October 28, 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Dear  Parishioners of Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Scholastica and Saint Padre Pio,
     That greeting is certainly a mouth-full and I’ve been practicing saying it ever since March 13, 2018 when I received a phone call from the Director of Clergy Personnel in the Diocese of Pittsburgh informing me of my new assignment.  My reaction to the news was one of gratitude in the awareness that I would be living and working in an area of Allegheny County that is well familiar to me and not far from the place where I was born and raised—Lincoln Avenue in the East End where I attended Corpus Christi Grade School and then Central Catholic High School from which I graduated in 1968. My Seminary education began immediately thereafter at Saint Fidelis College in Butler County (operated by the Capuchin Friars) and continued in Washington, D.C at the Washington Theological Union.  Upon completion of my studies and formation I was ordained a priest on January 28, 1978 in Saint Augustine Church in Lawrenceville.  The 40 years since have been wonderful in the variety of ministerial assignments, including:

1977-1981    Vocation Director for the Capuchin Friars
1981-1984    Chaplain at Saint Margaret Hospital in Aspinwall
1984-1989    Parochial Vicar at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pleasant Hills
1989-1996    Chaplain at Mercy Hospital
1996-2005     Pastor of Immaculate Conception-Saint Joseph Parish in Bloomfield
2005-2018    Pastor of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Pleasant Hills
  
     And that brings me to the present.  God is so good and I am genuinely happy to now be a part of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes. 
     What tomorrow holds for all of us is yet unknown.  We move into the future with some measure of trepidation, but confident and trusting in the Lord’s guidance.
     Working with my brother priests, Father Michael Decewicz and Father Paul Merkovsky, as well as Deacon Robert Wertz, there is much listening and learning that we must do.  I hope that you will be patient with us.
     Now . . . let us begin.  It is a new day for everyone as we commit ourselves in faith, hope and love to the work of the Lord and the Church.  I pledge to you my energy, enthusiasm, and zeal.  In turn, let us promise to pray for each other.

Your new Pastor/Administrator,
Father Dale DeNinno

Daily Mass--Week of October 29
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz

Weekend of November 3-4
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz
  5:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky

  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz
12:00 noon         Fr. Paul Merkovsky
 
HOLY DAY SCHEDULE FOR THE FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
Wednesday, October 31 Vigil Masses
  4:30 pm             Madonna of Jerusalem
  7:00 pm             Saint Joseph

Thursday, November 1
  8:00 am             Saint Joseph
10:00 am             Saint Scholastica
12:00 noon         Saint Mary
  6:00 pm             Saint Edward
  7:00 pm             Saint Scholastica
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FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

FAMILY MINISTRY
This Sunday we will hold our first Family Ministry event of the Catechetical year, offering a chance for our Faith Formation families to explore all the churches in the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping as we come together as one parish family. Families will attend 10:00 am Mass at St Edward in Blawnox, with All Saints themed activities following the liturgy.  Stay tuned for more Family Ministry events throughout the year!

MEGA MEETING TODAY
There will be a MEGA meeting today for all 8th grade confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor in the parish hall from 10:45 am-12:00 noon.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
Join us for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our new 9:30 am Liturgy.  Children ages 4-10 and their parents are welcome.  You’ll be directed to the parish hall after the Opening Prayer of the Mass.

A NEW YEAR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
Our Youth Ministry program had a great picnic and Halloween party to kick off the year.  Any middle and high school students who would like to have fun, grow in their faith and make committed friendships with like-minded peers are invited to participate in our activities.  Contact Meredith Troyan here with questions.

28th ANNUAL LOVE WALK FOR THE POOR
On Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 pm, our Catholic Diocese will host this year’s Love Walk for the Poor inviting high school students, young adults, and parents to join for prayer and praise and the Sunday Liturgy beginning at 2:00 pm at Saint Peter Church, Arch Street, North Side. Contact Meredith Troyan here now if you’d like to participate!

WACKY WEDNESDAY
Middle schoolers are invited to the Ministry Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm for a fun and engaging chance to tackle some of the difficult topics facing young teens today.
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On October 28 the Church sets aside a day to honor the priests who faithfully serve God’s people every day of the year.  Take a moment today to thank a priest for their dedication and service.

Remember to fall back next Sunday!  Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4 at 2 am.  Don’t forget to take advantage of that extra hour of sleep.

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Jeremiah 31:7-9 / Hebrews 5:1-6 /Mark 10:46-52
Monday:  Ephesians 4:32-5:8  / Luke 13:10-17
Tuesday:  Ephesians 5:21-33 / Luke 13:18-21     
Wednesday:  Ephesians 6:1-9 / Luke 13:22-30
Thursday: Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14 / Matthew 5:1-12a
Friday:  Wisdom 3:1-9 / Romans 5:5-11
Saturday:  Philippians 1:18b-26 / Luke 14:1, 7-11
Next Sunday:  Deuteronomy 6:2-6 / Hebrews 7:23-28 / Mark 12:28b-34
 
ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCE
This year we will celebrate our annual All Souls Remembrance within the noon Mass on Sunday, November 4.  Please consider coming to this liturgy, particularly if you have lost a loved on this past year.  A light reception will follow in the parish hall.

OUR AUTUMN BIBLE STUDIES
In this time of challenge, we turn to the Scriptures for guidance.  Join us for the Bible Study  “Dashed Hopes:  When Our Best Laid Plans Fall Apart”  on Wednesdays, Nov. 7 and 14, 7:30 pm, Ministry Center Library.  $15/ suggested donation.  Register as soon as possible by calling Andy Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

MAGNIFICAT PRAYER BREAKFAST
All Catholic ladies are invited to attend the Magnificat Pittsburgh prayer breakfast on Nov. 17 from 9 am to noon at the Marriott, (Rt. 228) Cranberry Twp.  Hear Emily Stimpson Chapman, a Catholic writer, book author, blogger, and speaker, tell the inspiring story of her struggle and rediscovery of faith.  Go to www.magnificatpittsburgh.org (+) for information.

FAIR TRADE CRAFTS FAIR
Do some holiday shopping for a good cause! Saturday, Nov. 17, 3:00-6:00 pm, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 9:00 am-2:00 pm, in the parish hall at St. Joseph Church, 342 Dorseyville Rd.  Featuring beautiful handmade crafts, Christmas items, coffee, chocolate, and much more!  Sponsored by St. Scholastica Parish Hope for Haiti Committee. For questions, contact hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATON ON WEDNESDAYS
Every Wednesday, our Christian Meditation Session will be held in the church after the new 10:00am Liturgy.  All are welcome to stay for silent prayer!

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 29
   10:00 am   Mary Kay Greenwood  (The Giuffre Family)
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz

Tuesday, October 30
   10:00 am   Catherine Koch  (Neighbors and Friends)
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz  

Wednesday, October 31
   10:00 am   Linda Atkins  (Eileen McGrath)
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz

Thursday, November 1 — All Saints’ Day
   10:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz 

    7:00 pm   Deceased Members of the Leonard Family  (The Leonard/Troyan Family)

Friday, November 2 — All Souls’ Day
   10:00 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano  (Wife)
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz

Saturday, November 3 — Saint Martin de Porres
   5:00 pm   Fred Burger  (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky

Sunday, November 4 — 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
   9:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Michael Decewicz
   12:00 pm   Joseph Cua  (The Adams & McDougall Families)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky
   
Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially James Ranii.

It is always good to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones.  We are currently scheduling Mass Intentions through April 2019.  Please see the bulletin insert or contact the parish office.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans, cookies, macaroni and cheese and dried fruit.  Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance.  

It's time to prepare for Thanksgiving in the streets!  These items are needed:  stuffing mix, turkey gravy, canned cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, canned yams or sweet potatoes,  canned corn or other vegetables, and large, sturdy, disposable aluminum roasting pans (for turkeys).  These items may be left in the gray bins.  In addition, if you’re able and inclined to provide frozen turkeys, please deliver them to the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, November 19 ONLY, before 8:00 am. Do NOT bring turkeys to the church. Thank you for your Thanksgiving generosity! 

Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10 am-12 noon on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third St., except the turkeys on the morning of Nov. 19.  Thanks!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your October donations of  hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, hot chocolate packets, and tea packets — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.    

Please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
Remember that you can always support our regional school by purchasing gift certificates to many local businesses.  Contact the school office for more details.

OUR NOVEMBER 10  ANNUAL FALL FLING WITH THE CDTCA PTG
On Friday, November 10, at 6:30 pm, in the Fox Chapel Racquet Club (355 Hunt Road), our CDTCA PTG will hold its annual Fall Fling Dinner, Auction, and Dance for adults.  All are welcome to join in this special event and fundraiser for our regional school.  There will be wonderful auction items, good food, and a great evening.  Please call the school office (412-781-7927) for information and tickets!
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BAPTISM PREPARATION 
We will hold a Baptism Preparation session on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.  Come and learn about the sacrament and the ceremony with Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff. Contact our parish office to register.  Please begin to make arrangements for the baptism itself by contacting the parish office as soon as possible. The next Baptism Preparation Session will be held on January 14.

ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT
Men of the parish are encouraged to participate in our annual retreat.  This is an opportunity to recharge your spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer. The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside. It will take place from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 16 through noon on Sunday, Nov. 18.  The theme is: “I Have Chosen You.”  If you’d like to sign up or to get more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-680-7419).

Please know that you’re welcome in every Liturgy and in every parish of our new grouping as we consolidate into one parish in the coming three years!

Your donations will support this parish.  If you use a Saint Scholastica Parish envelope when you pray in another area church, your donation will be sent here to support this parish.  Thanks for your generosity!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Our thanks go to  Aspinwall Meals on Wheels for supporting our parish.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
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.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

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

Parish Office 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