General Information

The traditional Latin Mass is offered daily at Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • There are two Masses every Sunday: a Low Mass at 8 a.m., and a High (sung) Mass at 11 a.m. (If you've never been to the Latin Mass before, we suggest you start out by attending the High Mass.)
  • Low Mass is offered every weekday at noon. On Tuesdays, there is a second Mass at 7 p.m. 
  • Two Masses are celebrated on most Holy Days of Obligation - a daytime Low Mass, and a High Mass at 7:00 p.m.
  • Low Masses are also said on the First Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Catechism Program

Over 100 children from 34 families take part in the Parish Catechism program each Sunday from September to May. We have a full and accredited series of religious instructions for children in grades K through 12. All of our teachers are knowledgeable and devout Catholics who have fulfilled the requirements for "Protecting God's Children," as well as other diocesan requirements. Classes are held in the school adjacent to church, on Sundays at 9:15 AM. Donuts and drinks (milk, juice, coffee, and tea) are available in the cafeteria each week before classes begin. Classes for the 2019–20 school year will begin on September 8.

Regulations and Registration  Parents of students new to our program must submit a copy of their children’s Baptismal Certificates with their registration. Only families who are registered parishioners of Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish are permitted to register their children for these classes. Children of registered parishioners receiving the sacraments of First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation are to be in our program for two years.

Music Program

The Schola Cantorum provides music for the High (Sung) Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The Schola's purpose is to prepare the chants of the Mass, the responses and the Ordinary, to intone the singing proper to the people, and to intone the chants of the Roman Gradual proper to the Choir. Moreover, the Schola prepares polyphonic music to add greater solemnity to the Mass, and on the most solemn occasions, will substitute polyphonic compositions for the Ordinary chants, thus opening wide the greatest treasury of the Church. Our repertoire of sacred polyphony includes compositions from medieval times through those penned in recent years.

Those wishing to join the schola are encouraged to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition.

Volunteers

Our parish depends on volunteers to perform the countless tasks necessary to maintain the church and other buildings, and to run our social events. If you are willing to help out in any way, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sacraments

Baptisms & Weddings

Contact Canon Avis by phone or in person in order to make these arrangements. Weddings must be scheduled at least six months in advance. "Parents are obliged to see to it that infants are baptized within the first weeks after birth..." (Canon 867)

Confessions

Each Sunday, beginning one-half hour before Mass, until the Agnus Dei, and resuming after Holy Communion.
A half-hour before all weekday Masses.

Funerals

Please contact Canon Avis or have the funeral director call him.

Visitation of the Sick

Canon Avis or Canon O'Connor will bring Holy Communion to the homes of those who are too ill to attend Mass. Please call to make arrangements. Please note that the Sacrament of Anointing should be administered at the beginning of a serious illness; do not wait until the patient is so ill he is no longer conscious. Every hospital in the diocese has a priest-chaplain for emergency service. Ask the attending nurse for assistance.

Preparing for Baptism

Every parent should be keenly aware of the serious responsibility he has to have his child baptized SOON after birth. The longer a child goes without Baptism, the longer he goes without Sanctifying Grace in his soul, the longer he goes without being a Son of God, the longer he goes without membership in the Church. And remember, Baptism is the initiation into all the other Sacraments as well. Some parents worry over much about choosing the godparents - not because they are worried about finding a virtuous Catholic, but because of purely secular reasons. This is to reduce the Sacrament to a purely secular occasion, like the initiation into a club or a rite of passage. Parents ought never to neglect this serious responsibility. "Parents are obliged to see to it that infants are baptized within the first weeks after birth…" (Canon 867)

Policy for First Confession and First Holy Communion

1)      At least one parent of children who wish to receive these Sacraments must be a practicing Catholic and a registered member of Mosst Precious Blood of Jesus Parish. The children deserve to be raised within a family where the Catholic Faith is actually lived.

2)     Children will receive these Sacraments in the second semester of second grade. Children preparing for these Sacraments must have completed two years of religious instruction (both first and second grade). First Confession will be administered on the third Saturday of May, and First Communion will be given the third Sunday of May.

3)     If a child transfers into our program from some other religious education program, the level of preparedness of that child must first be determined by the pastor.

4)     In regard to children of home schooling parents: The parents need to speak with the pastor at the beginning of the school year so that he may determine the child’s readiness. Ordinarily, these children will be expected to attend catechism classes with the other children preparing for the Sacraments. Please note that individual first Communions will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Jesus Christ has founded the Catholic Church in order to pass on His teachings to a world so desperately in need of truth and in order to lead all men to heaven.
Are you a non-Catholic interested in becoming a Catholic? Do you know a non-Catholic or a lapsed Catholic who has questions about the Catholic faith? If you would like to learn more about the claims and teachings of the Catholic Church, please contact the Rector by phone or e-mail in order to set up a meeting. There is nothing to lose, and eternity to gain!
Classes begin in September. Please call the Parish Office (412-761-1508) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment with Canon O’Connor.

Sacramental Records

With the merging of Holy Wisdom Parish into the Christ the Savior Parish and with Saint John XXIII Quasi-Parish becoming Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish, the sacramental records of both Holy Wisdom and Saint John XXIII will be transferred to the Diocesan Archives and Records Center.

Sacramental certificates for those who have been baptized, confirmed or received First Holy Communion between October 15, 2018 to June 30, 2019 will be sent out shortly. After that, those needing a Baptismal, First Holy Communion or Confirmation certificate, and those sacraments being conferred at either Holy Wisdom or Saint John XXIII, will need to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archives and Records Center

Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. The office is closed on national holidays and Holy Days.

Phone: (412) 456-3158

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