Saint Rita

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Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. April-September

Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Weekdays: 7:30 a.m. – Thursday & Friday


Saturday: 3:30-3:45 (April – September)

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Administrative Center:

219 W Schwab Ave
Munhall, PA 15120
Phone: 412-461-4204
Fax: 412-462-5484

Church Building:

229 W Schwab Ave
Munhall, PA 15120

Religious Education:

201 W Schwab Ave
Munhall, PA 15120
Phone: 412-461-4204


Rev. Edward M. Czemerda, MDiv, Administrator

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Neighborhoods Served:

Whitaker-Munhall Gardens

Parish History

St. Rita was established in 1936.  Before the parish was founded, local Catholics had to travel to Homestead, Munhall or Braddock to attend Mass.  For many years, they hoped to have a church of their own.  In fact, on September 1, 1925, two local Catholics deeded property to the bishop to be used for a future parish to be named St. Rita.

The parish became a reality in 1936 when the Mission Confraternity of Christian Doctrine was given the responsibility for organizing the parish.  The first meeting of the new parish occurred on July 19, 1936, to plan for organization of the parish and fund raising for a church.  The parish rented the old Whitaker Fire Engine House to celebrate Mass until a church could be purchased or built.  The first Mass was celebrated on October 18, 1936.

Shortly afterwards, a garage was purchased and renovated into a church.  The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on March 7, 1937.  On September 30, 1937, the parish became independent with the appointment of a resident pastor.

The church was remodeled around 1940 including the installation of pews.  Due to the increase of population in the area after World War II, the congregation eventually outgrew its church.  In 1955, construction began on a new combined church and school building on the land donated in 1925.  The completed building was dedicated on May 22, 1959.  The building included a temporary church on the first floor and classrooms on the second floor.  The original church was converted into a parish hall.  The old church building was eventually sold in the early 1970's.

About that time, the parish was prepared to build a permanent church.  Ground for the new church was broken on December 15, 1975, and the completed church was dedicated on October 10, 1976.

Photos From the Diocesan Archive:

The garage that was converted to the first church, 1937
Interior of first St. Rita Church, 1937
First St. Rita Church, 1940
St. Rita Church, 2002

File Attachments:

St. Rita Parish Map.pdf113.25 KB