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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 09.15.13
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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. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Four Sunday of Ordinary Time. All of the readings this weekend focus on forgiveness. 

God’s love for us is unconditional. In the first reading from the Book of Exodus, Moses makes an urgent appeal to God. The Israelites had grown impatient with the Lord and were going to worship false God’s and God was going to punish them, but at Moses request, God forgives them. In the second reading from Timothy, which over the course of the next seven Sunday’s we will be reading from Timothy Chapters one and two, we read that Paul marvels at the grace of our Lord. The reading highlights Paul’s own conversion to the Gospel. He was once a false teacher and non-believer, but God called him to the ministry of apostleship. In the Gospel of St. Luke the reading focuses on three parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the “Prodigal Son.” Luke often depicts Jesus welcoming sinners and sharing table fellowship with them. God’s love for us is unconditional. Let us strive to be compassionate, forgiving, and merciful. Each of us matters to God especially when we are lost, God rejoices when we find our way back. If we allow anger, resentment or jealously to fester in us, we are blocking our ability to grow. 


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 become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) will be starting in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 extension 311 or e-mail 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. 

Tuskegee Airmen Memorial A dedication ceremony for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial will be held today, Sunday, September 15 at 2pm at Sewickley Cemetery. The ceremony is free and open to the public. This memorial honors and celebrates the lives of almost 100 Tuskegee Airmen from Western Pennsylvania including 7 from Sewickley. Facing racial discrimination and prejudice, they persevered to become some of the most elite pilots and support crew of World War II. We congratulate Regis D. Bobonis, Sr. a parishioner at St. James and Founder and Chair of the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial on this very special day. 

Parish Improvements Graphics 22 Inc. of Hazelwood recently installed several new parish signs around our campus to identify who we are. The new signs are a great addition. Special thanks to an Anonymous donor for making this project a reality. 

Ferry Electric recently repaired and installed several lights in the church.

Thank you for your continued financial offerings to help keep our parish running smoothly and for us to keep St. James facilities safe and updated. 

Please Note For safety and security reasons, the church is open from 5:30am - 9:00pm on Monday, 5:30am-6:00pm Tuesday through Friday, 6:00am -6:00pm Saturday, and 6:00am – 2:00pm on Sundays. 

Newly Baptized Congratulations to Owen Patrick Lovell and Nathan Francis Walsh who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future. Bernard Meltzer 

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