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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.  ...

Prayer Requests

Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco

...and those who have died

Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)


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Financial Summary

Weekly collection for August 23, 2015 

Offertory - $14,303.00 

Tuition Assistance -  

Capital Improvement - $45.00 

Votive Lights - $

Funeral Donation - $

Assumption second collection - $327.00

June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014


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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

A Word from Fr. Tom - 08.23.15

Twenty‐First Sunday in Ordinary Time 


Recently, I met with a friend of mine that I grew up with in Carrick who is having some marital issues. After nine years of marriage, he and his wife have grown “distant” with each other and have also stopped going to church for no particular reason. When he called, I agreed that we needed to meet to talk. After talking to him for over an hour, he came to realize that he loves his wife and wants to try to reconnect with her and that he also wants to come back to the church! Sometimes when we hit a “rough patch” in the road of life, our eyes become wide opened. 

Today celebrate the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on keeping a commitment. Joshua, Paul, and Jesus insist that their listeners make good choices and make a covenant renewal. 

In the first reading from the Book of Joshua, we read how the people of Israel are invited to serve the Lord. In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, we read how Paul urges all Christians, especially spouses, to look up to one another. The unity of husband and wife illuminate the mystery of Christ and the Church. In the Gospel from St. John, we read the conclusion of the “Bread of Life Discourse” which we have been reading for the past five weeks. Many of Jesus’ disciples reject his teachings and cease to follow him. In times when we hit “rock bottom” or seem to be at the end of our rope, let us always know that Christ is right there to guide us and keep us strong. 


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 in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 or email me at thomasburke70@ to discuss. 

School Bells Best wishes to all our youth and young adults in our parish who return to Elementary School, High School, College, and Graduate School in the next few weeks. 

St. James Catholic School opens this Monday, August 24 for the 2015 -2016 school year. We have made some great new upgrades to our school. We look forward to a great year. 

Vacation 2015 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast and will return next Monday, August 31. There will be no daily Masses this week, August 24-29 (including no confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning). The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm. 

Daily masses and confessions will be available for St. James parishioners at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent. 

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for next weekend masses. Please hold off on any phone calls, voice mail messages, or e-mail while I am away. 

Welcome A special welcome to Pamela Cecere as well as Milan and Michele Stengl and their children Nina Lacome, Eva, and Luke Stengl who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Salvatore Jonathan Holloway, who is being baptized this weekend. 

Happy Anniversary Happy 48th Wedding Anniversary to Bill and Mary Kay Russo! 

Three Years! It will be three years this week, August 27, that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. We have welcomed over 300 new families to St. James Parish over the past three years and continue to improve the campus’ physical plant with many much needed updated projects. 

It is an honor to be your Pastor here at St. James. I love being a Priest and I love St. James. Our parish is Alive, Well, and Growing! 

Something to Think About… Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever, have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke, Pastor

A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.09.15

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 


We all have been in situations where we just wanted to “throw in the towel.” If we have been praying for something for a long time and the prayer does not seem to get answered then we get frustrated. We can hold on to a lot of anger and bitterness towards a family member or friend over a misunderstanding. Life can be full of up’s and downs and challenges. 

Today celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on persistence and keeping the faith and being nourished with the Eucharist. 

In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read how Elijah, the prophet, gets frustrated and feels he cannot serve God no longer. God gives him the strength to carry on. Filled with fear, Elijah finds refuge in the desert. In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul reminds them to remove all bitterness, fury, and anger. Paul tells us to be true children of God by being kind, compassionate and forgiving. To be “imitators of God” we are to claim our share of God’s infinite goodness by being kind to one another, compassionate, and forgiving. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus reminds us to stop complaining but receive him in the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. Like the prophet Elijah, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed, stressed and at the end of our rope. The food that Jesus gives us in the Eucharist enables us to walk all the way to his eternal kingdom. 

As we come to the Lord’s banquet this weekend nourished with the Eucharist, let us reflect on the positive things in life and be thankful for them. Let us be greatful for God’s blessings today and every day. 


Ireland Trip 2015 A great time was held for twenty five St. James Parishioners and friends who attended the Pub, Parishes, and Castles of Ireland trip July 20-28. We visited Dublin, Killarney and Galway. I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney and the Dominican Church in Galway. We toured Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Hill of Tara and Monasterboice, Blarney Castle, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, and the Dromoland Castle. We had great weather and a great time. Special thanks to parishioner and Travel Broker, Suzanne Venneri, who helped organize this wonderful trip. 

Parish Improvements Bischak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley is installing new lighting in the school, church and Gathering Space entrances and in the back of the church near the confessional areas. 

Mondine Paving of Oakdale recently repaved the “Laughlin Center Parking Lot” at the corner of Walnut and Frederick Streets. St. James Catholic Parish owns this property. 

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 in September after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Sienna Capri Arias who is being Baptized this weekend!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Megan Freedline and Joseph Gallo who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Welcome A special welcome to Mary Poehlmann and Jerome and Laura Schillaci who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Please note Because August 15 is a Saturday this year, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. Saturday morning Mass will still be conducted at 9am followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction and Confessions. The 5pm evening Mass will be for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Thank You Special thanks to the Women’s Guild and all those who supported last week’s Elegant Junk Sale! It was a true success! All proceeds will go for future renovations to the Gathering Space. 

Something to Think About… In Ireland, there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met before. - Anonymous 

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

A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.02.15

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Nourishing Us With The Eucharist! 

Day in and day out we often hear people complaining about something. Whether it is about the weather, politics, family members or coworkers, it seems people are never happy. Often times we can get trapped into that negativity and “shop talk” and make negative remarks about a family member, classmate, co-worker, neighbor or even a priest or bishop. 

This weekend we continue reading from the Gospel of St. John the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Today’s readings continue the theme God feeding the hungry and appreciating the blessings in life. In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus we read how God feeds his people in the desert. The Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron because they are hungry. God then provides bread (Manna) for the people. In the Second Reading from Ephesians, Paul urges the community to live lives that are in keeping with their baptismal calling. To learn Christ, means to let Christ influence in our heart and to show Christ to others. In the Gospel of John we continue to read how Jesus declares that he himself is the true bread from heaven. The crowd had just witnessed the multiplication of loaves and fishes, but they continue to “grumble” and they search him out and his disciples. They ask for a sign. 

As Catholics, when we attend Mass, we are fed with the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. Let us be grateful for the blessings God gives us each and every day and open our eyes and see the good that is around us. Perhaps we can do a little less grumbling and little more trusting. Instead of making a complaint, let us try to make a compliment. Small, daily acts of gratitude are the foundation of our life in Christ. 

Nourishing Us With The Eucharist! 

KDKA Radio - 1020AM Fr. Ron Lengwin host of “Amplify” Sunday evenings from 9pm to 11pm has asked me to be a guest host for him this Sunday, August 2. I will be talking about the importance of evangelization and how we as Catholics can share our faith with those around us. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered, you are most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the Rectory. It is very important to be registered, especially to obtain a sponsor letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation sponsor. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. There is a three year old half day Preschool program and half day and full day four year old preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. One hundred and two years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540, extension 100.

Parish and School Improvements Our maintenance department has been cleaning the classrooms painting the hallways, gym and stairwells. Tudi Mechanical Systems of McKees Rocks recently installed automatic light switches in all of the school restrooms. 

Parish Share 2015 As a new school year quickly approaches, let us be thankful for the various college campus ministry programs that are offered at the local colleges, and universities. The annual Parish Share program conducted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh makes this ministry possible. Please be as generous as possible to support the Parish Share Campaign. We ALL benefit from Parish Share. 

Welcome A special welcome to Daniel, Mary Jo, Timothy and Eileen Johnson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… We are so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us, that we don’t take time out to enjoy where we are. - Bill Watterson 

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