March 10, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping
Daily Mass: Week of March 11
  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: March 16 & 17
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

Dear Parishioner,
     The look of the sanctuary is different, the predominant color is purple, the sung Gloria is absent from the Mass, the word Alleluia is not spoken, the Word of the Lord has a more somber tone, the overall theme lends itself to repentance, and even Fridays are meatless. Clearly, we are in the 40 days of Lent. But the days will pass quickly, as they always do, and we'll be back to normal. However, maybe a new normal.
      You see, Lent calls us to conversion, a time to turn away from sin, a period of self-sacrifice, a giving-up of that which is comfortable, pleasurable, satisfying. A turning ever more attentively to the Lord in our speech, our actions and our attitudes.
     No doubt you have already begun your Lenten practices. Some familiar and some new. In addition to what you have decided to "give-up," may I suggest what you might "add-on?"
· Join in the prayer of the Stations of the Cross, available in the churches of our parish grouping 5 different times on the Fridays of Lent. Walk prayerfully with the Lord in meditation on His suffering and death.
· Pray the rosary each day and reflect on the Sorrowful Mysteries in the life of Christ and His Blessed Mother.
· Read throughout Lent some part of the Passion Narrative in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 
· Attend daily Mass at either 8:00am in Saint Joseph Church (Monday thru Friday); 9:00am in Madonna of Jerusalem Church (M-T-W) or in Saint Edward Church (TH-F-S); 10:00am in Saint Scholastica Church (Monday thru Friday). 
· Encounter the Lord in the sacrament of Reconciliation and the confession of your sins (the times and churches are listed on the front of the bulletin).
· Focus on ways in which you might reach out to the poor and hungry in acts of service and/or donations of food and clothing.
     Dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, please note that each of the bullet points in this letter begin with an action word. Lent calls us to act on our faith in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I pray that these holy days will truly be beneficial as we seek to grow in the depth of our love for God and one another.
                                                                                                  Father Dale DeNinno

The second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development supports local projects 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. It will be taken this weekend, Mar. 9-10.


There will be a MEGA meeting for 8th grade confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor at 10:45am in the parish hall on Sunday, February 17.

Serving Dinner at Family House: Middle and high school students are invited to help cook and serve dinner for the patients and their families staying at Family House on March 20. Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm. RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

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

Family Ministry: Our parish grouping CCD program will have a Family Ministry gathering on Sunday, April 7, at St. Scholastica in the parish hall from 10:30-11:45 with Mass at Noon. They will be learning about Lent and doing a service project. The service project will be raising money for the Chimbote Mission in Peru supported by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The mission has a Maternity Hospital where over 99,000 babies have been born and a wellness clinic. We will be making decade rosary bead keychains to sell after Masses the weekend of April 13 & 14 to raise money for the mission.

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!

Lenten Soup Dinner and Prayer: Join us for the annual Living the Works of Mercy simple supper and prayer: Tuesday, March 26, 6:30pm supper and 7:30pm prayer. We’ll share delicious soup and bread and reflect prayerfully on how we, as individuals and a parish grouping, seek to live the corporal works of mercy. Sponsored by the Hope for Haiti Committee and other parish ministries. All are welcome!

Offertory Collection
Weekend of March 2 & 3: $7,688
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 / Romans 10:8-13 / Luke 4:1-13
Monday:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 / Matthew 25:31-46
Tuesday:  Isaiah 55:10-11 / Matthew 6:7-15
Wednesday:  John 3:1-10 / Luke 11:29-32
Thursday:  Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 / Matthew 7:7-12
Friday:  Ezekiel 18:21-28 / Matthew 5:20-26
Saturday:  Deuteronomy 26:16-19 / Matthew 5:43-48
Next Sunday:  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 / Philippians 3:17—4:1 / Luke 9:28b-36

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 or voicemail (include your name and 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 or voicemail by March 18.

"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!

Our Christian meditation prayer group is ending its formal meetings with a final session this Wednesday, March 13, in the church following the 10:00am liturgy. Special thanks to all who have participated in our prayer over the last five and a half years! Although our formal sessions are ending, you can learn more about Christian meditation by contacting Mr. Andrew Bechman of our parish staff.

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. 
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

Monday, March 11—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Betty Kost, birthday (Mary Ann Nicholas)

TuesdaY, March 12—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Wednesday, March 13—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Richard & Barbara Fisher (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, March 14—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  David Dirle (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Friday, March 15—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Joe Brand (Jeff Krosse)

2nd Sunday of Lent
Saturday, March 16
   5:00pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Sunday March 17
   9:30am  Anthony Parks (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Deceased Hoolahan Family Members (Marjorie Greif)

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Kathleen Fleming and Edward McCague who were buried from St. Scholastica.

Friday Stations of the Cross in Lent
12:00noon         Saint Scholastica Church
2:15pm               Saint Scholastica Church (school children--not every week)
4:30pm               Madonna of Jerusalem Church
4:30pm               Saint Edward Church 
7:00pm               Saint Joseph Church

Addiction Recovery Ministry Afternoon of Reflection: Sunday, Mar. 10 at 2pm in the church.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Mar. 12, at 1:00pm in the parish hall.
Appalachia Meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 12, at 7:00pm in the parish hall.
Christian Meditation: Wednesday, Mar. 13, following the 10:00am liturgy in the church.
Living in the Spirit: Thursday, Mar. 14, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Fish Fry on Friday. Save the date for our next one on Friday, April 5. We will also have BINGO that evening!

CDTCA pre-school: If you’re looking for a pre-school, we have programs for 3 and 4 year olds. Please call the school office at (412) 781-7927 to schedule a visit.

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, Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, dried fruit, and canned chili, beef stew, or chicken. [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.
      Monetary donations are always appreciated. Poor boxes are located at the church entrances. Please contact the parish office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

13th Gathering of Catholic Men Conference will be Saturday, April 6, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. Encounter the power of Christ through dynamic speakers, uplifting worship music, the opportunity for Confession and the celebration of Mass. The cost is $20. To register go to (+).

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 or join us any day. Go to (+) for details.

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