Bishop to celebrate 60th anniversary Mass at SSJ in Scott
Bishop David Zubik will preside over the 4 p.m. Mass on June 13 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of SS. Simon & Jude Parish in Scott.
The parish formed in June 1955 by a decree from the Rev. John F. Dearden, Bishop of Pittsburgh, for the faithful living in Charter Oaks, the original name of Scott, and Green Tree. The Rev. Ignatius Koller was appointed as the first pastor, taking possession of a large field of weeds, blackberry bushes, rocks and tree stumps that later became the parish complex at 1607 Greentree Road. The original church building was dedicated in February 1956.
Originally serving about 208 families, the parish today has nearly 1,500 families, or about 4,000 parishioners. A school was built and operated from September 1958 through June 2010. An active Early Childhood Center currently serves 130 students.
In 1963, the Rev. Thomas F. Carey became pastor and led expansion of the church and its activities for the next 25 years. The Rev. Richard E. Ward became the third pastor in 1988, followed by the Rev. Dennis Bradley in 2008 and the Rev. Daniel Maurer in 2009.
The church sponsors many organizations and activities, such as Catholic Men’s and Women’s Fellowship, the Super Senior Social Society, Knights of Columbus, Ladies of Charity, youth and adult choirs, faith formation for children in kindergarten through the eighth grade, Christian Mothers and a youth group for high school and postcollege students. There are ManorCare visits every Monday, a mission trip to Appalachia in the summer, food drives through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and other yearly community drives for items such as school supplies, blankets, socks, diapers and backpacks.
The annual parish festival will take place July 16 to 18, and vacation Bible school for 4-year-olds through fourth-graders will be held July 27 to 31.
The Rev. Jay Donahue became pastor in 2013 and has helped the parish communicate to its members and community through a strong presence on Facebook and YouTube; a new website, www.ssjpitt.org; an enhanced weekly bulletin; and new print materials, such as welcome packets for new parishioners.
The pastor also is leading a new marriage-preparation ministry through the Renew the “I Do” Foundation, of which SS. Simon & Jude is the pilot parish in the Pittsburgh diocese.
For more information about the parish, email [email protected], or visit the website.
Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or [email protected].