Saint Kilian Parish's Presence and Outreach in Mars
In the spring of 1920, the Saint Kilian congregation purchased an abandoned Free Methodist Church. The building was renovated and repaired and was dedicated on December 5, 1920. This same building was remodeled, and repaired and enlarged many times. On July 4, 1934, fire struck the church. Quick work by the local fire department saved the building, although heavily damaged. Masses were held at Mars High School during church repairs. The Mars church hall was started by Father Seibel and completed in 1949 under Father Schaughnessy. The Mars rectory was built during Fr. Hannon's years at St. Kilian. Following Vatican Council II, many physical changes within the church became apparent, yet some memories were preserved in unique and meaningful ways.
As the parish grew, it became clear that the parish would eventually need a larger space for worship. In 2008, the Cranberry Parish Center was complete and services moved to the new campus gymnasium to accommodate parishioners. Today, the church in Mars is still an important part of Saint Kilian Parish. The church is used for small weddings and funeral services. The facilities house the Kilian Cupboard food pantry and weekly Fellowship Dinners are served there. Our original church in Mars is an important, and still thriving, part of our history and parish family and as such remains an integral point of outreach for Saint Kilian Parish.