Church Buildings: St. Agnes, Ave Maria, St. Joseph, St. Oliver Plunkett and St. Thomas Aquinas
Saturday Vigil Mass
4:00 p.m., Bentleyville (Ave Maria Church)
9:00 a.m., California (St. Thomas Aquinas Church)
10:30 a.m., Bentleyville (Ave Maria Church)
11:00 a.m., Fredericktown (St. Michael Church)
5:00 p.m., California (St. Thomas Aquinas Church) during school year for CALU students
Saturday: 3:15 PM Bentleyville Campus/ Ave Maria
Sunday: 8:30 AM California Campus/ Saint Thomas Aquinas
Sunday: 10:30 AM Fredericktown Campus/ Saint Michael Archangel
*Also available by appointment. Contact the Administration Center: 724-209-1370
St. Katherine Drexel Parish was established on January 8, 2017. The new parish was the result of a planning process that began in 2015 involving five Washington County parishes. The study looked at the financial problems at the parishes and a better deployment of clergy. The result of the planning process was the recommendation to merge the parishes of St. Agnes, Richeyville; Ave Maria, Bentleyville; St. Joseph, Roscoe; St. Oliver Plunkett, Fredericktown; and St. Thomas Aquinas, California. After the merger took place, all six churches from the five closed parishes remained open. Ave Maria Church became the parish church with the other churches used for occasional worship.
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM
Good Shepherd Church
Sunday: 9:00 AM
Good Shepherd Church
Sunday: 11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM
Sacred Heart Church
Holy Days: As scheduled
Saturday 3:00 PM Good Shepherd
or by appointment, call 412-271-1515
Good Shepherd was inaugurated on April 27, 1985. The parish was formed by the merger of the then six existing parishes in Braddock: St. Brendan (Irish), St. Isidore (Lithuanian), St. Joseph (German), St. Mary of Mount Carmel (Italian), St. Michael (Slovak) and St. Thomas (Irish). The merger was the product of the slow erosion of population in the area in the middle and later part of the twentieth century. The immediate impetus for the creation of the parish was the decline of the manufacturing industry in the Mid-Mon Valley and the destruction by fire of St. Thomas Church on December 30, 1983. Rather than automatically rebuild St. Thomas, the diocese decided to conduct a study of economic and population trends in Braddock. This study led to the decision to consolidate all of the parishes in Braddock into one new parish, Good Shepherd. St. Michael Church was completely renovated and became Good Shepherd Church. The former Sacred Heart (Polish) Parish in Braddock Hills became part of the Good Shepherd Parish family on April 25, 2005. Good Shepherd Church and Sacred Heart Church are the two buidlings where Masses are currently celebrated.
Unfortunately, the population loss did not stop but continued into the next century. By 2014, the parish was down to 1,398 registered members. The nearby parish of Holy Cross in East Pittsburgh suffered even more severe losses and was down to 346 registered members. In consultation with the financial and parish councils of both parishes, the diocese decided to merge Holy Cross parish into Good Shepherd Parish effective April 28, 2014. The parish retained the name Good Shepherd and retained its church buildings. The two church buildings of Holy Cross, St. Helen and St. William were officially closed the same day,
Monday-Friday: 6:30 am, 7:30 am & 12:00 noon
Saturday: 12:00 noon (except for parade/downtown event days- please check bulletin)
Saturday Vigil: 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am and 12:00 noon
(Except for Holy Days and Holidays)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00-11:45 am
St. Mary of Mercy was founded in 1870. Two years prior to that a house was purchased in September 1868 and converted as a chapel called Our Lady of Consolation for the Irish residents of the Point area. At first this chapel served as a mission for St. Paul Cathedral, but in 1870 St. Mary was formed as an independent parish. This building soon became inadequate for the growing congregation. On May 12, 1876, the Ames Methodist Episcopal Church on the corner of Third Avenue and Ferry Street was purchased by the parish. After renovation, the church was dedicated on September 24, 1876 and renamed St. Mary of Mercy.
Even this church proved inadequate, so in 1893 a new church was built and dedicated on May 28, 1893 on the site of the current church. For forty years, this church served the congregation well. However, by the early 1930's, structural damage and the small size of the building necessitated the building of a new church. The last Mass in this church was held on May 22, 1935. The church was then razed and the current building constructed at the same location. On October 25, 1936, the existing St. Mary of Mercy, located at the corner of Stanwix Street and the Boulevard of the Allies was dedicated. This church is still in use today.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 a.m.
Weekdays: M/W/F 6:45 a.m., T 9:00; Sat. 9:00 a.m.
Saturday: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
St. James was founded in 1863. The small Catholic congregation in Sewickley consisted primarily of servants working for the wealthy residents of the town. Beginning in 1847, the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul, Beaver, visited Sewickley three or four times a year to celebrate Mass. In 1863, he purchased a plot of ground and built a small frame church for the congregation of five families and about 40 servant girls. With the new church, Mass was celebrated once a month.
In 1868, St. James received a resident pastor. One of the first things the new pastor did was to begin work on a new church. On June 4, 1868, the cornerstone for the new church was laid. However, on May 12, 1869, just weeks before work on the church was completed, the building collapsed. The rubble was cleared away and work on another church began. This church was dedicated on November 24, 1870.
The church was renovated in the 1890's and in 1912. The later renovation was so complete that the church was rededicated on December 7, 1912. By the 1960's, plans were underway to build a new church. Work on the church began on April 30, 1967 and the cornerstone was laid on October 29, 1967. The last Mass in the old church and the first Mass in the new church occurred on July 25, 1968 and the church was dedicated on September 29, 1968. On December 22, 1968, the old church was sold to St. Stephen Episcopal Church.
The church built in 1968 continues to serve the parish today.
Rev. William E. Dorner
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Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 a.m.; 7:45 p.m.
Weekdays: M-F 8:30 a.m.; 12:05 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.
Holy Days: H 8:30 a.m.; 12:05, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Saturday: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart was founded in 1872. The origin of the parish can be traced to the arrival of Irish immigrants to the East End in the years before the parish founding. Originally the area had been settled primarily by Germans, who established the German parish of Ss. Peter and Paul. As English speaking Catholics settled in the area, they attended Ss. Peter and Paul. Since the sermons and prayers were conducted in German, the newcomers, with the concurrence of the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul, decided in 1871 to organize a new parish. The bishop agreed to the formation of the parish and in 1872 assigned a resident pastor for the new parish. The first Mass of Sacred Heart parish was celebrated on August 4, 1872, in Ss. Peter and Paul Church.
The next day work began on a small church. The building was completed in two weeks and the first Mass was celebrated there on August 18, 1872. This building was only meant to serve as a temporary church. On June 15, 1873, the cornerstone of a new, larger church was laid. The completed church was dedicated on October 24, 1875.
By the 1920's it became obvious that a larger church would be needed. But rather than build the new church on Center Avenue, where the first two churches had been located, property was purchased on Shady Ave. Plans were made for an impressive Gothic church, based on some of the great Cathedrals of Europe. Ground was broken on March 7, 1924, beginning church construction that would not be completed for close to 30 years. On October 8, 1926, the last Mass was celebrated in the old church and two days later the first Mass was celebrated in the new church. Although the church was in use, it was far from finished. Mass was celebrated in the church's Nave at a temporary altar. On March 7, 1928, ground was broken for the church's Sanctuary, which was dedicated on January 7, 1929.
The parish continued making additions to the church building. On November 31, 1931, the facade window was installed. Six years later, the auditorium in the Crypt of the church was completed. Blessed Sacrament Chapel was dedicated on May 8, 1941. On September 26, 1954, the Lady Chapel was dedicated and on October 31, 1954, the Bell Tower Memorial was dedicated.
The church continues to serve the congregation today.