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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...
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  • 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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Remember the Sick

In this space each week, we will let you know who is sick in our parish and in need of prayers.

Please remember in your prayers:

  • Eleanor Skapik
  • Eleanor Farbo
  • Robert Murrer
  • Sue Etters
  • Carol Shannon
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Jim Gregory


...and those who have died



Remember those in the Military

  • Michael Mitchell (Army)
  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • Lt. Brian Naranjo (Coast Guard)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Col. Mark VanKooten (Air Force National Guard)
  • Captain Christopher Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Captain Jaymie Stepanek (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • Cadette David Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 1st Lt Ben Rinaldi Air Force
  • 1st Lt Sam Rinaldi Air Force
  • Sarah Miller (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Cpl. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Patrick O'Connor (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
 
 

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Financial Summary


Weekly collection for April 26, 2015 - $12,300




Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

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The Shepherd's Voice 05.03.15

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED! 

When I was in high school I cut grass during the Spring and Summer months in my neighborhood. “Tom’s Grass Cutting Business” consisted of me, a lawnmower, a weed trimmer, rake, dust pan and broom and a few lawn bags. I took out an advertisement in the local Pennysaver for the Carrick/Overbrook area and picked up ten new customers. I can remember driving my dad’s red Ford F-150 pickup truck with my equipment in the back bed. I met many wonderful neighbors, plus it gave me some spending money and helped me save for college. Not only did I cut people’s lawns, I would end up spending hours talking with them, catching up on the daily events. Most of customers were senior citizens who lived alone. I would sit at their kitchen table and have cookies and iced tea, chatting. Little did I know this “summer job” would help me in the future as a priest learning about finances and interacting with people. 

One of my customers, Mrs. Faber had a small hillside covered with many vines. One time I noticed the hillside was getting a little bit “overgrown” so I cut the vines. Mrs. Faber came out onto her back porch and “raised her voice” in a stern tone saying that it had been cut shorter than she wanted. Luckily a few weeks later the vines grew in and we never talked about “cutting the vines too short” ever again! 

This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on being connected with the Lord. 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says to his disciples “I am the true vine and my father is the vine grower.” The image of the fruit bearing vine, Jesus describes the relationship between the Father (vine grower), himself (vine) and us (branches). We must be firmly connected to Jesus Christ. Pray that we may grow stronger on the vine, and that all might grow closer together as we share Christ’s mission on this earth. If we remain with him we will bear much fruit. The branch cannot be separated from the parent vine and continue to live. 

The Gospel of John uses the imagery of the vine and the branches to stress the importance of remaining connected to Christ. We all know of a family member, friend, co-worker, classmate or neighbor that no longer participates in the Catholic faith. Let us pray that they come back home and are welcomed. 

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED! 

Parish Share 2015 As the school year quickly approaches the end of the year, let us be thankful for the various College Campus Ministry programs that have gone on for the past year at the local college and universities. The Annual Parish Share program conducted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh makes this ministry possible. Please be as generous as possible to support the Parish Share Campaign. 

School Advisory Board Members It gives me great pleasure to appoint three new members to the St. James School Advisory Board: David Carter, Darin Fabian, and Darlene Weaver. The Advisory Board assists the Pastor and Principal in the strategic direction, financial sustainability, and academic excellence. Other Advisory Board Members include: Jessica Focer Holloway, Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Vince Roskovensky, John Nicolaus, Amy Garrison, Phil Susie, Jeff Zick, and Jeanne Riley. 

St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 school year. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100. 

First Holy Communion Congratulations to our Second Graders who are receiving their First Holy Communion this weekend. May the Eucharist nourish them and help them grow in their faith. Special thanks to Sister Christy Hill our school principal, Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, our teachers and catechists for their leadership. 

Welcome A special welcome to Jamie and Halley Jaye Huntsman who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Arthur John Innamorato IV who is being Baptized this weekend. May God Bless him and his family. 

Happy Anniversary to my parents Bill and Marge Burke who are celebrating their 53rd Wedding Anniversary this Tuesday, May 5. 

Something to Think About… If you take care of the soil, the soil will take care of you. - Latvian Proverb 

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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 04.26.15

JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD 

In the April 12 issue of the Our Sunday Visitor Weekly Catholic newspaper there was an interesting guest column article by John Michael Talbot who is a very popular singer, best-selling author, tv host and Catholic evangelist. His column was titled “Three ways parishes can experience a revival of faith.” He focused on better music, good preaching, and a broader knowledge of why we go to Mass can help us refill church pews. According to the Dynamic Catholic Institute; seventeen percent of Catholics in America attend Mass, on a regular basis. There are some thirty million non-practicing Catholics in America. And almost fifty percent of people sitting in the seats of non- Catholic megachurches are non-practicing Catholics. These are considered “lost sheep.” 

Every day I try to do my best to be a good priest to the people that I am entrusted with. I enjoy celebrating Mass, visiting our children in our school and religious education program, celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing, hospital visits and helping with marriage and personal counseling. I love being a Priest and I love my Catholic Faith. 

We all have a vocation in life, whether we are called to be Single, Married, Priesthood or Religious Life. We all have gifts and talents that God blesses us with each day. 

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The readings all focus on listening to the Lord’s voice and following him. As Christians we are called to extend the hospitality of the Good Shepherd to members of the flock who have wandered or become disconnected from the Church. Let us invite a family member or friend who has been away from the Church to attend Mass with us, or share a meal or a cup of coffee to a “fallen away Catholic” to see what pains or hurts they hold in their heart. Let us pray for those who have fallen away or trying to find their way through life. 

JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD 

On Mission for the Church Alive! Bishop Zubik has formally announced a new dynamic planning initiative engaging all laity, religious, and clergy in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It will involve prayer and study, strengthening school and parish partnerships, and providing support for the Clergy. We want to make our parishes and schools more vibrant. Let us be open to see how we can use our gifts and talents and get involved in our parish. In the next few months we will be in dialog with the Pastors and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Coraopolis, and St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Twp. 

With fewer priests in active ministry over the next five-plus years, what possible alternatives to the way of ministry is currently provided in our parish? Let us see how we can work together to keep the Church Alive in our area. Stay tuned to see how we can get involved and help in our parish. 

Hospital and Nursing Home Pastoral Care Coverage Please note that when you or a loved one is admitted to a local hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center to ask the nursing staff to connect you to the Pastoral Care Department for Holy Communion and Anointing. Every major hospital in the Pittsburgh area including the hospitals in Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, and the North Side has a full time chaplain on duty. Area nursing homes and rehabilitation centers have the local parish that covers for emergencies and for the distribution of Holy Communion. West Hills Rehabilitation Center in Moon Township and Health South in Leet Township are covered by Chaplain Fr. Don Fix at St. Margaret Mary Parish. I am “on call” at Sewickley Valley Hospital during the weekend. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Avery Grace VanBuskirk who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kelli Weiser who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Maintenance Worker Mike Glumac who celebrated his birthday this past Thursday, April 23. 

Something to Think About… In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make. - Author Unknown 

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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 04.19.15

WALKING THE JOURNEY WITH JESUS

Last week I received a message from a mother of one of our Seminarian’s who will be ordained a priest June 27. Sharon Rombold is the mother of Transitional Deacon David Rombold who is from Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. David is finishing his final few weeks at Catholic University in Washington D.C. I have known him since he was in grade school when I was Co-Director of Vocations.

Sharon said that David received his “call to orders” meaning that he will be ordained a priest this year! It’s been a remarkable journey to see David grow and mature and now ready to be ordained a priest for the Church of Pittsburgh!

Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. The readings this weekend focus on conversion. In the gospel of Luke, we read Luke’s final resurrection account of Jesus with the famous “Emmaus Walk” as Jesus encounters two downcast disciples. He reveals himself in the breaking of the bread. Let us open our mind and hearts to a deeper understanding of the Easter scriptures. 

As we go through our daily hectic lives, let us take the time to open up our eyes and see Christ in our midst. Christ is alive in us in what we say and do. As we come to church to be fed with the Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist, let us be nourished and bring Christ to those who are most in need. Where do we encounter the Risen Christ during the day?

WALKING THE JOURNEY WITH JESUS

R.C.I.A./ Marriage Validation/ Annulment If you or a loved one needs the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. 

If you are currently married and did not get married in the Catholic Church (civil marriage or in a non-Catholic church) and need your marriage “validated,” please give me a call. 

As announced in the news last week, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has lifted the processing fee to apply for Annulments. If you are interested in learning about the Annulment process please give me a call at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com. 

Pastoral Council News Ryan Miller, one of our Pastoral Council members will be relocating to the Washington D.C. area this summer with his family to take on a new employment opportunity. I want to thank Ryan for his service as a Pastoral Council member and also for being a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Matt Krzan to the Pastoral Council. Matt has been a member of St. James for the past two years. He grew up in Mountain Top, PA and graduated from Penn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and currently works as a Project Manager for S & A Homes. He enjoys outdoor activities, working around the house and all the Pittsburgh sports teams. Matt says: “We joined St. James Parish about a year and a half ago, right around the time we got married and love the welcoming atmosphere this parish brings. I feel blessed and look forward to assisting Fr. Tom and our Pastoral Council here at St. James Parish.” Matt is also very active at St. James as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Fish Fry Volunteer and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He resides in Moon Township with his wife, Becky. 

Congratulations Last Saturday evening, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) in Coraopolis held their annual Legacy Gala at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. They honored parishioner’s Dr. Paul and Nancy Collier who are OLSH alumni parents and long-time supporters of the school. Congratulations Paul and Nancy and thank you for your wonderful support for Catholic education in our area! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Kirsten Robinson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Wherever you go, go with all your heart. - Confucius

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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 04.12.15

PEACE BE WITH YOU! 

What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated and the music was outstanding. What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost. 

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. He had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly rose from the dead. The disciples believed because they saw the Lord. We believe because we see the signs and wonders of God’s presence. How is the Spirit leading us to a deeper faith? Let us overcome our fears of living and proclaim the Gospel. 

PEACE BE WITH YOU! 

Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir Members, and Musicians. Thank you to Beth Villegas and our decorating committee for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our Maintenance Staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday weekend to tidy up the restrooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter! 

Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Maria Sinnott, Phil Susie and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner. 

RCIA Program Last weekend at the Easter Vigil we welcomed the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). 

If you or a loved one needs the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. Please give me a call at the rectory or email me to set up an appointment. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to J. Mark Hoover and Ann and James Dempsey who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Dominic James Scanga who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Rest In Peace Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino The Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World Parish and St. Joseph Parish both in the City of Duquesne (near Kennywood) passed away on Saturday, March 28 after a two year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 67. A priest for 41 years and was my mentor. 

I met Fr. Dennis in March of 1993 when I was working as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. It was Fr. Dennis who first asked me “Tom, did you ever think about becoming a priest?” I did a summer internship in 1996 at his parish while also working in the grounds department at Duquesne University and he taught me how to be a parish priest. Fr. Dennis was very pastoral to his people, gave great down to earth homilies and had a great sense of humor. He did both of my grandmother’s funerals and baptized four of my nephews. He was also the priest who vested me in the priest chasuble on my Ordination Day, May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral. May he rest in peace! 

Something to Think About… Remember this: all suffering comes to an end. And whatever you suffer authentically, God has suffered from it first. - Meister Eckhart 

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