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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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  • 19.12.14
    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannTom McConomyAnna TorrenceJean BleyDave KelchCatherine PlattBob BaslGene BattistellaRyan MillerKristie Moran...
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  • 30.04.13
    Registration forms are found under the "Forms" subsection shown above....
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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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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
  • Enos Abel
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volente
  • 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

As of December 14, 2014 - $14,508

Immaculate Conception - $2,951


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


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The Shepherd's Voice 12.21.14

NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD! 

Christmas is almost here! This coming Thursday we will celebrate the Birth of our Lord. Most of us are making final preparations with purchasing and wrapping Christmas presents, decorating, cooking and visiting loved ones. 

Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and this weekend we read in Luke’s Gospel about the “Annunciation” when the archangel Gabriel appears to Mary announcing that she will be the mother of Jesus. The Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on the relationship between the creative power of the Holy Spirit and Mary. 

Today’s readings call us to ask ourselves what inspires our hopes and how our expectations can be open to God’s boundless and transforming grace. As this Advent season comes to a close, may we be more readily prepared to meet Jesus Christ our Lord. 

NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD! 

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

KDKA Radio, 1020 AM will broadcast the Midnight Mass live on the radio Christmas Eve!

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. There are no activities scheduled on campus except for daily Mass and funerals. 

If you need assistance (for emergency matters only) please call my office at 412-741-6650, extension 311. 

Welcome We would like to welcome Dennis, Lisvet, Alexander and Marcus Yancheski and Jared, Beth and Lilliana Roberts who recently registered at St. James Parish. Are You Registered? 

If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered 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, or are not receiving the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper please let us know so we can update our files. 

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. An open donation helps us utilize your gift where it is most needed to run the day to day operations of our parish. If you would like, you can designate your donation to the Parish, School, or Parish Share. May God Bless you and your family this holy season. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Bridget Marie Ligons who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Save the Date! Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid will be the principal celebrant for the Sacrament of Confirmation for our eighth graders on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00am. 

Special Message As your pastor, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas! God has blessed me with many gifts in life and one of the best gifts he has given me is being assigned as Pastor of St. James Catholic Parish. Thank you for your love, support and prayers. 

Merry Christmas (Different Languages): 

Buone Feste Natalizie! (Italian) 

Nollaig Shona Dhuit (Gaelic) 

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia! (Polish) 

Vesele Vianoce. A Staslivy Novy Rok! (Slovak) 

Wjesole Hody A Strowe Nowe Leto! (Lituanian) 

Frohliche Weinachten Und Ein Gluckliches Newes Jahr! (German) 

Feliz Navidad! (Spanish) 

Something to Think About… Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. - Eric Sevareid 

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 12.14.14

REJOICE! 

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. 

REJOICE! 

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 www.pghpriest.com 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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 12.07.14

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD! 

This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. The readings this weekend focus on preparing for the Lord. In the Gospel of Mark, we are introduced to John the Baptist who is a cousin of Jesus. John is a major figure during the Season of Advent who focuses on repentance. He says “prepare the way of the Lord.” Mark does not open his gospel with the birth of Christ like the other gospel writers but focuses on John the Baptist. 

As we begin this new liturgical year, it is a good time to examine our relationships with God and with one another. Let us not look backward, but look forward. 

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD! 

December 8 - Holy Day of Obligation This Monday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we celebrate Mary conceived in her mother’s womb. From the beginning she was sinless, destined to become the Mother of God. This is the patronal feast day of the United States. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am and 7:00pm. 

Advent Penance Services Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. There are various Penance Services being conducted the next several weeks to get ready for the Christmas Season. Penance Services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes: Tuesday, December 9 – St. Catherine’s - Crescent Twp. Tuesday, December 16 - St. Joseph - Coraopolis 

We will also participate in “The Light Is On For You” which every Parish will participate this coming Wednesday, December 10. The church will be open and confessions will be available from 6:30 to 9:00pm. 

Finance Council The Finance Council of St. James is a very important group of men and women who assist the Pastor and Staff with guidance on the day to day operations of the parish and school. I am very grateful for their expertise and leadership. I am proud to welcome aboard three new council members: Lisa Roskovensky, Mark Whittaker, and Bob Vogel. Other members include: Chuck Etta, John Nicolaus, Judy Spanos, David Thompson and Andrea Vescio. 

Special thanks to: David Aloe, Bob DeBiase, and Joann Matten who have completed their term on Finance Council. 

Pastoral Council The Pastoral Council of St. James is also a very important group of men and women who assist the Pastor and Staff with the guidance and leadership of parish life. I am proud to welcome aboard three new Pastoral Council members: Gene Battistella, Ryan Miller, and Kristie Moran. Other members include: Bob Basl, Jean Bley, Patte Grey, Ivan Hofmann, Dave Kelch, Tom McConomy, Catherine Platt, and Anna Torrance. 

Special thanks to: Mike Killian, Fran Matten, and Mike Mangan who have completed their term on Pastoral Council. 

Pastoral Council has been working very hard the past several months working on goals and objectives to be worked on the next five years. They have been assisting me in developing a pastoral plan to enhance parish life here at St. James. In the next several weeks we will be introducing our Pastoral Council Members and inviting parishioners to learn more about the pastoral plan “Engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve.” Stay tuned in the next several weeks to learn more about the wonderful goals and objectives of St. James Parish. 

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. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Chris, Maren and Vivian Breen, Leslie Kuyweski, and Joseph Wheat who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Jay Richard Diemert who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Something to Think About… Forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice. Diana Gabaldon 

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 11.30.14

BE WATCHFUL! 

We live in a very fast paced world: instant “News Alerts” on the television, cell phones, instant e-mail messages or texts. It is a quick way to communicate to our family and friends, receive up to the minute traffic and weather reports on the radio during morning and afternoon rush hour traffic, everything is right here and right now. 

Today we begin a new season, a new calendar year in the Church as we begin Advent. The word Advent means a “coming” or “arrival.” It evokes a sense of the future and of expectation. Advent prepares us for Christmas. This Sunday is a chance to slow down and make a new beginning in our following of Christ as we anticipate the coming of the Lord. 

All the readings this weekend focus on being ready and watchful. In the first reading of the prophet Isaiah, we read how repentant people address a prayer to God. They want to turn from their old ways of being sinful and wandering away from God to turning their hearts and minds to him. In the Second reading to the Corinthians, Paul’s greeting reminds us of all of God’s special blessings. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus tells his followers that they must wait patiently for the second coming of Christ by their faith each day. 

This weekend’s readings concentrate on the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world. We should not be afraid of the Lord’s coming, but await it with confidence, vigilance and prayer. Let us turn times of enforced waiting into opportunities for Advent-orientated prayer and reflections. If we feel rushed to decorate for Christmas, write Christmas Cards, shop and wrap gifts, attend work and holiday parties, concerts and pageants, and other commitments, let us stop, look and listen to be alert for the Lord’s coming. 

BE WATCHFUL! 

Advent Penance Service St. James Parish will conduct an Advent Penance Service this coming Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30pm. There will be several priests on hand for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Advent is a wonderful time to get refreshed and renewed. Other Penance services will be conducted at 6:30pm at the following neighboring parishes:  Thursday, December 4 - St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp.  Tuesday, December 9 - St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent)  Tuesday, December 16 - St. Joseph (Coraopolis) 

On Wednesday, December 10 all parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will be open for the “Light is Still on For You.” The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

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. 

Christmas Wafers Christmas wafers “Oplatki” are available in church near the candle stands for a donation of $5.00. Simply drop the money in the candle box holders. They are also available at the Rectory Office during normal business hours. 

Business Manager Jan Kowalski our Current Business Manager has decided to resign from her position as of December 31 to complete her Master’s Degree in Education at Slippery Rock University. I am very thankful for her service keeping our parish and school budgets on stable ground and overseeing several major renovation projects in our church and school. 

Recently I met with members of our Finance Council and Staff and we are pleased to welcome Allison Williams as the new part-time Business Manager effective January 1, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Allison is a parishioner and Cantor and has worked in two parishes as the Business Manager in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Congratulations Congratulations to Antonio Frank Verbene who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Darin and Dawn Fabian and their children Isabella, Joel, Allyson and Elizabeth Fabian and Peter and Anne Schlict who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… With patience, it is possible to dig a well with a teaspoon. - Ukrainian 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