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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.08.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 10.08.17


This weekend, we celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being grateful for God’s blessings. In the First Reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read lyrics of a prophet’s song. A vineyard is planted with the best vines. Plants and a good harvest are expected but it comes to a shock that crop is a complete failure. Despite all God’s efforts to teach people good judgment, they turn to bloodshed and violence. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we continue reading from last Sunday’s passage of the Parable of the Landowner and vineyard. Jesus revisits the vineyard theme addressed to the chief priests and elders. The son, whom the tenants kill, foreshadows Jesus’ death at the hands of authorities. Let us renew our faith and bring about peace, harmony, and justice in everyday situations. The stone rejected by the elders has become the cornerstone.


On Mission For the Church Alive! Last weekend and continuing until next April we be “counting” the number of people attending each of our four weekend Masses as a way to determine the future number of Masses to schedule when we undergo the parish groupings with our neighboring parishes.

As we continue moving forward with the On Mission for the Church Alive! process, all 63 parishes in Allegheny County that currently own and operate their own parish cemetery (such as St. James Cemetery on Waterworks Road in Sewickley Heights), will very soon be taken over by the Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association Currently the Parish Cemeteries Association. They will be transitioning into taking over the responsibilities of operations and maintenance. Currently the Parish Cemeteries Association is managing the day to day activities for the parish cemeteries in Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington Counties. The Allegheny County Parish Cemetery Office will be located at the former Guardian Angels Parish school building off of Steuben Street in the West End. The Diocese is awaiting final approval from the City of Pittsburgh. We will keep you posted of the new address and phone number once the new cemetery office opens.

Mass Intention Sign Up On Sunday, October 22 from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Gathering Space we will have our books open for Mass Intentions’ for 2018. Those who are physically unable to come in person to the Gathering Space can give it to another person or forms can be mailed or dropped off AFTER Monday, October 23. Forms will NOT be accepted any earlier.

Please note that because of the On Mission For The Church Alive! process and the possibility of the new parish groupings having to change the Mass Schedule, Mass intention times scheduled from September 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 could possibly move to another time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience with this process.

Prayer Garden and Fish Pond Upgrade Project The second round of engraved commemorative bricks have been installed in our prayer garden near the Blessed Mother statue! We are also upgrading our Fish Pond with a new filtering system, clean the pond and set new coping around the pond for a more secure safety railing. Donations are being accepted for this project. 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.

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 412-741-6650 extension 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.”

Thank You Special thanks to all who supported our Oktoberfest last Friday evening and for those who participated in our annual Blessing of Pets on Saturday!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ed Gintner who works in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday this coming Wednesday, October 11.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Angeline and Grace Formica, and Jill and Konrad Grossheim who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… One’s fear of rejection is one’s fear of love. - Alexandria Honey

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