Saint Wendelin, Carbon Center

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Saint Wendelin, Carbon Center

Mass Schedule:

Saturday Vigil: 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 7:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.

Weekdays: Wednesday – 10:15 a.m.; Friday – 7:30 a.m.


  Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

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Administrative Center:

210 Saint Wendelin Rd
Butler, PA 16002-1065
Phone: 724-287-0820
Fax: 724-287-6253

Religious Education:

210 Saint Wendelin Rd
Butler, PA 16002-1065
Phone: 724-287-0820

School: Saint Wendelin:

211 Saint Wendelin Rd
Butler, PA 16002-1067
Phone: 724-285-4986
Fax: 724-287-6253


Rev. Matthew McClain, Pastor

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Neighborhoods Served:

Carbon Center

Parish History

St. Wendelin was founded in 1845 as a result of the arrival of German settlers in the area.  In 1845, the community built a small log school and chapel.  For the first few years, the chapel was used for locally organized prayer services.  Beginning about 1851, priests from St. Philomena in Pittsburgh or St. Patrick in Sugar Creek occasionally visited the area and conducted services.  The building was enlarged in 1857. 

In 1863, St. Wendelin became a mission of St. Peter, Butler. In 1875 work was begun on a new, larger church to accommodate the growing congregation.  This church was dedicated on January 16, 1876.  In 1880,  the Capuchin Fathers were assigned to minister to the parish.  For many years, the Capuchins lived at the monastery in Herman, taught at St. Fidelis Seminary there and conducted services at the parish on weekends.  Not until 1926 was the parish assigned a resident parish.

The church served the community for almost a century.  On March 17, 1970, ground was broken for a new church.  The cornerstone was laid on October 18, 1970 and the new church was dedicated on April 3, 1971.

Photos From the Diocesan Archive:

St. Wendelin church and rectory, circa 1970
St. Wendelin church, 1971

File Attachments:

St. Wendelin Parish Map, Carbon Center.pdf157.24 KB