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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.14.16

FIRE UPON THE EARTH!

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being a follower of Christ can mean that we are not always going to be welcomed by others. In the first reading we read the Prophet Jeremiah is rejected and some leaders want to kill him. A member of the court knows that he is speaking the truth and convinces King Zedekiah to draw Jeremiah out of the muddy water and his life is saved. In the Second Reading, Paul reminds us to get rid of our burdens and sins that cling to us and encourages all followers of Christ to persevere. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus proclaims the hard teaching that following Him will cause division between family and friends. Jesus proclaims that he has come to set the earth on fire. Following Jesus requires the willingness to bear the cost of rejection and opposition from others.

We are called to be witnesses to the challenges Jesus has brought to the world. Whether it is defending the unborn life, economic justice, or promoting peace, our faith can be tested.

FIRE UPON THE EARTH!

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Uriah Leddy to the Parish Finance Council. Originally from California and a convert to Catholicism in 2005, he is currently the Manager of Cage Operations at The Rivers Casino on the North Shore. He is proud to manage The River’s financial backbone balancing operations with Guest Services. He and his wife, Brittany have two children Jude and Evelyn who attend St. James School. They currently reside in Moon Township.

Parish Share 2016 Parish Share 2016 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $173,549.

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.

Feast of the Assumption **Please note that because it falls on a Monday this year, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION THIS YEAR! We will have the regular 6:45am Mass.

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!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Daniel, Nicole, Harper, and Caleb Cowley, and Laurie Schad who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Giuliana Rose Verbene, daughter of Antonio and Lindsay O’Leary Verbene, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alex Kohun and Adam Heurich who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Vacation 2016 Please note that I will be on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast this coming week: August 18-28. There will be no daily Masses this Friday, August 19 and Saturday morning, August 20th (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration) or the week of August 22-27 (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 celebrant for the weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and emails while I am away.

Something to Think About… Life is problems. Living is solving problems.

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 - 08.07.16

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Every day when we pick up the newspaper, turn on the radio or TV or log on to the Internet, we read about terrorism and violence. It can sometimes be very hard to look at the positive things in life. Despite the threats and violence, there are good things going on every day that do not make the headlines.

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on keeping the faith. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how Jesus told his followers to cast aside fear. We are at the half way point of Jesus’ ministry as he continues his travels towards Jerusalem. This is an urgent instruction to the disciples to be prepared for their own task of preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God. As long as believers in God’s ways exist, there is hope that love will overcome hate and good will overtake evil. Let us not have fear, but have faith!

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Brendan Nelson to the Parish Finance Council. Brendan grew up in Carnegie and attended St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. He graduated from Allegheny College in 2007 with a Degree in Communications and History and has a Graduate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University. He currently works as an Academic and Financial Aid Advisor for EdAssist, a Higher Education Consulting Company and also teaches at Robert Morris. He and his wife Jana, and daughter Summer, reside in Moon Township.

Help Wanted We currently have an opening for a part-time School custodian. This is a Monday thru Friday afternoon shift working from 3:00 to 8:00pm and one Saturday a month (on a rotation basis) for one to two hours. May also need to be on call for emergency situations. Primary responsibilities will be for the cleanliness and upkeep of school facilities. Applicants should have a high school/GED education, valid PA driver’s license, 21 years of age or older, have basic maintenance skills, and complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh Save Environment Program. If interested in applying, please contact our Business Manager Terri Price at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540. School begins Monday, August 22!

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 a 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.

Feast of the Assumption **Please note that because it falls on a Monday this year, August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION THIS YEAR! We will have the regular 6:45am Mass that day.

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 Home A special St. James Welcome to Fernando, Laurel, Marissa, Caliana, and Amelia Mendez, and Linda Sirianni who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Pia Collavo, daughter of Matthew and Adrien Strano Collavo, and Austin Joseph Scott, son of Steven and Aimee Laschon Scott who are being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Birthday Happy 90th Birthday to Pat Lewis!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Lauren Renner and Cameron Arimoto who are celebrating their Wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for a very successful Elegant Junk Sale last Saturday. Thank you to all those who volunteered throughout the whole week!

PCNC Cable TV Mass Sunday, August 14 at 6am, Comcast Cable Channel 35. Rev. Thomas J. Burke - Celebrant

Something to Think About… “God does not desire us to be successful, God desires us to be faithful.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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 - 07.31.16

REAL TREASURES!

This past week has been a very busy for our Women’s Guild in preparation for their annual “Elegant Junk Sale.” It is amazing of all the “stuff” that people donated. Our school cafeteria and rectory garages were lined with furniture, bikes, tools, small appliances, household items, toys, jewelry, purses, collectibles and vintage items. It was fun to browse around to see all the “stuff” that people have collected over the years. As the saying goes one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

This weekend we celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being grateful for God’s blessings and treasures in our life. In the First Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes, we read how a wise teacher takes a candid look at this world and reminds us to be grateful for the gift of life. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings do not satisfy them. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that we have been raised to heaven with Christ. The glorified Christ must be our focus. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the rich landowner. Jesus teaches us that the real meaning of life is not to be found in great wealth or numerous possessions. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings often end up not being satisfying. He warns against greed and stresses the foolishness of depending on material things for one’s security rather than on God. As we approach the end of the month of July and reach the mid-point of the year, let us let go of those “things” that distract us and keep a close relationship with God.

REAL TREASURES!

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016 -17 school year. During the summer we have made major improvements to our building including updating the concession stand in the gym, new carpeting in the hallways, painting and cleaning the classrooms and offices. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540. School begins Monday, August 22!

Interested in becoming a Deacon? The Diocese of Pittsburgh is initiating the nomination and application process for admitting a new class of interested and qualified Catholic men into the Deacon Formation Program. If you are interested in learning more about the Deaconate program, please give me a call or e-mail me. Deadline for nominations is September 15. Please check out the diocesan website at www.dipitt.org for more information.

Parish Improvements S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through mid- August. Funds from “Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are making this project possible.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting on the first and second floor hallways in the school and the first floor classrooms, main office and teachers’ lounge. Special thanks to a very generous parishioner for making this major project possible.

Quality Services Inc. of Penn Hills recently cleaned classrooms, windows, and hallways in our school.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Richard and Diane Nocito, and John, Jennifer, Anna and Alexander Weaver who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Millie Ann Clement, daughter of Matthew and Kelly Meehan Clement, and Charles Adam Holland, son of David and Lindsey Anderson Holland who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to Gloria Cecchetti and Elisabeth Smith who both recently completed the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation Program) and are now full members of the Catholic Church! Special thanks to Bob Basl, Director of the RCIA program, for helping them complete the program.

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 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.

Something to Think About… “Live simply, that others may simply live.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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 - 07.24.16

LET US PRAY!

This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on praying. In the First Reading from the Book of Genesis, we read how Abraham pleads for the life of the innocent of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses asks God to give the people another chance. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus teaches them the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Matthew and Luke both have the Lord’s Prayer in their gospels, Luke’s version is shorter. Luke is often referred to from scripture scholars as the “Gospel of Prayer” because he emphasizes Jesus’ practice of prayer. Jesus tells us that we should have no hesitation to talk and have a relationship with him.

Like Abraham, we are to approach God with a degree of confidence and trust. To verbally ask is not enough, we must also diligently seek to discover how to live so as to be worthy of obtaining what we ask for. Our heavenly Father loving watches over us and provides for what we truly need.

How is our prayer life? Do we take time each and every day to pray? Are we stressed and need to take a time out in our lives to pray? Perhaps today we can resolve to deepen our relationship with God through more frequent communication. Ask, you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

LET US PRAY!

Finance Council - Special thanks to Dave Carter and Steve Clemente, who both have relocated to other cities for employment, and Bob Vogel who has completed his term on the Finance Council.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kyle Richert to the Finance Council. Born and raised in Sewickley, he has been a member of St. James Parish for 23 years. He attended St. James School and Quaker Valley High School. Kyle studied finance and marketing at Grove City College. He currently works with Luttner Financial Group, a privately held wealth management firm in downtown Pittsburgh and has extensive experience in the areas of budgeting, personal finance, accounting, marketing, and fund raising. Kyle is also a member of the Revenue Committee and an active member in the adult choir.

Openings for Pastoral and Finance Council We will have two openings for Pastoral Council and Finance Council this fall.

Pastoral Council advises and assists the Pastor in identifying the mission of St. James and develops goals and objectives for our Pastoral Plan. Members serve for three years and meetings are held monthly usually the third Monday of the month.

Finance Council oversees in the area of Stewardship and helps prepare the budget for the parish and school by working closely with the Business Manager. The council also helps identify the needs of the physical plant and makes recommendations for its upkeep, maintenance and development. If you are interested in being on one of these councils, please call me at (412)741- 6650 extension 311 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Help Wanted We currently have an opening for a part-time School custodian. This is a Monday through Friday afternoon shift working from 4:00 to 8:00pm and one Saturday a month (on a rotation basis) for one to two hours. May also need to be on call for emergency situations. Primary responsibilities will be for the cleanliness and upkeep of the school facilities. Applicants should have a high school/GED education, valid PA drivers license, 21 years of age or older, have basic maintenance skills, and complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh Save Environment program. If interested in applying, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650 extension 312 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Timothy and Barbara Brandenberger, Daniel Thompson, and Adam and Erin Watchey who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Roselyn Taylor Hasey who is being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Bianca Estrada and Peter Christof who were married this weekend!

Something to Think About… It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. St. Francis of Assisi

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 - 07.17.16

WELCOME!

Three weeks ago after a six-hour bus trip traveling through heavy thunderstorms on the Ohio and Indiana turnpike to attend the Notre Dame Vision Youth Conference, our youth group, adult chaperones and I were joyfully greeted by the Notre Dame Vision staff immediately upon our arrival to Geddes Hall to register.

After registration, I walked from Geddes Hall to Corby Hall, which is the Holy Cross Priest and Brother’s Residence and is located next door to the Sacred Heart Basilica. When I entered Corby Hall, I was greeted by Julia Nash, the Administrative Director of Corby Hall, and Fr. Mark Theising. They welcomed me and told me to make myself at home. I stayed in the Presbytery, which is the guest house next to Corby Hall. The living quarters were comfortable for my week’s stay and it faced the beautiful Grotto. I was also made to feel welcomed through the concelebrating of daily mass with the Holy Cross Fathers.

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on welcoming others into our daily life. In the First Reading from Genesis, we read how Abraham and Sarah welcome three visitors into their home. In the Gospel of Luke we read how Jesus visits Martha and Mary. Martha is busy making a meal for Jesus while Mary sits at his feet listening to every word.

Each of us has gifts to offer. We are each called to bring our gifts to the Lord and let it shine Let us learn to minister well by being attentive to the needs of each person that we encounter. In the busyness of our daily lives, let us try to keep a healthy balance by opening our hearts and minds to Jesus by listening to the Word of God then acting on it by our actions with others.

WELCOME!

Parish Improvements Major repairs and improvements though out the parish campus continue:

S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the sacristy and hallways. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge updated the Sacristy doors, installed new wooden cabinets and sink in the sacristy, and installed crown molding under the church canopy. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

St. James School Registration Looking for a wonderful safe and loving environment for your child? St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 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. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100.

Congratulations Congratulations to Collin Roger Kouao Bley, son of Jean and Kelly Lewis Bley, Thomas Matthew Dundon, son of Jay and Christen Mackenzie Dundon, and Colton Bradley Van- Buskirk, son of Bradley and Lauren Maxwell VanBuskirk who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gerard and Betty Heuler who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Matthew, Adrien and Dia Collavo, and Lisa Mauti, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal/Second Collection This weekend we welcome Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue, who will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” - Author Unknown

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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