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Pittsburgh: SSPX Returns Local Church
to the Mass for which the Church was Built

The Dedication of St. James Church: March 28, 2015

by John Vennari

March 28: Today I had the privilege of attending the Solemn Blessing and First Mass of St. James Church, a former diocesan church now owned by the Society of St. Pius X

It was a unique, magnificent event. Will post a more complete writeup of this fascinating story within the next few days. Here is a quick photo report:


(Church located at 326 S. Main St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220)

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Final preparations went well into the night last night

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Well into the night...


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The blessing of the outside of the Church, one of three blessings part of a Church dedication

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A large crowd attended - they've been waiting a long time for this event!


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A view of the Church during the blessing - - - - - it was a cold day!

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Entering the Church - chanting the Litany of the Saints

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Over 540 attended the dedication

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The final blessings

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The first candles are lit for the first Mass

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Mass begins

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Celebrant: Rev. Fr. Niklaus Pfluger (1st Assistant to the Superior General);
Deacon: Rev. Fr. Jürgen Wegner (District Superior of the USA);
Subdeacon: Rev. Fr. Gerard Beck (1st Assistant to the District Superior; former pastor in Pittsburgh)

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The close of the Offertory

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The elevation

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Preparing for Communion

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Priests and altar servers outside the Church after the first Mass

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The former pastors of the SSPX Our Lady of Fatima chapel in Pittsburgh area: Father Novak,
Father Beck, Father Gardner, Father Pazat, Father Mackin, and the current pastor, now
at St. James, Father Patrick Rutledge

Look for more complete report within the next few days.

(all photos by J. Vennari)

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