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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.27.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.27.17


Today we celebrate the twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on being a servant to the Lord.

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, we read how God summons Eliakim to be a prophet to take the place of Shebna. He will serve the people as a loving father. In the Gospel from St. Matthew, we read how Jesus asks the question “who do people say that I am?” Peter responds by professing Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. This is considered by Scripture Scholars as Peter’s “Great Confession.” Jesus established the church on St. Peter’s profession of faith and gave him the keys to the kingdom. Peter had his faults, as we all do as human beings, but he had strengths with his leadership skills, his generosity, and enthusiasm. Our mission as the Church is to profess to the world that Jesus is the Messiah, the one sent to save us.

As we prepare to go back to school this week and return back to our busy fall schedules, let us see how the Lord is calling to serve him. What is God inviting us to do with our faith? 


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 extension 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.” We have lifted the one brick per family rule. Feel free to purchase as many bricks as you wish.

School Bells St. James Catholic School opens this Monday, August 28 for the 2017-2018 school year. We have made some great improvements over the summer including: new carpeting in the ground floor hallway, pre-school, kindergarten, art room, library and Youth Ministry and Religious Education offices, new floor tile in the pre-school, a new fire alarm system, a walk-in freezer in the cafeteria, new carpeting in the Gathering Space and meeting rooms and the doors were painted. New chairs have also been purchased for the Gathering Space.

This year we welcome Alison Narvett as our fifth grade teacher. Alison recently taught at St. Alphonsus School in Wexford. In the Allegheny Intermediate Unit we welcome Amanda Graff for Remedial Reading and Math, Pam Harff as our School Counselor and Susan Cain returns as our Speech Pathologist. We look forward to a great year!

Parish Improvements Tarax Service Systems Inc. of the North Shore washed and waxed all of the school hallways, restrooms, cafeteria and kitchen, and the carpets were cleaned.

Bishak Electrical Services, LLC of Sewickley installed lighting along our outdoor prayer garden.

Local artist and fellow parishioner Jackie Kresak of Coraopolis cleaned and painted the bench out in front of the Gathering Space near the flag pole. The bench is in loving memory of former St. James School secretary, Michele Braun.

Welcome A special welcome to Shaelyn Barchie and Marc, Heidi, Giada, Francesca, and Luciana Buzzelli who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Congratulations Congratulations to Vincent Francis DeAndrea, son of Christopher and Jennifer Fleck DeAndrea who is being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary to Bill and Carroll Logsdon who celebrated their 57th Anniversary this past week!

Five Years! It is five years today, August 27, 2012 that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. I love being a Priest and I love St. James Parish!

Labor Day Mass on Labor Day, Monday, September 4 will be at 9:00am.

Something to Think About… In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

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