February 17, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping
Daily Mass: Week of February 18
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       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: February 23 & 24
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Let’s Laugh . . . And Think
     The following notice appeared in the personal column of a small New England newspaper: "Retired
schoolteacher, tired of reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic. Is there a gentleman out there in his late sixties or older who can help me find my way to the playground before the bell rings?"  
     A kindergartner, asked how far he lived from school, answered, "I must live pretty close because when I get home, my mother always says, 'Are you home already?'"
     A woman was asked if her husband believed in reincarnation. "Are you kidding?" she replied. "Why, he doesn't even believe in life after dinner!"
     A patient visited a psychiatrist. "Something is wrong with me," he said. "I keep thinking I'm a dog." "How long have you felt this way?" the doctor asked. "Since I was a puppy," the patient replied.
     The dying man was talking to his wife. "Sarah, be sure to put David in charge of the store when I'm gone." "David?" she questioned. "Why not Joey? He's a smart boy." The man nodded weakly, "Okay, but give Harry the station wagon." “But Benny needs it for his family." "All right, give it to Benny. But let Ann have the country house." "Papa, you know Ann hates the country. Give it to Rosalie." At that the old man groaned and said, "Sarah, who's dying - you or me?"
     Delirious, the wife called her husband on the phone. She could hardly catch her breath from excitement. "Harry," she cried, "I won the lottery! I won the lottery! Pack your clothes." "Great!" said Harry. "Summer or winter?" "All of them," she said. "I want you out of the house by six!"
     When George W. Bush was president, he was doing his public relations thing by visiting a nursing home. He came upon a wizened old man hobbling down the corridor. President Bush took the man by the hand and said, "Sir, do you know who I am?" The man replied, "No, but if you ask one of the nurses, she'll tell you."               Learn to forgive your enemies. It will drive them up the wall.
     One man to another: "My greatest fear is that I will be standing behind Mother Teresa of Calcutta in the final judgment line, and I'll hear God tell her, "You know, you should have done more."
                                                                                           Father Dale DeNinno

. . .the beauty and power of our Catholic faith.

. . .with the faith in weekly attendance at Mass.

. . .one’s energy and resources to the life of our parish.


A Confirmation Retreat for all 8th grade candidates will be held on Saturday, February 23, at noon in the parish hall followed by 5pm Mass.

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

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.

Young Women’s book club: High school juniors and seniors are invited to our book club on Sunday, February 24, at noon in the Ministry Center. We’ll be discussing Go Bravely by Emily Wilson.

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.

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.

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

Offertory Collection
                Weekend of February 9 & 10: $6,878
When you pray in another area church, your donation will be sent here to support this parish if you use a St. Scholastica envelope. 

This Sunday:  Jeremiah 17:5-8 / 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 / Luke 6:17, 20-26
Monday:  Genesis 4:1-15, 25 / Mark 8:11-13
Tuesday:  Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10 / Mark 8:14-21
Wednesday:  Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22 / Mark 8:22-26
Thursday:  Genesis 9:1-13 / Mark 8:27-33
Friday:  1 Peter 5:1-4 / Matthew 16:13-19
Saturday:  Hebrews 11:1-7 / Mark 9:2-13
Next Sunday:  1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 / 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 / Luke 6:27-38

Honoring Saint Scholastica: A beautiful hand-carved wooden statue of our patron was recently found, unused and placed in a corner. It was sent to a professional artist for restoration and painting. When returned it will find a place of prominence. The cost of the work has been covered by donations from parishioners.  Thank you for your generosity!

"Living in the Spirit" is a group of adults supporting each other and sharing resources for spiritual growth. We meet monthly. The next session is Thursday, February 28, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library. There is no need to register for this group--just join us!

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

St. Juan Diego Parish’s annual Saint Anthony Novena will begin on Tuesday, March 19, with Mass in Madonna of Jerusalem Church at 6:30pm followed by the recitation of the Novena prayers. The Novena will continue for thirteen weeks, with the closing Mass being celebrated on Tuesday, June 11. All are welcome!

“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. Call the St. Juan Diego parish office at 412-784-8700.

ENDOW is an educational program for Catholic women to grow in knowledge of their faith and understanding of who we are in God's eyes. St. Joseph Parish will offer Discover Your Dignity: A Woman's Journey Through Life on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm, March 13 through May 1. To register go to endowgroups.org. For details, contact Barbara Drennen at bardren@gmail.com or 412-478-1446.

Children’s T-Ball: Children ages 4-7 are invited to join the St. Joseph Spring T-Ball program held on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm, April 3 through May 15. The cost is $25. Registration forms are available on the St. Joseph Parish website under Downloads.
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

Monday, February 18—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Joseph Turiak (Thomas Maher)

Tuesday, February 19—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  James P. Murray & Marie Louise Murray (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, February 20—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  No intention listed

Thursday, February 21—Saint Peter Damian
   10:00am                Sr. Anna Gaffney (Ann Horst)

Friday, February 22—The Chair of Saint Peter
   10:00am  Maureen C. Murray (Kathy Murray)

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 23Saint Polycarp
   5:00pm  Kenneth Hoolahan (Daughter)

Sunday, February 24
   9:30am  St. Scholastica Eucharistic Ministers (Residents of Lighthouse Pointe)
   12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

A baptism preparation session will be held on Monday, February 25, at 7:30pm in the St. Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on April 8.

The Respect Life Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our Pancake Breakfast. We are also grateful to those who contributed to our bus to the March for Life in Washington, DC. We had a wonderful day at the Youth Rally and Mass with the Papal Nuncio, followed by the March. The March for Life this year was bigger than ever. To understand the scope please take one minute to watch a time lapse  video here (+).

Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Feb. 20, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.
Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30pm in the parish hall.
Lector Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:00pm in the church.
Confirmation Retreat: Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon in the parish hall.


The CDTCA Pancake Breakfast is next Sunday, February 24, 10:00am to 1:30pm in the CDTCA Cafeteria. Proceeds benefit the CDTCA Athletics Association. Adults $8, Children $5 CASH ONLY, please. Hope to see you there!

Save the dates for CDTCA’s Fish Fry on Friday, March 8 and Friday, April 5!

The Night at the Races will be Saturday, March 16, in the CDTCA Gym. This is always a fun night and is one of our biggest fundraisers! Please contact the school office for more information or to buy tickets.

     Thanks for your help! These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf stable milk, canned or dried fruit, 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.

     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. Please contact the parish office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

     The St. Vincent De Paul Society is seeking volunteers to assist in 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 call (412) 781-0186 ext. 22 or email stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com.

Join our local churches for the World Day Of Prayer on Friday, March 1, at 11:00am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1610 Powers Run Rd.  Free child care available. A light luncheon will follow for $8, payable at the door.  Reservations required for child care and luncheon; call 412-963-9494. Information available 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.

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