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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
  • 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


...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)
 
 

Events

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Financial Summary

As of November 9, 2014 - $13,618

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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The Shepherd's Voice 11.16.14

USE OUR TALENTS! 

It is the mid-point of November and the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and we are experiencing cooler temperatures. As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season, this is a good time to evaluate how the year 2014 has been for us: what we have done and where do we want to go for the new year. This is a good weekend to do some “internal soul searching” to start making some goals to be a better person. 

As we come to the final few weeks of the Liturgical calendar (a new cycle of readings begins on Sunday, December 7th, the First Week of Advent), the readings this weekend focus on using our gifts and talents to the best of our ability. 

In our first reading from the Book of Proverbs, a poet describes Wisdom as the perfect partner. She brings life and countless blessings to those who love her. The final chapter of Proverbs honors the worthy wife and the poem gives special attention to the hands of a perfect spouse. In the Second Reading form Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds us to be prepared, for the day the Lord will come unexpectedly. Paul encourages his people to be alert spiritually. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Talents. Placed in the Lectionary towards the end of the liturgical year, this parable urges us to evaluate our own service. These three readings prepare us for the end of the year and challenge us to understand our life in terms of its ultimate purpose.

Do you have a passion for something that you do not use? Would you like to become more involved in the parish as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Choir member, Religious Education Catechist or Youth Ministry volunteer? Want to become a member of the Women’s Guild, Knights of Columbus, or St. Vincent de Paul Society? This is a wonderful time to become active. How can I better use the talents that God has given me? 

USE OUR TALENTS! 

Pastoral and Finance Council Openings If you would like to use your leadership skills and are interested in becoming part of our Pastoral Council or Finance Council please email me or call me to schedule a time to talk in person. We have three openings for Pastoral Council and two openings for Finance Council beginning January 2015. 

Parish Improvements We recently installed new basketball hoops in our school gymnasium and updated some plumbing fixtures in our Preschool restrooms.

Congratulations Congratulations to Gabriella Carmella Maria Campos and Alexander Thomas Dwyer who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Christopher Donnelly and Leslie Theiss and their daughter Gabrielle Donnelly, and Ernie, Sherry, and A. Gianni Ricci who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held Thursday, November 27 at 9:00am. Safe travels to all who will be traveling! Please note that there will no 6:45am Masses on Friday, November 28th. The Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, November 26th and will not reopen until Monday, December 1st in observance of the holiday. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends

Happy Birthday A Happy Birthday to Sister Christy Hill our School Principal!

Birthday Reflection As I prepare to celebrate my 44th birthday next Monday, November 24, I would like to pause and say thanks to my parents Bill and Marge for the gift of life! I am grateful for the morals and values my parents have taught me. Faith, family and friendships are true treasures in life. I am honored to be your Pastor here at St. James. 

Second Collection Next Weekend Please note that the Second Collection next weekend is the annual Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… “It is not what an artist does that matters, but what he is.” - Picasso 

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 11.09.14

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

I recently returned from a ten day pilgrimage to Italy. It was a very rewarding experience to travel to Rome, Assisi, Sienna, Florence, Venice and Milan. Standing in St. Peters Square and seeing Pope Francis deliver his weekly Wednesday address will be a moment that I will never forget. The main theme of his homily was about family, that we are all connected to one another. Italy has many beautiful churches and Rome is the center point of our Catholicism. I had an opportunity to travel throughout the City of Rome and drive past all the four great basilicas: St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. John Lateran. 

This Sunday we take a break from “Ordinary Time” to celebrate the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica which is the Cathedral Church of Rome. This church is named after the Laterani Family who donated the land for the original church that was dedicated in the year 321. For centuries, the old Lateran palace was the residence of the popes. It was only when the popes returned from the Avignon exile in the 14th century that they took up residence at the Vatican. 

Through the centuries, the Lateran Basilica has been damaged by earthquakes, attacked by vandals and destroyed by fire. Despite these tragedies, the Lateran Basilica has been rebuilt and refurbished. It is the “mother church” of Roman Catholicism and the Cathedral Church of the Pope, who is the father and shepherd of us all. 

Closer to home, St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland is the “Mother Church” of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The 198 parishes that make up the Diocese of Pittsburgh in the six counties of Western Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, Washington, and Green County are connected to St. Paul Cathedral. The Lateran Basilica is the mother and head of all churches in the whole world. We are one family connected by our faith. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel, we read how a prophet sees water flowing from the temple of the Lord. It brings life to all the land. In the Second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, we read how Paul tells us that we are the temple of God. Jesus is the foundation. In John’s Gospel this weekend we read the “cleansing of the temple.” Jesus calls for greater respect of the temple. 

Let us pray for one another, as brothers and sisters, and pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, that he may continue to inspire believers everywhere to be holy and humble. 

THE CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE 

Rite of Welcoming This weekend we welcome our R.C.I.A. Candidates and Catechumen (non baptized) to the 9:30 am Mass as we officially introduce them to the parish as they continue learning more about the Catholic Faith. This week we welcome the Class of 2015: James Armeni, Stephen Biser, Shea Corsetti, Amy Dwyer, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, Michelle Straka, and Sarah D’Urso. Let us continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles, and a wonderful dinner. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Dr. Richard MacDonald and Dr. Annette Cronauer and their children Cecilia, Kenzington, Alexander and Amalia MacDonald, and Marya Nitko and her daughter Sienna Mungia who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Director of Religious Education Karen Conroy who is celebrating her birthday this week! 

Happy Anniversary Happy 25th Anniversary to my sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Paul Denk

Happy Veterans Day to all our men and women who have served in our Armed Services. God Bless America! 

Something to Think About… Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - 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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 11.02.14

LIFE AFTER DEATH! 

As a priest I conduct a lot of funerals. It is part of the “cycle of life” that we all have to go through. Throughout the month of November we will remember all of the parishioners who have passed away within the past year. 

Today is like “Memorial Day” as we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. On this day we remember the loss of a loved one. It is also an expression of our hope and confidence that our loved ones are with us in spirit. Even while we mourn, we remember the full circle of life and keep the confidence of hope in our hearts.

In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how the faithful find rest in the hands of God. The suffering in this world made them precious in the eyes of the creator. In the second reading from Paul to the Romans we are reminded that hope does not disappoint. In the Gospel this weekend we read from the Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John. Jesus promises that anyone who comes to him from the Father will not be rejected. The Catholic Church sets aside November as a month of remembrance for the faithful departed. 

Today, let us remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. May they rest in peace. 

LIFE AFTER DEATH! 

Memorial Board/Book of Remembrance The month of November is a time to remember all of our loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. Throughout the month we will display our parish memorial board listing the names of parishioners who have passed away since last October. We also have a Book of Remembrance where parishioners and visitors can write names of their loved ones in the book and at every Mass during the month of November we will remember them in our thoughts and prayers. Feel free to write down your loved ones name in our book. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. 

Parish Improvements Matt Mertz Plumbing upgraded several plumbing fixtures in the school building and installed a new hot water tank. 

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 199 parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our parish goal for 2014 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. Please be as generous as possible. 

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 your most welcomed 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. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Richard, Spence, Julia, Nicole, and Christopher Brown and Benjamin and Cathy Mehl who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it is what you leave behind you when you go. - Randy Travis 

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 10.26.14

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR! 

Growing up on Sinton Avenue in the Carrick neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, I had many great neighbors. We always looked after one another. I had the Winschel family on one side and the Ruhling family on the other side. When I would be out in my yard playing or doing yard work, Mrs. Winschel would open up one of her windows and say hello. Mr. and Mrs. Ruhling would always stop and chat when they saw me. It was a great neighborhood to grow up in because everyone was friendly. 

This weekend we celebrate the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings focus on looking at the relationships around us. In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus we read how God calls people to a higher standard. God has compassion for his people. In the Second Reading from Paul to the Thessalonians, Paul reminds the people that they joyfully received the Gospel even though it involved great affliction. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us that the greatest and first commandment is to love God, the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. These two commandments are the foundation of our faith. As Jesus loved us and gave himself for us, so are we to love another. We should live our lives based on our love of God, neighbor, and our self. 

As we prepare for the final week of October, let us consider some small random act of kindness and do this for another. Let us build a bridge with someone we may have had an argument with and make peace. 

LOVE GOD, LOVE NEIGHBOR! 

Welcome Fr. Terdine As I continue to travel in Italy, this weekend we welcome Fr. Richard Terdine! 

Reflections of Italy Trip Because I will be out of the country during this period of time there will be NO DAILY MASSES this week: Monday, October 27 thru Saturday morning, November 1. 

The church will be open daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm for private prayer. Fr. Joe Carr will be “on call” for any hospital emergencies during the weekend. 

Please hold any phone calls, messages and e-mails thru October 31st. I will return for the weekend Masses November 1st and 2nd. 

All Saints Day - November 1st - Not a Holy Day of Obligation Please note that because All Saints Day falls on a Saturday this year, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. The Commemoration of all Souls falls on a Sunday this year. 

All Souls Memorial Mass An All Souls Memorial Mass will be held Monday, November 3rd at 7:00pm. Families that have lost a loved one during the past year have been invited to attend a special candle service on Monday. For those who wish to have a candle for their loved one, we have extra Memorial candles to purchase for a $5.00 donation. 

St. James School Blue and White Gala Mark your calendars for a wonderful evening to support St. James School on Saturday, November 15 from 6:30 to 11:00pm at the Allegheny Country Club for our Blue and White Gala. Rob Pratte from KDKA Radio will be our Master of Ceremonies. There will be live and silent auction items, raffles and a wonderful dinner. 

Finance Council A Finance Council meeting will be held this Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #1. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Nola Irwin and Adam Vish who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. 

Welcome Home A special welcome to Steven, Joy, Harper, and Lincoln Bowman, and Margaret Lawton who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Fall Back Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends next weekend! Please remember to turn your clocks BACK an hour next Saturday evening before you go to bed. 

Something to Think About… They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol 

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