400 Hoodridge Drive
Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania 15234
About St. Anne Catholic Church
The original St. Anne Parish was one of the earliest congregations of any denomination in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1889, our parish was formed from German Catholic farming families. The original church building, dedicated in 1892, served the parish for 70 years -- until the current church building was completed in 1962. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING OUR 125th ANNIVERSARY in 2014!
Many generations of families and individuals have worshipped at our church. The facilities built by our parents and grandparents have served the parish for over 100 years. St. Anne Parish remains a strong, vibrant part of the South Hills community of faith, as well as the broader Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Father Robert J. Cedolia was appointed pastor of St. Anne Parish on January 2, 2004 by Bishop (now Cardinal) Donald Wuerl. He came to St. Anne Parish with vibrant and extensive ministerial experience. Fr. Cedolia entered St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana after graduating from Bishop Boyle High School. At St. Meinrad, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy. He completed his seminary education with a Master of Divinity degree from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1983, Fr. Cedolia received a Master of Arts degree in Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University.
After his ordination in September of 1978, Fr. Cedolia’s first assignment was to St. Raphael Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served there until 1982 when he was assigned to St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood, PA. Fr. Bob served there for five years. He was then assigned as Parochial Vicar to Purification of the BVM Parish in Ellwood City, PA for two years. Fr. Bob was then named pastor of St. Alphonsus Church in Springdale, PA where he served for four years. In 1993, Fr. Cedolia was asked to establish Mary, Mother of Hope, a new parish in New Castle, PA. He then served as pastor of Our Lady of Joy Parish in Holiday Park, PA for seven years. Fr. Cedolia was liturgically installed as the 14th Pastor of St. Anne Parish on February 14, 2004.
ROBERT J. CEDOLIA
PARISH OFFICE: Phone 412.531.5964 | Fax 412.531.6901
- Gerrie Mullooly, Office Manager
ST. ANNE SCHOOL: Phone 412.561.7720
- 4040 Willow Avenue, Castle Shannon, PA 15234
400 Hoodridge Drive
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Director of Religious Education
Director of Adult Formation
Director of Youth Ministry
Organist and Director of Music Ministry
Director of Social Services
Tuesday, Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
St. Anne School
Currently our Program includes Preschool (3-4 year olds); full and half-day Kindergarten; and First through Eighth Grade Elementary. Our Pupil-to-Teacher ratio is approximately 16:1, and the average class size is 22 students. St. Anne School holds NCEA-Middle State Accdrediation-Middle School Association, with State and Diocesan Certified faculty. In a very real way St. Anne School exists to carry on the mission of Jesus, the mission of the Church: to preach the Gospel and teach in the name of Christ. We are strengthened by the knowledge that He is with us to the end in that mission. - CATHY JAKUBOWSKI, School Principal
For more information, please contact the School at 412.561.7720 or visit the school website at: www.saintanneschool.org
St. Anne Cemetery ~est. 1892~
For information or questions, please contact NOREEN HERWARD (412-531-5964)
between 9am and 5pm on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.
St. Anne Parish Annual Fair
The St. Anne Parish Fair is a well-established summer tradition in Castle Shannon, held at the St. Anne School grounds on Willow Avenue each June. In addition to a variety of ethnic food dinners, there are games for adults and children, prize raffles, amusement rides, and Bingo. A huge flea market (in the school gym) is also featured. The Parish Fair is a community-wide event, sponsored by our Fair Committee and benefiting the entire parish.
FAIR DATES: JUNE 11-16, 2012!
Principal, St. Anne School
P A S T O R A L S T A F F S T A T E M E N T S
To catechize literally means “to sound” or “to echo”. The St Anne Parish Faith Formation program
resounds the Good News of Jesus Christ to nearly 400 parish youth, grades K-9. Our mission is tofaithfully transmit the message that we ourselves have received, and echo it into the next generation of disciples. With the understanding that parents are the primary educators in the Faith for their children, the Faith Formation program provides weekly religious education classes that seek
to support and echo what parents are teaching at home. In addition, the Faith Formation Office oversees the sacramental preparation for those receiving Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation, and offers catechesis and preparation regarding these sacraments to both students and parents. Finally, the Faith Formation program seeks to build-up parish and family life through events and activities such as the Family Advent Evening / Middle School Christmas Musical; Vacation Bible School; the All-Saints Day event and Parish Mardi Gras.
If you would like to volunteer by assisting the Faith Formation Office in any of these endeavors, or feel that God may be calling you to pass on your faith, please contact the FAITH FORMATION OFFICE at 412-561-0101. - Kate Grella, DRE
The Youth Group at St. Anne’s has been a vibrant part of our community for over 20 years. In 2009, we became St. Anne LifeTeen, a ministry designed to lead teens closer to Christ and help them live their faith in the world. Our youth ministry is open to all high-school aged youth and we serve teens from over 5 different high schools. LifeTeen activities include weekly Sunday night “LifeNights,” the LifeTeen Mass, Bible studies, annual retreats, summer mission trips, youth conferences, leadership trainings, and various service activities. LifeTeen is a place to grow closer to God and other people who share your faith … all while having a ton of fun and learning about what we believe and how it affects our daily lives.
St. Anne EDGE is our middle school program, open to youth in grades 6-8. The EDGE Ministry program meets on a monthly basis for Friday night “EDGE nights,” and also provides opportunities for middle-school youth to participate in trips, retreats, and service. EDGE is a great opportunity to learn what youth ministry at St. Anne’s is all about …with lots of friends, fun and food.
The St. Anne Core Team, comprised of a group of committed adults, also generously serves the teens of our parish and provides support for the Youth Minister in the logistics and evangelization of our parish youth. - JOY WATTENBARGER, Director of Youth Ministry
Parish Social Ministry is a vital component of Bishop David Zubik’s pastoral vision for The Church Alive! Social Ministry endeavors to be faithful to the Gospel message by providing an opportunity for all Catholic Christians to answer their Baptismal call to serve. We reach out with courage and compassion to the poor, sick and elderly, and those often forgotten in our community and beyond.
Social Ministry at St. Anne aids those individuals and families who are in direct danger of existing without the means necessary for a dignified and decent way of life. In collaboration with our Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Ladies of Charity, the St. Winifred Food Pantry, and the Bereavement Ministry team, we bring the love of Jesus Christ to broken people. Please contact the Social Ministry Office at 412-531-1193 if you are aware of persons in need of our assistance, or if you are interested in volunteering in one of our Social Ministry programs. - PEGI WRIGHT, Director of Social Ministry
Echoing through the centuries, our Catholic faith calls us to a life of depth and fullness: a life of "righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 14:17). Through adult faith formation, we come to know that substantive transformation into the likeness of Christ is possible. St. Anne Parish offers a variety of programs and formative sessions for adults of the parish, aiming to facilitate renewal, conversion and re-conversion in the hearts of our parishioners. We aspire to sustain and encourage members of the Body in their identities as people of faith, empowering them to grow in discipleship. Through formative as well as informative programming, many opportunities are offered for study, reflection and faith-sharing. Programs are especially designed to foster meditation on the Word of God, through increased participation in both personal and Liturgical prayer. Parish Missions, various formats of Scripture Study, workshops, Evenings of Reflection, and Taize Prayer Services are examples of programming that are offered regularly at our parish. Through ongoing Adult Formation, we are committed to energizing the faithful, so that they are empowered to live distinctively Christian lives of prayer, virtue, charity and service. - LORI McMAHON, Director of Adult Formation
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Luke Mayernik as our new Organist and Director of Music for St. Anne Parish. Luke studied organ with Edgar B. Highberger at Seton Hill University, and has also studied improvisation with Dr. Ann Labounsky at Duquesne University and composition with Nancy Galbraith at Carnegie Mellon University. Mayernik is quickly becoming one of the foremost performers and innovative composers in his field.
His music is published with OCP, GIA Publications, World Librabry Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. With over 20 sacred works published in the last five years, Luke continues to write both sacred and secular works noted for their engaging harmony, inventive forms, and cross-genre appeal. He won First Place at the American Guild of Organists’ National Competition in Organ Improvisation (2004), and First Place at the International Organ Improvisation Competition hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2008). In 2004, his oratorio In Memoriam: A Requiem for Mister Rogers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Mr. Mayernik is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. He is also the co-founding/artistic director of OvreArts, Inc., Pittsburgh's newest non-profit performance ensemble. He hails from Monessen, PA and most recently served as the Cathedral's Assistant Music Director in Wheeling, West Virginia.
- LUKE MAYERNIK, Director of Music