February 10, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping

Daily Mass: Week of February 11
  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. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: February 16 & 17
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz        Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno               Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky            Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky            Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz        Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky            Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz        Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Mary
12:00 noon        Fr. Paul Merkovsky             Saint Scholastica

Dear Parishioners,
     POTUS (the President of the United States) is constitutionally bound to make an annual report to the American people on the state of the nation. Invariably, and year-after- year, we hear the President (whomever it may be) speak of our strengths and admit to our challenges. It usually has the sound of a familiar refrain.
As this letter is being prepared the current occupant of the Oval Office is just hours away from delivering the 2019 State of the Union address. Following that delivery commentators and news journalists will offer their reactions. In them we may well hear someone say that the current state of our union is disunity. The truth speaks for itself. There are political, cultural, economic, educational and racist divides that tear at our American fabric.
     It all gets me to thinking. What if the Pope were to deliver a State of the Catholic Church or the Bishop a State of the Diocese or a Pastor the State of the Parish address? What would it all sound like in 2019? Yes, each would focus on the strengths that comprise the universal Church, the local diocese, and the individual parish(es). Likewise, the pope, the bishop and the pastor would also have to admit to the truth of daunting challenges, e.g., emptying pews, sacramental indifference, anger at clergy and the hierarchy, diminished giving, and disenchantment with all things Catholic. It is a dark and frightening list.
     However, we must not allow the darkness to get in the way of the light, precisely because we are followers of the LIGHT. In the darkness of His day and the darkness of our own, Jesus speaks a message of faith, hope and love. Faith that sustains us, hope that keeps us going, and love that binds us together.
     What would I suggest is the state of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes? First off, like the other 56 groupings around the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we are still very much in the initial phase of "getting-to-know-one-another"--priest and people alike. We're sizing each other up, learning of strengths and abilities, testing the waters, and wanting to find out more about four parishes with six churches. Some are even venturing out and worshiping in churches that are unfamiliar. How many who will read this letter have NEVER been inside the Cathedral of Sharpsburg - Saint Mary's Church which is prominently visible from Route 28. Come and pray at the 11:30am Mass on Sunday morning. Or the quaint beauty of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Harmar (near the Hulton Bridge and not far from the new Oakmont Bakery). Come and pray at the 8:00am Mass on Sunday morning.
     The state of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes is in its infancy, we are novices, everything is new, and there is potential yet to be realized. I invite everyone to be a part of it as we walk in the LIGHT of Jesus Christ, sharing fully in the embrace of faith, hope and love.
                                                                                       Father Dale DeNinno

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "The church is never a place, but always a people; never a fold but always a flock, never a sacred building but always a believing assembly. The church is you who pray, not where you pray. A structure of brick or marble can no more be a church than your clothes of serge or satin can be you. There is in this world nothing sacred but man, no sanctuary of God but the soul."
  

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Souper Bowl of Caring was a BIG WIN for the Jubilee Soup Kitchen! Thanks to all the generous donations from St. Joseph and St. Scholastica, we raised $2831.38! A special thank you to our 8th Grade Confirmation students for supporting this project.

PET THERAPY
     Middle and high school students, join us at the Aspinwall VA hospital Tuesday, February 19, at 4:00pm.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

SERVING DINNER AT FAMILY HOUSE
     Middle and high school students are invited to help cook and serve dinner on February 20 for the patients and their families staying at Family House. RSVP to Meredith Troyan.
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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 412-781-0186 or by email here.

      If you are interested in serving as a lector at St. Scholastica, you are also invited to attend this workshop. Please call the parish office for more information.

Offertory Collection
                Weekend of February 2 & 3: $8,379
               
     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 6:1-2a, 3-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 /Luke 5:1-11
Monday:  Genesis 1:1-19 / Mark 6:53-56
Tuesday:  Genesis 1:20—2:4a / Mark 7:1-13
Wednesday:  Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17 / Mark 7:14-23
Thursday:  Genesis 2:18-25 / Mark 7:24-30
Friday:  Genesis 3:1-8 / Mark 7:31-37
Saturday:  Genesis 3:9-24 / Mark 8:1-10
Next Sunday:  Jeremiah 17:5-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 / Luke 6:17, 20-26

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred this year by Bishop David Zubik on the 8th grade candidates who attend the Faith Formation Program in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes as well as the 8th grade students from Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. The sacrament will be celebrated on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church. We were informed of this date by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and it is according to Bishop Zubik's schedule.

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 the Life Line website here (+).

HONORING SAINT SCHOLASTICA
     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.

A LETTER TO BISHOP ZUBIK
     Please note the insert in this week's bulletin. It is a letter addressed to Bishop David Zubik, composed by Catholics for Change in Our Church, a newly-formed organization of lay people from across the Diocese of Pittsburgh. You are asked to read the letter and prayerfully consider whether or not you would like to sign it. Your signature can be added electronically by sending an email to CCOCLetterSigner@gmail.com. In your email list your name as you wish it be to be included, your zip code, and the name of your parish. CCOC will not share your email address with anyone. It is requested that you "sign" the letter no later than Wednesday, February 13. For more information on this group, contact CCOCwithhope@gmail.com.

MASS INTENTIONS
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

Monday, February 11—Our Lady of Lourdes
   10:00am  Clara Merkovsky (Fr. Paul)

Tuesday, February 12—Weekday in Ordinary Time  
   10:00am  Larry McGuire (Aunt Jean & Mom & Dad)

Wednesday, February 13—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  John Anthony Pardini (Bill Eckert)

Thursday, February 14—Sts. Cyril & Methodius
   10:00am  Sophie Skowron (Family)

Friday, February 15—Weekday in Ordinary Time  
   10:00am  Jerry Dombert (Ann Horst)

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 16
   5:00pm  For the priests & deacon of our parish grouping (Kathleen McAndrews)
Sunday February 17
   9:30am  Deceased Members of the Klug & Koch Families (Eileen Koch)
   12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

It is always good to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones.  We are currently scheduling Mass Intentions for 2019 in all the parishes of our grouping.  Please contact the parish office.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
     New and expectant parents are invited to a baptism prep session on Monday, February 25, at 7:30pm in the parish hall to learn about the sacrament and the ceremony. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on April 8.

What Does It Mean to Be Holy? How can you become a saint where you are in your life? Father Jacques Philippe, author of 10 books on prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart, will address these spiritual realities in a talk for all ages on Monday, February 25TH at 7:00 pm in Saints John and Paul Parish (2586 Wexford Bayne Road). Visit PGHPriest.com for a courtesy registration.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Appalachia Trip Meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7pm in the parish hall.
Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Feb. 13, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

PENNSYLVANIA JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
     CDTCA had eighteen 7th and 8th graders participate in PJAS with 10 students winning 1st place and a chance to compete in the state finals. Those students are: Madeline Schlichter, Joselyn Parkinson, Henry Koloc, Jordan Howe, Jake Anthidad, Alessandra Starke, Alexis Abbett, Nicole Jerich, Will Collins and Alina Stiger. Congratulations to all!

CDTCA is currently accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year for pre-school through 8th grade. We have limited spots in some grades so if you are interested, please contact the school office to schedule a tour!
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HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
     Thanks for your help! These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf stable milk, canned or dried fruit, canned soup, and Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes. [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.

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  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. 

     The St. Vincent De Paul Society is seeking volunteers to assist taking the veterans to Mass at the local VA Hospital on Sundays between 10 and 11am. Your service can be flexible based on your schedule. Please email stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com or call (412) 781-0186 ext. 22.

END OF YEAR STATEMENTS
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.

     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 OF THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY PARISH GROUPING
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