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Saint Kilian Parish Church

212 Hook St, Mars, PA 16046
http://www.saintkilian.org
(724) 625-1665
 
In 1917, at the request of the Catholic people in the Mars area, a mission church was established. The first Mass was celebrated by Fr. Timothy O'Shea on March 18, 1917, in Robertson's Hall. Fifty-two adults and thirty-three children attended. The are...read more
In 1917, at the request of the Catholic people in the Mars area, a mission church was established. The first Mass was celebrated by Fr. Timothy O'Shea on March 18, 1917, in Robertson's Hall. Fifty-two adults and thirty-three children attended. The area was first served by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine under the direction of Fr. Dan Lawless, assisted by Fr. Victor Majka and Fr. Edward Heinrich. In the spring of 1920 the congregation purchased an abandoned Free Methodist Church. The building was renovated and repaired and was dedicated on December 5, 1920. This same building, remodeled and repaired many times, and now enlarged, still serves as St. Kilian Church. However, the parish was still served by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine until August of 1924 when the first resident pastor arrived in the parish, Rev. A. J. Weisenberger. At that time the parish was comprised of Mars, Bakerstown, Gibsonia, Cooperstown, Callery and Bairdford areas. Fr. Weisenberger was followed by Fathers, A.C. Angel, J.B. Keating, G.T. Sheer, Charles Thomas, Fred Seibel, William Schaughnessy, Regis M. Hannon, Charles Schafer, Thomas Harvey, John W. Rebel and presently, Fr. Charles S. Bober. On July 4, 1934, fire struck the church. Quick work by the local fire department saved the building, although it was heavily damaged. While repair work was done on the church, Masses were held at Mars High School. The present church hall was started by Father Seibel and completed in 1949 under Father Schaughnessy. The present rectory was built during Fr. Hannon's years at St. Kilian. Following Vatican Council II, many physical changes within the church became apparent, yet some memories were preserved in unique and meaningful ways. For example, when the altar rail was removed, it was converted into many tiny crosses and distributed to the parishioners as momentos. The CCD program was established in 1917 with an enrollment of 31 children. St. Kilian's first CCD teachers were Mrs. Margaret Morrison, Mrs. Rosina Weisenberg, and Miss Mary Killian. The CCD buildings were built in the 1970's and one was dedicated to Fr. Schafer. Saint Kilian was born in Cloughballybeg near Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland around the year 640 A.D. He began his education in Roscarberry, County Cork and completed it in Touist in County Kerry. Embracing the monastic life he associated with himself a group of missionary minded monks who made plans for a great pilgrimage. From Kilmakilogue harbor, Saint Kilian and two companions (Coleman and Totnan) set sail in a hide-covered boat. They arrived at Rome in 686 and Pope Conon commissioned them to preach the gospel to the German peoples of Franconia (Baden and Bavaria). These three missionaries arrived in that region in the Fall of 686. Their work covered large areas but the center of the mission was in and around Wrzburg. It was there that they converted Gosbert, Duke of that region. Gosbert had earlier married his brother's wife, Geilana. At the preaching of Kilian and his companions, Gosbert learned that such an act was unlawful for a Christian so he prepared to dismiss her. Geilana learned of Gosbert's plan and was filled with rage. While Gosbert was absent from his territory on a military expedition, Geilana had Kilian and his companions murdered and their bodies and sacred belongings buried. The date of their death was July 8, 689 A.D.
 
 

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In 1917, at the request of the Catholic people in the Mars area, a mission church was established. The first Mass was celebrated by Fr. Timothy O'Shea on March 18, 1917, in Robertson's Hall. Fifty-two adults and thirty-three children attended. The area was first served by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine under the direction of Fr. Dan Lawless, assisted by Fr. Victor Majka and Fr. Edward Heinrich. In the spring of 1920 the congregation purchased an abandoned Free Methodist Church. The building was renovated and repaired and was dedicated on December 5, 1920. This same building, remodeled and repaired many times, and now enlarged, still serves as St. Kilian Church. However, the parish was still served by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine until August of 1924 when the first resident pastor arrived in the parish, Rev. A. J. Weisenberger. At that time the parish was comprised of Mars, Bakerstown, Gibsonia, Cooperstown, Callery and Bairdford areas. Fr. Weisenberger was followed by Fathers, A.C. Angel, J.B. Keating, G.T. Sheer, Charles Thomas, Fred Seibel, William Schaughnessy, Regis M. Hannon, Charles Schafer, Thomas Harvey, John W. Rebel and presently, Fr. Charles S. Bober. On July 4, 1934, fire struck the church. Quick work by the local fire department saved the building, although it was heavily damaged. While repair work was done on the church, Masses were held at Mars High School. The present church hall was started by Father Seibel and completed in 1949 under Father Schaughnessy. The present rectory was built during Fr. Hannon's years at St. Kilian. Following Vatican Council II, many physical changes within the church became apparent, yet some memories were preserved in unique and meaningful ways. For example, when the altar rail was removed, it was converted into many tiny crosses and distributed to the parishioners as momentos. The CCD program was established in 1917 with an enrollment of 31 children. St. Kilian's first CCD teachers were Mrs. Margaret Morrison, Mrs. Rosina Weisenberg, and Miss Mary Killian. The CCD buildings were built in the 1970's and one was dedicated to Fr. Schafer. Saint Kilian was born in Cloughballybeg near Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland around the year 640 A.D. He began his education in Roscarberry, County Cork and completed it in Touist in County Kerry. Embracing the monastic life he associated with himself a group of missionary minded monks who made plans for a great pilgrimage. From Kilmakilogue harbor, Saint Kilian and two companions (Coleman and Totnan) set sail in a hide-covered boat. They arrived at Rome in 686 and Pope Conon commissioned them to preach the gospel to the German peoples of Franconia (Baden and Bavaria). These three missionaries arrived in that region in the Fall of 686. Their work covered large areas but the center of the mission was in and around Wrzburg. It was there that they converted Gosbert, Duke of that region. Gosbert had earlier married his brother's wife, Geilana. At the preaching of Kilian and his companions, Gosbert learned that such an act was unlawful for a Christian so he prepared to dismiss her. Geilana learned of Gosbert's plan and was filled with rage. While Gosbert was absent from his territory on a military expedition, Geilana had Kilian and his companions murdered and their bodies and sacred belongings buried. The date of their death was July 8, 689 A.D.