Organized in 2004, the Historical Society works to preserve the history of the NAM Parish School. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the parish school library. School photographs are being organized, identified and displayed in acid-free scrapbooks. Contact :
Holy Name Society
Charged by the Pope 700 years ago, it was revived at NAM about 8 years ago when Fr. Murhammer became Pastor. The purpose is to increase men’s faith in the divinity of Jesus Christ and to promote respect, honor and love for His most Holy Name.
Parent Teacher Guild (PTG)
NAM School opened in 1961 and the PTG was established soon after. The object of this organization is the advancement of Catholic Education and the welfare of the school children of this parish. We promote Parent-Teacher activities and strive to increase, on the part of our members, interest in educational and civic affairs. The group attempts to enhance the parents’ role in the education of the child by increasing their knowledge of education and its processes, by increasing their understanding of children, and also by providing an opportunity for parents and teachers to work together for the good of the child.
The Stitching Angels are NAM's organization for knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers and quilters. Beginners and experienced ladies work on layettes, lap quilts, hats and scarves for organizations such a Birthright and Operation Saftety Net. We also make white booties to be given as gifts to the newly baptized of our parish. Each month the Angels get together for a short business meeting and workshop.There are currently approximately 30 members.
The Stitching Angels are involved in at least 16 projects and have distributed 1,235 handcrafted items this year. The items include lap afghans, shawls, and hats/scarves to a wide range of baby items.
We are blessed with an active membership from North American Martyrs’ Parish as well as various churches and denominations in the community.
Items are distributed to the following:
The biggest project of the year is the Baby Shower for Catholic Charities which is held annually in August. The Angels made 395 handmade baby items for this worthwhile endeavor this year. The parish is also very involved and donated close to $2,000 worth of baby items for this effort.
Booties are given to the newly baptized and this year we distributed 30 prayer shawls to those in need, as part of our Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Rosaries are also given to the ill and homebound of our parish.
Four boxes of rosaries and religious pamphlets are sent to the Propagation of the Faith in Brooklyn, New York each year.
In addition, the Angels work each year with the children of our school during Catholic Schools Week. The children were very helpful in making rosary kits.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this organization, please contact:
You need not know how to knit, crochet, sew, etc. Many times we just need prayers!
If you are looking for a way to become involved in a ministry at North American Martyrs – this is your chance. We do not require you to attend meetings and we are not a fundraising organization. Parish Fellowship needs help for the various functions throughout the year. They include, but are not limited to, the Parish Picnic, Santa Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner and Easter Egg Hunt.
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Known as the Campaign for North American Martyrs School Committee, this group was established in January 2004 at the request of Fr. Murhammer. The purpose of this group is to raise funds to offset operating expenses in the school budget.
Volunteers are currently used in our cafeteria and for various events throughout the year. They provide support to our school program. Members are recruited at the May P.T.G. meeting.
Infant Jesus Respect Life
The NAM respect life committee is a member of the East Suburban respect life group comprised of neighboring Parishes. The group meets bimonthly featuring pro-life speakers to address the sanctity of life and embrace issues that include abortion, the handicapped, the elderly, euthanasia and capital punishment. We have a chaplain, president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. We join in the work of the Knights of Columbus and Birthright of Pittsburgh with Project Rosebud and members provide visits and emotional support to new mothers. The Holy Name Society and Respect Life Committee members assemble the annual (white crosses) memorial display for the unborn in October. For more information or to become a member, please contact , president, at
Women's Guild/Christian Mothers
The Women’s Guild is a group of adult women united socially and cooperatively to assist the spiritual and temporal development of the Parish. A secondary purpose of the organization is fundraising. An example of the fruits of these efforts is the church pipe organ. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month starting with a 7:15 pm service followed by a short business meeting then socializing, entertainment and dessert.
Christian mothers is a group of adult women who have as their object the Christian home education of children. The group also meets during the month of October to recite the Rosary.
Knights of Columbus
Formed on March 29, 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus has over 13,000 councils like ours around the world representing 1.7 million members. During 2006 the Knights’ charitable contributions reached $143.8 million in addition to 68.3 million hours of time, 393,807 blood donors and more than 6 million visits to the sick and bereaved. Over the past decade the Knights of Columbus has donated nearly $1.25 billion to charity and in excess of 593 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes. North American Martyrs has kept true to the Knights of Columbus founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism by centering on the NAM Parish, the Monroeville and Pitcairn communities, the Pittsburgh Diocese, seminarian support, right to life and many other domestic and foreign Catholic outreach programs.
If you would like to join this dedicated group of Catholic men, please contact the Parish Office.
St. Vincent De Paul
This parish organization has been active at NAM since 1990 and takes its name from St. Vincent De Paul, a French priest who in the 16th century spent his life taking care of the poor and needy.
Our parish group works together with neighboring groups as well as with the Diocese. Whenever there is a request for food, financial aid, or household furnishings the men and women of this organization spring into action by first assessing the need and then taking care of it. Their charitable works are never published in order to maintain the dignity of the recipients.
The organization receives the necessary funds for their work through the generosity of parishioners in monthly and annual collections. Collection boxes for clothing donations can be found in the parking lot at the rear of our school.
This small group is always looking for more volunteers to work with them. If you would like to aid them in their most Christ-like ministry or would like to contribute to their support see the contact list below.