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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 12.15.13
The Shepherd's Voice 12.15.13


Last Saturday morning just as I was ready to head over to church to celebrate the 9:00am Mass, my dad texted me to say that my cousin Kim was in labor at Magee Hospital and that her baby was on its way! As I was celebrating Mass Kim gave birth to a healthy 8 pound 3 oz. baby girl named Allison Grace Masuga. Kim’s father Tim is my dad’s brother. My Uncle Tim and Aunt Peggy have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first grandchild. It is a true honor to welcome another life into the Burke family. 

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 two more days of Advent. 

In today’s first reading, Isaiah writes on how the desert becomes a garden. He wants his people to tap the resources of faith that can change their bleak inner world into something full of life and vitality. In the second reading, James says to be patient as we wait for Christ’s coming, just as a famer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the earthly rains. James also reminds us to not complain about one another. In today’s Gospel, Jesus confirms in that he is the Messiah and he points out that his cousin, John the Baptist is helping the people prepare for the way. 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 17 at St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis. 

Welcome A special welcome to Matthew and Rebecca Krzan, Janet, Katie, and Taylor Lowe and Anna Marie Pitek who recently registered at St. James. 

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Remodeling of Ambridge and Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors of Heidelberg replaced the flat roof on top of the elevator shaft in the Gathering Space. With the recent heavy rains water leaked onto the elevator electrical system causing extensive damage. Thyseen Krupp Elevator Company made repairs to the elevator unit. 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Today is “Commitment Sunday” as we are in the final week of participating in 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 84% of the Goal! Every registered parishioner is invited 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. 

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. 

Thank You Special thanks to Paula Doebler and Julie Pitcavage who have just completed their term on Pastoral Council. I am grateful for their leadership these past several years. 

Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in leading the Parish to continue its mission. Pastoral Council members include: Mike Killian - Facilitator, Bob Basl, Jean Bley, Ivan Hoffman, Fran Matten, Tom McConomy, and Anna Torrance. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to my dad Bill Burke who celebrated his 73rd birthday this past Tuesday, December 10 and to Kyle Devlin who works in our Maintenance Department and who is celebrating his birthday today! 

Something to Think About… Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. Christopher Reeve 

With God, All Things Are Possible! 

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor 

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