July 28, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Community

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

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!

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)

Monday, July 29—Saint Martha  
   10:00am  Rosemarie Boley, anniversary (Children)

Tuesday, July 30—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Matthew Elder (Family)

Wednesday, July 31—Saint Ignatius of Loyola
   10:00am  Anthony Fiorentino (Sisters)

Thursday, August 1—Saint Alphonsus Liguori
   10:00am  Maria A. Lestyan (Martin & Rosanne Saunders)

Friday, August 2—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Flo Fairley, birthday (Daughter, Kathleen)

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)

LAVCC Presider Schedule
Daily Mass: Week of July 29
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno                Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple
                                Mon, Tues, Wed               Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                    Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz              Saint Scholastica

Weekend Masses: August 3 & 4
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                         Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of July 20 & 21: $6,351
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 desserts 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!
A Meeting for Picnic Volunteers
     The annual parish picnic sponsored by Saint Joseph Parish, which will be held on Sunday, August 11, welcomes everyone from the parishes that make-up the Lower Allegheny Valley: Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica.
     In order to assure the smooth operation of the day many hands are needed. Knowing that the success of any parish activity is dependent upon volunteers who are willing to give their time and energy, an important organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, July 30, beginning at 7:00pm in the Saint John Paul II Hall in Saint Joseph Church. All volunteers are urged to be in attendance: those who have worked previous picnics and those who are volunteering for the first time, men and women from the four parishes of our grouping, teenagers, adults and those who refer to themselves as senior citizens.
Come one ... come all!  Join us for this important meeting.

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.  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, ccd@stjosephohara.com or 412-963-8885 ext. 301 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."

Sunday—July 28
Genesis 18:20-32 / Colossians 2:12-14 / Luke 11:1-13
Monday—July 29
Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34 / John 11:19-27
Tuesday—July 30
Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 / Matthew 13:36-43
Wednesday—July 31
Exodus 34:29-35 / Matthew 13:44-46
Thursday—August 1
Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38 / Matthew 13:47-53
Friday—August 2
Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 / Matthew 13:54-58
Saturday—August 3
Leviticus 25:1, 8-17 / Matthew 14:1-12
Next Sunday—August 4
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23 / Col 3:1-5, 9-11/ Luke 12:13-21

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

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Patrick Fleming who was buried from Saint Scholastica this week.

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents will be held this Monday, July 29, at 7:30pm in the Saint Scholastica parish hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10.

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.

     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