May 26, 2019

Editor's Note: This article was written by Mary Whiteacre for the liturgical magazine CELEBRATION.
Jesus' Gift of Peace
     In today's Gospel reading, Jesus promises, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you." Peace? What does Jesus mean by that?
     Peace is a complicated word with many interpretations. Beauty pageant contestants offer generic desires for world peace. We deploy our well-equipped military around the world as peacekeepers. Some people passionately fight for uncontrolled gun ownership, which they believe will ensure peace yet often can be a relentless competition for security and safety. Yet despite all of the energy and resources we put into protecting ourselves, we still are not at peace.
     Perhaps we are looking for peace in the wrong place. Jesus urges, "Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid." His words refocus us to the question, "What needs to happen in our hearts so that we can find peace?" In contrast to today's uneasy balance of power, Jesus modeled an authentic peace, which is far beyond what the world can offer. It is a peace that begins and ends in love.
     Tensions in families are often unavoidable. However, which is more likely to bring reassuring healing to this friction—anger and revenge, or compassion and forgiveness? Turbulence in the markets can leave us greedily scrambling for an economic advantage, or we can humbly trust God to provide for our needs. Fear can alert us that something is dangerously wrong, but it can also paralyze us in the face of the threat. Solid solutions come from unruffled confidence and strong faith.
     Stress can keep us up at night, damage our health and suck the joy out of life. If we relax our bodies and quiet our monkey brains, we can approach life with a more productive force. We can become hardened to the strangers waiting at our borders, sleeping under our bridges, or languishing in our jails. Or the strangers can become our brothers and sisters, as we can extend a warm embrace, a helping hand and a patient concern. In the end, we can allow the world's anxieties to empty our hearts, or we can open them to the fullness of love.
What can we do as Christians to make peace when we find ourselves trapped in division and turmoil? In his priceless wisdom, Jesus gives his love freely and encourages us to invite his Spirit of love to dwell in our hearts. If we live in that love, we will be transformed into the peace Christ promises.
     What might that look like for you? It could simply mean looking directly at a cashier and smiling; accepting that there is often more than one right answer; or even conceding your preferred answer. It could mean patiently listening to Grandma repeating the same stories in an endless loop, refraining from political bullying and looking for realistic compromise; anonymously mowing your overwhelmed neighbor's yard rather than complaining; or sacrificing what is best for you in the interest of the greatest common good.
     Whenever we share love, it is multiplied in our hearts, our lives and the world. We create the atmosphere for enduring peace to thrive.
     In their pastoral letter, The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops clarify, "Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers, not by some movement of the moment, but by our Lord Jesus." There is both blessing and responsibility in Christ's love. Jesus unconditionally gives us his love, so we can know and grow in love. The gift we have been given is meant to be shared so that others can know and grow in peace. Where and how are you as a Christian being called to share your love and promote the peace of Christ in our world today?

DID YOU KNOW. . .?
     . . . that we are still reaching out to all Eucharistic Ministers? It is 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 home, assisted living facility, or under hospice care. We also want to compile a current list of those women and men who only serve as a Eucharistic Minister during Mass in any of the six churches of our LAV grouping.  Please contact Marilyn Welsh ASAP at 412-828-4066 or email her here.
 
MASS INTENTIONS
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)

Monday, May 27—Saint Augustine of Canterbury
   Memorial Day   No Mass at St. Scholastica Church

Tuesday, May 28—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Val Leda (Friend)

Wednesday, May 29—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Patrick Crowe, birthday (The Ogren Family)

Thursday, May 30—The Ascension of the Lord
   10:00am  Richard Keller (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
   7:00pm  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Friday, May 31—Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
   10:00am  Arthur Bonessa (Family)

7th Sunday of Easter
Saturday, June 1
   5:00pm  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Sunday, June 2
   9:30am  Jo Battaglia (Lillian Ranii)
   12:00noon  Deceased Members of the Donnelly & Shanahan Families (Family)

Daily Mass Presiders: Week of May 27
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: June 1-2
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of May 18 & 19: $5,642
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

The Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 27, will be celebrated at 10:00am in Saint Joseph Church (342 Dorseyville Road in O’Hara.) This is the only Mass that will be offered that day in all of the churches of our Parish grouping. All parishioners from Saint Juan Diego, Saint Scholastica, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Joseph are urged to come together in the sacred prayer of the Mass as we remember the men and women who served our country in the military and gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice.

The Solemnity of the Ascension is observed 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 reformed 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 Diego - are all invited to this year's picnic.
 

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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.

Taco Tuesday: 8-12 grade students, join us on May 28 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center for Bible study and tacos.

Youth Ministry seeks CORE team members: Do you feel the Lord’s call to serve in Youth Ministry? We are looking for 5 to 8 adults to help with Youth Ministry on a weekly basis. Time commitment would be 2 hours weekly to help with the lesson and activity for the night. Training will be required and offered. A one year term is requested (January 1-December 31).

Thanks to Gina Musser for all her years of service to the St. Scholastica Religious Education program. Gina will be moving out of state this summer. Best of luck!
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Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 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!

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents will be held on Monday, June 3, at 7:30pm in the St. Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on July 29.

Thank you to the Sharbaugh Family for sponsoring the Sunday Social after 9:30 Mass last weekend! Donuts, coffee and fellowship combined for a “sweet” event. Look for dates of more Sunday Socials in future bulletins. 

The Respect Life Committee thanks St. Scholastica Parish members for their generosity. The collection  last weekend raised $521 for Genesis of Pittsburgh. This money will all go to helping women in crisis pregnancy.

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 14, at 11:00am. Call 412-323-0203 x6112.

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23 / John 14:23-29
Monday:  Acts 16:11-15 / John 15:26—16:4a
Tuesday:  Acts 16:22-34 / John 16:5-11
Wednesday:  Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 / John 16:12-15
Thursday:  Acts 1:1-11 / Ephesians 1:17-23 / Luke 24:46-53
Friday:  Zephaniah 3:14-18a / Luke 1:39-56
Saturday:  Acts 18:23-28 / John 16:23b-28
Next Sunday:  Acts 7:55-60 / Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 / John 17:20-26
 
Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: fruit or pudding in single-serve packs, pasta, and powdered milk. [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
     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 Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Francesca Logue who was buried from St. Scholastica this week.

Mass Intention Availability: St. Padre Pio Parish does not have any remaining dates available for Masses for the remainder of 2019. However, St. Joseph and St. Scholastica have many open dates available. If anyone in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes would like to request that a Mass be offered for a particular intention, please call the parish office.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Parish Office closed for Memorial Day: Monday, May 27.
Aspinwall Community Workshop: Tuesday, May 28, at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.
St. Monica Society Meeting: Saturday, June 1, at 10:00am 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.


SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH OF THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
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

Staff
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 

Bookkeeper
Amy Condosta     Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215