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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 12.08.13
The Shepherd's Voice 12.08.13


This time of year is a popular time for people to come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Recently I met with a parishioner who has been struggling with various circumstances in their life. There has been a lot of hurt and anger in their heart and they wanted to become “clean” for the holidays. After we finished the Sacrament of Reconciliation they were filled with peace. 

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. The readings this weekend focus on repentance. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, a prophet announces the birth of a future king. He will bring healing and justice to the people. In the Second reading to the Romans, Paul reminds us to welcome one another as Christ welcomes us. In the Gospel of Matthew, we are introduced to John the Baptist who is a cousin of Jesus. John is a major figure during the Season of Advent who focuses on repentance. 

As we continue traveling through this Advent Season, let us forgive those around us, forgive ourselves and seek healing and reconciliation. Let us not look backward, but look for. 


Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. There are various Penance services being conducted the next several weeks to get ready for the Christmas season. Penance services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, December 10 – St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.) Tuesday, December 17- St. Joseph (Coraopolis)

We will also participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every parish will participate in this coming Wednesday, December 11. The church will be open and confessions will be available from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Campaign For The Church Alive! We are in full swing for Our Campaign For the Church Alive! This campaign provides us with the opportunity to help serve the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as nourishing our Catholic community here at St. James. 60% of what is collected will go to the Diocese and 40% will stay here at St. James for our own needs which amount to $614,000. If we surpass this target, we will retain sixty percent of all funds we raise above goal. 

Our parish target is $1,535,000. As of this week our parish is at 75% of the goal! Every registered parishioner will be receiving a pledge card and asked to participate. Please return your pledge card to the Rectory. I ask that you open your heart to participate in this historic campaign as we help the Diocese of Pittsburgh and St. James Catholic Parish. 

Additional Responsibilities Bishop Zubik has recently appointed me to be a “Mentor” for newly ordained Deacon Tony Giordiano who is from Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge. The purpose of a mentor is to facilitate the movement of the newly ordained deacon into effective ministry. Deacon Tony is the Pastoral Associate at St. John the Baptist Parish in Monaca and also the Chaplain at the Beaver Valley Medical Center in Beaver. I am honored that the Bishop trust’s my leadership to help Deacon Tony in his Ministry. 

I have also been appointed Chaplain to the St. Anthony School Program which is a Catholic based education and training program for children ages 5-21 with Autism, Down Syndrome and other serious intellectual disabilities. 

In addition to being the Pastor of St. James Parish, I am also: Chaplain to the Catholic Committee on Scouting, Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Police Department, Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Member of the College of Consultors for the Diocese, and a Board of Director Member of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. 

Parish Improvements Pitt Chemical Company of Pittsburgh recently installed new royal blue soap dispensers, hand sanitizer, and paper towel dispensers throughout the campus at no cost to the parish. 

Ron Parisi Remodeling of Ambridge recently cleaned the gutters, roof tops, and drains of the campus buildings removing leaves and debris and also cut some tree limbs. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Ariana Noelle Kostelnik and Robert Kenneth Stevenson who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Nicole Sarver and Christopher Sproul who were married on November 23, and Katherine Tedesco and Philip Diemert who were married on November 30. 

Something to Think About… An error gracefully acknowledged is a victory won. - Caroline Leigh Gascoigne 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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