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.

Have you been thinking for some time now that you would like to join one of the parish Ministries? If so, please call Cathy Raffaele (Chair) at 412.241.2582 or contact us through the website.

  • Parish Life generally meets on the first Sunday of the month in the Chapel from August to May.  Check EVENTS for meeting dates.

Card Ministry is a way for parishioners to keep in touch with parishioners who can no longer come to Mass or participate in the life of the parish.  Cards are sent on holidays and birthday.

Christmas Event for Children is an opportunity for  children and their families to get together for activities and socialization.  Volunteers are always needed to help with the children.

Donut Sunday is a great opportunity for parishioners to get together after the 10 am Mass.  Everyone is welcome to attend  for a cup of coffee, tea or juice and a donut while you meet new friends and  reconnect with old friends.

 Electronic Media:  Developing and maintaining outreach through the parish website, Facebook and communication with parishioners through email.  Goals are to continue to use and update the tools available in social media.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:  Prayer shawls, lap blankets and baby blankets are made (knit or crochet) with prayers woven into each item for God’s love and healing.  A prayer shawl/blanket can also mark a joyous celebration in the life of the recipient.  The shawl/blanket    creates a vessel for God’s mysterious presence in the lives of the recipients.  Members of our group are skilled in these arts and will be happy to help beginners get started.

Stephen Ministry: Journeying through Grief  is a set of four short books sent to parishioners at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one.  The books are written in a warm, caring style, with short, easy-to-read chapters that are a guide through the grief journey, sharing helpful insights about grief, biblical truths, and stories that provide comfort and  reassurance.

Young Families Ministry: Families with young children met on Sunday, March 19, to discern if they wanted to form a ministry at St. James.  The response was very positive.  They will meet again.     Click here for YFM Minutes 3.19.17.