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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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    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 06.22.14
The Shepherd's Voice 06.22.14


Recently I was talking to a Permanent Deacon from a local parish. He was asked to visit a parishioner of his who was under hospice care. She had a terminal illness and only had a limited number of weeks to live. All she asked is that he stop by and see her and deliver the Eucharist. When he visited and gave her Communion she said “I am ready to go home with the Lord.” 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. This wonderful Sacrament which we celebrate on this day and at every Mass is a memorial, a living remembrance, of the Passion of our Lord. Jesus, by giving us his Body and Blood, gave us the possibility of new life. 

In the First reading from Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the people of all the gifts God has given them. Bringing them out of Egypt and the challenges in the desert, God gave them Manna from heaven to be nourished. In the second reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community that they all receive Christ under the form of bread and wine. 

In the Gospel of John, we read the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus proclaims that he is the living bread and whoever eats of it will live forever. Through the Eucharist, we experience an intimate relationship with Jesus. Faith is about risk, boldness, and transformation. The Eucharist is more than a source of faith and courage, it is the living presence among us of the risen Christ. When we receive the Eucharist we receive Christ. The Eucharist can nourish us and strengthen us in life. We are spiritually fed when we come to church and when we leave church we can feed others by what we say and do. 

Let us appreciate what we have each and every day and be nourished and fed with the Lord. 


Corpus Christi Holy Hour Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi today, we will have Eucharist Adoration between the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses. Please plan to stop by to pray and be with the Lord. 

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Remodeling of Ambridge recently made upgrades to the Rectory guest room (where Seminarian Jeff Craig is currently staying). New plumbing, electrical upgrades, painting and carpeting were installed. Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild and Knights of Columbus for purchasing new furniture for the updated Rectory guest room. 

Notre Dame Vision A good time was had by all who participated in the Notre Dame Vision Retreat this past week at the University of Notre Dame. Fifty high school students participated along with our Youth Minister Maria Brown and Seminarian Jeff Craig. This was the second year that I attended and it was a wonderful experience. During the week while I attended the retreat the following Mass intentions were said: Ralph Smith - from Paul and Maureen Oczpok; Joseph Cini - from Mike and Katie Liss; Stella Trapizona - from Robert and Luisa Trapizpona and Kathleen McGowan - from Pat and Fred deGroot. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Denny and Amanda Hood, and Craig and Valerie Rodgers. 

New Transitional Deacons Ordained Congratulations to the following Transitional Deacons Ordained at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland last Saturday by Bishop Winter: 

Ordination to the Diaconate Jack E. Demnyan, Holy Rosary Parish, Muse, St. Mary Seminary- Baltimore Zachary A. Galiyas, St. Malachy Parish, Kennedy Twp, St. Vincent Seminary- Latrobe Levi D. Hartle, St. Joseph Parish, Cabot, Theological College- Washington D.C. Christopher J. Mannerino, St. Cecilia Parish, Rochester, St. Mary Seminary- Baltimore Jeremy J. Mohler, Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, Theological College- Washington D.C. David G. Rombold, Holy Redeemer Parish, Ellwood City, Theological College- Washington D.C. William D. Wuenschel, Holy Angels Parish, Hays, Theological College- Washington D.C. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Parish Office Manager, Karin Masterani

Priesthood Ordination is next weekend! 

Something to Think About… “Be What You Receive.” - St. Augustine 

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