My Assignment: Holy Sepulcher

Holy Sepulcher sanctuary

Holy Sepulcher sanctuary

Most Reverend David A. Zubik, Bishop of Pittsburgh assigned me to be the permanent deacon at Holy Sepulcher, a parish and a kindergarten through eighth grade school located in the Glade Mills section of Butler County, Pennsylvania, just south of the city of Butler and about 25 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Crucifix behind the altar

Crucifix behind the altar

Parish Mission Statement

Holy Sepulcher Parish is a warm, welcoming, faith-filled family dedicated to following Jesus Christ through Scripture and the Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.  United through Baptism, nourished by the Eucharist, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are committed to serving our brothers and sisters.  We welcome all to join us as we celebrate the joy and mystery of the empty tomb.

Holy Sepulcher Bell Tower

Holy Sepulcher Bell Tower

Parish History

  • December 25, 1944 Bishop Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh gave permission for the first Mass to be celebrated in Glade Mills, Pennsylvania
  • May 1945 Land was purchased and the Mission received the name Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • December 1945 Construction began on the church building
  • June 16, 1955 Fr. Francis King installed as the first pastor
  • May 7, 1960 School blessing and dedication
  • July 21, 2005 New church building dedicated
  • January 2011 Rev. John B. Gizler III installed as pastor
  • July 1, 2013 David S. Miller installed as permanent deacon
The Pieta

The Pieta

Faith Formation

  • Traditional Faith Formation
  • Home School Faith Formation
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Sacramental Programs
  • Liturgy of the Word for Children
  • Vacation Bible School
Left side windows and statues

Left side windows and statues

Parish Activities

  • Parish Pastoral Council
  • Parish Finance Council
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Music Ministry
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
  • Life Teen
  • Life Support Food Ministry
  • Jr. Life
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Bazaar Leadership Team
  • Patzun Mission Group
  • Parish Health Ministry – includes Bereavement Ministry, Prayer Chain Ministry, Giving Trees, Funeral Luncheons, Respect Life, Prison Ministries, Rosary Makers
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Sociables
  • Widows or Widowers
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Elizabeth Ministry

Stained glass window of an angel, note that the angel is wearing a dalmatic the liturgical dress of a deacon

Stained glass window of an angel, note that the angel is wearing a dalmatic the liturgical dress of a deacon

The Resurrection Window

The Resurrection Window


Jesus in the Temple as a Young Boy stained glass window

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