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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.17.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.17.17


This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on Mercy and Forgiveness. The Book of Sirach, the Letter to the Romans, and the Gospel of Matthew all have similar messages - - free yourself from hateful things and begin to live in the light of God’s grace.

In the First Reading from Sirach, we read how a wise teacher urges us to extend to others the forgiveness we so much desire. Sirach describes anger and wrath as “hateful things.” God is merciful and full of compassion. In the Gospel of Matthew, we continue reading from last week’s passage on forgiveness. Jesus teaches us that there are no limits on forgiveness or God’s Mercy. Peter asks Jesus “How often must I forgive?” In biblical times seven was the perfect number. Jesus also states the parable about a king who forgave an enormous debt owed by one of his servants and then changed his mind when he discovered that the servant was not, in turn, extending mercy. Forgive is Jesus’ message. Something so simple can be difficult at the same time.

This weekend is also “Catechetical Sunday.” We thank all those who teach the faith in our parish: School Teachers, CCD Catechists, Youth Ministry, RCIA, Pre-Baptism Prep, and Pre- Marriage Prep.


Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently finishing up my annual vacation to the East coast through Sunday afternoon August 17. This weekend we welcome once again Fr. Richard Terdine as the celebrant of all the weekend Masses.

Prayer Garden Project We have added beautiful lighting to our prayer garden! Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden Project. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative brick installed on the prayer path. There is no limit now for the number of bricks that you can buy. We are already have half sold! For a donation of $1,000 or more you can have your family name listed on the back of a special “major gifts” Welcome Garden sign that will be installed at the entrance of our garden.

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 or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org. Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

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, next Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19. 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.

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets, Saturday, September 30 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church.

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 7th and 8th. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future, you are most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person. Mass Intentions Please note that our 2017

Mass Intentions book is full. With one priest here at the parish we are limited with the number of Masses available. Other options to remember a loved one are the various Memorial Candles including the Sanctuary, St. Joseph, Mother Theresa, Altar Wine and Communion Hosts, a donation for a Gathering Hymnal or to the Prayer Garden Upgrade project. Please contact Karin Masterani at the Rectory for more information.

Welcome A special welcome to Matthew, Crystal and Olivia Durst, Dr. Luke and Linda Joseph who recently registered at St. James Parish. Second Collection This weekends second collection is to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” - St. Faustina Kowalska

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