April 7, 2019

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

Weekend Mass Schedule: April 13 & 14
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Scholastica
Dear Parishioner,
     A son is estranged from his father ... another is angry and resentful ... a woman is caught in a public act of sin ... and the self-righteous are definitely very sure of themselves. Oh the scope of the human condition. How fragile. How broken. How much in need of patience and understanding and compassion and forgiveness. Directed not just to sons in a parable or an adulterous woman in real life or scribes and Pharisees who taunt and test, 21st century followers of Jesus Christ have their own need for that kindness and mercy of God, experienced as patience and understanding and compassion and forgiveness.
     In the tradition and practice of our Catholic faith we confess our sins before the Lord and to the person of the priest as a humble acknowledgment of how much we need and rely on the Divine Mercy of God. If we are to be reconciled, if we are to make right that which is wrong, if we are to live in a right relationship with God and each other, then a strong dose of humility is needed in order to admit to the truth of our brokenness ... a willingness to name our sins.
     When on Ash Wednesday we were marked with the sign of repentance and admonished to "turn away from sin and believe in the Gospel," we began the 40 day journey of Lent intended to bring a conversion of heart.
     As Easter draws closer I invite all parishioners to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in the individual confession of sin. Scheduled times and places are as follows:
Every Saturday
9:30-10:15 am Saint Edward Church in Blawnox
11:30-Noon       Saint Joseph Church in O’Hara
3:30-4:00 pm    Madonna Church in Sharpsburg
Every Tuesday
6:30-7:15 pm    Saint Scholastica Church in Aspinwall
Wednesday, April 10th
“The Light is On for You"  
6:00-8:00 pm    Saint Joseph Church
6:00-8:00 pm    Madonna Church
6:00-8:00 pm    Saint Scholastica Church
     May the Lord bless your week ahead. Hopefully you will heed the message of this letter and avail yourselves of the grace of a good Confession.
                                                                          Father Dale DeNinno

    Ninety-eight of our young people from the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes received the
sacrament of Confirmation on Monday, April 1, in Saint Joseph Church. Bishop David Zubik presided over a
wonderful celebration that was standing-room-only and included the beautiful voices of a combined choir (under the direction of Tom Octave and Shari Whitico) from our four parishes of Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica.


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

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

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

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 “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.

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, at St. Edward on April 28, and St. Juan Diego parish office on April 6-7.

Addiction Recovery Ministry News: On Sunday, April 7, at 2:00pm, in Roots of Faith, 800 Main Street, Sharpsburg, A.R.M. will provide an opportunity for reflection hosted by Fr. Michael Decewicz. The afternoon will include a Scripture reading and a reflection on “Tearing Down the Walls of Shame.” Please plan to attend this afternoon of prayer and insight.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of March 30 & 31: $8,318
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Isaiah 43:16-21 / Philippians 3:8-14 / John 8:1-11
Monday:  Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 / John 8:12-20
Tuesday:  Numbers 21:4-9 / John 8:21-30
Wednesday:  Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 / John 8:31-42
Thursday:  Genesis 17:3-9 / John 8:51-59
Friday:  Jeremiah 20:10-13 / John 10:31-42
Saturday:  Ezekiel 37:21-28 / John 11:45-56
Next Sunday:  Luke 19:28-40 / Isaiah 50:4-7 / Philippians 2:6-11 / Luke 22:14—23:56

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. Paul Merkovsky
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)

Monday, April 8—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Katherine Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Tuesday, April 9—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Edward McCague (Virginia Ware)

Wednesday, April 10—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Mary Miketic (Joyce Miketic)

Thursday, April 11—Saint Stanislaus 
   10:00am  Kathleen Fleming (Tish Marsico)

Friday, April 12—Lenten Weekday
   10:00am  Dr. Mary Frances Ricketts (The Ricketts Family)

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)

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

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, Apr. 8, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Baptism Preparation Class: Monday, Apr. 8 at 7:30pm in the Parish Office.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, Apr. 9, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Lenten Study: Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 10:45am and at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Reckoning Course: Thursday, Apr. 11, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.


Congratulations to Jake Anthikad and Madeline Sclichter who received Honorable Mention prizes in the 2018-2019 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh High/Middle School Essay Contest. Out of 3 states, there was one winner and 10 honorable mentions. We’re proud to have 2 of them from CDTCA!

Our First Annual CDTCA Walk-A-Thon to raise money for the school will be on Friday, April 12 at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park. If you would like to sponsor a student, please call or stop into the school office this week!

Many thanks to all parishioners who came to our Fish Fry and Bingo last week. We hope that you had an enjoyable evening! Thank you for supporting CDTCA.

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. 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.
House fundraiser for the Appalachia mission trip:  Throughout April, a "house" will be located in the vestibule of each of our six churches in the parish grouping. This fundraiser supports the youth of our grouping who will be in West Virginia in late June to participate in a mission trip to provide much needed home repairs for some of the 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 taken and returned, this fundraising effort wiII amount to $10,000 and 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