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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...
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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
  • 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

February 15 collection $8,661

February 22 collection $12,618


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

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The Shepherd's Voice 02.22.15

LET THE LENTEN JOURNEY BEGIN! 

This past Wednesday, St. James Church was packed with people coming to get their ashes. There is something about getting ashes smudged on our forehead that draws us to church every year. We walk this journey together for the next six weeks focusing on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. 

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. The First reading from Genesis focuses on God making a covenant with Noah. After the flood there was great fear among the people. God gives comfort to the people. The Second Reading from First Peter recalls Christ’s death and resurrection. Good overcomes evil. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how the spirit drives Jesus out into the desert for forty days. This is the time of fulfillment; the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus’ forty days in the desert was a time of intense focus on his relationship with God. The Lenten journey helps us to look inwardly to discover where the spirit of Christ is lacking in our life. It is a time of growth, change and a time to seek a fresh new direction. 

Last weekend we celebrated “World Marriage Day” and honored the longest married couples at each Mass. Congratulations to the following “Sweethearts”- 5:00pm - Jerry & Lois Anne Huston - 55 years, 7:30am - Bob & Jean Brown - 64 years, 9:30am - Bruno & Josephine Toia - 66 years, and 11:30am - Lou & Pat Tarasi - 60 years! 

LET THE LENTEN JOURNEY BEGIN! 

Envisioning our Future: engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve It gives me great pleasure to announce the launching of our Pastoral Plan booklet this weekend. Members of our Pastoral Council have been hard at work the past few months putting together a three year pastoral plan with goals and objectives to continue to make St. James grow and minister the faith to God’s people. Our new plan incorporates goals and objectives over the next three years: 2015 - 2018. We invite you to read over the booklet that has been printed, and pray to discern an activity or a ministry that enables you to use your unique talents, special expertise, time and treasures to help advance the works of our parish.

Lenten Activities Small Group Lenten Discussions - every Monday during Lent: February 23 thru March 3, 6:30pm in school cafeteria. Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30pm to 7:00 pm in school cafeteria. Lenten Penance Service - Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7pm in church St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance - Saturday, March 14, 6:30-10:30 pm, school gym. Living Stations - Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Tickets are available at the rectory Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm or you can purchase the tickets before or after Mass in church. 

We are collecting items for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you have brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next two weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, Wines and Spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

Scout Sunday This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards. Scouting promotes good morals and values to young boys and girls and helps them learn about the importance of God and Country. Congratulations to our Scouts and thanks to all adult leaders and parents who volunteer with our youth. A Scout is Reverent! 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Casey and Genevieve Turner and Jason, Michele, Zachary and Zoey Conti who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t ever try. - Sherman Finesilver 

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 02.15.15

BE MADE CLEAN! 

Recently we have been hearing a lot about the outbreak of the measles and the mumps and the flu. It’s normal not to want to be around people who are infected. We are taught to wash our hands before meals, practice good hygiene and try to stay healthy. It’s good to be clean! 

This weekend as we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our readings focus on healing and becoming “clean.” The First reading from Leviticus we hear the Lord speak to Moses and Aaron about protecting oneself from Leprosy. In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read how a Leper asks to become clean. During Jesus’ time Lepers were considered “outcasts.” Anything unclean was considered unworthy of being in the presence of God. The healed man became an evangelizer. 

Let us look at ways on how we can be a more welcoming person, and a more welcoming community to those we consider “outcasts” in our life. 

BE MADE CLEAN! 

Little Sisters of the Poor The Little Sisters of the Poor recently sent a thank you note on behalf of Sister Gemma and Sister Monica’s recent visit to St. James. Through the generosity of our parishioners they received $4,504.14. All funds collected will be used to continue the tradition of loving care to the elderly living in their home in Brighton Heights. Thank you for your generosity.

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins this Wednesday, February 18. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be distributed at Sewickley Valley Hospital from 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel. 

Upcoming Lenten Activities Stations of the Cross - every Friday at 1:30pm (with school children) and 7:00pm. Fish Fry - every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7:00pm in school cafeteria. Make Us Believers Musical Opera - Friday, March 13, 7:00pm in Church Living Stations - Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program performs “Living Stations.” 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance Our 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 6:30pm in the gymnasium. There will be great food, music and gift baskets. We are starting to collect items for our gift baskets raffle. If you have any brand new items that you would like to donate please drop them off in the Usher’s Room near the Vestibule of the church the next three weekends or you may drop them off at the rectory during normal business hours 8:30am to 5:00pm. Gift cards, wines and spirits, and lottery tickets are greatly appreciated. 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Please join me along with Lou and Maureen Valenzi as we visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway. We will have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy and includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Scout Sunday Next weekend at the 11:30am Mass we will celebrate “Scout Sunday.” Several of our Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will receive their Religious Awards.

Welcome A special warm welcome to Bryan, Fiona, and Eli Suydam who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Thank You Thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the recent death of my Aunt Margaret Eileen Burke Ursiny, my dad’s younger sister, who passed away unexpectedly on February 2. 

Something to Think About… You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi 

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 02.08.15

JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US! 

The last few weeks have been really challenging. The snow and ice storms, countless school delays and cancellations, and continued threat of terrorism plaguing our world, can really cause us to feel down and full of hardship. Although it is difficult to understand the mystery of human sickness and suffering, the Christian faith, through the cross of Jesus Christ, brings healing to the world. 

This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings continue the theme of call and response, preaching the Good News, and Jesus healing people in need. In the first reading from the book of Job, we read how Job reflects on the hardships of life. 

In the Second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul states that as an Apostle he has an obligation to preach the Gospel. In today’s Gospel of Mark we read how Jesus moves from the synagogue after he has cast out the unclean spirit, to Peter’s house where he heals Simon-Peter’s mother in law. After the healing he leaves to a deserted place to have some quiet time for himself. Jesus continues to move on teaching and healing. 

What are the hardships in life that we are facing this week or this month? What is making us anxious or restless? We cannot eliminate suffering or evil in this world but we can overcome these challenges with our faith. Let us remember that we are never alone, Jesus is always with us. 

JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Our Campaign for the Church Alive was a true success! Thank you to all who participated. If you participated in Our Campaign for the Church Alive, the Campaign Office will be mailing out year-end donation forms. If you have any questions, please call them directly at (412) 456-3121.

Palms to Ashes Please bring your old palms from last year to church next week. We will have baskets in the main Church and Gathering Space entrances. 

Ash Wednesday The Season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 18. Masses will be held at 6:45 am, 9:00am, (Liturgy of the Word Service at Noon), and 7:00pm. Ashes will also be distributed at Sewickley Valley Hospital- 7:00-9:00am, and 2:00-4:00pm on the first floor near the Chapel. 

Are You Registered or need your Marriage Validated? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James Parish on a regular basis and are not officially registered you are most welcomed here! Please complete the form that is in the bulletin and return it to the office. It is very important to be a registered member especially to obtain a Sponsor Letter to be a Godparent or Confirmation Sponsor. If you were not married in the Catholic Church but had a civil ceremony or were married in a non-Catholic church and are interested in getting your marriage validated, please give me a call or email me so we can get the Sacrament of Marriage for you.

If you are registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Pastoral Council Plan I am pleased to report that the weekend of February 21-22 at all of the Masses we will officially kick off our Pastoral Council Pastoral Plan “Engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve.” We are really excited to announce a three year plan for goals and objectives. Stay tuned to learn more about the plan and how you can help contribute and get involved to make St. James Catholic Parish grow. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Don and Lisa Kelley and Joanne Socha who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Mary Kathleen Holland and Colin Murphy Peters who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Associate Director of Music Ministries Sharron Schaefer who is celebrating her birthday on February 11! 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Something to Think About… The first love letters are written with the eyes. - French 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 02.01.15

TEACHING WITH AUTHORITY! 

Growing up we are taught to respect those in authority. Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Priests, Religious Sisters and Brothers, Police Officers, and Leaders in Government. When we listen and follow a leader we learn and grow. Today as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the readings focus on teaching with authority. 

In the first reading from the Deuteronomy, Moses assures the people that God cares for them and will not leave them after his death. The people will be given great prophet leaders to continue their journey and guide them along the way. Today’s second reading from Corinthians; Paul encourages us to put aside our anxieties. In the Gospel of Mark, we read how the newly called disciples follow Jesus to Capernaum, where they begin to witness first hand on who Jesus is. He enters the synagogue and teaches with an authority that is different from the Scribes. He speaks from the heart in his own voice and his teachings are fresh and direct and make a deep impression on the people. Jesus also heals the man with an unclean spirit. The man proclaims that Jesus is the “Holy One of God.”

While previous prophets like Moses and John the Baptist were given God’s word, Jesus is a prophet because he is the Word of God. We are called to follow Jesus and share in his authority. Each time we read or listen to sacred scripture, we listen and hopefully are transformed by its power. 

Lent is only a few weeks away. Let us learn and grow and be open to the Lord’s teachings in our life. 

TEACHING WITH AUTHORITY! 

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass this weekend and also on Tuesday, February 4th at the 9am Mass. 

St. James Catholic School Last week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week! St. James Catholic School provides a great quality faith based Catholic education in a safe and loving environment from Pre School through Eighth Grade. There is a half day and full day pre- school program and after school care available. For more information and to schedule a tour please call the school office at 412-741-5540. Also please check out our new school video on our website at www.stjamesschool.us 

Parish Share 2014 Parish Share 2014 concludes next weekend. 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 past year was $196,477

Memorial Offerings Special thanks to the family and friends of Trudy Guy, Cindy Kuzma and Kimberly Moran who recently sent in Memorial Contributions in their loving memory for St. James Parish. Since we are limited with daily and Sunday Mass intentions this is a great way to help the parish while honoring loving parishioners who have gone home with our Lord. Please remember St. James when making funeral arrangements or if you receive abundant memorial Mass donations and offerings. Please contact the rectory for more information. 

Funeral Luncheons St. James Parish offers the Gathering Space for funeral luncheons at no extra charge. Families just need to check with the rectory staff pending availability of the Gathering Space and provide their own caterer. We have a great volunteer funeral luncheon committee headed by Joan Straka to assist the family for the luncheon. 

Sacrament of Confirmation Bishop William Waltersheid will visit St. James Parish on Saturday, March 14, 2015 for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Matthew, Angela, Carter and Allison Hawes who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Paul Denk who works in our School Maintenance Department celebrating his birthday this week! 

Something to Think About… Don’t treat your doubts as barriers. Let them be doors to better thinking. - 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