St. Teresa of Avila Parish offers a variety of organizations and groups for parishioners to join for fellowship and service. We invite you to join us in growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through your participation in any of the organizations presented here. If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below contact the parish secretary Barb Walkauskas at or 412.367.9001 and she will connect you with the appropriate coordinator.

Boys Scouts of America Troop #368
Boy Scout Troop 368 is for young men ages 10 to 17 and is a boy-led program emphasizing outdoor skills, citizenship and group leadership, organized by patrol. Their motto is “Be Prepared” and they progress through the ranks at their own pace by earning merit badges, mastering life skills and taking increasingly challenging leadership roles. Weekly troop meetings are held on Tuesday evenings in Schoppol Hall. Coordinator: Dianne Machesney

Confraternity of Christian Mothers
Christian Mothers learn to unite their own hearts to Christ so that they can help to draw their families closer to the Lord. In that way they become the leaven which makes their own parish and community more alive with the presence of the risen Lord.  Mary, the “Mother of Sorrows, as mother to all of Christ’s followers is the patronage of the organization. All women over the age of 18, single or married, with or without children, are invited to join and share their gifts and talents to serve the church, school, and community. The group attends Mass together on the first Sunday of the month and participates in group prayer after communion. Coordinator: Georgiann Schaefer

Knights of Columbus Council #13959
Open to Catholic men, eighteen and over, committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism, and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Order is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. It is firmly committed to the protection of human life, from conception to natural death, and to the preservation and defense of the family. The Order serves the parish and community wherever needed. Visit the Council’s website at

Ladies of Charity
The motto of the Ladies of Charity is “to serve rather than be served in humility, simplicity, and charity. The organization ministers to parishioners and others through the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Coordinator: Mrs. Curtis Staab

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St Vincent de Paul leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. At St. Teresa of Avila, the group assists the needy of the parish as well as those of the greater parish community. Included in that community are family members as well as individuals and organizations associated thereto. Once a month the group provides dinners to Northside Common Ministries which supports the needs of homeless men. Coordinator: Bob Burnos 

Oaxaca Mission Group
The Oaxaca Mission Group provides financial and spiritual support to the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. Through various annual fundraising events, the group raises much needed funds that benefit the operation of the hospital and the care of its patients. The hospital, located in the third poorest state in Mexico, serves about 1800 patients a month, many of which are so poor they are unable to pay for their treatment. Click here to learn more about the mission of the clinic or to make a donation. Coordinator: Janet D. Lindner

Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania
Girls, grades K-12, have the opportunity to try new experiences, learn to appreciate the outdoors, participate in community service projects and become environmental stewards! Girls can practice sound courageous decision making while being respectful toward others. They become empowered to be good leaders for our future. Coordinator: Angela Arlia