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OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHAPEL
Carnegie (Pittsburgh), PA

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CHAPEL HISTORY
 

The chapel had its beginnings in 1970 after a decree by Bishop Vincent Leonard of the Pittsburgh Diocese implementing the Novus Ordo Missae caused a handful of faithful to seek out priests in various locations of the city of Pittsburgh that continue to offer the Tridentine Mass.

The group originally would meet at the Hazelwood Legion Hall and then at the Roosevelt Hotel where Fr. John Keane, who came for a year from Boston to offer Mass every Sunday evening.

With little money, but much faith, a committee was formed and thoughts of a permanent church were pursued. The group found and leased an abandoned Serbian Orthodox Church at the corner of 21st and Sidney Streets on the South Side of Pittsburgh. After painting and refurbishing the church, they were able to move in officially in Fall 1972, finally purchasing it in 1977.

Following his year of service, Fr. Keane was replaced by Fr. Lino Bordas who came from New York City weekly. Then came Fr. Leo Fredericks who took up permanent residence at the rectory and daily Mass was available, as well as adult catechism, while a school was started in 1977 and functioned until 1981. In 1980 Fr. Fredericks died of a stroke, and Msgr. Kenneth Hodgson agreed to serve the chapel, which he did until 1991.

During the 1980's Archbishop Lefebvre paid a visit to administer the sacrament of Confirmation. Following the departure of Msgr. Hodgson in 1991, the SSPX began sending priests to offer Mass for the Pittsburgh faithful, resulting in the chapel coming under auspices of the SSPX.

In December of 1996 the church bought the present site, the former E.L. Shepherd elementary school in nearby Carnegie, PA. The first Mass was celebrated in the new church on Pentecost Sunday in June 1997.  Nearly 250 faithful attend Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church from all over the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.


IN THE REGINA COELI REPORT   IN THE THE ANGELUS MAGAZINE
     
 

NOVEMBER 2003Read about the historic
Beuronese murals that decorate the church


PARISH ORGANIZATIONS
 
  • Archconfraternity of St. Stephen
  • Holy Name Society
  • Eucharistic Crusade
  • Altar and Rosary Society
 
 

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