June 9, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

Dear Parishioners,
     Imagine this scenario. You are in attendance at a Saturday vigil or Sunday morning Mass in order to celebrate Pentecost. The church building is filled to capacity. There is an air of excitement stirring and all the people seem to be on edge in joyful anticipation of the mystery that will now unfold.
     The sacred liturgy begins and the priest arrives at the altar robed in brilliant red. The gathered assembly, likewise garbed in red, greets him with a resounding acclamation of welcome, the music immediately draws everyone in, and the responses of the people in prayer and song are loud and full-throated.
     The Word is proclaimed in our midst, the message is shared, the prayers are sent heavenward, and the Bread of Life and the Cup of Eternal Salvation are received and consumed. Powered and led by the Holy Spirit, something happens. We become a Holy Communion.
     Brothers and sisters, this is not a dream and it is more than a wish. It is real and in some way reflects what happened in that place where the disciples of Jesus were gathered. "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).
     This moment marked a new beginning. Despite the differences in background, culture, language and tradition, suddenly the mighty acts of God were being heard and understood by everyone. Thus, born from this outpouring of the Holy Spirit, believers in the new way of Jesus Christ came to be identified as CHURCH.
     Two thousand years of history and more continue to find expression in our 21st century experience of CHURCH. Current differences notwithstanding, we are all of us the people of God, the mystical Body of Christ. And so if we say that we belong to Saint Joseph Parish or Saint Juan Diego Parish or Saint Padre Pio Parish or Saint Scholastica Parish, let it be understood that the Spirit of God calls us to belong to something that is so much bigger than a particular parish or church building.
     A so-called "grouping of parishes" has entered our CHURCH lingo and is still unsettling for many. We're not sure what to make of this new reality. But one thing is certain. The movement of the Spirit is always forward, calling us to be in Holy Communion with one another. Dear sisters and brothers, it is time for a new PENTECOST. Let our response of YES be loud and full-throated.
                                                              Father Dale DeNinno

     . . . At every Sunday Mass we recite the Creed and say these words: "I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life." But who is the Holy Spirit? And what does the Spirit do? The Spirit in Scripture is known as the Paraclete, the Consoler, the Advocate, the Sanctifier, our Guide, and Ruah Yahweh (Breath or Spirit of God) and is represented by the symbols of water, anointing, fire, cloud and light, the seal, the laying on of hands, the finger of God, and the dove.

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)

Monday, June 10—Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
   10:00am  Anthony Parente, anniversary (Marjorie Greif)

Tuesday, June 11—Saint Barnabas
   10:00am  Ronald Holmes (Cousin, Sherry Schaffer)

Wednesday, June 12—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Thursday, June 13—Saint Anthony of Padua
   10:00am  In Thanksgiving (Anonymous)

Friday, June 14—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Udilia Noro (The Troyan Family)

Solemnity 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)

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

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

Offertory Collection
Weekend of June 1 & 2: $6,246
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support St. Scholastica. 
Mass Intention Availability: St. Joseph and St. Scholastica have 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.

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 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. 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.

Camp Lajas, a 5-night Catholic summer adventure camp for high school students, offers activities such as hiking, kayaking and rock climbing along with spiritual growth.  See camplajas.org (+)  for details.

Some Spirit Thoughts . . .
"I should as soon attempt to raise flowers if there were no atmosphere, or produce fruits if there were neither light nor heat, as to regenerate men if I did not believe there was a Holy Spirit."
                                                                            Henry Ward Beecher

"When men and women surrender themselves to the Spirit of God, they will learn more concerning God and Christ and atonement and immorality in a week, than they would learn in a lifetime, apart from the Spirit."
                                                                           John Brown

"We must not be content to be cleansed from sin; we must be filled with the Spirit."
                                                                           John Fletcher

"The word 'Comforter' as applied to the Holy Spirit needs to be translated by some vigorous term. Literally, it means 'with strength.' Jesus promised His followers that 'The Strengthener' would be with them forever. This promise is no lullaby for the faint-hearted. It is a blood transfusion for courageous living."
                                                                           E. Paul Hovey



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).

Registration for Lower Allegheny Valley fall Faith Formation classes has begun! To register, visit www.stjosephohara.com (+) or www.saintscholastica.com (look for the link in the Special Alerts box on the home page.) Contact Delia Barr at 412-963-8885 ext. 301 or by email here with questions.

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.

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”.
Congratulations to all the 8th grade students who graduated this past Thursday! We wish them all the best as they begin their high school careers.

An Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
(the following was written by Pope Saint Pius X)

Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love,
I consecrate to You my understanding,
my heart and my will,
my whole being for time and eternity.

May my understanding be always submissive
to Your heavenly inspirations
and to the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church,
of which You are the infallible Guide.

May my heart be ever inflamed with love of God
and of my neighbor;
may my will be ever conformed to the divine will,
and may my whole life be a faithful imitation
of the life and virtues
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
to whom with the Father and you, Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory forever. Amen.

This Sunday:  Acts 2:1-11 / 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 / John 20:19-23
Monday:  Genesis 3:9-15 / John 19:25-34
Tuesday:  Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3 / Matthew 5:13-16
Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 3:4-11 / Matthew 5:17-19
Thursday:  2 Corinthians 3:13—4:1, 3-6 / Matthew 5:20-26
Friday:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15 / Matthew 5:27-32
Saturday:  2 Corinthians 5:14-21 / Matthew 5:33-37
Next Sunday:  Proverbs 8:22-31 / Romans 5:1-5 / John 16:12-15

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: pudding in single-serve packs, powdered milk, and dried 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.

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

Vacation Bible School: Tuesday, June 11– Friday, June 14, 9:00am-noon.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting: Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Bible Study: Thursday, June 13, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center library.

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 by email here.

   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