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  • 18.09.15

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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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    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannMarty McDanielJeff MinarekJean BleyDonna PavlisAnna VillellaLinda SoldressenDonna Best...
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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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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. 


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