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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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on following the Lord and being a true disciple. As we move forward the next three weeks through “Ordinary Time” we read from the Gospel of St. Mark. We read the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, God’s kingdom is at hand, it is time for us to repent and follow the gospel. 

In the first reading from Jonah, the prophet preaches repentance to a foreign city. The people of Nineveh have a change of heart. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community to not be distracted with earthly things and be ready to meet the Lord. In today’s Gospel passage from Mark, John the Baptist says “this is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John to come and follow Him. The readings focus on how the power of the word of God can bring change to people’s lives. What is preventing us from responding to Jesus’ call? What are some areas in our life that we would like to change? Repentance is a very positive thing. To repent means to be converted, to change one’s outlook on life. Let us look at some positive changes that we can make this week. 

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2015. We welcome our students, parents, faculty and staff. I am a product of both Catholic and public education, and am grateful for attending a Catholic Elementary School to lay the foundation of my Catholic faith! 

St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education in a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Please call the school office at 412-741-5540, extension 100 for more information. 


Campaign For The Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in the diocesan capital campaign last year. We reached our goal as a parish and as a diocese! This weekend at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Bishop Zubik will celebrate a “Mass of Thanksgiving” at 2:30pm to conclude the campaign. Thank you so much for participating. The Church is Alive in Sewickley and in the Diocese of Pittsburgh! 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Nine days with Lou and Maureen Valenzi and members of our choir includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. We will visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway, have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm 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

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass next weekend. 

Welcome Little Sisters of the Poor Next weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to visit St. James. Please be as generous as possible. 

St. James School News The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 will conduct an awards presentation this weekend at the 9:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay on the topic of “What the Pledge of Allegiance means to me.” Elks Chairwoman and St. James Parishioner Ann Barger will present the certificates. Congratulations to the following winners: 

7th grade: John Auth, Francesca Taylor, Lauren Guy 

8th grade: Ida Reilsono, Mary Rose McNelis, and Victoria Gevaudan 

Special thanks to eighth grade teacher Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Mark and Mandy Mary and David Kulbacki who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

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