January 13, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish 
Daily Mass: Week of January 14
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno             Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed           Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Scholastica
Weekend Mass Schedule:  January 19 & 20
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Visiting Priest                   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             Visiting Priest                    Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Visiting Priest                    Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Scholastica

Baptism of the Lord
Dear Parishioners,
     When asked, all of us can easily remember the date of our birth - day, month and year. It's an important date because it marks our entrance into the world and we celebrate it annually with glad thanksgiving. What is not so easy to remember, and perhaps even unknown, is the date of our baptism. Why is that? It is a date every bit as important because it marks the beginning of our journey of faith and sharing in the very life of God. In baptism we are named as daughters and sons of the Almighty.
     In the waters of baptism we are initiated into the life of God, washed clean of original sin, welcomed into the family of the Church, and set upon the road that is intended to lead us to share the life of God forever. Baptism also comes with responsibility. Baptism is not a once-and-for-all event. It is so much more than a liturgical ritual or a sacrament received. It is a sacrament lived. Not a passive event but rather something dynamic that engages us throughout the whole of our lives
     While Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River at the hands of John the Baptist marked the beginning of his public ministry, so too, our baptism marks us as participators in the work of the Gospel. Feed the hungry, give drink to those who thirst, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit those in prison . . . love your neighbor as yourself.
     Baptism also allows us to call each other sister and brother. That is the spiritual bond that unites us and enables us to call God our Father. What an important realization, especially in today's expanded notion of parish life. Truly, we belong to something that is so much bigger than Saint Joseph Parish or Saint Juan Diego Parish or Saint Padre Pio Parish or Saint Scholastica Parish. Yes, we are part of a parish grouping and will experience growing pains as that reality sinks deeper into our awareness. What really needs to sink into our understanding are the words of Saint Paul:
"I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Ephesians 4: 1-6).
     My dear sisters and brothers, in our common bond of baptism, let us promise to pray for each other always.
                                                                               Father Dale DeNinno

     As a parish, we are blessed with the opportunity to shape and develop the Iives of children with special needs. By contributing to the annual diocesan collection to benefit Saint Anthony School Program and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, we help to create remarkable opportunities for the children they serve. In addition to supporting the children with special needs, your kind donation counts toward the 2018 Parish Share Program assessment for Saint Scholastica Parish. The second collection will be taken the weekend of January 19-20.


     All Religious Education families are invited to Family Ministry on Sunday, January 27, at 10:00am in the John Paul I Center Hall at 201 9th Street in Sharpsburg.  We will be packing Valentine gift bags for the homebound.  Mass will follow at 11:30am. 
     To help with this ministry, donations of individually wrapped items such as tea, candy, lotion, chap stick, notecards, pens etc. can be dropped off in the Church vestibule or parish office.  For more information contact Delia Barr in the Faith Formation Office.

     Middle and high school students are invited to help cook and serve dinner on January 23 for the patients and their families staying at Family House .  Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

     We Catholics have long practiced the tradition of requesting that a Mass be offered for a person when they die or to remember them on the anniversary of their death or on the occasion of what would have been their birthday. Likewise, on occasion we also ask that a Mass be celebrated in thanksgiving for the intention of persons still living, e.g., the occasion of a significant wedding anniversary, a birthday, or a graduation, etc.
     Currently, in all of the churches of our Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes, it has been noted that there are many dates that do not have a particular intention listed. That is unfortunate. How blessed to remember our deceased loved ones and/or those still living in the sacred prayer of the Mass.
     If you would like to request a particular Mass intention for a date of your choice or any date available, please contact the parish offices. A stipend of $10 is requested for each Mass.

Offertory Collection
     Feast of Mary, Mother of God: $1,046
     Weekend of January 5 & 6: $7,128
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:  Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 / Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 / Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
Monday:  Hebrews 1:1-6 / Mark 1:14-20
Tuesday:  Hebrews 2:5-12 / Mark 1:21-28
Wednesday:  Hebrews 2:14-18 / Mark 1:29-39
Thursday:  Hebrews 3:7-14 / Mark 1:40-45
Friday:  Hebrews 4:1-5, 11 / Mark 2:1-12
Saturday:  Hebrews 4:12-16 / Mark 2:13-17
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 62:1-5 / 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 / John 2:1-11

     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 held January 13, 9:00am to 1:00pm, at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy Cafeteria, entrance on Third Street. Regular Serving $5, Small Serving $4. Sponsored by the Respect Life Committee. Your participation will support our bus to the Washington March for Life on January 18th. 

     All are welcome to join our 9:30am choir for the winter session (January 16 through March 3) Please see Sr. Pat Baker by January 13.

     Who was John the Baptist? How was his ministry related to that of Jesus? The answers to these questions are not as simple as we may think. Join us for a three-part Bible study: “John the Baptist: Forerunner.” We will meet in the Ministry Center library on three Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00pm, beginning on January 24 and ending on February 7.  For more information or to register, contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, x18 or by email here by Monday, January 14, to receive your materials at the first session. Please indicate if you would prefer a print booklet or an e-book version. We hope you will join us!

     The Vocations Office is hosting a High School Silent Retreat for men to learn more about discerning their vocation at Martina Spiritual Renewal Center on Feb. 9-10.  It will include Mass, Adoration, conferences, opportunity for Confession, and solid brotherhood. Please visit the Pittsburgh Priest website here (+)  by January 25 to register.
The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 12
   5:00pm  Monica Ribar (Family & Friends)
Sunday, January 13
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
   12:00noon  William Sanchez (Family)

Monday, January 14 — Weekday in Ordinary Time 
   10:00am   Thomas Condosta (St. Scholastica Parish Staff)

Tuesday, January 15 — Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Carol Massaro (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Wednesday, January 16— Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Yvonne B. Maher (Thomas D. Maher, Jr.)

Thursday, January 17 — Saint Anthony, Abbot
   10:00am  Maureen C. Murray (Tish Marsico)

Friday    January 18 — Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Maureen C. Murray (Jo &  Natalie Certo)

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, January 19
   5:00pm  Mary M. Toth (Diane S. Hupp)
Sunday January 20
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
   12:00noon  John DePellegrini (Anna Mae DePellegrini)

Respect Life Pancake Breakfast: Sunday Jan. 13, from 9:00am-1:00pm in the CDTCA cafeteria.

Baptism Preparation: Monday, Jan. 14, 7:30pm in the parish hall.

Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 1:00pm in the parish hall.

Appalachia Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Jan 15, at 7pm in the parish hall.

Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Jan. 16, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.

Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30pm in the parish hall.

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


     Interested in exploring new school options for your child? Do you have a child starting kindergarten or pre-school next year? Don’t miss CDTCA’s Open House on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Take a tour of the school, meet our teachers and principal and discover the Catholic school difference! Now accepting registrations for pre-school through 8th grade.
Please join us for a Ladies Day Out at CDTCA’s first Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sunday, February 10, at 12:30 at Longue Vue Club. Featuring styles from local Aspinwall businesses – One Brilliant and Soothe the Sole! Tickets are $50 each and available in the school office. 

Gift certificates will be sold after Sunday Masses on January 20 and February 17.  Thank you for supporting our school!

     Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered milk, canned red or black beans, and Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes. 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