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  • 02.05.13

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  • 30.04.13
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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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  • 15.05.09
    Our new web site, www.saintjames-church.com, has the ability to create and store photo galleries. With our parish's 150th anniversary coming soon wouldn't it be nice to begin to create a historical picture gallery of our parish church and school for all to see from how we started to where we are today. If you have any old pictures that show the church or school - The Photo Depot has offered to sca...
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  • 30.04.09
    If you are currently in 4th grade or older and are interested in becoming an altar server, or are a current altar server in need of a refresher, we will be holding an altar server training class on Thursday, May 14 at 4:00pm in Church. If you are planning on attending the practice, please call Karin at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected fr...
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  • 20.04.09
    Every year, St. James Church hosts a Farmers' Market as an outreach to support local farmers and early merchants. Now in its seventh year, the St. James Church Farmers' Market hosts merchants selling meat like beef and pork, locally grown fresh vegetables, local honey, and even freshly made pierogies. Join us every Saturday from April through November to help support local farmers and merchants! ...
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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:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Enos Abel
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volente
  • 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)
 
 

Events

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Financial Summary

As of November 16, 2014 - $16,263


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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The Shepherd's Voice 11.23.14

CHRIST THE KING! 

Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time as we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. This feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Christ the King is not primarily a feast for celebrating the power of Christ but calls us to imitate our king, who came not to be served but to serve. 

All three readings this weekend call our attention to the Day of Judgment. What matters ultimately is whether we have loved God in those in need. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how God is the shepherd of the flock. People have peace and security with the Good Shepherd. In the Second Reading from Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that Jesus has established his kingship by his death and resurrection. In today’s Gospel, we read “Matthew’s Final Judgment” as Jesus reminds us about the corporal works of mercy: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, hospitality to the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the ill, and visiting those in prison. 

As we pause to give thanks this week for God’s blessings, let us look around to those in need and bring Christ to them in what we say and do. 

CHRIST THE KING! 

Blue & White Gala Special thanks to all who attended and made last week’s Blue & White Gala for St. James School such a success! Over 230 people came to the Allegheny Country Club and enjoyed a delicious dinner along with great live and silent auction items. Congratulations to Gloria Berry for receiving the “Excellent Minds Award” and Beth Tarasi for receiving the “Exceptional Hearts Award.” Gloria and Beth have been great supporters of Catholic education over the years. Thank you to Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio for being the Master of Ceremonies, and John and Amy Kenneweg and Clay and Heather Saftner our Gala co-chairpersons and their wonderful hardworking committees for making this year’s Gala such a success! St. James Catholic School is truly a special place to learn and grow! 

Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service on Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Thursday, December 4 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Tuesday, December 9 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) Tuesday, December 16 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

On Wednesday December 10 from 6:00 to 9:00pm all parishes will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in all parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. 

Parish Improvements This past week fifty new burgundy upholstered stackable choir chairs were delivered to the Music Room in the Gathering Space. Special thanks to an anonymous parishioner for making this project possible. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held Thursday, November 27 at 9:00am. 

Please note that there will no 6:45am Mass on Friday, November 28. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 26 and will not reopen until Monday, December 1st in observance of the holiday. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Courtney Caldwell and her daughter Aria Bonilla, and Michael and Staci Ovadia and their children Aviana, Zaiden, and Milani Ovadia who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Summer Mary Nelson who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy 98th Birthday to Austin McGrath! 

Something to Think About… When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. - Chief Tecumseh 

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 11.16.14

USE OUR TALENTS! 

It is the mid-point of November and the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and we are experiencing cooler temperatures. As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season, this is a good time to evaluate how the year 2014 has been for us: what we have done and where do we want to go for the new year. This is a good weekend to do some “internal soul searching” to start making some goals to be a better person. 

As we come to the final few weeks of the Liturgical calendar (a new cycle of readings begins on Sunday, December 7th, the First Week of Advent), the readings this weekend focus on using our gifts and talents to the best of our ability. 

In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs, a poet describes Wisdom as the perfect partner. She brings life and countless blessings to those who love her. The final chapter of Proverbs honors the worthy wife and the poem gives special attention to the hands of a perfect spouse. In the Second Reading form Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to be prepared, for the day the Lord will come unexpectedly. Paul encourages his people to be alert spiritually. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Talents. Placed in the Lectionary towards the end of the liturgical year, this parable urges us to evaluate our own service. These three readings prepare us for the end of the year and challenge us to understand our life in terms of its ultimate purpose.

Do you have a passion for something that you do not use? Would you like to become more involved in the parish as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Choir member, Religious Education Catechist or Youth Ministry volunteer? Want to become a member of the Women’s Guild, Knights of Columbus, or St. Vincent de Paul Society? This is a wonderful time to become active. How can I better use the talents that God has given me? 

USE OUR TALENTS! 

Pastoral and Finance Council Openings If you would like to use your leadership skills and are interested in becoming part of our Pastoral Council or Finance Council please email me or call me to schedule a time to talk in person. We have three openings for Pastoral Council and two openings for Finance Council beginning January 2015. 

Parish Improvements We recently installed new basketball hoops in our school gymnasium and updated some plumbing fixtures in our Preschool restrooms.

Congratulations Congratulations to Gabriella Carmella Maria Campos and Alexander Thomas Dwyer who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Christopher Donnelly and Leslie Theiss and their daughter Gabrielle Donnelly, and Ernie, Sherry, and A. Gianni Ricci who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held Thursday, November 27 at 9:00am. Safe travels to all who will be traveling! Please note that there will no 6:45am Masses on Friday, November 28th. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 26th and will not reopen until Monday, December 1st in observance of the holiday. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends

Happy Birthday A Happy Birthday to Sister Christy Hill our School Principal!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 44th birthday next Monday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James. 

Second Collection Next Weekend Please note that the Second Collection next weekend is the annual Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… “It is not what an artist does that matters, but what he is.” - Picasso 

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 11.09.14

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

I recently returned from a ten day pilgrimage to Italy. It was a very rewarding experience to travel to Rome, Assisi, Sienna, Florence, Venice and Milan. Standing in St. Peters Square and seeing Pope Francis deliver his weekly Wednesday address will be a moment that I will never forget. The main theme of his homily was about family, that we are all connected to one another. Italy has many beautiful churches and Rome is the center point of our Catholicism. I had an opportunity to travel throughout the City of Rome and drive past all the four great basilicas: St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. John Lateran. 

This Sunday we take a break from “Ordinary Time” to celebrate the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica which is the Cathedral Church of Rome. This church is named after the Laterani Family who donated the land for the original church that was dedicated in the year 321. For centuries, the old Lateran palace was the residence of the popes. It was only when the popes returned from the Avignon exile in the 14th century that they took up residence at the Vatican. 

Through the centuries, the Lateran Basilica has been damaged by earthquakes, attacked by vandals and destroyed by fire. Despite these tragedies, the Lateran Basilica has been rebuilt and refurbished. It is the “mother church” of Roman Catholicism and the Cathedral Church of the Pope, who is the father and shepherd of us all. 

Closer to home, St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland is the “Mother Church” of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The 198 parishes that make up the Diocese of Pittsburgh in the six counties of Western Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, and Green County are connected to St. Paul Cathedral. The Lateran Basilica is the mother and head of all churches in the whole world. We are one family connected by our faith. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how a prophet sees water flowing from the temple of the Lord. It brings life to all the land. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, we read how Paul tells us that we are the temple of God. Jesus is the foundation. In John’s Gospel this weekend we read the “cleansing of the temple.” Jesus calls for greater respect of the temple. 

Let us pray for one another, as brothers and sisters, and pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, that he may continue to inspire believers everywhere to be holy and humble. 

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

Rite of Welcoming This weekend we welcome our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen (non baptized) to the 9:30 am Mass as we officially introduce them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. This week we welcome the Class of 2015: James Armeni, Stephen Biser, Shea Corsetti, Amy Dwyer, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, Michelle Straka, and Sarah D’Urso. Let us continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles, and a wonderful dinner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Dr. Richard MacDonald and Dr. Annette Cronauer and their children Cecilia, Kenzington, Alexander and Amalia MacDonald, and Marya Nitko and her daughter Sienna Mungia who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Religious Education Karen Conroy who is celebrating her birthday this week! 

Happy Anniversary Happy 25th Anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Paul Denk

Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women who have served in our Armed Services. God Bless America! 

Something to Think About… Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - 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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 11.02.14

LIFE AFTER DEATH! 

As a priest I conduct a lot of funerals. It is part of the “cycle of life” that we all have to go through. Throughout the month of November we will remember all of the parishioners who have passed away within the past year. 

Today is like “Memorial Day” as we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. On this day we remember the loss of a loved one. It is also an expression of our hope and confidence that our loved ones are with us in spirit. Even while we mourn, we remember the full circle of life and keep the confidence of hope in our hearts.

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how the faithful find rest in the hands of God. The suffering in this world made them precious in the eyes of the creator. In the second reading from Paul to the Romans we are reminded that hope does not disappoint. In the Gospel this weekend we read from the Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John. Jesus promises that anyone who comes to him from the Father will not be rejected. The Catholic Church sets aside November as a month of remembrance for the faithful departed. 

Today, let us remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. May they rest in peace. 

LIFE AFTER DEATH! 

Memorial Board/Book of Remembrance The month of November is a time to remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. Throughout the month we will display our parish memorial board listing the names of parishioners who have passed away since last October. We also have a Book of Remembrance where parishioners and visitors can write names of their loved ones in the book and at every Mass during the month of November we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to write down your loved ones name in our book. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. 

Parish Improvements Matt Mertz Plumbing upgraded several plumbing fixtures in the school building and installed a new hot water tank. 

Parish Share 2014 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2014 is $196, 477

Parish Share is a very important campaign to help run the day to day operations at the diocese, helps with Catholic School scholarships, Campus Ministry programs, and other organizations. Please be as generous as possible. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James Parish on a regular basis and are not officially registered your most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Richard, Spence, Julia, Nicole, and Christopher Brown and Benjamin and Cathy Mehl who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it is what you leave behind you when you go. - Randy Travis 

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