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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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    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...
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  • 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 03.08.15
The Shepherd's Voice 03.08.15

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER! 

WE THIRST! As you know I love drinking Starbucks Coffee. Coffee helps keep my energy up and keeps me warm (especially during these cold winter months). Along with coffee, I do like to drink a lot of water too. It is actually healthy for you! Whenever I work out at the gym, taking a walk, or driving in my Jeep, my blue Notre Dame water bottle is right there with me. 

This weekend we celebrate the first of three Sunday’s on which the Scrutiny’s are celebrated for our members of the R.C.I.A. program. These men and women, who are now in the final weeks of their preparation in becoming an official Catholic and member of our church family, are now called “the elect.” The Third Sunday of Lent always features Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the well. The readings this weekend focus on water. We all “thirst” for something in life: love, peace, happiness, faith, financial stability and/or good health. 

In the first reading from Exodus, we read how the people grumbled against Moses. God provides them with water from solid rock. In the Second Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, we see the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The Gospel of John tells how Jesus and the Samaritan women interact at the well. The water Jesus gives is the wellspring of eternal life. A woman of Samaria meets Jesus at Jacobs well. She leaves her water jar and returns to the town and invites others to come to Jesus. She is the first to hear the news that Jesus is the Messiah and the first missionary to proclaim the Good News. Let us quench our thirst with Christ in our life. 

WE THIRST! TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER! 

2014 Financial Report Enclosed with this week’s bulletin is our Financial Report for the 2013- 2014 fiscal year. You will see that we fell short of our offertory goals, but cut our expenses to offset the difference—leaving a mild shortfall for the year. Although our offertory income increased a modest 2%, our expenses increased 7%. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for all your hard work and a special thank you to the Pastoral and Finance Councils for your leadership and support. Thank you to all who enter into the Body of Christ here at St. James to bring the light of Christ to the heart of Sewickley. 

During these uncertain times and a fragile economy, I am very grateful for the generosity of St. James parishioners. If you have any questions, please contact Allison Williams at 412-741-6650 x313. 

2015 Finance Council Members: Andrea Vescio, (Facilitator), Chuck Etta, John Nicolaus, Lisa Roskovensky, Judy Spanos, David Thompson, Bob Vogel, and Mark Whitaker. 

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 next Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the St. James Gymnasium. Tickets are going fast! 

Lenten Penance Services The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, March 10 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) Thursday, March 12 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Monday, March 30 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

Baptism Preparation We welcome our newest team to lead the Baptism Preparation Classes for couples preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism: Jason and Shea Corsetti and Dave and Emily Kelch. Special thanks to Jim and Margi Gregory who have lead the Baptism classes for many years. Best wishes to Jim and Margi and thank you for all that you have done over the years! 

Welcome A special welcome to Gail Brooks and Ann Wilson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection Next Sunday the second collection will be for Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… It doesn’t matter how deep the water is when you know how to swim. - Peter Baeklund 

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