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  • 18.09.15

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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 HofmannMarty McDanielJeff MinarekJean BleyDonna PavlisAnna VillellaLinda SoldressenDonna Best...
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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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Prayer Walk
In 2000, a vision of Fr. Ray Rhoden was to offer a place of contemplative prayer using the grounds on the Walnut street side of the church.
 
Mary in the Garden
When the prayer walk was added in 2000, on the Walnut street side of the church statues of Mary and Jesus were a wonderful addition to this contemplative prayer path.
 
Mary at the Altar
A final touch to our renovation was the addition of a statue of Mary in the sanctuary.
 
Children's Room
Another of the many changes that occurred between 2006 and 2007 was the addition of a children's room to accommodate the many young families of the parish.  This enabled the children to see and hear the celebration of the mass in the comfort of the glass enclosed room to the left of the sanctuary.
 
Sanctuary #2
This is a beautiful view of our sanctuary.  The choir is to the right with the children's room and special seating to the left.
 
Vestible #2
In the Narthex or vestibule, the Family Window depicts society’s need of Christ. The Church is the Family of God, embracing all races of peoples.  The Rosary is the prayer whereby we unite the glories, joys and sorrows of our lives with those of Christ and His beloved Mother.  The wedding rings are symbols of marital fidelity and love. The book is a representation of the mission of the People of God as teacher.  The ribbon is symbolic of the binding together of humanity in the spirit of Christian love.  From the Chi Rho, a traditional symbol of Christ emanates the light of grace.
 
Tabernacle
In 2007 a new tabernacle was obtained and placed behind the main altar. 
 
Center Aisle
This view is showing the center aisle of the church.  The main body of the church seats over 1200.
 
Saint James
To the right of the entrance to St. James is a courtyard garden.  The center piece of this garden is a copper-enamel statue of St. James installed during construction of the church in 1968.
 
Main Entrance
Welcome to Saint James Parish, the love of Christ in the heart of Sewickley.
 
Altar Relief
At the front sanctuary wall, we see a 40 foot high relief sculpture of Christ the Teacher rising dramatically behind the altar.  This sculpture took approximately two months to complete and contains over 4 tons of plaster.
 
Spititual Works of Mercy 3rd Set
Bear Wrongs Patiently; Forgive All Injuries and Pray for the Living and the Dead.
 
Spititual Works of Mercy 2nd Set
Continuing toward the front of the church we see Counsel the Doubtful; Comfort the sorrowful.
 
Spititual Works of Mercy 1st Set
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are depicted beginning with Admonish the Sinner located above the entrance door in the back of the church on the north wall.  Instruct the Ignorant is pictured in the window over the entrance doorway from the main vestibule.
 
Corporal Works
Moving toward the back of the church from the Sanctuary along the north wall: Clothe the Naked; Visit the Imprisoned; Bury the Dead; Visit the Sick and Shelter the Homeless.
 
Baptistry
In the Baptistry window, we see the cleansing waters of Baptism displayed with the decent of the Holy Spirit and all His gifts for those who partake of this sacrament.
 
Sanctuary
The large window facing north of the Altar of Sacrifice, window panels depict the 1st two of the seven practices of charity or Corporal Works of Mercy toward our neighbor, based on Christ’s prophecy of the Last Judgment, that will determine each person’s final destiny - Mt 25:34: To Feed the Hungry; Give Drink to the Thirsty 

In the center panel of the large window a Chalice with rays emanating into the panels on either side depicts our spiritual food and drink as coming from Christ our Savior through the Eucharist.
 
Vestibule
In the Narthex or vestibule, the Family Window depicts society’s need of Christ. The Church is the Family of God, embracing all races of peoples.  The Rosary is the prayer whereby we unite the glories, joys and sorrows of our lives with those of Christ and His beloved Mother.  The wedding rings are symbols of marital fidelity and love. The book is a representation of the mission of the People of God as teacher.  The ribbon is symbolic of the binding together of humanity in the spirit of Christian love.  From the Chi Rho, a traditional symbol of Christ emanates the light of grace.
 
Transfiguration
The windows in the church were made with handmade glass from in Germany and France.  The large window above the baptistery represents the Transfiguration of Christ when He transfigured himself before the apostles, Saint James and SS. Peter and Paul. The Transfiguration of Christ is the culminating point of His public life, as His Baptism is its starting point, and His Ascension its end.  Matthew (17:1-6)