Saint Peter's Parish - Brownsville, Pennsylvania
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N 40° 01.356 W 079° 52.637
17T E 595804 N 4430869
Quick Description: The Saint Peter Church is located at 304 Shaffner Avenue in Brownsville, Pennsylvania
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 6/6/2014 8:56:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMKX69
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Saint Peter's Parish - Brownsville, Pennsylvania

St. Peter's Church is a historic Catholic church in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, in the Diocese of Greensburg. The first Catholic parish in Fayette County, it is the oldest continuously operating parish in Western Pennsylvania. It is also believed to have been the spot on which the first religious service of any kind offered west of the Allegheny Mountains was held. On July 1, 1754, French troops on their way to capture Fort Necessity from the British climbed the bank from the Monongahela River with their Chaplain Rev. Denys Baron and prayed for victory. That mass of the French troops is depicted in one of the stained glass windows in the church.

The stone Gothic Revival church building on Church Street is a landmark. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is located in the Brownsville Northside Historic District.

The church was established in 1843 to serve the burgeoning Irish American population. At the time, Brownsville was an important gateway to the West and South due to its location on the National Road,[3] and believing it, not Pittsburgh, would become the seat of the episcopal see, the founders built the church to be a future cathedral. The pulpit is located to the left of the altar, as in a cathedral, and the crypt includes space for the tombs of bishops.

The stained glass windows, which feature 32 different shades of blue depict Catholic history from 1754 to 1843.

Mass Times
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM
Saturday (Anticipation): 5:00 PM
Daily: Call Parish

Holy Days: Call Parish

Saturday: Before Mass
Type of Church: Church

Status of Building: Actively in use for worship

Date of organization: 7/1/1754

Date of building construction: 1/1/1843

Dominant Architectural Style: Gothic Revival

Archdiocese: Philadelphia

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg

304 Shaffner Avenue
Brownsville, PA USA

Relvant Web Site: [Web Link]

Associated Shrines, Art, etc.: Not listed

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