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    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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  • 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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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:

  • Sue Etters
  • Kathy DelGrande
  • Sandy Rishel
  • Jerry O'Shaughnessy
  • Kevin Kenny
  • Carmela Valenzi
  • Anna Kerr
  • Helen Alimena
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Terri McClain
  • Patricia Fusco
  • Edward Ondek
  • George Dearth
  • Eve Peduto


...and those who have died

  • Ernie Tucci


Remember those in the Military

  • Col. Joseph Martin (Army)
  • S.A. Melinda "Minny" Mowery
  • Lt. Col. Bryan J. O’Neill (Air Force) 
  • 2nd Lt. Jonathan Miller (Air Force)
  • 1st Lt. David Miller (Air Force)
  • Captain Matthew J. DiGiacomo (Army)
  • Cpl. Austin Kisow (Marines)
  • 2nd Lt. Sarah Miller (Air Force)
  • Lt. Col Sean T. Auth (Air Force)
  • Lt. Lewis F. Giammaria (Navy)
  • Specialist Michael Murphy (Army)
  • Sgt. Kevin Murphy (Army)
  • Airman Jeremiah Murphy (Air Force)
  • Colonel Christopher Dziubek (Army)
  • Lt. Col John Davis (Army)
  • Col. Thomas Hess (Air Force)
  • Sgt. Ian Valenzi (USMC)
  • 2nd Lt. Christine Muders (Army)
  • Col. Randell Beatty, MD (Air Force)
  • Captain Christopher Vish (Marines)
  • A1C T.J. Owens (Air Force)
  • Specialist Paul J. Ropon,Jr. (Army)
  • 1st Lt. Jacob Enke (army)
  • Specialist Daniella Robichaud (Army)
 
 

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Financial Summary

Offertory Collection August 13, 2017 - $11,822.97


Online Giving - 54 - $1,461.97


Collection details see Bulletin Section of the Website

Weekly collection for November 1, 2015

Offertory 14,934.00

Tuition Assistance 85.00

Capital Improvement 470.00

Votive Lights 174.86

Funeral donation 100.00

Christmas 100.00

Solemnity of Mary 100.00

Immaculate Conception 100.00

Christmas Charities collection 100.00

World Mission collection 58.00

Religious Retirement collection 500.00

All Souls Day collection 1,803.00


All Saints Day collection 2,486.36



June 7, 2015

$13,768.95June 7, 2015

$13,7




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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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.20.17

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Last week we received a note in the office with an order form for a commemorative brick that will be installed in our updated prayer garden. The woman who wrote the note was purchasing a brick in memory of her brother who recently passed away. His passing brought her back to the Catholic Church after being away for more than forty years. God always has a way to bring back “home” those who have fallen away.

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on welcoming all to the table of the Lord. In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah, we read how a prophet has good news for the nations. They will be welcomed to join God’s holy people. In the Second Reading to the Romans, Paul is grateful for the privilege of preaching the Gospel message to both the Jews and the Gentiles. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus heals a Canaanite woman’s daughter. It is the woman’s faith that makes this miracle possible. Jesus is impressed with the woman’s words.

Let us let go of any negativity that we may have towards another person, let us be open to people who are “different” that we are whether it be race, ethnicity, religion, political or economic differences. Let us pray for healing and reconciliation in our country from last Saturday’s tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

On Mission for the Church Alive! I am pleased to appoint Patty Gebhard to the On Mission for the Church Alive team. Patty is a volunteer for our Religious Education program and Fish Fry. She and her husband Bob currently reside in Moon Township.

Special thanks to Kathleen Wycoff for her time serving on the On Mission Team this past year. Current On Mission Team Members include: Jason Corsetti, Josh DeNinno, Mary Lu Giver, Jon Kuzma, and Donna Pavlis.

As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process next year, Bishop Zubik is hosting various Summer Sessions around the diocese to offer his reflections and take time for questions. Please join the Bishop next Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to www.onmissionchurchalive.org

Parish Share 2017 Parish Share 2017 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. Our Parish Share goal for this year is $179,002.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more we are offering an engraved commemorative brick installed on the prayer path. For a donation of $1,000 or more you can have your family name listed on the back of a special “Major Gifts” Welcome Garden Sign that will be installed at the entrance of our garden.

If you would like to purchase a brick or make a major gift donation in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 ext. 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Hymnal Boards We now have the numbers listed on Hymnal Boards on the pillars of our church for your reference to the music for Mass. To participate fully with the liturgy, the new Hymnals in the pews have all the readings, music and prayers for Mass.

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 extension 311 or email me at thomasburke70@ hotmail.com to discuss.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Estella Carabello, and Mark and Joanne Rogers who recently registered at St. James Parish. Congratulations Congratulations to Henri Matthew Graham, Millicent Helen Picarsic, and Mason Zachary O’Neill who are being Baptized this weekend.

Something to Think About… Human beings are human beings; just treat everyone like that. - Hayley Williams

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.13.17

BE NOT AFRAID!

Each of us has had at one time or another a time in our lives when we were afraid. Maybe it was afraid of the dark, moving to a new school, town or job, afraid of making a commitment, or undergoing some medical treatments. These fears can seem like “storms” in our life that can make us uncomfortable.

This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on not being afraid but having faith. In the first reading from the Book of Kings, we read how the prophet Elijah goes up to Mount Sinai and experiences a dramatic display of power from God. Elijah experiences discouragement, doubt and frustration then God comes in a whispering sound to calm all the fears. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus comes walking on the water towards his disciples who’s boat is about to sink. He reveals to them his identity as he calms the sea. Peter steps out on to the water and begins walking towards Jesus, but soon is overwhelmed by doubt and fear.

Jesus calls us to leave behind the false security of this world and come to him when we are most afraid. When we are battered by the storms in our own life we may seek safety, shelter from the winds and waves and put our trust in the Lord. When we put our faith in Jesus great things become possible. Let us open up our eyes and stay focused on the Lord.

BE NOT AFRAID!

Parish Improvements 6DK Enterprises Inc. of Baden made repairs to the exterior stucco along the gym and Gathering Space walls. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

Bruce Dille Painting Company of Washington, PA repainted all the parking lines in our church parking lot last week. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive paid for this project.

John Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the doorways leading into the Gathering Space, school, and church and also gave a fresh coat of paint to the bathrooms in church.

Tarax Service Systems, Inc. of the North Shore cleaned and sanitized the school offices, classrooms, restrooms, cafeteria and hallways.

Prayer Garden Project Donations are being accepted for the Prayer Garden. For a $50.00 or more offering, you are welcome to purchase an engraved Memorial Brick installed on the prayer path. For a donation of $1,000 or more you can have your family name listed on the back of a special “Major Gifts” Welcome Garden Sign that will be installed at the entrance of our garden.

If you would like to purchase a Brick or make a major gift in memory or in honor of a loved one, please contact our Business Manager, Terri Price at the rectory at 412-741-6650 extension 312 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please make checks payable to St. James Catholic Parish and memo it “Prayer Garden Upgrade Project.”

Feast of the Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is this coming Tuesday, August 15, and a holy day of obligation. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please note there will be no daily Mass this Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Clarion visits Sewickley Last Wednesday I had dinner with leaders from my alma mater, Clarion University of Pennsylvania. St. James parishioners Len and Kate Cullo hosted the dinner at their home. Clarion President, Dr. Karen Whitney was named interim Chancellor of the State System of Higher Education by the Board of Governors last Friday.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Rudy and Kathy Fleck and Frank Sporter who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Mary Elizabeth Carroll, David Michael Coates, Aiden William Condrin, David Volante Janas, Eli Thomas Martin, and Lydia Jane Martin, who are all being Baptized this weekend!

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Elke Peeters and Steven Kyle who are celebrating their wedding this weekend. Best Wishes!

Thank you Special thanks to the Tucci Family for having memorial contributions go to St. James Church in loving memory of Ernie Tucci, who passed away on Saturday July 29.

Something to Think About… Sometimes reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey…at other times, it allowing another to take yours. - Vera Nzarian

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 08.06.17

BE TRANSFIGURED!

Every day when I stand at the altar to celebrate Mass here at St. James, I have the awesome privilege to look out at our congregation and straight ahead to the massive stained glass window of the Transfiguration above the Baptismal area. This beautiful window is made from handmade glass from Germany and France that shows Jesus with Peter, James and John and along the side is Moses and Elijah.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. The readings this weekend focus on making some positive changes in our life. In the first reading from Daniel, we read how a prophet sees a wonderful vision. A servant of God receives dominion over all the nations. This vision features divine protection for God’s faithful people. The son of man will reign over all nations. In the Gospel of Matthew, we read how Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a high mountain and he is transfigured. They hear God’s voice approving Jesus and the path to his cross and resurrection. These three disciples are traditionally with Jesus at all of the major moments of his ministry. The feast of the Transfiguration assures us of the divinity of Jesus. We are touched by the Lord every time we come to Mass. We are touched by Jesus and we are changed- transformed. The more we open ourselves to being transformed by Jesus, the more he will work in and through us.

As we come into church this week, let us reflect on how Christ can shine upon us to make some positive changes in our life. As the Summer season winds down and we prepare to get back to school, work, and the busy fall activities, let us be transformed to make some positive changes in our life.

BE TRANSFIGURED!

On Mission For the Church Alive! As we prepare for the On Mission for the Church Alive! process next year, Bishop Zubik is hosting various Summer Sessions around the diocese to offer his reflections and take time for questions. Please join the Bishop on Tuesday, August 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at St. Margaret Mary in Moon Township. For more information go to www.onmissionchurchalive.org

Alpha Due to the complexity of organizing the Alpha program that was previously announced a few weeks ago and set to begin in September for the four area parishes of St. James (Sewickley), St. Joseph (Coraopolis), St. Catherine of Siena (Crescent) and St. Margaret Mary (Moon Township), the Pastors of the four area parishes have decided to delay the launching of this eleven-week series to possibly the Spring. Stay tuned for further information.

Flat Roof Replacement Schulteis Roofing Inc. of Plum Boro has completed replacing the flat roof on the Gathering Space, School Gym and connecting corridor that connects the school to the Gathering Space. Funds from Our Campaign for the Church Alive will cover the cost of the entire project.

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 extension 311 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss.

Feast of the Assumption The Feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother is a Holy Day of obligation on Tuesday, August 15. Masses will be held at 6:45am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm.

Please Note Please note there will be no daily Mass Friday, August 18 or Saturday morning August 19 and no Eucharistic Adoration or Confessions. The church will be open for private prayer and meditation.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Kristin Frantz and Patricia Niehenke who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Dianne Schweiger and Richard Nocito who validated their marriage this past week.

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Bill and Mary Kay Russo! Best Wishes!

Special thanks to the Women’s Guild for a very successful Elegant Junk Sale last Saturday. Thank you to all the men, women and youth who volunteered throughout the whole week!

Something to Think About… The more open you can be, the more you allow your life to change and the more you see the influence of grace. A closed mind is the barrier to living a grace-filled life. - Cheryl Richardson

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.30.17

FINDING THE REAL TREASURES IN LIFE

Last week I received a phone call from my former neighbor, Robbie Paff, letting me know that her mother, Alice Ruhling, had passed away at the age of ninety-one. Mrs. Ruhling was a great lady who lived next door to me in the Carrick/ Overbrook section of Pittsburgh. During the summer she would always sit out on her back porch enjoying talking to her children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. The Ruhling’s, Paff’s and also the Winschel’s were all close knit families who were our neighbors on the corner block of Sinton Avenue, Yale Drive and Lucina Avenue. It was a true honor to return to my home, St. Norbert Church of Holy Apostles Parish in Overbrook, to celebrate her funeral. Mrs. Ruhling was very supportive of my vocation as a priest. What a real treasure!

This weekend we celebrate the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time. The readings this weekend focus on being grateful for God’s blessings and treasures in our life. In the First Reading from the Book of Kings, we read how a young King, Solomon, asks for wisdom. He knows what he needs to guide God’s people along the path of life. In the Gospel of Matthew, we conclude Matthew’s discourse on parables about the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells parables of the buried treasure and the pearl. (This is only found in the Gospel of Matthew). The joy of responding to God’s call is more wonderful than a hidden treasure or a fine pearl.

We are all searchers and treasure hunters in the sense that we are looking for happiness. What are our real treasures in life? We are often quick to see our own faults and failings. Let us open up our eyes and see the true “treasures” that we have: our faith, family, friends and neighbors.

FINDING THE REAL TREASURES IN LIFE

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.

Parish Guide Book and Directory Our 2017 Guide Book and telephone directory is here! All registered parishioners who have given us permission to publish their address will be mailed a complimentary copy of the book. Please note that the advertisers in the book helped make this project available to the parish at no cost to us. Please support our advertisers. For those who attend mass but are not registered in the parish, please see the registration forms on the information tables in church or call the rectory office.

Parish Improvements Rusmur Floors of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting on the ground floor of our school and in the Gathering Space. Special thanks to the Eileen Paul Family Memorial Fund for making this project a possibility.

Ron Parisi Contracting of Ambridge has completed the Gathering Space bathroom renovations. New plumbing, hand bars, lighting, flooring and Koala Kare baby changing stations have been installed in both rest rooms. New hand bars have also been installed in the church restrooms. Please note that the two rest rooms near the Ushers’ Room are now for both men and women.

Seminarian Visit Seminarian Jeff Craig stopped by for a visit last week. Jeff is assigned to St. Francis Cabrini Parish in Center Township for his summer Pastoral Internship. In the fall he will be returning the North American College in Rome for his third year of Theology. Jeff is a graduate of St. Alphonsus School, Quigley Catholic High School and Duquesne University. Let us continue to keep Jeff in our thoughts and prayers.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Michael Martin and Patrick, Shannon, Quinn, and Padraig Reilly who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Olivia Scott Lockerman, daughter of Christian Lockerman and Theresa Lingg who is being Baptized this weekend.

Thank You Father Dozie Egbe from the Diocese of Egbe spoke at all of the masses last weekend for the annual Mission Office Diocesan Appeal. A total of $5,318.00 was collected. Thank you for your generous support!

Something to Think About… Two things you will never have to chase: true friends and true love. - Mandy Hale

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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