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  • 20.12.14
    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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  • 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...
  • 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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This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season officially comes to an end and we return to Ordinary Time. As Jesus is Baptized by his cousin John the Baptist, he begins his public ministry. Let us renew our own baptismal promises and proclaim the kingdom of God. 


Campaign For The Church Alive! Special thanks to all who participated in the Campaign for the Church Alive last year. When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” and mail them directly to the campaign office: 

Diocese of Pittsburgh- Campaign Office

P.O. Box 4

Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004

Please mail your payments directly to the Campaign Office, not to St. James Rectory. Thank you for your understanding. 

New Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers Would you like to become more involved at St. James? Adults are welcomed to Lector and be a Eucharistic Minister and students in Grades 4 thru 12 are welcomed to become an Altar Server. 

A training session for new Altar Servers will take place on Saturday, January 31 from Noon to 1:00pm, and new Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers training will take place from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on the same day. If you are interested in helping in any of these ministries please contact me at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ Please note that all adult volunteers will need to complete the Protecting God’s Children Program before volunteering in the parish. Please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello at 412-741-6650 ext. 315 to get registered. 

Welcome Michael Marek as a new Usher at the 5:00pm Mass! 

New Finance Council Member I am pleased to appoint Bob Vogel to the Finance Council. Bob serves as the Vice President of Business & Finance/ CFO for La Roche College, and his responsibilities include oversight of finance, human resources and facility management. Bob and his wife Joan live in Sewickley and have three adult children. Each of the children attended St. James Grade School.

New Business Manager Allison Williams returns home to Pittsburgh where she was born and raised. Having established herself as a classically trained vocalist for Orchestral, Sacred, and Recording Performance in Chicago, Allison was invited by Gunther Schuller to move to Boston to become his personal assistant, operations manager, and archivist. There, she continued to pursue both sides of the music industry--performance and administration for several high-profile musicians and ensembles. She was called in to serve as cantor of an inner-city parish and put her music business skills to work for the parish. She is the Business Manager for two parishes in the Arch Diocese of Boston: St. Benedict in Somerville and Holy Trinity in Quincy. Allison has over 15 years experience in finance/operations management of both non-profit music organizations and Catholic Parishes. Welcome Home Allison! 

Holy Hour For Life Once again this year we will be conducting a “Holy Hour For Life” from Noon to 3pm in Church on Thursday, January 22. We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction conducted by parishioner Deacon Steve Deskevich. Please stop by and say a prayer for the pilgrims marching in Washington D.C. and pray for an end to abortion and a respect for all human life with private prayer and adoration. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gia Kaufmann and David Janas who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Zachary Michael Conti and Zoey Marie Conti who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special welcome to Robert and Deborah Guild and their children: Bobby, Henry, Tommy and Nico who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection The Second Collection next weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs and De Paul School for Hearing and Speech. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. Fred Rogers 

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