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    What is the Parish Pastoral Council?  Prior to 1999 parishes in our diocese functioned with a group of men and women, elected by the parish members under the heading of Parish Council.  There were four major committees that assisted the Pastor in managing the day-to-day tasks of running a parish.In the year 2000, the Bishop asked all the parishes to adopt a new model of operation call...
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Bulletin Tab is Now under "News"

We have made some minor changes to our front page and added a new section "Funeral Planning". To make space the Bulletin tab can now be found under NEWS. Thank You.

 
A Word From FR. Tom - 09.24.17

CONGRATULATIONS PATTE GREY!

While I was away on vacation last week I read a book by comedian and television host, Steve Harvey, titled “Jump.” In the book Steve mentions his up’s and down’s in life and how important it is for us to stay close to God in good times and in the difficult times. God loves all of us unconditionally. In God’s eyes, we are all equal. This weekend we celebrate the Twenty- Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on God’s generous ways.

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how the prophet encourages us to repent and walk the path of life. Our generous God is always ready to forgive. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we read the Parable of the Land Owner. (This parable is only found in Matthew.) Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a person; a living, breathing, human being, who gives to everyone equally. This parable symbolizes the generosity of God that will take place at the Last Judgement. God loves every one of us unconditionally and treats us with generosity. No matter who we are or what we have done, we can count on the level of forgiveness. God is good to all.

This Sunday afternoon I will be traveling to St. Paul Cathedral to participate in the Manifesting the Kingdom Award Mass. Each parish will honor a parishioner who has generously given of themselves to enrich the life our parishes. St. James Parish is honored to be represented this year by Patte Grey! Patte is facilitator of our Parish Pastoral Council and is active in our Small Groups. Congratulations Patte!

CONGRATULATIONS PATTE GREY!

Prayer Garden Project Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild for their donation of $4,000 for our Prayer Garden Upgrade Project. Recently President Mary Kay Russo presented me a check to help go towards the garden upgrades.

Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. 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. We are already half sold!

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 the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 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.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, today, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19. 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.

Blessing of Pets next weekend In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets, next Saturday, September 30 at 6:30pm in front of the Church.

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 7 and 8. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future your most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person.

Congratulations Congratulations to Hailey Marie Rivetti, daughter of Peter and Michelle McMurray Rivetti who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Richard Gorzelsky and Maria Joan Tamales who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome Home A special welcome to John and Maria Conner II, James Grefensette, and Tess Jones who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Memorial Donations Special thanks to the families of Delfina Pungock Miklos, Art Ruperto, Elisabeth P. Smith, and Eugene Vish for making memorial donations to St. James Parish in memory of their loved ones.

Something to Think About… Accept that change is inevitable and allows you to grow, and participate in the change. - Steve Harvey

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

 
Bulletin Section Now under "News"

We have made some minor changes to our front page and added a new section "Funeral Planning". To make space the Bulletin tab can now be found under NEWS. Thank You.

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.17.17

LET GO!

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on Mercy and Forgiveness. The Book of Sirach, the Letter to the Romans, and the Gospel of Matthew all have similar messages - - free yourself from hateful things and begin to live in the light of God’s grace.

In the First Reading from Sirach, we read how a wise teacher urges us to extend to others the forgiveness we so much desire. Sirach describes anger and wrath as “hateful things.” God is merciful and full of compassion. In the Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading from last week’s passage on forgiveness. Jesus teaches us that there are no limits on forgiveness or God’s Mercy. Peter asks Jesus “How often must I forgive?” In biblical times seven was the perfect number. Jesus also states the parable about a king who forgave an enormous debt owed by one of his servants and then changed his mind when he discovered that the servant was not, in turn, extending mercy. Forgive is Jesus’ message. Something so simple can be difficult at the same time.

This weekend is also “Catechetical Sunday.” We thank all those who teach the faith in our parish: School Teachers, CCD Catechists, Youth Ministry, RCIA, Pre-Baptism Prep, and Pre- Marriage Prep.

LET GO!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently finishing up my annual vacation to the East coast through Sunday afternoon August 17. This weekend we welcome once again Fr. Richard Terdine as the celebrant of all the weekend Masses.

Prayer Garden Project We have added beautiful lighting to our prayer garden! Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden 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. We are already have half sold! 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 the rectory or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org. Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, next Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19. 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.

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets, Saturday, September 30 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church.

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 7th and 8th. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future, you are most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person. Mass Intentions Please note that our 2017

Mass Intentions book is full. With one priest here at the parish we are limited with the number of Masses available. Other options to remember a loved one are the various Memorial Candles including the Sanctuary, St. Joseph, Mother Theresa, Altar Wine and Communion Hosts, a donation for a Gathering Hymnal or to the Prayer Garden Upgrade project. Please contact Karin Masterani at the Rectory for more information.

Welcome A special welcome to Matthew, Crystal and Olivia Durst, Dr. Luke and Linda Joseph who recently registered at St. James Parish. Second Collection This weekends second collection is to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” - St. Faustina Kowalska

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 - 09.10.17

FORGIVE!

We go through life carrying a lot of anger, hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Jesus suffered and died on the cross to free us of our sins.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we read how God gives the prophet Ezekiel a very important task. He must speak God’s word, even if the people he is ministering to do not listen. In the Second Reading from Romans, Paul reminds us that the love of our neighbor is the best way to fulfill the laws handed down by Moses. The Commandments that Moses gave us are in loving others just as we readily love ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets forth for dealing with conflict between others. Communicate, seek input from others, heal and forgive. No family is perfect and every family goes through trials and tribulations: divorce, drug addiction, loss of a job, or a death of a loved one.

As Christian disciples we are given the grace to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus gave his life for us to show us the way to be reconciled with God and with one another.

This Monday, September 11, marks the 16th Anniversary of the terroristic attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and close by in Shanksville, Somerset County. We pray for all those who perished on this horrific day and seek out unity and peace in our country and in our world. God Bless America!

FORGIVE!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast thru September 17. There will be no daily Masses this week: September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration next Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm. 

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 this weekend and next weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. 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. We are already half sold!

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 the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 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.”

RCIA If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or need to receive the Sacraments, please join us for an information meeting, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19th. 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.

Hurricane Harvey Next week’s Second Collection is for Catholic Relief Services to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please be as generous as possible.

Parish Improvements Metro Fencing of Moon Township recently installed a new slide gate for the entrance of our parking lot along Beaver Street. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive funded this project.

Welcome A special welcome to Andrew, Tess, Liam, Carolyn, and Elsie Powers, and Patricia Waugaman who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Accounts Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Friday, September 8, and to our Youth Minister John Wieland who is celebrating his birthday this Sunday, September 10.

Something to Think About… We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. - Walter Mosley

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

 
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