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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
  • Rose Spec
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Enos Abel
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen & Albert Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volente


...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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The Shepherd's Voice 10.19.14

BALANCING OUR PRIORITIES! 

We live in a world where we have to have a healthy balance. We try to balance work with family, time for rest and recreation, and balance our time for God in our lives. As Election Day quickly approaches in just a few short weeks we have to pray about which candidates we feel would do the best job for the position that they are running for. We as Catholics, Christians, and Americans all need to “balance” our priorities in life. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on balancing our priorities and fulfilling our obligations toward God. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the prophet explains to the people how God’s plan of salvation is unfolding in their lives. “I am the Lord, there is no other.” In the second reading we begin reading Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians. Because God loves the people, they enjoy the gifts of faith, hope and love. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus is again questioned by the Pharisees. He avoids a verbal trap about paying the census tax by saying “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” The Pharisees along with the Herodians are attempting to trap Jesus by luring him into a debate about paying the Roman tax. We recognize that we ultimately belong to God and whose image we have been created. Our allegiance and fidelity is always to the one true Lord. Let us keep a healthy balance in life. 

BALANCING OUR PRIORITIES! 

Reflections of Italy Trip Members of St. James Parish and Corpus Christi Parish will be traveling to Italy this week: October 21-31. 

Because I will be out of the country during this period of time there will be NO DAILY MASSES Tuesday, October 21 thru Saturday, November 1. The church will be open daily from 7am to 6pm for private prayer. Fr. Joe Carr will be “on call” for any hospital emergencies during the weekend and Fr. Richard Terdine will be here to celebrate the weekend Masses October 25-26. Please hold any phone calls, messages and e-mails from October 21 thru October 31. I will return for the weekend Masses November 1 and 2. 

All Saints Day - November 1st Please note that because All Saints Day falls on a Saturday this year, it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation. The Commemoration of all Souls falls on a Sunday this year. 

All Souls Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, November 3rd at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year will be invited to attend for a special candle service. There will be extra Memorial Candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation for those who wish to light a candle for their loved one. 

Christmas Eve Mass on KDKA RADIO It gives me great pleasure to announce that our Midnight Mass this year will be broadcast live on KDKA Radio 1020 AM. Please plan on joining us to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. 

Parish Improvements Fastsigns of Monroeville recently applied our St. James Catholic Parish logo and lettering on our new maintenance truck we purchased. Our former truck, a 1997 Ford F150 has been donated to the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh in Carrick, Overbrook and Baldwin. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Aria Grace-May Bonilla, and Piper Elizabeth Mihalyi who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Sarah Sexton and Matthew Decker who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Paulo, Fermanda, Maria, and Enzo Basilio, and Bernadette Deutschbauer 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 10.12.14

GIVING THANKS TO GOD! 

As a priest I conduct a lot of weddings. Often I get invited to the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Whenever I receive a wedding invitation in the mail I try to respond immediately to the invite if I can attend the dinner or not as a courtesy to the bride and groom so that they can make proper preparations and seating arrangements. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on answering God’s invitation. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how a prophet looks forward to the day people will enjoy all the good things that come when they put God first in their life. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we read how Paul expresses his ability to live in humble circumstances and in abundance because Christ Jesus strengthens him. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read the Parable of the Wedding Feast. This is the third week in a row we hear Jesus teach a parable who addresses the Chief Priests and the Elders. We ask forgiveness for the times we fail to participate fully in celebrating the Eucharist. God sends his son Jesus into this world to follow and believe, yet many are “too busy” to come and see. 

Let us be open to the Lord’s invitation when he invites us to the feast. and participate as fully as possible in the Mass. The Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist feeds us and nourishes us in mind, body, and soul.

GIVING THANKS TO GOD! 

Parish Improvements We recently purchased a 2012 Ram 1500 ST 4x4 truck from Kelly Cars in Moon Township for our Maintenance Department. We purchased this much needed vehicle through the funds from the Church Alive campaign that we raised this year. Special thanks to all who participated in the Diocesan campaign. This is the first purchase we have made that was on our campaign goal sheet. Our former maintenance truck, a 1997 Ford F150, will be given to the Catholic Community of South Pittsburgh for the parishes of St. Basil-Carrick, St. Norbert-Overbrook, St. Wendelin- Carrick and St. Albert the Great- Baldwin as a gift from the parishioners of St. James Parish. The four partner parishes in the inner city of Pittsburgh currently do not have a maintenance truck and all four parishes have a limited income. A generous parishioner gave us the “trade in value” of the truck so we could give the Ford truck as gift. Neighbors helping Neighbors! 

Also, the hallway near the Usher’s Room and restrooms at the main church entrance received a fresh coat of paint. 

October Count Each October, parishes conduct a census of Mass attendance by counting every individual (adults and children) who attend Mass during the four weekends of October. This “October Count” provides valuable information on Mass attendance trends throughout the Diocese that is critical to pastoral planning.

Reflections of Italy Trip Members of St. James Parish will be traveling to Italy October 21-31. Because I will be out of the country during this period of time there will be NO DAILY MASSES Tuesday, October 21 thru Saturday, November 1. The church will be open daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm for private prayer. 

Please see the opposite page for schedules of confession and Mass times at our neighboring parishes. Also, please hold all calls and emails while I am away.

Congratulations Congratulations to Nora Francis Aloe who was Baptized this past Tuesday, and Sebastian Alexander Fruehauf who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special welcome to William Titus, Joseph, Dana, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Joseph Maule who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Ed Gintner from our school maintenance department who is celebrating his birthday this weekend. 

Second Collection The second collection for next weekend, October 18-19 is for World Missions. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt 

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 10.05.14

WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD! 

In the First Reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the prophet uses the image of the vineyard to represent God’s holy people. God expects them to produce good fruit. Throughout the reading, we are reminded that the owner of the vineyard has done all that he can to ensure a good harvest but the people fail to produce good fruit. The vineyard is abandoned and ruined. In the Second Reading of Philippians, Paul encourages prayer in what we say and do, in good times and in difficult times. We need to keep the faith. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we read the parable of the tenants in the vineyard. This story condemns corrupt Jewish leadership and points forward to a dramatic change. This is the second week in a row we read a parable directed to the chief priests and the elders of the people. 

Today is Respect Sunday. Let us be grateful for the gift of life around us and make some positive changes in our life. Let us bear good fruit each day in our life in what we say and do. 

WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD! 

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. 

Mass Intention Sign Up Next Sunday, October 12 from 8:00am to Noon in the Gathering Space, we will have our books open for Mass Intentions for 2015. Starting this year each family will be allowed to have one Daily and one Sunday Mass intention plus one of the Sanctuary or Marian Candle, Altar Bread, Candles or Flowers. Please consider merging your Mass intentions such as “For the Burke and Dvorsky Families.” Also, instead of a Mass, you may always give a donation to the parish or school in loving memory of a loved one. Thank you for your understanding. 

Reflections of Italy Trip St. James Parish, Corpus Christi Parish in McKeesport, and others from the Pittsburgh area along with Travel Junction of Ambridge and Collette Tours will be traveling to Italy October 21-31. I am really excited to travel to Italy for the first time. We will travel to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice and Milan Malpensa. We will have a Papal audience with Pope Francis and tour the North American College in Rome. 

Please note because I will be out of the country during this period of time there will be NO DAILY MASSES Tuesday, October 21 thru Saturday, November 1. The church will be open daily from 7am to 6pm for private prayer. 

Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals during the week and will be here to celebrate the weekend Masses October 25 and 26. Fr. Joe Carr from Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. John the Baptist in Baden will cover Sewickley Valley Hospital for me while I am away. 

Please hold any phone calls, messages and e-mails from October 21 thru October 31. I will return for the weekend Masses November 1 and 2. 

Parish Improvements Rex Glass and Mirror of Kennedy Township repaired a glass frame in the school at the Broad Street side entrance and repaired several glass frames in the church. The Joseph with Baby Jesus and Mary art fixtures that hung in the side niches near the back of the church confessional areas were transferred into the Monsignor Must Children’s Chapel. Special thanks to Kyle Devlin in our Maintenance Department for helping with this project. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Nicole Allerton and Corey Beynon and Nicole Yaggi and Stephen Shurgott who were married this weekend! 

Congratulations to Don & Jan Schueler who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend! They are the parents of my brother inlaw, Eric Schueler. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Brett, Jenn, Benjamin, and Jackson Ewing, Jackson Vogt, Ryan , Paula, and Grace Snyder, and Emily Lyons. who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… “Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” Norman Cousins

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 09.28.14

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! 

Often we may hear a friend or family member say “call if you need me.” When we need them to take us shopping, go to a doctor’s appointment, cut the grass, shovel snow from our sidewalk, or just need someone to talk to they are nowhere to be found. People may say they will be there for us, but then change their mind. 

We can say we are going to help with a project at work or school but really do not mean it. We may say that we are “Catholic” or that we are “Pro-Life” but we pick and choose what we want to follow with the church’s teachings or wish harm on someone. We can say we forgive someone who hurts us, but inside we still are filled with anger and hatred. …Actions speak louder than words! 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on obedience and forgiveness. 

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, a prophet speaks about salvation. God invites everyone to walk the path that leads to repentance. Each of us is responsible for our own actions. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Paul challenges the Philippian community to grow in humility and love. We must imitate the humility of Christ. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus teaches that our minds can be changed. We hear about the Parable of the Two Sons, a parable that was addressed to the Chief priests and elders of the people. The first son represents sinners, originally choosing their own way but then repents. The second son represents the chief priests and the elders, they have promised to work for God but fail to do so. Repentance is necessary for entry into the kingdom. Humility helps us to know our true self so that we are able to open our hearts to the grace of God. 

Today’s Gospel is good news. It gives us hope that we can have a second chance. Let us truly mean what we say and do as we say. 

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! 

Welcome Fr. Terdine This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine as the Celebrant. I am attending the Carrick High School 90th Anniversary and distinguished Alumni Luncheon at the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall with my family. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) meets on Thursday’s at 7:00pm in Meeting Room 2. Please give me a call at (412)741- 6650 extension 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses next weekend October 4th and 5th. If you are experiencing some medical issues, having upcoming surgery or medical tests or would just like to be blessed, the Sacrament of Anointing will help give you strength. You do not have to have a medical emergency to receive this wonderful Sacrament. Children and Adults of all ages are most welcome. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets next Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. Every participant will receive a very special pet medal and St. Francis Prayer card courtesy of an Anonymous parishioner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Ian, Jennifer, Jack, and Katharine Miller and Mike, Elizabeth, Sally and Bobby Riordan who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing! 

Something to Think About… Be true to what you’re trying to accomplish. And just do it. - Saundra Charles 

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