St. Joseph Church
New Kensington, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust
A Parish of the Diocese of Greensburg

The Reverend Richard P. Karenbauer             The Reverend Alan W. Grote
                                                Parochial Vicar

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Region 1, Deanery 1

            The Regional Councils of the Diocese of Greensburg help promote unity and strengthen the quality of pastoral life of the parishes in geographic areas of the diocese that share common infrastructures, resources, and histories. 

            St. Joseph Church is located in Region 1 of Deanery 1 of the Diocese of Greensburg.  The other parishes in Region 1 are Mount St. Peter Church, New Kensington, St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, New Kensington, and St. Margaret Mary Church, Lower Burrell.

Regional Pastoral Plan for Region 1, Deanery 1


            We, Region 1 of the Diocese of Greensburg, consisting of St. Margaret Mary, Lower Burrell; and Mount St. Peter, St. Joseph, and St. Mary of Czestochowa, New Kensington, are the Catholic community of the Alle-Kiski Valley. Our parishes have served the developing industrialized immigrant communities along the Allegheny River for nearly two centuries.
            It is our mission to maintain a strong Catholic presence throughout our region by serving the needs of the community, gathering for worship, and forming people in faith.
            We recognize the need to collaborate among the region's parishes. We will share and develop our spiritual and temporal resources in response to the challenges facing our church and for the greater good of the region.


Goal: To foster an environment among our parishes to facilitate the concept of collaboration.  (June of 2004)

Objective 1:To foster improved communication and interaction among the parish pastoral councils of Region 1.  (June of 2004)

Objective 2:Prepare and plan a day of retreat for the members of the pastoral councils of Region 1 parishes.  (June of 2004)


Goal: To develop a uniform census instrument to be utilized by parishes in the region for the purpose of accurately reflecting census figures as well as to identify target groups for outreach.  (June of 2004)

Objective 1:Identify representatives of each parish to participate in uniform census instrument development.  (June of 2004)


Goal: To continue existing collaborative efforts and foster development of additional collaborative efforts in religious education in the various models available in the region.  (September of 2004)

Objective 1: Discuss and document the various religious education models available in Region 1.  (April of 2004)

Objective 2: Communicate the various models of religious education to the parishioners of the Region's parishes.  (September of 2004)


Information for other parishes
in Region 1 of Deanery 1

Mount St. Peter Church
100 Freeport Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone: 724-335-9877

St. Mary of Czestochowa Church
857 Kenneth Avenue
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone: 724-335-8212

St. Margaret Mary Church
201 Park Drive
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
Phone: 724-335-2336