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  • 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...
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  • 19.12.14
    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannTom McConomyAnna TorrenceJean BleyDave KelchCatherine PlattBob BaslGene BattistellaRyan MillerKristie Moran...
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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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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
  • 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)
 
 

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Financial Summary

January 18th collection $22,692

St. Anthony collection - $4,397


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 01.25.15

CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings this weekend focus on following the Lord and being a true disciple. As we move forward the next three weeks through “Ordinary Time” we read from the Gospel of St. Mark. We read the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, God’s kingdom is at hand, it is time for us to repent and follow the gospel. 

In the first reading from Jonah, the prophet preaches repentance to a foreign city. The people of Nineveh have a change of heart. In the second reading from Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthian community to not be distracted with earthly things and be ready to meet the Lord. In today’s Gospel passage from Mark, John the Baptist says “this is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John to come and follow Him. The readings focus on how the power of the word of God can bring change to people’s lives. What is preventing us from responding to Jesus’ call? What are some areas in our life that we would like to change? Repentance is a very positive thing. To repent means to be converted, to change one’s outlook on life. Let us look at some positive changes that we can make this week. 

This weekend at the 9:30am Mass we officially kick off Catholic Schools Week 2015. We welcome our students, parents, faculty and staff. I am a product of both Catholic and public education, and am grateful for attending a Catholic Elementary School to lay the foundation of my Catholic faith! 

St. James Catholic School offers a quality Catholic education in a safe and loving environment. There is a 3 and 4 year old pre-school program and Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Please call the school office at 412-741-5540, extension 100 for more information. 

CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in the diocesan capital campaign last year. We reached our goal as a parish and as a diocese! This weekend at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland, Bishop Zubik will celebrate a “Mass of Thanksgiving” at 2:30pm to conclude the campaign. Thank you so much for participating. The Church is Alive in Sewickley and in the Diocese of Pittsburgh! 

Ireland Trip St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Nine days with Lou and Maureen Valenzi and members of our choir includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. We will visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway, have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 22 at 3pm in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412- 264-8446 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Blessing of Throats In honor of the Feast of St. Blaise, we will have the “Blessing of Throats” after each Mass next weekend. 

Welcome Little Sisters of the Poor Next weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to visit St. James. Please be as generous as possible. 

St. James School News The Coraopolis Elks Lodge 1090 will conduct an awards presentation this weekend at the 9:30am Mass to several of our school students who participated in writing an essay on the topic of “What the Pledge of Allegiance means to me.” Elks Chairwoman and St. James Parishioner Ann Barger will present the certificates. Congratulations to the following winners: 

7th grade: John Auth, Francesca Taylor, Lauren Guy 

8th grade: Ida Reilsono, Mary Rose McNelis, and Victoria Gevaudan 

Special thanks to eighth grade teacher Karen Scully for helping with this wonderful project. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Mark and Mandy Mary and David Kulbacki who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - 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

 
The Shepherd's Voice 01.18.15

HERE I AM. YOU CALLED ME! 

Today we return to “Ordinary Time.” The readings this weekend focus on answering the Lord’s call. In the first reading from Samuel, we read how the Lord calls Samuel to come and follow him. “Here I am Lord. You Called Me.” For the next few weeks, our second reading will be from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Paul reminds the Christians at Corinth of their call to holiness. In the Gospel of John we read how Andrew and Simon Peter follow Christ, saying yes to come and follow Him. John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Lamb of God, and Andrew and Simon Peter follow. Jesus invites all of us to “come and see.” What are we looking for in life? What sign is God giving us to invite us to come and follow Him? 

HERE I AM. YOU CALLED ME! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Thank you to all who participated in our Diocesan Capital Campaign. When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” Please submit payments to: 

Diocese of Pittsburgh - Campaign Office P.O. Box 4 Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004

There will be a special “Mass of Gratitude” next Sunday, January 25 at 2:30pm at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland celebrated by Bishop David Zubik. 

Parish Share The 2014 Parish Share campaign will conclude in two weeks. Please remember to submit your contributions so we can reach our goal. Thank you for your support to this annual appeal. 

Special Note Be Healthy-The flu season is here. It is very important to note that whenever we are in public to use a tissue when sneezing, cover our mouth when coughing, and wash hands frequently. At Mass when we have the Sign of Peace, you have the option to shake hands with your neighbors or simply nod or wave. During Communion, we receive the Body and Blood of Christ. If one wants to refrain from taking the cup of wine, he or she has that option. We have hand sanitizer stations available in the vestibule and also up front near the children’s chapel for your convenience. 

Be Comfortable - Please note that the temperature in the Church is automatically controlled by a computerized heating system. Due to the recent major change in temperatures the past few weeks with it being very warm and then sub-zero temperatures, the temperature in church can sometimes feel warm or cool. Please be patient with this as it is something beyond our control in such a large building. Everyone's body temperature is different depending on age and medications. Please dress to your comfort during the winter season. 

Holy Hour For Life The Respect Life Committee is hosting a Holy Hour for Life this Thursday, January 22 from Noon to 3pm in the Church lead by Deacon Steve Deskevich. If you are unable to make the March for Life in Washington D.C. come to St. James Church and pray for the pilgrims, and our nation. We will have Eucharistic Adoration followed by Benediction. 

Looking Ahead PCNC Television Mass - Channel 35 Comcast Cable, Sunday, January 25 at 6am. Rev. Thomas J. Burke, Celebrant with students from St. James and St. Teresa of Avila Schools. 

Pastoral Council and Finance Council Meeting - Monday, January 26 at 6:30PM in Meeting Room 2. 

Thank You! Special thanks to all those who stayed after the 11:30am Mass last weekend to help clean up the Christmas decorations. We had a lot of help and cleaned up in record time! Thank you! 

Parish Improvements Tudi Mechanicial recently upgraded the thermostat in the Gathering Space. There is now just one thermostat that controls the entire Gathering Space area including the two meeting rooms and music room making it run more efficiently. The comfort temperature for heat is automatically set by the computer for 72 degrees. 

Matt Mertz Plumbing recently upgraded some plumbing fixtures in the Gathering Space men's restroom. 

Welcome A special welcome to Barry and Heidi Korcan and Ralph and Elizabeth Sommers who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. - Glenn Clark 

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 01.11.15

THIS IS MY BELOVED SON! 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas Season officially comes to an end and we return to Ordinary Time. As Jesus is Baptized by his cousin John the Baptist, he begins his public ministry. Let us renew our own baptismal promises and proclaim the kingdom of God. 

THIS IS MY BELOVED SON! 

Campaign For The Church Alive! Special thanks to all who participated in the Campaign for the Church Alive last year. When making payments to the Capital Campaign please make checks payable to “Our Campaign For The Church Alive Inc.!” and mail them directly to the campaign office: 

Diocese of Pittsburgh- Campaign Office

P.O. Box 4

Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0004

Please mail your payments directly to the Campaign Office, not to St. James Rectory. Thank you for your understanding. 

New Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers Would you like to become more involved at St. James? Adults are welcomed to Lector and be a Eucharistic Minister and students in Grades 4 thru 12 are welcomed to become an Altar Server. 

A training session for new Altar Servers will take place on Saturday, January 31 from Noon to 1:00pm, and new Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers training will take place from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on the same day. If you are interested in helping in any of these ministries please contact me at 412-741-6650 ext. 311 or e-mail at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com. Please note that all adult volunteers will need to complete the Protecting God’s Children Program before volunteering in the parish. Please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Susan Ponticello at 412-741-6650 ext. 315 to get registered. 

Welcome Michael Marek as a new Usher at the 5:00pm Mass! 

New Finance Council Member I am pleased to appoint Bob Vogel to the Finance Council. Bob serves as the Vice President of Business & Finance/ CFO for La Roche College, and his responsibilities include oversight of finance, human resources and facility management. Bob and his wife Joan live in Sewickley and have three adult children. Each of the children attended St. James Grade School.

New Business Manager Allison Williams returns home to Pittsburgh where she was born and raised. Having established herself as a classically trained vocalist for Orchestral, Sacred, and Recording Performance in Chicago, Allison was invited by Gunther Schuller to move to Boston to become his personal assistant, operations manager, and archivist. There, she continued to pursue both sides of the music industry--performance and administration for several high-profile musicians and ensembles. She was called in to serve as cantor of an inner-city parish and put her music business skills to work for the parish. She is the Business Manager for two parishes in the Arch Diocese of Boston: St. Benedict in Somerville and Holy Trinity in Quincy. Allison has over 15 years experience in finance/operations management of both non-profit music organizations and Catholic Parishes. Welcome Home Allison! 

Holy Hour For Life Once again this year we will be conducting a “Holy Hour For Life” from Noon to 3pm in Church on Thursday, January 22. We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction conducted by parishioner Deacon Steve Deskevich. Please stop by and say a prayer for the pilgrims marching in Washington D.C. and pray for an end to abortion and a respect for all human life with private prayer and adoration. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Gia Kaufmann and David Janas who are celebrating their wedding this weekend! 

Congratulations Congratulations to Zachary Michael Conti and Zoey Marie Conti who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special welcome to Robert and Deborah Guild and their children: Bobby, Henry, Tommy and Nico who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Second Collection The Second Collection next weekend is for St. Anthony School Programs and De Paul School for Hearing and Speech. Please be as generous as possible. 

Something to Think About… Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. Fred Rogers 

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 01.04.15

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS! 

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany also referred to as “Little Christmas.” In the First Reading we read from the Prophet Isaiah. We read that that the nations make their way to Jerusalem and they bring gifts to show their devotion to the Lord. In the Second Reading to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of the mystery of salvation. God has commissioned apostles and prophets to make known this mystery. In the Gospel, we read how the Magi recognize and pay homage to Jesus the newborn king of the Jews. Matthew’s Gospel makes it clear that even from the beginning Jesus came to save all people of the world. 

Epiphany is a Greek word which means showing forth or manifestation. The primary symbol of Epiphany is light. The star guided the Magi to Jesus, the Light of the World. As we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany we pray that God’s light may since in our hearts. 

MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS! 

Scout Chaplain Since July 7, 2008 I have served as Chaplain to the Scouting Program for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Effective January 9, 2015 Bishop David Zubik has relieved me of this responsibility and has appointed Father Joseph Freedy as Chaplain and Deacon Robert Stein as Director to replace me. I have enjoyed serving as the Scout Chaplain and will continue to help promote and support Scouting in the future. 

I continue serving my full time position as Pastor of St. James and my three other “part time” responsibilities: Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Police Department, Chaplain to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chaplain to the St. Anthony School Program. 

Ireland Trip It is gives me great pleasure to announce that St. James Parish is planning a “Pubs, Parishes and Castles of Ireland” trip July 20-28, 2015. Nine days with Lou and Maureen Valenzi and members of our choir includes roundtrip air from Pittsburgh to Ireland. We will visit Dublin, Killarney and Galway have six dinners (three with entertainment shows) and a night in the Dromoland Castle. Price is $3,699 per person based on double occupancy. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, March 22 in the Gathering Space. For more information please contact Suzanne Venneri at 412-264-8446 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Improvements Ferry Electric recently replaced several burned out light bulbs in church. 

Tudi Mechanical Systems recently upgraded our heating system in the Gathering Space. A heat regulator needed to be replaced. 

Matt Mertz Plumbing recently made several pluming upgrades to several restrooms in our school and upgraded some pipes in the gymnasium locker rooms. 

Thank You! Thank you to all who helped decorate and clean our church for the holidays. Also thank you for your cards and gifts. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Addison Jaymes Duss and Bennett Grey Geisler who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Welcome A special warm welcome to Donna Pavlis Barger who recently registered at St. James Parish

Welcome to Fr. Joseph Mele who is the Celebrant for today’s 11:30am Mass. 

Looking Ahead The Confirmation Retreat for all our eighth graders preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held next Saturday, January 10 at St. John the Baptist Parish in Monaca. 

I am pleased to announce that Auxiliary Bishop William J. Waltersheid will be the Celebrant for Confirmation on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am here at St. James Parish. 

A joint Pastoral Council and Finance Council Meeting will take place on Monday, January 26 at 6:30pm in Meeting Room #2. 

Happy New Year 2015! 

Something to Think About… The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can. - Mike Dooley 

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