July 21, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community
A Word of Welcome
Dear Parishioners,
     Abraham welcomed three strangers into his home and his wife Sarah prepared a meal for them. The kindness of hospitality was extended. Likewise, two sisters welcomed Jesus into their home. Martha prepared and served the meal; Mary listened while Jesus spoke. Both extended the kindness of hospitality.
     Today's scripture reminds us of the importance of welcoming into our homes, our places of worship, those who come into our midst. Be they a stranger or those familiar to us; neighbors and those who belong to other parishes; male and female, young and old. A kind word, a warm greeting, a sincere smile. All of it goes a long way in helping people to feel welcome among us.
     This weekend we welcome Fr. Bill Siple to the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley. He comes to us from his most recent assignment as Parochial Vicar to the parishes in New Castle and surrounding communities where he served for the past 7 years. We are blessed to have him among us. I know that everyone will welcome him kindly.
     The parish picnic scheduled for Sunday, August 11, on the grounds of Saint Joseph Parish will be a wonderful opportunity to meet-and-greet parishioners from the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley. It promises to be a celebration of WELCOME. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.
     In your Sunday worship during Mass, in your leisurely walks through a park or neighborhood, in your quiet attentiveness to the mysteries beyond us, in your listening to the voice within, in your prayer that connects you with the Holy One—give evidence of what you most desire. Welcome God into your life. Welcome God to walk with you. In faith, hope and love—welcome God to be your strength. There is no better or wiser way to move through life.
                                                                                           Father Dale DeNinno
This Sunday:  Genesis 18:1-10a / Colossians 1:24-28 / Luke 10:38-42
Monday:  Song of Songs 3:1-4b / John 20:1-2, 11-18
Tuesday:  Exodus 14:21—15:1 / Matthew 12:46-50
Wednesday:  Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15 / Matthew 13:1-9
Thursday:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15 / Matthew 20:20-28
Friday:  Exodus 20:1-17 / Matthew 13:18-23
Saturday:  Exodus 24:3-8 / Matthew 13:24-30
Next Sunday:  Genesis 18:20-32 / Colossians 2:12-14 / Luke 11:1-13

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)

Monday, July 22—Saint Mary Magdalene
   10:00am  Jean Canel Eckert, birthday (Husband & Family)

Tuesday, July 23—Saint Bridget
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Wednesday, July 24—Saint Sharbel Makhluf
   10:00am  Francesca Capozzi-Alvin (Lorraine Capozzi & Joe Huber)

Thursday, July 25—Saint James the Apostle
   10:00am  Sister Elizabeth Ann Herbert, R.S.M. (Kathy Murray)

Friday, July 26—Saints Joachim and Anne
   10:00am  James G. Lanahan (Kathy Murray)

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, July 27
   5:00pm  Douglas Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Sunday, July 28
   9:30am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish 
   12:00noon  Bill Pampel (Mrs. Maureen O’Brien)

LAVCC Presider Schedule
Daily Mass: Week of July 22
  8:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                       Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz
                                Mon, Tues, Wed            Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                 Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Weekend Masses: July 27 & 28
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                        Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of July 13 & 14: $6,771
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 no later than Monday, July 29.

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!

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.

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."

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, 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'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 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'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.

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. Call 412-963-6611 with questions.
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!

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Heath Thomas Sherry and William Henry Attisano who were baptized at Saint Scholastica this past weekend.

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents will be held on Monday, July 29, at 7:30pm in the St. Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office here to register.  The next session will take place on September 10.

     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