St. Gertrude Church overlooks the Kiskiminetas River on the border of northern Westmoreland and southern Armstrong County. It is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, and is a partner parish with Christ the King Church in Leechburg, PA. Our parish continues the rich history of Catholic faith in the Vandergrift area that dates back more than 100 years.
It was August 1885, when the first pastor was sent from St. Vincent Archabbey to serve the church, which was originally located in Apollo. The parish continues to be served by the priests from St. Vincent to this day.
The small congregation of Catholics moved from Apollo to Vandergrift becoming St. Gertrude Church in 1898. As the parish family grew with the town, the need for a new church was apparent. Our present building was completed at a cost of $60,000. The Most Reverend Regis Canevin, Bishop of Pittsburgh, blessed the church on March 11, 1911.
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