June 2, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

Dear Parishioners,
     Everyone automatically knows that the colors of red, white and blue are worn on patriotic holidays; likewise, it's a given that green is the predominant color worn in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day; and when going to pay respects at a funeral, most everyone is dressed in the sorrowful color of black. Does it follow that we know what color to wear in celebration of the great church feast of Pentecost? Maybe not. Here's a hint. The priest will be wearing a red vestment. And here is why:
     "When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim" (Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-4).
     Based on this scriptural narrative, the power of the Holy Spirit is likened to the power of fire. And fire is generally associated with the color red. Thus, the Church has long used the liturgical color of red to remind us of the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the life of the people of God. Look at how the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples of Christ "to go out to all the world and tell the Good News."
     In celebration of Pentecost, when you come to Mass next weekend in Saint Francis of Assisi Church or Saint Edward Church or Saint Scholastica Church or Madonna of Jerusalem Church or Saint Mary Church or Saint Joseph Church - be sure to wear your RED clothing.  Wear your red dress or red pants; wear your red blouse or red shirt; wear your red socks, shoes or hat. Let our churches be filled with a sea of red as we visually give witness to the power of the Holy Spirit alive in our hearts. Allow your outer wear to give expression to the interior reality of being on fire with love of Jesus Christ.
     My brothers and sisters, if we are to be The Church AIive! in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes, we must allow room for the Holy Spirit to live and breathe and move among us.
     Come Holy Spirit . . . enlighten the hearts of your faithful.
                                                                                                Father Dale DeNinno

                . . . 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 at sted-fran@verizon.net.
     We appreciate all the time and effort that our volunteers give to our parish! We are always looking for Eucharistic Ministers, choir members, lectors, ushers, and altar servers. If you would like to help with any of our ministries, please contact the parish office.
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)

Monday,  June 3—Saint Charles Lwanga & Companions
   10:00am  Flo & Ed Fairley, anniversary (daughter, Kathleen)

Tuesday, June 4—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  CDTCA students & staff for a blessed & safe summer (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, June 5—Saint Boniface
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Thursday, June 6—Saint Norbert 
   10:00am  Gina Musser (St. Scholastica Parish)

Friday, June 7—Easter Weekday
   10:00am  No intention listed

Pentecost Sunday
Saturday, June 8
   5:00pm  Edward McCague (Kathleen McAndrews)

Sunday, June 9
   9:30am  Elena Patitucci (The Scanlon Family)
   12:00noon  Lena Gagliardo (Lillian Ranii)

Daily Mass: Week of June 3
  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: June 8 & 9
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of May 25 & 26: $5,165
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 

Memorial Day Mass on May 27: The patriotic colors of red, white and blue were in bright array as many, many parishioners from Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica were in attendance for the 10:00 o'clock Mass in Saint Joseph Church. We were united around the Table of the Lord in a holy communion and proud of the bond that unites us as citizens of the United States. A living example of the power of the Holy Spirit in our midst.

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.

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.

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.

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. For more information or to register, contact Andrew Bechman.

Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries
of the universe in relation to eternity.
Spirit of right judgement and courage,
guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision
to follow Jesus' way of love.
Spirit of knowledge and reverence,
help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy
in our everyday dealings with one another.
May we respect life as we work to solve problems
of family and nation, economy and ecology.
Spirit of God,
spark our faith, hope and love
into new action each day.
Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence
which penetrates all of creation. Amen.


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 June 4 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!

Registration for Lower Allegheny Valley Fall Faith Formation classes has begun! To register, visit www.stjosephohara.com or www.saintscholastica.com (see the Special Alerts). Contact Delia Barr, 412-963-8885 ext. 301 or by email here with questions.

Congratulations to our 7th & 8th graders who competed in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Finals at Penn State on Monday! The following students received recognition: 1st Place: Jake Anthikad, Henry Koloc, Alessandra Starke, Jordan Howe and Alina Stiger; 2nd Place: Will Collins, Alexis Abbett, Madeline Sclichter and Joselyn Parkinson; 3rd Place: Nicole Jerich.

Priesthood Ordination: Celebrate with the entire Church of Pittsburgh as four men are ordained priests on Saturday, June 29, at 10:00am in Saint Paul Cathedral. Please pray for Brendan Dawson, Timothy Deely, David Egan and Mingwei Li as they prepare for this joyous day on which they will become priests in service of our Church. For details go to the diocesan website here (+).

Sisters of Divine Providence Summer Sweepstakes: New Grand Prize $5,000, Second Prize is $500 and Third Prize is $100. Lucky winners randomly selected on September 4. Tickets are $5 each or buy a sheet of 5 for $25. Purchase at cdpsisters.org/2019SummerSweeps (+) or call 412-635-5437. Thanks for your support!

This Sunday  Acts 7:55-60 / Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 / John 17:20-26
Monday:  Acts 19:1-8 / John 16:29-33
Tuesday:  Acts 20:17-27 / John 17:1-11a
Wednesday:  Acts 20:28-38 / John 17:11b-19
Thursday:  Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / John 17:20-26
Friday:  Acts 25:13b-21 / John 21:15-19
Saturday:  Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / John 21:20-25
Next Sunday:  Acts 2:1-11 / 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 / John 20:19-23

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: pudding in single-serve packs, powdered milk, and dried fruit. [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 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 Margot & Sophie Sheridan who were baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

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

Mass Intention Availability: St. Pio and St. Juan Diego do not have any dates available for Masses for the remainder of 2019. However, St. Joseph and St. Scholastica have many open dates available. If anyone in the LAV grouping would like to request that a Mass be offered for an intention, please call the parish office.

Baptism Preparation Class: Monday, June 3, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Bible Study: Thursday, June 6, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.

     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