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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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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk The Shepherd's Voice 04.19.15
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Last week I received a message from a mother of one of our Seminarian’s who will be ordained a priest June 27. Sharon Rombold is the mother of Transitional Deacon David Rombold who is from Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. David is finishing his final few weeks at Catholic University in Washington D.C. I have known him since he was in grade school when I was Co-Director of Vocations.

Sharon said that David received his “call to orders” meaning that he will be ordained a priest this year! It’s been a remarkable journey to see David grow and mature and now ready to be ordained a priest for the Church of Pittsburgh!

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on conversion. In the gospel of Luke, we read Luke’s final resurrection account of Jesus with the famous “Emmaus Walk” as Jesus encounters two downcast disciples. He reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Let us open our mind and hearts to a deeper understanding of the Easter scriptures. 

As we go through our daily hectic lives, let us take the time to open up our eyes and see Christ in our midst. Christ is alive in us in what we say and do. As we come to church to be fed with the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist, let us be nourished and bring Christ to those who are most in need. Where do we encounter the Risen Christ during the day?


R.C.I.A./ Marriage Validation/ Annulment If you or a loved one needs the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. 

If you are currently married and did not get married in the Catholic Church (civil marriage or in a non-Catholic church) and need your marriage “validated,” please give me a call. 

As announced in the news last week, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has lifted the processing fee to apply for Annulments. If you are interested in learning about the Annulment process please give me a call at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ 

Pastoral Council News Ryan Miller, one of our Pastoral Council members will be relocating to the Washington D.C. area this summer with his family to take on a new employment opportunity. I want to thank Ryan for his service as a Pastoral Council member and also for being a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matt Krzan to the Pastoral Council. Matt has been a member of St. James for the past two years. He grew up in Mountain Top, PA and graduated from Penn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and currently works as a Project Manager for S & A Homes. He enjoys outdoor activities, working around the house and all the Pittsburgh sports teams. Matt says: “We joined St. James Parish about a year and a half ago, right around the time we got married and love the welcoming atmosphere this parish brings. I feel blessed and look forward to assisting Fr. Tom and our Pastoral Council here at St. James Parish.” Matt is also very active at St. James as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Fish Fry Volunteer and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He resides in Moon Township with his wife, Becky. 

Congratulations Last Saturday evening, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) in Coraopolis held their annual Legacy Gala at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. They honored parishioner’s Dr. Paul and Nancy Collier who are OLSH alumni parents and long-time supporters of the school. Congratulations Paul and Nancy and thank you for your wonderful support for Catholic education in our area! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kirsten Robinson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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