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  • 16.02.15

    Attachments:FileDescriptionPastoral Plan 2015-2018.pdf  Year One.pdf ...
  • 20.12.14
    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...
  • 19.12.14
    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannTom McConomyAnna TorrenceJean BleyDave KelchCatherine PlattBob BaslGene BattistellaRyan MillerKristie Moran...
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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...
  • 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.  ...

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:

  • 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
  • Jim Gregory

...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

March 15, 2015 - $9,777

Catholic Relief Collection - $2,682

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Holy Week Schedule




HOLY THURSDAY MASS AT 7:00PM The church will be open until 11:00pm 


HOLY SATURDAY Blessing of Food Baskets @ Noon in the Church  -  8:00PM – EASTER VIGIL


The Shepherd's Voice 03.22.15



Last month my dad’s sister Eileen passed away very suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at the young age of sixty-eight. Death is something we all have faced with family, friends, and loved ones. It is part of the circle of life: a beginning, middle and an end. As Catholic’s we believe that there is life after death, Jesus gives us hope for the resurrection. This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. The readings this weekend focus on life after death. 

In the First Reading, the prophet Ezekiel proclaims that God will grant new life to the dead and bring them back to their homeland. In the Second Reading from Romans, we read how the Spirit is alive. The one who raised Christ from the dead will give new life. 

The Gospel of John focuses on Jesus raising his good friend Lazarus from the dead. This is the final “sign” (miracle) in John’s Gospel aimed at manifesting how Jesus is the revelation of the Father. 

In Bethany, Jesus had three very close friends: sisters Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus. Jesus attempts to teach Martha and Mary to understand that he himself is the resurrection and the life. Just like the healing of the man born blind in last weeks gospel as a sign of deeper seeing that is life of faith, the return of Lazarus to physical life is a sign of a deeper awakening to the eternal life that comes from Christian conversion and Baptism. 

If we are grieving the loss of a loved one this year, let us ask the Lord for peace, healing and comfort. Let us pray today for an abundance of new life and pray for all those loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. 



St. Patrick’s Day Dinner a Success! Thanks to all who attended our Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner dance last Saturday evening. Thanks to the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale for a delicious meal, David Ford for providing the great music, those who donated wonderful Chinese Auction items and our wonderful planning committee for set up and clean up. Plans are already underway for our Third Annual Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 27! Stay tuned! 

Living Stations - Next Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm in church, St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program will perform “Living Stations.” Over 80 high school students will perform this wonderful passion play. Please join us to prepare for Holy Week. 

Lenten Penance Service The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. The final district Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, March 30 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 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. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100. 

We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for the 2015-2016 school year! 

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the Diocesan Championship last Sunday! Way to go Cougars! 

Seminarian Jeff Craig I am pleased to announce that Bishop David Zubik has assigned Jeffrey Craig, our summer seminarian intern from last year, for theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Italy, beginning in August 2015. Jeff will return once again this year for his summer internship from May 16 thru June 16. If you would like to drop a note to Jeff he can be reached at: Jeffrey M. Craig, St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations Congratulations to Cana Marie Kelch and Marie Therese Lafitte who are being Baptized today. 

Welcome A special welcome to James and Debra Catanzarite who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Nobody is so busy that they can’t make time for the people they really care about. - Leila Sales 

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

The Shepherd's Voice 03.15.15



As we reach the mid-point of this month of March we also reach the “half way” mark of the Lenten Season. Today we celebrate Laetare Sunday or “Rejoice Sunday.” The priest wears a rose colored vestment today. 

From the Fourth Sunday of Lent until the end of the Lenten season, the Daily and Sunday Gospel readings come from the Gospel of John. 

The readings this weekend focus on looking at our spiritual blindness, asking for God’s mercy, and welcoming God’s forgiveness. The Gospel of John tells how Jesus heals the man born blind on the Sabbath. This is the sixth “sign” or miracle in John’s Gospel that Jesus has performed. The man healed is twice brought before the Pharisee’s to explain who restores his vision. The people around cannot see that Jesus is the Messiah or see all the good that is going on. Let open our eyes to recognize how we are blessed. 



Parish Share 2015 The Annual Parish Share 2015 Campaign has begun. Our goal this year is $155,416.00. All 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh participate in this very important campaign which helps run the day to day operations for the Diocese, St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, Catholic School scholarships, College Campus Ministry and also Hospital Chaplaincy programs. All registered parishioners should have already received their pledge and payment cards in the mail. Thank you for your support. Please note that when making your pledge or payment, return both portions of the cards but keep the donor copy card for your receipt. We appreciate your support in this very important annual campaign for our Diocese. 

Sewickley Herald I am pleased to announce that the Sewickley Herald has invited me to be a regular monthly columnist effective this month. My column “Taking Life’s Journey” will focus on sharing everyday life’s events. I am honored to write this column and utilize my degree in Communication from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Broadcast news and journalism is very near and dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy walking this journey with me! 

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. This coming Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 9pm we will celebrate The Light Is On For You. Every Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Final Penance Service for our Parish Cluster will be conducted on Monday, March 30 at 6:30pm at St. Joseph in Coraopolis. 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Please join me along with Lou Valenzi as we visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway. We will have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. There will be an informational meeting next Sunday, March 22 at 3pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446 or email at sivtravelbroker@ 

Fish Fry Join us every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7pm in the St. James School Cafeteria for our famous Fish Fry. For take out orders please call 412-741-5540 press #2. I may be the one to answer the phone and take your order! 

Congratulations Congratulations to the 59 Eighth graders who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Saturday. May the Holy Spirit guide them and bless them on their new journey of faith! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Lou Valenzi our Director of Music Ministries who celebrated his birthday this past week March 11. 

Welcome A special welcome to Mark, Nicole and Nia Rooks who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Something to Think About… Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller 

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

The Shepherd's Voice 03.08.15


WE THIRST! As you know I love drinking Starbucks Coffee. Coffee helps keep my energy up and keeps me warm (especially during these cold winter months). Along with coffee, I do like to drink a lot of water too. It is actually healthy for you! Whenever I work out at the gym, taking a walk, or driving in my Jeep, my blue Notre Dame water bottle is right there with me. 

This weekend we celebrate the first of three Sunday’s on which the Scrutiny’s are celebrated for our members of the R.C.I.A. program. These men and women, who are now in the final weeks of their preparation in becoming an official Catholic and member of our church family, are now called “the elect.” The Third Sunday of Lent always features Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well. The readings this weekend focus on water. We all “thirst” for something in life: love, peace, happiness, faith, financial stability and/or good health. 

In the first reading from Exodus, we read how the people grumbled against Moses. God provides them with water from solid rock. In the Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we see the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of John tells how Jesus and the Samaritan women interact at the well. The water Jesus gives is the wellspring of eternal life. A woman of Samaria meets Jesus at Jacobs well. She leaves her water jar and returns to the town and invites others to come to Jesus. She is the first to hear the news that Jesus is the Messiah and the first missionary to proclaim the Good News. Let us quench our thirst with Christ in our life. 


2014 Financial Report Enclosed with this week’s bulletin is our Financial Report for the 2013- 2014 fiscal year. You will see that we fell short of our offertory goals, but cut our expenses to offset the difference—leaving a mild shortfall for the year. Although our offertory income increased a modest 2%, our expenses increased 7%. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for all your hard work and a special thank you to the Pastoral and Finance Councils for your leadership and support. Thank you to all who enter into the Body of Christ here at St. James to bring the light of Christ to the heart of Sewickley. 

During these uncertain times and a fragile economy, I am very grateful for the generosity of St. James parishioners. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Williams at 412-741-6650 x313. 

2015 Finance Council Members: Andrea Vescio, (Facilitator), Chuck Etta, John Nicolaus, Lisa Roskovensky, Judy Spanos, David Thompson, Bob Vogel, and Mark Whitaker. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7:00pm in Church Living Stations - Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held next Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are going fast! 

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, March 10 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) Thursday, March 12 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Monday, March 30 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

Baptism Preparation We welcome our newest team to lead the Baptism Preparation Classes for couples preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism: Jason and Shea Corsetti and Dave and Emily Kelch. Special thanks to Jim and Margi Gregory who have lead the Baptism classes for many years. Best wishes to Jim and Margi and thank you for all that you have done over the years! 

Welcome A special welcome to Gail Brooks and Ann Wilson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection Next Sunday the second collection will be for Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… It doesn’t matter how deep the water is when you know how to swim. - Peter Baeklund 

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