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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 08.17.14
The Shepherd's Voice 08.17.14


We all have been in situations where we just wanted to “throw in the towel.” When we don’t get something that we want or pray for right away we want to give up. If we are watching our favorite sports team and the game is not going the way we would like it to, we want to give up…game over! There is a saying that “it’s not over until it is over.” Today celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on persistence and keeping the faith. 

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, a prophet challenges the people the people to put their faith into practice. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds both Gentiles and Jews that they have been disobedient to God. It is the mercy of God that can bring both to salvation. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is confronted by a Canaanite woman. Her strong faith persuades Jesus to heal her daughter. This is a story of faith. The woman’s faith shows us that God’s love and mercy knows no limits. Ask, seek, and knock. Let us ask for God’s mercy for those times when we did not recognize a brother or sister in Christ. Let us look at our prayer requests and petitions, not giving up but keep the faith. 


New Assignment for Fr. Gruber Bishop David Zubik has appointed our current Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred 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 Coraopolis. We will have a farewell reception for Fr. Gruber after all the weekend Masses next weekend, August 23rd & 24th. 

New Daily Mass Schedule With this new assignment we will now have just one priest here at St. James. 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 adjust the daily Mass schedule. 

After careful prayer and dialog with the parish staff, Pastoral Council and discussions with our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito and other local pastors in the area we have come up with a new DAILY Mass schedule effective Tuesday, September 2. 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6:45am 

Tuesday - 9:00am (this will be the school Mass) 

Thursday - No Mass 

Saturday – 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration till 10:30am Confessions will still be heard Saturday’s from 9:30am to 10:30am. 

Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change.

Karin Masterani, our Office Manager will be contacting people who have made Mass intentions to assist in selecting another Mass time. Please be patient as we prepare for this upcoming adjustment. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting in September after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

School Bells St. James Catholic School opens the 2014-2015 school year this Thursday, August 21. We welcome back our returning students, faculty and staff and several new families. Best wishes for a great school year! Please note the parking lot will be closed Thursday morning, August 21. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Cooper Edward Biser who was Baptized this weekend! 

Welcome A special welcome to Amanda Hagan, Georgie Offerman, and James and Hannah Scanga who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Something to Think About… “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” - Henry Ford 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it