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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 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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 08.17.14

KEEP THE FAITH! 

We all have been in situations where we just wanted to “throw in the towel.” When we don’t get something that we want or pray for right away we want to give up. If we are watching our favorite sports team and the game is not going the way we would like it to, we want to give up…game over! There is a saying that “it’s not over until it is over.” Today celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on persistence and keeping the faith. 

In the first reading from the Book of Isaiah, a prophet challenges the people the people to put their faith into practice. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds both Gentiles and Jews that they have been disobedient to God. It is the mercy of God that can bring both to salvation. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is confronted by a Canaanite woman. Her strong faith persuades Jesus to heal her daughter. This is a story of faith. The woman’s faith shows us that God’s love and mercy knows no limits. Ask, seek, and knock. Let us ask for God’s mercy for those times when we did not recognize a brother or sister in Christ. Let us look at our prayer requests and petitions, not giving up but keep the faith. 

KEEP THE FAITH! 

New Assignment for Fr. Gruber Bishop David Zubik has appointed our current Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber to a new assignment effective, Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Fr. Gruber will become the Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish in Ingram, Guardian Angels Parish in the West End, and Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. He will also retain his responsibilities as Chaplain at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. We will have a farewell reception for Fr. Gruber after all the weekend Masses next weekend, August 23rd & 24th. 

New Daily Mass Schedule With this new assignment we will now have just one priest here at St. James. I will continue as your Pastor as my full time assignment and will still have my five additional “part time” responsibilities to cover. We will need to adjust the daily Mass schedule. 

After careful prayer and dialog with the parish staff, Pastoral Council and discussions with our Regional Vicar, Fr. Sam Esposito and other local pastors in the area we have come up with a new DAILY Mass schedule effective Tuesday, September 2. 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 6:45am 

Tuesday - 9:00am (this will be the school Mass) 

Thursday - No Mass 

Saturday – 9:00am Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration till 10:30am Confessions will still be heard Saturday’s from 9:30am to 10:30am. 

Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change.

Karin Masterani, our Office Manager will be contacting people who have made Mass intentions to assist in selecting another Mass time. Please be patient as we prepare for this upcoming adjustment. 

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 September after Labor Day. 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. 

School Bells St. James Catholic School opens the 2014-2015 school year this Thursday, August 21. We welcome back our returning students, faculty and staff and several new families. Best wishes for a great school year! Please note the parking lot will be closed Thursday morning, August 21. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Cooper Edward Biser who was Baptized this weekend! 

Welcome A special welcome to Amanda Hagan, Georgie Offerman, and James and Hannah Scanga who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Something to Think About… “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” - Henry Ford 

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 08.10.14

DO NOT BE AFRAID! 

Today we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on faith and being prepared for the Lord. 

In the first reading from the Book of Kings, the prophet Elijah learns to listen to God in a new way. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul expresses his anguish that so many of his people have not accepted Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus reveals himself to his disciples by walking on water. Matthew places today’s story of Jesus walking on water after the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus says “take courage, it is I, do not be afraid.” As Christians, we are on a life long journey to the kingdom of God. Jesus gives us strength when we have doubts and fears. Let us not fear but have faith. 

DO NOT BE AFRAID! 

Assumption This coming Friday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held Thursday evening, August 14 at 7:00pm, and on Friday, August 15 at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm. 

New Assignment for Fr. Gruber Bishop David Zubik has appointed our current Parochial Vicar, Fr. Fred Gruber to a new assignment effective, Tuesday, September 2. Fr. Gruber will become the Parochial Vicar at Ascension Parish in Ingram, Guardian Angels Parish in the West End, and Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. He will also retain his responsibilities as Chaplain at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. 

With this new assignment we will now have just one priest here at St. James. I will continue as your Pastor as my full time assignment and will still have my five additional “part time” responsibilities to cover. We are currently looking into ADJUSTING the DAILY Mass schedule. I will keep you informed as to what changes we will need to make in the next few weeks. Please note that the WEEKEND Mass times WILL NOT change. Please be patient as we prepare for this upcoming adjustment. 

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 September after Labor Day. 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. 

Scrip Program With the new school year quickly approaching it is time for Back to School shopping! 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 Improvements Two candle racks have been installed, one near Mother Teresa in the vestibule and one up front near the Blessed Mother statue. These were obtained from the Diocesan warehouse at no charge to the parish. Special thanks to our Seminarian Jeff Craig, and Maintenance staff Kyle Devlin and Bill Hawthorne for their help with this project. 

St. James School has undergone some major improvements over the past several weeks. Our maintenance staff has been painting various rooms including the cafeteria, teacher’s lounge, science lab, kindergarten and pre-school rooms and ground floor hallway. Special thanks to Paul Denk and Ed Ginter for their hard work. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Georgie Katherine Offerman and Olivia Kate Scalerico who were Baptized this weekend! 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Erin Marlovits and Floyd Rodgers who were married this weekend! 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to Dan O’Rourke from our Maintenance Staff, and Patty Smitz our Rectory Housekeeper. 

Welcome A special welcome to William, Amy and Preston Hall who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Something to Think About… “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” - Eddie Rickenbacker 

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 08.03.14

GOD IS GENEROUS! 

Today we celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on God’s generosity. 

In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we read how the prophet invites people to walk the way of life. God will provide for our needs and more. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds us that God’s love for us is a gift that comes through Christ. Nothing outside us can separate us from God’s steadfast love. 

In the Gospel of Matthew we read the miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. Jesus abundantly feeds more than five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. God always is there for us, helping us to respond to the needs in our lives. Jesus nourishes us with the Eucharist. Let us be grateful for all that God gives us today and every day! 

Welcome Fr. Walter! This weekend we welcome Father Walter Ostrowski from the Divine Word Missionaries. Fr. Walter will speak at all of the Masses for the annual Mission Cooperative Appeal 2014. The Second Collection this weekend is for the Divine Word Missionaries. Please be as generous as possible. 

GOD IS GENEROUS! 

Good Luck Jeff! This weekend we say good luck to our Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig. He was here for the past eight weeks for a Summer Internship and was busy. Jeff went on the Notre Dame Vision Retreat with our High School students, helped clean the Sacristy and Church Basement Storage areas, went on Communion Calls and Hospital Visits, helped serve Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, and learned the day to day operations of the parish office. He has wonderful qualities to be a Diocesan Priest: outgoing, energetic, and prayerful. Jeff will return to St. Paul Seminary in Crafton in a few weeks where he will be in his Senior year at Duquesne University. Best wishes Jeff and thanks for being here at St. James! Good Luck Jeff! 

To keep in contact with Jeff: Mr. Jeffrey M. Craig St. Paul Seminary 2900 Noblestown Road Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4227 E-mail- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Hospital Coverage Please note that when you or a loved one is admitted to a local hospital to always ask the nursing staff to connect you to the Pastoral Care Department for Holy Communion and Anointing. Fr. Gruber and I are “on call” at Sewickley Hospital during the weekend. 

Please note that Heritage Valley Health System is required to strictly adhere to all federal and state rules and regulations that govern access, use, and disclosure of patient medical information. It is the family and/or patient’s responsibility to alert the hospital staff if they would like a visit from a Priest or Volunteer from the Pastoral Care Office. 

Time Out I am currently on my annual family vacation to the Atlantic Coast this week and will be out of the office thru Sunday August 10. Please hold any e-mails and phone messages until I return. I will be unable to access any voicemail or e-mail. If you need assistance please contact Fr. Fred Gruber at 412-741-6650 ext. 312 or Office Manager Karin Masterani at 412-741-6650 ext. 310. Be sure of my thoughts and prayers as I travel. 

Welcome A special welcome to David and Pamela Carter and their children Cortlandt, Robert, Alexandra and Hayden who recently registered at St. James. The Church is Alive in Sewickley! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Michael David Quaye who was Baptized last weekend. 

Happy Birthday Happy Birthday to our Business Manager Jan Kowalkski! 

Something to Think About… “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

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