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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.29.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.29.16


A few weeks ago our Second Grade children received their First Holy Communion. It is always special to see the children so excited to receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. The bread and wine that is brought up during the Offertory procession at Mass is turned into the Body of Blood of Jesus Christ. When we receive the Eucharist we receive Jesus!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” In today’s Gospel, we read the famous Gospel of Multiplication of loaves and fishes. This miracle is reported in all four Gospels. Let us be grateful we are Catholic and be grateful that we are fed and nourished at each Mass we attend. We are the Body of Christ.


Hands and Feet of Love Ministry Parishioners who are interested in visiting the sick and homebound of our parish are welcomed to join us for an information meeting Saturday, June 11 at Noon in Church. If you would like to volunteer with this ministry please contact Tharshini Wilson at 412-801-2646 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Census to be conducted June 11 and 12! Thank you to all who participated in our Parish Census Update two weeks ago. We had 446 families/individuals update their information and 17 new registrations! We are asking that those who have not updated their information to participate in the “second round” of Census updates the weekend of June 11 and 12 before or after all the weekend Masses in front of the main entrance of the church to look over the printed form and make any necessary additions or deletions.

Italian Dinner/ Dance St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus will host an Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 18 from 6:30 to 10:30pm in the school gym. Dinner will be catered by Gino’s Catering of Neville Island and entertainment by Mirella the Italian Musician. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available after all the weekend Masses June 4/5 and 11/12. They are also available at the rectory.

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: Gift Cards, Lottery Tickets, and Wine. etc. You can drop them off at in the Ushers’ Room or at the Rectory by Thursday, June 16 at 5pm.

Altar Server Coordinator Special thanks to Molly Torbic who has been the long time Altar Server Coordinator and trainer. Molly has done a wonderful job with training and scheduling our altar servers. I am pleased to welcome Sylvia McGaughey as our new coordinator.

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Lee Ann, Julia, Rosemarie, and Lyla Snyder.

15 years of Priesthood This past Thursday, May 26, I celebrated my 15th anniversary of ordination as a priest. I was ordained May 26, 2001 by Bishop Donald Wuerl at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. I am honored for my 15 years of ministry serving in the parishes of St. Alphonsus - Wexford, St. Paul Cathedral- Oakland, Good Shepherd-Braddock, and St. James- Sewickley.

Other positions I uphold include: Co-Director of Vocations, member of the Priest Council and the College of Consultors, Chaplain to the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Anthony School Programs, serving on various Boards such as the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland and the Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper and most recently appointed the host of “Education Plus” radio program on KQV Radio 1410AM.

** Please note that I am currently on vacation. Fr. Richard Terdine will be celebrant at the 9:00am Mass on Memorial Day, May 30. There will be no daily Masses this Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday morning June 4th. Please hold any phone messages or emails while I am away. Please contact the office staff if you need assistance.

Something to Think About… In Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of bread. In our work we find him under the appearance of flesh and blood. It is the same Christ. -Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta.

Happy Memorial Day! May we never forget their sacrifices!

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