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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 06.07.15
The Shepherd's Voice 06.07.15


Recently I spoke to a parent whose child just recently celebrated their “First Holy Communion.” The parent said that their child was so excited to receive the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass for the very first time and that they are so eager to attend Mass on a weekly basis. 

Two weeks after Pentecost the church always celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic Faith. All of the readings this weekend focus on a covenant with God. 

In the first reading we read from Exodus, we read how the people of Israel make a covenant with God. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews, we hear that Jesus is our High Priest. He sacrificed himself on the cross to cleanse us of our sins. In today’s Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples. Mark’s account emphasizes that communion with Jesus includes sharing in his cup of self -sacrifice. The Last Supper was a celebratory meal at which everyone gave thanks for God’s presence in their lives. Jesus describes that this bread and wine become his presence in terms of a new covenant sealed in his blood. Let us reflect this weekend on the Eucharist and be eager to receive it on a weekly basis. 


Eucharistic Adoration Every Saturday Please join us on Saturdays for 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction until 10:30am. This a great time for private prayer and medidation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available. We are the only parish in the area that has Saturday morning Mass.

2015 Manifesting the Kingdom Award I am pleased to announce that Austin E. McGrath has been chosen to receive the Manifesting the Kingdom Award this year.  This award is given to a parishioner from each of our 200 parishes who have generously given of themselves to enrich the life our parishes. Austin has been a long- time member of St. James Parish, and is one of our oldest parishioners. He will receive his reward this weekend by Bishop Zubik at St. Paul Cathedral. Congratulations Austin! 

Parish Share 2015 We are thankful for having our Seminarian Intern, Jeff Craig with us this summer. Jeff recently completed his studies at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton and Duquesne University. He will move on to the North American College in Rome next month. On Saturday, June 27 we will have six men ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The annual Parish Share program conducted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh helps educate our future priests. Please be as generous as possible to support the Parish Share Campaign to help educate our future priests. 

Rite of Candidacy Our summer intern, Jeff Craig, received the “Rite of Candidacy” this past Monday at St. Paul Seminary. This is another step in his formation program as he prepares to begin his theological studies in Rome this fall. Jeff is on track to be ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2019 and a Priest in 2020. 

Ordination to the Diaconate Next Saturday, June 13, Anthony Sciarappa from Sts. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park will be ordained to the Diaconate at 10am at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Anthony is a graduate of North Allegheny High School and Duquesne University. He is currently doing his theological studies at Theological College and The Catholic University in Washington D.C. He will be ordained a priest in 2016. 

Parish Improvements Valley’s Best Tree Service and Landscaping of Freedom recently trimmed trees along the “Prayer Garden” near Walnut Street.

Congratulations Congratulations to Cecilia Grace Kane who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Brittany Hulings and Michael McCann who are receiving the Sacrament of Marriage this weekend! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, celebrating her birthday this week. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Steven and Lorraine Kelly and Diane O’Toole.

Something to Think About… Serving others is to the soul what food and water is to the body. - Rick Barrett 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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