The Church Evangelizing


Enhance your Lenten experience
through small group discussions -
Click Here to find out how!

Online Giving


Click to learn about our new online giving program and how it will benefit both you and St. James.

Recent News

  • 16.02.15

    Attachments:FileDescriptionPastoral Plan 2015-2018.pdf  Year One.pdf ...
    Read more...
  • 20.12.14
    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...
    Read more...
  • 19.12.14
    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannTom McConomyAnna TorrenceJean BleyDave KelchCatherine PlattBob BaslGene BattistellaRyan MillerKristie Moran...
    Read more...
  • 02.05.13

    Attachments:FileDescriptionAPRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER.doc ...
    Read more...
  • 30.04.13
    Registration forms are found under the "Forms" subsection shown above....
    Read more...
  • 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...
    Read more...
  • 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.  ...
    Read more...

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


...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

<<  April 2015  >>
 Su  Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa 
   
  7  8
1415
2122
2829  

Financial Summary

Weekly collection for March 29, 2015 $13,561.49 

Holy Land Collection $2,877.86 

Easter Collection $17,457.09 

Weekly Collection for April 5, 2015 $14,984.28

Parish Share Update

$155,416 - Goal

$  71,507 - to date

$  83,908 - Balance due


Weekly collection for

November 2, 2014

$19,569.75

All Souls Day

$3,337.00

All Saints Day

$2,494.25


Home
The Shepherd's Voice 04.12.15

PEACE BE WITH YOU! 

What an awesome Easter we had last weekend. The church and Gathering Space were packed with people, the altar was beautifully decorated and the music was outstanding. What a wonderful weekend to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection! The Easter Season continues for seven weeks, ending on Pentecost. 

Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, also called Divine Mercy Sunday. In the gospel we read about the Risen Lord appearing to his Apostles. One of them, Thomas was absent at the first sighting so he doubted the Lord’s Resurrection. He had to see Jesus in order to believe that he truly rose from the dead. The disciples believed because they saw the Lord. We believe because we see the signs and wonders of God’s presence. How is the Spirit leading us to a deeper faith? Let us overcome our fears of living and proclaim the Gospel. 

PEACE BE WITH YOU! 

Thank You! Special thanks to all those who helped make our Easter liturgies run smoothly: Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir Members, and Musicians. Thank you to Beth Villegas and our decorating committee for helping with the flowers, fountain set up and cleaning. Thank you to our Maintenance Staff for putting in extra hours over the holiday weekend to tidy up the restrooms and church, and to our parish staff for their extra hard work with the behind the scenes of planning. Many parishioners and visitors commented how beautiful everything was for Easter! 

Gone Fishing! Our Fish Fry was a great success! We went over all previous years goals! Special thanks to the Fish Fry leadership team: Barry and Heidi Korcan, John and Carole Enke, Ann Belcastro, Bill Flaherty, Maria Sinnott, Phil Susie and all those who volunteered for the past seven weeks. Thanks to all who helped with set up, clean up, donated baked goods, and those who came for dinner. 

RCIA Program Last weekend at the Easter Vigil we welcomed the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). 

If you or a loved one needs the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, or Confirmation, or want to learn more about the Catholic Faith, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) classes will begin after Labor Day. Please give me a call at the rectory or email me to set up an appointment. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to J. Mark Hoover and Ann and James Dempsey who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Dominic James Scanga who is being Baptized this weekend. 

Rest In Peace Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino The Reverend Dennis J. Colamarino, Pastor of Christ the Light of the World Parish and St. Joseph Parish both in the City of Duquesne (near Kennywood) passed away on Saturday, March 28 after a two year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 67. A priest for 41 years and was my mentor. 

I met Fr. Dennis in March of 1993 when I was working as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. It was Fr. Dennis who first asked me “Tom, did you ever think about becoming a priest?” I did a summer internship in 1996 at his parish while also working in the grounds department at Duquesne University and he taught me how to be a parish priest. Fr. Dennis was very pastoral to his people, gave great down to earth homilies and had a great sense of humor. He did both of my grandmother’s funerals and baptized four of my nephews. He was also the priest who vested me in the priest chasuble on my Ordination Day, May 26, 2001 at St. Paul Cathedral. May he rest in peace! 

Something to Think About… Remember this: all suffering comes to an end. And whatever you suffer authentically, God has suffered from it first. - Meister Eckhart 

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 04.05.15

HAPPY EASTER! 

It has been a very long, bitter cold winter season with the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures. We are now moving forward as Spring is definitely in the air! 

These past forty days of Lent (Traveling the Journey Together) have been a time for us to reflect on the positive changes we would like to make in our life and remind ourselves that we are all on this journey together. 

Today we rejoice at Easter as the tomb is empty. In John’s Gospel we read how Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb and sees that the tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is the first person at the tomb in all four gospels and she is the messenger who then brings Peter and the Beloved Disciple to see that the stone has been moved. 

Easter is about Jesus, the Jesus who announced God’s kingdom. We celebrate the triumph of life over death, hope over despair, light over darkness and good over evil. 

Let us open up our hearts and minds and see how we can become a better person and receive the joy of Christ. Christ is Risen! Alleluia! 

HAPPY EASTER! 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 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. We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for this coming year! Scholarships are available to those who qualify. For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412-741-5540, extension 100. 

Envisioning our Future: engaging with Jesus to Love and Serve A few weeks ago at all of the Masses, we distributed our new three year Pastoral Plan booklet to members of the parish. Our Pastoral Council put together a three year pastoral plan with goals and objectives to continue to make St. James grow and minister the faith to God’s people. Our new plan incorporates goals and objectives over the next three years: 2015 - 2018. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read over our plan there are extra copies available near the entrances of the church. We invite you to read over the booklet that has been printed, and pray to discern an activity or a ministry that enables you to use your unique talents, special expertise, time and treasures to help advance the works of our parish. Special thanks to those who have responded so far with comments and suggestions. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis or are searching for a parish to call “home” and are not officially registered, you’re 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. If you are planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to James and Tara Kane who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations This weekend, we welcome the ten men and women who have been in our Rite of Christian Initiation Program, (RCIA). Members of the Class of 2015 include: James Armeni, Steve Biser, Shea Corsetti, Sarah D’Urso, Amy Dwyer, Michael Kenneweg, Pamela Kenneweg, Gretchen Klavon, Elizabeth Riordan, and Michelle Straka. Special thanks to Bob Basl, Connie Boschetto and Sylvia McGaughey for their leadership this past year. 

Looking Ahead Pastoral Council Meeting - Tuesday, April 7 / 6:30pm in the Gathering Space. 

First Holy Communion for our Second Graders Weekends of May 2-3 and 16-17. 

Notre Dame Vision High School Retreat - June 15-19. 

Italian Dinner Dance - Saturday, June 27 / 6:30-10:30pm, in the school gymnasium. 

Something to Think About… We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. - Bill Watterson 

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 03.29.15

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER

HOSANNA! 

For the past five weeks we have been walking the journey of Lent. Today, we bless the palm branches and carry them in high honor of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Today is the only Sunday that we read two gospel passages. Our liturgy is divided into three parts: commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, Liturgy of the Word, and Liturgy of the Eucharist. 

This coming week is “Holy Week” the holiest week of the year honoring our Lord as we retrace his steps through Jerusalem to Calvary. We recall His suffering and rejoice in His victory over sin and death. Today’s gospel we read the entire Passion of the Lord. This year we read from the Gospel of Mark who focuses on Jesus’ true identity as the Messiah and the Son of God. The full meaning of discipleship is made clear; discipleship requires embracing the cross. 

Let us pray that this Holy Week will inspire us to become closer to the Lord and pick up our cross and follow the Lord. 

HOSANNA! 

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER 

Lenten Penance Services The last Penance Service this week will be conducted tomorrow at 6:30pm Monday, March 30 - St. Joseph - Coraopolis. 

No Confessions will be heard until after Easter. 

Living Stations This weekend we welcome the St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program as they perform “Living Stations.” This is a wonderful passion play on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Over eighty high school students will perform. Please join us this evening at 7:30pm in the church. 

Scrip Program With the Easter Shopping season now in full swing, St. James Parish is here to help you. Support your parish by buying gift cards from our Scrip program. Stop by our Scrip table in the vestibule and stock up on the gift cards that you normally purchase at the store. For every purchase you make the merchants donate a percentage to our parish. Gift cards are available before and after Mass and also during the week at the rectory office. 

Parish Maintenance With the harsh winter we experienced the past couple of months and all the snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures, our roof on the church has been experiencing several major leaks throughout the front, back, and side. We are well aware of the issue and are in the process of soliciting bids for the major repair. Please be patient. Thank you for your continued financial support so we can make the entire St. James campus clean, comfortable, and safe. 

Holy Week Schedule Please join us for Holy Thursday, April 1 for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00pm, Good Friday Liturgy April 2 at 1:00pm, and Blessing of Baskets and Food Holy Saturday, April 3 at Noon. Easter Vigil Mass will be held Saturday at 8:00pm, and on Easter Sunday, April 5 Masses are at 7:30 am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. Please note that there will be no daily Mass on Monday, April 6.

Rectory Office Hours Our Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Wednesday, April 1 and will also be closed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. If you need assistance during that time, please call my office at 412-741-6650 ext. 311. 

Are You Registered? Every Catholic needs a place to call “home.” If you attend St. James on a regular basis and are not officially registered you’re 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 planning to move and change your address, please let us know so we can update our files.

Welcome A special welcome to David, Ciara, and Charlotte Koba who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Landon Alexander Lively and Nia Selene Rooks who are being Baptized this weekend! 

Have a very blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter! 

Something to Think About… Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. - Mitch Albom 

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 03.22.15

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER 

UNTIE HIM AND LET HIM GO! 

Last month my dad’s sister Eileen passed away very suddenly but peacefully in her sleep at the young age of sixty-eight. Death is something we all have faced with family, friends, and loved ones. It is part of the circle of life: a beginning, middle and an end. As Catholic’s we believe that there is life after death, Jesus gives us hope for the resurrection. This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. The readings this weekend focus on life after death. 

In the First Reading, the prophet Ezekiel proclaims that God will grant new life to the dead and bring them back to their homeland. In the Second Reading from Romans, we read how the Spirit is alive. The one who raised Christ from the dead will give new life. 

The Gospel of John focuses on Jesus raising his good friend Lazarus from the dead. This is the final “sign” (miracle) in John’s Gospel aimed at manifesting how Jesus is the revelation of the Father. 

In Bethany, Jesus had three very close friends: sisters Martha and Mary and their brother Lazarus. Jesus attempts to teach Martha and Mary to understand that he himself is the resurrection and the life. Just like the healing of the man born blind in last weeks gospel as a sign of deeper seeing that is life of faith, the return of Lazarus to physical life is a sign of a deeper awakening to the eternal life that comes from Christian conversion and Baptism. 

If we are grieving the loss of a loved one this year, let us ask the Lord for peace, healing and comfort. Let us pray today for an abundance of new life and pray for all those loved ones who have gone home with the Lord. 

UNTIE HIM AND LET HIM GO! 

TRAVELING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER 

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner a Success! Thanks to all who attended our Third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner dance last Saturday evening. Thanks to the Cooked Goose Catering Company of Oakdale for a delicious meal, David Ford for providing the great music, those who donated wonderful Chinese Auction items and our wonderful planning committee for set up and clean up. Plans are already underway for our Third Annual Italian Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 27! Stay tuned! 

Living Stations - Next Sunday, March 29, 7:30pm in church, St. Ferdinand Parish Youth Ministry Program will perform “Living Stations.” Over 80 high school students will perform this wonderful passion play. Please join us to prepare for Holy Week. 

Lenten Penance Service The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great time to get refreshed and renewed. The final district Penance Service will be conducted at 6:30pm on Monday, March 30 at St. Joseph in Coraopolis

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2015-2016 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. For more information and a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540 extension 100. 

We are pleased to announce that there will be NO TUITION INCREASE for the 2015-2016 school year! 

Congratulations to our Boys Varsity Basketball Team for winning the Diocesan Championship last Sunday! Way to go Cougars! 

Seminarian Jeff Craig I am pleased to announce that Bishop David Zubik has assigned Jeffrey Craig, our summer seminarian intern from last year, for theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Italy, beginning in August 2015. Jeff will return once again this year for his summer internship from May 16 thru June 16. If you would like to drop a note to Jeff he can be reached at: Jeffrey M. Craig, St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, or e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations Congratulations to Cana Marie Kelch and Marie Therese Lafitte who are being Baptized today. 

Welcome A special welcome to James and Debra Catanzarite who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Nobody is so busy that they can’t make time for the people they really care about. - Leila Sales 

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