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Good Shepherd

Mass Schedule:

 

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 PM

Good Shepherd Church

 Sunday: 9:00 AM

Good Shepherd Church

Sunday:  11:00 AM

Sacred Heart Church

Weekdays:

Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM

Sacred Heart Church

Holy Days: As scheduled

Confessions:

Saturday 3:00 PM  Good Shepherd

or by appointment, call 412-271-1515

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Church Buildings: Good Shepherd:

Braddock Ave @Frazier Street
Braddock , PA 15104


Church Buildings: Sacred Heart:

1600 Brinton Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15221


Administrative Center:

1024 Maple Way
Braddock, PA 15104
Phone: 412-271-1515
Fax: 412-271-1222

Religious Education:

1024 Maple Way
Braddock, PA 15104
Phone: 412-271-1515


Clergy:

Rev. Albert J. Semler, Pastor
Deacon Joseph M. Dougherty, Permanent Deacon

Parish Staff:

Carol Funk, Office Manager
Michele Catone, Secretary
Frank Koncerak, Director of Maintenance

Additional Information:

Parish ID:

16501

Open Date:

1985

Neighborhoods Served:

Braddock
Braddock Hills
East Pittsburgh
North Braddock
Rankin

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,

Photos From the Diocesan Archive:

Good Shepherd Church, 2002
Altar of church, 2002

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