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    We are excited to inform you that we now offer Online Giving! As a church that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want. Online Giving offers you the opportunity to make secure, automatic contributions from your bank [or credit card] account to our church.As we begin this new program, you may notice your neighbors placin...
  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...


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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.13.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 12.13.15



This past Tuesday, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Francis said this Holy Year will focus on the topic of Mercy. The Universal Church will be invited to a time of conversion, reconciliation, and a greater pastoral emphasis on healing its wounded members and extending a compassionate welcome to those seeking a church home. Let us open up our hearts, and hands, to the Lord’s Mercy, and seek out those who are in most in need. 

Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called “Gauete Sunday” which means Rejoice! We are half way to Christmas! Its color rose is a sign of hope. In today’s first reading from Zephaniah, we read how a prophet has good news for weary people. God’s love will fill their lives with song. In the second reading, from Paul to the Philippians, Paul tells the people to rejoice in the Lord as they look forward to his coming. In today’s gospel of St. Luke, we read once again read about John the Baptist. The people ask John, “What shall we do?” John reminds the people to be compassionate, considerate, and honest. 

We rejoice because God indeed dwells among us. The journey of life can present us with obstacles and challenges. In the midst of these and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we must slow down so that we can experience the Lord. Let us rejoice and be glad for the Lord is near! 

Thank you to all who participated in our 1st Annual Light Up Night Homemade Pasta Feast on December 4. 542 meals were prepared! Special thanks to our Knights of Columbus and Women’s Guild for their hard work in making this event such a success! Congratulations to Jill Savka for winning the homemade Christmas blanket. 


Christmas at St. James Christmas is a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord with family friends. Christmas Eve Masses will be held at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day only at 9:30am. 

Please note that there will be NO MORNING MASS, Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday, December 26 or Saturday, January 2nd. The Rectory offices will close at Noon on Wednesday, December 23 and reopen Monday January 4. Please hold all rectory phone calls and office business until after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. 

Scrip Program Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered you’re most welcomed here! It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Welcome A special welcome to Jay and Lilah Warner who recently registered at St. James.

Year End Donations As we come close to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on your year end-contributions, please consider St. James Parish. Your financial contributions help us continue to keep the Parish campus updated, clean and comfortable. Please remember to support our Parish, School and the Parish Share Campaign. Together we can keep St. James Catholic Parish Alive and Well and Growing. St. James Catholic Parish is truly the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to my dad Bill Burke who celebrated his 75th birthday this past Thursday, December 10 and also to Kyle Devlin who works in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday on Tuesday, December 15 this week! 

Something to Think About… The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. - Mark Twain 

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