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Rev. Harry E. Nichols
Pastor

Parish Office
57 21st Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15222
In the Strip District

Phone
412.471.4767

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
9AM to 4PM


In Residence
Rev. Albert Schempp, MI

Saint Patrick
 
 

The Holy Stairs
The Colonial Wars The Holy Stairs represent the twenty-eight steps between Christ and Pilate when Pilate said, "Behold the Man" (Ecce Homo) and condemned Him to death. The original Holy Stairs were taken from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th Century by order of St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, and are now in the Church of the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta) in Rome. There are replicas of these Holy Stairs at Lourdes, France; St. Anne de Beaupre, Canada; Tytuvenia, Lithuania; Abruzzi, Italy; Nasonville, Rhode Island and at St. Patrick's.  These stairs were placed in St. Patrick's when the church was rebuilt in 1936 during the Pastorate of the famous labor priest, Father James Cox (1923-1951).

VISITORS TO THE HOLY STAIRS
Ascending the steps of the Holy Stairs is in union with Jesus' sufferings; performing a devotional exercise agreeable and helpful to spiritual life. The devotion should draw people closer to Jesus and help appreciate what He suffered out of love for us all.  During the ascension of the steps you are invited to return to church any time to pray and

reflect on the Passion and Death of Jesus. Following your devotion your are invited to witness the Resurrected Jesus Christ by living a good Christian life, convinced of the great love Jesus has for us all. 

In the Catholic tradition, candles are used as a sign of prayer when we cannot be present in the Church all the time. Light a Votive Light for your prayer intentions on the Holy Stairs.  Envelopes are provided at the foot of the steps for any donation you might care to make to cover the parish expenses.

Prayer Before Ascending the Holy Stairs

 
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ST. STANISLAUS KOSTKA
21st Street & Smallman
Pittsburgh

ST. PATRICK CHURCH
1711 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh