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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:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco


...and those who have died



Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection July 10, 2016 - $15,308.95

Offertory Collection July 17, 2016 - $10,622.36


Online Giving - 


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 - 07.24.16

LET US PRAY!

This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on praying. In the First Reading from the Book of Genesis, we read how Abraham pleads for the life of the innocent of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses asks God to give the people another chance. In the Gospel of Luke, we read how the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus teaches them the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Matthew and Luke both have the Lord’s Prayer in their gospels, Luke’s version is shorter. Luke is often referred to from scripture scholars as the “Gospel of Prayer” because he emphasizes Jesus’ practice of prayer. Jesus tells us that we should have no hesitation to talk and have a relationship with him.

Like Abraham, we are to approach God with a degree of confidence and trust. To verbally ask is not enough, we must also diligently seek to discover how to live so as to be worthy of obtaining what we ask for. Our heavenly Father loving watches over us and provides for what we truly need.

How is our prayer life? Do we take time each and every day to pray? Are we stressed and need to take a time out in our lives to pray? Perhaps today we can resolve to deepen our relationship with God through more frequent communication. Ask, you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.

LET US PRAY!

Finance Council - Special thanks to Dave Carter and Steve Clemente, who both have relocated to other cities for employment, and Bob Vogel who has completed his term on the Finance Council.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Kyle Richert to the Finance Council. Born and raised in Sewickley, he has been a member of St. James Parish for 23 years. He attended St. James School and Quaker Valley High School. Kyle studied finance and marketing at Grove City College. He currently works with Luttner Financial Group, a privately held wealth management firm in downtown Pittsburgh and has extensive experience in the areas of budgeting, personal finance, accounting, marketing, and fund raising. Kyle is also a member of the Revenue Committee and an active member in the adult choir.

Openings for Pastoral and Finance Council We will have two openings for Pastoral Council and Finance Council this fall.

Pastoral Council advises and assists the Pastor in identifying the mission of St. James and develops goals and objectives for our Pastoral Plan. Members serve for three years and meetings are held monthly usually the third Monday of the month.

Finance Council oversees in the area of Stewardship and helps prepare the budget for the parish and school by working closely with the Business Manager. The council also helps identify the needs of the physical plant and makes recommendations for its upkeep, maintenance and development. If you are interested in being on one of these councils, please call me at (412)741- 6650 extension 311 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Help Wanted We currently have an opening for a part-time School custodian. This is a Monday through Friday afternoon shift working from 4:00 to 8:00pm and one Saturday a month (on a rotation basis) for one to two hours. May also need to be on call for emergency situations. Primary responsibilities will be for the cleanliness and upkeep of the school facilities. Applicants should have a high school/GED education, valid PA drivers license, 21 years of age or older, have basic maintenance skills, and complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh Save Environment program. If interested in applying, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650 extension 312 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Timothy and Barbara Brandenberger, Daniel Thompson, and Adam and Erin Watchey who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Roselyn Taylor Hasey who is being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Bianca Estrada and Peter Christof who were married this weekend!

Something to Think About… It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. St. Francis of Assisi

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 - 07.17.16

WELCOME!

Three weeks ago after a six-hour bus trip traveling through heavy thunderstorms on the Ohio and Indiana turnpike to attend the Notre Dame Vision Youth Conference, our youth group, adult chaperones and I were joyfully greeted by the Notre Dame Vision staff immediately upon our arrival to Geddes Hall to register.

After registration, I walked from Geddes Hall to Corby Hall, which is the Holy Cross Priest and Brother’s Residence and is located next door to the Sacred Heart Basilica. When I entered Corby Hall, I was greeted by Julia Nash, the Administrative Director of Corby Hall, and Fr. Mark Theising. They welcomed me and told me to make myself at home. I stayed in the Presbytery, which is the guest house next to Corby Hall. The living quarters were comfortable for my week’s stay and it faced the beautiful Grotto. I was also made to feel welcomed through the concelebrating of daily mass with the Holy Cross Fathers.

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on welcoming others into our daily life. In the First Reading from Genesis, we read how Abraham and Sarah welcome three visitors into their home. In the Gospel of Luke we read how Jesus visits Martha and Mary. Martha is busy making a meal for Jesus while Mary sits at his feet listening to every word.

Each of us has gifts to offer. We are each called to bring our gifts to the Lord and let it shine Let us learn to minister well by being attentive to the needs of each person that we encounter. In the busyness of our daily lives, let us try to keep a healthy balance by opening our hearts and minds to Jesus by listening to the Word of God then acting on it by our actions with others.

WELCOME!

Parish Improvements Major repairs and improvements though out the parish campus continue:

S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the sacristy and hallways. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge updated the Sacristy doors, installed new wooden cabinets and sink in the sacristy, and installed crown molding under the church canopy. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

St. James School Registration Looking for a wonderful safe and loving environment for your child? St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100.

Congratulations Congratulations to Collin Roger Kouao Bley, son of Jean and Kelly Lewis Bley, Thomas Matthew Dundon, son of Jay and Christen Mackenzie Dundon, and Colton Bradley Van- Buskirk, son of Bradley and Lauren Maxwell VanBuskirk who are being baptized this weekend.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gerard and Betty Heuler who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Matthew, Adrien and Dia Collavo, and Lisa Mauti, who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal/Second Collection This weekend we welcome Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue, who will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… “Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.” - Author Unknown

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 - 07.10.16

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Two weeks ago when our Youth Group attended Notre Dame Vision, the theme for the week was “Merciful Like the Father.” National Catholic speakers spoke to the Youth and Adults about Mercy. Pope Francis has declared the year of 2016 as the Year of Mercy.

Our youth learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Sick, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Visit the Prisoner, and Bury and Mourn the Dead.

They also learned the Spiritual Works of Mercy: Admonish the Sinner, Instruct the Ignorant, Counsel the Doubtful, Comfort the Sorrowful, Bear Wrongs Patiently, Forgive all Injuries, and Pray for the Living and the Dead.

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on loving God, and loving thy neighbor. In the Gospel of Luke we read the famous parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke is the only Gospel to have this parable. To love God is to treat one another with mercy, reconciliation and love.

This weekend is a good time to reflect on who is our neighbor? A neighbor is not just the person or family that lives next door to us or our co-worker in the next cubicle, but our neighbor is anyone in need. We are all called to treat one another with mercy. Acting mercifully toward our neighbor is built into the human heart; all we have to do is act on it.

As we reach the mid-point of summer and mid-point of the “Year of Mercy 2016,” let us take a step back and look at where we are at in life. Let us be a “Good Samaritan” showing selfless love to all those in need.

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR!

Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the parish campus this summer:

S&N Industries of Harmony, PA are at the “half way” mark of replacing our “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the meeting rooms, chorus room, AIU room, Lou Valenzi’s Office and main Gathering Space room. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley continues to upgrade outlet voltage and making additional outlets for coffee makers, etc. He also installed wiring for motorized window blinds. He will continue to work on decorative and recessed lighting in the main Gathering Space area. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Pittsburgh Blinds Company of Presto, PA has installed new blinds on the front windows, skylights, meeting rooms and chorus room. **Special thanks to our Women’s Guild for totally funding this project.**

Cemetery Improvements Cemetery upgrades recently included new fencing. Parishioner Jake Smiley did these upgrades for his Eagle Scout Award project. Special thanks to an anonymous donor for providing all the fencing materials for the upgrades.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eileen Johnson and Michael Kravitz who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Robert and Karen Cobourne, Uriah, Britany, Jude, and Evelyn Leddy, and Jane McKenzie who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a simple ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many. - Kevin Heath

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 07-03-16

HARVEST IS ABUNDANT, LABORERS ARE FEW!

This weekend in the Pittsburgh Catholic there are over forty changes in clergy assignments listed. As we continue to move forward with “On Mission, For the Church Alive!” our priests are taking on additional responsibilities with two, three and four parishes when years ago, each parish had a Pastor and Parochial Vicar. Population changes in Western Pennsylvania continue to alter the demographics of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Twenty years ago we had 600 priests, now in 2016 we have 225. It is projected that in a few years, we will have 112 priests! Let us pray for more vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being a disciple of the Lord and spreading the Good News. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus appoints seventy-two disciples and sends them out two by two as workers.

Luke is the only Gospel writer that has a “commissioning” of the twelve and a second “commissioning” of the seventy two. The other Gospel writers only focus on sending out the twelve. By virtue of our Baptism we are called to be sent. Jesus says that the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few. Let us look at our own vocation calling in life and look at the gifts and talents that the Lord calls us and continue to pray for men to enter in the priesthood and pray for the men and woman in Religious Life.

As we celebrate this Independence Day holiday weekend, let us pray for our country that is divided and for all those who are unemployed as well as those serving in our military. Let us be proud to be Americans and proud to be living in the land of the free and home of the brave!

HARVEST IS ABUNDANT, LABORERS ARE FEW!

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our bulletin has a “new look”. Our parish continues to be alive and well with great organizations and activities. Please be sure to patronize our businesses on the back pages who help make this wonderful bulletin available to be printed free of charge on a weekly basis.

Pastoral Council Special thanks to Gene Battistella who has completed his term on Pastoral Council.

It is with great joy I appoint Jeffrey Minarek to Pastoral Council. Originally a member of Transfiguration Church in Russellton, Jeff currently lives in Moon Township. He is employed at Dick's Sporting Goods in Findlay Township as a Supervisor of Store Planning. He is also a Eucharistic Minister and has a nephew and niece Alex and Olivia Omler who attend St. James School. He looks forward to serving our parish community.

Parish Share 2016 Parish Share 2016 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day-to-day operations for the Diocesan offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $173,549.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016 -2017 school year. There is a three year old half day Preschool program and half day and full day four year old Preschool program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. One hundred and three years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Congratulations Congratulations to Rikki Jaclyn Doran, daughter of Jack Doran and Jennifer Snee who was baptized last weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kevin and Dorothy Clocherty, Catherine Morkert, and Mark, Pam, Bryce, Weston and Jack Roberts who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Please note that on Monday, July 4 we will have 9am Mass only. The Rectory Office will be closed for the day. Happy 4th of July!

Something to Think About… Challenges are what makes life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

With God, All Things Are Possible!