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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...
  • 19.12.14
    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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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 02.09.14
The Shepherd's Voice 02.09.14


In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, the prophet reminds the Jewish people to share their bread with the hungry. In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells the Corinth community that he doesn’t use fancy words to preach. He depends on the spirit. In today’s Gospel of Matthew we read part of the “Sermon on the Mount.” After Jesus teaches the Beatitudes, he proclaims that his followers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew is the only evangelist to record this collection of phrases about salt and light and he places it specifically in the context of Jesus’s inaugural address. Jesus compares the presence and ministry of his disciples to salt which enhances taste of food, and to light, which is a necessity if we are to see our way in the darkness. The theme of light has been a constant focus in the readings at Mass this year. Christians are called to be light and salt for our world. Discipleship is about risk, boldness, and confidence. 

We are the light of the world as long as we allow God’s light to illumine us. Let us be comfortable in sharing the light of Christ to others this week. 


Campaign For The Church Alive! Please note that once you submit your pledge card to the rectory offices you will then start receiving statements from the campaign office. 

When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” Please do not send payment envelopes to the rectory. 

Please submit payments to: Diocese of Pittsburgh- Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004 

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) 456-3155. 

Sacrament of Confirmation Bishop David A. Zubik will visit St. James Parish on Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 82 Candidates will receive the Sacrament. 

Welcome Patricia Grey It gives me great pleasure to appoint Dr. Patricia Grey, PhD to our Pastoral Council. Patte is a native of Sewickley and a long time parishioner of St. James Parish. She is an educational administrator with leadership and entrepreneurial experience in education, nonprofit and for-profit work and community and religious engagement in diverse settings. She will be a great asset to our council. Welcome aboard Patte! 

Maintenance Update Tudi Mechanical of McKees Rocks replaced a water heater in our rental home that the parish owns on Walnut Street. 

Parish Share 2013 Parish Share 2013 will conclude on March 2nd. 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 $175,210. 

Honor Roll Congratulations to the following parishioners who made Honor Roll for the first semester. 

Quigley Catholic - Highest Honors: Anthony Kuntz and High Honors: Aliana Lisanti and Austin Kuntz 

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic - High Honors: Emma Cullo 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Matthew, Amy, Aiden, Connor and Hannah Dwyer, John, Jackie, Colleen, Caroline, and Charlotte O’Brien, and Jason and Emily Weisser who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Gavin James Rogers who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday February 11th! 

Happy Valentines Day! 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke - Pastor 

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