catholic. If the person needs to receive the Sacrament of Anointing every facility in the Pittsburgh area has a local Catholic parish that covers the facility for the Sacraments. Here at St. James Parish I am “on call” at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for “emergency calls.” The local parishes of St. Joseph in Coraopolis, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township cover the hospital Monday thru Thursday. With the shortage of priests, it is physically impossible to visit every major hospital, nursing home or hospice in the Pittsburgh area. Please notify the “Catholic chaplain on duty” for Communion and Anointing.

As a courtesy please notify me when your loved one is admitted so that we can put them on our prayer chain. Whenever possible, please ask to be anointed before going into the hospital for major tests or surgery.

Independence Day Mass on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4 will be at 9:00am. In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday.

Parish Improvements Allegheny Refrigeration recently installed a new walk-in freezer in our school cafeteria. Ralphs Hood and Duct Cleaning Kitchen Equipment recently cleaned and sanitized our kitchen equipment. Funds from our Fish Fry are helping to pay for these projects.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has begun replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. The only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers’ Room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited available bathrooms, both restrooms in the church are now for both men and women.

Improvements to our Prayer Path along Walnut Street continues. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has been installed. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email her 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 Path Upgrade Project.” We are now looking into having donations of a certain denomination applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for further details regarding this endeavor.

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Bernadette Wenglik to the Finance Council. Bernadette is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a B.S.B.A. in Management. She has spent the past sixteen years working in the Accounting Department for Real Estate Investors. She is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Women’s Guild, and helps out at the Fish Fry. She currently resides in Sewickley.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Matthew, Carmee, Madeline, Wesley, Elsa and Julia Horton who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost. - Erol Ozan

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 - 06.25.17

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Today we celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on not having fear but having faith. In the First Reading from Jeremiah, we read how the prophet preaches that the Lord will guide and protect us. In the many hardships of life, God is there to help us. In the Second Reading from Paul to the Romans, we read how St. Paul reminds the Romans that Adam brought sin and death to the world but Jesus’ sacrificial act brought new life and a new creation. Jesus encourages his disciples to be bold and bring all secrets hidden in darkness into the light.

After more than three months of Lent and Easter, this weekend we return to Ordinary Time. This year we read from the Gospel of Matthew. This weekend we begin reading part of Matthew’s “Mission Discourse” which provides guidance to the disciples. In word and deed as disciples, we are sent to spread the Good News. Let us strive to openly proclaim the gospel message with joyful hearts. Let us not be afraid to testify our belief in Jesus.

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Parish Improvements Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. The only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers’ Room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited available bathrooms, both restrooms in the church are now for both men and women.

Improvements to our prayer garden along Walnut Street continue. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has now been installed since new lighting along the sidewalks is currently being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer. A current list of donors is in this week’s bulletin. We thank all those who are helping make this project possible.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650, extension 312 or email her 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 Path Upgrade Project.” We are currently looking into having donations applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for details regarding this endeavor.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro will begin to replace the flat roof on the Gathering Space, school gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space starting this week. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

On Mission For the Church Alive! The diocese is considering grouping St. James with St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, St. Joseph in Coraopolis and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent for the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive process. This grouping is very encouraging since we already partner with our neighbors across the Sewickley Bridge with our Lenten and Advent Penance Services and all four parishes currently cover at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital during the weekdays. With our updated Parish Census taken last summer, currently twenty percent of St. James registered parishioners have a Coraopolis/Moon Township zip code.

Also our St. James Parish St. Vincent dePaul Society has recently took on covering the Coraopolis area for needy families and individuals since the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Parish is no longer active and our food pantry is now sharing food to restock the food pantry at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon Township.

Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Paul and Patricia Dugan, John Kulka, and Jason, Rebecca, Juliet, and Violet Price.

Congratulations Congratulations to Madelyn Jean Biser, daughter of Stephen and Casey Kuyweski Biser who is being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Bethany Shaw and Shane Young who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Congratulations to Larry and Sharron Schaefer (our Associate Director of Music) celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Something to Think About… Life is a bumpy road, and laughter is your best shock absorber. - Author Unknown.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their 5th Stanley Cup!

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 - 06.18.17

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

During the Lenten season I refrained from eating cookies, cakes, and ice cream. It was a big sacrifice but I did it and it felt good that I lost ten pounds. Recently while I was working out at the Sewickley YMCA a parishioner said to me, “Fr. Tom you lost some weight!” What a great compliment. Now that Lent is over I have to confess that I have returned to eating sweets (but in moderation.) Just this past week a friend of mine gave me a book called “Let Food Be Your Medicine” by Dr. Don Colbert. I have started reading the book and it is a good guide to remind me to try to eat healthy every day. As they say… we are what we eat!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” In today’s Gospel, we read the famous “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus offers us incredible food for the journey. As believers, we take Jesus for his word as he says: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

We need the spiritual food of the Eucharist to successfully complete our life journey. Our Lord’s presence in the Eucharist is not only the source of God’s love for us and of our worship and adoration, it also gives us a challenge for us to give witness of the Lord’s love to our world.

Let us appreciate the Eucharist at every Mass we attend. Never take it for granted. Let us be fed and nourished and go out and share our food to others in need.

On this Father’s Day let us pray for all living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles or anyone who holds a fatherly role in our life.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Home Remodeling of Ambridge is currently working on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Because the restrooms are being renovated, the only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited bathrooms being available both restrooms in the church are now available for both men and women. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

St. Vincent de Paul Ministry Parishioners who are interested in helping deliver food to area residents and make house visits are welcomed to join the St. Vincent dePaul ministry. We recently took on covering the Coraopolis area since St. Joseph Parish disbanded their St. Vincent dePaul group. If you are interested please contact parishioner, John Nard at 724-979- 2401 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish - Lori Duffy and Bernadette Revicky.

Priesthood Ordination Next Saturday, June 24, Bishop Zubik will ordain five men to the priesthood at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate Benjamin E. Barr from St. Monica Parish - Beaver Falls/Chippewa Township/ Darlington, Thomas J. Gramc from St. Ferdinand Parish - Cranberry Township, David W. Green from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish - Pleasant Hills, Alexander J. Schrenk from Assumption Parish - Bellevue, and Daniel R. Waruszewski from St. Teresa of Avila Parish - Perrysville.

Pray for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious Life.

Congratulations Congratulations to Charlotte Elizabeth Sweeney, daughter of Steven and Caitlin Courneen Sweeney who is being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Mitchel Beining and Kirsten Robinson who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy 28th anniversary to Karin and Joe Masterani!

Happy Birthday Happy birthday to our school secretary, Marcy Knobloch, who is celebrating her birthday Monday, June 19, and our Office Manager, Karin Masterani, who is celebrating her birthday this coming Friday, June 23.

Notre Dame Vision Trip Please note that because I will be attending the Notre Dame Vision trip with our Youth Group this coming week. Please hold any phone calls or e-mails while I am away.

Please note that there will be no daily Mass Monday thru Friday, June 19-23.

Something to Think About… I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

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

 
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