The Newtown Pentacle

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McKees Rocks

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

As it happened, I found myself scouting about in the McKees Rocks community where I encountered another staggering religious building. That’s the Archangel Gabriel Parish’s St. Mary, Help of Christians Church, which is part of the Pittsburgh Roman Catholic Diocese. This was one of the times when I randomly point the car’s nose in one direction or another to see what’s what in an area I haven’t visited yet.

The home town of Oxi-Clean salesman Billy Mays and cartoonist Jeff Smith, McKees Rocks is a municipal subdivision (a Borough) of Allegheny County, as is the City of Pittsburgh.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This was a “run and gun” sort of explore, and the towers of the Church acted as a navigational instrument for my somewhat ephemeral visit. That’s some church, I have to say. Must be magnificent within it.

Another one for my list of places to try and find a way to get the camera into sometime in the future, when the stars are right.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One continued on his way, following the Allegheny River back towards Downtown Pittsburgh and eventually back to the South Hills where HQ is found in the Borough of Dormont.

I continue to be amazed by Pittsburgh and it’s environs.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 3, 2023 at 11:00 am

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