July 14, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

This Sunday:  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 / Colossians 1:15-20 / Luke 10:25-37
Monday:  Exodus 1:8-14 , 22/ Matthew 10:34—11:1
Tuesday:  Exodus 2:1-15a / Matthew 11:20-24
Wednesday:  Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12 / Matthew 11:25-27
Thursday:  Exodus 3:13-20 / Matthew 11:28-30
Friday:  Exodus 11:10—12:14 / Matthew 12:1-8
Saturday:  Exodus 12:37-42 / Matthew 12:14-21
Next Sunday:  Genesis 18:1-10a / Colossians 1:24-28 / Luke 10:38-42

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, July 13
   5:00pm  ✞ Kathleen Fleming (The Scanlon Family)

Sunday, July 14
   9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
   12:00noon  Ricky Acevedo (Lourdes & Alana)

Monday, July 15—Saint Bonaventure
   10:00am  Dolores Quinn (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, July 16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
   10:00am  Bridget Werger (Maureen Griffith)

Wednesday, July 17—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  James G. Lanahan (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, July 18—Saint Camillus de Lellis 
   10:00am  John Kapp (The Anita Herman Family)

Friday, July 19—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Jerry & Carole Werries, 50th Wedding Anniversary

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, July 20
   5:00pm  James Ranii (Lillian Ranii)

Sunday, July 21
   9:30am  William Pizoli (The Donnelly Family)
   12:00noon  Joe Miller (Family and Friends)

LAVCC Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of July 15
  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: July 20 & 21
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

Offertory Collection
Weekend of June 29 & 30: $6,525
Weekend of July 6 & 7: $5,684
Peter’s Pence Collection: $1,836
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 

Sunday, August 11th , 2:00 - 7:00pm
Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping of Parishes
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.            

Donations of Theme Baskets are needed for the Chinese auction. Suggestions include: Pirate, Steelers and Penguin items and/or tickets; Television Set, Kitchen Aid Mixer, Keurig Coffee Maker, PA Lottery Tickets, Vera Bradley items,  Outdoor Fire Pit, Dine Around Town gift cards, Bose Speaker, Ipad, Lego Land gift card and Lego Set, Piece of Luggage, Tool Box, Pressure Washer, Weber Grill with grilling items, Italian Basket, Beer Cooler with gift cards from Hitchhiker and the Dancing Gnome, Food Processor, Fitbit, Jewelry, and Picnic Baskets with items - or any other creative idea you might have.
     All items and/or assembled baskets may be delivered to the Saint Joseph Parish Office at your earliest convenience.

Saint Scholastica Parish is assembling a wine-themed basket as our contribution to the LAV picnic. We appreciate donations of wine, gift cards, decanters, corkscrews and other wine-related tools, non-perishable hors d'oeuvres etc. Use your imagination! Items can be dropped off in the parish office. Thank you for your generosity!
Financial Reports and Parish Budgets
     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).


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!  You can find the online registration form here.  Times and places for Faith Formation classes are as follows:
Sunday Classes
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.

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. Please contact Marilyn Welsh ASAP at 412-828-4066 or email her here.

Catholic Kennywood Day: Join area Catholics for fun and faith on July 30. Tickets are $25.  Go to pghpriest.com (+) for details on this and other upcoming events.

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 addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org (+).

The Challenge of Loving an Addict/Alcoholic: Father Mike Decewicz will offer a reflection based on the parable of the Prodigal Son on Sunday, July 28, at 3:00pm in Madonna of Jerusalem Church in Sharpsburg (201 9th Street). All are welcome to attend. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Join us for coffee and doughnuts in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall after the 9:30am Mass on July 28. Take a few moments to chat with old friends and make new ones!

It is always good to remember and pray for our deceased loved ones. We are currently scheduling Mass intentions for 2019. Please contact the parish office.

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, canned chicken, 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!

Donation bin for the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, sponsored by our Aquinas Guild: Your donations of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, and pasta — 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.

Men and Women 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 the homeless 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 and Women 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.

Bottled Water Drive: Foxwall EMS is collecting 8-20oz bottles of water or Gatorade for responders and community members at large incidents. Please drop off at the Foxwall station at 145 Squaw Run Rd or the Saint Scholastica parish office. Contact 412-963-6611 with questions.

The 3rd Annual Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is a FREE dental clinic, where our underserved friends and neighbors can receive the care they need. This year’s clinic will be held Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at PPG Paints Arena. Doors open at 6am, clinic service begins at 7am. Patients should come prepared to wait for treatment, as this is a first-come, first-served clinic until capacity is reached each day. Wellness resources will also be available to all patients who attend the clinic.
     We are still in need of volunteers―especially dentists and other medical professionals. For information about the clinic, including how to volunteer, visit www.mompgh.org (+).

     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