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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.30.15
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.30.15

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Ever since I was a little boy, I always liked to clean! Every Saturday morning, my parents would give me and my sisters Lisa and Linda chores to do around the house. We would take turns each week cleaning the bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, washing the car and cutting grass. I have always enjoyed “cleaning up” whether it was my dorm in college at Clarion University or my Crawford Square apartment when I lived downtown. Even later when I was a student at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, I worked in the cafeteria dish room on weekends to earn a little extra money. It was fun putting the trays, cups, plates and silverware through the huge dishwasher. 

Today we celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend challenge us to a living faith. In the First Reading from Deuteronomy, we read how Moses prepares the people to cross the promised land. He urges the people to be faithful to God’s law, which is not a burden to be endured, but a source of life and wisdom. This reading invites us to look at our religious experience and tradition and appreciate our faith heritage in the same way that Moses encourages his people to do. In the Second Reading from the Book of James, the author tells us that anything truly good is a gift of God. Be doers of the word, not just hearers. We will be reading from the Letter of James for the next five weeks for the second reading. 

In the Gospel, after hearing the “Bread of Life Discourse” in John’s Gospel for the past five weeks, this week we return to Mark. Jesus is portrayed as the official interpreter of the Jewish law. The Pharisees publically challenge Jesus hoping to shame him by cornering him with a charge that they believe is indefensible. Jesus responds that they disregard the commandment of God, but cling to human tradition. He opposes rigid and narrow explanations. 

Jesus reminds the Pharisee’s that they are clinging on to human tradition rather than divine law. We are called to respond to God’s commandments in the framework of love. If we truly love another, we will always do what is required. It is very easy to get lost in the details or caught up in the robotic repetition of following a law or ritual. Let us look at own weaknesses, our actions, and our interior attitudes. We cannot honor God with just our lips but in our hearts as well! 


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 Thursday, October 1. We will be having an information meeting, Sunday, September 27 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. 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. 

Parish Improvements St. Joseph Statue It gives me great pleasure to announce that John Dioguradi from Rome Monument has donated the new Saint Joseph with Baby Jesus statue that has been placed on the altar near the Tabernacle. 

Mark Quinn Painting of Sewickley recently added a fresh coat of paint to the main school entrance hallway. 

Rusmur Flooring of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting in the Middle School rooms on the second floor of St. James School. They also installed new carpeting in the main school entrance hallway and Gathering Space entrance hallway and rectory offices.

Quality Services of Penn Hills washed and waxed all of the school hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and kitchen, and carpet cleaned. 

Welcome A special welcome to Donna Best who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Special Thanks A special thank you to Fr. Richard Terdine who is the celebrant at all of the Masses this weekend while I am finishing up my annual vacation trip to the Atlantic Coast. I will return to campus on Monday, August 31. 

Something to Think About… When you look for the good in others, you discover the best in yourself. - Martin Walsh 

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