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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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    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 09.28.14
The Shepherd's Voice 09.28.14


Often we may hear a friend or family member say “call if you need me.” When we need them to take us shopping, go to a doctor’s appointment, cut the grass, shovel snow from our sidewalk, or just need someone to talk to they are nowhere to be found. People may say they will be there for us, but then change their mind. 

We can say we are going to help with a project at work or school but really do not mean it. We may say that we are “Catholic” or that we are “Pro-Life” but we pick and choose what we want to follow with the church’s teachings or wish harm on someone. We can say we forgive someone who hurts us, but inside we still are filled with anger and hatred. …Actions speak louder than words! 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on obedience and forgiveness. 

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, a prophet speaks about salvation. God invites everyone to walk the path that leads to repentance. Each of us is responsible for our own actions. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Paul challenges the Philippian community to grow in humility and love. We must imitate the humility of Christ. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus teaches that our minds can be changed. We hear about the Parable of the Two Sons, a parable that was addressed to the Chief priests and elders of the people. The first son represents sinners, originally choosing their own way but then repents. The second son represents the chief priests and the elders, they have promised to work for God but fail to do so. Repentance is necessary for entry into the kingdom. Humility helps us to know our true self so that we are able to open our hearts to the grace of God. 

Today’s Gospel is good news. It gives us hope that we can have a second chance. Let us truly mean what we say and do as we say. 


Welcome Fr. Terdine This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine as the Celebrant. I am attending the Carrick High School 90th Anniversary and distinguished Alumni Luncheon at the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall with my family. 

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) meets on Thursday’s at 7:00pm in Meeting Room 2. 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. 

Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses next weekend October 4th and 5th. If you are experiencing some medical issues, having upcoming surgery or medical tests or would just like to be blessed, the Sacrament of Anointing will help give you strength. You do not have to have a medical emergency to receive this wonderful Sacrament. Children and Adults of all ages are most welcome. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets next Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. Every participant will receive a very special pet medal and St. Francis Prayer card courtesy of an Anonymous parishioner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Ian, Jennifer, Jack, and Katharine Miller and Mike, Elizabeth, Sally and Bobby Riordan who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing! 

Something to Think About… Be true to what you’re trying to accomplish. And just do it. - Saundra Charles 

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