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      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
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volante
  • Patricia Fusco

...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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June 21, 2015 - $11,600

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The Shepherd's Voice 06.28.15


Last week, we took forty-four high school students to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana for Notre Dame Vision. This annual event is a great week for our youth to experience small groups, faith sharing and listen to dynamic speakers. High School and College Campus Ministers and Parish Youth Ministers also attend. It was a very faith-filled week. The theme this year was “Discerning God’s call and responding in faith.” 

Many of our students commented how enlightening the week was for them spiritually. I had the opportunity to sit in on many of the sessions plus also walk around the beautiful campus. I was able to read a book entitled “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell. This book highlighted how we as Catholics can really become excited about our faith. 

This weekend is a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained six men to the Priesthood Saturday morning at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. 

We congratulate the Class of 2015: Rev. Zachary A. Galiyas - St. Malachy Parish, Kennedy Twp, Rev. Levi D. Hartle - St. Joseph Parish, Cabot, Rev. Christopher J. Mannerino - St. Cecilia Parish, Rochester, Rev. Jeremy J. Mohler - Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, Rev. David G. Rombold - Holy Redeemer Parish, Ellwood City, and Rev. William D. Wuenschel- Holy Angels Parish, Hays. 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 keeping faith especially when we face challenging times. 

In the First reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how a wise teacher steers clear from the influences of idolatry. The things of this world should instead lead us closer to God. In the second reading from the Letter to Corinthians, Paul encourages his people to be generous to the poor of Jerusalem. They will be imitating Jesus himself who became poor on earth to bring diving riches to us. 

In the Gospel of Mark, we read two miracles in one scripture passage. Scripture scholars call this a “sandwich.” Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter and heals the woman with a hemorrhage for twelve years. Both of these miracle healings occur because the person who asked for the healing had faith. 

As we conclude this month of June and reach the midpoint of 2015, let us let go of those doubts, worries and fears. Also this coming Saturday, we celebrate Independence Day. Let us be thankful for the gift of Freedom in our country. God Bless America! 


Independence Day - Saturday, July 4 - 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration till 10:30am. Confessions will be heard from 9:30am to 10:30am. 

The Rectory Offices will be closed Friday, July 3 for the holiday weekend. 

Terri Price - Business Manager I am pleased to officially welcome Terri Price as our new full-time Business Manager. Terri previously was a teacher in the Brentwood School District for the past twenty-seven years. Terri taught Accounting, Personal and Business Applications and Personal Finance. She has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from Robert Morris University. Terri will be a great asset to our parish! Welcome Aboard Terri! 

Parish Improvements Crosswind VOIP Phone Systems recently installed a new phone system for the entire Parish and School Campus. 

Graphics 22 of Hazelwood recently installed new church lettering on the Bank Street side of the church in addition to two new “directional cemetery signs” on Scaife Road and two entrance signs at our parish cemetery. We are very grateful to Helene Norbut and another parishioner who wishes to remain anonymous for making these projects possible at no financial cost to the parish. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Liz Gamra, Celina Fajtak, and Jerome and Teresa Drogalis who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Expect great things, and great things will come. 

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 06.21.15


My dad, Bill Burke, is a man I really look up to in my life. While being a devoted husband for fifty-three years to my mom, raising three children and seven grandchildren, and protecting the streets of the City of Pittsburgh as a police officer, he was also busy taking me fishing, camping, hiking, teaching me how to drive, and helping me with my studies. He taught me to work hard, love family, treat all people equally, and live out your faith. My dad would often tell me stories of when he was in the Navy working in the kitchen, he would always find time to go to Mass and say his daily prayers. It is Father’s Day today— a day when we pause and say thank you to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, uncles, and ALL men who hold a “fatherly role” in a person’s life. 

Today we also celebrate the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on the power of God, how God is in control of things in life. We all know that we can face a lot of chaos and storms in our life. Mark’s Gospel focuses on Jesus calming the storm and demonstrates the power of the Son of God to conquer evil. We need to trust in God! 

In the First reading from Job, we read how the loyal servant of God learns a lesson from this world. It is filled with gifts from God to sustain life. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, Paul insists that Christ’s love impels him and all believers to live for Christ, not for themselves. 

In today’s Gospel of Mark, we read the calming of the storm. The Apostles witnessed a work that only God can accomplish which means that Jesus has divine power. The “storm” reflects the post- Easter experience of the early Church. The disciples have run into all sorts of difficulties, and feel that the Lord has abandoned them. But they are summoned to have faith in his presence with them and care for them. 

What storms are we facing today? What is annoying us and making us frustrated. Let us keep the faith and keep close to Christ. Quiet, Be Still! 


Peter’s Pence Collection Next weekend (June 27/28) there will be a second collection for the annual Peter’s Pence collection. Please be as generous as possible. 

Pastoral Council News Best wishes to Kristie Moran as she departs our Pastoral Council. Kristie was a great service to our Council the past year. She will continue to be a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and CCD Teacher. 

It gives me great pleasure to appoint Linda Soldressen to Pastoral Council. Linda has been a St. James parishioner for more than twenty years. She's retired from the American Red Cross where she served as the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Allegheny County for 24 years. She is a member of the Women’s Guild and lives in Ambridge with her husband Richard. 

Vicar Pastoral Visit The Diocese of Pittsburgh frequently conducts annual Vicar Pastoral Visit’s to make sure that parishes are properly keeping Sacramental Record’s appropriately. I am very pleased to report that recently Deacon Jim Weiland who assists’ our Regional Vicar Fr. Sam Esposito; with parish visits recently visited St. James Parish. We passed the evaluation process! Our sacramental record books including: Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage. Special thanks to our office staff: Karin Masterani, Sue Ponticello, and Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, for their assistance in making sure that we are in compliance with the Diocese. 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Wayne and Annette Pace and Matthew Abel. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Office Manager, Karin Masterani who will be celebrating her birthday this coming Tuesday, June 23. 

Wedding Bells Happy 35th wedding anniversary to Mario and Debbie Munizza who are celebrating their special anniversary this weekend! 

Something to Think About… My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. - Jim Valvano 

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 06.14.15


Today we celebrate the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on making a covenant with God. This week’s Gospel we read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. This parable teaches us to give God a chance and be patient. 

In the First reading from Ezekiel, we read how the prophet helps shepherd the people through the dark days of exile and captivity in Babylon, offering a vision of the restoration of the Davidic kingdom. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that faith will enable us to lead a courageous Christian life on earth. 

In today’s Gospel, we read the Parable of the Mustard Seed. In teaching about the Kingdom of God, Jesus often drew upon images and experiences that Jews living in rural areas of Galilee could easily relate to. All of the readings tell us to be patient and trust in God. All of our growth will depend upon our firm faith in God, and gives us the courage we need in every circumstance. As we celebrate this weekend, let us seek to be patient with the Lord and continue to love and grow in our faith. 

Our Summer Seminarian Intern, Jeff Craig, will complete his four week summer internship with us this weekend. Since arriving back on May 15, Jeff has been keeping busy serving daily and Sunday Masses, weddings, funerals, Baptisms, First Holy Communions, school Masses, eighth grade graduation, cleaning out the Sacristy and storage rooms in church, visiting Sewickley Valley Hospital and the Villa of St. Joseph and observing the daily operations of the business office.

Jeff will be heading to the North American College in Rome in a few weeks. We wish him well as he begins a new chapter in his formation. Please keep Jeff in your prayers. 


Manifesting the Kingdom Awards Last Sunday, Bishop David Zubik presided at a special Mass to honor one person from each of the 200 parishes for the Manifesting the Kingdom Award. This award honors laymen and laywomen who demonstrate the presence of Jesus in their lives and have participated in an exceptional service to the church. This award is reflected in so many different ways in the lives, ministry and work of those who receive it. This year the awardee from St. James Parish is Austin McGrath. 

Bishop Zubik also honored Frank and Ann Cahouet, parishioners from St. James, for the Church Alive! Award. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Recipients of the Church ALIVE! Award are recognized for their exemplary commitment to every component of the Church ALIVE: Eucharist, Catechesis, Evangelization, Formation and Stewardship. They have significantly enhanced the vitality of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Congratulations Frank and Ann! 

Notre Dame Vision Retreat This week I will be traveling with Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, Molly Torbic, and fifty of our high school students to the University of Notre Dame for a Summer Conference June 15-19. Please hold any calls and e-mails until I return. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel to Indiana. 

Please note there will be No Daily Masses this Monday thru Friday. Mass will resume Saturday, June 20 at 9am with Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Richard Terdine will be “on call” for any funerals throughout the week. Congratulations 

Congratulations to Abigail Marie Renner who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our School Secretary Marcy Knobloch who will be celebrating her birthday this coming June 19. 

Something to Think About… Sometimes, the best way to help someone is just to be near them. - Veronica Roth 

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 06.07.15


Recently I spoke to a parent whose child just recently celebrated their “First Holy Communion.” The parent said that their child was so excited to receive the Body and Blood of Christ at Mass for the very first time and that they are so eager to attend Mass on a weekly basis. 

Two weeks after Pentecost the church always celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic Faith. All of the readings this weekend focus on a covenant with God. 

In the first reading we read from Exodus, we read how the people of Israel make a covenant with God. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews, we hear that Jesus is our High Priest. He sacrificed himself on the cross to cleanse us of our sins. In today’s Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus shares his last meal with his disciples. Mark’s account emphasizes that communion with Jesus includes sharing in his cup of self -sacrifice. The Last Supper was a celebratory meal at which everyone gave thanks for God’s presence in their lives. Jesus describes that this bread and wine become his presence in terms of a new covenant sealed in his blood. Let us reflect this weekend on the Eucharist and be eager to receive it on a weekly basis. 


Eucharistic Adoration Every Saturday Please join us on Saturdays for 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction until 10:30am. This a great time for private prayer and medidation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available. We are the only parish in the area that has Saturday morning Mass.

2015 Manifesting the Kingdom Award I am pleased to announce that Austin E. McGrath has been chosen to receive the Manifesting the Kingdom Award this year.  This award is given to a parishioner from each of our 200 parishes who have generously given of themselves to enrich the life our parishes. Austin has been a long- time member of St. James Parish, and is one of our oldest parishioners. He will receive his reward this weekend by Bishop Zubik at St. Paul Cathedral. Congratulations Austin! 

Parish Share 2015 We are thankful for having our Seminarian Intern, Jeff Craig with us this summer. Jeff recently completed his studies at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton and Duquesne University. He will move on to the North American College in Rome next month. On Saturday, June 27 we will have six men ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The annual Parish Share program conducted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh helps educate our future priests. Please be as generous as possible to support the Parish Share Campaign to help educate our future priests. 

Rite of Candidacy Our summer intern, Jeff Craig, received the “Rite of Candidacy” this past Monday at St. Paul Seminary. This is another step in his formation program as he prepares to begin his theological studies in Rome this fall. Jeff is on track to be ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2019 and a Priest in 2020. 

Ordination to the Diaconate Next Saturday, June 13, Anthony Sciarappa from Sts. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park will be ordained to the Diaconate at 10am at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Anthony is a graduate of North Allegheny High School and Duquesne University. He is currently doing his theological studies at Theological College and The Catholic University in Washington D.C. He will be ordained a priest in 2016. 

Parish Improvements Valley’s Best Tree Service and Landscaping of Freedom recently trimmed trees along the “Prayer Garden” near Walnut Street.

Congratulations Congratulations to Cecilia Grace Kane who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Brittany Hulings and Michael McCann who are receiving the Sacrament of Marriage this weekend! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Maria Brown, our Youth Minister, celebrating her birthday this week. 

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to the following who recently registered at St. James Parish: Steven and Lorraine Kelly and Diane O’Toole.

Something to Think About… Serving others is to the soul what food and water is to the body. - Rick Barrett 

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