November 18, 2018

Daily Mass: Week of November 19
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Madonna/St. Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Scholastica
  
Weekend Mass Schedule:  November 24-25
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Scholastica
 
Dear Parishioners,
    It hardly seems necessary to have a yearly Thanksgiving Day to remember and count our blessings.  Isn’t it something that we do every day?  Aren’t our daily prayers filled with expressions of gratitude to God for all that we have and are?  Still, as a nation it is important that the people of the United States pause and humbly acknowledge before our Creator the thanksgiving that is in our hearts for all that the Lord does for us, the richness of our blessings.
    In your plans for Thursday, November 22nd, I do hope that you will plan to come to church for the celebration of Mass and give proper thanks to the source of all blessings.  There will be four Masses offered on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate the parishioners of our four parish grouping in the Lower Allegheny Valley.  Please join us for one of them:
 
9:00 am             Saint Joseph Church
                                Fr. Dale DeNinno
 9:30 am             Madonna of Jerusalem Church
                                Fr. Mike Decewicz
10:00 am             Saint Scholastica Church
                                Fr. Paul Merkovsky
11:30 am             Saint Edward Church
                                Fr. Dale DeNinno

    As I settle into my new assignment with all of the various adjustments and a steep learning curve, I am especially grateful for the support and help of those women who work in the front office of each of our four parishes: Lori McKinniss and Kathi Sterling (Saint Joseph); Rosemarie Hass (Saint Juan Diego); Debbie VanDemark (Saint Scholastica); and Marilyn Welsh (Saint Padre Pio).  They are a God-send and I am grateful for their patience as they instruct, inform and educate me in the ways of each of our parishes. 
    Thanksgiving Day is a favorite holiday for most people.  Its focus is on sharing a good meal with family and friends, all in the context of giving thanks to Almighty God.  What better way to spend the day?!?

                                                                            Father Dale DeNinno
  

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!

NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASS  NEXT WEEK
    There will be no class on Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume Nov. 27.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

SERVING DINNER AT FAMILY HOUSE
    Middle and high school students are invited to help cook and serve dinner for the patients and their families staying at Family House on Nov. 28.  Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan by Nov. 25.
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JOIN OUR RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE
    The St. Scholastica Respect Life Committee would be delighted to have members of our joined Churches join our Respect Life activities.  Our November Meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30pm to 9pm at 203 Emerson Avenue (due to activities in the Pastoral Center).  All are welcome. Call 412-781-6550 for more information.

CHURCH AND SCHOOL SNOW REMOVAL
    St. Scholastica is looking to hire someone for weekend and holiday snow removal.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.  All sidewalks and stairs must be cleared and treated one hour before church and school functions.  Must be reliable and dependable!  For more details, contact Bruce  M-F between 7:00am and 3:00pm at 412-925-4310.

Please note a change in the confession schedule for St. Scholastica: Confessions will be on Tuesday NOT on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15pm

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Daniel 12:1-3 / Hebrews 10:11-14 / Mark 13:24-32
Monday:  Revelation 1:1-4, 2:1-5 / Luke 18:35-43
Tuesday:  Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22 / Luke 19:1-10
Wednesday:  Revelation 4:1-11 / Luke 19:11-28
Thursday:  Revelation 5:1-10 / Luke 19:41-44
Friday:  Revelation 10:8-11 / Luke 19:45-48
Saturday:  Revelation 11:4-12 / Luke 20:27-40
Next Sunday:  Daniel 7:13-14 / Revelation 1:5-8 / John 18:33b-37

FAIR TRADE CRAFTS FAIR TODAY!
    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, contact hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 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.

An Evening for Women: Advent by Candlelight will be held on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at St. Scholastica Church, beginning at 7:00 pm. Hosted this year in collaboration with St. Joseph Parish, the evening for women provides an opportunity for fellowship through prayer, reflections and music. All women of our parish grouping and their guests are invited to attend. A dessert reception will follow the program. See the insert in today's bulletin for more details.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
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   
Monday, November 19
   10:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Jo & Natalie)
Tuesday, November 20
   10:00 am   Patricia Gompers  (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
Wednesday, November 21
   10:00 am   Richard B. Fisher  (Kathy Murray)
Thursday, November 22 — Thanksgiving Day
   10:00 am   Anna Holmes  (niece, Sherry Schaffer)
Friday, November 23
   10:00 am   Joe Zuccaro  (The Ranii Family)
Saturday, November 24
   5:00 pm   Tom Giannopoulos  (The Moore Family)
Sunday, November 25 — Our Lord Jesus Christ, King  of the Universe
   9:30 am   Catherine R. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   

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

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!

Today’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 faithfully for so many years.

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.

Many thanks to all parishioners who came out to support CDTCA at our Fall Fling last weekend.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and we’re grateful for everyone’s support!
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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 jelly.  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 Monday, 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-12noon 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