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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 09.07.14
The Shepherd's Voice 09.07.14


Last Sunday I was visiting the Sewickley Starbucks when a parishioner walked in and we started talking. He said that he was having some family issues with siblings fighting with one another. There are many families who have divisions: parents not getting along, or siblings fighting. It can cause huge heart break when a family cannot get along. 

Today we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on getting along with the people around us. All three readings focus on self-examination. God is love. Love is generous and overflowing. We can sometimes fall short of our goals, we miss the mark and we sin. The God who loves us also wants us to enter a relationship with us, which we will draw life.

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how God gives a prophet a very important task: to serve watchman over the people protecting them from harm. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans we read how Paul insists that loving others is all that God wants. By loving, we keep all of the commandments. 

In the Gospel from St. Matthew we read how Jesus sets forth the process for reconciling. Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Let us look at the pains, the grudges, gossip and hurtful feelings we may have and make some changes in our life. The Church is a community of faith and reconciliation. 


Parish Share 2014 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 200 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2013 is $196,477. 

Parish Share is a very important campaign to help run the day to day operations at the diocese, helps with Catholic School scholarships, Campus Ministry programs, and other organizations. We all benefit from Parish Share! Please be as generous as possible. 

Campaign For the Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive! As we surpassed our goal of $1.5 million we recently received a total $173,379.00 which represents 40 percent of all payments made by parishioners as of March 31, 2014. The money has been deposited into our Deposit and Loan account as of June 30, 2014. Our Finance Council recently met and we are working on making a priority list of which projects we will start in the near future to make some physical improvements to our parish property. Thank you for your financial support. 

Parish Improvements The School, Church and Gathering Space rugs were cleaned and floors were stripped and waxed. Several school classrooms were painted including the school cafeteria. Thank you for your continued financial contributions to our Capital Improvements envelope in your Offertory Envelope packet. 

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 on Thursday, September 25. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ to discuss. There will be an information meeting next Sunday, September 14 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Looking Ahead Sunday, September 14 - First Day of Religious Education Classes 8:00am and 10:00am. 

Tuesday, September 16 - Parent Social for school families, 6:30pm Gathering Space. 

Monday, September 22 - Pastoral Council, 6:30pm Meeting Room #1. 

Welcome A special welcome to Luke, Ashley, Lily and Daniel Mutschler, who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Happy Birthday to Larry Kroner one or our 7:30am Ushers and Sue Ponticello our Office Assistant and Safe Environment Coordinator. 

Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary to Ed and Pat Schuring who are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary! 

Second Collection The Second Collection next weekend is for the Bishop’s Education Fund to help needy families with their tuition. 

Something to Think About… One may have good eyes and yet see nothing. - Italian Proverb 

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