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Prayer Requests

Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Sue Etters
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Carmela Valenzi
  • Anna Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Terri McClain
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Edward Ondek
  • George Dearth
  • Eve Peduto

...and those who have died

Remember those in the Military

  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • 1st Lt. David Miller (Air Force)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 2nd Lt. Sarah Miller (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Col. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Sgt. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Captain Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
  • Specialist Paul J. Ropon,Jr. (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Jacob Enke (army)
  • Specialist Daniella Robichaud (Army)


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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection May 14, 2017 - $12,978.07

Online Giving - 52 - $1,422.20

Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00

All Saints Day collection 2,486.36

June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014


All Souls Day


All Saints Day


A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.21.17


This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how one of the original seven deacons, Philip, brings the Word of God to others and the early church grew. In the Gospel of John, we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper as we read how Jesus promises to send his disciples another Advocate who will serve as a mediator, intercessor, comforter, and consoler. Jesus teaches his Apostles before his death and resurrection assuring them that the Advocate would come soon. Jesus says if you love me, you will keep my commandments. We are never truly alone. Loving Jesus means listening to his word and putting it into action. When we love others, we are willing to go out of our way for them, be concerned about them and spend time with them. With Pentecost Sunday only three weeks away, let us be open to the Holy Spirit and bring Christ to others.


Jason Corsetti Parishioner Jason Corsetti has been accepted by Bishop Zubik to begin the aspirancy phase of the diocesan Deacon Formation program that is known as the Propaedeutic Period. An opening Mass, with Bishop Zubik was held last Wednesday at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton. Best wishes to Jason as he begins this journey!

Ascension Thursday Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation, is this coming Thursday, May 25. We will have three masses available - 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm.

* Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Friday, May 26.

Parish Leadership Changes After much prayer, contemplation and support from her family, Maria Brown, who has been our Director of Youth Ministry for the past seven years has decided to seek employment outside of youth ministry effective July 1. Maria has been an outstanding Youth Minister with running the Middle School Program- Operation Christ, the High School Program and assisting with Vacation Bible School. She has been a true blessing to our parish. We wish her the best in her next adventure.

Kathleen Green our fifth grade teacher at St. James School for the past seven years is retiring at the end of this school year. She has been a tremendous asset to our children. We would like to extend best wishes to Kathleen on her retirement.

Special thanks to Jean Bley and Dave Kelch for serving on our Pastoral Council and John Nicolas, Kyle Richert, Gerry Joseph and Lisa Roskovensky for serving on our Finance Council. I am grateful for their service these past several years. On Mission for the Church Alive team member Jennifer Cowley has relocated to Maryland for employment.

I am pleased to appoint Donna Pavlis to the On Mission Team. Donna is a life-long member of our parish, active on Pastoral Council and the Singles Community Ministry and has excellent marketing and social media skills.

Parish Improvements Frantangelo Gardens of Moon Township has begun working on a new drainage system for the Prayer Path upgrade project. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project. Donations are still being accepted for the Prayer Path. If you would like to make a donation please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org. Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path upgrade project.” An updated list of donors will be published in a future bulletin.

***Please note that beginning this Wednesday May 24 the restrooms in the Gathering Space will be closed for renovations for approximately three to five weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding that there will be limited bathroom availability (one women's and one men's restroom) available near the Ushers’ Room during the Sunday liturgies.***

Congratulations Congratulations to Cameron David Leis, son of Charles and Jennifer Rostek Leis, who is being baptized this weekend.

Happy anniversary to George and Gloria Berry who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend.

Sweet Sixteen - This coming Friday, May 26, I will celebrate 16 years of Priesthood Ordination. I love being a priest and I am honored to be your Pastor!

Welcome A special welcome to Brian, Jade Mazzy, and Elodie Morel, and Mark and Sydney Windle who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… I destroy my enemy by making him my friend. - Abraham Lincoln

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.14.17


My mom, Marge Burke, is a remarkable woman. She and my dad Bill just celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. During that time they have raised three children and have seven wonderful grandsons. Raised in Hazelwood, she attended St. Stephen School in Hazelwood and graduated from St. John the Baptist high school in Lawrenceville. After high school she worked for the Diocese of Pittsburgh with Bishop Vincent Leonard until she had her first child, my oldest sister, Lisa. I give thanks each and every day for all that my mom has done for me over the past forty-six years of my life. As we reach the midpoint of the Easter season, this weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day!

In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read how the Apostles offer prayers for members of the community chosen to care for the needy through the power of the Holy Spirit. The church continues to grow in great numbers. The twelve Apostles exhibit their leadership role and call the community to choose seven deacons to help them with God’s work. In the Gospel of John, we read part of Jesus’ farewell discourse. Jesus has a dialogue with Thomas and Philip as he says “do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God, have also in me.” Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He and the Father are one.

Whenever our faith is tested or whatever we are struggling with, remember Jesus knows us, and loves us. Let us keep moving forward to hold peace and trust in Christ. He will help us reach our destination in life.

Let us pray for all living and deceased mothers, grandmothers and Godmothers and aunts in our life.


Parish Improvements Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks recently installed a new furnace and air conditioner for the Rectory Offices.

***Please note that beginning Wednesday, May 24 the restrooms in the Gathering Space will be closed for renovations for approximately six weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding that there will be limited bathroom access (one women's and one men’s restroom) available near the Ushers’ Room during the Sunday liturgies.***

On Mission For the Church Alive! Recently the Diocese of Pittsburgh Catholic updated the Pastors and On Mission Team Members about the results of the surveys and input from the listening sessions that were conducted last October. The diocese is considering a new possible grouping of St. James with St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, St. Joseph in Coraopolis and St. Catherine of Siena in Crescent. This new grouping is very encouraging since we already partner with our neighbors across the Sewickley Bridge with our Lenten and Advent penance services and all four parishes currently take turns with during the week with coverage at Heritage Valley/Sewickley Hospital.

Also our St. James Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society has recently taken on covering the Coraopolis area for needy families and individuals since the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Joseph Parish is no longer active. Stay tuned for future updates in the parish bulletin and during my homilies about this very important process.

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Chris DeAndrea to our Parish Finance Council. Chris grew up in Scott Township and attended Our Lady of Grace elementary school, and Bishop Canevin high school. He has a degree in Marketing and General MBA from Duquesne University and currently is employed at Henderson Brothers Retirement in Downtown Pittsburgh as a Retirement Planning Consultant. He and his wife, Jen currently reside in Kennedy Township and are expecting their first child in June.

Looking Ahead Next Thursday, May 25 is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Friday, May 26.

Sweet Sixteen! Next Friday, May 26, I will celebrate my sixteenth anniversary of ordination as a diocesan priest. I was ordained on May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral by Bishop Donald Wuerl. I am truly grateful for being your pastor here at St. James.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Andrew Gaus and Robin Snyder who are celebrating their wedding this weekend!

Welcome A special welcome to Ashley Mayo and her children: Jordan, Gianna, Alexandra, and Stella who recently registered at St. James.

Second Collection Next weekend (May 20/21) there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “Every Day is Mother’s Day.” - Marge Burke

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 05.07.17


For the past sixteen years, God has blessed me with great parish assignments in my Priesthood ministry: Parochial Vicar - St. Alphonsus in Wexford and St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Co- Director of Vocations, Chaplain to the Catholic Committee on Scouting, Member of the Priest Council and College of Consultors for the Diocese, Board of Director member for Holy Family Institute and Pittsburgh Catholic Newspaper, Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Police Department and St. Anthony School Programs, Pastor of Good Shepherd in Braddock and St. James in Sewickley, and Radio Host on KQV- 1410 AM for Education Plus.

Every day I try to do my best to be a good priest to the people that I am entrusted with. I love being a Priest!

We all have a vocation in life, whether we are called to be Single, Married, Priesthood or Religious Life, we all have gifts and talents that God blesses us with each day.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” In the First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we read the conclusion of Peter’s “Pentecost Sermon” and how he proclaims the Gospel to the crowds in Jerusalem. He offers them the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Apostles invite the crowds to repent and accept Baptism. In the Gospel of John we read how Jesus is the Good Shepherd to guide us and protect us. He presents himself as the shepherd and gate to the sheepfold. Both images express the commitment of the shepherd to lay down his life for the sheep. To believe in the Risen Christ is to open ourselves to his gifts and place ourselves and all that we do in the service of life.

The readings this weekend focus on listening to the Lord’s voice and following him. As Christians we are called to extend the hospitality of the Good Shepherd to members of the flock who have wandered or become disconnected from the Church. Let us invite a family member or friend who has been away from the Church to attend Mass with us, or share a meal or a cup of coffee to a “fallen away Catholic” to see what pains or hurts they hold in their heart. Let us pray for those who have fallen away or trying to find their way through life.

It gives to great pleasure to announce that the Diocese of Pittsburgh has accepted parishioner Jason Corsetti for the Permanent Deacon Formation Program. A Deacon assists the priest at the altar, reads the Gospel and can deliver a homily, conduct Baptisms and also able are able to conduct a Liturgy of the Word Ceremony for Weddings and Funerals. We will continue to pray for Jason as he prepares for this very important process. Jason and his wife Shea have two children Peyton and Addison and reside in Moon Township.


Prayer Path Improvements Underway Major upgrades are underway to our outdoor Prayer Path next to the church facing Walnut Street. We will be making some major improvements to the drainage system and add new landscaping and lighting. Special thanks to all those who made contributions in loving memory or in honor of a loved one last fall. Stay tuned for more pictures of the improvement project to the Prayer Garden. If you would like to help with the cost of the upgrades please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at tprice@saintjamessewickley. org

Education Plus on KQV 1410AM Tune in to Friday evenings at 7:00pm and Sunday at 8:30am for “Education Plus” which is a half hour radio program highlighting the Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I am honored to be the host of this wonderful program.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Jason and Olivia Brewer, and Ken, Mary, Katie and Kenneth III Urish who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Alessandra Carrizales, daughter of Andrew and Marianna Reino Carrizales, and Christian Daniel Quimbley, son of Christian and Kimberly Falvo Quimbley who are being Baptized this weekend.

Happy Anniversary Happy 55th wedding anniversary to my parents, Bill and Marge Burke!

Something to Think About… True holiness consists in doing God’s will with a smile. - St. Theresa of Calcutta

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 04.30.17


Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. All of the readings this weekend focus on recognizing that Christ is in our midst each and every day. In the gospel of Luke we read the beautiful scripture passage of the “Emmaus Walk” (which is only found in Luke) as two disciples of Jesus come to recognize the risen Lord.

Jesus is present in our family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. When we attend Mass, Christ is present in the Liturgy of the Word, and in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Let us take some time today to ponder Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. Let us strive to recognize Jesus in the people and events of our everyday lives.


Fish Fry Raffle Winners! Congratulations to the following winners of the Sports Raffle: 50/50 Raffle - Joe Moore Antonio Brown - Carl Szott Nolan Ryan baseball - Vincent Cagliuso Clint Hurdle baseball - Patty Farkas Ben Roethlisberger football - Joe Farkas Joe Greene jersey - John Hupp Mario Lemieux lithograph - Gloria Vescio Pennsylvania Everything basket - Tim Yost

Special thanks to Froggy Radio for broadcasting from our Fish Fry and Clearview Credit Union for making a donation to St. James School. We are grateful for all of our volunteers (over 100) who helped with the prep, cooking, serving and clean up. We are ever grateful for our 2017 Fish Fry Corporate Sponsors: Cintas, 424 Walnut Restaurant, Tudi Mechanical, S&N Roofing, and the Wright Automotive Group.

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge recently installed several new doors: in the cafeteria to the school uniform and storage closet hallway; a new door separating the Kindergarten and Gym hallway, and also a new door in the boys’ locker room for storing gym equipment.

Tri-State Restaurant Equipment of Beaver Falls supplied us with several new kitchen appliances including: a fryer, warmer, and a convection oven for the school kitchen. This new equipment will also be used for Fish Fry, Pancake Breakfasts and Spaghetti Dinners.

Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks updated several outdated pipes in the rectory and also tuned up and repaired the Gathering Space and Church air conditioners.

Listen Hear of Shadyside installed a new projector and screen for meetings and events in the Gathering Space. Also for Easter and Christmas Masses this projector and screen is used to view the Mass from church for the over flow crowd in the Gathering Space.

Good Sounds of New Stanton installed a new sound system in the Gathering Space.

A new podium has been purchased from JMJ Church Supply and Gift Center of Bethel Park. This podium will be used for various speaking events and presentations.

Funds from the Building Fund are making these projects possible.

JMJ Church Supply and Gift Center of Bethel Park supplied the twoand four-book hymnal book holders that are now in place in each of the church pews.

Special thanks to all those who participated in our Hymnal Book Drive for making this project possible.

St. James Cemetery Upgrades We are pleased to announce that St. James Cemetery has a new cremation section that features a Columbarium for Urns. If you would like information on pricing and availability please contact Karin Masterani at the rectory office. The Parish Catholic Cemeteries Association will be taking over the operating and handling of St. James Cemetery, as well as all parish cemeteries, this summer.

Congratulations Congratulations to Francis Richard Prossen and Frederick Thomas Prossen, sons of Matthew and Shelby Allen Prossen, and John McQuone Meagher, son of Jeffrey and Kerry McQuone Meagher who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Darby Trovato and Jay Collins who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Eagle Scouts Congratulations to Ike Lagnese, Thomas Lasorda, Ryan McNelis, Samuel Perry, and Jake Smiley for obtaining the Rank of Eagle Scout this weekend. As a fellow Eagle Scout myself, welcome to the Eagle’s Nest! A Scout is Reverent!

Welcome A special warm welcome to Richard, Erin and Henry Donahue, Kyle and Sandro Presogna, Holly Hursky, Rylee Yoder, and Chance Kauco who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Happy Birthday Happy Belated Birthday to Mike Glumac who works in our Maintenance Department, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday, April 23!

Something to Think About… “The three most important things in my life… Faith, Family, and Football.” - Dan Rooney

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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