April 14, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
Daily Mass during Holy Week
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna (Mon/Wed)
  6:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna (Tue)
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Weekend Masses: April 20 & 21
Saturday Easter Vigil
  7:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  7:30 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. John Mark Oghu         Madonna
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Bob Duch                      Saint Scholastica

Dear Parishioners, 
     The rotation of the earth, the passing of seasons, the marking of time . . . all account for and help to explain our movement in-and-out of light and darkness each day and every night. But not just the physical reality. There are also the emotional and spiritual components to our lives that are likewise experienced as light and darkness.
     Joy and sorrow, certainty and doubt, hope and despair, love and indifference only scratch the surface and the scope of the human condition. There always seems to be a bottomless exploration of who we are, where we are going, and what we need to get there.
     Sisters and Brothers, our identity of WHO we are is daughters and sons of God; the WHERE we are going is glory; the WHAT we need to get there is redemption.
     Moving into this Holy Week which leads to Easter and beyond, the Church celebrates in sacred liturgical drama the light and darkness that was experienced by Jesus the Christ. The shout of Hosanna upon His entry into Jerusalem. A Last Supper shared with those He loved. An arrest, a trial, a cross and crucifixion. Death and burial in the tomb . . . Profound darkness. Three days and RESURRECTION . . . everlasting light. Forty days and ASCENSION. Fifty days and PENTECOST.
     I urge you to enter into the multiple liturgical celebrations this week that will be held in various churches of our four parish grouping. Bring with you the light and the darkness of your life. In prayer, in song and in ritual, allow God to transform and transfix your spirit.
     Reviewing carefully the Schedule for Holy Week, I hope that you will arrange your time in order to participate in any or all of the Masses and services, starting with the Tenebrae Service that will begin the Holy Week of liturgies on Monday evening, April 15TH at 7:30 in Saint Mary's Church in Sharpsburg. I am especially looking forward to this liturgy as it ritualizes the movement from light into darkness, symbolizing the movement of Christ into the darkness of suffering and death. A combined choir from the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes will enhance this liturgy.
     Reflecting on Christ's suffering, death and resurrection throughout Holy Week, we are mindful of our own share in the Paschal Mystery. All of us, the people of Saint Padre Pio Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Scholastica Parish and Saint Juan Diego Parish, will praise, glorify and give thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ in the redemptive act of His love as we meditate on WHO we are, WHERE we are going and WHAT we need to get there. It is the faith, hope and love story of our great spiritual journey. 
                                                                                                           Father Dale DeNinno

     The three priests of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who serve the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes have a combined total of 110 years in the priesthood.
Father Dale DeNinno               Ordained            January 28, 1978
Father Michael Decewicz        Ordained            September 30, 1978
Father Paul Merkovsky           Ordained             May 19, 1990


Pet Therapy: Middle and high school students, join us at the Aspinwall VA hospital Tuesday, April 16, at 4:00pm.  RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

Taco Tuesday: Students in 8-12 grade, join us on April 23 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center for Bible study and tacos.

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 April 24. Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm. RSVP to Meredith Troyan.

Upcoming LAV Vacation Bible School camps (please contact the parish office for details):
St. Scholastica Parish, June 10-14 from 9:00am to Noon (times may be adjusted to accommodate school make-up days). Campers age 4 to 10, counselors age 11 and up.
St. Joseph Parish, June 24-28 from 9:00am to Noon. Campers age 4 years to 5th grade, counselors 6th grade through high school.

Religious education students will be selling rosaries after Mass this weekend to benefit the Chimbote Mission in Peru.

St. Scholastica’s Bereavement Ministry will be hosting a series of 7 loss-related seminars from March 25-May 30. The next session is “Returning to Life after Caregiving Ends” on Monday, April 29, 7-9pm or Wednesday, May 1, 2-4pm. For details or to register, contact Sr. Pat Baker or the parish office.

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 each Sunday after all Masses and at St. Edward on April 28.

A Meager Meal of Soup and Bread will be held on Good Friday in the John Paul I Center (across the street from Madonna Church in Sharpsburg), beginning at 12:00 Noon. All are welcome.

Flower Fundraiser: The LAV Appalachia Mission Trip is selling hanging flower baskets. Orders are due by May 7 and the baskets will be available for pickup at St. Scholastica the weekend of May 11 & 12. See the fliers at church entrances or contact the parish office.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of April 6 & 7: $6,980
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Luke 19:28-40 / Isaiah 50:4-7 / Philippians 2:6-11 / Luke 22:14—23:56
Monday:  Isaiah 42:1-7 / John 12:1-22
Tuesday:  Isaiah 49:1-6 / John 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday:  Isaiah 50:4-9a / Matthew 26:14-25
Thursday:  Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / John 13:1-15
Friday:  Isaiah 52:13—53:12 / Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 / John 18:1—19:42
Saturday Vigil:  Genesis 1:1—2:2 / Genesis 22:1-18 / Exodus 14:15—15:1 / Isaiah 54:5-14 / Isaiah 55:1-11 /
                Baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4 / Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28 / Romans 6:3-11 / Luke 24:1-12
Next Sunday:   Acts 10:34a, 37-43 / Colossians 3:1-4 /    John 20:1-9

Schedule for Holy Week
Tenebrae—A service of Darkness
Monday of Holy Week—April 15th
7:30 pm               St. Mary Church
Through word and music, the Tenebrae service dramatizes the suffering, death and burial of Jesus Christ as the sanctuary moves from light into 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. Bob Duch

Palm Sunday 
Saturday, April 13
   5:00pm  Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Sunday, April 14
   9:30am   The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
   12:00noon  Marian DeFazio (Janet & Jerry Monaco)

Monday, April 15—Monday of Holy Week
   10:00am  Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Tuesday, April 16—Tuesday of Holy Week
   10:00am  David Capone (Helen Capone)

Wednesday, April 17—Wednesday of Holy Week
   10:00am  Edward McCague (Tish Marsico)

Friday, April 19—Good Friday
   12:00pm  Stations of the Cross
   3:00pm  Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

The Resurrection of the Lord
Saturday, April 20—Vigil
   7:30pm  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Sunday April 21
   9:30am  John (Jack) Mooney, Jr. (Janet & Jerry Monaco)
   12:00noon  Jack Mooney (St. Scholastica Choir)

The Holy Land Collection: Every year on Good Friday, a collection is taken up in Catholic Churches to support the work of the Franciscans working in the Holy Land. These funds support caring for the Holy Places and shrines as well as the charitable, educational, and pastoral care offered in 29 parishes throughout the Holy Land. Thank you for your generosity.

Addiction Recovery MInistry News: On April 17 at 7:00pm, Fr. Michael Decewicz will preside at an opportunity for reflection and enrichment at St. Januarius Church, 1450 Renton Rd. The topic will be “The Grace of Desperation.” For more A.R.M. events, please see the bulletin board on the west side of the main vestibule.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend is offered to anyone struggling with emotional and spiritual pain in the aftermath of an abortion. The next weekend will be held May 17 -19 at The Ark and the Dove Center in Gibsonia. For details, contact Toni Jester at: 412-352-5348 or by email here.

Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Appalachia Meeting: Tuesday, Apr. 16, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Blessing of the Easter Baskets:  Saturday, Apr. 20, at 12:00 Noon in the Church

School Registration continues for CDTCA for pre-school through 8th grade. Call the school office for additional information and to arrange a tour.

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: powdered milk, canned beans, macaroni and cheese, canned beef stew, canned vegetables and cereal. Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 

There is also a need for blankets and men’s casual pants size 32 waist. 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.

Mission Trip to Guatemala: St. Joseph parishioner Sydney Heintzinger and 12 other students from Oakland Catholic High School will travel to Guatemala this summer for a mission outreach to a local orphanage. To support their mission, please send a check to Oakland Catholic High School, 144 North Craig St., Pittsburgh PA 15213 and write Guatemala Mission in the memo. Thank you for your generosity!

The Vagabond Mission team is grateful for all your support, particularly for the family that donated a 12 passenger van and Worrell Funeral home for donating a couch for the gathering space. To support their ministry, check out the Sharpsburg Vagabond wish list at Amazon’s “find a list”.

An Appalachia “house" will be located in the vestibule of each of the LAV churches throughout April. This fundraiser supports the youth of our grouping on their mission trip to West Virginia in June to provide home repair for local residents. Parishioners are invited to take an envelope and return it with your donation in the collection basket at Mass. If all of the envelopes are returned, this fundraising effort will raise $10,000 which will greatly assist our Appalachia Mission trip.

     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