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

Parish History

FounadtionIn June 1957, due to the influx of people into the South Hills area of Pittsburgh, the decision was made to form a new parish for Catholics residing in the district of Bethel Borough and the far end of Baldwin Borough. This was to be known as St. Germaine Parish, the first in the United States dedicated to Germaine of Pibrac, France who was canonized in 1867.

Land at the corner of Baptist and Horning Roads was given to the Parish by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Since the majority of families (about 649 ) were young, the Bishop directed that a school be constructed before a permanent church. In June 1957, the multipurpose facility (our present church) and the lower level of the school building consisting of eight classrooms for grades 1-4 were completed and dedicated by Bishop Wright.

BuildingUntil the school was opened in 1959, parish Mass was celebrated in Building No. 3 - Flower Garden Hall - South Park. Our first pastor, Rev. John J. Hugo resided in a house at 6077 Baptist Road. At the opening of the school,Father Hugo gave his residence to the Felician Sisters (CSSF) who were assigned to teach at the school, and he took up residence in the new school occupying what is now the faculty room and secretary's office.

By 1960, the school was overcrowded so plans were made to add eight more classrooms and a convent to accommodate 12 Sisters. This was completed in early 1962 and the Mass of Dedication for the school addition and convent was celebrated by Rev. William Frawley.

Hugo MassWith the school completed, Father Hugo felt a library should be established. In 1964 the library was opened with the purchase of 550 books. In 1985 a kindergarten was introduced, and in 1989 a program for 3 and 4 year olds was added.

In 1966, a new rectory was built adjoining the church. The Rev. Thomas J. Kram became our second pastor in January 1968.

In 1978 thought was given to consider a permanent church, but the cost was prohibitive. Consequently, the multipurpose facility, which had been our church, lunchroom, gymnasium and auditorium, was renovated and became our permanent church, completed in mid 1979.