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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
  • 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
  • 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

February 15 collection $8,661

February 22 collection $12,618


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

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The Shepherd's Voice 03.01.15

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER! 

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. Today’s first reading from Genesis we read how Abraham’s faith is tested by God. He reached the point of unconditional faith in God’s promises. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus goes up to Mount Tabor with Peter, Andrew, James and John and was “transfigured” before them. God worked through Moses, Elijah, and the disciples to bring the hope of God’s presence. Moses represents the law and Elijah represents the prophets. Jesus is seen as bringing the law and the prophets to fulfillment. 

The Transfiguration is a reminder that Jesus’ Passion and Death will indeed result in the glory of the Resurrection of the Son of Man. Even in this early part of the Lenten Season we get a glimpse of Easter. 

Lent is a time to reform our lives. May we draw closer to our Lord by accepting Jesus’ invitation to transform our life and make some positive changes in our life. 

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER! 

St. James Cemetery Due to ongoing rising water bills at our cemetery, effective immediately and a permanent basis, the water supply to the cemetery has been shut off. If you have any questions, please call Allison Williams, our Business Manager, at (412)741-6650 extension 313. 

Recently several parishioners informed us that they have received phone calls and letters from Catholic Cemeteries Association trying to “sell” plots and vaults. Please note that St. James Parish has not given out any names or phone numbers nor has granted any permission for this to occur. Please contact Allison Williams, our Business Manager, at (412)741- 6650 extension 313 if you have any questions or concerns. 

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 on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are available at the rectory during the week or you can purchase the tickets before or after the weekend Masses in church. 

Also, we are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room in church or at the rectory. 

Lenten Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct a Lenten Penance Service this Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, March 10 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent Twp.) Thursday, March 12 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Monday, March 30 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

Scout Sunday Last weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrated “Scout Sunday.” Several of our scouts obtained their Religious Awards: Guardian Angel Pin - Amelia Balet, Camille Bley, Nicole Bley, Graciela Carlos, Mia Floro, Lily Giunipero, Cecilia Heurich, Savannah Hornstein, Lily Jester, Fiona Mikita, Violet Muders, Sophia Smith, Maggie Watson, and Faith Williamson. Kateri Medal - Elleson Burke, Alaina Cain, Caroline Fawcett, Abby Jester, Kelsey McGaughey, Maggie McManus, Jackie Nicolaus, and Katerina Zick. Marian Medal - Abby McCullough and Ida Reilsono. Parvuli Dei Award - Andrew Griesacker. 

Rite of Election This Sunday our RCIA Candidates and Catechumen will be traveling to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to meet Bishop Zubik. We continue to pray for these men and women as they prepare to become full members of our parish family at the Easter Vigil on April 4. Members of the Class of 2015 include: James Armeni, Steven Biser, Shea Corsetti, Sarah D’Urso, Amy Dwyer, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, and Michelle Straka. Special thanks to Bob Basl, Connie Boschetto, and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Carly Bologna and Sydney Bologna who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Gennaro Raffaele Gallo who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Spring Forward! Please remember to move your clocks FORWARD 1 hour next Saturday evening March 7! 

Something to Think About… The first step toward change is acceptance… Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow. - Will Garcia 

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 02.22.15

LET THE LENTEN JOURNEY BEGIN! 

This past Wednesday, St. James Church was packed with people coming to get their ashes. There is something about getting ashes smudged on our forehead that draws us to church every year. We walk this journey together for the next six weeks focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The First reading from Genesis focuses on God making a covenant with Noah. After the flood there was great fear among the people. God gives comfort to the people. The Second Reading from First Peter recalls Christ’s death and resurrection. Good overcomes evil. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how the spirit drives Jesus out into the desert for forty days. This is the time of fulfillment; the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus’ forty days in the desert was a time of intense focus on his relationship with God. The Lenten journey helps us to look inwardly to discover where the spirit of Christ is lacking in our life. It is a time of growth, change and a time to seek a fresh new direction. 

Last weekend we celebrated “World Marriage Day” and honored the longest married couples at each Mass. Congratulations to the following “Sweethearts”- 5:00pm - Jerry & Lois Anne Huston - 55 years, 7:30am - Bob & Jean Brown - 64 years, 9:30am - Bruno & Josephine Toia - 66 years, and 11:30am - Lou & Pat Tarasi - 60 years! 

LET THE LENTEN JOURNEY BEGIN! 

Envisioning our Future: engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve It gives me great pleasure to announce the launching of our Pastoral Plan booklet this weekend. Members of our Pastoral Council have been hard at work the past few months putting 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. 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.

Lenten Activities Small Group Lenten Discussions - every Monday during Lent: February 23 thru March 3, 6:30pm in school cafeteria. Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00 pm in school cafeteria. Lenten Penance Service - Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7pm in church St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 14, 6:30-10:30 pm, school gym. 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 on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Tickets are available at the rectory Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm or you can purchase the tickets before or after Mass in church. 

We are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next two weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards. Scouting promotes good morals and values to young boys and girls and helps them learn about the importance of God and Country. Congratulations to our Scouts and thanks to all adult leaders and parents who volunteer with our youth. A Scout is Reverent! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Casey and Genevieve Turner and Jason, Michele, Zachary and Zoey Conti who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t ever try. - Sherman Finesilver 

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 02.15.15

BE MADE CLEAN! 

Recently we have been hearing a lot about the outbreak of the measles and the mumps and the flu. It’s normal not to want to be around people who are infected. We are taught to wash our hands before meals, practice good hygiene and try to stay healthy. It’s good to be clean! 

This weekend as we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on healing and becoming “clean.” The First reading from Leviticus we hear the Lord speak to Moses and Aaron about protecting oneself from Leprosy. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how a Leper asks to become clean. During Jesus’ time Lepers were considered “outcasts.” Anything unclean was considered unworthy of being in the presence of God. The healed man became an evangelizer. 

Let us look at ways on how we can be a more welcoming person, and a more welcoming community to those we consider “outcasts” in our life. 

BE MADE CLEAN! 

Little Sisters of the Poor The Little Sisters of the Poor recently sent a thank you note on behalf of Sister Gemma and Sister Monica’s recent visit to St. James. Through the generosity of our parishioners they received $4,504.14. All funds collected will be used to continue the tradition of loving care to the elderly living in their home in Brighton Heights. Thank you for your generosity.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 18. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be distributed at Sewickley Valley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in school cafeteria. 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 on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. There will be great food, music and gift baskets. We are starting to collect items for our gift baskets raffle. If you have any brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next three weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

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 and Maureen 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 on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Scout Sunday Next weekend at the 11:30am Mass we will celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Bryan, Fiona, and Eli Suydam who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Thank You Thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the recent death of my Aunt Margaret Eileen Burke Ursiny, my dad’s younger sister, who passed away unexpectedly on February 2. 

Something to Think About… You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi 

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 02.08.15

JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US! 

The last few weeks have been really challenging. The snow and ice storms, countless school delays and cancellations, and continued threat of terrorism plaguing our world, can really cause us to feel down and full of hardship. Although it is difficult to understand the mystery of human sickness and suffering, the Christian faith, through the cross of Jesus Christ, brings healing to the world. 

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings continue the theme of call and response, preaching the Good News, and Jesus healing people in need. In the first reading from the book of Job, we read how Job reflects on the hardships of life. 

In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that as an Apostle he has an obligation to preach the Gospel. In today’s Gospel of Mark we read how Jesus moves from the synagogue after he has cast out the unclean spirit, to Peter’s house where he heals Simon-Peter’s mother in law. After the healing he leaves to a deserted place to have some quiet time for himself. Jesus continues to move on teaching and healing. 

What are the hardships in life that we are facing this week or this month? What is making us anxious or restless? We cannot eliminate suffering or evil in this world but we can overcome these challenges with our faith. Let us remember that we are never alone, Jesus is always with us. 

JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Our Campaign for the Church Alive was a true success! Thank you to all who participated. If you participated in Our Campaign for the Church Alive, the Campaign Office will be mailing out year-end donation forms. If you have any questions, please call them directly at (412) 456-3121.

Palms to Ashes Please bring your old palms from last year to church next week. We will have baskets in the main Church and Gathering Space entrances. 

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 18. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be distributed at Sewickley Valley Hospital- 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel. 

Are You Registered or need your Marriage Validated? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James Parish on a regular basis and are not officially registered you are most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be a registered member especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. If you were not married in the Catholic Church but had a civil ceremony or were married in a non-Catholic church and are interested in getting your marriage validated, please give me a call or email me so we can get the Sacrament of Marriage for you.

If you are registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Pastoral Council Plan I am pleased to report that the weekend of February 21-22 at all of the Masses we will officially kick off our Pastoral Council Pastoral Plan “Engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve.” We are really excited to announce a three year plan for goals and objectives. Stay tuned to learn more about the plan and how you can help contribute and get involved to make St. James Catholic Parish grow. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Don and Lisa Kelley and Joanne Socha who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Mary Kathleen Holland and Colin Murphy Peters who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday on February 11! 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Something to Think About… The first love letters are written with the eyes. - French 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