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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.19.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 11.19.17


It is the mid- point of November and the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and we are experiencing cooler temperatures. As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Season, this is a good time to evaluate how the year 2017 has been for us: what have we done and where do we want to go for the New Year. This is a good weekend to do some “internal soul searching” to start making some goals to be a better person.

The readings this weekend focus on using our gifts and talents to the best of our ability. In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs, a poet describes Wisdom as the perfect partner. She brings life and countless blessings to those who love her. The final chapter of Proverbs honors the worthy wife and the poem gives special attention to the hands of a perfect spouse. In the Second Reading from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to be prepared, for the day of the Lord will come unexpectedly. Paul encourages his people to be alert spiritually. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Talents. Placed in the Lectionary towards the end of the liturgical year, this parable urges us to evaluate our own service. These three readings prepare us for the end of the year and challenge us to understand our life in terms of its ultimate purpose.

Jesus teaches us that careful preparation must be made for the final coming of the Lord. God calls us to live for his future and not our own. The task of all followers of Jesus is to devote our energies to God.

Do you have a passion for something that you do not use? Would you like to become more involved in the parish as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Choir Member, Religious Education Catechist or Youth Ministry Volunteer? Want to become a Member of the Women’s Guild, Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent de Paul Society? This is a wonderful time to become active. How can I better use the talents that God has given me?


Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Carole Enke to the Parish Finance Council. Carol grew up in New Brighton and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Management from Robert Morris University. She has been employed at American Zinc Recycling for the past twenty one years working in Sales and Marketing as well as preparing budgets and conducting corporate presentations. She is very active here at St. James as a Eucharistic Minister, Women’s Bible Study, and helps with the Fish Fry and Elegant Junk Sale. Carole and her husband John live in Chippewa Township.

Parish Improvements Three new benches have been installed in our Prayer Garden.

Welcome Home A special welcome to Greg, Emily, and Maryelle Olenic, and Leah Seese who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy 101st Birthday to Austin McGrath!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held Thursday, November 23 at 9am.

Please note that there will no 6:45 am Mass on Friday, November 24 and no Mass, Confessions or Adoration, Saturday morning, November 25. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!

Light Up Night in Sewickley! Please join us on Friday, December 1 from 4:00 to 7:00pm in the school cafeteria and Gathering Space for a delicious spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. James Women’s Guild.

Welcome Home Mass A “Welcome Home Mass” for fallen away Catholics will be held next Saturday, November 25 at 5:00pm. Please invite a family member of friend to join us for Mass.

Thank You Thank you to all who attended the Blue and White Gala last weekend. Over 200 people attended the dinner! Special thanks to the Gala Committee for a successful event!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 47th birthday this Friday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James.

Something to Think About… “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

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