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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.28.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.28.16


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?


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!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it