May 19, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

Dear Parishioners,
     Lystra, Iconium and Antioch . . . Pisidia, Pamphylia, Perga and Attalia. What are they? Names of a new parish grouping? Or stops along the way for Paul and Barnabas in their proclamation of the Good News.  Jesus said: "Go out to all the world . . ."
     And that is exactly what disciples of the Lord continue to do. But now its names of places more familiar - Aspinwall and Blawnox, Fox Chapel and Harmar, O'Hara and Sharpsburg. The places where we live and work, play and pray.
     When Paul and Barnabas made their mission travels it was to bring something new to the people living in the places they visited. Their message brought a new way of living, a new way of behaving and a new way of believing. A new way of coming to know God in Jesus. They also "strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, 'It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.'"
     It is true that entering the Kingdom of God is our goal. When we leave this life we want to be with God in glory, but before then there are the trials and tribulations of life. But we find hope in the words and vision of John in today's second reading: "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away."
     Brothers and sisters, we are Church. We are the people of God, and regardless of the parish we call our spiritual home⏤Saint Scholastica, Saint Padre Pio, Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diegowe have received a new commandment from Jesus that moves us beyond boundaries, traditions, favorite priests, or familiar ways of doing things. Jesus said: "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Love is the virtue that moves us beyond hardships and into "a new heaven and a new earth."
     May the Lord bless our journey forward.
                                                                                                  Father Dale DeNinno
DID YOU KNOW . . . ?
      . . . that Julie Scheffler, a Senior at Fox Chapel High School and member of St. Scholastica Parish in the
Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes, recently received the Saint Timothy Award in the Diocese of
Pittsburgh. Nominated by Meredith Troyan, our Youth Ministry Leader, Julie is just one of 12 high school students from the entire diocese to receive this award which recognizes a young person's active involvement in the life of the church and youth ministry. Julie is an Altar Server, Lector, assists with the summer Vacation Bible School for youngsters, and is part of the Appalachian Mission Trip. Upon graduation from high school she will continue her college education at Saint Louis University.

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!
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)

Monday, May 20—Saint Bernardine of Siena
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Tuesday, May 21—Saint Christopher Magallanes
   10:00am  Christine Harmon (Kathleen & Bill Gavlak)

Wednesday, May 22—Saint Rita of Cascia
   10:00am  Fr Paul Merkovsky, in honor of 29th anniversary (Kathleen McAndrews)

Thursday, May 23—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Irene Marsico Kelhofer, anniversary (Tish Marsico)

Friday, May 24—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Marie DeRosa (Joyce Miketic)

6th Sunday of Easter
Saturday, May 25
   5:00pm  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Sunday, May 26
   9:30am  Edward McCague (St. Scholastica Faith Formation)
   12:00noon  Lillian Darrigo (The Hopkinson Family)

Daily Mass: Week of May 20
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz
                                Mon, Tues, Wed            Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                 Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: May 25 & 26
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz      Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky          Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno               Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of May 11 & 12: $6,427
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 its final loss-related seminar this week. The last session is “Grieving the Death of Someone You Love” on Wednesday, May 22, 2-4pm or Thursday, May 23, 7-9pm. 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 to Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5863 or by email here.

Christian Home Health Care offers help to anyone 18 or older who has a physical disability or needs assistance with  day-to-day activities. Learn how to qualify for home care at no cost. The seminar will be at St. Juan Diego Parish’s Pope John Paul l Center on Friday, June 14th at 11:00am. Call 412-323-0203 x6112.

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.

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
In medieval legend, Mary Magdalene was a prostitute who ended her life living as an ascetic in southern France, an emblem of repentance. This is not how she is portrayed in the Gospels. Join us for a three-part Bible study: “Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles.” We will look closely at some key Gospel passages that will help us to understand the Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus, and perhaps to deepen our own. 
     We will meet in the St. Scholastica Ministry Center library from 7:30 to 9:00pm, on June 6, 13 and 20. There is a fee of $15 for the booklet from the Little Rock Scripture Study, payable at the first session. If you prefer to use an e-book, let us know when you register. Register by Tuesday, May 28, to receive your materials at the first session. For more information or to register, contact Andrew Bechman here. We hope you can join us!

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. As the date gets closer we will be looking for an army of volunteers willing to help during some part of the day. Parishioners from the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes⏤Saint Scholastica, Saint Padre Pio, Saint Joseph and Saint Juan Diegoare all invited to this year's picnic.


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.

Counselors wanted! Teens age 11 and up are encouraged to sign up as counselors for Vacation Bible School. See Meredith Troyan for details.

Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word ends its season this weekend and will resume in September. Thanks to our liturgy leaders: Meredith Troyan, Melissa Scheffler, Julie Scheffler, and Andy Bechman. Thanks also to the members of Mrs. Scheffler’s 8th-grade small group for their help. 
     We are especially grateful for the eager participation of the children. We are touched every Sunday by their openness to hearing the Word of God. Do you feel drawn to participation in this joyful ministry as a leader or helper? Adults and teens are urged to contact Andrew Bechman here.

Ice Cream Sundae Meet & Greet:  6th-12th grade students are invited to an ice cream social at the St. Joseph John Paul II hall on Sunday, May 19, at noon.

Pet Therapy: 6th-12th grade students, join us at the Aspinwall VA hospital Tuesday, May 21, at 4:00pm. RSVP to Meredith Troyan here.

Taco Tuesday: 8th-12th grade students, join us on May 21 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center for Bible study and tacos.

Serving Dinner at Family House: 6th-12th grade students are invited to cook and serve dinner for patients and their families staying at Family House on May 22. Meet at the St. Scholastica parish hall at 4:25pm. RSVP to Meredith Troyan here.


Congratulations to Miss Lindsey Marci, CDTCA Middle School Science teacher, on receiving the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 7 Teacher Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. This organization recognizes Miss Marci’s ability to prepare students to meet the future needs through new technologies, instrumentation and methods. We’re proud to have Miss Marci at CDTCA!

CDTCA will graduate its 8th grade students on Thursday, June 6, and send them on to the high school of their choosing.  Congratulations to all our graduates!

This Sunday:  Acts 14:21-27 / Revelation 21:1-5a / John 13:31-33a, 34-35
Monday:  Acts 14:5-18 / John 14:21-26
Tuesday:  Acts 14:19-28 / John 14:27-31a
Wednesday:  Acts 15:1-6 / John 15:1-8
Thursday:  Acts 15:7-21 / John 15:9-11
Friday:  Acts 15:22-31 / John 15:12-17
Saturday:  Acts 16:1-10 / John 15:18-21
Next Sunday:  Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 / John 14:23-29
Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: canned beans, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk, 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 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
     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.

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.

The 2nd Collection this weekend 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.

Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, May 21, at 1:00pm in the Ministry Center library.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, May 22, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Haiti Rosary: Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30pm in the Church followed by dessert in the Parish Hall.
Bereavement Program: Thursday, May 23, at 7:00pm 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