St. Demetrius Parish

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Office at Church Rectory 
  811 Church St.
Gallitzin, PA 16641
Phone: 814-886-7941

St. Demetrius Chapel 
  616 Church St
Gallitzin, PA 16641

Rev. Albert H. Ledoux, Pastor


4:00 PM at Church and 6:00 PM at Chapel
Sunday 8:00 AM at Chapel and 11:00 AM at Church
Daily 8:00 AM Mon, Tues & Wed at Chapel, Thu & Fri at Church

PRO-LIFE ROSARY Wed, Thu, & Fri mornings before Daily Mass

RITE OF RECONCILIATION One half hour before every Mass

OFFICE HOURS: Mon, Tues & Wed 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Serving God's people from this mountain top since 1850

On September 29, 2000, St. Demetrius Catholic Parish was established when the following two congregations united as one:

1850 Mission established
1869 Parish established
1884 Corner stone of the present Church building
Now known as the “Church”

1902 Organized
1904 Established
1904 Church building built
Now known as the “Chapel”

Prince Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin

Being brought up as an atheist, the Russian Prince Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin, upon the conversion of his mother, studied religious systems to see if any were worth following. As a result, he concluded that Roman Catholicism held the only route to salvation and so became a Catholic.

He sailed to the newly formed United States to study engineering, to find to his amazement that there were very few Catholics. Determined to build up the Church, even though against the wishes of his Orthodox Church relatives, he attended seminary and was ordained in 1795.

Prince Gallitzin took over a small parish of a dozen members in Pennsylvania in 1799. He tirelessly worked to bring Catholicism to the pioneers of South Central Pennsylvania. Heir to one of the largest fortunes in Europe, he bought lands for Catholic settlers and financially supported many new and growing parishes.

Known as "The Apostle of the Alleghenies", his responsibility grew to 10,000 members over an area that included the Altoona/Johnstown diocese.

Forty-one years after he began his work in America, he died on Easter Sunday, May 6, 1840. In all those years, he never took a penny of salary even after Russia confiscated most of his fortune because he had converted to Catholicism.

Although raised as an atheist, his parents were Catholic at the time of his birth. So it is very likely that he was named after a saint, as was the tradition in those days.

However, it is hard to know which St. Demetrius the Reverend Prince might have been named after as there are at least 5 saints with this name.

He most likely was named after the St. Demetrius who served as the Patriarch of the Church in Alexandria, Egypt, from 188 to 231 A.D., whose feast day is observed on October 9th.

Or, he may have been named after the martyred St. Demetrius, who as early legends narrate, was extremely popular as a military officer in the Middle Ages. This St. Demetrius and St. George were the patrons of the crusades.

The people of the Altoona/Johnstown diocese hope and pray that some day their Prince Demetrius will be canonized. We are honored to carry his name in the name of our parish and the name of our city.
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