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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 06.29.14
The Shepherd's Voice 06.29.14


This weekend is a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained four men to the Priesthood. 

We congratulate the Class of 2014: Rev. Michael R. Ackerman- St. Pio Parish in Blawnox/Harmar, Rev. Michael P. Conway- St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook (my home parish), Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits- St. Monica Parish- Beaver Falls, Chippewa Township, Darlington, and Rev. Thomas G. Schleuep, Jr.- St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry. 

This weekend continue to “take a break” from Ordinary Time as we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul. The last time this Feast was celebrated on a Sunday was in 2008.This Solemnity invites us to consider how we might be called to sacrifice for our faith. Peter and Paul are remarkable models. Both had conversions but had different gifts and backgrounds, but they shared a passionate dedication to Jesus and the Gospel. Peter devoted his energies to serve mostly Jewish Christian communities, while Paul went out to evangelize gentiles. Both martyred in Rome in the first century. 

In the First reading from the Acts of the Apostles, God protects Peter as he escapes jail and Herod. In the second reading from the Letter to Timothy, Paul faces death with courage. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say that I am?” Simon Peter answers “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus declares that Peter is the rock upon which he built the church. As Peter confesses, Jesus commissions Peter: “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” 

As we conclude this month of June and prepare for Independence Day this coming week, let us be grateful for the gift of Faith and Freedom in this country and look at how Jesus is calling us to Come and Follow Him. Let us answer that call!


Scrip Program With the summer season now in full swing, support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office. 

Looking Ahead: Pastoral Council Meeting - Monday, June 30 6:30pm, Gathering Space 

Independence Day - Friday, July 4 - 9:00am Mass only. Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Thursday, July 3rd and will be closed all day on July 4th.

High School Retreat Young men entering, in, or who just graduated from High School are invited to attend the Second Annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat, July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg. (Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase for “Where are you Going?”) This retreat is a great time to spend time with other young men looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. The retreat will be led by priests and seminarians of the diocese. The cost for the camp is $50 and scholarships and transportation are available. For more information and to register visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412-456- 3000 ext. 3612 or contact our Summer Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig at the parish office or e-mail Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Orlando Villella who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Emily Griffin and Michael Dingfelder who were married this weekend at St. James Parish. 

Happy Anniversary Happy 2nd anniversary to Fr. Gruber who was Ordained to the Priesthood on June 30, 2012. 

New Bulletin Look Next Week Next weekend our parish bulletin will have a “new look.” As our parish continues to grow we are happy to announce that we are adding an additional page of advertisers and an additional page inserted in the weekly bulletin for parish organization material and upcoming events. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print free of charge on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is Alive and Well, and Growing! 

The Second Collection today is for Peters Pence Collection. 

Something to Think About… What you are looking for is who is looking. - St. Francis of Assisi 

Happy Independence Day! 

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