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    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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  • 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 09.22.13
The Shepherd's Voice 09.22.13


Growing up in Carrick, my parents taught me good business skills at a young age. I was a newspaper carrier for the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette and Pittsburgh Press, had my own grass cutting business and worked as a cashier at the Brownsville Road Foodland in Carrick. These various jobs during grade school and high school helped me learn how to manage money, interact with customers plus helped me save money for college. I learned a lot at a very young age to keep a good budget and always put in a full day’s work. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on good stewardship. We need to work hard, but also look at the needs of others and balance work and prayer. 

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos, the prophet describes a path of sincere faith. Often called the “prophet of Social Justice,” Amos was forceful and a colorful preacher. He reminds us to have respect for God and others. In the Gospel of St. Luke we read the Parable of the dishonest manager who shrewdly finds a way to avoid a difficult situation. Luke does not condemn wealth but condemns it when it becomes an obsession. Wealth and talents can serve God’s purposes, but they must never replace God as the center of our attention in life. This parable invites us to look at what treasures we have and act prudently in regard to our own future. We cannot serve both God and Money.


Seminarians to Visit St. James Fr. Joe Freedy the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh along with the Seminarians from St. Paul Seminary in Crafton will be on hand for the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses next Sunday, September 29. Fr. Joe will be the Principal Celebrant at both Masses and I will concelebrate. We look forward to their visit next week. 

Protecting God’s Children Program Every parishioner who volunteers in the parish must participate in the Diocesan Protecting God’s Children Program. This includes: Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Choir, Sacristy Volunteers, School and Religious Education Programs, Youth Ministry, Fish Fry, Knights of Columbus and the Women’s Guild. 

St. James will be conducting two Protecting God’s Children Workshop’s on Tuesday, October 22: 11:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00pm to 9:00pm. To register for either workshop please contact Sue Ponticello at the Rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 315 or e-mail at sponiticello@saintjamessewickley- org. 

As your Pastor, I take it very seriously that our parish be in full compliance with the Diocesan Safe Environment Program. Our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito will visit St. James Parish on Tuesday, October 29 for his Annual Vicar visit and audit of our Safe Environment files. Thank you for your understanding. 

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 ext. 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 today, Sunday, September 22 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

Welcome A special welcome to two new members of the school maintenance staff: Paul Denk and Ed Gintner. Paul and Ed will be working part-time week nights with Bill Hawthorne our full-time evening school maintenance worker. 

Paul is the Director of Maintenance at St. Alphonsus School in Wexford and comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in cleaning and maintenance. Paul is my brother in-law, married to my oldest sister Lisa. They live in Carrick and have three sons and are members of St. Norbert Parish in Overbook. 

Ed Gintner works full time at Ambridge Do It Best Hardware store in Ambridge and comes with a wonderful background in cleaning and maintenance work. He lives in Ambridge and is a member of St. James Church. Welcome Paul and Ed! 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Phillip Call, Thomas, Karen and Kathryn Melisko, and Dale and Grace Williams who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing ! 

Newly Baptized Congratulations to Tyler Edward Cranden, and Mackenzie Rose Lewandwoski who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. Annie Dillard 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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