March 24, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley parish grouping

Daily Mass: Week of March 25
  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 30 & 31
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

Schedule for Holy Week
Tenebrae—A service of Darkness
Monday of Holy Week—April 15th
7:30 pm, St. Mary Church
     The Service of Tenebrae has a rich tradition in the church, dating back to the 8th century. Tenebrae is a word derived from the Latin meaning "darkness." Through word and music, this service dramatizes the suffering, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
     As the service moves from light into darkness, the diminishing light symbolizes the fading devotion of the apostles as well as the gradual dying of our Lord. At the end of the service, the sanctuary will be in darkness.

Holy Thursday—April 18th
Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper
6:00 pm               Madonna Church—Fr. Mike Decewicz
7:30 pm               St. Edward Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky
7:30 pm               St. Joseph Church—Fr. Dale DeNinno

Good Friday—April 19th
Proclamation of the Passion Narrative
Prayers for the Church and the World
Veneration of the Cross
Distribution of Holy Communion
1:30 pm               Madonna Church—Fr. Mike Decewicz
3:00 pm               St. Scholastica Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky
7:30 pm               St. Joseph Church—Fr. Dale DeNinno

Holy Saturday—April 20th
Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets
12:00 Noon  Madonna Church—Fr. Mike Decewicz
12:00 Noon  St. Scholastica Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky

Easter Vigil Masses—April 20th
7:30 pm               St. Joseph Church—Fr. Dale DeNinno
7:30 pm               St. Scholastica Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky

Easter Sunday Masses—April 21st
8:00 am               St. Francis Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky
9:00 am               St. Joseph Church—Fr. Dale DeNinno
9:00 am               Madonna Church—Fr. John Mark Oghu
9:30 am               St. Scholastica Church—Fr. Mike Decewicz
10:00 am             St. Edward Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky
11:00 am             St. Joseph Church—Fr. Dale DeNinno
11:30 am             St. Mary Church—Fr. Mike Decewicz
12:00 Noon         St. Scholastica Church—Fr. Paul Merkovsky

The number of registered households in each of the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley are:
Saint Joseph Parish                          889
Saint Juan Diego Parish                   621
Saint Scholastica Parish                1,175
Saint Padre Pio Parish                      524
Total Registered Households:      3,209


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 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.

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 or Meredith Troyan. Rehearsals will be on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30-7:00pm and Friday, April 12, from 4:30-6:30pm.

St. Scholastica’s Bereavement Ministry will be hosting a series of 7 loss-related seminars from March 25-May 30. The first session is "When Your Parent Needs You: Guide to Positive Growth when Caring for Aging Parents" on Monday, March 25, 7-9pm or Wednesday, March 27, 2-4pm. For details or to register, contact Sr. Pat Baker or the parish office.

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.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Please consider witnessing at Planned Parenthood at 933 Liberty Ave. Our parish grouping is scheduled for March 27, 9-11am, or join us any day. See (+) for details.

Run for the Roses Race Night, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and benefiting A.R.M., Birthright of Pittsburgh, and the LAV Faith Formation program, will be held at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, May 4. Tickets are $20 and will be available at St. Joseph after all Masses, St. Scholastica on March 30-31, St. Edward on April 28, and St. Juan Diego parish office on April 6-7.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of March 9 & 10: $5,406
Weekend of March 16 & 17: $4,992             
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 / 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 / Luke 13:1-9
Monday:  Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 / Hebrews 10:4-10 / Luke 1:26-38
Tuesday:  Daniel 3:25, 34-43 / Matthew 18:21-35
Wednesday:  Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 / Matthew 5:17-19
Thursday:  Jeremiah 7:23-28 / Luke 11:14-23
Friday:  Hosea 14:2-10 / Mark 12:28-34
Saturday:  Hosea 6:1-6 / Luke 18:9-14
Next Sunday:  Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 / 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 / Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

A Mass for those with disabilities will be celebrated by Rev. Michael Stumpf at St. Scholastica at 5pm on Saturday March 30. The Diocesan Deaf Choir will provide music and the Mass will be interpreted with sign language. All are invited to attend a light supper afterwards in the Parish Hall to honor our invited guests.

Vagabond Missions: Thank you for your support! We'd love for you to partner with us - please consider preparing a Tuesday night dinner for our group by contacting Pam Susi at 412-781-5696 or by email here. We also would greatly appreciate donations of gift cards and non-perishable snack foods, which can be brought to the St. John Paul I center office during normal business hours. Thanks for your prayers and support!

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!
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)

Monday, March 25—The Annunciation
 10:00am  Robert S. Dubik (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, March 26—Lenten Weekday
 10:00am  Jack Mooney (Dr. & Mrs. George Wehrle)

Wednesday, March 27—Lenten Weekday
 10:00am  Mary Bozik (Joyce Miketic)

Thursday, March 28—Lenten Weekday
10:00am  Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale (Tish Marsico)

Friday, March 29—Lenten Weekday
10:00am  Msgr. Donald W. Kraus (Kathy Murray)

4th Sunday of Lent
Saturday, March 30
5:00pm  Cindy Hornak (The Scanlon Family)

Sunday, March 31
9:30am  Thomas D. Maher, Sr. (Thomas D. Maher, Jr.)
12:00noon  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

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.

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

Bereavement Program: Monday, Mar. 25, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Mar. 26, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Haiti Lenten Meal/Prayer Service: Tuesday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: Wednesday, Mar. 27, at 10:45am in the Ministry Center library.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, Mar. 27, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Reckoning Series: Thursday, Mar. 28, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.


Save the Date for our next Fish Fry & Bingo on Friday, April 5! We will offer lunch take-out only from 11:00–1:00 and dine-in or take-out from 4:00–7:00. BINGO starts at 7:00 in the CDTCA gym (doors open at 5:30). Bingo tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance at in the school office or at the door. Please note that Bingo is 21 and older.

CDTCA is currently accepting registrations. Call the school office to arrange a tour! 

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: powdered milk, canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables and dried fruit. [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 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 St. Juan Diego Conference, Society of St. Vincent DePaul , extends their most sincere “Thank You” to St. Scholastica's members for your support of the Sharpsburg Food Pantry throughout the year. Your donations of non-perishable food items every month are truly appreciated. As Easter approaches, please keep in mind the food pantry and the families they serve. Their mission would not be possible without faithful benefactors such as you.

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