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Interested in getting more involved with our parish?

Here is a list of our organizations:


Altar servers assist the priest at Mass and may also assist at other services such as Stations of the Cross, funerals and weddings. This ministry is open to boys and girls who have received their First Communion, as well as to men and women interested in serving our Lord at the altar.
Contact:  Elaine Garfold


Can’t sing? Then this is for you! Volunteers need not be able to read music, just know the alphabet!  The bell choir will practice one hour weekly and perform only for special services, i.e. Christmas, Easter, Confirmation, to name a few.
Contact:  Karen Murphy, music@holyangelshays.org


The goal of Bereavement Ministry is to provide prayerful support and consolation to families who have experienced the mystery of death. This group is responsible for grief support groups held in the fall and in the spring, which provide an opportunity for those in their sorrow to join others for mutual support in grief.  Annually, a Remembrance Mass is celebrated in November, which is followed by a reception hosted by the members of this ministry. 
Contact: Suzanne & Doug Hunter


The goal of the CCD program is to promote the religious formation of the children of the parish who are enrolled in public schools from Kindergarten through the Eighth Grade. The parish recognizes parents as the primary religious educators of their children, and supports them through a program of catechesis. This program calls all students, as members of the Body of Christ, to learn about the teachings of the Catholic Church through the Gospel, celebrated through Liturgy and prayer; to love as Jesus did, through serving the needs of others, and to live the Good News by sharing it with others.
Contact: Elaine Garfold


The Christian Initiation of Children is a process intended for children not baptized as infants, who have attained the age of reason and are of catechetical age, (usually between the ages of 6 and 15). This process invites children to experience God through Jesus within the Christian tradition and the Church community. Reception of the Sacraments of Initiation usually takes place at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Contact: Elaine Garfold 


Catechesis is education in the faith of children, young people and adults, which echoes the Good News of Christ to all. Catechists, as teachers of the faith and as role models, set an example of authentic discipleship with the goal of promoting a deeper relationship with God and one another. Training is provided by the Diocese of Pittsburgh through classes and workshops.
Contact:  Elaine Garfold


The choir sings weekly at the 9:30 a.m. mass with the goal of enhancing the Sunday liturgy for the worshiping community, as well as Holy Day services. They participate in this ministry from the month of September through the feast of Pentecost. Choir rehearsal is every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the church.
Contact:  Karen Murphy, holyangelsbells@gmail.com


This organization is comprised of women of all ages, who attend Mass as a group several times a year. Both mothers and single women may be a part of this group. They meet monthly on the second Monday of the month. The women come together for both the meeting and for social time. The Guild schedules speakers on subjects that are informative and educational. They also sponsor various functions which aid the parish financially.
Contact:  Kathy Terbosic


To provide an accurate and secure accounting of the parish envelopes and cash collected during Mass. This group opens, counts and deposits all monies received from the collections, and completes a detailed report to the parish office every Monday morning.
Contact:  Cheryl DePretis


Ladies meet weekly on Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for fellowship and to crochet afghans for the sick and elderly of our parish, as well as baby afghans for infants. Previous knowledge of crocheting not necessary…lessons provided.
Contact:  Micky Singer


Holy Angels Church provides a small emergency food pantry for needy families who have an emergent need of food. (This is not a pantry with regularly scheduled food distribution). Non-perishable food is donated from parishioners on an as-needed basis. Food donations can either be dropped off at the parish house or may be left inside any entrance of the church at any time.
Contact:  Deacon Dan Nizan 


Extraordinary Ministers of Communion assist the priest with the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. They also bring communion to the homebound and to those whose illness prevents them from attending Mass. Men and women who are 18 years of age or older may be appointed. They should be mature in their faith and be practicing Catholics living in conformity within the norms of the Church.
Contact: Deacon Dan Nizan 


The parish finance council is a consultative body of persons established to give advice and aid the Pastor in matters pertaining to the financial management of the parish. The council’s function is to assist the Pastor in the planning and administration of the parish budget. The council is concerned with the expenditure and solicitation of parish monies.
Contact:  Linda Drago


During the season of Lent, over 140 volunteers prepare, cook and serve the famous fish dinners to patrons from the surrounding communities. The Fish Fry takes place Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the church hall.
Contact:  David and Cindy Depretis 


This organization is comprised of men of all ages, who attend Mass together as a group on the 2nd Sunday of the month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Meetings are the Wednesday after the 2nd Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the school.  The Holy Name Society maintains a votive candle grotto for the special intentions of our parishioners. The Society also extends aid to people in need. The Holy Name Society is also responsible for sponsoring and organizing a Church Walk on Holy Thursday. 
Contact: Ed Caton


Founded in 1617 by St. Vincent DePaul, the Ladies of Charity is a world-wide association of Catholic women drawn together by their love for Christ and his poor. This organization provides visitation to the elderly homebound and to those in nursing homes. They provide holiday food baskets to families in need, as well as home-cooked meals to the sick. 
Contact: Suzanne Hunter


Lectors (Readers) are those who proclaim the Word of God at liturgical celebrations. The lector proclaims the first and second readings from Sacred Scripture, and may also provide the responsorial psalm in the absence of a cantor. He/she also presents the needs of the community in the Prayers of the Faithful. Those considering this ministry should have good diction and a basic comfort of standing before sizeable groups. The life of one wishing to enter this ministry must be lived in conformity within the norms of the Church.
Contact:  Herb Crawford


Engaged couples planning to celebrate the sacrament of marriage are asked to attend a pre-cana class conducted by the pastor. The evening is designed to help the prospective couples to reflect on the many ways they are called to live their baptismal call to holiness through their marriage.
Contact: Father Bob Ahlin


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, also known as the RCIA, is a process for adults seeking to join the Catholic Church. They are introduced to the community, the traditions, the liturgical rites, and beliefs of our faith. People come together on Monday evenings from all different faith traditions as well as the unbaptized seeking to find a spiritual home. RCIA Team Members walk the journey of faith with those wishing to join the Church and share their own faith along the way. The RCIA journey begins in September and culminates on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil Mass.
Contact: Deacon Dan Nizan 


Working in the background of every Sunday mass, sacristans ensure there are a sufficient supply of hosts and wine for communion. Their job not only entails setting up the altar, host and wine, but also to properly clean the altar and vessels after mass.
Contact:  Deacon Dan Nizan 


SVDP provides a variety of essential needs for people experiencing financial hardships. This help includes food, housing assistance, payment of utility bills, furniture, and other urgent needs. Prayer is an important part of this ministry.  Meetings are monthly. Referrals contact: Deacon Dan.
Contact for Membership:  John Paul and Andrea Spina 
                                                         (412) 461-6906 Ext. 5


This organization plans social events for the parish, providing opportunities for fellowship and community-building. These social events include the annual parish picnic, Oktoberfest, ice cream social, strawberry festival and pancake breakfast. This group also conducts various fund-raisers to subsidize expenses. 
Contact: Ken Hovan


Rooted in the Gospel and social teachings of the Church, Holy Angels Church serves the human needs of individuals and families, mobilizing resources of the parish, SVDP, and the wider community in addressing their needs. We provide information and referral to individuals in need of assistance regarding social services available within the greater Pittsburgh area, such as energy assistance, rental assistance, food assistance, and long term care options. An emergency food pantry is available for individuals and families who are hungry and in need.
Contact:  Deacon Dan Nizan 


These Ministers of Hospitality welcome people to our liturgical celebrations. Ushers assist in helping people find seating, as well as gathering the offertory collection, distributing bulletins and giving emergency aid and direction when needed.
Contact: Fr. Bob Ahlin


Vacation Bible School is a creative way for children (age 4 to 6th grade) to learn about and celebrate God’s love in a format that is fun-filled and exciting. VBS occurs during the last week of July from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, with a closing family program on Friday evening. During the week, children participate in activities ranging from storytelling and Scripture, to songs, recreation, arts & crafts, and snacks. VBS is also an opportunity for teens and adults to participate as volunteers.
Contact: Elaine Garfold


The objectives of Youth Ministry are three-fold: to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today; to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic Faith community; to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.  Teens meet weekly on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the school during the school year.
Contact: Anthony Bradley