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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...
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  • 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 08.25.13
The Shepherd's Voice 08.25.13

ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE! 

Recently as I was traveling back from Uniontown visiting a friend., I chose to drive up Route 43 (which is a toll road from Uniontown to Jefferson Hills) thinking it would it would be the quicker way to go instead of driving on Route 51 and stopping at all the red lights. 

I approached a toll booth and went into the “E-Z Pass” lane (I have an E-Z Pass in my Jeep so I don’t have to stop at the toll booth.) As I approached the gate, my E-Z Pass would not register. I backed up a bit then moved forward, but the gate still did not move. I then reached into my change dish and threw $1.40 in coins into the basket, said a quick prayer, and then the gate opened. Sometimes when we think the fastest way is the easiest in life… it really isn’t! 

Today we celebrate the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on making the best out of the present time and being prepared. 

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah we read how the Jewish people return from exile in Babylon and find their beloved Jerusalem in shambles. The prophet looks to better days ahead. 

In the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, the author encourages the community to remain faithful in difficult times. 

In the Gospel from St. Luke we read how Jesus reminds us to enter through the Narrow Gate. The gate is narrow because journeying with Jesus leads to Jerusalem and the cross. Jesus encourages us to be ready and be on time and is very clear in stating that there is no easy way to heaven. Salvation is not something that God will grant to everyone automatically at the end of time. 

Let us take up our cross daily, accepting the discipline required by discipleship as we strive to enter our eternal communion with God through the narrow door. 

ENTER THROUGH THE NARROW GATE! 

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 a few weeks. 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. 

Welcome A special welcome to Chris, Nicole, Madison, Mia, Jack and A.J. Mangin, Patricia Grey, Allison Williams, Nathaniel Chapman, and Orlando, Adina, and Corina Vescio who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Looking Ahead Finance Council Meeting - Monday, August 26 at 6:30pm. Congratulations 

Congratulations to Jase Richard Tusa who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Anna Arias and Sean Beecroft who were married this weekend at St. James. 

Happy 46th Anniversary to Bill and Mary Kay Russo

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday wishes to Fr. Matthew who will be celebrating his birthday this Friday, August 30. 

One Year It has been one year ago this week, August 27, that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. 

Look at what WE have done together just in one year: 

- Addition of candles in church 

- Addition of the Pieta in the Vestibule 

- Renovation of the restrooms in church near the Ushers Room 

- Upgraded the Sound System in Church 

- Established a Funeral Lunch Committee 

- Established Wedding Coordinators 

- Upgraded the lighting system outside the St. James School Broad Street entrance 

- Restored Nativity Set in the sanctuary at Christmas 

- St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance 

- Italian Dinner and Dance 

- Renovation of the Rectory office restroom 

- Renovation of the Rectory kitchen 

- Upgraded the plumbing and electrical systems in the Rectory 

- New hallway lights, ceiling fans, and rugs to the second floor of the Rectory

- Painted the three St. Vincent de Paul Boxes in the parking lot 

- Purchased a 12 passenger Parish van 

- Installation of new signs and lettering on campus buildings 

- Welcomed 96 new families to St. James Parish over the past year 

It is an honor to be your Pastor here at St. James. I love being a Priest and I love St. James. Together we can continue to do great things. 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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