January 6. 2019

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH of the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping
Daily Mass: Week of January 7
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed            Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                 Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule:  January 12 & 13
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno             Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Visiting Priest                   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             Visiting Priest                   Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno             Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Visiting Priest                   Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Scholastica

Dear Parishioners,
     The day of Christmas has come and gone and what do we have to show for it? Gifts given and gifts received. Brand new gifts and ones that were re-gifted. Gifts gratefully received and used; ones that were quietly returned and exchanged. Gifts that came in all shapes and sizes, bright colors and even camouflage. Gifts that will be used and others in the cupboard that will never be seen again. 'Tis the season . . . However, more than Santa Claus who brought toys and trinkets or even the Three Wise Men with their gold, frankincense and myrrh, we have in Christmas a GIFT that is more precious than all else.
     "For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son" (John 3: 16). Jesus is the "epiphany" of God--the fullest manifestation of God among us. Jesus is the very GIFT of God to the world. On Christmas Day and every day we honor the GIFT of Jesus that is likewise manifested in the Holy Eucharist. In Word and Sacrament we remember and celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. The Word speaks to us in the Word proclaimed. And we eat His Body and drink His Blood as sacred Food and Drink.
     Whether you received gifts on Christmas Day that were to your liking or not, I hope that the GIFT of Jesus is received each day with gratitude. May His epiphany be a revelation of the great love that God has for the world and you.
     I join with Father Mike Decewicz and Father Paul Merkovsky in assuring you of our prayers as we move forward into this new year of 2019.
                                                                               Father Dale DeNinno

     Our Parish Priests, Father Dale DeNinno, Father Mike Decewicz and Father Paul Merkovsky, wish to say thank you for the many kindnesses shown to them in the expression of Christmas greetings and gifts.
     "We are still new among you in serving the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes, but still, so many parishioners from Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Scholastica and Saint Padre Pio remembered us in a wonderful variety of ways. We are so grateful. Please know of our prayers for your every intention. May this new year be a time of rich blessing for you and your families."

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

PET THERAPY
     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.

WACKY WEDNESDAY
     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.

SCAVENGER HUNT FOR WARMTH
     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. 
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SAINT ANTHONY SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND DEPAUL SCHOOL FOR HEARING AND SPEECH
     As a parish, we are blessed with the opportunity to shape and develop the lives 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.

HIGH SCHOOL SILENT RETREAT
     The Vocations Office is hosting a High School Silent Retreat for men to  give them the opportunity to let the Lord speak to their hearts and to learn more about discerning their vocation. It will be held at Martina Spiritual Renewal Center on Feb. 9-10 and includes Mass, Adoration, conferences, opportunity for Confession, and solid brotherhood. There is no cost and men can visit the Pittsburgh Priest website here (+) to register by January 25.

Regular Offertory Collection
                Weekend of December 23-24:    $7,975
                Weekend of December 29-30:    $10,510
                Christmas:                                       $8,854
                Children & Youth 
                    Christmas Offering:                   $2,278

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. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Isaiah 60:1-6 / Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/ Matthew 2:1-12
Monday:  1 John 3:22—4:6 / Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 John 4:7-10 / Mark 6:34-44
Wednesday:  1 John 4:11-18 / Mark 6:45-52
Thursday:  1 John 4:19—5:4 / Luke 4:14-22a
Friday:  1 John 5:5-13 / Luke 5:12-16
Saturday:  1 John 5:14-21 / John 3:22-30
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 / Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 / Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

MARCH FOR LIFE 2019
     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. 

BAPTISM PREPARATION
     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.

WINTER BIBLE STUDY
     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 andybechman@saintscholastica.com 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!

MASS INTENTIONS
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

Monday, January 7—Saint Raymond
   10:00am  Ellen White (Kathy & Chip Burke)

Tuesday, January 8—Christmas Weekday
   10:00am  No Intention Listed

Wednesday, January 9—Christmas Weekday
   10:00am  Connie Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Thursday, January 10—Christmas Weekday
   10:00am  Yvonne B. Maher (Thomas D. Maher, Jr)

Friday, January 11—Christmas Weekday
   10:00am  Ellen Gryniewicz (Family)

The Baptism of the Lord
Saturday, January 12
   5:00pm  Monica Ribar (Family & Friends)
Sunday January 6
   9:30am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
   12:00noon  William Sanchez (Family)

     The practice of requesting a priest to offer a Mass for loved ones, living or deceased, is a beautiful and wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. The Mass may be requested for many reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), in intercession for the health of another, or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died.  Please contact the parish office if you wish to request a Mass to be offered for your intention.
  
UPCOMING EVENTS
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 1:00pm in the parish hall.

St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30pm in the parish hall.

Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Jan. 9, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.

Living in the Spirit: Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.

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

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
     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!  

     The members of our St. Scholastica Hope for Haiti Committee and the St. Vincent de Paul Society thank you for your Giving Tree donations during this Advent season.  Your generosity helps us reach out to assist our brothers and sisters in need throughout the year.
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
     Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered milk, canned chicken, and hot chocolate mix.  [Note: This list is more current than the print 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. Thank you!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
     Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your donations of  canned vegetables and canned 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.

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