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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.20.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.20.17


Last week we received a note in the office with an order form for a commemorative brick that will be installed in our updated prayer garden. The woman who wrote the note was purchasing a brick in memory of her brother who recently passed away. His passing brought her back to the Catholic Church after being away for more than forty years. God always has a way to bring back “home” those who have fallen away.

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on welcoming all to the table of the Lord. In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how a prophet has good news for the nations. They will be welcomed to join God’s holy people. In the Second Reading to the Romans, Paul is grateful for the privilege of preaching the Gospel message to both the Jews and the Gentiles. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus heals a Canaanite woman’s daughter. It is the woman’s faith that makes this miracle possible. Jesus is impressed with the woman’s words.

Let us let go of any negativity that we may have towards another person, let us be open to people who are “different” that we are whether it be race, ethnicity, religion, political or economic differences. Let us pray for healing and reconciliation in our country from last Saturday’s tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia.


On Mission for the Church Alive! I am pleased to appoint Patty Gebhard to the On Mission for the Church Alive team. Patty is a volunteer for our Religious Education program and Fish Fry. She and her husband Bob currently reside in Moon Township.

Special thanks to Kathleen Wycoff for her time serving on the On Mission Team this past year. Current On Mission Team Members include: Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Mary Lu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Donna Pavlis.

As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process next year, Bishop Zubik is hosting various Summer Sessions around the diocese to offer his reflections and take time for questions. Please join the Bishop next Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to

Parish Share 2017 Parish Share 2017 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 $179,002.

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. 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 donation 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.”

Hymnal Boards We now have the numbers listed on Hymnal Boards on the pillars of our church for your reference to the music for Mass. To participate fully with the liturgy, the new Hymnals in the pews have all the readings, music and prayers for Mass.

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 extension 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ to discuss.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Estella Carabello, and Mark and Joanne Rogers who recently registered at St. James Parish. Congratulations Congratulations to Henri Matthew Graham, Millicent Helen Picarsic, and Mason Zachary O’Neill who are being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Human beings are human beings; just treat everyone like that. - Hayley Williams

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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