August 18, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Dear Parishioners,
     The weather was more than perfect, the food was plentiful and delicious, the liquid refreshments refreshed, the petting zoo was a big hit with the kids and adults, the prizes were in abundance, the music was to everyone's taste, and the table of sweets was beyond amazing. Hundreds of parishioners from all four of our parishes and guests from other places really seemed to enjoy themselves, including a most welcome visit from Fr. Thom Miller, the beloved former pastor of Saint Joseph Parish.
     It was a wonderful parish picnic for everyone who was able to attend. Like so many parish events, it could not have happened without the volunteer help of parishioners and staff from Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Padre Pio Parish and Saint Scholastica Parish. A strong witness to the gradual coming-together of our four parish communities.
     Special thanks are extended to:
· those who made donations and took chances on the Chinese Auction Baskets;
· those who purchased tickets for the 50-50 Raffle (the winner received $599.00);
· the family who donated and shucked all of the fresh corn-on-the-cob;
· those who stood over hot coals and grease to cook the hot dogs and french fries;
· the Bingo workers, callers and players;
· our faithful parking lot attendant;
· those who brought the sweet treats and the volunteers who kept the tables full;
· the music makers and D.J.;
· the staff members from all four parishes who were the primary servers in the food lines;
· all the men, women and young people who helped to set-up at the beginning and clean-up at the end;
· every volunteer for every task that they handled.
     Parish events, even with multiple volunteers, don't just happen. They need a guiding force. My particular thanks goes to Lori McKinnis, the Business Manager of Saint Joseph Parish and Kathi Sterling, the Secretary. In addition to their regular daily responsibilities, they oversaw many of the behind-the-scene details that made our annual parish picnic possible. Both of them did a fantastic job and are deserving of our gratitude.
     The Parish Picnic for 2019 is in the books. Look for more of the same in 2020. Along with Fr. Mike Decewicz, Fr. Bill Siple and Deacon Bob Wertz, I'll be glad to be part of it.
                                                                                                      Father Dale DeNinno

Did You Know . . . ?
 . . . The combined number of registered households in the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley totals 3,216.
Saint Joseph—889
Saint Juan Diego—621
Saint Padre Pio—524
Saint Scholastica—1,182
Did you also know that about 20-25% of those who identify one of these parishes as their spiritual home are in attendance at Mass on the weekend? That strongly suggests a need for evangelization among the Catholic population to awaken or reawaken a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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)

Monday, August 19—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Tuesday, August 20—Saint Bernard
   10:00am  John Kapp (The Anita Herman Family)

Wednesday, August 21—Saint Pius X
   10:00am  Connie Certo (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Thursday, August 22—Queenship of the Blessed Virgin
   10:00am  Jeanne Lombardi (Beverly Wachter)

Friday, August 23—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Louis Kopec (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 24
   5:00pm  Chuck Froehlich (The Resurrection Choir)

Sunday August 25
   9:30am  John Lapinski (Connie Mellett)
   12:00noon  Dr. James A. Wallace (Bill Eckert)

LAVCP Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of August 19
  8:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                          Saint Joseph
  9:00 am             Fr. John Mark Ogu
                                Mon, Tues, Wed               Madonna
                                Thurs, Fri, Sat                    Saint Edward
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno                Saint Scholastica

Weekend Mass Schedule: August 24 & 25
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 August 10 & 11: $6,253
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 
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 (+).

Parish Grouping Staff Meeting: A long but productive meeting was held on Tuesday afternoon, August 13. In attendance were: Sister Pat Baker and Tom Octave (Music Ministers), Delia Barr, Andy Bechman and Marilyn Welsh (Faith Formation), Meredith Troyan (Youth Ministry), and Fr. Mike Decewicz, Fr. Dale DeNinno, Fr. Bill Siple and Deacon Bob Wertz (Clergy).
     Topics of discussion included Eucharistic Days of Adoration on each of the feast days of our parish patrons: Saint Padre Pio on September 23, Saint Juan Diego on December 9, Saint Scholastica on February 10, and Saint Joseph on March 19. We also decided upon quarterly sacramental celebrations of the Anointing of the Sick to be held in the churches of Saint Edward, Saint Scholastica, Madonna of Jerusalem and Saint Joseph.
     Time was also spent scheduling dates on our calendars for the sacrament of Reconciliation for the young people in the Faith Formation Program as well as First Holy Communion for the children in the second grade. Confirmation is beyond our scope. That date is always scheduled by the Office of the Bishop. Other topics included baptism preparation class for parents of children to be baptized, remembering our beloved dead on All Souls Day and throughout November, the recruitment and training of altar servers, and a summary evaluation of the 2019 Appalachia Mission Trip and other youth ministry ideas.
     The reality of parish finances was discussed with the understanding that a spoken report will be made by Fr. Dale DeNinno to each of the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley over the course of three weekends: September 7-8, September 14-15 and September 21-22.
     The meeting ended with a staff review and recommendation of the proposed new logo that will appear on the parish website and the front of the One Parish Bulletin to be unveiled the weekend of October 12-13.

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. 

Our Lady of the Alleghenies Amtrak Adventure: Presented by the LAV Grouping of Parishes on Wednesday, October 9. The cost of the one-day trip is just $99. Depart from Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Harmar at 6:15am by motorcoach to Greensburg where you will board Amtrak's "Pennsylvanian" for a scenic train ride to Altoona. Travel into the heart of the Alleghenies and around Horseshoe Curve. Upon arrival in Altoona, re-board the motorcoach and travel to Loretto to visit the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel where Mass will be celebrated. Enjoy lunch at Saint Francis University, the oldest Franciscan college in the U.S. Arrival home at Saint Francis of Assisi Church will be at approximately 6:00pm.
     Payment of the $99 is due to secure your reservation - space is limited. Make checks payable to Wendt Touring and send to: Saint Padre Pio Parish, 450 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. For more information, call Ruthie Gee at 412-828-4718.

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! 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.

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will begin a new school year on Monday, August 26. CDTCA will have over 200 students this year. An excellent school with an excellent reputation. Catholic education is a gift given to our young people and the support of parishioners from all the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley is greatly appreciated.

Save the Date for CDTCA’s first Cornhole Tournament benefitting CDTCA Athletics! It will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 6pm–11pm in the CDTCA Gymnasium. Cost is $50 per team with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $200, $100 and $50. Concession stand, free beer with $10 cup purchase, hourly 50/50s and instant bingo tickets will be available! Open to those 21 and over only. Contact the school office at 412-781-7927 to register.

The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help widowed, divorced, or separated individuals work through grief and begin to move forward on their healing journey. The next retreat weekend will be September 27-29 at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View. For more information, visit (+) or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-2405 or Rob at 412-584-5575.
Our local ministry to homeless people appreciates your help! These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned soup, Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, powdered milk, cookies, protein bars, and single-serving fruit cups. 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. Donations can also be made online here or through the poor boxes at the church entrances. All checks should be made payable to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life: A Fall kick-off event will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in Clairvaux Hall of Saint Bernard Church in Mount Lebanon. Melissa Coles, a national pro-life speaker is the birth mother in a short documentary, "I Lived on Parker Avenue." Go to (+).

The Respect Life Committee works to help preserve the sanctity of all human life through activities including voter drives, collections for Birthright and Genesis, 40 Days for Life, and the March for Life. Their next meeting will be Wednesday, August 21, at 7:30pm in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall. All are invited to attend.

Sunday, August 18
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 / Hebrews 12:1-4 / Luke 12:49-53
Monday, August 19
Judges 2:11-19 / Matthew 19:16-22
Tuesday, August 20
Judges 6:11-24a / Matthew 19:23-30
Wednesday, August 21
Judges 9:6-15 / Matthew 20:1-16
Thursday, August 22
Judges 11:29-39a / Matthew 22:1-14
Friday, August 23
Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 / Matthew 22:34-40
Saturday, August 24
Revelation 21:9b-14 / John 1:45-51
Sunday, August 25
Isaiah 66:18-21 / Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 / Luke 13:22-30

     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