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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice
The Shepherd's Voice

I would like to officially announce a new addition to our weekly bulletin. This first page will now be called “The Shepherds Voice” instead of “From the Pastor.” I will give you a weekly reflection on the Sunday readings followed by important updates and information that you will need to know and also give you a little phrase for “something to think about” during the week. I hope you enjoy my weekly column. If you have an upcoming birthday or anniversary, or if your child, grandchild, or other family member has a special honor in school or activity that you would like to share with our parishioners, please call me at the office at (412)741-6650 extension 311, or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it a week in advance and I will be happy to add it to my Shepherd’s Voice Column.

This week we kick off our parish 150th and school 100th anniversary celebration with a Noon Mass at War Memorial Park. Special thanks to our Anniversary Committee for all the behind the scenes work in planning and preparation. Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe will present a special proclamation before Mass declaring it “St. James Day” in the Village of Sewickley. There are many other great events planned throughout the year for our parish and school. Please take every opportunity to become involved as much as you can. St. James Parish and School truly is “the Love of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley.”

The readings this weekend focus on God’s love and salvation expressed in physical healing. The readings show God’s concern for those who have no hope. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah reminds God’s people exiled in Babylon to have courage and to not be afraid. He encourages them that one day they will be free to return home to Jerusalem. The letter of James reminds Christians to show no partiality, to love others. Similar to how Jesus taught, James gets to the point using clear illustrations to teach his lesson. One of the trademarks of the epistle James is the need to act on God’s word, not just listen to it. In the Gospel of St. Mark we read how Jesus heals the deaf man. He says “Be Opened.” The man who is deaf and mute experiences the gift of healing.

As we go about our busy schedules this week, may the eyes and ears of our hearts be opened to a deeper faith in the Lord. Be Opened!

Thank You - Thank you to all who attended my Installation Mass as the new Pastor of St. James Parish this past Wednesday. I was really impressed how many people attended. Thank you to the Knights of Columbus for being part of the Honor Guard, our parish choir for wonderful music and thank you to the Women’s Guild for providing the social in the Gathering Space. My family and friends were very impressed how welcoming everyone is here at St. James.

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 or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Please Note - For safety and security reasons the church will be open from 5:30am-9:00pm Monday through Friday, 8:00am-6:00pm Saturdays and 6:00am-6:00pm on Sundays.

Wedding Bells - Congratulations to Wendy M. Batman and Scott K. Eldridge II who were married last weekend here at St. James Parish. May God bless them as they begin a new life together.

Newly Baptized - Congratulations to Finn Michael Miller who was Baptized last weekend. May God Bless him and his family.

Something to Think About… Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count. - Rue McClanahan

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke, Pastor

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