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

Parish History

The Nativity Shrine was dedicated in 1991. In January, 1993, Father Somma left Nativity and Father F. Terrence Fedigan was installed as pastor on March 1, 1993. Father Miller left Nativity in July, 1993 and was replaced as assistant pastor by Father William P. Siple.

In 1994, after immense parishioner support, we reached our goal of $38,000 to purchase a new organ. Some of the money was donated by parishioners who brought their pennies to Church and dropped them in large containers housed in the vestibule.

The dedication for the new organ was held at a special ceremony in January, 1995. David A. Billings, a well-known organist held a recital followed by a reception.

Father Siple left Nativity in September, 1995 and was replaced by Father Robert P. Connolly who was at Nativity for less than a year. From 1995 through 1999, other priests from Africa who resided at Nativity while attending Duquesne University were Father Innocent Jooji, Father Paschal Kabura and Father Ambrose Ameh Ejeh. They were instrumental in helping with Masses as there was no assistant assigned to Nativity for a period of time.

In 1996, another major project was completed with the installation of air conditioning in the church at a cost of $30,000.

In March, 1998, we received permission from the Diocese to install stained glass windows in the Church at a cost of $2,500 each. The parishioners paid for all of the windows in memory of their families and loved ones. In December of that same year, some of the windows were installed. In June, 1998, the roof of the church and school needed to be repaired at a cost of $21,000. fence and gate.

On March 1, 1999, Father Fedigan, having completed his 6-year assignment as pastor was named the Administrator of Nativity Parish. Father James R. Gretz was named assistant pastor in April, 1999. Dedication of the stained glass windows was held on September 19, 1999 at the 12 Noon Mass. During that year, air conditioning was installed in the cafeteria.