SSJ: A Family of Families

Serving & Welcoming
Located at the crossroads of Pittsburgh’s South Hills, we welcome and serve our diverse surrounding communities through nourishment of the Eucharist.

Sharing & Teaching
Ignited by the faith and suffering of the apostles SS. Simon and Jude, we encourage one another to bravely go out and share the good news and build the kingdom of God.

ReJuvenating & Growing
We are a vibrant and growing “Church Alive," providing the Holy Sacraments to advance each other on our journey to Heaven.

Our History:

“…In order to provide more efficaciously for the welfare of souls, it has become necessary to establish a new parish for the faithful residing in the district of Charter Oaks (Scott Township) Greentree Borough and the City of Pittsburgh along Greentree Road.” And with that decree Most Reverend John F. Dearden, Bishop of Pittsburgh, established SS. Simon & Jude Parish” effective, Thursday, June 16, 1955. Bishop Dearden then appointed Father Ignatius Koller to be the first pastor of the new parish. At that time Fr. Koller took possession of a large field full of weeds, brambles, blackberry bushes, rocks, and stumps and dreamed of the parish he would help create. Now the hard work would begin. Fr. Koller and about 50 men of the new parish rolled up their sleeves and dug in. Fr. Koller worked right along side of the parishioners and they went from a weed patch to a parish church in less than eight months. Two hundred and eight families

                    pulled together to plant the seeds of this new parish. Today the parish has branched out to include almost 1,500 families. Fr. Koller was the founder of the Parish, but in 1963, with his health failing, Bishop John J. Wright appointed Fr. Thomas F. Carey as the second Pastor of SS. Simon & Jude Parish. Fr. Carey continued the dream of Fr. Koller by the expansion of the church building. Each day of his 25-year tenure, he demonstrated his love and reverence for the Eucharistic Presence, his great devotion to the rosary, his dedication to the sick and his unceasing love for the congregation of his church. In 1988, Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh, appointed a strong successor to lead the parish into the 1990’s. Father Richard E. Ward, STD was tabbed. While Father Koller oversaw the initial building of the church and Father Carey its expansion, Father Ward would be responsible for its renovation. Father Ward stated, “The Liturgy is the center of the parish”. He believed that an active participation in the Liturgy results in an active lively parish. Fr. Ward continued to identify areas vital to the spiritual and social needs of his parishioners, such as programs for the elderly, and outreach to the homebound, the sick, and those in need of assistance. Over the years SS. Simon and Jude has been blessed with the love and care of several Sisters, including the ever-popular Sister Jeanne Scott, who served as Director of Religious Education for a number of years – amongst dozens of other duties. SS. Simon & Jude Parish would not be where it is today without the leadership of its next two Pastors. Though only here for a short time, Fr. Dennis Bradley and Fr. Daniel Maurer both had a lasting impact on the parish and its parishioners.

our staff:
Fr. Jay Donahue
Fr. Jerome Etenduk

Priest In Residence

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Fr. Tom Kunz

Priest In Residence

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OUR CLERGY

Fr. Jay Donahue, Pastor

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Fr. Jerome Etenduk

Fr. Tom Kunz

Priest In Residence

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Deacon Jim Mackin

Ministries Director

deaconjim@ssjpittsburgh.org

Paul Marcinizyn

Facilities Manager

paul@ssjpittsburgh.org

Rory Mitrik

Director of Evangelization

Youth Minister

rory@ssjpittsburgh.org

Laura O'Keeffe

Parish Care Minister

laura@ssjpittsburgh.org

Meet Our Parish Staff

Bob Doyle

Safe Environment Coordinator

bob@ssjpittsburgh.org

Melissa Fawcett

Parish Secretary

melissa@ssjpittsburgh.org

Christine Manion

Business Manager

chris@ssjpittsburgh.org

Béla Pater

Director of Music Ministry

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Bethann Petrovich

Faith Formation/RCIA

bethann@ssjpittsburgh.org

Bonnie Pierce

Living Room Church Coordinator

bonnie@ssjpittsburgh.org

Maureen Torcasi

Director, Early Childhood Center

preschool@ssjpittsburgh.org

SS. Simon & Jude Parish History

“…In order to provide more efficaciously for the welfare of souls, it has become necessary to establish a new parish for the faithful residing in the district of Charter Oaks (Scott Township) Greentree Borough and the City of Pittsburgh along Greentree Road.” And with that decree Most Reverend John F. Dearden, Bishop of Pittsburgh, established SS. Simon & Jude Parish” effective, Thursday, June 16, 1955. Bishop Dearden then appointed Father Ignatius Koller to be the first pastor of the new parish. At that time Fr. Koller took possession of a large field full of weeds, brambles, blackberry bushes, rocks, and stumps and dreamed of the parish he would help create. Now the hard work would begin. Fr. Koller and about 50 men of the new parish rolled up their sleeves and dug in. Fr. Koller worked right along side of the parishioners and they went from a weed patch to a parish church in less than eight months. Two hundred and eight families pulled together to plant the seeds of this new parish. Today the parish has branched out to include almost 1,500 families. Fr. Koller was the founder of the Parish, but in 1963, with his health failing, Bishop John J. Wright appointed Fr. Thomas F. Carey as the second Pastor of SS. Simon & Jude Parish. Fr. Carey continued the dream of Fr. Koller by the expansion of the church building. Each day of his 25-year tenure, he demonstrated his love and reverence for the Eucharistic Presence, his great devotion to the rosary, his dedication to the sick and his unceasing love for the congregation of his church. In 1988, Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Bishop of Pittsburgh, appointed a strong successor to lead the parish into the 1990’s. Father Richard E. Ward, STD was tabbed. While Father Koller oversaw the initial building of the church and Father Carey its expansion, Father Ward would be responsible for its renovation. Father Ward stated, “The Liturgy is the center of the parish”. He believed that an active participation in the Liturgy results in an active lively parish. Fr. Ward continued to identify areas vital to the spiritual and social needs of his parishioners, such as programs for the elderly, and outreach to the homebound, the sick, and those in need of assistance. Over the years SS. Simon and Jude has been blessed with the love and care of several Sisters, including the ever-popular Sister Jeanne Scott, who served as Director of Religious Education for a number of years – amongst dozens of other duties. SS. Simon & Jude Parish would not be where it is today without the leadership of its next two Pastors. Though only here for a short time, Fr. Dennis Bradley and Fr. Daniel Maurer both had a lasting impact on the parish and its parishioners.

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1607 Greentree Road,

Pittsburgh, PA 15220

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