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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.09.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.09.15

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


We all have been in situations where we just wanted to “throw in the towel.” If we have been praying for something for a long time and the prayer does not seem to get answered then we get frustrated. We can hold on to a lot of anger and bitterness towards a family member or friend over a misunderstanding. Life can be full of up’s and downs and challenges. 

Today celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on persistence and keeping the faith and being nourished with the Eucharist. 

In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read how Elijah, the prophet, gets frustrated and feels he cannot serve God no longer. God gives him the strength to carry on. Filled with fear, Elijah finds refuge in the desert. In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds them to remove all bitterness, fury, and anger. Paul tells us to be true children of God by being kind, compassionate and forgiving. To be “imitators of God” we are to claim our share of God’s infinite goodness by being kind to one another, compassionate, and forgiving. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus reminds us to stop complaining but receive him in the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. Like the prophet Elijah, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed and at the end of our rope. The food that Jesus gives us in the Eucharist enables us to walk all the way to his eternal kingdom. 

As we come to the Lord’s banquet this weekend nourished with the Eucharist, let us reflect on the positive things in life and be thankful for them. Let us be greatful for God’s blessings today and every day. 


Ireland Trip 2015 A great time was held for twenty five St. James Parishioners and friends who attended the Pub, Parishes, and Castles of Ireland trip July 20-28. We visited Dublin, Killarney and Galway. I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney and the Dominican Church in Galway. We toured Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Hill of Tara and Monasterboice, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Dromoland Castle. We had great weather and a great time. Special thanks to parishioner and Travel Broker, Suzanne Venneri, who helped organize this wonderful trip. 

Parish Improvements Bischak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley is installing new lighting in the school, church and Gathering Space entrances and in the back of the church near the confessional areas. 

Mondine Paving of Oakdale recently repaved the “Laughlin Center Parking Lot” at the corner of Walnut and Frederick Streets. St. James Catholic Parish owns this property. 

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. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Sienna Capri Arias who is being Baptized this weekend!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Megan Freedline and Joseph Gallo who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Welcome A special welcome to Mary Poehlmann and Jerome and Laura Schillaci who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Please note Because August 15 is a Saturday this year, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. Saturday morning Mass will still be conducted at 9am followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction and Confessions. The 5pm evening Mass will be for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Thank You Special thanks to the Women’s Guild and all those who supported last week’s Elegant Junk Sale! It was a true success! All proceeds will go for future renovations to the Gathering Space. 

Something to Think About… In Ireland, there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met before. - Anonymous 

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