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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.18.16

CHOOSING BETWEEN GOD AND MONEY!

We all want to live a comfortable lifestyle. It is not a bad thing to want to work hard and be rewarded. But we have to keep a healthy balance in life to make sure that money or things do not become more important than God or family or friends. This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on looking at the attitudes toward our material resources and our spiritual wellbeing.

In the First Reading from Amos, we read how greed drives some people to oppress others. God cares for the poor. The prophet Amos was a great defender of the poor and a champion for justice. In the Second Reading to Timothy, we read how Paul teaches Timothy about prayer. God wants everyone to be saved, just not a few chosen and prayers should be offered to all people. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the Astute Manager or “unjust steward.” The manager was accused of embezzlement. It is the steward’s prudence that Jesus praises not his dishonesty. The steward’s example teaches us to use our earthly goods for the sake of the heavenly future. Greed for money can ruin a person. Let us be good stewards and use the gifts and talents that God blesses us with each and every day. Let us lessen our attachment on our possessions in life that distract us from becoming closer to Christ.

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.

Please note that because of the Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia this week, there will be NO DAILY MASSES Monday thru Friday, September 19-23 here at St. James. Please keep your Bishop and priests in prayer this week as we begin to discuss the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive process.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. will have 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Please hold any phone messages or e-mails until I return to the office Saturday morning, September 24.

CHOOSING BETWEEN GOD AND MONEY!

RCIA There will be an information meeting for those interested in learning more about the RCIA program Sunday, October 2nd at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or need the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation 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 Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm in front of the Church.

Parish Mission 2016 - “Holiness Revolution” St. James Parish is pleased to host a fall Parish Mission “Holiness Revolution” conducted by Dan DeMatte, October 2, 3 and 4th from 7 to 9pm in Church. Dan is an international speaker and author who will help us deepen our faith. Please save the date and get ready to be enriched and renewed!

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 8th and 9th. 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.

Quaker Valley High School Stadium Blessing Last Friday afternoon, I stopped down to Chuck Knox Stadium to bless the new fieldhouse for the Quaker Valley High School football team and also blessed the field. Head Coach, John Tortorea and Assistant Coach Bob Harrah along with parishioner Kent McGaughey gave me a tour of the new facilities. Quaker Valley defeated Neshannock 25-20!

Welcome A special welcome to Henry, Caroline and Luciana Passerrello, Kyle Richert, Craig and Angelina Rippole, and Mark Scally who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Eli Philip Diemert, son of Philip and Katherine Tedesco Diemert, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Joy is not in things; it is in us. - Richard Wagner

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.11.16

LOST AND FOUND!

Last Sunday was a glorious day for our church as Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa a saint! A woman who always reached out to the lonely, the homeless and dying, founded the Missionaries of Charity and lived a simple life, was a true living saint during her time on this earth. How providential, as we continue living out this Year of Mercy that we honor a wonderful woman who did so much for others.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on unconditional love and the Mercy God has for us. In the first reading from Exodus, we read how Moses intercedes for a sinful people. He appeals to God’s promise to make them a great generation. In the Second Reading from Timothy, Paul expresses his gratitude for the mercy that the Lord has showed him. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the three parables of forgiveness: the lost sheep, lost coin, and the Prodigal Son. Luke dedicates the entire Chapter 15 to the theme of forgiveness. Jesus is full of mercy and compassion. God accepts us. As imperfect as we are, God does not seek perfection in us.

This weekend at the 9:30am and 11:30am masses we welcome Co-Vocation Director, Fr. Michael Ackerman and the Diocesan Pittsburgh Seminarians!

Please note that because of the Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia, there will be no daily Masses Monday thru Friday, September 19-23 here at St. James.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. will have 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

LOST AND FOUND!

On Mission For the Church Alive! The Diocese of Pittsburgh has begun preparations for “On Mission For the Church Alive! which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese. For the next several weeks in our bulletin we will have information explaining what the “On Mission” process is all about. Please plan on attending an information meeting explaining the On Mission process for St. James either on Monday, October 24, or Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm in Church.

Our Mission Team has been meeting the last several months and is ready to begin the process with our neighboring parishes to discuss the future of our church in the Sewickley Valley Area. Our team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

“Holiness Revolution” St. James Parish is pleased to host a fall Parish Mission; “Holiness Revolution” conducted by Dan DeMatte, October 2,3 and 4 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in Church. Dan is an international speaker and author who will help us deepen our faith. Please save the date and get ready to be enriched and renewed!

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, October 2 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 extension 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com 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 Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm in front of the Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing.

Education Plus on KQV Radio Tune into KQV Radio 1410AM Fridays at 7:00pm and/or Sundays at 8:30am for Education Plus. I host this weekly radio show to highlight Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Welcome A special welcome to Traci, Lily, Abigail and Charlotte Sinclair, Ben, Catherine, Nathan, and Matthew Susco, and Nancy Tullar who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Leanna Rudek and Justin Gasbarre who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Account Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Thursday, September 8.

Something to Think About… Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. - St. Teresa of Calcutta

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.04.16

TOTAL COMMITMENT!

Last week I spent some time on the Atlantic Coast for my annual summer vacation. I had beautiful weather and it was hot but I did a lot of walking each day. I read the book “The Inner Voice of Love” by Henri Nouwen, which focused on a collection of short essays that was his personal journal when he had extreme anguish, wondering whether he would be able to hold on to his life. The book came to be, through friends of Fr. Nouwen encouraging him to share his short essays to others about the challenges of life and making a total commitment to Christ.

Today celebrate the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on making a total commitment to God.

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read a reflection on the limitations of human wisdom. God’s Holy Spirit gives wisdom, which we will need to help us understand what Jesus is asking us to do in today’s Gospel. True wisdom can be gained only by a proper relationship with God.

In the Gospel from St. Luke, Jesus teaches that discipleship is a total commitment to Jesus. Discipleship demands loyalty and a complete focus on the kingdom of God. Jesus tells us in order to be his disciple, we pick up our cross and follow him. Each of today’s readings reflect on those who choose to follow Jesus need practical wisdom.

As we celebrate this Labor Day weekend, let us be thankful for the gifts of labor God blesses us with and be grateful the for the gifts and talents. Let us return that thanks by being committed to Christ.

Please join us for Mass on Labor Day, Monday, at 9:00am.

Next Sunday, September 11 at the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses, Fr. Michael Ackerman, the Co-Vocation Director, and our St. Paul Seminarians will be here for both Masses.

Please note that because of the Triennial Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia, there will be no daily Masses Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23.

TOTAL COMMITMENT!

Parish Share 2016 The annual Parish Share campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 195 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. With schools and colleges now officially open for the new school year, Parish Share helps fund Catholic Campus Ministry programs to our local high school and college students. Our Goal this year is $173,549. Please be as generous as possible so we obtain our goal. We all benefit from Parish Share!

Parish Improvements S&N Industries of Harmony, PA has completed the “steep slope” church roof repairs and repairs to the bell tower on time and on budget. Now it will not leak! Special thanks to Diocesan Office of Property and Planning and Florida Consulting for their expert assistance with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign For the Church Alive!” paid for this project in full. Thank you to all those parishioners who donated to the campaign to make this much needed repair possible.

The Diocese has granted St. James Parish permission to begin “Phase 2” of the project to completely replace the rectory garage roof with the same steel roof as the church. S&N Industries of Harmony has been awarded this contract and will begin work in October. Once again the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning and Florida Consulting will assist with the project.

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you searching for a deeper faith and would like to be Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting October 6. 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. There will be an informational meeting Sunday, October 2 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Congratulations Congratulations to Joseph Paul Cerchiaro, son of Michael and Jessica Lisjak Cerchiaro, and Caleb John Cowley, son of Daniel and Nicole Janet Cowley who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to Richard Praskach, Jamie Snyder, and Samuel, Noedmarie, and Daniel Torres who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” - Vincent Van Gogh 

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.28.16

BE HUMBLE!

Growing up in the city neighborhood of Carrick, my parents Bill and Marge worked hard to provide a comfortable home for my two sisters and me. With my dad working for the City of Pittsburgh Police Department and my mom working downtown for Alcoa, we lived simply yet comfortably.

Just before school would start we would always take a week’s vacation either going to Ocean City Maryland or camping in the Laurel Highlands.

My sisters and I walked to St. Norbert Elementary School in Overbrook and when we were in high school we all had parttime jobs to save money for college. As a priest for fifteen years, I continue to live out daily the morals and values my parents taught me and try to remain humble.

Today we celebrate the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on humility. In the First Reading from the Book of Sirach, we read how a teacher finds great wisdom in humility

In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus dines at the home of a Pharisee and he teaches us the parable of the wedding banquet. This parable teaches us that the banquet of the Kingdom is open to all; God’s grace is inclusive, not exclusive. In the Kingdom of God, rank or prestige carries no meaning; we are all equal, all brothers and sisters in the Lord. Whom do we welcome at the banquet table of our lives?

BE HUMBLE!

On Mission For the Church Alive! As we have been hearing at Mass and reading in the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is beginning preparations for “On Mission For the Church Alive! which is a planning process that will change the structures, staffing, and pastoral strategies of every district in the Diocese. Our Mission Team has been meeting the last several months to begin the process. Our team includes: Jennifer Cowley, Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Jon Kuzma, MaryLu Giver, and Kathleen Wycoff. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

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 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.

Parish Improvements Over the summer our parish construction projects and renovations have been in full swing:

Reader Contracting of New Brighton recently painted the cafeteria area and kitchen.

Bischak Electrical Services of Sewickley has recently installed illuminated exit signs upon the various doors in our church. They have also completed the decorative and recessed lighting in the Gathering Space and upgraded and installed recessed lighting in the school cafeteria.

Allegheny Acoustics of Canonsburg recently installed new ceiling tiles in the school cafeteria.

AWAKEN Join us for music, message, ministry and worship on Monday, August 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm in church. We will have inspiring music by Carl and Erin Stuvek, a presentation from Dave Vanvickle, and Fr. Joe Freedy will lead us in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is welcomed!

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

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Melanie Fonner and Daniel Hanley Jr. who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Special thanks to Fr. Richard Terdine who is the celebrant at all of the Masses this weekend while I am finishing up my vacation. I will return to campus on Monday, August 29.

Something to Think About… “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.” - C.S. Lewis

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.21.16

STRIVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE!

Today celebrate the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on keeping a close relationship with Christ

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, we read how the nations make their way to Jerusalem. The prophet’s inclusive vision of salvation for all natures pictures God gathering nations of every language. In the Gospel from St. Luke, we continue traveling with Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem. Jesus portrays the way of discipleship as the narrow gate. He teaches his disciples and others about the requirements for being a disciple and entering the kingdom of God. It demands faith and discipline. Entrance is based not on exclusionary privilege or status, but rather on fidelity to God’s ways manifested by care and concern for all. A relationship with Christ gains entry through the narrow gate. Through our Baptism, God has invited us to the eternal kingdom. Let us pray today that we might receive the grace. Let us not feel that we are “entitled” to entrance into the kingdom of God. A relationship with Christ lived in love, gains entry through the narrow gate.

STRIVE TO ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE!

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

School Bells Best wishes to all our youth and young adults in our parish who return to Elementary and High School, College, and Graduate School!

St. James Catholic School opens this Monday, August 22 for the 2016-2017 school year. We have made some great new upgrades to our school including new carpeting in the hallways, classrooms and offices, upgrades to the school cafeteria and the Gathering Space. We look forward to a great year.

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

AWAKEN Join us for music, message, ministry and worship on Monday, August 29 from 7 to 9pm in church. We will have inspiring music by Carl and Erin Stuvek, a presentation from Dave Vanvickle, and Fr. Joe Freedy will lead us in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is welcomed!

Vacation 2016 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast and will return next Monday, August 29. There will be no Daily Masses this week of August 22-27 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning). The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7am to 6pm.

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for 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 any phone calls, messages, and emails while I am away

Welcome A special welcome to Mary Anne Rahm and Elisabeth Smith who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Giuliana Rose Verbene, daughter of Giovanni and Lindsay O’Leary Verbene, who was baptized this past weekend.

Four Years! It will be four years this week, August 27, that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. Over the past for years, we have welcomed over 400 new families to St. James Parish and continue to improve the campus physical plant with much needed updated projects including the church roof, Gathering Space, and school cafeteria.

It is an honor to be your Pastor here at St. James. I love being a Priest and I love St. James Parish!

Something to Think About… Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake up and live! - Bob Marley

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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