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  • 02.05.13

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  • 30.04.13
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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...
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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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  • 15.05.09
    Our new web site, www.saintjames-church.com, has the ability to create and store photo galleries. With our parish's 150th anniversary coming soon wouldn't it be nice to begin to create a historical picture gallery of our parish church and school for all to see from how we started to where we are today. If you have any old pictures that show the church or school - The Photo Depot has offered to sca...
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  • 30.04.09
    If you are currently in 4th grade or older and are interested in becoming an altar server, or are a current altar server in need of a refresher, we will be holding an altar server training class on Thursday, May 14 at 4:00pm in Church. If you are planning on attending the practice, please call Karin at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected fr...
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  • 20.04.09
    Every year, St. James Church hosts a Farmers' Market as an outreach to support local farmers and early merchants. Now in its seventh year, the St. James Church Farmers' Market hosts merchants selling meat like beef and pork, locally grown fresh vegetables, local honey, and even freshly made pierogies. Join us every Saturday from April through November to help support local farmers and merchants! ...
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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
  • Rose Spec
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Chuck Lightner
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Ginger Curcio
  • Enos Abel
  • Michael McNally
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Liz McCullough
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Ed Renner
  • Gilda Kleinhenz
  • Jack Sullivan


...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)
  • Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • Ben & Sam Rinaldi (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Lance 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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The Shepherd's Voice 07.06.14

COME TO ME! 

Life can be a challenge. Whether if it is struggling with a health issue, questions with our faith, marriage difficulties, relationship issues, finances, or struggling to find employment, know that we do not walk this journey all alone. 

This weekend we return to “Ordinary Time” as we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday. This weekend, the readings remind us that what is most important in life comes from God. Many of the burdens that carry in life can have a negative impact in our daily life. We can dwell on the doubts, worries, fears, and keep dwelling on our past sins. In the First reading from Zechariah, we read how a prophet sees a new king approaching the city. This king will put an end to war and proclaim a kingdom of peace. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul tells us that true Christians live in the spirit. The spirit will turn negatives into positives. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus praises God. He says “come all who are burdened. I will give you rest. The spirit of God dwells in us, lives in us, strengthens and guides us. 

As we celebrate this holiday weekend celebrating Independence Day, let us pray for all those who feel burdened in life. Let us pray for our country to not be divided but united and pray for peace in the world. Let us bring our burdens to Christ and he will give us rest. 

COME TO ME! 

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our parish bulletin has a “new look.” As our parish continues to grow we are happy to announce that we have added an additional page of advertisers and an additional page inserted in the weekly bulletin for parish organization material and upcoming events. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print free of charge on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is Alive and Well, and Growing! 

Parish Share 2014 Parish Share 2014 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this year is $196,477.00. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and Full Day Four Year Old Preschool Program. St. James is an excellent place to start your child’s journey through social awareness, academics, and faith in a safe, loving environment. 100 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540. 

Looking Ahead: Vacation Bible School - July 14 -18 9:00am to 12:30pm 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, July 26 8:00am to 1:00pm 

Making Music Praying Twice Summer Camp - August 4 - 8 10:30 to 11:30am 

High School Retreat Young men entering, in, or who just graduated from High School are invited to attend the Second Annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat, July 13- 16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg. (Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase for “Where are you Going?”) This retreat is a great way to spend time with other young men looking at the Lord’s call in their lives while having fun. The retreat will be led by priests and seminarians of the diocese. The cost for the camp is $50 and scholarships and transportation are available. For more information and to register visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412-456-3000 ext. 3612 or contact our Summer Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig at the parish office or e-mail Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Eduardo and Malena Luz who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Never let a cloudy day ruin your sunshine, for even if you can’t see it, the sunshine is still there, inside of you ready to shine when you will let it in. Amy Pitzele 

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 06.29.14

FOLLOW ME! 

This weekend is a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained four men to the Priesthood. 

We congratulate the Class of 2014: Rev. Michael R. Ackerman- St. Pio Parish in Blawnox/Harmar, Rev. Michael P. Conway- St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook (my home parish), Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits- St. Monica Parish- Beaver Falls, Chippewa Township, Darlington, and Rev. Thomas G. Schleuep, Jr.- St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry. 

This weekend continue to “take a break” from Ordinary Time as we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul. The last time this Feast was celebrated on a Sunday was in 2008.This Solemnity invites us to consider how we might be called to sacrifice for our faith. Peter and Paul are remarkable models. Both had conversions but had different gifts and backgrounds, but they shared a passionate dedication to Jesus and the Gospel. Peter devoted his energies to serve mostly Jewish Christian communities, while Paul went out to evangelize gentiles. Both martyred in Rome in the first century. 

In the First reading from the Acts of the Apostles, God protects Peter as he escapes jail and Herod. In the second reading from the Letter to Timothy, Paul faces death with courage. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say that I am?” Simon Peter answers “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus declares that Peter is the rock upon which he built the church. As Peter confesses, Jesus commissions Peter: “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” 

As we conclude this month of June and prepare for Independence Day this coming week, let us be grateful for the gift of Faith and Freedom in this country and look at how Jesus is calling us to Come and Follow Him. Let us answer that call!

FOLLOW ME! 

Scrip Program With the summer season now in full swing, 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. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office. 

Looking Ahead: Pastoral Council Meeting - Monday, June 30 6:30pm, Gathering Space 

Independence Day - Friday, July 4 - 9:00am Mass only. Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Thursday, July 3rd and will be closed all day on July 4th.

High School Retreat Young men entering, in, or who just graduated from High School are invited to attend the Second Annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat, July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg. (Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase for “Where are you Going?”) This retreat is a great time to spend time with other young men looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. The retreat will be led by priests and seminarians of the diocese. The cost for the camp is $50 and scholarships and transportation are available. For more information and to register visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412-456- 3000 ext. 3612 or contact our Summer Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig at the parish office or e-mail Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Orlando Villella who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Emily Griffin and Michael Dingfelder who were married this weekend at St. James Parish. 

Happy Anniversary Happy 2nd anniversary to Fr. Gruber who was Ordained to the Priesthood on June 30, 2012. 

New Bulletin Look Next Week Next weekend our parish bulletin will have a “new look.” As our parish continues to grow we are happy to announce that we are adding an additional page of advertisers and an additional page inserted in the weekly bulletin for parish organization material and upcoming events. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print free of charge on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is Alive and Well, and Growing! 

The Second Collection today is for Peters Pence Collection. 

Something to Think About… What you are looking for is who is looking. - St. Francis of Assisi 

Happy Independence Day! 

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 06.22.14

THE BREAD OF LIFE! 

Recently I was talking to a Permanent Deacon from a local parish. He was asked to visit a parishioner of his who was under hospice care. She had a terminal illness and only had a limited number of weeks to live. All she asked is that he stop by and see her and deliver the Eucharist. When he visited and gave her Communion she said “I am ready to go home with the Lord.” 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ traditionally known as “Corpus Christi.” The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic faith. This wonderful Sacrament which we celebrate on this day and at every Mass is a memorial, a living remembrance, of the Passion of our Lord. Jesus, by giving us his Body and Blood, gave us the possibility of new life. 

In the First reading from Deuteronomy, Moses reminds the people of all the gifts God has given them. Bringing them out of Egypt and the challenges in the desert, God gave them Manna from heaven to be nourished. In the second reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community that they all receive Christ under the form of bread and wine. 

In the Gospel of John, we read the “Bread of Life Discourse.” Jesus proclaims that he is the living bread and whoever eats of it will live forever. Through the Eucharist, we experience an intimate relationship with Jesus. Faith is about risk, boldness, and transformation. The Eucharist is more than a source of faith and courage, it is the living presence among us of the risen Christ. When we receive the Eucharist we receive Christ. The Eucharist can nourish us and strengthen us in life. We are spiritually fed when we come to church and when we leave church we can feed others by what we say and do. 

Let us appreciate what we have each and every day and be nourished and fed with the Lord. 

THE BREAD OF LIFE! 

Corpus Christi Holy Hour Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi today, we will have Eucharist Adoration between the 9:30am and 11:30am Masses. Please plan to stop by to pray and be with the Lord. 

Parish Improvements Ron Parisi Remodeling of Ambridge recently made upgrades to the Rectory guest room (where Seminarian Jeff Craig is currently staying). New plumbing, electrical upgrades, painting and carpeting were installed. Special thanks to the St. James Women’s Guild and Knights of Columbus for purchasing new furniture for the updated Rectory guest room. 

Notre Dame Vision A good time was had by all who participated in the Notre Dame Vision Retreat this past week at the University of Notre Dame. Fifty high school students participated along with our Youth Minister Maria Brown and Seminarian Jeff Craig. This was the second year that I attended and it was a wonderful experience. During the week while I attended the retreat the following Mass intentions were said: Ralph Smith - from Paul and Maureen Oczpok; Joseph Cini - from Mike and Katie Liss; Stella Trapizona - from Robert and Luisa Trapizpona and Kathleen McGowan - from Pat and Fred deGroot. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Denny and Amanda Hood, and Craig and Valerie Rodgers. 

New Transitional Deacons Ordained Congratulations to the following Transitional Deacons Ordained at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland last Saturday by Bishop Winter: 

Ordination to the Diaconate Jack E. Demnyan, Holy Rosary Parish, Muse, St. Mary Seminary- Baltimore Zachary A. Galiyas, St. Malachy Parish, Kennedy Twp, St. Vincent Seminary- Latrobe Levi D. Hartle, St. Joseph Parish, Cabot, Theological College- Washington D.C. Christopher J. Mannerino, St. Cecilia Parish, Rochester, St. Mary Seminary- Baltimore Jeremy J. Mohler, Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, Theological College- Washington D.C. David G. Rombold, Holy Redeemer Parish, Ellwood City, Theological College- Washington D.C. William D. Wuenschel, Holy Angels Parish, Hays, Theological College- Washington D.C. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Parish Office Manager, Karin Masterani

Priesthood Ordination is next weekend! 

Something to Think About… “Be What You Receive.” - St. Augustine 

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 06.15.14

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! 

I am very blessed to have a great Father. My dad, Bill Burke is someone I have always looked up to. He grew up in Hazelwood and attended St. Stephen Grade School and Central Catholic High School. He served four years in the Navy, was a Pittsburgh Police Officer for thirty years and founded the County of Allegheny Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the North Shore near Heinz Field. He has always been a man of deep prayer who loves his faith and family. 

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. God is three in one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is one of the “mysteries” of our faith. 

In the First reading from Exodus, we read how Moses gains the special privilege of speaking with God face to face. Moses has a conversation with God on Mt. Sinai. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, we read how Paul encourages the Corinthians to live in peace, joy and love. He prays that the community will enjoy the gifts from the Trinity. 

In today’s Gospel, we read the famous Gospel that God so loved that he gave his only begotten Son. This familiar Gospel passage with Jesus talking to Nicodemus reminds us that God gave his Son to the world to go out and preach and teach. The Solemnity of the Trinity is unique in our liturgical calendar as this is the only Sunday that focuses directly on the mystery of God’s being, rather than on the life and mission of Jesus and celebrates God’s on going, ever faithful love for us. This feast calls us to be more aware of the presence of God in our lives. 

As we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity, let us seek out the Trinity in our life as a sign of hope and love. Jesus was sent into the world not to condemn, but to save. 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! 

Gift Basket Items Needed We are asking parishioners to donate items for our Gift Baskets for the Italian Dinner Dance: Gift Cards, Lottery Tickets, and Wine. etc. You can drop them off at the Rectory by Thursday, June 19 at 5pm. Set up for Italian Dinner Set up for the Italian Dinner will be held Friday, June 20 at 6pm in the School Gym. Members of the parish and students needing “volunteer service hours” are encouraged to help. 

Notre Dame Vision Retreat This week I will be traveling with Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, Jeff Craig, our Seminarian Intern and fifty of our high school students to the University Of Notre Dame for a Summer Conference June 16-20. Please hold any calls and e-mails until I return. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel to northern Indiana. 

2014 Guide Book We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Parish Guide Books are being mailed out to all registered parishioners. This is a great resource book of all the various parish organizations and important phone numbers. This directory program is courtesy of the local advertisers and is at no cost to the parish. If you are not officially registered in the parish, please call the rectory office to complete a census form. It is important to be registered in the parish. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Alie Gensheimer, Matteo Gruelle, Thomas and Sandy Maher, Maureen and Kayleen Wilson. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Conor Jacobs Hart who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Secretary Marcy Knobloch! 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Sarah Heckard and Nicholas D’Urso who were married this weekend. 

Happy 45th Anniversary to Larry & Bonnie Megan! 

Happy 57th Anniversary to James & Julie Pitcavage! 

Something to Think About… You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together. Henry Ford 

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