April 28, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
Daily Mass: Week of April 29
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. John Mark Ogu
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: May 4-5
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
Dear Parishioners,
     Seeing is believing . . . so the saying goes. Thomas the apostle was not content with the word of his peers who told him that the Lord was alive. He wanted to see for himself. And even more, he wanted to examine the nail prints in the hands and feet of Jesus.
     How much easier it was for Thomas than it is for us. Seeing Jesus in the flesh prompted him to utter those famous words of faith: "My Lord and my God." Would that we were so privileged to be in the real presence of the Lord and be able to examine the living person of Jesus Christ. There would be no hesitation on our part in speaking the same words which came from the mouth of Thomas.
     Our sight is everything and it moves us forward. Our eyes are open to all that can be seen and words that can be read. How frightening it is, therefore, when our sight fails and eyeglasses no longer serve their purpose. The world becomes a dark and fearful place.
     In the death and burial of Jesus, life for Thomas and the other apostles became a dark and fearful place. Without Jesus it was as though they could no longer see. But then, it was learned that the tomb was empty and witnesses spoke of  Jesus as risen. Suddenly, the darkness vanished and there He stood in the midst of them, extending the assurance of peace.
     Sisters and Brothers, with our eyes wide open we are asked to move forward in faith and speak the words "My Lord and my God," as though we can see the Living Christ in the flesh. In the darkness of our lives, in the fearfulness of a world stumbling along, we must believe that Jesus is in our midst and speaks the assurance of peace. The peace that only He can give.
     May your faith grow ever strong and may you live always in the assurance of the Lord's peace.
                                                                                     Father Dale DeNinno

... of the generosity of the people who belong to Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Padre Pio Parish, Saint Joseph Parish and Saint Juan Diego Parish? Through the efforts of our young people and their parents in the Faith Formation Program, single decade rosaries in black and gold were made, donations were given for their purchase, and an amazing total of $1,337.75 was collected. That money was given to the Chimbote Foundation through the Diocese of Pittsburgh which helps to support the mission work in Chimbote, Peru. Our families also collected cans of soup for the Fox Chapel Backpack for Hunger which serves our local community.
     Many thanks to everyone who helped, participated, and made such generous donations. God bless you all.


Taco Tuesday: Students in 8-12 grade, join us on April 30 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center for Bible study and tacos.
Wacky Wednesday: Middle schoolers are invited to the Ministry Center on May 1 at 6:00pm for a fun and engaging chance to tackle some of the difficult topics facing young teens today.
Cinco de Mayo party: Middle and high school students come celebrate on May 5 from 5-7 in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall.
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.

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.

The Run for the Roses Race Night on Saturday, May 4, has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. Those who pre-purchased tickets may receive their refund by contacting Rick Jankowski at 412-963-0685.

Youth Ministry "House" Fundraiser: This is the last weekend. Kindly take an envelope of your choosing and return it in the collection basket at Mass. If all of the envelopes are taken and returned, this fundraising effort will amount to $10,000. Make checks payable to: Saint Scholastica Parish.

Magnificat Pittsburgh Prayer Breakfast: All women of the diocese are invited on May 18, 9am to Noon at the Crown Plaza, Green Tree, to hear speaker Ann Vucic talk of her spiritual journey and the message to trust in God. Cost is $23. Register by May 10 at www.magnificatpittsburgh.org.

Camp Lajas, a 5-night Catholic summer adventure camp for high school students, offers activities such as hiking, kayaking and rock climbing along with spiritual growth.  See camplajas.org for details.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of April 13 & 14: $5,695
Weekend of April 20 & 21: $10,031
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Acts 5:12-16 / Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 /  John 20:19-31
Monday:  Acts 4:23-31 / John 3:1-8
Tuesday:  Acts 4:32-37 / John 3:7b-15
Wednesday:  Acts 5:17-26 / John 3:16-21
Thursday:  Acts 5:27-33 / John 3:31-36
Friday:  1 Corinthians 15:1-8 / John 14:6-14
Saturday:  Acts 6:1-7 / John 6:16-21
Next Sunday:  Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 / Revelation 5:11-14/ John 21:1-19

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. After careful review, the plan is that the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes will do the same, with our first united bulletin planned 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.

The Parish Finance Councils will 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
2nd Sunday of Easter
Saturday, April 27
5:00pm  Edward McCague (Mary Jo Romano)

Sunday, April 28
9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
12:00noon  Frederick Greif (Wife)

Monday, April 29—St. Catherine of Siena
10:00am  Rose Glassi (Friend)

Tuesday, April 30 —St. Pius V
10:00am  Mary Louise Straw & grandson, Elijah   (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, May 1—St. Joseph the Worker
10:00am  Dr. Salvatore Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Thursday, May 2—St. Athanasius
10:00am  Dr. Robert Romano (Wife)

Friday, May 3—Sts. Philip & James
10:00am  Agnes Miketic (Joyce Miketic)

3rd Sunday of Easter
Saturday, May 4
5:00pm  Oran & Mary Allen (The Allen Family)

Sunday May 5
9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
12:00noon  Robert Condron (Ted & Ann Phillips)

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Howard Roughen who will be buried from St. Scholastica this week.

Bereavement Program: Monday, Apr. 29, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Apr. 30, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Spring Book Study: Wednesday, May 1, at 10:45am and at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, May 1, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting: Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
St Monica Society Meeting: Saturday, May 4, at 10:00am 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.
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: canned beans or vegetables, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, and powdered milk. 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!

Special Easter Thanks
     So many parishioners had a hand in adding to the beauty and splendor of our Easter celebration in each of the six churches of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes. Thank you to everyone who helped to decorate the altars and sanctuaries in Saint Francis of Assisi Church (Harmar), Saint Edward Church (Blawnox), Saint Scholastica Church (Aspinwall), Madonna Church (Sharpsburg) Saint Mary Church (Sharpsburg) and Saint Joseph Church (O'Hara). Your hard work does not go unnoticed and it is very much appreciated.
To the musicians, cantors and choir members: Holy Week and Easter would not have been the glorious celebration that it was without the glad sound of your voices and skill at the piano, organ and other musical instruments.
     To those who assisted at the many Masses and other liturgical services during Holy Week and Easter Sunday as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Greeters and Ushers: thank you so much for your faithful service.
     To the behind-the-scenes money counters who spend many hours in counting the generous donations made by parishioners, family members and friends. Your commitment of time is most important and appreciated.
     To everyone who made special donations to the Easter Flower Fund in memory of loved ones. Your generosity makes possible the beauty of flowers that adorn each of the altars and sanctuaries of our churches.
     And finally: the priests of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes want you to know how grateful they are for your prayers, support, Easter cards and gifts, and the sincerity of your care for them.
     May God continue to bless us . . . one and all.
     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