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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...
  • 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
  • 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

Weekly collection for April 19, 2015 - $17,124

Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014


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The Shepherd's Voice 04.26.15


In the April 12 issue of the Our Sunday Visitor Weekly Catholic newspaper there was an interesting guest column article by John Michael Talbot who is a very popular singer, best-selling author, tv host and Catholic evangelist. His column was titled “Three ways parishes can experience a revival of faith.” He focused on better music, good preaching, and a broader knowledge of why we go to Mass can help us refill church pews. According to the Dynamic Catholic Institute; seventeen percent of Catholics in America attend Mass, on a regular basis. There are some thirty million non-practicing Catholics in America. And almost fifty percent of people sitting in the seats of non- Catholic megachurches are non-practicing Catholics. These are considered “lost sheep.” 

Every day I try to do my best to be a good priest to the people that I am entrusted with. I enjoy celebrating Mass, visiting our children in our school and religious education program, celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing, hospital visits and helping with marriage and personal counseling. I love being a Priest and I love my Catholic Faith. 

We all have a vocation in life, whether we are called to be Single, Married, Priesthood or Religious Life. We all have gifts and talents that God blesses us with each day. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The readings all focus on listening to the Lord’s voice and following him. As Christians we are called to extend the hospitality of the Good Shepherd to members of the flock who have wandered or become disconnected from the Church. Let us invite a family member or friend who has been away from the Church to attend Mass with us, or share a meal or a cup of coffee to a “fallen away Catholic” to see what pains or hurts they hold in their heart. Let us pray for those who have fallen away or trying to find their way through life. 


On Mission for the Church Alive! Bishop Zubik has formally announced a new dynamic planning initiative engaging all laity, religious, and clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It will involve prayer and study, strengthening school and parish partnerships, and providing support for the Clergy. We want to make our parishes and schools more vibrant. Let us be open to see how we can use our gifts and talents and get involved in our parish. In the next few months we will be in dialog with the Pastors and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis, and St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. 

With fewer priests in active ministry over the next five-plus years, what possible alternatives to the way of ministry is currently provided in our parish? Let us see how we can work together to keep the Church Alive in our area. Stay tuned to see how we can get involved and help in our parish. 

Hospital and Nursing Home Pastoral Care Coverage Please note that when you or a loved one is admitted to a local hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center to ask the nursing staff to connect you to the Pastoral Care Department for Holy Communion and Anointing. Every major hospital in the Pittsburgh area including the hospitals in Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the North Side has a full time chaplain on duty. Area nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have the local parish that covers for emergencies and for the distribution of Holy Communion. West Hills Rehabilitation Center in Moon Township and Health South in Leet Township are covered by Chaplain Fr. Don Fix at St. Margaret Mary Parish. I am “on call” at Sewickley Valley Hospital during the weekend. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Avery Grace VanBuskirk who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kelli Weiser who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Maintenance Worker Mike Glumac who celebrated his birthday this past Thursday, April 23. 

Something to Think About… In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. - 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

The Shepherd's Voice 04.19.15


Last week I received a message from a mother of one of our Seminarian’s who will be ordained a priest June 27. Sharon Rombold is the mother of Transitional Deacon David Rombold who is from Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. David is finishing his final few weeks at Catholic University in Washington D.C. I have known him since he was in grade school when I was Co-Director of Vocations.

Sharon said that David received his “call to orders” meaning that he will be ordained a priest this year! It’s been a remarkable journey to see David grow and mature and now ready to be ordained a priest for the Church of Pittsburgh!

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on conversion. In the gospel of Luke, we read Luke’s final resurrection account of Jesus with the famous “Emmaus Walk” as Jesus encounters two downcast disciples. He reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Let us open our mind and hearts to a deeper understanding of the Easter scriptures. 

As we go through our daily hectic lives, let us take the time to open up our eyes and see Christ in our midst. Christ is alive in us in what we say and do. As we come to church to be fed with the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist, let us be nourished and bring Christ to those who are most in need. Where do we encounter the Risen Christ during the day?


R.C.I.A./ Marriage Validation/ Annulment If you or a loved one needs the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. 

If you are currently married and did not get married in the Catholic Church (civil marriage or in a non-Catholic church) and need your marriage “validated,” please give me a call. 

As announced in the news last week, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has lifted the processing fee to apply for Annulments. If you are interested in learning about the Annulment process please give me a call at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ 

Pastoral Council News Ryan Miller, one of our Pastoral Council members will be relocating to the Washington D.C. area this summer with his family to take on a new employment opportunity. I want to thank Ryan for his service as a Pastoral Council member and also for being a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matt Krzan to the Pastoral Council. Matt has been a member of St. James for the past two years. He grew up in Mountain Top, PA and graduated from Penn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and currently works as a Project Manager for S & A Homes. He enjoys outdoor activities, working around the house and all the Pittsburgh sports teams. Matt says: “We joined St. James Parish about a year and a half ago, right around the time we got married and love the welcoming atmosphere this parish brings. I feel blessed and look forward to assisting Fr. Tom and our Pastoral Council here at St. James Parish.” Matt is also very active at St. James as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Fish Fry Volunteer and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He resides in Moon Township with his wife, Becky. 

Congratulations Last Saturday evening, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) in Coraopolis held their annual Legacy Gala at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. They honored parishioner’s Dr. Paul and Nancy Collier who are OLSH alumni parents and long-time supporters of the school. Congratulations Paul and Nancy and thank you for your wonderful support for Catholic education in our area! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kirsten Robinson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

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 04.12.15


What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated and the music was outstanding. What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost. 

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. He had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly rose from the dead. The disciples believed because they saw the Lord. We believe because we see the signs and wonders of God’s presence. How is the Spirit leading us to a deeper faith? Let us overcome our fears of living and proclaim the Gospel. 


Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir Members, and Musicians. Thank you to Beth Villegas and our decorating committee for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our Maintenance Staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday weekend to tidy up the restrooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter! 

Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Maria Sinnott, Phil Susie and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner. 

RCIA Program Last weekend at the Easter Vigil we welcomed the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). 

If you or a loved one needs the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. Please give me a call at the rectory or email me to set up an appointment. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to J. Mark Hoover and Ann and James Dempsey who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Dominic James Scanga who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Rest In Peace Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino The Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World Parish and St. Joseph Parish both in the City of Duquesne (near Kennywood) passed away on Saturday, March 28 after a two year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 67. A priest for 41 years and was my mentor. 

I met Fr. Dennis in March of 1993 when I was working as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. It was Fr. Dennis who first asked me “Tom, did you ever think about becoming a priest?” I did a summer internship in 1996 at his parish while also working in the grounds department at Duquesne University and he taught me how to be a parish priest. Fr. Dennis was very pastoral to his people, gave great down to earth homilies and had a great sense of humor. He did both of my grandmother’s funerals and baptized four of my nephews. He was also the priest who vested me in the priest chasuble on my Ordination Day, May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral. May he rest in peace! 

Something to Think About… Remember this: all suffering comes to an end. And whatever you suffer authentically, God has suffered from it first. - Meister Eckhart 

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 04.05.15


It has been a very long, bitter cold winter season with the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. We are now moving forward as Spring is definitely in the air! 

These past forty days of Lent (Traveling the Journey Together) have been a time for us to reflect on the positive changes we would like to make in our life and remind ourselves that we are all on this journey together. 

Today we rejoice at Easter as the tomb is empty. In John’s Gospel we read how Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb and sees that the tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is the first person at the tomb in all four gospels and she is the messenger who then brings Peter and the Beloved Disciple to see that the stone has been moved. 

Easter is about Jesus, the Jesus who announced God’s kingdom. We celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness and good over evil. 

Let us open up our hearts and minds and see how we can become a better person and receive the joy of Christ. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! 


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. We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for this coming year! Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540, extension 100. 

Envisioning our Future: engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve A few weeks ago at all of the Masses, we distributed our new three year Pastoral Plan booklet to members of the parish. Our Pastoral Council put together a three year pastoral plan with goals and objectives to continue to make St. James grow and minister the faith to God’s people. Our new plan incorporates goals and objectives over the next three years: 2015 - 2018. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read over our plan there are extra copies available near the entrances of the church. We invite you to read over the booklet that has been printed, and pray to discern an activity or a ministry that enables you to use your unique talents, special expertise, time and treasures to help advance the works of our parish. Special thanks to those who have responded so far with comments and suggestions. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered, you’re 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. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to James and Tara Kane who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations This weekend, we welcome the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2015 include: James Armeni, Steve Biser, Shea Corsetti, Sarah D’Urso, Amy Dwyer, Michael Kenneweg, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, and Michelle Straka. Special thanks to Bob Basl, Connie Boschetto and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year. 

Looking Ahead Pastoral Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 7 / 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

First Holy Communion for our Second Graders Weekends of May 2-3 and 16-17. 

Notre Dame Vision High School Retreat - June 15-19. 

Italian Dinner Dance - Saturday, June 27 / 6:30-10:30pm, in the school gymnasium. 

Something to Think About… We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. - Bill Watterson 

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