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  • 16.02.15

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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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  • 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.  ...

Prayer Requests

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

Ascension Thursday collection $2,242.50 

May 17, 2015 collection $13,951.98 

Catholic Relief Services second collection $4,209.87

Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014


All Souls Day


All Saints Day


The Shepherd's Voice 05.24.15


Today is a special day as we conclude the Easter Season and celebrate Pentecost. The Greek word for Pentecost (Pentekoste) means “fiftieth” or the Fifty Days of Easter. The Solemnity of Pentecost celebrates the “birthday of the church. Our readings today show us that the Spirit comes to us in different ways. In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives his disciples the gift of peace as he commissions them for ministry and empowers them by breathing on them the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

As we celebrate Pentecost, let us ask the Holy Spirit to come and fill us with love. The Spirit is there to assist as the church labors to witness to God’s truth, justice, peace, and love. Let us be aware of the value of that gift in our lives and be grateful for the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence, and Wonder and Awe. 


Memorial Day This Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who gave their lives for our country’s freedom. Mass will be held at 9:00am. The Parish Offices will be closed for the holiday. 

Memorial Donations/ Mass Intentions Special thanks to family and friends of Cindy Kumza and Stephen Miklos who recently sent in Memorial Contributions to St. James Parish in their memory. May they rest in peace. 

Please remember St. James Catholic Parish in your funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are a great way to support your parish. There are many organizations that we can support locally and nationally, but keeping your financial support “close to home” makes a difference. 

Because we have just one priest here at St. James and a limited number of daily and Sunday Masses, effective immediately, there will be a maximum limit of four Mass intentions per person during the calendar year. Please note the other opportunities to remember a loved one weekly are: a memorial for the Sanctuary or Marian Candles, Communion Wine, Hosts, or Altar Flowers.

Also in the event that you have a Mass intention scheduled and the Mass has to be cancelled or moved, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule the Mass day or have an opportunity for one of the weekly memorials. Also whenever I travel including my yearly Notre Dame Vision Retreat in June and this July, the parish trip to Ireland, I will be able say Mass intentions while I am away. We will publish those Mass intention names in a future bulletin. Thank you for your understanding. 

Celebrating 14 Years of Priesthood This Tuesday, May 26, I will celebrate my 14th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. It has been a wonderful fourteen years serving the Church of Pittsburgh including: St. Alphonsus in Wexford, St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Good Shepherd in Braddock and St. James in Sewickley. I also have served as Co-Director of Vocations, a member of the College of Consultors and Priest Council, Pittsburgh Police and Pittsburgh Pirates Chaplain, St. Anthony School Programs Chaplain, and serving as a Board of Director at Holy Family Institute and Pittsburgh Athletic Association. I love being a Priest! 

Happy 10th Anniversary of Priesthood to my best friend, Father Steve Kresak Pastor of the “Catholic Community of Pittsburgh” in the four parishes of: St. Albert the Great - Baldwin, St. Basil - Carrick, St. Norbert - Overbrook, and St. Wendelin - Carrick. Fr. Steve is a native of St. John of God Parish in McKees Rocks. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Stella Joan Fleishman, Addison Brianna Ford, Philomena Rose McMullen, and Grace Abigail Turner who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gretchen Brothers and Scott Klavon who are receiving the Sacrament of Marriage this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Carole Christian and Angelo Innamorato. 

Thank You Special thanks to Belinda Thompson for planting the beautiful flowers on the rectory front porch and in front of St. James Church. 

Something to Think About… One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, right here, right now, in this single, solitary, monumental moment in your life- is to decide, without apology, to commit to the journey and not to the outcome. - Joyce Didonato 

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 05.17.15


This weekend we celebrate the Seventh Sunday of Easter. We are in the final weeks of the Easter Season. Next Sunday is Pentecost. The readings this weekend focus on prayer and sharing God’s love with others. In the First Reading of the Acts of the Apostles, Peter leads a community of believers and we see that Matthias is elected to replace Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. Matthias accepts the challenge becomes a great follower. In the Second Reading of John, we are reminded that God is love. God shared that love completely with us by sending Jesus. 

In the Gospel of John, we conclude reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. This weekend’s passage is the beautiful “Priestly Prayer” as Jesus prays for his disciples asking God to protect them as they take over the work that Jesus has done while on this earth. Armed with the Father’s protection, Jesus sends them into the world. As we approach the final few weeks of the Easter Season, let us look at how we pray and how we can improve our communication with the Lord. 


Parish Improvements Tudi Mechanical Company of McKees Rocks recently made some plumbing upgrades to some of the school restrooms and also repaired two broken pipes: one in the rectory garage and one in the back of the church near the confessional areas. 

Our Usher’s recently completed a CPR Training Session and Basic Life Skills course taught by parishioner, Dr. Christopher Brackney. 

A new defibrillator was purchased and installed in the Cafeteria. We have three total. The other two are located in the hallway between the Usher’s Room and restrooms in Church and the other one is in the gym near the locker rooms. Special thanks to the Frank and Ann Cahouet Foundation for making the purchase of the new defibrillator and updated accessories for the others possible. 

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. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gloria Kelly and Joseph Wheat, Gina Nocito and Jeffrey Hutton, and Julie Gephard and Kelly Robinson who are celebrating their weddings this weekend. May God Bless them on their journey in life. 

Welcome A special welcome to Erin, Clare, and Jack Price, and Kathleen Hudson who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to my nephew, Wyatt Burke Scheuler on receiving his Eagle Scout Award. For his project, Wyatt organized the construction and installation of twenty Blue Bird Houses for the North Park Nature Center. Wyatt and his fellow Scouts and friends had over two hundred service hours for the project. Wyatt is a Junior at City High Charter School in Downtown Pittsburgh and is a Member of Boy Scout Troop 329 at Memorial Park Presbyterian Church in McCandless. He is a graduate of St. Sebastian Elementary School in Ross Township and is a member of St. Sebastian’s. He is the son of Eric and Linda Burke Schueler of the North Side. 

Something to Think About… Prayer is not the moment when God and humans are in relationship, for that is always. Prayer is taking initiative to intentionally respond to God’s presence. - L. Robert Keck 

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 05.10.15


I am very blessed to have a very loving mother in my life. When I was attending Kindergarten at Concord Elementary School on Brownsville Road in Carrick, my mom would take me to school and pick me up each day. We only had one car at the time so while my dad was at work as a Pittsburgh police officer my mom would walk me to and from school. It was a good twenty minute walk each way from our house on Sinton Avenue to school. I am ever grateful for her love and sacrifice. I asked my mom why she did that for me and she responded “because I love you!” 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day. The readings this weekend focus on loving one another. The love and grace of God have great impact on our lives and how we live it out every day. 

In the Gospel of John, we continue reading Jesus’ “farewell discourse” at the Last Supper. In his farewell address to his disciples, Jesus reminds them to love another. When we are having difficulty loving people in our lives, maybe it is because we have lost touch with the Father’s love for us or it is because we have allowed distractions to interfere with praying and reflecting daily in our lives. As we continue our celebration today, let us be mindful of God’s great love for us, and also of the love that we must show to those around us.

Ascension Thursday is this coming week, May 14.

It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. 

Our new updated “Telephone Directory” has been published and will be mailed out to all registered parishioners free of charge. This handy directory has useful information about the parish. All current registered families will be receiving a copy. If you are not officially registered in the parish, please contact the rectory at (412)741-6650. 

The Second Collection today is a Special Diocesan Collection for the Earthquake victims in Nepal. Please be as generous as possible. 


Campaign For the Church Alive! Special thanks to all who participated in our Diocesan Capital Campaign For the Church Alive last year. This historic initiative is to help our Diocese serve the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese, as well as nourishing our St. James Catholic community. Our goal was $1,535,000 and we received $2,772,320 in pledges. We get to keep 60% of all the funds we raise above the goal. We have a “wish list” of items that we would like to use the funds collected to help make some major improvements to our campus. We already purchased a new maintenance truck last year with some of the funds collected. 

There are many parishioners who have paid off their pledges or are making payments on a five year pledge. But there are some parishioners who may have had some personal circumstances that have recently occurred that may change their pledge amount. If for some reason you made a pledge but are unable to make payments or are unable to keep your pledge goal commitment, please contact the Office for Stewardship at 412-456-3121. I appreciate all your support!

Congratulations Congratulations to Nathan Thomas Picarsic, Jr. who is being Baptized this weekend. May God Bless him and his family. 

Welcome A special welcome to Terri Price, Brian and Rita Foley and their children Mackenzie Bailey, Mia and Mason Blakeslee Foley, and Liam and Benjamin Foley who recently registered at St. James Parish. Welcome Back Next weekend we welcome back Seminarian Jeff Craig for his summer Pastoral Internship. Jeff recently graduated from Duquesne University and completed his studies at St. Paul Seminary. This fall Jeff will begin his theological studies at the North American College in Rome. We look forward to having Jeff with us again this summer to assist at daily and Sunday Mass, assist with funerals, weddings, and baptisms, hospital visits and learn the day to day operations of the rectory offices. 

Something to Think About… Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. - Erich Fromm 

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 05.03.15


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. 


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