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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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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 03.01.15
The Shepherd's Voice 03.01.15


This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. Today’s first reading from Genesis we read how Abraham’s faith is tested by God. He reached the point of unconditional faith in God’s promises. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how Jesus goes up to Mount Tabor with Peter, Andrew, James and John and was “transfigured” before them. God worked through Moses, Elijah, and the disciples to bring the hope of God’s presence. Moses represents the law and Elijah represents the prophets. Jesus is seen as bringing the law and the prophets to fulfillment. 

The Transfiguration is a reminder that Jesus’ Passion and Death will indeed result in the glory of the Resurrection of the Son of Man. Even in this early part of the Lenten Season we get a glimpse of Easter. 

Lent is a time to reform our lives. May we draw closer to our Lord by accepting Jesus’ invitation to transform our life and make some positive changes in our life. 


St. James Cemetery Due to ongoing rising water bills at our cemetery, effective immediately and a permanent basis, the water supply to the cemetery has been shut off. If you have any questions, please call Allison Williams, our Business Manager, at (412)741-6650 extension 313. 

Recently several parishioners informed us that they have received phone calls and letters from Catholic Cemeteries Association trying to “sell” plots and vaults. Please note that St. James Parish has not given out any names or phone numbers nor has granted any permission for this to occur. Please contact Allison Williams, our Business Manager, at (412)741- 6650 extension 313 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities 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 St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are available at the rectory during the week or you can purchase the tickets before or after the weekend Masses in church. 

Also, we are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room in church or at the rectory. 

Lenten Penance Services St. James Parish will conduct a Lenten Penance Service this Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Other Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, March 10 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent Twp.) Thursday, March 12 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Monday, March 30 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

Scout Sunday Last weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrated “Scout Sunday.” Several of our scouts obtained their Religious Awards: Guardian Angel Pin - Amelia Balet, Camille Bley, Nicole Bley, Graciela Carlos, Mia Floro, Lily Giunipero, Cecilia Heurich, Savannah Hornstein, Lily Jester, Fiona Mikita, Violet Muders, Sophia Smith, Maggie Watson, and Faith Williamson. Kateri Medal - Elleson Burke, Alaina Cain, Caroline Fawcett, Abby Jester, Kelsey McGaughey, Maggie McManus, Jackie Nicolaus, and Katerina Zick. Marian Medal - Abby McCullough and Ida Reilsono. Parvuli Dei Award - Andrew Griesacker. 

Rite of Election This Sunday our RCIA Candidates and Catechumen will be traveling to St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland to meet Bishop Zubik. We continue to pray for these men and women as they prepare to become full members of our parish family at the Easter Vigil on April 4. Members of the Class of 2015 include: James Armeni, Steven Biser, Shea Corsetti, Sarah D’Urso, Amy Dwyer, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, and Michelle Straka. Special thanks to Bob Basl, Connie Boschetto, and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Carly Bologna and Sydney Bologna who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Gennaro Raffaele Gallo who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Spring Forward! Please remember to move your clocks FORWARD 1 hour next Saturday evening March 7! 

Something to Think About… The first step toward change is acceptance… Change is not something you do, it’s something you allow. - Will Garcia 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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