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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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  • 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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Growing up we are taught to respect those in authority. Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Priests, Religious Sisters and Brothers, Police Officers, and Leaders in Government. When we listen and follow a leader we learn and grow. Today as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings focus on teaching with authority. 

In the first reading from the Deuteronomy, Moses assures the people that God cares for them and will not leave them after his death. The people will be given great prophet leaders to continue their journey and guide them along the way. Today’s second reading from Corinthians; Paul encourages us to put aside our anxieties. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how the newly called disciples follow Jesus to Capernaum, where they begin to witness first hand on who Jesus is. He enters the synagogue and teaches with an authority that is different from the Scribes. He speaks from the heart in his own voice and his teachings are fresh and direct and make a deep impression on the people. Jesus also heals the man with an unclean spirit. The man proclaims that Jesus is the “Holy One of God.”

While previous prophets like Moses and John the Baptist were given God’s word, Jesus is a prophet because he is the Word of God. We are called to follow Jesus and share in his authority. Each time we read or listen to sacred scripture, we listen and hopefully are transformed by its power. 

Lent is only a few weeks away. Let us learn and grow and be open to the Lord’s teachings in our life. 


Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass this weekend and also on Tuesday, February 4th at the 9am Mass. 

St. James Catholic School Last week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week! St. James Catholic School provides a great quality faith based Catholic education in a safe and loving environment from Pre School through Eighth Grade. There is a half day and full day pre- school program and after school care available. For more information and to schedule a tour please call the school office at 412-741-5540. Also please check out our new school video on our website at 

Parish Share 2014 Parish Share 2014 concludes next weekend. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this past year was $196,477

Memorial Offerings Special thanks to the family and friends of Trudy Guy, Cindy Kuzma and Kimberly Moran who recently sent in Memorial Contributions in their loving memory for St. James Parish. Since we are limited with daily and Sunday Mass intentions this is a great way to help the parish while honoring loving parishioners who have gone home with our Lord. Please remember St. James when making funeral arrangements or if you receive abundant memorial Mass donations and offerings. Please contact the rectory for more information. 

Funeral Luncheons St. James Parish offers the Gathering Space for funeral luncheons at no extra charge. Families just need to check with the rectory staff pending availability of the Gathering Space and provide their own caterer. We have a great volunteer funeral luncheon committee headed by Joan Straka to assist the family for the luncheon. 

Sacrament of Confirmation Bishop William Waltersheid will visit St. James Parish on Saturday, March 14, 2015 for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Matthew, Angela, Carter and Allison Hawes who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Paul Denk who works in our School Maintenance Department celebrating his birthday this week! 

Something to Think About… Don’t treat your doubts as barriers. Let them be doors to better thinking. - 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