Saint Alexis Parish New Church Dedication 

Erected in Thanksgiving to God in Witness of His Constant Love and Call to  

Union with Him and One Another Through the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” 

          The above declaration is etched into the cornerstone of the new church at Saint Alexis Parish in McCandless Township.  The parish opened the doors of its new church on Sunday, Oct. 22, during a special dedication Mass.  The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, was the principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass.  Fellow diocesan priests, deacons, seminarians and nearly 1,100 parishioners attended this extraordinary celebration. 


Mosites Construction and Development Company, who erected the new house of worship, handed the keys of the new church over to Bishop Zubik, who in turn gave the keys to the pastor of Saint Alexis, Reverend Paul J. Zywan. 

          The congregation erupted into a thunderous round of applause when Bishop Zubik asked, “Well, what do you think of your new church?”  The parishioners are clearly pleased with their worship site. 

           “Although it is difficult to leave the old church that we had for 50 years, I see this as a new beginning, and I think it’s wonderful,” said Rose Scheller of New Sewickley Township. 

        “This beautiful new building reflects Father Zywan’s ‘Fulfillment of the Promise’ campaign that demonstrates the faith and hope of all of the parishioners of Saint Alexis Parish. We look forward to welcoming all to this new church to experience Jesus and be transformed,” said Jack Schuler of McCandless Township. 

            Saint Alexis has 72 beautiful stained-glass windows that they received from Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Homestead and Saint Gabriel the Archangel on the Northside.  The three bells that are enshrined in the bell tower are from Saint Josaphat Roman Catholic Church on the South Side.   Statues are from Saint Stephen in McKeesport and Nazareth motherhouse in Bellevue. 

            The Stations of the Cross were originally housed at Saint Stanislaus Church in Ambridge.  Bishop Zubik was excited to see these statues once again.  As it turns out, Saint Stanislaus was his home parish.  The bishop spent his childhood days attending Saint Stanislaus School, so he spent time much praying under these very same stations. 

            The dedication was a moving and historic experience for those who attended.  Father Zywan was pleased with the entire dedication.  As he stated, “It was a perfect and glorious day.  I would like to thank our dear Lord, Bishop Zubik and the many good people of Saint Alexis Parish.  We are truly blessed!  With renewed vision and vigor, let us joyfully be busy about the most important work we are all called to as followers of Jesus: building THE Church.  Not by brick and mortar, but as Jesus instructed us, by forming a welcoming community and making disciples (Matthew 28:19).  This is our most important work on earth.” 

             By Paula Green