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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 05.10.15
The Shepherd's Voice 05.10.15


I am very blessed to have a very loving mother in my life. When I was attending Kindergarten at Concord Elementary School on Brownsville Road in Carrick, my mom would take me to school and pick me up each day. We only had one car at the time so while my dad was at work as a Pittsburgh police officer my mom would walk me to and from school. It was a good twenty minute walk each way from our house on Sinton Avenue to school. I am ever grateful for her love and sacrifice. I asked my mom why she did that for me and she responded “because I love you!” 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day. The readings this weekend focus on loving one another. The love and grace of God have great impact on our lives and how we live it out every day. 

In the Gospel of John, we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. In his farewell address to his disciples, Jesus reminds them to love another. When we are having difficulty loving people in our lives, maybe it is because we have lost touch with the Father’s love for us or it is because we have allowed distractions to interfere with praying and reflecting daily in our lives. As we continue our celebration today, let us be mindful of God’s great love for us, and also of the love that we must show to those around us.

Ascension Thursday is this coming week, May 14.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. 

Our new updated “Telephone Directory” has been published and will be mailed out to all registered parishioners free of charge. This handy directory has useful information about the parish. All current registered families will be receiving a copy. If you are not officially registered in the parish, please contact the rectory at (412)741-6650. 

The Second Collection today is a Special Diocesan Collection for the Earthquake victims in Nepal. Please be as generous as possible. 


Campaign For the Church Alive! Special thanks to all who participated in our Diocesan Capital Campaign For the Church Alive last year. This historic initiative is to help our Diocese serve the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese, as well as nourishing our St. James Catholic community. Our goal was $1,535,000 and we received $2,772,320 in pledges. We get to keep 60% of all the funds we raise above the goal. We have a “wish list” of items that we would like to use the funds collected to help make some major improvements to our campus. We already purchased a new maintenance truck last year with some of the funds collected. 

There are many parishioners who have paid off their pledges or are making payments on a five year pledge. But there are some parishioners who may have had some personal circumstances that have recently occurred that may change their pledge amount. If for some reason you made a pledge but are unable to make payments or are unable to keep your pledge goal commitment, please contact the Office for Stewardship at 412-456-3121. I appreciate all your support!

Congratulations Congratulations to Nathan Thomas Picarsic, Jr. who is being Baptized this weekend. May God Bless him and his family. 

Welcome A special welcome to Terri Price, Brian and Rita Foley and their children Mackenzie Bailey, Mia and Mason Blakeslee Foley, and Liam and Benjamin Foley who recently registered at St. James Parish. Welcome Back Next weekend we welcome back Seminarian Jeff Craig for his summer Pastoral Internship. Jeff recently graduated from Duquesne University and completed his studies at St. Paul Seminary. This fall Jeff will begin his theological studies at the North American College in Rome. We look forward to having Jeff with us again this summer to assist at daily and Sunday Mass, assist with funerals, weddings, and baptisms, hospital visits and learn the day to day operations of the rectory offices. 

Something to Think About… Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. - Erich Fromm 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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