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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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  • 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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Recently we have been hearing a lot about the outbreak of the measles and the mumps and the flu. It’s normal not to want to be around people who are infected. We are taught to wash our hands before meals, practice good hygiene and try to stay healthy. It’s good to be clean! 

This weekend as we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on healing and becoming “clean.” The First reading from Leviticus we hear the Lord speak to Moses and Aaron about protecting oneself from Leprosy. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how a Leper asks to become clean. During Jesus’ time Lepers were considered “outcasts.” Anything unclean was considered unworthy of being in the presence of God. The healed man became an evangelizer. 

Let us look at ways on how we can be a more welcoming person, and a more welcoming community to those we consider “outcasts” in our life. 


Little Sisters of the Poor The Little Sisters of the Poor recently sent a thank you note on behalf of Sister Gemma and Sister Monica’s recent visit to St. James. Through the generosity of our parishioners they received $4,504.14. All funds collected will be used to continue the tradition of loving care to the elderly living in their home in Brighton Heights. Thank you for your generosity.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 18. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be distributed at Sewickley Valley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in school cafeteria. Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7:00pm in Church Living Stations - Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. There will be great food, music and gift baskets. We are starting to collect items for our gift baskets raffle. If you have any brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next three weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Please join me along with Lou and Maureen Valenzi as we visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway. We will have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm 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

Scout Sunday Next weekend at the 11:30am Mass we will celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Bryan, Fiona, and Eli Suydam who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Thank You Thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the recent death of my Aunt Margaret Eileen Burke Ursiny, my dad’s younger sister, who passed away unexpectedly on February 2. 

Something to Think About… You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi 

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