August 4, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

ONE Parish Bulletin: The weekend of October 12-13, 2019 will introduce a new look to the parish bulletin for the four parishes of Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica. It will be larger in scope, present a different sacred image on the front cover each week, share a newly created logo, and provide information pertinent to each of the four parishes. Another step forward in acknowledging that we believe in One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. 

Did You Know . . . ?
... that each of our four parishes has different office hours?
Saint Joseph      
                Monday thru Thursday  8:30am-4:30pm
                Friday                                10:00am-2:00pm
Saint Juan Diego              
                Monday thru Friday        8:30am-4:30pm
Saint Padre Pio 
                Monday thru Friday        8:30am-12:30pm
Saint Scholastica              
                Monday thru Friday        9:00am-2:00pm
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 3
   5:00pm  Ralph Heil (Kathleen McAndrews)

Sunday, August 4
   9:30am  Udilia Noro (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Joan Startari (Jill Zito)

Monday, August 5—Weekday in Ordinary Time  
   10:00am  Theresa Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, August 6—Transfiguration of the Lord
   10:00aM  Vera Vujaklia (Gloria)

Wednesday, August 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Thursday, August 8—Saint Dominic
    10:00am  Douglas Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Friday, August 9—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Jerry Esser (Tish Marsico)

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 10
   5:00pm  Mario & Udilia Noro (The Gonzalez Family)

Sunday, August 11
   9:30am  Helen LaCava (Ann Horst)
   12:00noon  Howard Roughen (Mrs. Maureen O’Brien)

LAVCC Presiders Schedule
Daily Mass: Week of August 5
  8:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz             Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno
                                Mon, Tues, Wed              Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                   Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                          Saint Scholastica

Weekend Masses: August 10 & 11
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Mary
12:00 noon        Fr. Bill Siple                         Saint Scholastica

Sunday, August 11th , 2:00 - 7:00pm--Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
     The picnic will be held on the Saint Joseph Parish grounds: 342 Dorseyville Road. All parishioners from Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica are invited and welcome.
For all who plan to attend: Please give us an idea of the number attending, so that we may plan for food, games and refreshments.  You may email the parish office here.

All attendees are asked to bring grab-and-go deserts or cut-up-fruit.
There is no cost for the picnic but FREE WILL OFFERINGS will be gratefully accepted to help cover expenses.

Volunteer Help Is Needed!
     The success of our picnic relies on many helping hands. Please consider giving some part of Saturday and/or Sunday as a volunteer. Let us know the day and time that you are willing to help and someone will contact you.
Saturday set-up on August 10 from 9:00am - Noon
Sunday from 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00pm
Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00pm
Sunday clean-up beginning at 6:00pm.
Please send your time preference, name, phone number, and email address to the St. Joseph Parish office here by Monday, August 5.

Save the Date!  Addiction Recovery Ministry and Light of Life Mission present “Come Together to Fight Addiction.”  Enjoy an evening with dinner and a Beatles Tribute band on Saturday, October 5, at 6:00pm in Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Oakland. For more information, go to (+).

Magnificat Pittsburgh Prayer Breakfast: All women are invited to the Magnificat Pittsburgh prayer breakfast on August 24, from 9am to noon at the Double Tree by Hilton, Cranberry Twp. Hear Nicole Abisinio, producer, actor, and film marketing executive, speak about her conversion to Catholicism, the struggles she faced in the film industry after her conversion, and how God showed her to use the media for His glory. 
     Tickets cost $23. To register, call Deb, 412-736-7523 or Pam, 412-461-8906 or go to Register by August 16.

Diocesan Parish Share Program: The individual assessment for each of the four parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley is as follows:
Saint Joseph:                      $107,233.00
Saint Juan Diego:               $ 70,994.00
Saint Padre Pio:                 $ 49,551.00
Saint Scholastica:              $ 62,627.00
     The generous participation of every parishioner in each parish will help us to reach the stated goals.

Assignment of Priest Chaplain: Bishop Zubik has appointed Father Innocent Onuh to serve as the full-time Chaplain to the Catholic patients at Saint Margaret Hospital in Aspinwall, effective Monday, August 5, 2019.
Father Innocent, a native of Nigeria in Africa, recently completed graduate studies at Duquesne University. He will remain in residence at Saint Athanasius Parish in West View where he has been living while in school.

Join our Choir! Our 9:30am Sunday choir will resume after Labor Day. Those interested in joining should contact Sr. Pat Baker here.

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).

National Catholic Youth Conference: NCYC, scheduled for November 21-23, is an exciting, biennial experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and their adult chaperones. The schedule includes keynote addresses, concurrent workshops addressing a wide variety of topics, liturgy, reconciliation, prayer and worship. In addition there will be recreation and special activities such as concerts, exhibits, and an interactive thematic park. High school students interested in attending should contact Meredith Troyan for more information. 

Registration for Lower Allegheny Valley fall Faith Formation classes has begun! To register, visit or  Times and places for Faith Formation classes are as follows:
K-8th from 10:30-11:45am at Saint Scholastica
Monday Classes
K-4th from 4:30-6:00pm at Saint Joseph
5th-8th from 6:15-7:45pm at Saint Joseph
Tuesday classes
K-8th 6:00-7:30pm at Saint Joseph
Cost is $60 per child, $200 maximum. Contact Delia Barr at 412-963-8885 ext. 301 or by email here with questions.

Sunday—August 4
   Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 / Col 3:1-5, 9-11/ Luke 12:13-21
Monday—August 5
   Numbers 11:4b-15 / Matthew 14:13-21
Tuesday—August 6
   Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 / 2 Peter 1:16-19 / Luke 9:28b-36
Wednesday—August 7
   Num 13:1-2, 25—14:1, 26a-29a, 34-35 / Matthew 15:21-28
Thursday—August 8
   Numbers 20:1-13 / Matthew 16:13-23
Friday—August 9
   Deuteronomy 4:32-40 / Matthew 16:24-28
Saturday—August 10
   2 Corinthians 9:6-10 / John 12:24-26
Sunday—August 11
   Wisdom 18:6-9 / Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 / Luke 12:32-48
Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned soup, and powdered milk. 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 Third Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12noon on Mondays and Fridays. Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street. Thank you!

The Donation bin for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, run by Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg, is sponsored by our Aquinas Guild. Your donations of paper products  and cleaning products — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome. Please put donations in the red bin in the church’s main entrance.

Saint Vincent de Paul envelope: We have added a monthly donation envelope for Saint Scholastica’s Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. This parish ministry works to provide local families with food, clothing, rental and utility assistance. In recent years they have seen an increase in the number of aid requests, so they are grateful for any contributions the parish can provide. Money put in the poor boxes at the church entrances also helps fund this organization’s charitable efforts.

Men's and Women's Shelter Meals: Once a month, Saint Joseph Parish provides meals and servers at two area homeless shelters—Bethlehem Haven and East End Cooperative Ministry (located in Community House in East Liberty). Providing a meal for homeless people is a great way for families, couples or individuals to help the less fortunate. Volunteering to prepare a meal and/or to serve at the Men’s and Women’s Shelters is not just a good humanitarian deed. It is downright Christian. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me." Won't you consider being a part of this ministry of service?
     Sign-up sheets are on the counter of the vestibule in Saint Joseph Church. The Women's Shelter meal is on the 1st Wednesday of every month. Volunteers leave for the shelter at 5:15pm from the parking lot of Saint Joseph Church. The Men's Shelter meal is on the 4th Saturday of every month. Volunteers leave for the shelter at 6:15pm from the parking lot of Saint Joseph Church. For more information contact Women's Shelter Co-ordinator Melissa Kosak  at 412-352-7543 or by email here; Men's Shelter Co-ordinators Trudi Annett at 412-849-0216 or Terri Weir at 412-781-7463 or by email here.

The Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will be held on Saturday, August 17, at Highmark Field near Station Square. This event raises awareness about suicide, provides education and raises funds for research, support for survivors, and education. If you have been touched by suicide, or even if you have not, you are encouraged to attend. There will be information tables from various related organizations and a short program which begins at 10:30am followed by a 5k walk. Free registration online at (+), or at the gate beginning at 9am.
     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.-2:00 p.m.

Clergy of the Lower Allegheny Valley Parish Grouping
Reverend Dale DeNinno, Pastor/Administrator, 412-963-8885    
Reverend Michael Decewicz, Senior Parochial Vicar, 412-784-4700   
Reverend Bill Siple, Senior Parochial Vicar, 412-781-0186   

Fr. Hyeong Cheol Lee, Chaplain for the Korean Community
Fr. John Mark Ogu, Student, 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

Amy Condosta     Ext. 11

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP     Ext. 17

Youth Ministry Director
Meredith Troyan     Ext. 20 

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 

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd    

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