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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.11.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.11.16


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.


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@ 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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