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    What is the Parish Pastoral Council?  Prior to 1999 parishes in our diocese functioned with a group of men and women, elected by the parish members under the heading of Parish Council.  There were four major committees that assisted the Pastor in managing the day-to-day tasks of running a parish.In the year 2000, the Bishop asked all the parishes to adopt a new model of operation call...
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  • 03.03.12
    We are excited to inform you that we now offer Online Giving! As a church that seeks to serve, we wanted to provide you the convenience of being able to give the way you want, whenever you want. Online Giving offers you the opportunity to make secure, automatic contributions from your bank [or credit card] account to our church.As we begin this new program, you may notice your neighbors placin...
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  • 02.08.11
      Please join the Saturday morning Men’s Bible Study in a journey through the history of the Catholic Church. Learn about the major people, places and events of two thousand years of church history. A DVD by Professor Steve Weidenkopf will be used, followed by a discussion of the material presented. Join us every Saturday morning at 7:30am in Meeting Room #1.  ...
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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

  • Ernie Tucci


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 September 10, 2017 - $11,570.50


Online Giving - 54  $1,410.77


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

$13,7




Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


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A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.17.17

LET GO!

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.

LET GO!

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.10.17

FORGIVE!

We go through life carrying a lot of anger, hatred and bitterness in our hearts. Jesus suffered and died on the cross to free us of our sins.

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. In the first reading from Ezekiel, we read how God gives the prophet Ezekiel a very important task. He must speak God’s word, even if the people he is ministering to do not listen. In the Second Reading from Romans, Paul reminds us that the love of our neighbor is the best way to fulfill the laws handed down by Moses. The Commandments that Moses gave us are in loving others just as we readily love ourselves. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets forth for dealing with conflict between others. Communicate, seek input from others, heal and forgive. No family is perfect and every family goes through trials and tribulations: divorce, drug addiction, loss of a job, or a death of a loved one.

As Christian disciples we are given the grace to forgive and be forgiven. Jesus gave his life for us to show us the way to be reconciled with God and with one another.

This Monday, September 11, marks the 16th Anniversary of the terroristic attacks on the United States at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and close by in Shanksville, Somerset County. We pray for all those who perished on this horrific day and seek out unity and peace in our country and in our world. God Bless America!

FORGIVE!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I am currently on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast thru September 17. There will be no daily Masses this week: September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration next Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm. 

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for St. James parishioners at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent.

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for this weekend and next weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. 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 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 at 412-741-6650 ext. 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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, Sunday, September 24 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space to learn more about the RCIA program. Classes are set to begin on October 19th. 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.

Hurricane Harvey Next week’s Second Collection is for Catholic Relief Services to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please be as generous as possible.

Parish Improvements Metro Fencing of Moon Township recently installed a new slide gate for the entrance of our parking lot along Beaver Street. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive funded this project.

Welcome A special welcome to Andrew, Tess, Liam, Carolyn, and Elsie Powers, and Patricia Waugaman who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Accounts Manager and Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello who celebrated her birthday this past Friday, September 8, and to our Youth Minister John Wieland who is celebrating his birthday this Sunday, September 10.

Something to Think About… We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky. - Walter Mosley

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 09.03.17

FOLLOW ME!

Today we celebrate the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on perseverance in difficult times and answering the Lord’s call to follow him.

In the first reading from the Book of Jeremiah, we read how the prophet Jeremiah experienced many hardships. He complains to God that he has been duped. Later in Jeremiah’s words, which we do not read today, he affirms the Lord’s presence with him.

In the Gospel from St. Matthew, we continue reading from last week’s passage, Jesus says to his disciples that whoever wishes to follow him must take up his cross and follow him. Jesus tells his disciples he must go to Jerusalem and suffer and die on the cross and on the third day be raised. This is the first of three Passion predictions recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.

As we celebrate this Labor Day weekend, let us be thankful for the gifts of Labor God blesses us with and be grateful the for the gifts and talents. Let us return that thanks by being committed to God. Please join us for Mass this Labor Day, Monday, at 9am.

FOLLOW ME!

Vacation 2017 Please note that I will be heading on my annual vacation to the Atlantic Coast this coming week September 7-17. There will be no daily Masses this Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration) or the week of September 11-16 (including no Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday morning.) The church will be open for private prayer daily from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Daily Masses and Confessions will be available for St. James parishioners at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Glenfield, Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township, and St. Catherine in Crescent.

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals and will be the celebrant for the weekend Masses. Please hold any phone calls, messages, and e-mails while I am away.

Labor Day In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the only Mass on Monday, September 4 will be 9:00am. The Rectory offices will also be closed. They will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 8:30am.

Parish Share 2017 The annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. With schools and colleges now officially open for the new school year, Parish Share helps fund Catholic Campus Ministry programs to our local high school and college students. Our goal this year is $179,002. Please be as generous as possible so we obtain our goal.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. 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. They are already 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 at 412-741-6650 ext. 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Parish Improvements Frantangelo’s Gardens and Landscaping of Moon Township have done some updating with our landscaping around the campus including planting new bushes around the school and gymnasium building and cleared areas near the Gathering Space windows and the Broad Street entrance/exit.

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you searching for a deeper faith and would like to be Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting October 19th. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss. There will be an information meeting Sunday, September 24th at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Congratulations Congratulations to Alexandra Marceline Kostelnik, daughter of Nathan and Brooke Barber Kostelnik, and Elsie Ann Powers, daughter of Andrew and Teresa Miller Powers and Aurellia Marie Wood, Darren and Amanda Gary Wood who are being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome A special welcome to John and Jeanette Kent, and Theresa Lingg who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Second Collection Next Sunday’s second collection is for the Bishop’s Education Fund to help families receive scholarships for Catholic Education. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… We all have a path to take; sometimes it’s hidden under the weeds so you might have to work a little. - Mike Dolan

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