Saint Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church Upper St. Clair, PA

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Saint Gregory Byzantine Catholic Church

2005 Mohawk Road

Upper St. Clair, PA. 15241 Get Directions
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History

St. Gregory Church grew from a mission – where the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Sundays in the South Hills Knights of Columbus Hall – to a full parish serving families from Bethel Park, Bridgeville, Castle Shannon, Mount Lebanon, Scott Township, Upper St. Clair and Peters Township. Two years passed from the time that the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated on May 2, 1971, until the time when a small nucleus of faithful petitioned Archbishop Stephen Kocisko to form a parish community in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. The first pastor assigned to St. Gregory was Father David Witkowski.

A two-year search for suitable land resulted in the current site of 4.3 acres at 2005 Mohawk Road in Upper St. Clair. On August 12, 1973 ground was broken for the first phase of the parish plant. Construction of a basement-like concrete block structure was completed in 1976. This became known as the lower church.

As the parish grew, construction on a second floor (which is the location of the current church sanctuary) began in the spring of 1983. This phase was completed with the solemn dedication and blessing on Sunday, September 14, 1986.

In November of 1995 the congregation returned to the basement of the building for services during major renovation of the upper church. This year-long project included replacement of the roof, installation of a new dome, new interior drywall, wiring and lighting, new pews and carpeting, and the creation of a chapel for the daily celebration of the Liturgy. At the same time, arrangements were made for the design of the altars and iconography. Later in 1996 the church interior was painted and the major icon behind the main altar was installed. Two years later in 1998 the icon screen was installed.

The church community has a strong Eastern Christian Formation (ECF) program, an active Men’s Club, a Greek Catholic Union (GCU) Lodge and many volunteers for numerous parish projects. A number of parishioners also are members of the Pittsburgh Byzantine Serra Club.