January 20, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping
Daily Mass: Week of January 21
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
  
Weekend Mass Schedule:  January 26 & 27
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz      Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno             Saint Mary
12:00 noon        Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
 
MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Parishioners,
     The Church speaks of it as Ordinary Time: the color of vestments is green, the altars are relatively unadorned, the music is familiar, the cycle of readings repeat themselves. With Advent and Christmas behind us, we now anticipate the 90 days that begin with Ash Wednesday, moving us through Lent toward Easter, and stretching all the way to Pentecost. Green to purple to white to red. One liturgical season unfolding into the next. And so the cycle continues . . . but there is nothing ordinary about what we do as believers.
     While Webster's Dictionary defines "ordinary" as: customary; usual; regular; normalwe know it to be true that what we do in the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries of the Mass is anything but ordinary. Rather, it is extraordinary that the presence of the Divine, the Almighty One is revealed in our midst through the Word proclaimed to the assembly who are also given to eat and drink of the Body and Blood of Christ.
     Our treatment of the Mass should therefore reflect our appreciation for its sacredness. Be it in preparation and participation, arrival and departure, and even our manner of dress, isn't the presence of God worthy of the very best that we can offer, including the fullness of our time? Lest we ever become so comfortable or familiar with the ritual of the Mass that we became lazy, bored or indifferent, we must apply ourselves to rise above the ordinary and open ourselves to the extraordinary acts of God's love at work in transforming our lives.
     How blest we are in our Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes that we have available to us 10 different Masses celebrated in 6 different churches by 3 different priests. Each church with its own beauty, each priest with his own style, but every Mass celebrating the extraordinary presence of God among usall of us, regardless of which parish we may call our own.
     My dear sisters and brothers of Saint Padre Pio, Saint Joseph, Saint Scholastica and Saint Juan Diego, we are living in extraordinary times in the new model of parish life. Nothing ordinary here. May the Spirit of God keep open our hearts and minds to all that is new, to all that is yet to be.
     I hope that this week will be good for you and all those you love and all those you are trying to love.
                                                                                         Father Dale DeNinno

SAINT ANTHONY SCHOOL PROGRAMS AN DEPAUL SCHOOL FOR HEARING AND SPEECH
     As a parish, we are blessed with the opportunity to shape and develop the Iives of children with special needs. By contributing to the annual diocesan collection to benefit Saint Anthony School Program and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, we help to create remarkable opportunities for the children they serve. In addition to supporting the children with special needs, your kind donation counts toward the 2018 Parish Share Program assessment for Saint Scholastica Parish. The second collection will be taken this  weekend, January 19-20.

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

FAMILY MINISTRY
     All Religious Education families are invited to Family Ministry on Sunday, January 27, at 10:00am in the John Paul I Center Hall at 201 9th Street in Sharpsburg.  We will be packing Valentine gift bags for the homebound.  Mass will follow at 11:30am. 
     To help with this ministry, donations of individually wrapped items such as tea, candy, lotion, chap stick, notecards, pens etc. can be dropped off in the Church vestibule or parish office.  For more information contact Delia Barr in the Faith Formation Office.

SERVING DINNER AT FAMILY HOUSE
     Middle and high school students are invited to help cook and serve dinner on January 23 for the patients and their families staying at Family House.  Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

MEGA MEETING
     There will be a MEGA meeting for 8th grade confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor at 10:45am in the parish hall on Sunday, January 27.

NO CCD CLASS THIS WEEK
     There will be no Religious Education classes on Sunday, January 20 or Tuesday, Jan 22 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
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WINTER BIBLE STUDY
     Who was John the Baptist? How was his ministry related to that of Jesus? The answers to these questions are not as simple as we may think. Join us for a three-part Bible study: “John the Baptist: Forerunner.” We will meet in the Ministry Center library on three Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00pm, beginning on January 24 and ending on February 7.  For more information or to register, contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, x18 or andybechman@saintscholastica.com as soon as possible. Please indicate if you would prefer a print booklet or an e-book version. We hope you will join us!

Offertory Collection
     Weekend of January 12 & 13: $6,036
               
You are always welcome at every Liturgy in our parish grouping.   If you use a St. Scholastica envelope when you pray in another area church, your donation will be sent here to support this parish. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Isaiah 62:1-5 / 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 / John 2:1-11
Monday:  Hebrews 5:1-10 / Mark 2:18-22
Tuesday:  Hebrews 6:10-20 / Mark 2:23-28
Wednesday:  Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17 / Mark 3:1-6
Thursday:  Hebrews 7:25—8:6 / Mark 3:7-12
Friday:  Acts of the Apostles 22:3-16 / Mark 16:15-18
Saturday:  2 Timothy 1:1-8 / Mark 3:20-21
Next Sunday:  Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 / 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 / Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
 
HIGH SCHOOL SILENT RETREAT
     The Vocations Office is hosting a High School Silent Retreat on Feb. 9-10 at Martina Spiritual Renewal Center for men to learn more about discerning their vocation.  It will include Mass, Adoration, conferences, opportunity for Confession, and solid brotherhood. Please visit PGHPriest.com (+) by January 25 to register.

MAGNIFICAT PRAYER BREAKFAST
     The prayer breakfast will be held on February 9 from 9am to noon at the Hilton Double Tree in Cranberry Twp.  Come deepen your faith with your sisters.  Register at magnificatpittsburgh.org (+) by February 1.

A.R.M. KICKOFF MASS
     Father Michael Decewicz’s new ministry, Addiction Recovery Ministry, will officially begin with a kickoff Mass at Saint Paul Cathedral on Sunday, February 10, at 2:30 pm. The celebrant will Bishop David Zubik and all are welcome to attend this Mass of Anointing and healing.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
   Addiction Recovery Ministry will hold a murder mystery dinner entitled, “Death and Taxes or The Peasants are Revolting” on Friday, February 22, starting at 6:00 pm in the St. Juan Diego John Paul I Center. Come and enjoy an evening of ye olde comedy and mystery. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase here  (+) or by calling 412-784-8700.

Are you missing the pew cards with Mass prayers?  They were removed due to their condition, but the prayers are also printed on the inside front cover of the blue hymnals.
  
MASS INTENTIONS
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, January 19
   5:00pm  Mary M. Toth (Diane S. Hupp)
Sunday, January 20
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
   12:00noon  John DePellegrini (Anna Mae DePellegrini)

Monday, January 21 — Saint Agnes 
   10:00am  Certo Friends

Tuesday, January 22 — Day of Prayer for the Unborn
   10:00am  Marion Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Wednesday, January 23— Saint Vincent
    10:00am  Maureen C. Murray (Mary Jo Romano)

Thursday, January 24 — Saint Francis de Sales
   10:00am  Maggy Zito (The Ostrosky Family)

Friday, January 25 — Conversion of Saint Paul
   10:00am  Katherine Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, January 26
   5:00pm  Jennifer Livesay (Family & Friends)
Sunday, January 27
   9:30am  Deceased Members of the Romano & Marsico Families (Tish Marsico) 
   12:00noon  John Lefko (Nancy & Stan Cieslak)

UPCOMING EVENTS
Women’s Bible Study: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 1:00pm in the parish hall.

Appalachia Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7pm in the parish hall.

Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Jan. 23, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.

Bible Study: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.

Confirmation MEGA Meeting: Sunday, Jan. 27, at 10:45 in the parish hall.

NEWLY BAPTIZED
     Join us in welcoming into our faith community Michael Robert Ley who was baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

END OF YEAR STATEMENTS
     If you would like to receive a 2018 end of year contribution statement, please request one from the parish office by email here or at 412-781-0186

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA OPEN HOUSE
     Interested in exploring new school options for your child? Do you have a child starting kindergarten or pre-school next year? Don’t miss CDTCA’s Open House on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Take a tour of the school, meet our teachers and principal and discover the Catholic school difference! Now accepting registrations for pre-school through 8th grade.

Please join us for a Ladies Day Out at CDTCA’s first Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sunday, February 10, at 12:30 at Longue Vue Club. Featuring styles from local Aspinwall businesses – One Brilliant and Soothe the Sole! Tickets are $50 each and available in the school office. 

Gift certificates will be sold after Sunday Masses on January 20 and February 17.  Thank you for supporting our school!
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HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
     Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned kidney or black beans, and hot chocolate mix. [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.]  Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12noon on Mondays and Fridays. Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street. Thank you!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
     Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your donations of  canned vegetables and fruits — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in the church’s main entrance. 
     Financial donations are always welcome.  Please deposit in the Poor Boxes in the church vestibule.  Checks should be made out to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Also, please contact the parish office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
 
     Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH OF THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY PARISH GROUPING
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Parish Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Clergy of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping
Reverend Dale DeNinno, Pastor/Administrator    
Reverend Michael Decewicz, Senior Parochial Vicar    
Reverend Paul Merkovsky, Senior Parochial Vicar    
Ext. 10

Fr. Hyeong Cheol Lee,
    Chaplain for the Korean Community
Fr. John Mark Ogu
    Student, Duquesne Univ., In Residence/St. Juan Diego Parish
Fr. Dozie Egbe
    Chaplain, UPMC Presbyterian, In Residence/St. Padre Pio Parish

Staff
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP     Ext. 17

Director of Faith Formation
Delia Barr
412-963-8885  x.301

Faith Formation Staff Member
Gina Musser     Ext. 21

Director of Adult Faith Formation and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd     Ext. 18 

Youth Ministry Director
Meredith Troyan     Ext. 20 

Bookkeeper
Amy Condosta     Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd     (412)781-7927