Ministries and Organizations

Want to get involved?
Click Here to download our brochure now!

Online Giving

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

Recent News

  • 18.09.15

    Attachments:FileDescriptionRELIGIOUS ED FACT SHEET.doc ...
  • 16.02.15

    Attachments:FileDescriptionPastoral Plan 2015-2018.pdf  Year One.pdf ...
  • 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...
  • 19.12.14
    Patte Grey - FacilitatorIvan HofmannMarty McDanielJeff MinarekJean BleyDonna PavlisAnna VillellaLinda SoldressenDonna Best...
  • 30.04.13
    Registration forms are found under the "Forms" subsection shown above....
  • 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...
  • 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.  ...


<<  February 2018  >>
 Su  Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa 
  6  7
Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.10.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.10.16


Two weeks ago when our Youth Group attended Notre Dame Vision, the theme for the week was “Merciful Like the Father.” National Catholic speakers spoke to the Youth and Adults about Mercy. Pope Francis has declared the year of 2016 as the Year of Mercy.

Our youth learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless, Visit the Sick, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Visit the Prisoner, and Bury and Mourn the Dead.

They also learned the Spiritual Works of Mercy: Admonish the Sinner, Instruct the Ignorant, Counsel the Doubtful, Comfort the Sorrowful, Bear Wrongs Patiently, Forgive all Injuries, and Pray for the Living and the Dead.

This weekend we celebrate the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings focus on loving God, and loving thy neighbor. In the Gospel of Luke we read the famous parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke is the only Gospel to have this parable. To love God is to treat one another with mercy, reconciliation and love.

This weekend is a good time to reflect on who is our neighbor? A neighbor is not just the person or family that lives next door to us or our co-worker in the next cubicle, but our neighbor is anyone in need. We are all called to treat one another with mercy. Acting mercifully toward our neighbor is built into the human heart; all we have to do is act on it.

As we reach the mid-point of summer and mid-point of the “Year of Mercy 2016,” let us take a step back and look at where we are at in life. Let us be a “Good Samaritan” showing selfless love to all those in need.


Parish Improvements We continue to make major repairs and improvements throughout the parish campus this summer:

S&N Industries of Harmony, PA are at the “half way” mark of replacing our “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through the month of July. Florida Consulting and the Diocesan Office of Property and Planning are assisting us with this major project. Funds from “Our Campaign for the Church Alive!” is paying for this project.

Reader Contracting of New Brighton painted the meeting rooms, chorus room, AIU room, Lou Valenzi’s Office and main Gathering Space room. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Craig Bishak Electrical Services of Sewickley continues to upgrade outlet voltage and making additional outlets for coffee makers, etc. He also installed wiring for motorized window blinds. He will continue to work on decorative and recessed lighting in the main Gathering Space area. Funds from the Building Fund are helping to pay for these renovations.

Pittsburgh Blinds Company of Presto, PA has installed new blinds on the front windows, skylights, meeting rooms and chorus room. **Special thanks to our Women’s Guild for totally funding this project.**

Cemetery Improvements Cemetery upgrades recently included new fencing. Parishioner Jake Smiley did these upgrades for his Eagle Scout Award project. Special thanks to an anonymous donor for providing all the fencing materials for the upgrades.

St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016-17 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. If you are moving into the area or are “shopping” for a school, come and take a look at St. James School! For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412-741-5540 extension 100.

Wedding Bells Congratulations to Eileen Johnson and Michael Kravitz who are celebrating their wedding this weekend.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Robert and Karen Cobourne, Uriah, Britany, Jude, and Evelyn Leddy, and Jane McKenzie who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Next weekend is our Missionary Cooperative weekend. Sister Maria Kruszewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in Bellevue will be speaking at all of the Masses for a Mission Appeal. Please be as generous as possible.

Something to Think About… No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a simple ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many. - Kevin Heath

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