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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
  • Chuck Lightner
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Ginger Curcio
  • Enos Abel
  • Michael McNally
  • Cindy Kuzma
  • Nancy Fleming
  • Liz McCullough
  • Kevin,Kenny
  • Lynn Huston Holmes
  • Ed Renner
  • Gilda Kleinhenz
  • Jack Sullivan


...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)
  • Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • Ben & Sam Rinaldi (Air Force Academy)
  • Major Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Captain Bo Bear (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Lt. Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Lt. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Lance 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 07.20.14

It is amazing how each week our Saturday Farmers Market attracts many visitors from all over the area. Starting in April and running through late November the various vendors bring their fruits, vegetables, flowers and other items for shoppers to purchase. It is interesting to watch how the market starts out with a just a few vendors in early spring and then continues to grow throughout the summer. With an increase in vendors and t products, more people attend. Life is like that, we start out small, but as the years go on we grow. 

This weekend we celebrate the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on how the Kingdom of God gives us strength. In the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom, we read how a wise man reflects on the power of God. God’s greatness leads to mercy and forgiveness. This reading which is actually a prayer, invites us to remember what God is like and how we strive to do good. In the second reading, St. Paul teaches Romans that the Holy Spirit helps in our weakness. God has planted his Spirit within us and this same Spirit can lead us to him. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read of the second of three weeks of Matthew’s “Parable Discourse.” We read the Parable of the Weeds and Wheat, the Mustard Seed, and the Yeast. All these parables focus on the Kingdom of God: “weeds and wheat”- imperfections of life are allowed for the sake of the faithful, “mustard seed” the growth of the Kingdom of God, and “yeast” how great things can start out small then grow. What a powerful effect the seed of the Word of God can have on our life if we allow it to grow in our lives! Let us take the time to think about the “seeds” that God has planted in our lives and how we continue to grow. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2014-15 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. 101 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540. 

Reflections of Italy Trip St. James Catholic Parish and Travel Junction Inc. of Ambridge are proud to present a “Reflections of Italy” trip October 21-31, 2014. We will travel to Rome, Perugia, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Milan, Malpensa and Lugano Switzerland. We are also working on getting tickets to see Pope Francis and tour the Pontifical North American College in Rome to see where the Pittsburgh Seminarian’s study Theology. We have a few seats still available! For more information please contact Alice Steel at 724-266-5715. 

Closed ***Please note that the Gathering Space will be closed Monday, July 21 thru Thursday, July 24 for the annual Summer cleaning!** 

Rectory Hours Our Rectory Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.

The Church is open the following times: Monday - 6:00am to 9:00pm Tuesday thru Friday - 6:00am to 6:00pm Saturday - 7:00 am to 7:00pm Sunday - 6:00am to 2:00pm

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Andrew Plese and James, Judy and James Arnsas Scheel who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Christopher Sebastian Beecroft , Anna Victoria Cerchiaro, Lucy Mae Scerbo and Grant Patrick McCombie who are being Baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Melinda Oravitz and Daniel Hahn who were married last weekend and Wendy Vanhemert and Joseph Kress who were married this weekend! 

Happy 24th Anniversary to my sister and brother in law Linda and Eric Schueler.

Happy 50th Anniversary to Dick and Barb Kotarba. 

Happy 52nd Anniversary to Emil and Janet Grazioli who are the parents of our Office Manager Karin Masterani. 

Happy 57th Anniversary to Gerard and Betty Heuler. 

Happy 75th Birthday to my mom Marge Burke. 

Elegant Junk Sale - Next Saturday, July 26 8:00am to 1:00pm 

Something to Think About… Don’t go through life, grow through life. - Eric Butterworth 

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 07.13.14

SOWERS OF THE WORD! 

We have reached the mid- point of the year. This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday. The readings focus on the power of God’s word. In the First reading from Isaiah, we read how a prophet marvels at the power of God’s word. Like rain that falls from heaven and waters of the earth, the word comes to life. Just as bread sustains life, the word of God gives life to the inner self. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul assures that whatever sufferings we have now is not compared to the glory God has in store for us. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, we read the Parable of the Sower. Parables are stories to teach the faith and disclose the secrets of the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ original purpose in teaching parables was to proclaim the Kingdom of God describing obstacles to growth: thorns, birds, and bad soil. Jesus knowingly admitted that there were would be difficulties and even resistance. The Seed is the word of God and the four different kinds of soil describe how people relate to the Word of God: (Birds) never accept the word, (Rocky) believe for a while but fall away because of persecution and hardship, (Thorns) those who believe but whom the word is choked by worldly and anxiety and possessions, (Rich Soil) those who respond to the word and produce fruit abundantly. 

Like the seed that fell on rich soil, may our own hearts be a place for our faith to take root so we can grow strong in our faith. 

SOWERS OF THE WORD! 

Parish Improvements Graphics 22 of Hazelwood recently installed four new parish signs around the campus: a new rectory porch sign, a sign at the Broad Street entrance/exit, a cafeteria sign along Bank Street, and a new sign on the corner of Bank and Walnut Street behind the church. These signs will enhance our parish campus. Special thanks to an Anonymous donor for making this project a reality.

Unique Services and Applications Inc. of Whitehall recently relocated the large flag pole that was in front of the school gymnasium to the front of the Gathering Space and near the School entrance. Special thanks to Helene Norbut for making this project possible. 

Notre Dame Vision Recently my 16 year old nephew Matthew Denk wrote me a note after attending Notre Dame Vision a few weeks ago. Matthew is a junior at Seton LaSalle High School and is a member of St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook. Matthew wrote: “Dear Uncle Tom, thanks for giving me the opportunity to go to Notre Dame. I had so much fun and made so many friends as well as getting closer to my faith. The trip made me think about how amazing our faith is and why I am so happy to be Catholic. I cannot wait to go again next year. I am very proud to be your nephew. Love, Matt.” 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2013-14 school year. There is a Three Year Old Half Day Preschool program and Half Day and a 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. 100 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call (412)741-5540, extension 100. 

Looking Ahead: Slovak Day at Kennywood - Thursday, July 17 

PCNC TV Mass - 6:00am Comcast Channel 13 Sunday, July 20 Rev. Thomas J. Burke - Celebrant 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, July 26 8:00am to 1:00pm 

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Justin and Alexis Cheneti and Sarah West who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Congratulations Congratulations to Christopher Sebastian Beecroft, Carson Patrick Geis, Noah Christopher Gill and Georgie Katherine Offerman who are being baptized this weekend. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Wendy Vanhemert and Joseph Kress who were married this weekend! 

Something to Think About… Nature does not demand that we be perfect. It requires only that we grow. - Josh Liebman 

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 07.06.14

COME TO ME! 

Life can be a challenge. Whether if it is struggling with a health issue, questions with our faith, marriage difficulties, relationship issues, finances, or struggling to find employment, know that we do not walk this journey all alone. 

This weekend we return to “Ordinary Time” as we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday. This weekend, the readings remind us that what is most important in life comes from God. Many of the burdens that carry in life can have a negative impact in our daily life. We can dwell on the doubts, worries, fears, and keep dwelling on our past sins. In the First reading from Zechariah, we read how a prophet sees a new king approaching the city. This king will put an end to war and proclaim a kingdom of peace. In the second reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul tells us that true Christians live in the spirit. The spirit will turn negatives into positives. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus praises God. He says “come all who are burdened. I will give you rest. The spirit of God dwells in us, lives in us, strengthens and guides us. 

As we celebrate this holiday weekend celebrating Independence Day, let us pray for all those who feel burdened in life. Let us pray for our country to not be divided but united and pray for peace in the world. Let us bring our burdens to Christ and he will give us rest. 

COME TO ME! 

New Look For Bulletin This weekend our parish bulletin has a “new look.” As our parish continues to grow we are happy to announce that we have added an additional page of advertisers and an additional page inserted in the weekly bulletin for parish organization material and upcoming events. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print free of charge on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is Alive and Well, and Growing! 

Parish Share 2014 Parish Share 2014 is in full swing. If you have not made a pledge for this annual campaign, please do so. Parish Share helps run the day to day operations for the Diocesan Offices, helps operate St. Paul Seminary in Crafton to educate our future priests, assists with the scholarships in our Catholic Elementary and High Schools, helps run College Campus Ministry programs, and helps fund the hospital chaplaincy program. We all benefit from Parish Share! Our Parish Share Goal for this year is $196,477.00. 

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2014-15 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. 100 years of Catholic Education in the heart of Sewickley! For more information and for a tour of the school please call 412- 741-5540. 

Looking Ahead: Vacation Bible School - July 14 -18 9:00am to 12:30pm 

Elegant Junk Sale - Saturday, July 26 8:00am to 1:00pm 

Making Music Praying Twice Summer Camp - August 4 - 8 10:30 to 11:30am 

High School Retreat Young men entering, in, or who just graduated from High School are invited to attend the Second Annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat, July 13- 16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg. (Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase for “Where are you Going?”) This retreat is a great way to spend time with other young men looking at the Lord’s call in their lives while having fun. The retreat will be led by priests and seminarians of the diocese. The cost for the camp is $50 and scholarships and transportation are available. For more information and to register visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412-456-3000 ext. 3612 or contact our Summer Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig at the parish office or e-mail Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Eduardo and Malena Luz who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Something to Think About… Never let a cloudy day ruin your sunshine, for even if you can’t see it, the sunshine is still there, inside of you ready to shine when you will let it in. Amy Pitzele 

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 06.29.14

FOLLOW ME! 

This weekend is a glorious weekend for the Church of Pittsburgh as Bishop David A. Zubik ordained four men to the Priesthood. 

We congratulate the Class of 2014: Rev. Michael R. Ackerman- St. Pio Parish in Blawnox/Harmar, Rev. Michael P. Conway- St. Norbert Parish in Overbrook (my home parish), Rev. Kenneth W. Marlovits- St. Monica Parish- Beaver Falls, Chippewa Township, Darlington, and Rev. Thomas G. Schleuep, Jr.- St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Glenshaw. Let us pray for these newly ordained as they begin their ministry. 

This weekend continue to “take a break” from Ordinary Time as we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul. The last time this Feast was celebrated on a Sunday was in 2008.This Solemnity invites us to consider how we might be called to sacrifice for our faith. Peter and Paul are remarkable models. Both had conversions but had different gifts and backgrounds, but they shared a passionate dedication to Jesus and the Gospel. Peter devoted his energies to serve mostly Jewish Christian communities, while Paul went out to evangelize gentiles. Both martyred in Rome in the first century. 

In the First reading from the Acts of the Apostles, God protects Peter as he escapes jail and Herod. In the second reading from the Letter to Timothy, Paul faces death with courage. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say that I am?” Simon Peter answers “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus declares that Peter is the rock upon which he built the church. As Peter confesses, Jesus commissions Peter: “you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” 

As we conclude this month of June and prepare for Independence Day this coming week, let us be grateful for the gift of Faith and Freedom in this country and look at how Jesus is calling us to Come and Follow Him. Let us answer that call!

FOLLOW ME! 

Scrip Program With the summer season now in full swing, 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. 

Looking Ahead: Pastoral Council Meeting - Monday, June 30 6:30pm, Gathering Space 

Independence Day - Friday, July 4 - 9:00am Mass only. Rectory Offices will be closing at Noon on Thursday, July 3rd and will be closed all day on July 4th.

High School Retreat Young men entering, in, or who just graduated from High School are invited to attend the Second Annual Quo Vadis Days Retreat, July 13-16 at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg. (Quo Vadis is a Latin phrase for “Where are you Going?”) This retreat is a great time to spend time with other young men looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. The retreat will be led by priests and seminarians of the diocese. The cost for the camp is $50 and scholarships and transportation are available. For more information and to register visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 412-456- 3000 ext. 3612 or contact our Summer Seminarian Intern Jeff Craig at the parish office or e-mail Jeff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Welcome Home A special St. James welcome to Orlando Villella who recently registered at St. James Parish. 

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Emily Griffin and Michael Dingfelder who were married this weekend at St. James Parish. 

Happy Anniversary Happy 2nd anniversary to Fr. Gruber who was Ordained to the Priesthood on June 30, 2012. 

New Bulletin Look Next Week Next weekend our parish bulletin will have a “new look.” As our parish continues to grow we are happy to announce that we are adding an additional page of advertisers and an additional page inserted in the weekly bulletin for parish organization material and upcoming events. Please be sure to patronize our businesses who help make this wonderful bulletin available to print free of charge on a weekly basis. St. James Parish is Alive and Well, and Growing! 

The Second Collection today is for Peters Pence Collection. 

Something to Think About… What you are looking for is who is looking. - St. Francis of Assisi 

Happy Independence Day! 

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