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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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    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:

  • 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)
 
 

Events

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Financial Summary

Weekly collection for July 12, 2015 

Offertory - $16,122.00 

Tuition Assistance - $300.00 

Capital Improvement - $625.00 

Votive Lights - $240.80

Weekly collection for July 19, 2015

Offertory - $11,297.75  

Tuition Assistance - $255.00

Capital Improvement - $205.00

Votive Lights - $192.11

Wedding Donation - $100.00 

Peter’s Pence  - $5.00

Bulletin Rebate - $875.00

Mission Appeal Second Collection - $6,477.15

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 - 07.26.15

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE! 

This weekend and for the next four Sundays we take a break from the Gospel of Mark to hear five passages from the “Bread of Life Discourse” in the Gospel of St. John. Today’s readings focus on feeding the hungry. God can work wonders with the little we have if we are willing to give it all. In the First Reading from the Book of Kings we read how Elisha, a prophet, becomes the source of life for the people. By God’s word, many are satisfied. The story emphasizes the abundance that results when faithful people offer all they have while trusting in God to make it sufficient to meet the need. In the Second Reading from Ephesians, Paul urges the Community to live in peace. In the Gospel of John we read how Jesus miraculously feeds 5,000 people with five barley loaves and two fish. This is a very popular story in the New Testament. In fact, all four Gospel writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John write about the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. It is the only miracle story of Jesus found in all four gospels. 

As Catholics, the Eucharist is the center of our faith. Each time we come to Mass, we are “fed” with the Liturgy of the Word, and “fed” with the Liturgy of the Eucharist at Holy Communion. Let us be nourished with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ to help us with our daily lives and bring Christ to those who are hungry, thirsty, or lack hope. 

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE! 

Parish Improvements The Diocesan Office of Property and Planning is assisting us in getting our main church roof replaced. We have recently hired Florida Consulting LLC to assist us with roofing contractors. Because most roofers are behind schedule with current projects due to the wet summer season, we will continue to evaluate the best way to do some “emergency patching” to the areas of the main church roof where it is leaking to get us through the fall and winter months, then plan for total roof replacement in the spring.

Ken Bitkowski Contracting LLC of Turtle Creek continues to conduct major renovations to the Rectory Offices. Please be patient with us during this time with phone calls and e-mails. We will do our best to keep the offices running as “normal as possible” during the renovations. Special thanks to a parishioner who has financially covered the complete cost of the rectory office renovations at no extra cost to the parish. 

St. James Parish Trip to Ireland: Please note: There will be no weekday Masses this week, Monday thru Friday July 27-31. 

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

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, August 1: 8:00am to 2:00pm. 

KDKA Radio - 1020AM Fr. Ron Lengwin host of “Amplify” Sunday evenings from 9:00pm to 11:00pm has asked me to be a guest host for him next Sunday, August 2. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-16 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. 102 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540. 

Welcome A special welcome to Thomas, Lanie, Adriana and Orion Baverso who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Happy 24th Anniversary to my sister and brother in-law, Linda and Eric Schueler. 

Happy 53rd Anniversary to Emil & Janet Grazioli who are the parents of our Office Manager, Karin Masterani. 

Happy Birthday to my mom Marge Burke. 

Something to Think About… We’re told every day, “You can’t change the world.” But the world is changing every day. The only questions are…who’s doing it? You or somebody else? - J. Michael Straczynski 

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 - 07.19.15

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD! 

Time Magazine recently ran a front page cover article about how American’s are taking less and less vacations or “working” during their vacation. Too much work can lead to burn out and negativity. 

Recently a parishioner approached me and was “surprised” that I take a day off during the week. My day off is on Thursday’s and it is a day when I can get my haircut, go to the dentist, take my Jeep for an oil change, spend time with my family and friends or just spend the day not doing the usual routine. Priests’ are human beings too and need a day off and also need to take a vacation once in a while. With the extra stress and demands that are being made on priests, it is now, more than ever, very important to keep a healthy balance in life. 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings focus on taking time to rest and listening to the Good Shepherd calling us. 

In the First Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah, we read how God announces that a just King will rule over Israel. David’s successors have not served the people well, but better leaders are promised. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that Christ is the Prince of Peace. The Jews and the Gentiles are united with one another. By suffering on the cross, Christ broke down the barriers and united all peoples as children of the one Father. In the Gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus invites his apostles to a deserted place and rest for a while. This is the only time Mark references any of the disciples as apostles. They have just returned from a mission journey and reported back to Jesus regarding their missionary experience. 

As members of his flock, we too, need to return to Jesus for instruction and rejuvenation. As we reach the mid-point of the summer season, let us take time to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine and relax and spend time with our families. Let us encourage others to respond to God’s call for shepherds and to invite gifted men and women to be pastoral workers, religious and priests. We need full time shepherds. 

We welcome Fr. John Odeyemi from the Diocese of Ilorin in Southwest Nigeria who we be the celebrant at all masses this weekend for the Diocese’s annual Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible. 

Since I will be traveling to Ireland this coming week, the celebrant for next weekend’s Masses will be Fr. Richard Terdine! 

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD! 

St. James Parish Trip to Ireland: Please note: there will be No Weekday Masses this week or next week, Monday thru Saturday, July 20-25 and July 27-31. There will also be No Confessions or Eucharistic Adoration Saturday, July 25. 

Daily Masses for St. James parishioners will be available 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. 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, August 1: 8:00am to 2:00pm. 

KDKA Radio- 1020AM Fr. Ron Lengwin host of “Amplify” Sunday evenings from 9:00-11:00pm has asked me to be a guest host for him on Sunday, August 2nd. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-16 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 two 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. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Steve, Lisa, Ashley and Anna Clemente who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Marco Joseph Roberts and Marlayana Roberts who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Summertime is always the best of what might be. - Charles Bowden

 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 - 07.12.15

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

TRAVEL LIGHTLY! 

On the front cover of the July 6-13 issue of America Magazine, the headline reads “Pastors, Not Princes, the role of the Bishop under Pope Francis.” In the article written by Fr. Diego Fares, S. J. a former Theology professor in Argentina, it focuses on bishops and priests being encouraged to live in simplicity and to proclaim the joy of being a shepherd: to watch over their people, be authentic, and be pastoral. Pope Francis famously said last Holy Thursday, “I want shepherds with the smell of the sheep and a father’s smile.” 

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday and the readings focus on responding to the Lord’s call. In the First reading from Amos, we read how the prophet explains that he does not speak for himself. His authority comes from the court of heaven. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus summons the twelve disciples. He reminds them to “travel lightly.” He sent his disciples to live with people as they were and where they were and to invite them to live with him. By staying close to Jesus, the disciples are able to share in the very power that Jesus himself exercises. 

All Christians, at their baptism, are given a share in Christ’s role as priest, prophet, and king. Jesus invites each one of us to bring God’s compassion and healing to others and to let go of “distractions.” 

TRAVEL LIGHTLY! 

Parish Improvements Allegheny Acoustics of McMurray recently replaced acoustical ceiling tiles in the areas where the church roof is not leaking: School entrance, Gathering Space entrance and side entrance hallway, Usher’s Room, and Church restroom hallway and the main church entrance. We will be replacing the ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures near the back Confessional areas and the main church vestibule hallway area in a few weeks. 

The Diocesan Office of Property and Planning is assisting us in getting our main church roof replaced. We will keep you posted on our progress. 

Ken Bitkowski Contracting LLC of Turtle Creek will begin major renovations to the Rectory Offices over the next few weeks. Please be patient with us during this time with phone calls and e-mails. We will do our best to keep the offices running as “normal as possible” during the renovations. 

Notre Dame Vision Recently my nephew Matthew Denk wrote me a note after attending Notre Dame Vision a few weeks ago. Matthew will be a Senior at Seton La Salle High School and is a member of St. Norbert Parish (part of the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh) in Overbrook. Matthew wrote: “Dear Uncle Tom, thank you so much for taking me on the trip to Notre Dame. I had such a great time. It was nice to walk with you every morning around the lake and the campus talking whatever we wanted to. I am very proud to be your nephew. Your nephew, Matthew. 

Parish Trip to Ireland: Please note that since I will be attending the parish trip to Ireland, there will be no weekday Masses Monday - Saturday morning (including Saturday Confession and Eucharistic Adoration) July 20-25 and Monday - Friday, July 27-31. 

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

Mission Appeal Next Weekend Each year the Diocese of Pittsburgh asks each parish to participate in a “Mission Appeal.” Next weekend we will welcome Fr. John Odeyemi who will be the Celebrant for all the weekend Masses. Fr. John will be asking us for financial support for the Diocese of Illorin in Southwest Nigeria. Please be as generous as possible. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Dave and Janet Doubt and their children: Matthew, Danielle, and Abigail, who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alicia Ford and Joseph Franzen who were married this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Abrianna Jayde Heinz who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… You can live without anything you weren’t born with, and you can make it through on even half of that. - Gloria Naylor 

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 - 07.05.15

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

REJECTING THE MESSENGER 

It is very common that people that we know very well—family, friends, neighbors, classmates, and co-workers—may or may not always agree with our way of thinking. Families can have “heated” arguments at the dinner table when politics or religion topics arise. What we say and do and how we treat people can really make it or break it in a relationship. We cannot allow rejection to deter us. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being a prophet and keeping the faith. Amos, Paul and the twelve apostles all responded to God’s call, despite not always being welcomed or accepted. 

In the First reading from the Book of Amos, we read how the prophet explains that he does not speak for himself, but for God. His authority comes from the court of heaven. In the second reading from the Letter to the Ephesians, Paul gives praise and thanks to God for all the graces and blessings. Despite his challenges, Paul experiences the power of God’s grace. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus summons the twelve disciples. He invites each of us to bring God’s compassion and healing to others, even if we face persecution. 

As we observe this holiday weekend celebrating Independence Day, let us pray for all those who feel rejected or having difficulties in their families or workplace. Let us listen to the voice of God in our own lives, and allow God to speak words of wisdom, challenge, and guidance. 

REJECTING THE MESSENGER 

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our parish bulletin has a “new look” with the front cover and other areas. Our parish continues to grow and we have many great organizations and activities. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print FREE OF CHARGE on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is alive and well, and growing! 

Parish Share 2015 Parish Share 2015 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. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this year is $155,416.00

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. 100 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. 

Parish Maintenance This has been a very wet and rainy summer season. We are experiencing several leaks with the main church roof and several of the “flat roof” areas with ceiling tiles and lighting fixtures being damaged. We had to close off the Children’s Chapel last weekend due to water leaking and ceiling tiles dropping. We are well aware of the issues and are looking into getting these repaired or replaced in very near future. We are looking into tapping into the Campaign for Church Alive funds to help offset the cost of the emergency repairs. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Looking Ahead: Vacation Bible School - July 13-17: 9:00am to 12:30pm 

Parish Trip to Ireland: July 20-28. Please note: There will be NO WEEKDAY MASSES during this time. Daily Masses for St. James parishioners will be available at our neighboring parishes of St. Mary in Aleppo Twp., Good Samaritan in Ambridge, St. Joseph in Coraopolis, St. Margaret Mary in Moon Twp., and St. Catherine in Crescent. 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, August 1 8:00am to 2:00pm 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Cornell and Andrea Hopkins Green and their daughter Talia, and Melanie Baldwin who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Kind words will unlock an iron door. - Turkish Proverb 

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