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    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 07.13.14
The Shepherd's Voice 07.13.14


We have reached the mid- point of the year. This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday. The readings focus on the power of God’s word. In the First reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet marvels at the power of God’s word. Like rain that falls from heaven and waters of the earth, the word comes to life. Just as bread sustains life, the word of God gives life to the inner self. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul assures that whatever sufferings we have now is not compared to the glory God has in store for us. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Sower. Parables are stories to teach the faith and disclose the secrets of the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ original purpose in teaching parables was to proclaim the Kingdom of God describing obstacles to growth: thorns, birds, and bad soil. Jesus knowingly admitted that there were would be difficulties and even resistance. The Seed is the word of God and the four different kinds of soil describe how people relate to the Word of God: (Birds) never accept the word, (Rocky) believe for a while but fall away because of persecution and hardship, (Thorns) those who believe but whom the word is choked by worldly and anxiety and possessions, (Rich Soil) those who respond to the word and produce fruit abundantly. 

Like the seed that fell on rich soil, may our own hearts be a place for our faith to take root so we can grow strong in our faith. 


Parish Improvements Graphics 22 of Hazelwood recently installed four new parish signs around the campus: a new rectory porch sign, a sign at the Broad Street entrance/exit, a cafeteria sign along Bank Street, and a new sign on the corner of Bank and Walnut Street behind the church. These signs will enhance our parish campus. Special thanks to an Anonymous donor for making this project a reality.

Unique Services and Applications Inc. of Whitehall recently relocated the large flag pole that was in front of the school gymnasium to the front of the Gathering Space and near the School entrance. Special thanks to Helene Norbut for making this project possible. 

Notre Dame Vision Recently my 16 year old nephew Matthew Denk wrote me a note after attending Notre Dame Vision a few weeks ago. Matthew is a junior at Seton LaSalle High School and is a member of St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook. Matthew wrote: “Dear Uncle Tom, thanks for giving me the opportunity to go to Notre Dame. I had so much fun and made so many friends as well as getting closer to my faith. The trip made me think about how amazing our faith is and why I am so happy to be Catholic. I cannot wait to go again next year. I am very proud to be your nephew. Love, Matt.” 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2013-14 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and a Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. 100 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call (412)741-5540, extension 100. 

Looking Ahead: Slovak Day at Kennywood - Thursday, July 17 

PCNC TV Mass - 6:00am Comcast Channel 13 Sunday, July 20 Rev. Thomas J. Burke - Celebrant 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, July 26 8:00am to 1:00pm 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Justin and Alexis Cheneti and Sarah West who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Christopher Sebastian Beecroft, Carson Patrick Geis, Noah Christopher Gill and Georgie Katherine Offerman who are being baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Wendy Vanhemert and Joseph Kress who were married this weekend! 

Something to Think About… Nature does not demand that we be perfect. It requires only that we grow. - Josh Liebman 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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