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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.20.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.20.15

Twenty‐Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


This coming week will be very exciting as we welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the very first time. He will visit Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia to celebrate for the World Meeting of Families. Let us pray for a safe trip and a wonderful experience. God Bless all of our local pilgrims traveling from Pittsburgh to witness this historic event. 

This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on getting to know Jesus and that true wisdom comes from God. In the Gospel of Mark, we begin reading the second Passion prediction of Christ, as Jesus reminds his disciples that the Son of Man is to be handed over. Jesus says “whoever receives one child receives me.” Jesus predicts his passion and resurrection three times in the Gospel of Mark. He reminds us that true greatness comes from a relationship with God lived out in service to others. 

This weekend, we also celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” and thank all those who teach the Catholic faith in our parish. 


Holy Family Garden With Pope Francis visiting the United States this week, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we are in the process of making a “Holy Family Garden” in front of St. James Church! The fish pond with the St. James statue is a very popular place for families to gather before and after Mass. We would like to purchase a granite Holy Family statue from Rome Monument to sit behind the fish pond. 

We are asking for individuals and families to consider contributing for the purchase of the Holy Family statue and upgrading the plants and shrubs. Total cost for the garden project would be $10,000. If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one or wish to remain Anonymous, please forward your payment payable to St. James Catholic Parish to my attention. Please mark your donation “Holy Family Garden Project.” We will publish the list of donors in an upcoming bulletin. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise The Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh along with St. James Parish, Sewickley will be hosting an Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise May 24 - June 5, 2016. Highlights include Anchorage, Denali National Park, Tundra Wilderness Tour, and cruise through Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan. 

There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space or Monday, October 12 at 6:30pm at St. Albert the Great Parish Center - Baldwin. For more information please contact Travel Junction at 724-266-5715. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

RCIA There will be an information meeting for those interested in learning more about the RCIA program next Sunday, September 27 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or need the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation 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. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets Sunday, October 4 at 2pm in front of St. James Church. 

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the masses the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future, you’re most welcomed to receive this Sacrament. 

Parish Mission 2015 Please join us October 4-7 for a parish Mission “Autumn Retreat, a Time of Grace” with Father Michael Sullivan, O.S.A. from Villanova University. Fr. Sullivan will be speaking on the seven sacraments while adding a bit of humor and fun to the mission. The talks will be at 7pm Sunday through Wednesday. Please join us for a wonderful retreat. We will have two daily Masses, 6:45am and 9:00am, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available Monday evening, October 5.

Congratulations Congratulations to Jack Ryan O’Neill who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society. - Pope Francis 

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