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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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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.23.17
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.23.17


This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being patient with ourselves and with one another.

In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, we read how a wise teacher gives a lesson about the mercy of God. God patiently guides us to repentance. In the Second reading to the Romans, we read how Paul says we have the spirit of God to help us pray. The spirit intercedes for us before the throne of God. In the Gospel of Matthew we continue reading about the Kingdom of God. Last week we read about the sower, this week we read Jesus using parables of the wheat and the weeds, the mustard seed and yeast. We need to be patient with ourselves and with one another. Good and evil are often entangled in our world. Jesus uses these parables to describe the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s Kingdom starts small, like the mustard seed then leads to extraordinary things.


Manifesting the Kingdom Award Every two years, Bishop Zubik presents the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” to one person from each of the 183 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This award is given to a parishioner who goes beyond the call of duty for volunteering in a parish. I am deeply honored to announce that this year’s awardee representing St. James goes to Patte Grey. Patte is a life-long parishioner here and is the facilitator of our Parish Pastoral Council and has helped with developing Small Groups. The award will be presented at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30pm. Congratulations Patte!

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you searching for a deeper faith and would like to be Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 extension 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Alpha As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process, the Pastors and parishioners of St. James, St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township) are collaborating to work together with programs and activities. We are pleased to host a program called Alpha which will be an 11-week series where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session will include a meal and fellowship, video and learning and conversation about the video. The sessions will be held from September 12 thru November 21 in the St. James Cafeteria. To register or for more information please call 412-329-8833 or e-mail at BridgeParishCommunities@

Wedding Coordinator Ministry expanding! It has been a very busy spring and summer here at St. James with a wedding almost every weekend. I am very grateful for the volunteer wedding coordinators who help me with the rehearsal and the day of the wedding and assist the bridal party. I am very grateful to Bonnie Megan, Sandy Foody, Doreen Ropon and Beth Villegas who have assisted with this ministry for the past five years. I am pleased to welcome Eva Lumley, Gretchen Klavon, and Janette Poppenberg to the team.

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held next Saturday, July 29 from 8am to 2pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off this Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during nonpick up times. ***

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Staci Morgan and James Grafe Jr. who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Fabio, Luciana, Gabriel and Raphael Souza who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal This weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon. - Peace Prayer of 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