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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.18.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.18.16


We all want to live a comfortable lifestyle. It is not a bad thing to want to work hard and be rewarded. But we have to keep a healthy balance in life to make sure that money or things do not become more important than God or family or friends. This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on looking at the attitudes toward our material resources and our spiritual wellbeing.

In the First Reading from Amos, we read how greed drives some people to oppress others. God cares for the poor. The prophet Amos was a great defender of the poor and a champion for justice. In the Second Reading to Timothy, we read how Paul teaches Timothy about prayer. God wants everyone to be saved, just not a few chosen and prayers should be offered to all people. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the Astute Manager or “unjust steward.” The manager was accused of embezzlement. It is the steward’s prudence that Jesus praises not his dishonesty. The steward’s example teaches us to use our earthly goods for the sake of the heavenly future. Greed for money can ruin a person. Let us be good stewards and use the gifts and talents that God blesses us with each and every day. Let us lessen our attachment on our possessions in life that distract us from becoming closer to Christ.

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.

Please note that because of the Clergy Convocation at Oglebay Conference and Resort in Wheeling West Virginia this week, there will be NO DAILY MASSES Monday thru Friday, September 19-23 here at St. James. Please keep your Bishop and priests in prayer this week as we begin to discuss the upcoming On Mission for the Church Alive process.

St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. will have 8:30am Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. Please hold any phone messages or e-mails until I return to the office Saturday morning, September 24.


RCIA There will be an information meeting for those interested in learning more about the RCIA program Sunday, October 2nd at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. If you are interested in becoming Catholic or need the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation 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 Sunday, October 2 at 2:00pm in front of the Church.

Parish Mission 2016 - “Holiness Revolution” St. James Parish is pleased to host a fall Parish Mission “Holiness Revolution” conducted by Dan DeMatte, October 2, 3 and 4th from 7 to 9pm 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!

Sacrament of Anointing The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses the weekend of October 8th and 9th. If you are experiencing health issues or are scheduled to have surgery in the near future your most welcomed to receive the Sacrament. The purpose of the Sacrament is to strengthen the spiritual health of the person.

Quaker Valley High School Stadium Blessing Last Friday afternoon, I stopped down to Chuck Knox Stadium to bless the new fieldhouse for the Quaker Valley High School football team and also blessed the field. Head Coach, John Tortorea and Assistant Coach Bob Harrah along with parishioner Kent McGaughey gave me a tour of the new facilities. Quaker Valley defeated Neshannock 25-20!

Welcome A special welcome to Henry, Caroline and Luciana Passerrello, Kyle Richert, Craig and Angelina Rippole, and Mark Scally who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Eli Philip Diemert, son of Philip and Katherine Tedesco Diemert, who is being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Joy is not in things; it is in us. - Richard Wagner

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