March 31, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping

Daily Mass: Week of April 1
  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: April 6 & 7
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

Schedule for Holy Week
Tenebrae—A service of Darkness
Monday of Holy Week—April 15th at 7:30 pm in 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

St. Juan Diego’s annual Saint Anthony Novena will take place on Tuesdays, March 19-June 11 with Mass at Madonna of Jerusalem Church at 6:30pm followed by the recitation of the Novena prayers. There will be NO Tuesday morning Mass at Madonna during this time.


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.

Wacky Wednesday: Middle schoolers are invited to the Ministry Center on April 3, at 6:00pm for a fun and engaging chance to tackle some of the difficult topics facing young teens today.

Taco Tuesday: Students in 8-12 grade, join us on April 9 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center for Bible study and tacos.

Please pray for our 8th grade Confirmation candidates who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 1 at St. Joseph Church.

St. Scholastica’s Bereavement Ministry will be hosting a series of 7 loss-related seminars from March 25-May 30. The next session is "Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimers" on Monday, April 8, 7-9pm or Wednesday, April 10, 2-4pm. For details or to register, contact Sr. Pat Baker or the parish office.

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 here (+) to register by April 15.

The Addiction Recovery Ministry will be holding a Royal Princess High Tea fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, at St. Pamphilus in Beechview. If you are able to bake and donate cookies, please call 412-218-5410.
Offertory Collection
Weekend of March 23 & 24: $5,033
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 / 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 / Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Monday:  Isaiah 65:17-21 / John 4:43-54
Tuesday:  Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 / John 5:1-16
Wednesday:  Isaiah 49:8-15 / John 5:17-30
Thursday:  Exodus 32:7-14 / John 5:31-47
Friday:  Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22 / John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday:  Jeremiah 11:18-20 / John 7:40-53
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 43:16-21 / Philippians 3:8-14 / John 8:1-11

Run for the Roses Race Night, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and benefitting 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.

A message from Vagabond Missions: During this Lenten season, we encourage you to consider our teens as you pray, fast, and give alms. Please consider preparing a Tuesday night dinner for our group by contacting Pam Susi at (412)-781-5696 or by email here. We also welcome donations of gift cards and non-perishable snack foods, which can be brought to the St. John Paul I center office. 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 about the Mother’s Day flower fundraiser!
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  The People of  Saint Scholastica Parish

Monday, April 1—Lenten Weekday
  10:00am  Norman & Patricia Mobers (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, April 2—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Robert Boley, birthday (Children)

Wednesday, April 3—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Peggy Merkovsky Chambers (Fr. Paul)

Thursday, April 4—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Elena Patitucci (Tish Marsico)

Friday, April 5—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Don & Helen Vincent (Thomas D. Maher, Jr.)

5th Sunday of Lent
Saturday, April 6
   5:00pm  Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)

Sunday April 7
   9:30am  The People of  Saint Scholastica Parish  
   12:00noon  Carol Massaro (Tish Marsico)

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Geraldine Raffaele and Mary Downey 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-
4:30pm               Madonna of Jerusalem Church
4:30pm               Saint Edward Church
7:00pm               Saint Joseph Church

Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: "Rejoice and Be Glad" Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 10:45am OR 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 6:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Reckoning Course: Thursday, Apr. 4, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
St Monica Society Meeting: Saturday, Apr. 6 at 10:00am in the Parish Office.


Congratulations to 8th Grader, Madeline Sclichter on receiving the Carson Scholarship Award! The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. 

Congratulations to kindergarten student, Elaina Petyak who was the state grade level winner out of over 280,000 national entries in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Don’t miss CDTCA’s Fish Fry and Bingo on Friday, April 5. Please see the insert for more details! 

Lottery calendars will be sold after each mass this weekend at a discounted price of $15 (originally $25). You have the chance to win daily until the end of the year. Please consider buying a calendar today!

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: powdered milk, canned beans, macaroni and cheese, canned beef stew 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 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 peanut butter, jelly and crackers — 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.

Vincentian Academy will be holding a Bingo and food truck fundraiser on April 13 starting at 1pm. See their website here (+) for details.
To receive a 2018 end of year contribution statement, please request one from the parish office at 412-781-0186 or by email 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