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. 


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)

“A Privilege, Personal Reflection on Alzheimer’s”  by Jim Ruck


Our Advent Traditions

treeMagi Trees: Please select gift tags from the trees, on November 26 & 27 and December 3 & 4 and mark down the tag number and your name on one of the sheets beside each tree. Gifts need to be returned by December 11.

reflection bookletParish Advent Booklets: Please pick up your copy of “From Heaven to Manger” for your private meditation and prayer use. Copies are at the entrances of the Church.


fa0731bi_4c-1Parish Activities Night: Wednesday, November 30, at 6:00 pm in the chapel. All ages are welcome and it is a great volunteer opportunity for teens. We will put together the candy canes, and wheat seeds hand-outs.

stockingSt. Nicholas Collection: St. Nicholas is the patron of children because of the story in which he threw small bags of coins through the window of a poor man’s house so that he had dowries for his daughters. Please help us fill a few stockings at the church doors as you leave the church, on December 3 and 4, with your donations to assist our community members in need at Christmas.

The Faith Formation Ministry cordially invites all parishioners to an Advent Day of Reflection focusing on “Looking for the Light.” We will be looking at art depicting the nativity and discussing and reflecting on it. and then focus on the fact that a real miracle of love occurred so many years ago when Jesus came to Earth. The day of reflection will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. The cost for the day is $7.00. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 30, at 412.241.1392 or click here to RSVP through the website.

4th Annual Fair Trade Sale:  Please plan to shop in the Chapel after all the Masses on the weekend of December 3rd & 4th.  Many beautiful and nutritious items will be available for purchase for holiday gifts that “give three ways”: the skilled artisans and farmers who make the items, Catholic Relief Services and Haiti through Partners in Progress.

wheatSt. Lucy Seeds:  The seeds will available following all Masses On December 10 and 11.  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 On Sunday, December 11, after the 10 am Mass. There will be activities for children under the age of 10, refreshments (Donut Sunday) and an opportunity for everyone of all ages to get into the spirit of Christmas. Please RSVP (children) to the rectory at 412.241.1392 or click here to RSVP through the website.
  • The Light is on for You: This is an initiative of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to encourage Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Confession is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways and to draw closer to our Lord. Confession will be available on Wednesday, December 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in every Catholic parish in the Diocese and in the Chapel at St. James.

 wreathDecorate the Church: The church will be decorated on December 21, beginning at 4:30 pm.  Everyone is invited to help place poinsettias, hang wreaths and make sure everything gets a bow!

Communal Penance Service 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 Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7 pm.