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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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    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannMarty McDanielJeff MinarekJean BleyDonna PavlisAnna VillellaLinda SoldressenDonna Best...
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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 06.21.15
The Shepherd's Voice 06.21.15


My dad, Bill Burke, is a man I really look up to in my life. While being a devoted husband for fifty-three years to my mom, raising three children and seven grandchildren, and protecting the streets of the City of Pittsburgh as a police officer, he was also busy taking me fishing, camping, hiking, teaching me how to drive, and helping me with my studies. He taught me to work hard, love family, treat all people equally, and live out your faith. My dad would often tell me stories of when he was in the Navy working in the kitchen, he would always find time to go to Mass and say his daily prayers. It is Father’s Day today— a day when we pause and say thank you to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles, and ALL men who hold a “fatherly role” in a person’s life. 

Today we also celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on the power of God, how God is in control of things in life. We all know that we can face a lot of chaos and storms in our life. Mark’s Gospel focuses on Jesus calming the storm and demonstrates the power of the Son of God to conquer evil. We need to trust in God! 

In the First reading from Job, we read how the loyal servant of God learns a lesson from this world. It is filled with gifts from God to sustain life. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, Paul insists that Christ’s love impels him and all believers to live for Christ, not for themselves. 

In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read the calming of the storm. The Apostles witnessed a work that only God can accomplish which means that Jesus has divine power. The “storm” reflects the post- Easter experience of the early Church. The disciples have run into all sorts of difficulties, and feel that the Lord has abandoned them. But they are summoned to have faith in his presence with them and care for them. 

What storms are we facing today? What is annoying us and making us frustrated. Let us keep the faith and keep close to Christ. Quiet, Be Still! 


Peter’s Pence Collection Next weekend (June 27/28) there will be a second collection for the annual Peter’s Pence collection. Please be as generous as possible. 

Pastoral Council News Best wishes to Kristie Moran as she departs our Pastoral Council. Kristie was a great service to our Council the past year. She will continue to be a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and CCD Teacher. 

It gives me great pleasure to appoint Linda Soldressen to Pastoral Council. Linda has been a St. James parishioner for more than twenty years. She's retired from the American Red Cross where she served as the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Allegheny County for 24 years. She is a member of the Women’s Guild and lives in Ambridge with her husband Richard. 

Vicar Pastoral Visit The Diocese of Pittsburgh frequently conducts annual Vicar Pastoral Visit’s to make sure that parishes are properly keeping Sacramental Record’s appropriately. I am very pleased to report that recently Deacon Jim Weiland who assists’ our Regional Vicar Fr. Sam Esposito; with parish visits recently visited St. James Parish. We passed the evaluation process! Our sacramental record books including: Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage. Special thanks to our office staff: Karin Masterani, Sue Ponticello, and Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, for their assistance in making sure that we are in compliance with the Diocese. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Wayne and Annette Pace and Matthew Abel. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Office Manager, Karin Masterani who will be celebrating her birthday this coming Tuesday, June 23. 

Wedding Bells Happy 35th wedding anniversary to Mario and Debbie Munizza who are celebrating their special anniversary this weekend! 

Something to Think About… My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. - Jim Valvano 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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