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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 12.14.14
The Shepherd's Voice 12.14.14


Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is called “Gauete Sunday” which means Rejoice! We are half way to Christmas. Its color rose is a sign of hope. This is the last full week of Advent. Next Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, will leave us with only three more days of the Advent season then we celebrate Christmas. 

In today’s first reading, we read one of the most beautiful passages in Isaiah. These verses describe the prophet’s call to evangelize. In the second reading, from Paul to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds to rejoice always and pray without ceasing. In today’s gospel of St. John, we read once again about John the Baptist. John is identified as the one who prepares the way for Jesus. The entire passage focuses on the identity and function of John the Baptist. John clearly saw his mission as making straight the way of the Lord with his baptism of repentance. As we enter “half time” with Advent let us stay patient and be aware of God’s faithful love for us. 


Advent Penance Service Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. A Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm this Tuesday, December 16 at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis. 

Christmas Discernment Retreat There will be a retreat open to men in college and post -college who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood Friday, December 19 thru Sunday, December 21. Please visit for more information or contact Fr. Joe Freedy - Vocations Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via phone at (412)-456-3123. 

Christmas at St. James Christmas is a special time to celebrate the birth of our Lord with family friends. Christmas Eve Masses will be held at 4:00pm, 7:00pm and Midnight, and on Christmas Day at 9:30am. 

We are very pleased to announce that KDKA Radio, 1020 AM will broadcast the Midnight Mass live on the radio! Please note that there will be NO MASS on Friday, December 26 and the Rectory offices will close at Noon on Tuesday, December 23 and reopen on Monday, January 5. 

We wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas Season! 

Scrip Program With the Christmas Shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the Rectory. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered you’re most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be registered especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. Also, if you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Welcome A special welcome to Matthew and Erin Graham and their son Liam, and Maureen and Kelly Senkoski, and Maria Mastroiani who recently registered at St. James. 

Year End Donations As we come to the end of another year, I want to thank those who have worshiped with us, prayed with us, and celebrated with us. As you make decisions on your end contributions, please consider St. James Parish. Your financial contributions help us continue to keep the Parish campus updated, clean and comfortable. Please remember to support our Parish, School and the Parish Share Campaign. Together we can keep St. James Catholic Parish Alive and Well and Growing. St. James Catholic Parish is truly the Light of Christ in the Heart of Sewickley! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to my dad Bill Burke who celebrated his 74rd birthday this past Wednesday, December 10 and to Kyle Devlin who works in our Maintenance Department who is celebrating his birthday on Monday this week!

Something to Think About… I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Harlan Miller 

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