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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 07.27.14
The Shepherd's Voice 07.27.14


This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. We continue reading St. Matthew’s “Parable Discourse.” The readings this weekend focus on how valuable the Kingdom of God is in our life. In the First Reading from the Book of Kings, we read how King Solomon asks for wisdom. Too often people spend their whole life searching for the wrong things to make them happy. Even with his power and riches, King Solomon asks for wisdom to make him a good leader. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that God has planned the salvation of Christians from all eternity. We are conformed to God’s image and made children of God. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the third consecutive week of Matthew’s “Parable Discourse.” The Kingdom of God is like a Treasure buried in a field. It is like a Pearl and like a Fishnet. The Treasure and Pearl have the same message that the Kingdom of Heaven is worth investing everything we have to acquire it. The Fishnet means that the Kingdom of God contains good and evil in the world and only at final judgment will they be separated. Our chief task in life is not to be successful or even be fulfilled but to live properly. A close relationship with God is a real treasure! 


St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2014- 2015 school year. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540, extension 100. School begins Thursday, August 21! 

Reflections of Italy Trip St. James Catholic Parish and Travel Junction Inc. of Ambridge are proud to present a “Reflections of Italy” trip October 21-31, 2014. We will travel to Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Milan, Malpensa and Lugano Switzerland. We are also working on getting tickets to see Pope Francis and tour the Pontifical North American College in Rome to see where the Pittsburgh seminarian’s study Theology. We have a few seats still available! For more information please contact Alice Steel at 724-266- 5715. 

Mission Cooperative Appeal 2014 Each year the Diocese of Pittsburgh asks every parish to participate in a Mission Cooperative Appeal. Next weekend we welcome Father Walter Ostrowski from the Divine Word Missionaries located in the Oakland Section of Pittsburgh. Fr. Walter will speak at all of the Masses next weekend August 2-3. Please be as generous as possible. 

Time Out We all need some time for refreshment and renewal during the year. I will be taking my annual family vacation to the Atlantic Coast this coming week. I will be out of the office Thursday, July 31 thru Sunday, August 10. Please hold any e-mails and phone messages until I return. I will be unable to access any voicemail or e-mails. If you need assistance please contact either Fr. Gruber at 412-741-6650 ext. 312 or Office Manager, Karin Masterani at 412-741-6650 ext. 310. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel. 

New Assignment for Fr. Gruber Bishop David Zubik has appointed our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Gruber to a new assignment effective, Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Fr. Gruber will become the Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish in Ingram, Guardian Angels Parish in the West End, and Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. He will also retain his responsibilities as Chaplain at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon Twp. 

With the new assignment of Fr. Gruber we will now have just one priest here at St. James Parish. I will continue as your Pastor as my full time assignment and will still have my five additional “part time” responsibilities to cover. We will need to look at adjusting the daily Mass schedule. I will keep you informed as to what changes we will need to make. Please be patient as we prepare for this upcoming adjustment. 

Our seminarian Jeff Craig will be with us one more week for his summer internship! 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kristin Ware, Mark Whitaker and Brendan York who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy 58th Anniversary to Frank and Ann Cahouet 

Something to Think About… It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you. - Ronald Dahl 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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