I rejoiced when they said to me. "Let us go to the house of the Lord." - Psalm 122:1

Parish History

In 1978, a motion was made at a meeting of the Parish Council, presided by Mr. Charles Eperthener, to buy the property on Curry Road and to build a new Rectory. Parish Council acted favorably on the motion. Approval was then requested and received from Bishop Leonard to proceed with the building of the new Rectory. The winning bid was $200,000 and this beautiful Rectory was completed in May, 1980, in time for our 75th Anniversary.

Father Arthur R. Merrell came to Nativity as an additional assistant pastor in October of 1979. By 1980, our parish had grown to 1253 families with 4895 parishioners.

Father Stan Gregorek left Nativity in June, 1980. With Father Merrell the only assistant, Father F. J. Regis Ragan was assigned to Nativity but was here for just a short time - July until October, 1980. Father F. Terrence Fedigan was then assigned as an assistant and he, too, was only here a short time - October, 1980 until February, 1981. In February, 1981, Father Donald N. Buchleitner became an assistant pastor and stayed through mid-July of 1985.

Extensive renovations of the new church began in 1983 and were completed the following year. In June of 1984, a new roof was installed covering the entire complex - school, activities building and the entrances.

For a time in 1984-1985, Father Michael Ojobor, a priest from Africa who was studying at Duquesne University was in residence and helped with Masses in the parish. In January of 1985, Father Drumm was named Pastor Emeritus until his death in December, 1985.

Father James E. Somma was named pastor in May, 1985. Father Thomas R. Miller arrived as assistant pastor in June of 1986 and Father Merrell left Nativity in August, 1986. From 1988 through 1992, Father Felix Onuora, another priest from Africa studying at Duquesne University, was in residence and helped with Masses in the parish.

In 1989 Church Bells, Carillons and Remote Control System was installed. This wonderful feature was a Christmas gift from Genevieve Maracini Gitnik in memory of her husband, Henry J. Gitnik and from Mamie C. Maracini in memory of her husband, Peter B. Maracini.