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  • 02.05.13

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  • 30.04.13
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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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  • 30.04.09
    If you are currently in 4th grade or older and are interested in becoming an altar server, or are a current altar server in need of a refresher, we will be holding an altar server training class on Thursday, May 14 at 4:00pm in Church. If you are planning on attending the practice, please call Karin at (412)741-6650, extension 310 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected fr...
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  • 20.04.09
    Every year, St. James Church hosts a Farmers' Market as an outreach to support local farmers and early merchants. Now in its seventh year, the St. James Church Farmers' Market hosts merchants selling meat like beef and pork, locally grown fresh vegetables, local honey, and even freshly made pierogies. Join us every Saturday from April through November to help support local farmers and merchants! ...
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Prayer Requests

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
  • Rose Spec
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Enos Abel
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Mary Lou Smith
  • Ana Kerr
  • Helen & Albert Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Jessica Copeland Volente


...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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The Shepherd's Voice 09.28.14

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! 

Often we may hear a friend or family member say “call if you need me.” When we need them to take us shopping, go to a doctor’s appointment, cut the grass, shovel snow from our sidewalk, or just need someone to talk to they are nowhere to be found. People may say they will be there for us, but then change their mind. 

We can say we are going to help with a project at work or school but really do not mean it. We may say that we are “Catholic” or that we are “Pro-Life” but we pick and choose what we want to follow with the church’s teachings or wish harm on someone. We can say we forgive someone who hurts us, but inside we still are filled with anger and hatred. …Actions speak louder than words! 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on obedience and forgiveness. 

In the first reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, a prophet speaks about salvation. God invites everyone to walk the path that leads to repentance. Each of us is responsible for our own actions. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Paul challenges the Philippian community to grow in humility and love. We must imitate the humility of Christ. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Jesus teaches that our minds can be changed. We hear about the Parable of the Two Sons, a parable that was addressed to the Chief priests and elders of the people. The first son represents sinners, originally choosing their own way but then repents. The second son represents the chief priests and the elders, they have promised to work for God but fail to do so. Repentance is necessary for entry into the kingdom. Humility helps us to know our true self so that we are able to open our hearts to the grace of God. 

Today’s Gospel is good news. It gives us hope that we can have a second chance. Let us truly mean what we say and do as we say. 

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! 

Welcome Fr. Terdine This weekend at the 11:30am Mass we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine as the Celebrant. I am attending the Carrick High School 90th Anniversary and distinguished Alumni Luncheon at the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall with my family. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to become Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need the Sacrament of Confirmation? The Rite of Christian Initiation program (RCIA) meets on Thursday’s at 7:00pm in Meeting Room 2. Please give me a call at (412)741- 6650 extension 311 or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of Anointing will be available after all the Masses next weekend October 4th and 5th. If you are experiencing some medical issues, having upcoming surgery or medical tests or would just like to be blessed, the Sacrament of Anointing will help give you strength. You do not have to have a medical emergency to receive this wonderful Sacrament. Children and Adults of all ages are most welcome. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets next Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. Every participant will receive a very special pet medal and St. Francis Prayer card courtesy of an Anonymous parishioner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Ian, Jennifer, Jack, and Katharine Miller and Mike, Elizabeth, Sally and Bobby Riordan who recently registered at St. James Parish. Our parish is Alive and Well and Growing! 

Something to Think About… Be true to what you’re trying to accomplish. And just do it. - Saundra Charles 

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 09.21.14

God is Generous! 

It is very common to fall into the trap of “wanting more.” We want more money, food, or material things…more, more, more. Sometimes we can become jealous and envious if someone does better than we do in school or at work or at a sporting event. It is very common to always wanting to be number one in line. 

Every day we strive to work hard to do our best. We seek equality, just wages, rights met and compensated monetarily because of what we accomplish or how hard or long we work. In the craziness of our lives we can lose sight of how generous God has been to us. Let us be open to all the generous blessings God gives us today and every day. 

This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on God’s generosity. In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, a prophet invites his people to come to God for forgiveness. The ways of God are much different than the ways of the world. In the Second Reading from Philippians, Paul proclaims that his union with Christ gives meaning to his life on earth and his death. In the Gospel of Matthew we read the parable of the landowner or “good employer” who hires laborers to work in the vineyard. This parable strikes to the heart of being Christian in today’s culture of entitlement. In the parable, the grumbling workers who did not want the other laborers treated with generosity miss the point. We need to rejoice that others are given a share in the love. God is indeed generous. 

God is Generous! 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting this Thursday, September 25. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. 

Are You Registered? 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 welcome 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 registered and are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Blessing of Pets In honor of the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals, we will have the Blessing of Pets Saturday, October 4 at 6:30pm in front of St. James Church. Bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, or any other of God’s special creatures for a blessing. 

Mass Intention Sign Ups On Sunday, October 12 from 8:00am to Noon in the Gathering Space, we will have our book open for Mass Intentions for 2015. Due to the fact that we now have just one priest assigned to St. James we have a limited amount of Masses. Starting this year each family will be limited to only one weekday and one Sunday Mass intention plus one of either the Sanctuary Candle, Marian Candle, Altar Bread, Altar Candles or Altar Flowers. Please consider merging your Mass intentions such as “For the Burke and Dvorsky Families.” Also, instead of a Mass, you may always give a donation to the parish or school in loving memory of a loved one. Thank you for your understanding.

Looking Ahead Monday, September 22 - Pastoral Council, 6:30pm Gathering Space. Welcome A special welcome to Bryan, Heather, Keegan, Lillyan and Carmen Forsythe who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Alex Deloia and Joseph Lancianese who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Catherine Siena Reer who was Baptized last weekend and Raegan Elizabeth Blair, Elizabeth Louise Campbell, Kayla Marie Parker, and Zachary Robert Siulborski who are being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Never reach out your hand unless you are willing to extend an arm. - Elizabeth Fuller 

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 09.14.14

LIFT HIGH THE CROSS! 

My dad once told me a story that when he was growing up in the housing projects of Hazelwood he carried with him a pocket cross that someone gave to him. He carried it with him wherever he went: school, church and even while playing outdoors. One day while he was playing tackle football with his friends in a nearby empty lot he lost his cross. It went missing for over a month. One day while playing football again and being tackled he landed on the hard surface and the pocket cross that he had lost was in the dirt! 

This weekend we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which replaces the Twenty-Four Sunday of Ordinary Time. The origin of this feast is linked to the discovery of the true cross by St. Helena on September 14, 320. In the first reading from Numbers we read how people wandered away from their faith. God gives them both a blessing and a healing. In the Second Reading from Philippians, we are reminded how the son of God became a lowly human being. He suffered a cruel death out of love. In the Gospel of John we read the famous passage of how God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. Jesus died to save us from our sins. Our God is a God of victory who reigns victorious, even over the evil of death. We bow today before the cross, the great symbol of the powerful mystery. Today is a reminder of the power of the cross. When we look at the cross today, may our lives be transformed as we seek a deeper relationship with Him and strive to serve those in need in our community, nation, and world.

LIFT HIGH THE CROSS! 

Catechetical Sunday Today we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” when Catholic parishes ask God’s blessing on students and teachers, parents and helpers, and all who share Jesus’ Good News through the ministry of religious education. This weekend here at St. James Parish, we bless and commission the catechists who teach in our school, religious education program, home school, and youth ministry. We thank these men and women who devote themselves to teaching the faith to our youth. Special thanks to Karen Conroy, our Director of Religious Education, Sister Christy Hill, SJ. our school principal, and Maria Brown our Youth Minister Director for their leadership. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting on Thursday, September 25. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss. There will be an information meeting this Sunday, September 14 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Looking Ahead Tuesday, September 16 - Parent Social for School families, 6:30pm Gathering Space. 

Parish Improvements Information racks were recently installed in both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms in the Gathering Space. These information racks have various pamphlets regarding personal and private topics such as: abortion, alcohol addiction, annulments, birth control, homosexuality, pornography, natural family planning and unexpected pregnancy. These pamphlets are courtesy of the St. Gianna Molla Association. 

Eucharistic Adoration Please join us Saturday’s for 9:00am Mass and Eucharistic Adoration following from 9:30am to 10:30am. The Rosary will be recited at 8:25am. Confessions are heard from 9:30am to 10:30 am. What a wonderful way to spend time with the Lord during the weekend. 

Please Note For safety and security reasons, the church is open from 6:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday, 8:00am -6:00pm Saturday, and on Sundays from 6:00am – 2:00pm. 

Welcome A special welcome to Gregory, Christine, Sophia, and Catelin Smolinski who recently registered at St. James Parish. The Church is Alive in Sewickley!

Something to Think About… People that hurt others, only act on a pain they feel themselves. - Vivian Armis 

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 09.07.14

GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS! 

Last Sunday I was visiting the Sewickley Starbucks when a parishioner walked in and we started talking. He said that he was having some family issues with siblings fighting with one another. There are many families who have divisions: parents not getting along, or siblings fighting. It can cause huge heart break when a family cannot get along. 

Today we celebrate the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on getting along with the people around us. All three readings focus on self-examination. God is love. Love is generous and overflowing. We can sometimes fall short of our goals, we miss the mark and we sin. The God who loves us also wants us to enter a relationship with us, which we will draw life.

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how God gives a prophet a very important task: to serve watchman over the people protecting them from harm. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans we read how Paul insists that loving others is all that God wants. By loving, we keep all of the commandments. 

In the Gospel from St. Matthew we read how Jesus sets forth the process for reconciling. Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Let us look at the pains, the grudges, gossip and hurtful feelings we may have and make some changes in our life. The Church is a community of faith and reconciliation. 

GETTING ALONG WITH OTHERS! 

Parish Share 2014 The Annual Parish Share Campaign is in full swing. A successful Parish Share collection helps our Diocese to function not only in service to St. James Parish, but all of the 200 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2013 is $196,477. 

Parish Share is a very important campaign to help run the day to day operations at the diocese, helps with Catholic School scholarships, Campus Ministry programs, and other organizations. We all benefit from Parish Share! Please be as generous as possible. 

Campaign For the Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive! As we surpassed our goal of $1.5 million we recently received a total $173,379.00 which represents 40 percent of all payments made by parishioners as of March 31, 2014. The money has been deposited into our Deposit and Loan account as of June 30, 2014. Our Finance Council recently met and we are working on making a priority list of which projects we will start in the near future to make some physical improvements to our parish property. Thank you for your financial support. 

Parish Improvements The School, Church and Gathering Space rugs were cleaned and floors were stripped and waxed. Several school classrooms were painted including the school cafeteria. Thank you for your continued financial contributions to our Capital Improvements envelope in your Offertory Envelope packet. 

RCIA Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith? Are you baptized in another faith and would like to be Catholic? Are you baptized Catholic but need communion and or confirmed? The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) will be starting on Thursday, September 25. Please give me a call at (412) 741-6650 ext. 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss. There will be an information meeting next Sunday, September 14 at 12:30pm in the Gathering Space.

Looking Ahead Sunday, September 14 - First Day of Religious Education Classes 8:00am and 10:00am. 

Tuesday, September 16 - Parent Social for school families, 6:30pm Gathering Space. 

Monday, September 22 - Pastoral Council, 6:30pm Meeting Room #1. 

Welcome A special welcome to Luke, Ashley, Lily and Daniel Mutschler, who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Happy Birthday to Larry Kroner one or our 7:30am Ushers and Sue Ponticello our Office Assistant and Safe Environment Coordinator. 

Happy Anniversary Happy Anniversary to Ed and Pat Schuring who are celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary! 

Second Collection The Second Collection next weekend is for the Bishop’s Education Fund to help needy families with their tuition. 

Something to Think About… One may have good eyes and yet see nothing. - Italian 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