Sacraments

Baptism

We are formally received into the Catholic Community through Baptism. Those wishing to have their child baptized are asked to make an appointment with one of the priests or deacon of the Parish Family at which time the date and time can be determined.  This appointment will include the Parental Preparation Program with the suggestion that the possibility of it taking place during the pregnancy of the mother so that there is no need to fulfill this requirement after the child is born.  Parents are asked simply to call the rectory during regular office hours to make this appointment at 412-486-4100.  

Reconciliation

We ask God’s forgiveness for our sins through the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Private confession is available every Saturday 11:00 am until the last person is finished. Communal penance services take place during Advent and Lent.

First Reconciliation is celebrated by children in the second grade in preparation for First Eucharist, receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time.  Catechetical preparation is given through our Religious Education Program or in a Catholic school.

Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is celebrated at Mass as we receive Jesus in the consecrated bread and the Precious Blood.  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are specially trained to assist in distributing Communion during Mass and to bring Eucharist to the sick and homebound.

First Eucharist is celebrated the last weekend in April and catechetical preparation is given through our Religious Education Program or in a Catholic school.

Confirmation

In Confirmation, young adults receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit like the Apostles at Pentecost.  Confirmed members, with the help of the Holy Spirit, continue to evangelize others and build up the Body of Christ.

Catechetical preparation is given through our Religious Education Program or in a Catholic school.

Matrimony

In sacramental marriage, a man and a woman make a lifelong gift of themselves to each other. Newly engaged couples are asked to contact one of the parish priest at least six months in advance of their wedding day.

Along with setting the date, the priest will provide an initial contact for the marriage preparation program.  There are several options for engaged couples. The first step is to schedule an appointment with one of our priests or deacon and a list of marriage prep options will be made available.

Pre-Marriage Classes are listed on the Diocesan page here.

Catholic, but not married in the church? To obtain the Church’s blessing of a marriage that was not Catholic can be relatively easy. Regardless of why couples marry outside the Church and later seek the church’s blessing, the benefits of convalidation are enormous: peace of heart, oneness with the church, reception of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and God’s special blessing upon the marriage. Contact one of our priests or Deacon Francis to discuss the situation and determine what must be done. Call 412-486-4100 to make an appointment.

Anointing of the Sick 

The anointing of the sick is a healing sacrament. The sacrament is administered by our priests during communal services twice a year and also privately. Please call the parish office at 412-486-4100 to request this healing sacrament.

Holy Orders

If you feel that you are being called to the priesthood, please visit pghpriest.com

If you feel that you are being called to the diaconate, please read these documents: Discerning the Deacon Vocation and Deacon Formation Program

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is an enriching and rewarding experience during which Catholics can witness to and share their faith with those seeking to understand Catholicism or who have decided to embrace the Catholic faith.  The RCIA team begins meeting in early September with individuals who want to explore Catholicism and what it means.  A different facet of the Catholic faith is presented each week in a semi-structured way.  The process culminates with the Easter Vigil Liturgy when the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist are received.

Includes:

  • Anyone who is not baptized and wishes to explore the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church 
  • Anyone who has been baptized in another Christian faith and now desires to be a member of the Catholic Church
  • Anyone who is baptized in the Catholic Church, but has not yet celebrated the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and/or Confirmation.