Advent is a time of preparation to receive the Lord and we hope you find something to enrich your Advent on this page which offers opportunities for prayer, personal reflections and testimonies, and parish activities. 

Parish Advent Theme: Week 1: “Wake Up”;  Week 2: “Ready the Way”;  Week 3: “Generate Joy”;  Week 4 “Let the Son Shine”

Websites for Daily Reflection

Praying Advent

Sacred Space: Your Daily Prayer Online

Daily Readings

Prayer…websites to enrich your spirituality and prayer life

Advent in 2 Minutes

Personal Testimonies from Parishioners (Photos and Recordings)

St Bede’s Catholic Resources for Adult Faith Formation during Advent

Parish Advent Booklets: Pick up your copy of “A Glorious Light Is Coming” for your private meditation and prayer use. Copies are at the entrances of the Church.

Magi Trees:  Please select gift tags from the trees, on November 25 & 26 and December 2 & 3, and mark down the tag number and your name on one of the sheets beside each tree. Gifts to  assist with utilities may be done by

Communal Penance Services in the Chapel:  Father Taylor will lead us in a prayerful examination of conscience as we ask forgiveness for our sins in the quiet of our hearts on Saturday, December 9, at 4 pm. and Wednesday, December 13, at 7 pm, which will be a joint service with St. Charles Lwanga Parish.

St. Lucy Seeds:  The seeds will be available following all Masses On December 9 and 10.  The seeds should be planted on the Feast of St. Lucy, December 13,  and they will be ready to use at Christmas in the manger.

Christmas Event for Children: Sunday, December 10, in the Chapel after the 10 am Mass. There will be activities for children, refreshments (Donut Sunday) and an opportunity for everyone of all ages to get into the spirit of Christmas. Please RSVP by Monday, December 4, to 412.241.1392 or click here to send an email with the number of children coming.

A Spiritual Service in Music, Advent Taizé Prayer Service: Hosted by the Music Directors of St. Bede, St. Charles Lwanga and St. James Parishes on Sunday, December 12, 2017, 3 pm at Corpus Christi Church, 1550 Lincoln Ave, 15206.This is a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the Nativity Season and get to know each other. Reception to follow service.  All are welcome!

Decorate the Church: (Date and time not confirmed.) Everyone is invited to help place poinsettias, hang wreaths and make sure everything gets a bow!



Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass Schedule:

St. James Church:

December 24 at 5:30 pm: Children & Family Mass

December 24 at 10 pm

December 25 at 10 am

St. Charles Lwanga Parish: December 24, 4 pm at Mother of Good Counsel; December 24, 8:30 pm at Corpus Christi; December 25, 10 am at Corpus Christi

Mother of Good Counsel: 7705 Bennett Street, 15208; Corpus Christi: 1550 Lincoln Avenue, 15206