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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.06.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.06.17


Every day when I stand at the altar to celebrate Mass here at St. James, I have the awesome privilege to look out at our congregation and straight ahead to the massive stained glass window of the Transfiguration above the Baptismal area. This beautiful window is made from handmade glass from Germany and France that shows Jesus with Peter, James and John and along the side is Moses and Elijah.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. The readings this weekend focus on making some positive changes in our life. In the first reading from Daniel, we read how a prophet sees a wonderful vision. A servant of God receives dominion over all the nations. This vision features divine protection for God’s faithful people. The son of man will reign over all nations. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain and he is transfigured. They hear God’s voice approving Jesus and the path to his cross and resurrection. These three disciples are traditionally with Jesus at all of the major moments of his ministry. The feast of the Transfiguration assures us of the divinity of Jesus. We are touched by the Lord every time we come to Mass. We are touched by Jesus and we are changed- transformed. The more we open ourselves to being transformed by Jesus, the more he will work in and through us.

As we come into church this week, let us reflect on how Christ can shine upon us to make some positive changes in our life. As the Summer season winds down and we prepare to get back to school, work, and the busy fall activities, let us be transformed to make some positive changes in our life.


On Mission For the Church Alive! As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process next year, Bishop Zubik is hosting various Summer Sessions around the diocese to offer his reflections and take time for questions. Please join the Bishop on Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to

Alpha Due to the complexity of organizing the Alpha program that was previously announced a few weeks ago and set to begin in September for the four area parishes of St. James (Sewickley), St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township), the Pastors of the four area parishes have decided to delay the launching of this eleven-week series to possibly the Spring. Stay tuned for further information.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has completed replacing the flat roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

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 extension 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 The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is a Holy Day of obligation on Tuesday, August 15. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please Note Please note there will be no daily Mass Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kristin Frantz and Patricia Niehenke who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Dianne Schweiger and Richard Nocito who validated their marriage this past week.

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Bill and Mary Kay Russo! Best Wishes!

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

Something to Think About… The more open you can be, the more you allow your life to change and the more you see the influence of grace. A closed mind is the barrier to living a grace-filled life. - Cheryl Richardson

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