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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 04.26.15
The Shepherd's Voice 04.26.15


In the April 12 issue of the Our Sunday Visitor Weekly Catholic newspaper there was an interesting guest column article by John Michael Talbot who is a very popular singer, best-selling author, tv host and Catholic evangelist. His column was titled “Three ways parishes can experience a revival of faith.” He focused on better music, good preaching, and a broader knowledge of why we go to Mass can help us refill church pews. According to the Dynamic Catholic Institute; seventeen percent of Catholics in America attend Mass, on a regular basis. There are some thirty million non-practicing Catholics in America. And almost fifty percent of people sitting in the seats of non- Catholic megachurches are non-practicing Catholics. These are considered “lost sheep.” 

Every day I try to do my best to be a good priest to the people that I am entrusted with. I enjoy celebrating Mass, visiting our children in our school and religious education program, celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing, hospital visits and helping with marriage and personal counseling. I love being a Priest and I love my Catholic Faith. 

We all have a vocation in life, whether we are called to be Single, Married, Priesthood or Religious Life. We all have gifts and talents that God blesses us with each day. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The readings all focus on listening to the Lord’s voice and following him. As Christians we are called to extend the hospitality of the Good Shepherd to members of the flock who have wandered or become disconnected from the Church. Let us invite a family member or friend who has been away from the Church to attend Mass with us, or share a meal or a cup of coffee to a “fallen away Catholic” to see what pains or hurts they hold in their heart. Let us pray for those who have fallen away or trying to find their way through life. 


On Mission for the Church Alive! Bishop Zubik has formally announced a new dynamic planning initiative engaging all laity, religious, and clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It will involve prayer and study, strengthening school and parish partnerships, and providing support for the Clergy. We want to make our parishes and schools more vibrant. Let us be open to see how we can use our gifts and talents and get involved in our parish. In the next few months we will be in dialog with the Pastors and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis, and St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. 

With fewer priests in active ministry over the next five-plus years, what possible alternatives to the way of ministry is currently provided in our parish? Let us see how we can work together to keep the Church Alive in our area. Stay tuned to see how we can get involved and help in our parish. 

Hospital and Nursing Home Pastoral Care Coverage Please note that when you or a loved one is admitted to a local hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center to ask the nursing staff to connect you to the Pastoral Care Department for Holy Communion and Anointing. Every major hospital in the Pittsburgh area including the hospitals in Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the North Side has a full time chaplain on duty. Area nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have the local parish that covers for emergencies and for the distribution of Holy Communion. West Hills Rehabilitation Center in Moon Township and Health South in Leet Township are covered by Chaplain Fr. Don Fix at St. Margaret Mary Parish. I am “on call” at Sewickley Valley Hospital during the weekend. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Avery Grace VanBuskirk who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kelli Weiser who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Maintenance Worker Mike Glumac who celebrated his birthday this past Thursday, April 23. 

Something to Think About… In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. - Author Unknown 

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