May 12, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

Dear Parishioners,            
     Watching local, national or international news can result in a feeling of great distress. One reacts by wondering what is wrong with this world, our nation, and local communities. Stories of politics and so-called "fake news", terrorism reports on a scale unimaginable, economic inequality and the oppression of the poor, the annihilation and destruction brought by war, violence in houses of worship, the abortion of the unborn, abuse committed against children and the frail elderly, sexual immorality that disregards the human person, the use of guns that destroys lives and families. It is all tragically reminiscent of words from a poem written by Robert Burns in 1784 entitled: "Man Was Made to Mourn: A Dirge." I quote just one stanza:
Many and sharp the num'rous ills
  Inwoven with our frame!
More pointed still we make ourselves
  Regret, remorse, and shame!
And man, whose heav'n erected face
  The smiles of love adorn,
Man's inhumanity to man
  Makes countless thousands mourn!
     This age and every age is a period of great distress. That is why it is so important that we be on the lookout for signs of resurrection, as I suggested in my Easter Sunday homily preached in Saint Joseph Church. The darkness of the world can feel overwhelming. The sadness can drag us down. But we must keep our eyes heavenward. We must seek those resurrection moments that tell us that light is more powerful than darkness, that life overcomes death.
     A part of today's second scripture reading from the Book of Revelation is important to hear: "I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. Then one of the elders said to me, 'These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. '"
     Despite the evidence of man's inhumanity to man, regardless of the great distress we suffer, we are a people of Easter faith who believe that Christ has died . . . Christ is risen . . . Christ will come again. We hold to that faith despite all else. Past, present and future - we believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life who leads us home to glory.
                                                                                                         Father Dale DeNinno

     . . . that with well-chosen words a message can be conveyed that is helpful, caring and supportive. Put them in a text message, an email, or the old-fashioned method of letter writing and they go a long way. For instance, a handwritten letter was recently sent to Father Dale DeNinno. Part of it is shared here for everyone's edification: "We attended the 11:00am Easter Mass at Saint Joe's and were glad to see so much joy and excitement among the members of the parish. It was truly a vibrant celebration, and we sincerely hope that those parishioners processing The ChurchAlive changes are able to witness that same spirit that we saw on Easter. "

The Second Collection on May 18 & 19 will support Catholic Relief Services, which funds Catholic agencies working on international development, immigration services, advocacy for the poor, peace, reconciliation, and justice. The collection also supports the pastoral work of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

4th Sunday of Easter
Saturday, May 11
   5:00pm  Shawn Neville, birthday (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)

Sunday May 12 
   9:30am  Edward McCague (The Perego Family)
   12:00noon  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Monday, May 13—Our Lady of Fatima
   10:00am  Rose Glassi (Dee Basara)

Tuesday, May 14—Saint Matthias
   10:00am  Fr Dale DeNinno, in honor of 41st anniversary (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, May 15—Saint Isidore
   10:00am  Louis Miketic (Joyce Miketic)

Thursday, May 16—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Louis Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Friday    May 17—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Edward McCague (St. Monica Society)

5th Sunday of Easter
Saturday, May 18
   5:00pm  Shawn Neville (Diane Hupp)

Sunday, May 19
   9:30am  Theresa Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)  
   12:00noon  Jean Canel Eckert, anniversary (Husband & Family)

Daily Mass: Week of May 13
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: May 18 & 19
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Phil Farrell                     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. Phil Farrell                    Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Phil Farrell                    Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of May 4 & 5: $6,916
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

St. Scholastica’s Bereavement Ministry will be hosting a series of 7 loss-related seminars from March 25-May 30. The next session is “Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One” on Monday, May 13, 7-9pm or Wednesday, May 15, 2-4pm. For details or to register, contact Sr. Pat Baker or the parish office.

Join the St. Scholastica Hope for Haiti Committee for a rosary on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30pm in the church with dessert to follow in the Parish Hall. This event will benefit the Good Samaritans School in Haiti. Please RSVP by May 17 to Mary Ellen Maher at or 412-767-5863.

Join us for coffee and donuts in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall after the 9:30am Mass on May 19. Take a few moments to chat with old friends and make new ones!

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) in all of our parishes, both during Mass and by carrying he Holy Eucharist to the homebound and those in medical facilities.
     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, in assisted living, or under hospice care.

Shari Whitico, the Director of Music Ministry for St.Padre Pio Parish in Blawnox/ Harmar, recently submitted  letter of retirement. Shari has been a good and faithful servant for many years throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Using the skill of her voice and ability at the keyboard, she has offered praise and glory to God in worship and has helped us to do the same. She is owed a debt of gratitude from everyone who has benefitted from her dedication, zeal and commitment, especially the parishioners who gather for Sunday worship in St. Edward Church in Blawnox and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Harmar. May the Lord bless her journey forward with good health and happiness always.

First Holy Communion: May the Lord bless our children who received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time last Sunday, May 5, in Saint Scholastica Church. With their parents we pray that they will come to Mass and the Table of the Lord every single Sunday. The children are: Madelyn Acquaro, Maredith Adams, Eli Altenbaugh, Aidan Brunner, Rhett Brush, Winnie Bryan,  Chloe Dahler, Claire Davison, Jeffrey Divers, Francesca Drizos, Kendyl Elliott, Graham Erdner, Andrew Hernaez, Cadence Hogan, Riley Kessing, Luke Lovett, Luca Matello, Avery McKoy, Stella Miller, Alexa Orie, Parker Parsons, Rhodora Redd, Nadia Rossey, Carly Sasson, Tristan Snyder.

Celebration of U.S.A. Civil Holidays: Our nation pauses each year to remember the dead, celebrate freedom, honor the worker, and give thanks for our blessings. As citizens of one nation, all parishioners from the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley will be invited to pray together at one Mass on each of those four holidays, beginning at 10:00 am.
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, St. Joseph Church
Independence Day: Thursday, July 4, Madonna Church
Labor Day: Monday, September 2, St. Edward Church
Thanksgiving Day: Thur., Nov. 28, St. Scholastica Church

Looking Ahead to Ascension Thursday on May 30, the Church celebrates the return of Jesus to His Father in glory. Forty days after Easter, it is a holy day of obligation and all Catholics are to be in attendance at Mass. The schedule of Masses is as follows:
Wednesday, May 29—Vigil Masses
4:30pm             Madonna of Jerusalem Church
7:00pm             St. Joseph Church
Thursday, May 30—Ascension Thursday
8:00am              St. Joseph Church
9:00am              St. Edward Church
10:00am            St. Scholastica Church
12:00 Noon       St. Mary Church
7:00pm              St. Scholastica Church


Upcoming LAV Vacation Bible School camps (please contact the parish office to register):
St. Scholastica Parish, June 11-14 from 9:00am to Noon. 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.

Our Children's Liturgy of the Word will conclude its season in two weeks on Sunday, May 19.

Ice Cream Sundae Meet & Greet:  Middle and high school students are invited to an ice cream social at the St. Joseph John Paul II hall on Sunday, May 19 at noon.

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

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Jackson Timothy Sasson who was baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

Vagabond Missions is continuing to grow in God’s care! We recently had a fun weekend retreat with the teens where we played games, went to Mass and talked about how God has impacted our lives. Looking into the future, the kids are all excited for the upcoming summer events and programs! If you’d like to donate snacks, feel free to drop them off at the St. Juan Diego Parish office.

An Independence for All information session will be offered at the St. Juan Diego John Paul I Center on Friday, June 14, at 11:00am. Learn about qualifying for home health care. RSVP to 412-323-0203 ext 6112.

A message from Fr. Mike Decewicz: This past Saturday was the first A.R.M. “Royal Princess Tea Party”. It was a beautiful event with princesses, princes, food, and fun for all. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make it such a success, especially Julie Truver, Karen Pesich and Rosemarie Haas for all their willingness to share their time and talents. I also want to thank all of you who attended and supported this event. But most of all I want to thank all of our “little princesses and princes.” May God continue to guide this ministry, reaching out in love and hope to both the addicted and afflicted.

The annual Saint Joseph Parish Picnic will be held this year on Sunday, August 11. The success of the picnic relies on good planning and the dedicated work of many volunteers. An initial planning meeting will be held this coming Thursday, May 16, at 7:00pm in the Saint John Paul II Hall. Seasoned volunteers and new ones are welcome. Come with your energy, enthusiasm and ideas!

This Sunday:  Acts 13:14, 43-52 / Revelation 7:9, 14b-17 / John 10:27-30
Monday:  Acts 11:1-18 / John 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 / John 15:9-17
Wednesday:  Acts 12:24—13:5a / John 12:44-50
Thursday:  Acts 13:13-25 / John 13:16-20
Friday:  Acts 13:26-33 / John 14:1-6
Saturday:  Acts 13:44-52 / John 14:7-14
Next Sunday:  Acts 14:21-27 / Revelation 21:1-5a / John 13:31-33a, 34-35
Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk, and Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes. [Note: this list is more current than the one in the print bulletin.]  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 hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars and canned or powdered milk — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in the church’s main entrance

Genesis of Pittsburgh Collection May 18 & 19: Church volunteers will be accepting donations after Masses for Genesis of Pittsburgh. All donations will support their mission to provide life affirming programs and services at no cost to pregnant women and their children. Thank you for your kind support.

Flower Sale Pickup: After all Masses this weekend in the Parish Hall.
Bereavement Program: Monday, May 13, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, May 14, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Appalachia Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, May 15, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
     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