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Saint Joseph, Duquesne

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Sunday

10:00 am (September-April)

Parish ID: 
27101
Open Date: 
1896
Ethnicity: 
German
Neighborhoods Served: 
Duquesne
Rev. Dennis J. Colamarino, Pastor
Rev. Thomas J. Lewandowski, Administrator
Parish
Parish History: 

St. Joseph was founded in 1896 as a German parish.  At that time, the town was known as Germantown or Dutchtown because most of the inhabitants were German immigrants who came there to work in the local coal mines.  Even before the parish was established, the Church had a presence in Duquesne.  In 1869, a chapel, called St. Dominic, was built in the town.  A priest from St. Agnes, West Mifflin, visited the chapel once a week.  At some point, the chapel was also used as a school.

In 1895, the local German Catholics began organizing to form their own parish.  In that year, they purchased a local school and remodeled it into a combined church and school.  The upper floor was used as the school, and the first floor as the church.  In 1896 a pastor was assigned to the parish and the first Mass in the new church was celebrated on Christmas Day, 1896.

In 1899, the pastor purchased two acres of ground next to St. Dominic Chapel for a cemetery.  St. Dominic Chapel then became the cemetery chapel.  This building was torn down in the 1960's.

By the turn of the century, the congregation had outgrown its original church.  The building was physically moved to make room for a new church.  The cornerstone of the new church was laid in 1903 and the completed building was dedicated on August 26, 1904.  The original church was then converted to a school.  When a new school was built in 1909, the first church building was remodeled into two dwellings.  These were eventually torn down in the late 1950's or early 1960's.

The church was enlarged in 1915 and renovated in 1947 and again in 1962.  The church continues to serve the parish today.

Interior of St. Joseph, 1945
St. Joseph Church, 2002

Saint John the Baptist, Unity

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

5:00 pm (Apr. - Oct.)

4:00 pm (Nov. - Mar.)

Sunday

7:30 am

9:00 am

11:00 am

Weekdays

M-F

9:00 am

Sat. 9:00 am

Holy Days

HV 4:00 pm

H 7:00 am

9:00 am

7:00 pm

Confessions: 

Saturday

9:30 am

11:30 am

Parish ID: 
24801
Open Date: 
1911
Neighborhoods Served: 
Unity
Neighborhoods Served: 
Plum
Rev. Thomas J. Galvin, Pastor
Deacon Joseph R. Vannucci
Deacon Timothy F. Noca, Permanent Deacon
Parish
Parish History: 

St. John the Baptist was established in 1911 as a mission of the Missionary Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (MCCD).  The diocese formed the MCCD to bring religious instruction to Catholics living in small, isolated communities who did not have easy access to an existing church. The first known Mass celebrated in Unity took place on May 12, 1911.  At first, Mass was celebrated in Unity Hall, a public school building.  By the end of 1911, the parish rented a private home for use for Sunday Mass.

In 1915, the parish became independent with the appointment of a resident pastor on October 25.  The parish continued to use the rented property for Mass while funds were raised for a new church.  Construction of the church began in 1917 and the completed structure was dedicated on July 14, 1918.

As time went on, the congregation continued to grow.  By the 1960's, plans were drawn up for a new church.  Ground for the church was broken on March 26, 1963.  The first Mass in the new building was celebrated on November 24, 1963, and the church was formally dedicated on January 5, 1964.  The old church was converted to a parish hall, but was eventually torn down.

First St. John Church, 1933
Interior of St. John Church, 1933
St. John Church, 2002
Interior of St. John, 2002

Saint John Fisher

Saint John Fisher
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

6:00 pm

Sunday

9:00 am

11:30 am

Weekdays

M-Sat. 8:00 am

Holy Days

H 8:00 am

12:05 pm

7:00 pm

Confessions: 

Saturday

8:30 am

Parish ID: 
25601
Open Date: 
1960
Neighborhoods Served: 
Churchill
Rev. Carl J. Gentile, MA, Administrator
Parish
Parish History: 

St. John Fisher parish was established on May 31, 1960.  The parish was founded in response to the growth of population in Churchill following World War II.  The first Mass of the parish was celebrated on June 12, 1960, in Fierst's Tavern.  After that, until the church was built, Mass was celebrated at the Blackridge Civic Center.  Work on the church began in March of 1962.  The cornerstone of the church was laid on April 6, 1963, and the completed building was dedicated on May 31, 1963.

St. John Fisher Church, 2002
Altar of church, 2002

Saint John Capistran

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

5:00 pm

Sunday

9:00 am

11:00 am

Weekdays

M-F 9:00 am

Confessions: 

Saturday

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Parish ID: 
25201
Open Date: 
1968
Neighborhoods Served: 
Upper Saint Clair
Rev. James J. Chepponis, Pastor
Parish
Parish History: 

St. John Capistran was established on December 30, 1968.  However, the origin of the parish can be traced back to 1914,  when the area was called Beadling.  In that year the Missionary Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (MCCD) visited the community to determine the number of Catholics in the area.  The diocese formed the MCCD to bring religious instruction to Catholics living in small, isolated communities who did not have easy access to an existing church.  Based on this visit, the MCCD established a mission on May 16, 1915.  At first, the MCCD only conducted catechism classes in commercial buildings.  By 1923, the MCCD determined that there was a need for a chapel in the area.  Work on the chapel was completed that year and the building was dedicated on December 23, 1923.  The chapel was then made a mission of St. Agatha in Bridgeville.  From 1923 until 1938, Mass was celebrated once a month.  Beginning in 1938, Mass was celebrated weekly.

St. John Capistran remained a mission of St. Agatha until 1947.  In that year it became a mission of the new parish of Our Lady of Grace.  In 1953 the parish purchased the McMillan public school and remodeled it into a church.  The new church was dedicated on February 22, 1953.  The old church was converted to classrooms and later renovated into a CCD center.  Eventually the original church building was torn down.

On December 30, 1968, St. John Capistran became an independent parish.  On February 6, 1972, ground was broken for a new church.  The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on Christmas Day, 1972.  The church was officially dedicated on February 4, 1973.

St. John Capistran Church, 2002
Interior of church, 2002

Saint Januarius

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

4:00 pm

Sunday

10:00 am

Weekdays

M-F 8:00 am

Confessions: 

Saturday

3:30 pm

Sunday

9:30 am

Parish ID: 
22801
Open Date: 
1946
Neighborhoods Served: 
Plum
Neighborhoods Served: 
Renton
Rev. Kenneth A. Sparks, Parochial Vicar
Parish
Parish History: 

St. Januarius was established in 1925 as a mission of the Missionary Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (MCCD).  The diocese formed the MCCD to bring religious instruction to Catholics living in small, isolated communities who did not have easy access to an existing church.  The first Mass in the new parish was celebrated on the last Sunday of November of 1925 in the second floor of a store in town.  Until 1945, Mass was celebrated only once a month.  Beginning in 1945, Mass was celebrated weekly.  In October of 1946, St. Januarius became a mission of the Superintendent of St. Anthony Village.

All through this time, the parish continued to use the rented space in the store.  By 1950, the parish decided to build a church.  The first attempt to build a church quickly fell short.  On Easter Sunday of 1950, work on a church began.  After the foundation was laid, however, the parish decided that the chosen site had drawbacks that led the church to abandon it.  A new start was made on August 25, 1951.  The cornerstone of the new church was laid on March 23, 1952.  The first Mass to be celebrated in the new church took place on November 30, 1952, even though the interior of the church was not yet finished.  Lack of funds delayed the completion of the church until 1959.  The church was formally dedicated on October 9, 1960.

The parish became independent in 1973.

The commercial building used as the parish's first church.  The open door at the left of the entrance leads to the church, 1952.
Interior of the first church, 1949.
Laying of the cornerstone of the new church, March 23, 1952.
Second St. Januarius Church, 1960.
Interior of current church, 1952.
St. Januarius, 2002
Interior of church, 2002

Holy Trinity, West Mifflin

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

4:00 pm

Sunday

9:30 am

Weekdays

M-W 8:00 am

First Friday 8:00 am

Confessions: 

Saturday

8:30 am

3:30 pm

Parish ID: 
19601
Open Date: 
1901
Ethnicity: 
Slovak
Neighborhoods Served: 
West Mifflin
Rev. Joseph R. Grosko, Administrator
Parish
Parish History: 

Holy Trinity was founded as a Slovak parish in 1901.  Before that year, the Slovak immigrants who had moved to the Duquesne/West Mifflin area to work in the mills traveled to either Braddock or McKeesport to attend Mass.  To avoid this inconvenience, local Slovaks purchased property on First Street and built a frame church in 1901.  Soon afterwards, work began on a new brick church.  The cornerstone was laid on October 16, 1904 and the completed church was dedicated on September 29, 1907.  In 1908, the old frame church was converted to a school and used as such until 1925.

This church served the congregation until the 1960's.  By that time, the church building needed major repairs.  In addition, the reforms of Vatican II made it necessary to make major renovations to the building.  Rather than try to repair the existing church, it was decided to build a new church.  Ground for the new church was broken on April 7, 1968, and the cornerstone was laid on August 24, 1969.  The church was dedicated on April 25, 1970, and continues to serve the community to this day.

Holy Trinity, 1907-1968
Altar, 1938
Holy Trinity, 2002
Interior of Holy Trinity, 2002

Holy Spirit, West Mifflin

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

4:00 pm

Sunday

8:00 am, 10:00 am (Memorial Day - Labor Day)

8:00 am, 11:00 am (Labor Day - Memorial Day)

Weekdays

M-F 8:30 am (Oratory)

1st Sat. 8:30 am (Oratory)

Holy Days

HV 4:00 pm

H 8:30 am

12:00 noon

7:00 pm

Confessions: 

Saturday

10:15 am - 11:15 am (Oratory)

Parish ID: 
19201
Open Date: 
1963
Neighborhoods Served: 
West Mifflin
Rev. John B. Lendvai, Pastor
Parish
Parish History: 

Holy Spirit was established on May 20, 1963, to serve the growing community of West Mifflin.  The first Mass celebrated in the parish occurred on May 23 in a hangar at the County Airport.  Beginning in June, Mass was celebrated in a union hall, which was used until the church could be built.  Ground for the new church was broken on December 13, 1964.  The cornerstone was laid on August 15, 1965.  On January 30, 1966, the first Mass was celebrated in the new church and the building was dedicated on July 10, 1966.  In 1983, the stained glass windows were installed.

Holy Spirit Church, 2002

Holy Cross

Diocese of Pittsburgh Shield
Mass Schedule: 

Saint Helen

Sunday:  11:00 am

Weekdays:  M-F 8:00 am

Saint William

Saturday Vigil:  4:00 pm

Sunday:  9:00 am

Confessions: 

Saint Helen

M-F:  Before and after 8:00 am Mass

Saint William

Saturday:  3:15 pm

Parish ID: 
17601
Open Date: 
1994
Neighborhoods Served: 
East Pittsburgh
Rev. Miroslaus A. Wojcicki, Pastor
Parish
Parish History: 

Holy Cross was established on May 28, 1994, as part of the diocesan reorganization and revitalization program.  The parish was formed by the merger of St. Helen and St. William in East Pittsburgh.  Both churches remained open and served the new parish.

Unfortunately, the population loss that caused the initial merger of St. Helen and St. William continued in the new century.  From 2003 to 2012, the membership of the parish declined 45 percent.  By 2014, the membership of the parish had dropped to only 346 registered families.  Concerned about this downward spiral, the financial and pastoral councils of Holy Cross and its pastor met with diocesan officials to review the situation.  The review led to the conclusion that the parish was no longer viable and recommended that the parish merge with Good Shepherd Parish, Braddock.  The recommendation was accepted and the parish officially merged with Good Shepherd on April 28, 2014.  As part of the merger both St. Helen and St. William churches closed.

St. Helen Church, 2002
Altar of St. Helen, 2002
St. William Church, 2002
Altar of St. William, 2002

Holy Child

Holy Child
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

5:00 pm

Sunday

7:30 am

9:30 am

11:30 am

5:30 pm

Weekdays

Monday-Friday

7:30 AM and 12 Noon

Saturday

7:30 AM

Confessions: 

Saturday

11:00 am - Noon

after the 5:00 p.m. liturgy 

Parish ID: 
17201
Open Date: 
1994
Neighborhoods Served: 
Bridgeville
Rev. Richard C. Yagesh, Pastor
Rev. Dennis P. Yurochko, STL, Administrator (pro-tem)
Deacon Brian M. Podobnik, Permanent Deacon
Parish
Parish History: 

Holy Child was established in 1994 as part of the diocesan reorganization and revitalization project.  The parish was formed by the merger of St. Agatha and St. Anthony parishes.  At first, both churches remained open and continued to serve the new parish.  However, by the turn of the century, it became obvious that the parish could no longer support two church buildings.  On September 8, 2007, the parish closed St. Anthony Church and renamed St. Agatha Church as Holy Child.

Holy Child Church, the former St. Agatha Church, 2002
Interior of Holy Child Church, the former St. Agatha, 2002

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd
Mass Schedule: 

Saturday Vigil

4:00 pm

Sunday

9:00 am

11:00 am (Sacred Heart)

Weekdays

M, T, W, Th  9:00 am (Good Shepherd, Braddock)

Holy Days

As Scheduled (Good Shepherd and Sacred Heart)

Confessions: 

Saturday

3:00 pm (Good Shepherd)

Parish ID: 
16501
Open Date: 
1985
Neighborhoods Served: 
Braddock
Neighborhoods Served: 
Braddock Hills
Neighborhoods Served: 
East Pittsburgh
Neighborhoods Served: 
North Braddock
Neighborhoods Served: 
Rankin
Rev. Albert J. Semler, Pastor
Deacon Joseph M. Dougherty, Permanent Deacon
Carol Funk, Office Manager
Michele Catone, Secretary
Joan N. Hojnacki, CCD Program Manager
Frank Koncerak, Director of Maintenance
Herbert A. Dillahunt, Director of Music Ministries
Parish
Parish History: 

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,

Good Shepherd Church, 2002
Altar of church, 2002