Ministries and Organizations

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them.

Volunteer to be a Liturgical Minister

Choose from a variety of ways to be more involved in your experience of the Eucharist. Join us in any of these ministries:
  • Altar Server
  • Eucharistic Minister
  • Lector
  • Music Ministry

Organizational Ministries

Join one of our many organizational outreach ministries to further our community in the South Hills and spread the Gospel to others:
  • Journey of Grief Ministry
  • Homebound Ministry
  • Family Promise
  • Ladies of Charity
  • Lunches for the Hungry
  • Respect Life
  • Substance Addiction Ministry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

Fellowship Organizations

Find faith and fellowship in these parish organizations:
  • Book Club
  • Catholic Men's Fellowship
  • Cub Scouts
  • Ethnic Society
  • Fish Fry
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians 
  • Legion of Mary
  • Women's Guild
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • Youth Ministry

Non-affiliated Organizations

Saint Anne Church hosts several non-affiliated groups on campus for parishioners and the local community. 
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Discalced Secular Carmelites
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Tae Kwon Do

Liturgical Ministries

Service through the Mass

Altar Server
An altar server is a lay minister in at least 3rd grade who assists the clergy during liturgical celebrations such as Catholic Masses, Weddings, and Funerals. Altar servers are responsible for processing into the church, setting the altar table, and presenting prayers and readings to the priest. If you would like to become involved as an altar server at Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, please contact Mary Weaver to schedule a time for training and discuss your availability at (724) 814-2077. 

Eucharistic Minister
Eucharistic ministers distribute Holy Communion at weekend and Holy Day Masses. In addition, ministers of Holy Communion may serve on one of the Homebound teams to provide the Eucharist to homebound parishioners as well as several nursing homes in the area. Please contact Mary Weaver to schedule a time for training and discuss your availability at (724) 814-2077.

Lectors proclaim the Word of God by reading the Scripture each week at daily, weekend, and Holy Day Masses. Please contact Mary Weaver to schedule a time for training and discuss your availability at (724) 814-2077.

Music Ministry (please click to navigate to the Music Ministry Informational Page)


Ushers and greeters are resonsible for welcoming parishioners and visitors into the worship space each week for Mass. If you would like to become involved as an usher or greeter at Mass, please contact the Parish Office to register at (412) 531-5964. 

Organizational Ministries

Service throughout the Community

Journey of Grief Ministry
Saint Paul of the Cross Journey of Grief Ministry offers support in a group environment to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Our Christ centered ministry meets in the Spring and the Fall for 7 consecutive weeks to explore the impact of grief on our minds, bodies and souls as well as our relationships with others. Knowing that grief is different for every person experiencing it, support is very individual and personal. Please contact Kathy Raimondi for more information or to register at (412) 344-9690. 

Food Pantry
The Saint Winifred Food Pantry is funded and operated by a coalition of eight churches: Saint Anne, Saint Bernard, Saint Germaine, Saint John Capistran, Saint Louise de Marillac, Saint Norbert, Saint Thomas More, and Saint Winifred. It survives primarily through donations and food drives by members of these churches and the generosity of numerous faith groups and organizations throughout our local community. The Food Pantry is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 am and food delivery is available to shut-ins on Saturdays. Please use our 24-hour phone-messaging service to obtain more information or place a call at (412) 343-1915.

Homebound Ministry
The Saint Paul of the Cross Homebound Ministry aims to serve parishioners who are unable to attend Mass due to illness or injury. Some of Saint Anne's Eucharistic Ministers administer Holy Communion to the parishioners who are homebound each week. Additionally, homebound parishioners are visited by our social minister volunteers to maintain connectivity to the Church, Catholic Faith, and support. If you would like to get invovled or you know of a parishioner who would benefit from homebound services, please contact our office at (412) 531-5964. 

Ladies of Charity
Established in 1986, The Ladies of Charity provide a presence to those who may be isolated due to illness, old age, or infirmity. The members provide hospitality for the Anointing Mass and assist with hospitality needs throughout the year. Formal meetings are held three times per year. If you would like to become involved, please contact the parish office at (412) 531-5964. 

Lunches for the Hungry
Lunches for the Hungry meets on the third Tuesday of each month to prepare brown bag lunches for the hungry poor of downtown Pittsburgh. Established in 1930, the Red Door of Saint Mary of Mercy Church in the heart of Pittsburgh, serves those who are poor and hungry with coats, clothes, and bagged lunches. Because this ministry relies solely on the generousity of our parish members and friends for support, we welcome non-parishable food donations such as peanut butter, jelly, pre-packaged snacks, and Giant Eagle gift cards as well as assistance with bagging the lunches. All are welcome! Contact Cindy Koustis with questions at (412) 627-5286. 

Respect Life
The Respect Life Committee believes that all life is inherently sacred as created by God for purposes known only to Him. We stand for a culture of respect for life in all its stages, seeking to be a spiritual presence by keeping the most vulnerable in our prayers, to be a practical presence by providing resources to those in need, and to be an educational presence by raising awareness of God's truth regarding the gift of life. If you would like to become more involved or join, please contact Kathy Raimondi at (412) 344-9690.

Substance Addiction Ministry
The Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM) at Saint Paul of the Cross Parish seeks to provide a Catholic response to the spiritual disease of addiction by serving as a bridge to God’s grace and healing. Recognizing that anyone suffering the effects of addiction, including family members and friends, deserves the prayers, love and support of our parish community, SAM seeks to provide healing, acceptance, and understanding.

There are three aspects to the ministry: “Prayer, Presentations, and Personal Presence”. Prayer:  please join us on the third Tuesday of each month when a Rosary for Recovery is prayed in the church beginning at 5:45pm. Presentations: on a quarterly basis SAM sponsors talks by experts in the field of addiction and recovery. Personal Presence: SAM will provide support, accompaniment and understanding so those who are affected will realize they are not alone.

For more information, please contact Jim Hanna at

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Founded in 1833, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul serves local individuals in need on a person-to-person level. Members meet every other Tuesday, and are devoted to a deeper embrace of the Gospel message through prayer and community outreach. Serving the local community, members provide one-on-one visitation and consultation, as well a financial support for those in distress. If you are interested in becoming more involved in this ministry, please contact the parish office at (412) 531-5964. 

Fellowship Organizations

United in Christ

Book Club
The Saint Paul of the Cross Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every other month from September through May to discuss assigned books related to the Church and our Catholic faith. Please consult the bulletin for reading lists or contact Lynne Aber to join at (412) 833-3578. 

Catholic Men's Fellowship
Established in 2005 as a means for the men of our parish to encounter Christ in our midst, Catholic Men's Fellowship works to support members to become better husbands, leaders, and Catholics.  Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month and one Wednesday each month at 7 p.m. Men in this group re-experience the spiritual awakening that originates from Baptism, seek opportunities for faith formation, and teach men to proactively support their faith within their families, parishes, and communities. Our fellowship continues through service projects we complete together for our parish and our community. Please contact John Raimondi to get involved or inquire at (412) 344-9690. 

Cub Scouts 
Through its system of rank promotion, as well as its many service projects, camping trips and troop meeting, Scouting promotes leadership skills and encourages honesty, goal-setting, and high achievement. Cub Scout Troop #350 meets twice per month and is open to boys in grades 6-12. If you are interested in joining, please contact Brynn Hughes at (412) 897-2488.

Ethnic Society
Originally known as the "pierogi pinchers," the society is comprised of men and women who enjoy preparing ethnic foods. The society is most active during the Lenten Fish Fries and the Parish Fair. Please contact Rudy Richtar at

Fish Fry
Our annual Lenten Fish Fry begins on Ash Wednesday and continues every Friday during Lent, except Good Friday. Parish volunteers work to raise money for our Parish through this fundraiser. Volunteers of all ages and skills are welcome! Please contact Rudy Richtar at or Darlene Vietmeier at (412) 343-6929 to get involved.

Knights of Columbus
From the moment of their founding in 1882, charity has been the first principle of the Knights of Columbus, as well as unity, fraternity, and patriotism. They are men of faith and men of action. The Knights perform charitable activities involving local projects (pro-life, pro-family, faith formation, brotherhood, service, etc.), along with financially supporting initiatives at the local, national, and international level, all within a Catholic framework. Please consult the Council's website for information on how to get involved and join the Council. All practicing Catholic men 18+ are welcome to join the ranks of Knights! Please contact the Grand Knight if you have any questions. We are here to help our parishes and the general community of the South Hills. The South Hills Council of the Knights of Columbus meets at Saint Anne Church in Harkins Hall (below the church). Meetings are the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm, unless noted otherwise. The South Hills Council includes the parishes of: Resurrection (St. Thomas More and St. John Capistran Churches), St. Catherine Laboure (St. Louise de Marillac and St. Joan of Arc Churches), St. Paul of the Cross (St. Anne and St. Winifred Churches), and Our Lady of Hope Parish (St. Valentine, Nativity, and St. Germaine Churches). Please contact matt Hoffman (412) 576-0396 for more information.

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
LAOH is an organization of Catholic Irish women, active in Pennsylvania for over 100 years. Aside from their commitment to the preservation of Irish heritage, the women of LAOH are active as a non-profit fundraising group, providing funds that support a wide variety of charitable causes. They offer assistance to men and women religious, seminarians, local food banks, and shelters for abused women. 

Legion of Mary
The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church. Their main purpose is to glorify God through sanctification of its members who share a special devotion to Our Lady. Members meet on Saturday mornings for  prayer, planning, and discussion. Their aim is a balanced program of service and prayer.

Women's Guild
The Women's Guild provides religious, educational, cultural, and fundraising activities. The women meet on Tuesday evenings in Benedict Hall at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Darlene Vietmeier to join or form more information at (412) 343-6929. 

Young Adult Ministry
The Saint Paul of the Cross Young Adult Group is an inclusive community comprised of adults from all vocations and backgrounds who seek to love, know, and serve Christ. We provide opportunities for fellowship, receiving the sacraments, uniting in prayer, serving those in need, praising and worshiping our Lord, deepening our relationship with Christ, and enhancing our understanding of the Catholic Church. We aim to provide support to one another as we strive to live out our faith in our daily lives. Unless otherwise noted, events are family-friendly and any parents are encouraged to bring their children with them. Please contact Don Fontana for more information or to join at (412) 531-5964. 

Youth Ministry (click here to be directed to the Youth Ministry Page)

Non-Affiliated Organizations

Discalced Secular Carmelites
Saint Anne Church hosts this group on campus once each month for parishioners and the local community. Please visit to learn more or contact Suzanne Romeo at (412) 884-3126 to inquire and join.