June 23, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
Dear Parishioners,
     Jesus is always the teacher, the Divine Teacher. With words and stories we learn from him what we are to do and how we are to live, especially as it relates to caring for the needs of others. "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me" (Mt 25: 35-36). And in today's Gospel narrative, after teaching the crowds who were with him and recognizing their hunger, Jesus tells the disciples to "give them some food yourselves" (Lk 9: 13). They were perplexed as to how they could possibly feed such a large number of people. Jesus multiplied bread and fish, satisfying the people's hunger.
     The teaching is still the same. The command has not changed. From our resources, however many or few, we are to feed one another. Recognizing that call, the parishioners of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes are not derelict in their Christian duty. Witness the good work of the food pantry that operates out of Saint Juan Diego Parish in Saint Mary's Church; the Meals on Wheels Program that prepares daily meals for delivery to the homebound out of the kitchen of Saint Padre Pio Parish located in the Saint Edward Church social hall; the food that is donated, the meals that are prepared, the volunteers from Saint Joseph Parish who serve at the Women and Men's Shelter; and the clothing that is collected, sorted and distributed to the homeless by an array of volunteers through Saint Scholastica Parish.
     It is always amazing to note what can be done - to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and to clothe the naked - when generous hearts set themselves to the task.
     Today's liturgical celebration draws our attention to the great mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. As Jesus recognized physical hunger and thus multiplied some loaves of bread, still more, he knew of the people's spiritual longing and thirst. And so in the context of a meal, "he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it them, and said, 'Take it; this is my body’. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, 'This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many’" (Mk 14: 22-24).
     Christ the Divine Teacher makes good on his promise to be with us always. How blessed we are in our Catholic faith to be given this sacred food and drink. Why would we not want to participate and share in such a feast every Sunday?
     Brothers and sisters, Jesus feeds us with his Body and Blood, the Bread of Life and the Cup of Eternal Salvation. He also teaches us the important lesson of feeding others. What we receive we must in turn become. As Jesus is food for us so we in turn must be food for others. Then, and only then, can we truly become a Holy Communion.
     May God help it to be so.
                                                                                     Father Dale DeNinno

                . . . that there are three daily Masses offered in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes? Monday thru Friday at 8:00 am in Saint Joseph Church; Monday thru Friday at 10:00 am in Saint Scholastica Church; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in Madonna of Jerusalem Church; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 am in Saint Edward Church. And did you know, too, that there are usually around 75-90 parishioners in attendance on a daily basis?
     Are you an early riser? Are you retired? Are you on your way to work? Looking for a spiritual boost? Need the inspiration and consolation of God's Word and Sacrament? Consider joining us for daily Mass. What a wonderful way to spend just 30 minutes of your day.
Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Saturday, June 22
   5:00pm  ✞ Kathleen Fleming (Kathleen McAndrews)

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

Monday, June 24—Nativity of St. John the Baptist
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Tuesday, June 25—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Richard N. Allen (The Allen Family)

Wednesday, June 26—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  James G. Lanahan (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, June 27—Saint Cyril of Alexandria
   10:00am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Friday, June 28—Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 
   10:00am  Josephine Bonessa (Family)

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, June 29
   5:00pm  In Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Kathleen McAndrews)

Sunday, June 30
   9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
  12:00noon  Frederick Greif, birthday (Marjorie Greif)

LAVCC Presider schedule
Daily Mass: Week of June 24
  8:00 am             Fr. Paul Merkovsky           Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed             Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                  Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Michael Decewicz       Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: June 29 & 30
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 June 15 & 16: $6,222
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica.

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.

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).

Ordination to the Priesthood: On Saturday, June 29, Bishop Zubik will ordain four men to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Those to be ordained are: Brendan Dawson, Timothy Deely, David Egan and Mingwei Li. After the celebration of their First Mass on the day after their ordination, these new priests will begin their assignment to a grouping of parishes somewhere in the diocese, effective July 15, 2019. Please keep them (and all priests) in your prayers.

Second Collection for Peter's Pence: Every year on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a collection is taken in every Catholic Church throughout the world. All money collected is used by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for his various charitable works. Please be as generous as your means will allow when the basket is passed a second time during Mass this weekend (June 22-23).

Mass on Independence Day, July 4, will be celebrated at 10:00am in Madonna of Jerusalem Church in Sharpsburg. It will be the only Mass offered that day in the churches of our Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes. Join us as our nation celebrates its great gift of freedom.

A Free Ice Cream Social will be held at Saint Joseph Parish the weekend of July 6-7, following each of the Masses. Sponsored by the Saint Joseph Parish Women's Group, you can create your own sundae from a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings. The Parish Cookbook will also be available for sale.

Mission Trip to Appalachia: 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.

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 on July 16-18 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Contact Meredith Troyan to register.

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.
     This 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. 

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Quin O’Brien who was baptized at St. Scholastica this past weekend.

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

This Sunday:  Genesis 14:18-20 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / Luke 9:11b-17
Monday:  Isaiah 49:1-6 / Acts 13:22-26 / Luke 1:57-66, 80
Tuesday:  Genesis 13:2, 5-18 / Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday:  Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 / Matthew 7:15-20
Thursday:  Genesis 16:1-12, 15-16 / Matthew 7:21-29
Friday:  Ezekiel 34:11-16 / Romans 5:5b-11 / Luke 15:3-7
Saturday:  Acts 12:1-11 / 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18 / Matthew 16:13-19
Next Sunday:  1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 / Galatians 5:1, 13-18 / Luke 9:51-62

Financial Reports and Parish Budgets
     The Fiscal Year for each of the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley begins on July 1, 2019 and concludes on June 30, 2020. The budgets for Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Padre Pio Parish and Saint Scholastica Parish have been prepared, reviewed by the pastor and members of the Finance Councils, and submitted to the Diocese of Pittsburgh for their approval.
     In the preparation of the budgets, every effort has been made to lower expenses. However, many expenses are beyond our control, e.g., maintenance, utilities, insurance, health care benefits, etc.
     It is also important to be aware of the fact that the revenue in each of our parishes has dropped dramatically. Weekly collections at the offertory during Mass are down. Reasons include: fewer Masses with the new schedule; residual anger with the Church as it relates to last summer's release of the PA Grand Jury Report; lingering disappointment with clergy transfers and assignments; parishioners who have simply stopped attending Mass, decreased their weekly offering, or haven't increased it in a long, long time. The result of these cumulative factors are budgets stretched to their limit and showing red. Black is the color we need to see!
     Over the course of three consecutive weekends in September, Father Dale DeNinno will speak at each of the 10 Masses in our parish grouping so as to communicate the budget reality of each parish. His message will be accompanied by a bulletin insert with all of the pertinent information.
     In the meantime, you are asked to prayerfulIy and carefully consider your weekly donation to your parish. In doing so you are also encouraged to ponder the message of Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthian community: "Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work" (2 Corinthians 9: 6-8).

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: powdered milk, canned fruit, and Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes. [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.  
     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
     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.

Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline: 1-888-808-1235
PA Child Line: 1-800-932-0313 

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