April 21, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

Daily Mass: Week of April 22
  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 27 & 28
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
Dear Parishioners,
     The majestic beauty of a sunrise, the sweet scent of Spring flowers, the reverberating sound of Alleluia. All speaking to the glory of Easter. Each reminding us of the continuance of God's power, the resplendence found in creation, the everlasting promise of new life.
     In the cycle of life and with sacred ritual, the Church celebrates what we believe in faith. JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. The power of these words must be made clear and spoken boldly, because they are the promise for our future. 
     Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) penned these words: "The Easter message tells us that our enemies: sin, the curse and death, are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as though the game were not decided, the battle not fought; we must still reckon with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them any more.”
     As a people of Easter faith we move beyond the apparent gloom of Good Friday. The cross is laid aside. The tomb is empty. "Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised" (Luke 24: 5-6). Now all is new.
     More than Easter bonnets, more than chocolate bunnies, more than the joyful taste of jelly beans, our Easter faith moves us ever onward in the journey that will conclude when our cross is laid aside and our life is completed in the glory of God.
     Sisters and Brothers, hold to that faith, live in that hope, celebrate in that love which is in God and through God and of God.
     My brother priests, Father Mike Decewicz and Father Paul Merkovsky, along with Deacon Bob Wertz, join me in assuring you of our prayers for a truly blessed Easter season.
                                                                                         Father Dale DeNinno

     Sunday, April 21st not only celebrates the Great Feast of our salvation in the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, but it also marks the date 68 years ago (April 21, 1951) when Michael Decewicz was born into the world. Oh what glorious events!
     Happy Resurrection to us all and Happy Birthday to Father Mike. May he know good health and many more years of serving the people of God in the priesthood, and may we always rejoice in the NEW LIFE of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


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.

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.

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

The Parish Finance Councils will soon meet with Father Dale DeNinno in order to review current finances as they relate to parish checking accounts, savings, Capital Campaign, regular and extraordinary expenditures, etc. The members of the individual Finance Councils will meet on:
Saint Scholastica Parish      Monday, April 29
Saint Padre Pio Parish         Tuesday, April 30
Saint Joseph Parish              Wednesday, May 1
Saint Juan Diego Parish       Thursday, May 2
     In time the results of each meeting and a full financial report will be made to the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley. FYI: all money from each parish currently remains separate.

This Sunday:  Acts 10:34a, 37-43 / Colossians 3:1-4 / John 20:1-9
Monday:  Acts 2:14, 22-33 / Matthew 28:8-15
Tuesday:  Acts 2:36-41 / John 20:11-18
Wednesday:  Acts 3:1-10 / Luke 24:13-35
Thursday:  Acts 3:11-26 / Luke 24:35-48
Friday:  Acts 4:1-12 / John 21:1-14
Saturday:  Acts 4:13-21 / Mark 16:9-15
Next Sunday:  Acts 5:12-16 / Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 /  John 20:19-31

Addiction Recovery Ministry is holding a Royal Princess High Tea Party on Sat., May 4, from 12:30-3pm at St. Pamphilus Hall in Beechview. Contact the St. Juan Diego Parish Office for tickets.

One Parish Bulletin: Several parish groupings throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh have forged ahead in the creation of one common bulletin for all of their parishes. There has been a careful review of many of them with the plan that the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes will have the same. With planning underway, interviews completed with publishing companies, and looking to create a unique logo for LAV, the decision was made to have our first united bulletin ready for October 13, 2019. Bulletin advertisers must be contacted and contracts with them worked out before we can easily move to one bulletin. Time is on our side. In the meantime with the bulletin format we currently have, more and more of the same information is appearing in all 4 parish bulletins, including the pastor's letter!

The Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping of Parishes is currently in the process of gathering information from those who serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC). Regardless of which parish you belong to or church that you attend, we want to hear from you. It is especially important to learn who is carrying the Holy Eucharist to the homebound in our parishes, to those in the hospital, or those who may be in a nursing facility, assisted living, or under hospice care.
     We also want to compile a current list of those women and men who serve as an EMHC only during Mass in the six churches of our LAV grouping: Saint Joseph, Madonna of Jerusalem, Saint Mary, Saint Scholastica, Saint Edward and Saint Francis of Assisi.
     Please contact Marilyn Welsh at 412-828-4066 or email her here. She will need your name, phone number and email, as well as the names and other pertinent information of those who are homebound or living in a nursing facility, assisted living, or under hospice care.
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Saturday, April 20—Easter 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)

Monday, April 22—Easter Monday
   10:00am  Anton Bozik (Joyce Miketic)

Tuesday, April 23—Easter Tuesday
   10:00am  Theresa Corrado (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, April 24—Easter Wednesday
   10:00am  Jane Louise Hoolahan (Daughter)

Thursday, April 25—Easter Thursday
   10:00am  Georgene Veltri (Tish Marsico)

Friday, April 25—Easter Octave
   10:00am  David Capone (Helen Capone)

Sunday of Divine Mercy
Saturday, April 27
   7:30pm  Edward McCague (Mary Jo Romano)

Sunday, April 21
   9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
   12:00noon  Frederick Greif (Wife)

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially William Pizoli who was buried from St. Scholastica this past week.

Parish Office Closed: April 18-22
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Apr. 23, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Spring Study: Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 10:45am and at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall

Tuesday Evening Confessions in Saint Scholastica Church will switch permanently to Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:15 on April 25. Tuesday evening became problematic with the priests schedules because of Faith Formation classes (CCD) with our young people and the 13 week Saint Anthony novena on Tuesday evenings in Madonna of Jerusalem Church.  
     The other regularly scheduled times for Confessions in our other churches will remain the same: Saint Joseph Church on Saturdays from 11:30am to 12:00 Noon; Madonna of Jerusalem Church on Saturdays from 3:30-4:00pm; and Saint Edward Church on Saturdays from 9:30-10:15am


CDTCA held its first “Panther Prowl” Walk-a-Thon on Friday, April 12 at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park. Thank you to all parishioners who sponsored a student! It was a wonderful new fundraiser for our school.

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, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, cereal, 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 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. Thank you!

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!

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