November 11, 2018

Daily Mass: Week of November 12
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Madonna/St. Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule:  November 17-18
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Fr. Dale DeNinno, Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Scholastica
 
Dear Parishioners,
    Do you remember as a child when your parents taught you to say “I’m sorry" when it was clear that you had done something wrong? And then, like any parental correction, they had to repeat themselves until you learned the lesson of apologizing and changing your behavior.
    Now grown to adulthood, the lesson is still being learned and a repetitive reminder is still necessary. Human nature being what it is, we are inclined to sinful thoughts, words and deeds. Our choices and actions are often contrary to the ways of God and the commandments of God. And when that happens, we need to say "I'm sorry."
    In the tradition and practice of our Catholic faith, the Church has long offered us an aid to expressing remorse for our sins along with a firm purpose of amendment. We call it the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the confession of our sins we seek to make right that which is wrong, thereby reconciling ourselves with God
and one another.
    Despite the fact that many people (Catholics included) pooh-pooh or even negate the value and/or need for the sacrament, still, confession is good for the soul. It provides a spiritual cleansing and sets us on a renewed path.
    In the grouping of our four parishes a deliberate effort has been made to make the sacrament of Reconciliation available. The times and churches are printed on the front of each parish bulletin as well as listed here:
Every Saturday    
   9:30 - 10:15 am                Saint Edward Church
   11 :30 am - Noon             Saint Joseph Church
   3:30 - 4:00 pm                  Madonna Church
Every Tuesday  
   6:30 -7:15 pm                   Saint Scholastica Church
    May the Lord bless your week ahead.
                                                                   Father Dale DeNinno

    Please know that you’re welcome at every Liturgy and in every parish of our new grouping.   If you use a St. Scholastica Parish envelope when you pray in another area church, your donation will be sent here to support this parish.  Thanks for your generosity!
  

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Join us for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at our new 9:30am 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.
    We’re in need of parish members to volunteer as leaders and assistants. With a small commitment, you can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God with our parish children. For details, contact Andrew Bechman here. Many thanks!

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR WARMTH
    Middle and high school students, meet in the parish hall after the 5pm Mass at St. Scholastica on Saturday, Nov. 17 to collect items for the homeless.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan by Nov. 12.

OAKMONT BAKERY PIE SALE
    Order your holiday pies and support our Appalachia Mission trip!  Orders due by Nov. 13.  Contact the parish office.

RITE OF ENROLLMENT AND MEGA MEETING
    Next Sunday, Nov. 18 we will hold the Rite of Enrollment for 8th grade confirmation candidates at the 9:30am liturgy followed by a MEGA meeting in the parish hall from 10:45-12 noon.
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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, conversation, Mass and prayer. The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside from 5:00pm 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).

4th ANNUAL ST. NICK SOIREE
    Join the Emerging Leaders Council of Catholic Charities at the 4th Annual St. Nick Soiree where “Home For the Holidays” is this year’s theme. We are bringing it back to the Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh on Thursday, December 6 starting at 6:00 pm. The Christmas party will feature live music from Radio Tokyo, and cocktails and food.  The cost is $75 for one ticket or $135 for two tickets. To buy tickets, visit www.ccpgh.org/events (+). Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities programs and services that help individuals and families in need.

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  1 Kings 17:10-16 / Hebrews 9:24-28 / Mark 12:38-44
Monday:  Titus 1:1-9 / Luke 17:1-6
Tuesday:  Titus 2:1-8, 11-14 / Luke 17:7-10
Wednesday:  Titus 3:1-7 / Luke 17:11-19
Thursday:  Philemon 7-20 / Luke 17:20-25
Friday:  2 John 4-9 / Luke 17:26-37
Saturday:  3 John 5-8 / Luke 18:1-8
Next Sunday:  Daniel 12:1-3 / Hebrews 10:11-14 / Mark 13:24-32

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

CHRISTMAS DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    College and post-college men are invited to “The Word Was Made Flesh: A Christmas Discernment Retreat,” held Dec. 14-16 at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. This retreat will allow you to learn more about discerning your vocation through Mass, Adoration, conferences, Confession, and solid brotherhood. No cost. Must be 18 or older. Visit PGHPriest.com (+) by December 7 to register.
    
JOIN THE CHOIR FOR ADVENT!
    If you love to sing, consider joining the choir at our 9:30am liturgy for the Advent and Christmas season, Nov. 28 through Jan. 6.  Contact Sr. Pat Baker by Nov. 18 to register.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT
    Mark your calendars. Advent by Candlelight, an evening for women, will be held this year on Monday, December 3, at St. Scholastica Church. Details to follow.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Saturday, November 10
   5:00 pm   Tillie Marsico  (Tish Marsico)

Sunday, November 11 — 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   9:30 am   Eugene Gallenz  (Bill Eckert & Family)
   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  

Monday, November 12
   10:00 am   Mary Certo  (Jo & Natalie)

Tuesday, November 13
   10:00 am   Arthur B. Roney, Sr.  (Ann Marie Kiszka)

Wednesday, November 14
   10:00 am   Kara Valchar  (George & Donna Wehrle)

Thursday, November 15
   10:00 am   Helen Brandl  (niece, Kathleen Piper)

Friday, November 16
   10:00 am   Richard B. Fisher  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, November 17
    5:00 pm   Georgene Veltri  (Tish Marsico)

Sunday, November 18 — 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   9:30 am   George Daily  (The Daily Family)
   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your November donations of  holiday meal items such as vegetables, sweet and mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce or gravy — 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!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
    Bishop Zubik has asked every parish to take up a special collection to aid the congregations that worship at the Tree of Life synagogue.  This collection is a gift of love from the Catholic people of Southwestern Pennsylvania to help their members recover and to restore their house of worship.  Thank you for your generous support.

SECOND COLLECTION NOVEMBER 17 & 18
    Next week’s second collection will support the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your gift will help provide necessities such as medications and nursing care for those men and women who have served the Church so faithfully for many years.

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.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SANTA’S GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP
    Kick off the Christmas season with CDTCA’s Gingerbread event.  This is a fun event for the whole family with gingerbread house decorating (all supplies will be provided), a craft & vendor fair, food trucks, and games, raffles and prizes for all ages!  The event will take place in the CDTCA Cafeteria and Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 1 between 10:00am and 4:00pm.  Contact the school office at 412-781-7927 for details and to reserve your spot.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
    CDTCA will be selling certificates at the 9:30am and 12:00 noon Masses on Sunday, Nov. 18th and  Dec. 16th.  Please support our regional school!
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CHRISTMAS COOKIE DONATIONS
    The Aquinas Guild will be collecting homemade cookies again this year for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please feel free to bake now and freeze the goodies, or plan for some extra baking time in early December.  Cookies are "due" on Sunday, Dec. 16.  We are hoping to supply 150 families.  We appreciate your generosity in advance.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered milk, dried fruit, canned kidney or black beans, macaroni and cheese, and Hamburger Helper-type meal mixes.  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 (please leave in the gray bins):  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).  If you’re able to provide frozen turkeys, please deliver them to the porch of 318 Third St. on Mon. Nov. 19 ONLY, before 8:00am. Please do NOT bring turkeys to the church.
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays. Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street (except as noted above).  Thank you for your Thanksgiving generosity! 

     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

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
office@cdtca.org