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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 05.24.15
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Today is a special day as we conclude the Easter Season and celebrate Pentecost. The Greek word for Pentecost (Pentekoste) means “fiftieth” or the Fifty Days of Easter. The Solemnity of Pentecost celebrates the “birthday of the church. Our readings today show us that the Spirit comes to us in different ways. In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives his disciples the gift of peace as he commissions them for ministry and empowers them by breathing on them the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

As we celebrate Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us with love. The Spirit is there to assist as the church labors to witness to God’s truth, justice, peace, and love. Let us be aware of the value of that gift in our lives and be grateful for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe. 


Memorial Day This Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who gave their lives for our country’s freedom. Mass will be held at 9:00am. The Parish Offices will be closed for the holiday. 

Memorial Donations/ Mass Intentions Special thanks to family and friends of Cindy Kumza and Stephen Miklos who recently sent in Memorial Contributions to St. James Parish in their memory. May they rest in peace. 

Please remember St. James Catholic Parish in your funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are a great way to support your parish. There are many organizations that we can support locally and nationally, but keeping your financial support “close to home” makes a difference. 

Because we have just one priest here at St. James and a limited number of daily and Sunday Masses, effective immediately, there will be a maximum limit of four Mass intentions per person during the calendar year. Please note the other opportunities to remember a loved one weekly are: a memorial for the Sanctuary or Marian Candles, Communion Wine, Hosts, or Altar Flowers.

Also in the event that you have a Mass intention scheduled and the Mass has to be cancelled or moved, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule the Mass day or have an opportunity for one of the weekly memorials. Also whenever I travel including my yearly Notre Dame Vision Retreat in June and this July, the parish trip to Ireland, I will be able say Mass intentions while I am away. We will publish those Mass intention names in a future bulletin. Thank you for your understanding. 

Celebrating 14 Years of Priesthood This Tuesday, May 26, I will celebrate my 14th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. It has been a wonderful fourteen years serving the Church of Pittsburgh including: St. Alphonsus in Wexford, St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Good Shepherd in Braddock and St. James in Sewickley. I also have served as Co-Director of Vocations, a member of the College of Consultors and Priest Council, Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh Pirates Chaplain, St. Anthony School Programs Chaplain, and serving as a Board of Director at Holy Family Institute and Pittsburgh Athletic Association. I love being a Priest! 

Happy 10th Anniversary of Priesthood to my best friend, Father Steve Kresak Pastor of the “Catholic Community of Pittsburgh” in the four parishes of: St. Albert the Great - Baldwin, St. Basil - Carrick, St. Norbert - Overbrook, and St. Wendelin - Carrick. Fr. Steve is a native of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Stella Joan Fleishman, Addison Brianna Ford, Philomena Rose McMullen, and Grace Abigail Turner who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gretchen Brothers and Scott Klavon who are receiving the Sacrament of Marriage this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Carole Christian and Angelo Innamorato. 

Thank You Special thanks to Belinda Thompson for planting the beautiful flowers on the rectory front porch and in front of St. James Church. 

Something to Think About… One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, right here, right now, in this single, solitary, monumental moment in your life- is to decide, without apology, to commit to the journey and not to the outcome. - Joyce Didonato 

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