February 3, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping

Daily Mass: Week of February 4
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz
                                Mon, Tues, Wed            Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                 Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: February 9 & 10
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky            Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz        Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky            Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz        Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno                Saint Scholastica

Dear Parishioners,
     When Jesus spoke he elicited interesting reactions from his listeners. Last week's Gospel narrative from Saint Luke describes the people's response in this way: "... news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. " And further on: " ... the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him." And again: " ... all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. "
     However, the praise and the amazement often seemed to be based on his ability to speak a message that soothed and satisfied the people's hearts. As long as he was saying things they liked to hear or agreed with, they were lavish in their exclamations. But once his message turned to challenge or chastisement, there were many who turned on him, even those who knew him as a young boy growing up in Nazareth. Witness what they tried to do to him in today's Gospel narrative: "When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill ... to hurl him down headlong. "
     Jesus' message is not always easy to hear. While it is true that we seek out the Word of the Lord to soothe and satisfy, still, there will be times when we need to hear something that will make us think in new and different ways. In our time, we may not always like to hear what the preacher has to say, we may not even agree. But doesn't the message deserve a respectful listening?
     I firmly believe that our reading of Sacred Scripture or listening to its public proclamation during Mass is intended to make us think. To think about the things of God, to think about the person of Jesus Christ, to think about our discipleship, and yes, to think about our commitment to the Catholic Church, even in times of
scandal, change and uncertainty.
     My dear brothers and sisters, I urge a careful and attentive listening to the words that come from the mouth of the Lord. And when we respond THANKS BE TO GOD, let it be with good reason and sincerity of heart.
                                                                                             Father Dale DeNinno

Some Thoughts on Preaching
"The world is dying for want, not of good preaching, but of good hearing."
                                                                                            George Dana Boardman

"The test of a good preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not what a lovely sermon, but, I will do something."
                                                                                            Saint Francis de Sales

"Saint Paul's preaching usually ended in a riot or a revival."
                                                                                            Orin Philip Gifford


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

     Our annual Appalachia Mission trip, which takes place  June 23-30, is seeking adult volunteers. Please contact Meredith Troyan for more information.

Thank you to everyone who donated to last weekend’s CCD Family Ministry program. We had 90 families who filled over 160 bags with goodies for the homebound.  The morning included lessons on the Two Great Commandments of love, sacred song, playing Love Bingo, and concluded with participation in Mass.

     Youth Ministry members will be collecting donations for the Jubilee Soup Kitchen after all Masses February 2 & 3.  Thank you for your generosity!

A Lector Workshop for all those who proclaim The Word of the Lord during weekend and weekday Masses in the 6 churches of our 4 parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley will be offered by Father Paul Merkovsky on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, February 19, at 1:00pm
in Madonna of Jerusalem Church in Sharpsburg

Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 pm
in Saint Joseph Church in O'Hara

Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 pm
in Saint Scholastica Church in Aspinwall

     Regardless of the church in which you worship and serve as a Lector, attendance at just ONE of these workshops is required for everyone who serves in this most important liturgical ministry. You choose the date and time that best suits your schedule. Each session is scheduled to last for 90 minutes. RSVP to Debbie VanDemark at  parish@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186.

Offertory Collection
                Weekend of January 26 & 27: $5,003
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:  Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 / 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 / Luke 4:21-30
Monday:  Hebrews 11:32-40 / Mark 5:1-20
Tuesday:  Hebrews 12:1-4 / Mark 5:21-43
Wednesday:  Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15 / Mark 6:1-6
Thursday:  Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24 / Mark 6:7-13
Friday:  Hebrews 13:1-8 / Mark 6:14-29
Saturday:  Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21 / Mark 6:30-34
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 / Luke 5:1-11

     A.R.M. will officially begin its ministry on Sunday, February 10, at 2:30pm. Bishop Zubik will celebrate a special Mass of anointing for those suffering from addiction or in recovery. All are welcome to attend.

     A.R.M. will hold an afternoon of prayer and reflection for those suffering addiction and their loved ones, hosted by the Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping at 2:00pm Sunday, March 10, at Saint Scholastica Church. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

     “Death and Taxes or The Peasants are Revolting”, a murder mystery dinner sponsored by A.R.M., will be held on Friday, February 22, starting at 6:00pm in the St. Juan Diego John Paul I Center. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/murder-mystery-dinner-tickets-53443425725 or by calling 412-784-8700.

     To learn more, please visit our Facebook page, Addiction Recovery Ministry Pittsburgh or our website, www.addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org. Thank you very much for your support of this ministry!

     Life Line Screening will offer health screenings at St. Juan Diego Parish on Friday, March 15. These five key screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. See the flyers at the church entrances for details or visit https://www.lifelinescreening.com/community-circle.

     A beautiful hand-carved wooden statue of our patron was recently found, unused and placed in a corner. It has been retrieved and sent to a professional artist for restoration and painting. When returned it will find a place of prominence. The cost of the work is $850. If there is an individual, a couple, or a family who would like to make a donation in honor of Saint Scholastica and in memory of beloved family members, please contact Father Dale DeNinno at the parish office at your earliest convenience.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 2
   5:00pm  James Ranii (Kathleen McAndrews) 
Sunday, February 3
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
   12:00noon  Kevin Scanlon (The Scanlon Family)

Monday, February 4—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Andrea Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, February 5—Saint Agatha
   10:00am  No Intention Listed

Wednesday, February 6—Saint Paul Miki & Companions
   10:00am  In celebration of Dom Chrysostom (The VanDemark Family)

Thursday, February 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  No Intention Listed

Friday, February 8—Saint Jerome Emiliani / St. Josephine Bakhita
   10:00am  Yvonne B. Maher (Thomas Maher, Jr.)

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 9
   5:00pm  Mary M. Pavlovich (Carroll Mackey & Family)
Sunday, February 10
   9:30am  Lois Cua   (The Adams & McDougall Family)
   12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Harriet Kineavy and Mary Granata who were buried from St. Scholastica this week.

Hope for Haiti Committee meeting:  Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in the parish hall (rescheduled).
Bible Study: Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library (rescheduled)
St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30pm in the parish hall.
Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Feb. 6, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.
Bible Study: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.

     If you would like to receive a 2018 end of year contribution statement, please request one from the parish office at parish@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186.


There’s still time to buy tickets to CDTCA’s first Fashion Show and Ladies’ Luncheon on February 10 at Longue Vue Club. We will be featuring spring fashions from local Aspinwall boutiques One Brilliant and Soothe the Sole! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the school office.

Save the date for CDTCA’s Pancake Breakfast on February 24 from 10:00-1:30 in the school cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the CDTCA Athletics Association.

CDTCA is now accepting registrations for the 2019 - 2020 school year. If you are interested in pre-school through 8th Grade, please contact the school office to set up a tour!

     Thanks for your help! These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf stable milk, hot chocolate mix, canned red or black beans, and canned soup. [Note: This list is more current than the print edition of the bulletin.] 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.
     Due to the weather there is an urgent need for bath or beach towels. Please bring them to 316 3rd St. at the above times.  Thank you!

     Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your donations of  macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce and pasta — 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