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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 09.14.14
The Shepherd's Voice 09.14.14


My dad once told me a story that when he was growing up in the housing projects of Hazelwood he carried with him a pocket cross that someone gave to him. He carried it with him wherever he went: school, church and even while playing outdoors. One day while he was playing tackle football with his friends in a nearby empty lot he lost his cross. It went missing for over a month. One day while playing football again and being tackled he landed on the hard surface and the pocket cross that he had lost was in the dirt! 

This weekend we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which replaces the Twenty-Four Sunday of Ordinary Time. The origin of this feast is linked to the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena on September 14, 320. In the first reading from Numbers we read how people wandered away from their faith. God gives them both a blessing and a healing. In the Second Reading from Philippians, we are reminded how the son of God became a lowly human being. He suffered a cruel death out of love. In the Gospel of John we read the famous passage of how God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. Jesus died to save us from our sins. Our God is a God of victory who reigns victorious, even over the evil of death. We bow today before the cross, the great symbol of the powerful mystery. Today is a reminder of the power of the cross. When we look at the cross today, may our lives be transformed as we seek a deeper relationship with Him and strive to serve those in need in our community, nation, and world.


Catechetical Sunday Today we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” when Catholic parishes ask God’s blessing on students and teachers, parents and helpers, and all who share Jesus’ Good News through the ministry of religious education. This weekend here at St. James Parish, we bless and commission the catechists who teach in our school, religious education program, home school, and youth ministry. We thank these men and women who devote themselves to teaching the faith to our youth. Special thanks to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, Sister Christy Hill, SJ. our school principal, and Maria Brown our Youth Minister Director for their leadership. 

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. There will be an information meeting this Sunday, September 14 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

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

Parish Improvements Information racks were recently installed in both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. These information racks have various pamphlets regarding personal and private topics such as: abortion, alcohol addiction, annulments, birth control, homosexuality, pornography, natural family planning and unexpected pregnancy. These pamphlets are courtesy of the St. Gianna Molla Association. 

Eucharistic Adoration Please join us Saturday’s for 9:00am Mass and Eucharistic Adoration following from 9:30am to 10:30am. The Rosary will be recited at 8:25am. Confessions are heard from 9:30am to 10:30 am. What a wonderful way to spend time with the Lord during the weekend. 

Please Note For safety and security reasons, the church is open from 6:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday, 8:00am -6:00pm Saturday, and on Sundays from 6:00am – 2:00pm. 

Welcome A special welcome to Gregory, Christine, Sophia, and Catelin Smolinski who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Something to Think About… People that hurt others, only act on a pain they feel themselves. - Vivian Armis 

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