Ministries

 

  • Parish Pastoral Council
    This leadership body of the parish is responsible for defining and planning the mission, goals and objectives for Saint James Parish. The council includes the pastor, all ministry chairs and representatives of the parish. The council is a shared ministry among the clergy and laity of the parish.

 

  • Faith Formation
    This ministry is responsible for assisting the individual in the maturation and growth on his or her Christian journey. Specific activities include the Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy (formerly Saint James School), Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), Baptism Preparation, Holy Communion Preparation, Confirmation Preparation, Adult Education, Bible Study, Day of Reflection, retreats and the Church Book Rack.

 

  • Parish Life
    The St. James Parish Life Ministry, in the spirit of Jesus, comforts, nurtures and welcomes new and current members, as well as people of the surrounding community, by providing a forum for growth through activities, programs and services.

 

  • Social Justice and Community Action
    This ministry is responsible for Saint James works of charity and justice. This committee is tasked with Jesus’ direction to be of service to others in need while working to change the social conditions that create such needs.  Specific activities include the Health Ministry, Food Bank, Paper Bank, Peace and Social Justice, Wilkinsburg Ministerium Representative, Liaison with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network Parish representative and Mary’s Child (medical program for needy children).

 

  • Stewardship
    This ministry harnesses time, money and personal resources to assist the parish in its mission.  Specific activities include membership recruitment, building and grounds, fund raising, grant writing, budgeting, Saint James School Alumni, Friends of Saint James and volunteer recruitment.

 

  • Worship
    This ministry is responsible for the communal proclamation of faith through the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacramental and liturgical rites.  Specific activities include Adult Choir, Folk Choir, Cantors, Altar Servers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Arts and Environment, Ushers and Seasonal Planning.