May 5, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
Daily Mass: Week of May 6
  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: May  11 & 12
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 Parishioners, 
     Properly understood, the word disciple refers to someone who is more than just a follower. A disciple committed to following is also one who becomes a student, a lifelong learner. Discipleship is expansive and opens a person to learn in new ways.
     From the first moment when Jesus extended His call to men and women to become His followers, their decision to follow was an unwitting decision to learn. They became students of Christ the Divine Teacher and thus opened themselves to learning again and again what it meant to be His disciple.
     Be it Peter, James or John, Mary Magdalene or even His own mother, those who said "yes" to Jesus' invitation to follow Him were set on a path of learning. In time they learned to find their blessings in the Sermon on the Mount . . . they learned the lesson of feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty . . . they learned that their discipleship would mean denying themselves and taking up their cross . . . they learned to trust, to believe and to hope.
     In the case of Peter, dramatically seen in today's Gospel, he learned that his discipleship would reveal what it meant to answer the question of Jesus: "Do you love me?" While some Scripture scholars suggest that Jesus asked the question of Simon Peter three times because of the three times that he denied knowing the Teacher, perhaps it was also intended as a lesson of discipleship that loving and giving and dying to self is a process without end.
     My sisters and brothers, baptism initiates us into discipleship. By water and the Holy Spirit we receive our call and begin a lifetime of following Jesus, learning Jesus and loving Jesus. Discipleship is something that we must own, a real commitment in word and action that gives evidence of our spoken and lived response of "yes" to the Lord in His call to be His followers.
     Please God, bless and guide this journey of discipleship for all of us. Make it honest and courageous.
                                                                                         Father Dale DeNinno

     In past years, California evening skies were illuminated by an unearthly great light. Viewers may have wondered if it was the second coming. The sun painted the clouds silver and gold and could be seen from San Francisco to Mexico. The light was caused by a rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara.
     Seeing the unearthly vision of the resurrected Christ must have been terrifying for the fishermen in the Gospel. It challenged their faith just as it does ours today. One day, each of us, perhaps at death, will see an unearthly light in our skies. When that day comes, remember Jesus' closing words in the Gospel: "Follow me."


Cinco de Mayo party: Middle and high school students come celebrate on May 5 from 5-7 in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall.

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

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.

Flower Fundraiser: The LAV Appalachia Mission Trip is selling hanging flower baskets. Orders are due by May 7 and the baskets will be available for pickup at St. Scholastica the weekend of May 11 & 12. See order forms a the church entrances.

St. Scholastica’s Bereavement Ministry will be hosting a series of 7 loss-related seminars from March 25-May 30. The next session is “Facing the Terminal Illness of a Loved One” on Monday, May 6, 7-9pm or Wednesday, May 8, 2-4pm. For details or to register, contact Sr. Pat Baker or the parish office.

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

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 412-767-5863 or by email here.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Weekend is offered to anyone struggling with emotional and spiritual pain in the aftermath of an abortion. The next weekend will be held May 17 -19 at The Ark and the Dove Center in Gibsonia. For details, contact Toni Jester at 412-352-5348 or by email here.

Offertory Collection
Weekend of April 27 & 28: $7,096
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

This Sunday:  Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 / Revelation 5:11-14/ John 21:1-19
Monday:  Acts 6:8-15 / John 6:22-29
Tuesday:  Acts 7:51—8:1a / John 6:30-35
Wednesday:  Acts 8:1b-8 / John 6:35-40
Thursday:  Acts 8:26-40 / John 6:44-51
Friday:  Acts 9:1-20 / John 6:52-59
Saturday:  Acts 9:31-42 / John 6:60-69
Next Sunday:  Acts 13:14, 43-52 / Revelation 7:9, 14b-17 / John 10:27-30

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 four 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.
     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.

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 benefited 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.
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)

Monday, May 6—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Catherine M. Flanagan (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)

Tuesday, May 7—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Edward Goreczny (The Goreczny Family)

Wednesday, May 8—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  No Intention Listed

Thursday, May 9—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  Mary Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Friday, May 10—Saint Damien de Veuster
   10:00am  Louis Hern (Joyce Miketic)

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

It is always good to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones.  We are currently scheduling Mass Intentions for 2019. Please contact the parish office.

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Esther Horne.

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Penelope Vlahos and Bodie Dolan who were baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

Bereavement Program: Monday, May 6, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, May 7, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Bereavement Program: Wednesday, May 8, at 2:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Living in the Spirit: Thursday, May 9, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.
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, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and powdered milk. [Note: This list is more current than 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 Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

First Holy Communion: May the Lord bless our children who received the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time last Sunday, April 28th, in Saint Joseph Church. With their parents we pray that they will come to Mass and the Table of the Lord every single Sunday. The 46 children are: Stella Avondolio, Camrhyn Banachoski, Adella Boy, Hazel Clifford, Katie DiNatale, Lucy DiRocco, Mary Grace Dolan, Josephine Donahue, Gavin Forbes, Lilyann Freyvogel, Joey Holmes, Samantha Hubert, Tessa Jackson, Colton Kissane, Gianna Leffakis Hanley, Annie Leland, Clair Loludice, Carter Mack, Oliver Mackey, Landon Madden, Charbel Mady, Brinley McGrady, Anna McLaughlin, RJ McMahon, McKayla O'Leary, Brooklynn Ober, Thomas Pohl, Katherine Polochak, Natalia Provenzano, Avery Quimby, Olivia Richter, Claire Sakoian, Delaney Scanlon, Rebecca Smith, Rian Starz, Sabrina Stiles, Emma Stritzinger, Axel Swanson, Luca Tarin, Daniel Thompson, Evan Vukmir, Maddie Weidner, Leland Wilson, Ethan Wirt and Nathan Zottola.
     At 3:00 o'clock today, May 5, an additional 30 children will receive their First Holy Communion in Saint Scholastica Church. Their names will be printed in next week's bulletin.
     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