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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...
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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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The Shepherd's Voice 09.08.13

SETTING PRIORITIES 

Each day I try to rise early (around 5am) to get my day started. I like the quietness of the morning to say my Morning Prayers with my cup of Starbucks Coffee then turn to read the daily newspapers to catch up on the news of the day. It is a nice routine that I have adapted into my twelve years of priesthood. As Pastor of a very large, active parish, it is important for me to develop a good balance of work, prayer, and exercise to have a healthy balance in life. Today we celebrate the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on setting priorities in life. 

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how the wise King Solomon turns to God in prayer asking for wisdom. Everyday experience teaches us how limited we are in our pursuits. 

In the Gospel from St. Luke we read how Jesus reminds us that we not let our family, possessions, or crosses alter our dedication to Him. Jesus is telling us to let nothing get in the way of our willingness to follow Him and make him our first priority. Following Christ is serious business and demands dedication. If we look at the choices that we make each day, we’ll see the many ways we can put God first in our life. Each time we celebrate the Eucharist we are given the opportunity to commit ourselves once again to putting God first in our lives. 

As the summer season comes to a close and the fall calendar fills up with meetings, study groups, and sports practices, let us strive to make it a priority to “make an appointment” with God each and every day. 

SETTING PRIORITIES 

New Lectors and Eucharistic Minister Training We are in need of new Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers (especially at the 5pm Saturday evening and 11:30am Masses). If you are interested please call the rectory at (412)741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A training session will be held on Saturday, September 21 from 11am to Noon in Church. 

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. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

Parking Restrictions As St. James Parish continues to grow, we know that parking is limited in our parking lot on the weekends. Please note that if our parking lot is full there are other options: parking on the side streets and also in our church owned lot on the corner of Walnut and Frederick (across the street from the Christy House next to the Laughlin Center). 

Please note that since May, the Borough of Sewickley has implemented a No Parking Zone on the Boulevard side of Elwick Street, from Little Street to Walnut Street (except on Wednesdays from 7am to 3pm for the accommodation for street cleaning.) Several residents made this request to Borough Council. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kevin Flannery, the Borough Manager at (412) 741-4015 or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Looking Ahead Sunday, September 15 - First Day of Religious Education Classes 8:00am and 10:00am. 

Monday, September 16 - Pastoral Council, 6:30pm, Meeting Room #1. Monday, September 15 - School Advisory Board, 6:30pm, Meeting Room #2. 

Welcome A special welcome to Nate and Brooke Kostelnik, and Peter, Davon, Antonio and Giavonna Randazzo, who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Happy Birthday Birthday wishes 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 56th Wedding Anniversary! 

Something to Think About… One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. - Sidney Howard 

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