November 4, 2018

Daily Mass Schedule: Week of November 5
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Michael Decewicz, Madonna/St. Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Scholastica
Weekend Mass Schedule:  November 10-11
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz, Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky, Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno, Saint Scholastica
Dear Parishioners,
    In the horror of Saturday, October 27th, the lives of 11 individuals were ended, their families shattered, a worshiping community crushed, and a neighborhood and city brought together in consolation and support.  It has all served to remind us of how fragile is the human condition and how important the interconnectedness of the human family.  It is clear that in trauma and tragedy, we need each other. 
    In the Christian scriptures of the Bible (the New Testament), Saint Paul writes: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, according to the promise”  (Galatians 3:28).
    Sisters and brothers, in the tradition of faith, we are all descendants of Abraham.  In our common baptism, we belong to Christ.  Moreover, at vigils that spontaneously arose on Saturday night in Squirrel Hill and the interfaith prayer service that was celebrated at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland on Sunday, there was powerful evidence of people coming together, pointing out our common humanity.  Women and men standing together, arms locked in solidarity, bonded in determination to express outrage at hate and a renewed commitment to love.
    Today’s Gospel could not be more timely . . . because the message is timeless.  The question is asked of Jesus: “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  And his answer?  He quotes the Hebrew scripture from the Book of Deuteronomy (the Old Testament): “Hear, O Israel!  The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.”  And then Jesus added:  “The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Whether we live in Squirrel Hill, or Mount Washington, North Side or South, O’Hara or Blawnox, Fox Chapel or Sharpsburg, Harmar or Aspinwall—our common humanity, our Jewish heritage, our Christian faith, our Catholic response—all call us to put flesh on the words of the commandment to love God and one another.
    May the Lord bless the words of our mouth, the work of our hands, the commitment of our hearts.  And may the loving example of all the saints inspire us, especially: Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica.

                                                                                      Father Dale DeNinno


    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!

    Middle schoolers are invited to the Ministry Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 6:00-7:30pm for a fun and engaging chance to tackle some of the difficult topics facing young teens today.

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

    Dirty Vagabond Ministries is a non-profit Catholic ministry which serves low-income, inner-city youth who are often forgotten, abused, and broken-hearted.  The ministry in Sharpsburg partners with St. Juan Diego Parish.  If you would like to help with their weekly outreach by assisting with providing dinner or by making a donation, please contact Pam Susi at 412-781-5696 or by email here.

This Sunday:  Deuteronomy 6:2-6 / Hebrews 7:23-28 / Mark 12:28b-34
Monday:  Philippians 2:1-4 / Luke 14:12-14
Tuesday:   Philippians 2:5-11/ Luke 14:15-24
Wednesday:   Philippians 2:12-18/ Luke 14:25-33
Thursday:  Philippians 3:3-8a/ Luke 15:1-10
Friday:   Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 / John 2:13-22
Saturday:   Philippians 4:10-19 / Luke 16:9-15
Next Sunday:   1 Kings 17:10-16 / Hebrews 9:24-28 / Mark 12:38-44

    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

    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!

    "Living in the Spirit" is a group of adults supporting each other and sharing practices and resources for spiritual growth.  We meet monthly.  The next session is Thursday, November 8, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.  There is no need to register for this group--just join us!

    Join us in welcoming into our faith community Avery Jane Spindler who was baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

    Please know that you’re welcome at 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!

Saturday, November 3
   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
Monday, November 5
   10:00 am   Jean Savye  (The Flaherty Family)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky
Tuesday, November 6
   10:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Family) 
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky
Wednesday, November 7
   10:00 am   James Ranii  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky  
Thursday, November 8
   10:00 am   Flo & Ed Fairley  (daughter, Kathleen Piper)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky 
Friday, November 9
   10:00 am   Catherine Koch  (Gary & Arlene Sullivan)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky
Saturday, November 10
   5:00 pm   Tillie Marsico  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno
Sunday, November 11 — 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   9:30 am   Eugene Gallenz  (Bill Eckert & Family)
      Presider: Father Paul Merkovsky
   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Dale DeNinno

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

    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 DePaul Society!

    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.


    Our biggest fundraiser, the Fall Fling, is fast approaching!  Please join us on Saturday, November 10, at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club.  Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $65 each.  This year’s event is the Circus theme “Step Right Up” and promises to be a fun night with dinner stations and fabulous silent auction items.  Please contact the school office at 412-781-7927 for tickets.  We hope that you can join us!

    Thanks to everyone who attended CDTCA’s first Bingo night.  It was a fun and successful event!

    The CDTCA Panthers had a great Fall Athletics season!  
    Our Varsity Volleyball team finished 4-8. JV Volleyball is 4-6 and made it to the Diocesan playoffs. 
    In Cross Country, 10 of the 17 runners finished in the top 20, with 2 runners consistently finishing in the top ten.  
    Varsity soccer is 6-2-1, in 3rd place in the division, and has secured a spot in the playoffs.  3rd/4th grade soccer has been getting better and more involved with each game. Our 1st/2nd grade team, many of whom are playing soccer for the first time, are doing an amazing job!

    Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  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).  Please leave these items in the gray bins

    If you’re able to provide frozen turkeys, please deliver them to the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, Nov. 19 ONLY, before 8:00am. Please do NOT bring turkeys to the church.   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.

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

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 

Amy Condosta     Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

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