Preserving the Croatian Culture of St. Nicholas Church, North Side.

The Dedication Ceremony of an Official Pennsylvania
State Historical Marker Commemorating the
First Croatian Parish in America,
St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, North Side


The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the
St. Nicholas Church, North Side
Interpretive Panels and Memorial Wall

will take place on

Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Route 28 Murals Update

To follow up on the progress of the St. Nicholas Memorial, click here to view an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the murals along the sidewalk trail which will lead to to the St. Nicholas Memorial Seating area .One of the photographs shows a crew working on the St. Nicholas mural.

More details will be given at the December 6 St. Nicholas Day Banquet by Dan Cessna of PennDOT who is the director of the Rt. 28/East Ohio Street Project.

PCHF Board

Construction Status Update of Former St. Nicholas Church N.S. site

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is currently in the process of completing the final phase of the Route 28/East Ohio Street reconstruction. Work will conclude by the end of this 2014 construction season, sometime by November or December. The sidewalk trail and memorial to St. Nicholas N.S. is currently on schedule to be completed by then.

PCHF Photo Gallery Update

Many additional photographs have been added to the PCHF website. Please click here or on the Gallery tab to view a variety of historical photographs of St. Nicholas N.S. The gallery has been updated with numerous interior and exterior photographs of St. Nicholas N.S., the Grotto, former Convent and St. Nicholas school, as well as an extensive series of demolition photographs from 2013.

Tenebrae Service of Darkness

To St. Nicholas Supporters and Friends,

The solemn, holy and traditional Lenten Service, Tenebrae Service of Darkness, once held at St. Nicholas Church, N.S. will be presented at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church (Troy Hill, Pittsburgh) on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7 PM by former choir members of St. Nicholas and Choir Director, Carol Spehar.

This service focuses on seven episodes in the Passion and Death of Our Lord. Each section consists of a reading, a choral meditation and a responsive reading.

Please join us as we commemorate the final hours of Our Lord's life on earth as He suffered death upon the cross. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join in this deeply moving Tenebrae service.

All are welcome!

PA Historical Marker Approved for St. Nicholas Croatian Church, N.S.

The application that PCHF submitted in December 2013 for a Pennsylvania Historical Marker, designating St. Nicholas R.C. Croatian Church North Side as "The First Croatian Parish in the Western Hemisphere" has been approved. It is one of 21 new markers approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The familiar blue with gold lettering sign, which are seen across the Commonwealth, will be placed to the right of the new seating area of the trail memorialization project that PennDOT is scheduled to complete in late fall of 2014. The actual location will be situated where the main altar was located. A dedication ceremony will take place in late fall. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

Click here to see the recent KDKA-TV news report on the PA Historical Marker approval and the memorialization plans for St. Nicholas Church.

February 2014 PCHF Newsletter

The latest edition of the PCHF newsletter is now available for on-line viewing. Please click here to see the February 2014 newsletter. PCHF thanks you for all of your support.

Plans to Memorialize Saint Nicholas Church, North Side

Dear St. Nicholas Supporters,

This article by Ruth Ann Dailey printed in today's Post-Gazette newspaper. It reveals some interesting and positive plans to memorialize Saint Nicholas Church, North Side. More information will follow in PCHF's next newsletter.

Wishing you all a very Merry and Blessed Christmas,

PCHF Board