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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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  • 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:

  • Sue Etters
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Carmela Valenzi
  • Anna Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Terri McClain
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Edward Ondek
  • George Dearth
  • Eve Peduto


...and those who have died



Remember those in the Military

  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • 1st Lt. David Miller (Air Force)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 2nd Lt. Sarah Miller (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Col. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Sgt. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Captain Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
  • Specialist Paul J. Ropon,Jr. (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Jacob Enke (army)
  • Specialist Daniella Robichaud (Army)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection July 16, 2017 - $11,368.52


Online Giving - 55 - $1,928.09


Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00


All Saints Day collection 2,486.36



June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015

$13,7




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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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.23.17

BE PATIENT!

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on being patient with ourselves and with one another.

In the first reading from the book of Wisdom, we read how a wise teacher gives a lesson about the mercy of God. God patiently guides us to repentance. In the Second reading to the Romans, we read how Paul says we have the spirit of God to help us pray. The spirit intercedes for us before the throne of God. In the Gospel of Matthew we continue reading about the Kingdom of God. Last week we read about the sower, this week we read Jesus using parables of the wheat and the weeds, the mustard seed and yeast. We need to be patient with ourselves and with one another. Good and evil are often entangled in our world. Jesus uses these parables to describe the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s Kingdom starts small, like the mustard seed then leads to extraordinary things.

BE PATIENT!

Manifesting the Kingdom Award Every two years, Bishop Zubik presents the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” to one person from each of the 183 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This award is given to a parishioner who goes beyond the call of duty for volunteering in a parish. I am deeply honored to announce that this year’s awardee representing St. James goes to Patte Grey. Patte is a life-long parishioner here and is the facilitator of our Parish Pastoral Council and has helped with developing Small Groups. The award will be presented at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, September 24 at 2:30pm. Congratulations Patte!

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you searching for a deeper faith and would like to be Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting after Labor Day. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 extension 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Alpha As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process, the Pastors and parishioners of St. James, St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township) are collaborating to work together with programs and activities. We are pleased to host a program called Alpha which will be an 11-week series where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Each session will include a meal and fellowship, video and learning and conversation about the video. The sessions will be held from September 12 thru November 21 in the St. James Cafeteria. To register or for more information please call 412-329-8833 or e-mail at BridgeParishCommunities@ gmail.com

Wedding Coordinator Ministry expanding! It has been a very busy spring and summer here at St. James with a wedding almost every weekend. I am very grateful for the volunteer wedding coordinators who help me with the rehearsal and the day of the wedding and assist the bridal party. I am very grateful to Bonnie Megan, Sandy Foody, Doreen Ropon and Beth Villegas who have assisted with this ministry for the past five years. I am pleased to welcome Eva Lumley, Gretchen Klavon, and Janette Poppenberg to the team.

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held next Saturday, July 29 from 8am to 2pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off this Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during nonpick up times. ***

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Staci Morgan and James Grafe Jr. who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Fabio, Luciana, Gabriel and Raphael Souza who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Appeal This weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon. - Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.16.17

TIME Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

I can remember during this time of year, in the middle of the summer season, always pulling out weeds and rotating the soil on a weekly basis in my parents’ garden to keep the tomato plants, peppers and lettuce from getting choked. After the mid-summer heavy rains there would always seem to appear numerous weeds come up through the mulch and soil. It was a never ending project!

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on listening to the word of God and embracing it into our daily life. In the first reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet teaches about the word of God. Like the rain, it brings life into the world. In the Gospel of Matthew we read of the Parable of the Sower. Jesus uses Parables (stories) to teach about the Kingdom of God by describing four different kinds of soils: hard worn path, rocky, thorny and good soil. Jesus teaches the faith by telling his disciples that not all will accept the teachings.

God keeps sowing his word in our hearts even though he knows we can either accept the teachings or let life distract us. Those who hear God’s word and act on it produces a harvest so abundant. Let us reflect this weekend on how we can “rotate the soil” in our life (our faith) by being open to love and nurturing of God’s grace and blessings.

Sowing the Seeds of God’s Word!

Flat Roof Replacement Schultheis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues working on replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your patience.

Improvements to our Prayer Garden along Walnut Street continue. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations are still being accepted for the improvement project occurring in the prayer garden. A donation of $50 or more will enable you to have an engraved commemorative brick located along the prayer path to remember or honor a loved one and become a permanent part of Saint James Prayer Garden. If you would like more information, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at (412)741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . When making a donation, please make checks payable to St. James Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Elegant Junk Sale The famous Elegant Junk Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held on Saturday, July 29 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Rectory Garage and School Cafeteria. Items may be dropped off next Monday thru Thursday, July 24-27 during special times listed in this week’s bulletin.

***Please note that we are unable to make “house calls” to pick up items, and please do not leave items along the curb, near the garage doors or school entrance during non- pick up times. ***

Living With Christ/ Missalettes Our parish subscribes to the Catholic publication “Living With Christ” which has the Daily and Sunday Mass Readings to follow along during Mass. We also have a limited number of Seasonal Missaelette’s to follow during Mass. These booklets are located in a basket in the back of the church and in the book rack on the side entrance of the church near the Sacristy and Children’s Chapel. We ask that you please return them after each Mass. These are not to take home as we only have a limited number of copies. We appreciate your cooperation.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eugenia Chalbaud-Santeliz and Robert-Ian Greene and Lauren Jones and Joseph Pearce who are celebrating their weddings this weekend.

Congratulations to Elena Sophia White, daughter of Matthew and Amy Bertoty White who is being Baptized this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Courtney Colella, Jaxson Coletta-Bailey, and Lisa Ragan who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Mission Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Father Dozie Egbe of the Diocese of Awka will be speaking at all the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind. - Rumi

With God, All Things Are Possible!

Fr. Tom Burke Pastor Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.09.17

COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR!

As a priest for the past sixteen years, I have had many people come to me and asked to pray for them. Even parishioners from my past assignments keep in touch and let me know when they would like a few extra prayers said for them. Life can be very burdensome. There are all kinds of burdens: worry, responsibility, disappointments, hurts, bitterness, guilt, illness, unemployment, a difficult relationship, or addiction.

This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on looking at those challenges in our life that are burdensome. Jesus wants us to bring our burdens to him and he will give us rest.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus praises God for revealing the hidden things to simple people like his disciples. He invites all to share in his burden. Jesus wants us first to entrust and share our problems with him. He promised his disciples, and us, that when burdens weigh us down and when we feel we cannot take one more step, Jesus will carry our cross for us.

Let us keep our faith when times are tough and ask the Lord to walk the journey of life with us. Let us take the words of Christ to heart and learn to turn to him more readily when we are in need.

COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO LABOR!

Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the church campus this summer:

Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro continues to replace the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space.

Improvements to our Prayer Path along Walnut Street continue. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has been installed. Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley has installed new lighting along the sidewalks. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path Upgrade Project.” We are now looking into having donations of a certain denomination applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for further details regarding this endeavor.

Vector Security continues to install and upgrade a new fire alarm system in our School building. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive are helping to pay for this project.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. recently cleaned the church entrance way and vestibule floors, restrooms, church sacristy, baptismal area, and children’s chapel. They will also be cleaning the school in August.

Sewickley Rug Cleaners recently cleaned the carpets in the church, children’s chapel and the ushers’ room.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township will begin installing new carpeting on the ground level of the school this coming week. The Pre-School, Kindergarten, Library and Religious Education/ Youth Ministry Offices will receive new carpeting. Special thanks to the Eileen Paul Memorial Fund for making this project a possibility.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2017- 2018 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. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Rebecca Strong and John Malley who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Tom, Kara, Kallahan, Kennedy, and Tate McCune who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. - Marie Curie

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

 
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.02.17

FOLLOW ME!

Last weekend was a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained five men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. We congratulate the Class of 2017: Rev. Benjamin E. Barr - St. Monica Parish, Beaver Falls, Rev. Thomas J. Gramc - St. Ferdinand Parish, Cranberry Township, Rev. David W. Green - St. Elizabeth Parish, Pleasant Hills, Rev. Alexander J. Schrenk - Assumption Parish, Bellevue, and Rev. Daniel R. Waruszewski - St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Perrysville. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry.

This weekend we celebrate the Thirteen Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on the cost of discipleship and showing hospitality to others. In the First reading from the Second Book of Kings, we read how a devout family invites a servant of God into their home.

In the Gospel, we continue reading the “Mission Discourse” in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Jesus instructs his disciples on the challenges, sufferings, and support they will encounter on their missionary journeys.

FOLLOW ME!

Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice Calls Please note that whenever a loved one is admitted to a hospital, nursing home or hospice center to please notify the nurse on duty that the patient is Catholic. If the person needs to receive the Sacrament of Anointing every facility in the Pittsburgh area has a local Catholic parish that covers the facility for the Sacraments. Here at St. James Parish I am “on call” at Heritage Valley Sewickley Hospital on the weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for “emergency calls.” The local parishes of St. Joseph in Coraopolis, Good Samaritan in Ambridge and St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township cover the hospital Monday thru Thursday. With the shortage of priests, it is physically impossible to visit every major hospital, nursing home or hospice in the Pittsburgh area. Please notify the “Catholic chaplain on duty” for Communion and Anointing.

As a courtesy please notify me when your loved one is admitted so that we can put them on our prayer chain. Whenever possible, please ask to be anointed before going into the hospital for major tests or surgery.

Independence Day Mass on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4 will be at 9:00am. In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the Rectory Offices will be closed for the holiday.

Parish Improvements Allegheny Refrigeration recently installed a new walk-in freezer in our school cafeteria. Ralphs Hood and Duct Cleaning Kitchen Equipment recently cleaned and sanitized our kitchen equipment. Funds from our Fish Fry are helping to pay for these projects.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has begun replacing the Flat Roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

Work continues this week on renovating both the men’s and women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. The only restrooms available are in the church (near the Ushers’ Room). Please be patient while the renovations are taking place. Because of the limited available bathrooms, both restrooms in the church are now for both men and women.

Improvements to our Prayer Path along Walnut Street continues. The old trees and shrubs and mulch have been removed and a new drainage system has been installed. New lighting along the sidewalks are being installed. New plants, shrubs and benches will be installed in the later part of the summer.

Donations continue to be accepted for the Prayer Path upgrades. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Path Upgrade Project.” We are now looking into having donations of a certain denomination applied towards engraved memorial bricks as a way to pave the Prayer Path in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Stay tuned for further details regarding this endeavor.

Finance Council I am pleased to appoint Bernadette Wenglik to the Finance Council. Bernadette is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a B.S.B.A. in Management. She has spent the past sixteen years working in the Accounting Department for Real Estate Investors. She is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Women’s Guild, and helps out at the Fish Fry. She currently resides in Sewickley.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Matthew, Carmee, Madeline, Wesley, Elsa and Julia Horton who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Something to Think About… Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost. - Erol Ozan

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