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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 11.03.13
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When I was in college at Clarion University of Pennsylvania one of my favorite things to do was visit Cook Forest State Park. I would drive to the forest and climb the famous “fire tower” in the park which overlooks a beautiful valley and the Allegheny River. Especially this time of year was a great time to climb to the top and look out at all of the changing color of leaves. Many of my friends who were not as tall as me would use the steps that are on top of the lookout tower to get a better view. When we looked out it was an amazing view. 

Today we celebrate the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on seeking out Christ in our life. In the Gospel of Luke, we read about the amazing story about Zacchaeus, a sinful tax collector, who turns to Jesus for salvation. Zacchaeus was not highly regarded in his town because he was a tax collector. In Jesus’ time tax collectors commonly supplemented their income with a surcharge and took advantage of people financially. Zacchaeus climbed a tree in order to see Jesus. He had a change of heart and was reconciled with the Lord and found the wholeness of a new life. 

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus loves us enough to want to help us become the best human beings we can become. Let us seek out Christ daily in our lives. 


Memorial Board/Book of Remembrance The month of November is a time to remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. Throughout the month we will display our parish memorial board listing the names of parishioners who have passed away since October 2012. We also have a Book of Remembrance where parishioners and visitors can write names of their loved ones in the book and at every Mass during the month of November we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to write down your loved ones name in our book. 

Oglebay Priest Conference Last week Father Gruber and I attended the Triennial Multi-Day Priest Convocation at the Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling West Virginia. Over 210 priests attended. The theme for the week was Priestly Identity: In the Person of Christ, In Relationship with His Body, the Church. It was a very rewarding experience. 

Parish Share 2013 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 200 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parish Share is a very important campaign to help run the day to day operations at the diocese helps with Catholic School Scholarships, High School and College Campus Ministry programs, educating the future priests of our diocese, the Seminarians, Catholic Charities, St. Anthony School Programs and St. Vincent de Paul Society. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our parish goal for 2013 is $175,219. Please be as generous as possible. 

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Remodeling of Ambridge and Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors of Heidelberg recently made some upgrades to the St. James School building. They repaired a broken drain pipe that was leaking into the school cafeteria by fabricating and installing a copper drain tube through the overhang of the school entrance and fabricating and installing a copper downspout.

Thyseen Krupp Elevator Company recently repaired a sensor on the parish elevator door in the Gathering Space. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Parker Scott Eldridge and Rebecca Ann Farley who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alexa Cellini and John Delrusso who are being married this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Mia, Zoe and Farrah Bojalad, Charley, Rochelle and Kayden Burgunder, Craig, Gina, Mia and Ella Cuccaro, and Kurt, Eileen, Donovan and Aidan Ford who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Rite of Welcoming Next week at the 9:30am Mass we will celebrate the “Rite of Welcoming” for our nine men and women in the RCIA Program. Let us continue to pray for them as they inquire about joining the Catholic Faith Community. 

Something to Think About… Sometimes all people need is for someone to show them a new way to live. Antonio Thomas 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

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