March 17, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping

Daily Mass: Week of March 18
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: March 23 & 24
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Scholastica
Dear Member of Saint Scholastica Parish,
     The Parish Share Program in the Diocese of Pittsburgh has been around for many, many years. When first established, its purpose was to provide financial support to the charitable and educational programs available throughout the diocese as well as to fund the formation of young men in studies for the priesthood and the care of elderly retired priests. The importance of that outreach has never ceased. It continues today.
     By its very name, the Parish Share Program relies on the assistance of each parish in the diocese and the willing sacrifice of every parishioner to share their financial treasure with others. Since no single parish can fund the extensive good works that are overseen by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, it is necessary that all of the faith communities in each of the parish groupings might together provide financial support.
     The 2019 Parish Share Program assessment for Saint Scholastica Parish is $62,627. A large number, indeed, but certainly attainable. Last year's goal of $67,780 was actually exceeded by $19,431. That speaks to the generosity of the parishioners of Saint Scholastica and is good news for our community. Remember, all excess dollars collected remain in the parish and may be used for our local needs.
     May I count on your continued willingness to share your treasure? Any gift, great or small, will be gratefully received. And in deciding on your contribution may I offer a suggested amount: $30 per month would be $360 for the year; $20 per month would amount to $240; and $10 per month would be $120. If those amounts are too great, please give what you can. If your resources allow you to give more, I hope that you will.
     My dear parishioner, on Ash Wednesday we were signed with ashes on our forehead. That familiar ritual begins for us the 40 days of Lent, a period of greater attention to prayer, the decision to fast and abstain from particular foods and pleasures, and the commitment to give alms in our willingness to share with others what is ours. All done in the name of love.
     I pray that this holy season of Lent will transform both your mind and your heart, re-creating them into the very likeness of God.
Father Dale DeNinno



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.
The Appalachia Mission Trip is seeking adult volunteers, 25 years and older to help with our mission trip June 23-29. You will assist in building, painting, cooking and worship. No experience is needed. Contact Meredith Troyan here.
Living Stations of the Cross, led by high school and elementary school students of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes, will be presented in St. Joseph Church on Friday, April 12, at 7:00pm. All parishioners are invited to witness this sacred theater. Young people in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate. If interested, please contact Delia Barr here or Meredith Troyan here. Rehearsals will be on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30-7:00pm and Friday, April 12, from 4:30-6:30pm.

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents will be held on Monday, April 8, at 7:30pm in the St. Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on June 3.

Widowed, Separated, or Divorced?  The loss of a spouse is a traumatic experience. The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help individuals work through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives. The next retreat is March 29-31 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center. For details visit (+).
Lenten Soup Dinner and Prayer: Join us for the annual Living the Works of Mercy simple supper and prayer on March 26, at 6:30pm. We’ll share 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! We especially invite those involved in parish service ministries to attend and bring information on your ministry.

This Sunday:   Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 / Philippians 3:1724:1 / Luke 9:28b-36
Monday:  Daniel 9:4b-10 / Luke 6:36-38 
Tuesday:  2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a 
Wednesday:  Jeremiah 18:18-20 / Matthew 20:17-28 Thursday: Jeremiah 17:5-10 / Luke 16:19-31
Friday:  Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a / Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday:  Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 / Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 
Next Sunday:  Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 / 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 / Luke 13:1-9

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 by voicemail at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, by March 18.

Youth Ministry “House” Fundraiser
     During the week of June 23-29, fifty high school students and twenty adult chaperones from the Lower Allegheny Valley parishes will be in Elkview, West Virginia, to participate in a mission trip. Their focus will be to help provide much-needed home repairs for local residents. In order to raise the needed $30,000 for this trip, our young people are reaching out to all the parishioners of St. Scholastica, St. Joseph, St. Padre Pio and St. Juan Diego.
     During the weekend of March 30-31, a "house" will be located in the vestibule of each of our six churches in the parish grouping. Attached to the roof of the "house" will be envelopes with a dollar amount request, ranging from $1 to $144. Kindly take an envelope of your choosing, place the suggested amount inside, seal the envelope, and return it in the collection basket at Mass the following weekend. If all of the envelopes are taken and returned, this fundraising effort will amount to $10,000.
     Thank you for your generous financial support of this project and the good work of teenagers in their outreach to those who are in need.
     Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Mother’s Day Flower sale!

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)

Monday, March 18—Saint Cyril
   10:00am  Sr. Mary Paul Hickey, RSM (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, March 19—Saint Joseph
   10:00am  William Sanchez (Family)

Wednesday, March 20—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Patrick Fairley (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, March 21—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Joe Brand (Jeff Krosse)

Friday, March 22—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Patrick Fairley (Kathleen Piper)

3rd Sunday of Lent
Saturday, March 23
   5:00pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Sunday, March 24
   9:30am  Mary Granata (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Robert Condron (Tish Marsico)

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Elena Patitucci who was buried from St. Scholastica.

Friday Stations of the Cross in Lent
12:00noon         Saint Scholastica Church
2:15pm               Saint Scholastica Church -school children-
4:30pm               Madonna of Jerusalem Church
4:30pm               Saint Edward Church
7:00pm               Saint Joseph Church

Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Mar. 19, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 10:45am in the Ministry Center library.
Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Reckoning Session: Thursday, Mar. 21, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fish Fry and Night at the Races! We appreciate your support of CDTCA!

Save the date: Friday, April 5, is the next CDTCA Fish Fry. We will also offer BINGO that night. Doors for Bingo open at 5:30 with Bingo starting at 7:00. Bingo tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the school office or at the door.

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. Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
     There is also a need for 3XL 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.

The 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 (+).

Called by Name: High school men and women are invited to explore our universal call to holiness as well as the particular vocations to priesthood and the religious life at Called by Name on Sunday, April 28, 4:00–8:30pm at St. Paul Seminary. No cost. Visit the Pittsburgh Priest website here (+) to register by April 15.

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