March 3, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping

Daily Mass: Week of March 4
  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: March 9 & 10
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
  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
Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping of Parishes
Ash Wednesday Schedule, March 6, 2019
6 Masses and 4 Prayer Services
- ashes will be distributed after the homily -

Saint Joseph Church
342 Dorseyville Road O'Hara Township
8:00 am               Mass and Ashes
12:00 Noon         Prayer Service and Ashes
 5:00 pm              Mass and Ashes

Madonna of Jerusalem Church
9th and Clay Streets in Sharpsburg
9:00 am               Mass and Ashes
 4:30 pm              Prayer Service and Ashes

Saint Scholastica Church
309 Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall
10:00 am             Mass and Ashes
12:00 Noon         Prayer Service and Ashes
 5:00 pm              Mass and Ashes

Saint Edward Church
450 Walnut Street in Blawnox
12:00 Noon        Mass and Ashes
 6:00 pm              Prayer Service and Ashes

Friday Stations of the Cross in Lent
12:00 Noon         Saint Scholastica Church
 2:15 pm              Saint Scholastica Church -school stations, please call for schedule-
 4:30 pm              Madonna of Jerusalem Church
 4:30 pm              Saint Edward Church
 7:00pm               Saint Joseph Church

     The second collection for CCHD supports projects in the United States that benefit our communities, including promoting access to housing, protecting workers’ rights, reforming the criminal justice system, encouraging economic growth, defending the rights of immigrants, and expanding access to heath care. The collection will be taken next weekend, March 9-10.  You can also give online at We Gather here.  Click on the Giving tab.

 The Appalachia Mission Trip Spaghetti Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 3, from 5:00 to 7:00pm in the CDTCA cafeteria (3rd Street entrance). The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children; ages 3 and under are free. Take out is available. Come and support our Youth Ministry’s mission trip to West Virginia!

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 For details, contact Barbara Drennen at 412-478-1446 or by email here.

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!

Ash Wednesday Fish Fry: Wednesday, March 6, 11:00am-7:00pm in the St. John Paul II Hall in St. Joseph Church. Enjoy a great meal, eat-in or take-out.

The St. Joseph Parish Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm.  For information contact Hank Voss here.

"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, March 14, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library. There is no need to register for this group--just join us!

Honoring Saint Scholastica: The newly restored statue of our patron saint has been installed in the church vestibule. Thank you to the generous donors who made this possible!

Stations of the Cross: The Aquinas Guild of St. Scholastica invites all women to pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent on Fridays at noon at St. Scholastica Church. We will use “Mary’s Way of the Cross” by Richard Furey.  Books will be available in the church.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of February 23 & 24: $7,593             
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Sirach 27:4-7 / 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 / Luke 6:39-45
Monday:  Sirach 17:20-24 / Mark 10:17-27
Tuesday:  Sirach 35:1-12 / Mark 10:28-31
Wednesday:  Joel 2:12-18 / 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 / Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 / Luke 9:22-25
Friday:  Isaiah 58:1-9a / Matthew 9:14-15
Saturday:  Isaiah 58:9b-14 / Luke 5:27-32
Next Sunday:  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 / Romans 10:8-13 / Luke 4:1-13

Bereavement Ministry Outreach: Sr. Pat will be hosting a meeting on Monday, March 4, at 7:00pm in the parish hall for all current Bereavement Ministers and any additional parishioners who would like to explore ways to reach out to those who face loss and grief in our parish.  If interested but unable to attend, contact Sr. Pat.

Lenten Study: Join us during Lent and Easter as we read and reflect on Pope Francis’ exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad.”) We will meet on six Wednesdays, March 20 through May 1 (no meeting on April 17) either at 10:45am-12:15pm in the St. Scholastica Ministry Center library, OR 7:30-9:00pm at St. Joseph Parish (room TBD). Please register with Andrew Bechman by March 11 by email here or voicemail (include your name and daytime or evening session preference) We request a $10 donation for materials and refreshments, payable at the first session.

The Sexual Abuse Crisis: A Time of Reckoning for our Church  A reckoning may be a time when people are held accountable for their misdeeds. To reckon can also mean to figure, to believe, or to discern. Join us for a four-part series in which we will attempt to orient ourselves within this crisis for our Church community. How did we get here? What changes does this situation call for? What am I being called to do—myself or with others? We will meet on four Thursday evenings, March 21 & 28, and April 4 & 11,  7:30-9:00 p.m. in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall. If you would like to participate, please register with Andrew Bechman by email here or voicemail by March 18.

A.R.M. News:  Addiction Recovery Ministry will offer an opportunity for reflection hosted by Fr. Michael at 2:00pm Sunday, March 10, at St. Scholastica Church. The afternoon will include scripture readings, a rosary for recovery, and a reflection on the “Grace of Desperation”. All are welcome.
     On Monday, March 18, at 7:00pm in Rodef Shalom Synagogue, 4905 5th Avenue, Oakland, Mr. Casey Mullen will tell his story of journey into recovery. All are invited and encouraged to attend!

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, March 2
   5:00pm  John Dimasi (Daughter)

Sunday, March 3
   9:30am  Christopher Stanley Paul (Stan & Valerie Paul)
   12:00noon  Robert Condron (Children)

Monday, March 4—Saint Casimir  
   10:00am  Monsignor Kraus (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, March 5—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  In Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus

Wednesday, March 6—Ash Wednesday  
   10:00am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
   5:00pm  Dr Robert Romano (Wife)

Thursday, March 7—Saints Perpetua & Felicity
   10:00am  Mary Helen Fuhrer (Children & Grandchildren)

Friday, March 8—Saint John of God
   10:00am  David Capone (Helen Capone)

1st Sunday of Lent
Saturday, March 9
   5:00pm  Deceased Members of the Romano & Marsico Families (Tish Marsico)

Sunday March 10
   9:30am  Richard B. Cullinan (The Cordaro Family)
   12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Julia MacKay Peters and Anthony James Senard who were baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Edward McCague who was buried from St. Scholastica this weekend.

Bereavement Meeting: Monday, Mar. 4, at 7:00pm in the parish hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Mar. 5, at 1:00pm in the parish hall.
St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 5, at 6:30pm in the parish hall.
Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Mar. 6, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting:  Wednesday, Mar. 6, at 7:30pm in the parish hall.
Stations of the Cross: Friday, Mar. 8, at noon in the church.
The CDTCA Fish Fry is next Friday, March 8, in the cafeteria.  Take-out only from 11:00-1:00, dine-in or take-out from 4:00-7:00. Call the office at 412-781-7927 to place a take-out order.

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team who are Section Champions! Good luck in the playoffs!

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf stable milk, canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, 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. 
     There is also a need for XXXL and larger clothing: muumuu-type dresses for women, and casual clothing for men. 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.

Donation bin for the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, sponsored by our Aquinas Guild: Your donations of canned soups, stews, chili and rice — 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.

Congratulations to Saint Juan Diego Parish, celebrating 10 years since the merger of Saint Mary, Madonna of Jerusalem and Saint John Cantius on March 1, 2009 under the leadership of the former pastor, Father Frank Almade.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Please consider praying, fasting and witnessing at Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Ave. Our parish grouping has two scheduled days to pray at PP - March 13, 3-5pm and March 27, 9-11am. You may also join us any day.  Please see the bulletin insert for details.

The Notre Dame Undertones, an all-male a capella group, will be offering a free concert at St. Scholastica on March 9 at 3:00pm. All are invited to enjoy oldies classics, pop hits, and classic Notre Dame songs.

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