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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From FR. Tom - 09.24.17
A Word From FR. Tom - 09.24.17


While I was away on vacation last week I read a book by comedian and television host, Steve Harvey, titled “Jump.” In the book Steve mentions his up’s and down’s in life and how important it is for us to stay close to God in good times and in the difficult times. God loves all of us unconditionally. In God’s eyes, we are all equal. This weekend we celebrate the Twenty- Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on God’s generous ways.

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how the prophet encourages us to repent and walk the path of life. Our generous God is always ready to forgive. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we read the Parable of the Land Owner. (This parable is only found in Matthew.) Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a person; a living, breathing, human being, who gives to everyone equally. This parable symbolizes the generosity of God that will take place at the Last Judgement. God loves every one of us unconditionally and treats us with generosity. No matter who we are or what we have done, we can count on the level of forgiveness. God is good to all.

This Sunday afternoon I will be traveling to St. Paul Cathedral to participate in the Manifesting the Kingdom Award Mass. Each parish will honor a parishioner who has generously given of themselves to enrich the life our parishes. St. James Parish is honored to be represented this year by Patte Grey! Patte is facilitator of our Parish Pastoral Council and is active in our Small Groups. Congratulations Patte!


Prayer Garden Project Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild for their donation of $4,000 for our Prayer Garden Upgrade Project. Recently President Mary Kay Russo presented me a check to help go towards the garden upgrades.

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. There is no limit now for the number of bricks that you can buy. We are already half sold!

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 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.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, today, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 extension 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 next weekend In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets, next Saturday, September 30 at 6:30pm in front of the Church.

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 7 and 8. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future your most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person.

Congratulations Congratulations to Hailey Marie Rivetti, daughter of Peter and Michelle McMurray Rivetti who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Richard Gorzelsky and Maria Joan Tamales who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome Home A special welcome to John and Maria Conner II, James Grefensette, and Tess Jones who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Memorial Donations Special thanks to the families of Delfina Pungock Miklos, Art Ruperto, Elisabeth P. Smith, and Eugene Vish for making memorial donations to St. James Parish in memory of their loved ones.

Something to Think About… Accept that change is inevitable and allows you to grow, and participate in the change. - Steve Harvey

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