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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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Home Home From the Pastor's Desk A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.31.16
A Word From Fr. Tom - 07.31.16


This past week has been a very busy for our Women’s Guild in preparation for their annual “Elegant Junk Sale.” It is amazing of all the “stuff” that people donated. Our school cafeteria and rectory garages were lined with furniture, bikes, tools, small appliances, household items, toys, jewelry, purses, collectibles and vintage items. It was fun to browse around to see all the “stuff” that people have collected over the years. As the saying goes one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

This weekend we celebrate the Eighteenth 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 Ecclesiastes, we read how a wise teacher takes a candid look at this world and reminds us to be grateful for the gift of life. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings do not satisfy them. In the second reading, St. Paul tells us that we have been raised to heaven with Christ. The glorified Christ must be our focus. In the Gospel of Luke, we read the Parable of the rich landowner. Jesus teaches us that the real meaning of life is not to be found in great wealth or numerous possessions. The things that are supposed to satisfy human beings often end up not being satisfying. He warns against greed and stresses the foolishness of depending on material things for one’s security rather than on God. As we approach the end of the month of July and reach the mid-point of the year, let us let go of those “things” that distract us and keep a close relationship with God.


St. James School Registration St. James School is currently accepting registration for the 2016 -17 school year. During the summer we have made major improvements to our building including updating the concession stand in the gym, new carpeting in the hallways, painting and cleaning the classrooms and offices. For more information and for a tour of the school, please call 412- 741-5540. School begins Monday, August 22!

Interested in becoming a Deacon? The Diocese of Pittsburgh is initiating the nomination and application process for admitting a new class of interested and qualified Catholic men into the Deacon Formation Program. If you are interested in learning more about the Deaconate program, please give me a call or e-mail me. Deadline for nominations is September 15. Please check out the diocesan website at for more information.

Parish Improvements S &N Industries of Harmony, PA continues to work on the “steep slope” church roof. Work will continue through mid- August. Funds from “Our Campaign For the Church Alive! are making this project possible.

Rusmur Floors of Moon Township recently installed new carpeting on the first and second floor hallways in the school and the first floor classrooms, main office and teachers’ lounge. Special thanks to a very generous parishioner for making this major project possible.

Quality Services Inc. of Penn Hills recently cleaned classrooms, windows, and hallways in our school.

Welcome Home A special St. James Welcome to Richard and Diane Nocito, and John, Jennifer, Anna and Alexander Weaver who recently registered at St. James Parish.

Congratulations Congratulations to Millie Ann Clement, daughter of Matthew and Kelly Meehan Clement, and Charles Adam Holland, son of David and Lindsey Anderson Holland who are being Baptized this weekend.

Congratulations to Gloria Cecchetti and Elisabeth Smith who both recently completed the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation Program) and are now full members of the Catholic Church! Special thanks to Bob Basl, Director of the RCIA program, for helping them complete the program.

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 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.

Something to Think About… “Live simply, that others may simply live.” - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

With God, All Things Are Possible!

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