August 11, 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

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)

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

Tuesday, August 13—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Irene Kurkiewicz (Family)

Wednesday, August 14—Saint Maximilian Kolbe
   10:00am  Jeanne Lombardi (Mary Schafer)

Thursday, August 15—Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
   10:00am  Mary Fuller (Traci Giuffre)
   7:00pm  Sr. Caroline Glatz, O.S.F. (Tish Marsico)

Friday, August 16—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Gwendolyn Allen, birthday (The Allen Family)

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 17
   5:00pm  Ralph Heil (Tish Marsico)

Sunday August 18
   9:30am  Ralph Heil (Jhonnie Sims & Family)
   12:00noon  Jeanne Lombardi (Peggy Santelli)

Daily Mass: Week of August 12
  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 17 & 18
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 27 & 28: $4,902
Weekend of August 3 & 4: $7,997
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica.  

ONE Lord, ONE Faith, ONE Baptism and soon 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.

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 (+).

"Living in the Spirit" is a group of adults who meet monthly to support each other and share practices and resources for spiritual growth. We have been on hiatus during the summer, but we will meet this Thursday, August 15, in the Saint Scholastica Ministry Center library following the 7:00pm Holy Day liturgy. We will be discussing the future of the group. New participants are welcome. There is no need to register—just join us!

The Catholic Women’s Bible Study will begin their fall session of Bishop Robert Barron’s study on the Mass on Tuesday, September 10 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall. The fee is $30 and includes a workbook with background material. Each week’s lesson includes prayer, discussion, extended commentary and a video presentation. There will be an informational coffee in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, August 27, at 1:00pm. No pre-registration is required for this coffee. For more information or to sign up for the fall session, call 412-963-0198. 

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.

Glass Recycling “POP-UP” Collection Event: Co-sponsored by O’Hara Township and Fox Chapel Borough.  It will be held on Saturday, September 14, at the O’Hara Township Building Parking Lot, 325 Fox Chapel Road from 9:00am-2:00pm. Types of glass accepted: all colors of glass bottles, jars and jugs only. Not accepted: window glass, drinking glasses, dishware, ceramics, mirrors, lightbulbs or TVs.

2019 Diocesan Parish Share Program
The assessment for each of the four parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley is as follows:
Saint Joseph Parish                          $107,233.00
- collected thus far:                          $  26,145.00

Saint Juan Diego Parish:                  $ 70,994.00
- collected thus far:                          $ 21,696.00

Saint Padre Pio Parish:                    $ 49,551.00
- collected thus far:                          $ 10,699.00

Saint Scholastica Parish:                  $ 62,627.00
- collected thus far:                          $ 59,464.00

Sunday, August 11th , 2:00 - 7:00pm
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.
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. 
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holyday
     The doctrine of the taking up of the body and soul of the Mother of God into heaven after her death was an early teaching of the Church Fathers and of special interest to all Christians. Tradition and theological reasoning show that the privilege of the Assumption was revealed implicitly. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of the Blessed Mother of God a doctrine of the Catholic faith. The solemnity is celebrated on August 15 and is a holy day of obligation. All Catholics are to be in attendance at Mass.
     The schedule of Masses in the churches of the Lower Allegheny Valley are as follows:
Wednesday Vigil Masses, August 14
4:30pm                               Madonna of Jerusalem
7:00pm                               Saint Joseph
Thursday Masses, August 15
8:00am                               Saint Joseph
9:00am                               Saint Edward
10:00am                             Saint Scholastica
12:00noon                         Saint Mary
7:00pm                               Saint Scholastica

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Natalie Certo, James Wallace and Patricia Rigatti who were buried from Saint Scholastica.

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!  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.

Sunday—August 11
Wisdom 18:6-9 / Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 / Luke 12:32-48
Monday—August 12
Deuteronomy 10:12-22 / Matthew 17:22-27
Tuesday—August 13
Deuteronomy 31:1-8 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday—August 14
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 / Matthew 18:15-20
Thursday—August 15
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab / 1 Corinthians 15:20-27 / Luke 1:39-56
Friday—August 16
Joshua 24:1-13 / Matthew 19:3-12
Saturday—August 17
Joshua 24:14-29 / Matthew 19:13-15
Sunday—August 18
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 / Hebrews 12:1-4 / Luke 12:49-53
Our local ministry to homeless people appreciates your help! These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned soup, powdered milk, and Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes. [Note: this list is more current than 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!

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