Rev. Rodolfo (Rody) Mejia, Pastor
August 07, 1993 our mother passed away and it was in her wake that I came to know through my aunts that since I wore cassock (investiture 1st Year College) my mother did not want me anymore to take up law…instead, she wanted me to be a priest already.
In 1995, I started my theological studies but was interrupted with the death of our father on December 03, 1997. Being orphaned and eldest among seven, I decided to leave the seminary and went home to help my brothers and sisters. It was on this stage that I put up my small piggery just to eke out a living for us…it was a hands on experience.
It was really God’s grace that I was able to return in the seminary (2000). Even with the announcement of my ordination was remarkably beyond the description of dictionary for it was made on February 17, 2004 a day before my birthday. I am not holy…I am not the best…I am sinner…I am unworthy but God showered me with this gift of ordination…on which I could only say, I am eternally grateful to you my God and please always help me to serve at your vineyard…Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Father Rody can be reached by email or at 724-736-4442.
Scott Martin, Director of Faith Formation
Scott is the Director of Faith Formation for not only St. John the Baptist, but also St. Sebastian-Belle Vernon and Epiphany of the Lord – Monessen.
Scott is responsible for planning and implementing Faith Formation for all members of the Parish. Kindergarten through 8th Grade classes; Youth Ministry for 9th through 12th Grade and Adult Formation.
Scott is also responsible for helping parishioners prepare for Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation and Marriage.
He collaborates with Fr. Rody, Parish Staff, and Pastoral Council in implementing the Mission of the Parish and meeting the needs of the Parish.
Scott has office hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm at St. John the Baptist or as needed. He can be reached by email or at 724-469-1095.
Adelle Slebodnik, Business Manager
As the Business Manager, Adelle is responsible for the general management of Parish business, financial, legal and operation matters. She collaborates with Fr. Rody, Parish Staff, Finance Council, and Pastoral Council in implementing the Mission of the Parish and overseeing the needs of the Parish and the three Cemetery locations.
She coordinates all Parish Communication: Bulletin, Website and Social Media sites. She maintains, schedules and organizes Mass Intentions, Memorials, Weddings, Funerals/Burials, Baptisms and other liturgical celebrations. She also supervises the Support Staff.
Adelle also assists with the Pastoral Ministry needs of the Parish and is a Youth Minister.
Adelle can be reached by email or at 724-736-4442.
Jennifer Loomis, Music Ministry Coordinator
Jenn coordinates music for all liturgical celebrations. She evaluates the music and liturgy programs in collaboration with Fr. Rody, Parish Staff and those involved in music ministry. She also coordinates Cantors and Musicians for all Liturgical Celebrations. Jenn also serves as the organist at Mass on Sundays and directs the Parish Youth Choir and Musicians.
Jenn can be reached by email or at 724-322-2287
Tina Mahallick, Safe Environment Coordinator
Tina works in the office on Monday and Thursday and is responsible for assisting volunteers to get their required clearances and also to track them and keep them up to date.
Tina also helps to oversee the Saint Hedwig, Smock Cemetery and the Saint Hedwig, Brier Hill Cemetery.
Tina can be reached by email or at 724-736-4442.
Cathy Shandor, Organist and Funeral Choir Director
Cathy plays the organ at our Saturday Vigil Mass which she also cantors.
Cathy leads our Funeral Choir at funeral Masses. She works with the families to choose the hymns and plan the liturgy.
Cindy Gilligan, Organist and Wedding Accompanist
Cindy plays the organ at Sunday Liturgies. She also accompanies the Adult Choir when they sing.
Cindy works with couples planning their marriage to choose the music for their ceremony.