December 30, 2018

Saint Scholastica Parish

Daily Mass: Week of December 31
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
  10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno            Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule:  January 5 & 6
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Phil Farrell                    Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Mike Ackerman           Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Mike Ackerman           Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Mike Ackerman           Saint Scholastica
Dear Parishioners,
     What a year was 2018! Political and governmental turmoil, natural disasters claiming life  and property, the horror and tragedy of a synagogue shooting, a diocesan church in transition beset by the scandal of a Grand Jury Report. Taken together, it's enough to make your head spin in wonder at the messiness of life. But then, isn't that the nature of FAMILY? The family of humankind . . . the family of a nation . . . the family of faith . . . the family into which we were born.
     Jesus, Mary and Joseph were a family and they knew the messiness of life. For them, it was not smooth, it was not easy. An unexpected pregnancy, no room at the inn, a hurried escape into Egypt, a son lost in the temple, and the human response of hatred, rejection and crucifixion to a message proclaimed.
     Everyone reading these words can tell the story of their life in a parish family - not always easy, not always smooth. Sometimes messy. And then it becomes further complicated when four parishes in a geographic area named the Lower Allegheny Valley are grouped together. What are we to make of it all? A new Mass schedule, with new priests, and new ways of doing things. It may leave us feeling unsettled and off-balance.
     My dear sisters and brothers, in whatever way we experienced the year 2018, we can be pretty sure that 2019 will likewise have more than its share of surprises and challenges. Please God, give us the grace to respond as men and women invested in our Catholic faith who are open to a new way of defining and living the reality of what we may appropriately call an expanded understanding of parish family.
                                                                                  Father Dale DeNinno

Schedule  for the Feast of Mary, Mother of God
Monday, December 31
   4:00 pm            St. Joseph Church
   4:30 pm            Madonna of Jerusalem Church
Tuesday, January 1
   9:00 am            St. Edward Church
   10:00 am          St. Scholastica Church 

There WILL be regular daily morning Masses on Monday December 31.


     Middle and high school students, join us at the Aspinwall VA hospital Tuesday, January 8, at 4:00pm to help bring joy to the veterans.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

     Middle schoolers are invited to the Ministry Center on Wednesday, January 9, from 6:00-7:00pm for a fun and engaging chance to tackle some of the difficult topics facing young teens today.
     Middle and high school students, meet in the parish hall after the 5pm Mass at St. Scholastica on Saturday, January 12, to collect items for the homeless. 

     “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This Serenity Prayer has been my faithful friend these past weeks. First, I was hospitalized with pneumonia, and then one week later with supraventricular tachycardia, leaving me weak and currently on oxygen. The doctor recommends a month’s rest so that I can regain my strength.
     This couldn’t happen at a worse time of year! I truly regret that I am currently in this weakened condition and not able to celebrate with you this beautiful season when we celebrate the great gift of the birth of Jesus.
     Please know that you are in my prayers daily and also how much I appreciate all your prayers and thoughts. I want to also express my gratitude to Father Dale and Father Paul for all their kindness, support and prayers.
                                                                            Happy New Year,
                                                                            Father Michael

Regular Offertory Collection
Weekend of December 15-16:  $8,789

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. 

This Sunday:  1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 / 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24 / Luke 2:41-52
Monday:  1 John 2:18-21 / John 1:1-18
Tuesday:  Numbers 6:22-27 / Galatians 4:4-7 / Luke 2:16-21
Wednesday:  1 John 2:22-28 / John 1:19-28
Thursday:  1 John 2:29—3:6 / John 1:29-34
Friday:  1 John 3:7-10 / John 1:35-42
Saturday:  1 John 3:11-21 / John 1:43-51
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 60:1-6 / Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/ Matthew 2:1-12

     St. Joseph Parish will feature a train and village display on weekends until January 6 from Noon to 3:00pm in the St. Joseph Church cafeteria.  Join them for cookies, hot chocolate, and some holiday cheer.

     The flowers decorating our church this Christmas season were generously sponsored by parishioners in memory of their loved ones.  Please see the memorial lists at the church entrances.

     Join us for the annual March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday, January 18.  The bus will load at St. Scholastica around 12:30am on Friday and we expect to return to Aspinwall around 11pm that evening.  The cost is $25 for adults and students are free.  For reservations or more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

The Respect Life Pancake Breakfast will be Jan. 13, 9:00am-1:00pm in the CDTCA cafeteria.  Proceeds support the bus to the Washington March for Life.

     For new and expectant parents, we will hold a Baptism preparation session on Monday, January 14, at 7:30pm 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 February 25.

     North Hills Community outreach is seeking volunteers to shovel snow for local seniors.  Teens are welcome, but teens 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Cathy at 412-307-0069 or

Feast of the Holy Family
Saturday, December 29
   5:00pm  Rita Daily (The Daily Family)
Sunday December 30
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
   12:00noon  William Sanchez (Antoinette Kwiatkowski)

Monday, December 31—Saint Sylvester 
   10:00am  Eleanor Pantone (Joseph & children Joey, David, Marilyn)

Tuesday, January 1—Mary, Mother of God  
   10:00am  Dr. Robert L. Romano (Wife)

Wednesday, January 2—Saints Basil & Gregory
   10:00am  Matthew Elder (Family)

Thursday, January 3—The Most Holy Name of Jesus
   10:00am  Yvonne B. Maher (Thomas D. Maher, Jr.)

Friday, January 4—Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
   10:00am  Dianne Powell (M/M Weaver & M/M Dincher)

Feast of The Epiphany
Saturday, January 5
   5:00pm  Raymond Jurewicz (Tish Marsico)
Sunday January 6
   9:30am  Stanley Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Holiday Office Hours:  The parish office will be closed December 31-January 1. 

Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Jan. 2, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.

Hope for Haiti Committee meeting:  Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30pm in the parish hall.

St. Monica Society: Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10:00am in the parish hall.
     Our annual parish calendar, donated by the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall, is available at all church entrances. Please feel free to take one home today.

     Happy New Year from Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!  If you’re interested in a new school for your student for next year, please save the date for the CDTCA Open House on Saturday, January 26, from 2:00 – 4:00.  We’d love to show you what our school is all about!
Ten New Year’s Resolutions You Might Actually Keep!
10         Trust Your Instincts
9           Stop Procrastinating
8           Learn to Take Risks
7           Forgive Someone
6           Tip Generously
5           Learn One New Thing
4           Live Longer, Watch Less TV
3           Try a New Adventure
2           Get to Know Your Neighbors
1           Use Your Talents for a Good Cause

     Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered milk, dried fruit, and hot chocolate mix.  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!

     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.

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