June 16, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
Dear Parishioners,
     Oh sweet mysteries of life! Count them if you can. The event or experience, a theory or hypothesis, even the people who cross our path. Altogether beyond our ability to understand. Call it the mystery of suffering . . . the mystery of emotions . . . the mystery of teen-agers . . . the mystery of parents . . . the mystery of those we encounter in the news.
     For me, I even put electricity, air travel, and computer technology into the category of mystery. I don't understand how' any them work. Still, I believe . . . ,but more, I have come to rely on them.
     Maybe that is where we can put the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Based on what we learn from the Bible and credit to the tradition of our faith, we are taught to believe that there is ONE GOD with THREE DIVINE PERSONS: Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. God in relationship.
     Starting with the early Church writers and continuing with theologians down through the ages, there has been endless theorizing and writing on the topic of this great mystery of our Christian faith. Still, we are without full understanding.
     The mystery of the Trinity puts me in mind of a poem that I discovered in the early years of my seminary education. It was written by the German poet Rainier Maria Rilke (1875-1926):

be patient toward all
that is unsolved in your heart
and try to love the questions

do not seek the answers
that cannot be given you
because you would
not be able to live them
and the point is
To live everything.

live the questions now
perhaps you will gradually,
without noticing it,
live along some
distant day
into the answer.

     Sisters and brothers, is it more important to understand or to believe? Perhaps the question of the Trinity defies explanation, but it cannot discount faith. What we don't fully or even partially understand, we must be willing to "live along some distant day into the answer."
     May the Triune God —Father, Son and Holy Spirit—bless us and love us always.
                                                                             Father Dale DeNinno

 . . . that on Saturday, June 29th, Bishop Zubik will ordain four men to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It is always a reason for rejoicing when a man is given a share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Those to be ordained are: Brendan Dawson, Timothy Deely, David Egan and Mingwei Li. After the celebration of their First Mass, following the day after their ordination, these new priests will anticipate their assignment to a grouping of parishes in the diocese, effective July 15, 2019. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their priesthood in service to the people of God.
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
Saturday, June 15
   5:00pm  Mary Helen Fuhrer (Children & Grandchildren)

Sunday, June 16
   9:30am  Stanley Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  William Pizoli (The Michanowicz Family)

Monday, June 17—Weekday in Ordinary Time  
   10:00am  Norman Bergeron (Family of Kathy Burke)

Tuesday, June 18—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Wednesday, June 19—Saint Romauld
   10:00am  Margaret Kurtchurick (Eileen McGrath)

Thursday, June 20—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  James G. Lanahan (Kathy Murray)
Friday, June 21—Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
   10:00am  Ralph Heil (Virginia Ware)

Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Saturday, June 22
   5:00pm  Kathleen Fleming (Kathleen McAndrews)

Sunday, June 23
   7:30am  LAVCC Appalachia Mission Trip
   9:30am  Darryl Thompson (Jeff Krosse)
  12:00noon  Anna & Alexander Rogus (Gerry Michanowicz & Family)

Daily Mass: Week of June 17
  8:00 am          Fr. Dale DeNinno           Saint Joseph
  9:00 am          Fr. John Mark Ogu
                         Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                         Fr. Michael Decewicz
                         Thurs, Fri, Sat                Saint Edward
10:00 am          Fr. Paul Merkovsky        Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: June 22 & 23
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
  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 June 8 & 9: $5,578
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

Join us for coffee and donuts in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall after the 9:30am Mass on June 23. Take a few moments to chat with old friends and make new ones!

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30pm in the St. Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on July 29.
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 serve as a Eucharistic Minister during Mass in any of the six churches of our LAV grouping: Saint Joseph, Madonna of Jerusalem, Saint Mary, Saint Scholastica, Saint Edward and Saint Francis of Assisi. The list is growing but is still incomplete. Please contact Marilyn Welsh ASAP at 412-828-4066 or email her here.

Divorced, Widowed, Separated? The loss of a spouse through separation, divorce, or death is a traumatic experience. The Beginning Experience Pittsburgh provides programs to help widowed, divorced, or separated men and women who would like to pass through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives. A seminar is being offered Saturday, July 13, at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center, West View. Go to beginningexperiencepittsburgh.com (+) for details.

Mass Intention Availability: Both Saint Joseph Church and Saint Scholastica Church have openings on their liturgical calendars to schedule Mass intentions. 
     The practice of remembering those who have died as we celebrate the Mass is one of long-standing in our Catholic tradition. Like so many things, the tradition does not seem to have the same value as once it did. Therefore, you are reminded and encouraged to have a Mass offered for deceased loved ones and friends or for other special intentions. Please call the parish office at Saint Joseph Parish (412-963-8885) or Saint Scholastica Parish (412-781-0186).

Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers in all the churches of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes are reminded to consult their weekend schedule. Summer months and vacations can result in empty places at the altar. If you cannot serve your scheduled Mass, please be sure to get a substitute or switch with someone. If you are available to fill an empty slot, we encourage you to do so. Your ministry of service during the celebration of the Mass is greatly appreciated.

Finance Council Meetings: Fr. Dale DeNinno met for the second time with the councils of Saint Padre Pio Parish and Saint Joseph Parish this past week. He will meet again with the councils of Saint Juan Diego and Saint Scholastica this week. Budgets are being finalized for the new fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2019. A full budget report will be made to each of our four parishes, beginning in mid-September. 
     It should come as no surprise to anyone that the weekly collection totals in each of our parishes is far less than what it needs to be. There are many reasons that can explain that reality, but the greater reality is that expenses do not go away. Please give this your careful and prayerful consideration in your support of Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Padre Pio Parish and Saint Scholastica Parish.

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).

Calling all Middle School Students! Camp Helping Hand is an opportunity to benefit your community through service. Join the LAV Youth Ministry July 16-18 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Contact Meredith Troyan to register.

Last Call to Register for Vacation Bible School at St. Joseph Parish, June 24-28 from 9:00 am to Noon. "VBS 2019 Roar: Life Is Wild, God Is Good!" is our theme. Campers: ages 4 years old to 5th grade. Counselors-in-Training: 6th grade. Counselors: 7th grade thru high school. Registration Forms are online at www.stjosephohara.com (+) under “Downloads”.

Mission Trip to Appalachia: Young people and adult chaperones will depart from Saint Scholastica Church on Sunday morning, June 23, following a special 7:30 Mass led by Father Michael Ackerman, currently serving as Vocation Director in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parishioners are welcome to be in attendance at that Mass, offered for safe travel and a fruitful week for all involved.
     The generosity of people from all four parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping has been extraordinary. Remember the "houses" that were placed in the vestibules of our six churches back in April? A grand total of $27,490 was collected through your willingness to support the mission outreach of our youth. All money raised helps to cover the cost of transportation, food, and supplies. Meredith Troyan, the Youth Ministry Leader, is over-the-moon with her gratitude. God bless you—one and all.

A Parish Picnic will take place Sunday, August 11, on the grounds of Saint Joseph Church, 342 Dorseyville Road in O'Hara. In past years this event has proven to be a great success in building community and celebrating fellowship. This year will be no different, except that it will be open to parishioners from all four parishes of our Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping. Hopefully you've already marked your calendar and plan to attend. 
     Next week there will be volunteer sign-up sheets on the tables in the vestibules of each of our churches. Your willingness to help will be of great benefit.' ALSO: Start thinking of donated items for a "Theme Basket" that will be raffled. Last year's picnic had 40 such baskets. This year we'd like to match that or even exceed it.
     Plenty of food, games for the children, music to enliven things, and the pleasure of each other's company will make for a wonderful day. Start praying now for the good weather that makes all the difference.
     Any and all questions may be directed to Lori McKinniss or Kathi Sterling at the Saint Joseph Parish office: 412-963-8885.

This Sunday:  Proverbs 8:22-31 / Romans 5:1-5 / John 16:12-15
Monday2 Corinthians 6:1-10 / Matthew 5:38-42
Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 8:1-9 / Matthew 5:43-48
Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 9:6-11 / Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday:  2 Corinthians 11:1-11 / Matthew 6:7-15
Friday:  2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30 / Matthew 6:19-23
Saturday:  2 Corinthians 12:1-10 / Matthew 6:24-34
Next Sunday:  Genesis 14:18-20 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / Luke 9:11b-17

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned chicken, and canned fruit. 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 canned vegetables and canned fruits — 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.

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Josephine May Krayer who was baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

Respect Life Meeting: Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Bible Study: Thursday, June 20, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.
Coffee & Donuts: Sunday, June 23, after the 9:30am Mass in the Parish Hall.

Attention business owners, self-employed and families! Build your business and help us grow a vibrant faith community by advertising in our bulletin. The LAV grouping will soon have a combined bulletin, so this is your opportunity to reach a larger audience. Contact Sue Novosel at 724-831-0975 or snovosel@4LPi.com (+).

     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

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