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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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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 09.14.14

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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 08.31.14

BEST WISHES FR. GRUBER! 

For the past several weeks a fundraiser for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the degenerative condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease has been a big topic in the news. An uncomfortable feeling of ice water poured over the body is a sacrifice but going for a good cause to find a cure for the horrible disease. Bishop Zubik visited Christ the Light of the World Parish in the City of Duquesne, near Kennywood, last Saturday and did the Ice Bucket Challenge to show support for Father Dennis Colamarino, the Pastor in Duquesne and who has been diagnosed with ALS. Fr. Dennis is a very good friend of mine and is credited for helping me enter the seminary. Fr. Dennis was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and has a wonderful outlook in life while struggling through his illness. He has a deep faith spiritually and tries to make the most out of each day while being limited with his physical challenges, pain and suffering. 

Today, we celebrate the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on taking up our cross and following Christ. In the First Reading from the Prophet Jeremiah we read how the prophet reflects on his service to God. He preaches reform at a time of destruction of Jerusalem and describes being “duped by God.” His fidelity through trial to triumph makes him one of the greatest voices in the bible. He must speak the truth even if it leads to personal discomfort. In the Gospel from St. Matthew, Jesus declares that he must suffer, die, and be raised up. Discipleship is a sacrifice. Let us take up our cross and continue to follow Christ and keep the faith. 

This is the final weekend for our Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber, as he prepares to begin his new assignment this Tuesday at Ascension Parish in Ingram, Guardian Angels Parish in the West End, and Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. Fr. Gruber’s new address: Rev. Frederick W. Gruber 114 Berry Street Pittsburgh, PA 15205 412-921-1230 Email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it BEST WISHES FR. GRUBER! 

New Mass schedule effective Tuesday, September 2. Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6:45am Tuesday - 9:00am Thursday - No Mass Saturday – 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration till 10:30am Confessions will still be heard Saturday’s 9:30am to 10:30am. Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change.

Marian Candle We are pleased to announce another opportunity to have a loved one memorialized. A Marian Candle stand has been place next to our Blessed Mother statue near the altar. This candle will burn during the week in loving memory of a donor’s intention. A donation of $10 is the suggested offering similar to the Sanctuary Candle. Please contact Karin at the rectory to reserve your space. Because of space limitations there will be a limit of one intention request per family. Special thanks to Fr. Steve Kresak and the parishioners of St. Wendelin Parish in Carrick for donating the Marian Candle stand to St. James Parish. 

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 in a few weeks. Please give me a call at (412)741-6650 extension 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss. An information meeting will be held September 14th in the Gathering Space after the 11:30 Mass 

Welcome A special welcome to Michael and Charlotte Kopay who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Brynlee Shae Colbert, Skylar Edson Egbert, Luca Patrick Gehrlein, who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Ami Lytle and Anthony Contese who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. 

Happy Labor Day Please note in observance of Labor Day, there is no School and the Rectory Offices will be closed. Mass on Monday, September 1 at 9am.

Something to Think About… When a good man is hurt, all who would be good must suffer with him. - Euripedes 

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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 08.24.14

SUPPORT OUR CHURCH LEADERS! 

Last week Pope Francis visited South Korea. It was really humbling to see him traveling in a little car, a Kia Soul with thousands’ of people in the streets. Pope Francis continues to amaze us of his love for people and his simplicity. Today we celebrate the Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend explore what it means to be a leader of God’s people. 

In the Gospel from St. Matthew we read how Jesus asks his disciples who do the people say that he is. Peter confesses that Jesus is the son of the living God. Jesus declares to Peter that he is the rock upon which he will build his church. Jesus passed to Peter the mantle of leadership and his intention to establish a community of believers. 

Let us pray for our church leaders: Pope Francis, Bishop Zubik, our Priests, Deacons, Religious Sisters and Brothers and all those who hold a leadership position in our church. Let us pray for humility and a deeper commitment to service and for the courage to proclaim the Gospel to others. 

SUPPORT OUR CHURCH LEADERS! 

New Daily Mass Schedule - With Father Gruber’s new assignment we will now have just one priest here at St. James. After careful prayer and dialog with the parish staff and discussions with our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Espositio and other local pastors in the area we have come up with a new Mass schedule effective Tuesday, September 2. 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6:45am Tuesday - 9:00am (this will be the school Mass) Thursday - No Masses Saturday – 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 10:30am Confessions will still be heard Saturday’s 9:30am to 10:30am. Funerals will still be held at 10:00am. 

Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change. 

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 in a few weeks. 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. 

Passing from Death to New Life St. James Parish family remembers the soul of Rose Morris, aunt of parishioners Terry and Phyllis Biondi, who was buried last Saturday. May she rest in peace. 

Welcome A special welcome to Claudia Brenneisen, and Steven, Leah and Olivia Scalercio who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Looking Ahead Finance Council Meeting, Monday, August 25 at 6:30pm.

Congratulations Congratulations to Skylar Tripp Nocito who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Two Years It will be two years this week, August 27, that I began my ministry as your Pastor here at St. James Parish. We have welcomed over 200 new families to St. James Parish over the past two years and continue to improve the campus physical plant with much needed updated projects. 

It is an honor to be your Pastor here at St. James. I love being a Priest and I love St. James. Together we can continue to do great things. 

Happy Birthday Happy 22nd birthday to our Seminarian, Jeff Craig! 

Something to Think About… “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously.” - Eleanor Roosevelt 

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