World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation: September 1, 2017

Pope Francis declared a World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.

The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Pope Francis appeals for World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

Video of Pope Francis on Care of Creation

Spending a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Special Collection for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will take up a special collection on the weekend of September 16-17 to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The effort is part of a nationwide collection sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The funds will support relief and reconstruction efforts that benefit everyone harmed by the hurricane as well as Catholic churches that were damaged or are providing ministry in the flood zone. Donations will go to Catholic Charities USA to provide shelter, clean water, food and medical care, and to underwrite long term recovery and rebuilding. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will also distribute some funds to affected parishes for pastoral ministry and reconstruction.

Urgent Need to Address ‘the Sin of Racism”

Saying there is an “urgent need” to address “the sin of racism” in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country’s African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 “to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions.”

He appointed Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Catholic Education, to chair the new ad hoc committee.

Temple Sinai: Shabbat Shalom

From Lori Melton:

Tonight Ralph, my parents, and several other parishioners from St. James attended a beautiful service at Temple Sinai. This synagogue invited the public to Friday night Sabbath (Shabbat) services in response to the terrible events in Charlottesville, VA a week ago today.

It was poignant, uplifting, and healing. I believe it followed their usual order of service, with some guest speakers and special additions. A Lutheran Bishop, a Catholic Priest, and a Baptist Pastor each spoke, and then Temple Sinai’s Rabbi read a letter to to Reform Congregations from the Rabbi of a synagogue in Charlottesville, where the Nazi demonstrators were marching. Hearing the events of last weekend as described by that Rabbi was really chilling.

The service ended with a rousing rendition of “Down by the Riverside” blended with a song in Hebrew. It was lovely, and we were all very glad to have been there.

Shabbat Shalom to all.



Thank You from Partners in Progress

Through the many generous donations of individuals and groups, Partners in Progress was was able to provide funding and building design support for the project to rebuild the Sisters of St. Antoine’s home in Fondwa, Haiti which was destroyed in October 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.

Also, the students of the 2017 graduating class from the Sisters of St. Antoine vocational school learned skills in the areas of cooking, flower arrangements, and sewing; skills that will help them find jobs and can be passed on to future generations.

Thank you for your donations through the monthly envelope: “Supporting the Mission in Fondwa.


Senior Box Distribution: Volunteers Needed

The monthly distribution of senior boxes offers those much needed basics for every day living that can take a lot out of a small income.

Volunteers should come to the Ministry Center at 723 Rebecca Avenue, 15221 on Friday, August 25 , at 9 am. 

Thank you!


Rite of Christian Initiation

Rite of Christian Initiation commonly known as RCIA is an opportunity for Catholics and non-Catholics to explore the Catholic Faith through Scripture, learning and discussion.

Are you or do you know someone who might be interested in becoming Catholic, or an adult Catholic who needs preparation for Confirmation and or Communion?

St. James will join St. Bede’s RCIA weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings starting in late August. Don’t miss this opportunity to be On Mission with the Church Alive!

For more information, contact the St. James Rectory at 412.241.1392 or click here to send an email.

All are welcome!

A Prayer for Charlottesville

A Prayer for Charlottesville 

Let us pray  for those who were injured, for their families, for those who were traumatized by the reckless behavior of one person, and for all those who oppose evil in all its forms.

We pray too for those who consider racist ideologies acceptable
that they will see through their confusion to the deeper truth of God’s love for all and our need of one another.

We ask that you would give us grace for the deep challenges facing our country. We ask that you would form us to be us peacemakers. May we be people who speak the truth in love as we work for a reconciled world. We commit our lives to you God, believing that You are working in the world in spite of destructive powers. Bring healing to those who are hurt, peace to those who are anxious, and love to those who are fearful.

We wait for Your help Dear God.      Amen

2 Events Countering Hate on Friday, August 18, 2017

There will be two events to counter hate on Friday, August 18, 2017:

  • “Prayer for Pittsburgh, Prayer for Peace” at 12 noon, the City-County Building on Grant Street. The gathering will feature community and faith leaders.
  • Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill’s Shabbat Service at 7 pm, 5505 Forbes Avenue.  Leaders of Christian and Muslim congregations are among those who have committed to participate.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article on Events

Reflection for August 20, 2017: Life with Conflicting Opposites


Life with Conflicting Opposites