August 25, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

My dear Parishioners,
     This message is intended for everyone but I am especially hopeful that parents with school age children- K thru the 8TH grade - will give it a careful reading.
     Do you remember when you had your child(ren) baptized? At the very beginning of the rite of baptism a statement was made and a question was asked by the priest or deacon who officiated at the ceremony: "You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"
     Some of the key words that stand out in that statement are these:
          · accepting the responsibility
          · training in the practice of the faith
          · it will be your duty
          · do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?
     Those are not empty words nor is baptism a once-and- done ritual. Baptism marks what is the beginning of a journey of faith in our Catholic way of life. And if children are to learn what it means to be a Catholic, that learning must come first in the home, be supported in the weekly experience of Sunday worship at Mass, and benefit from a structured faith formation program.
     What is it that we must teach our children about the faith? That to live in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is to say "yes" to understanding what it means to be baptized. And that is a process of a lifetime. Faith formation never ends. Which explains the change from referring to CCD classes to the broader identification of ongoing faith formation. CCD somehow implies an end point. Sadly, many think that Confirmation marks the end of their faith learning (Yea! No more CCD). Nothing could be further from the truth. Education and growth in our Catholic faith must continue until the day we breathe our last in this life.
     The newly structured Faith Formation Program for children in grades K thru 8 will begin on September 15- 16-17. Delia Barr, who serves as the Director of Faith Formation, and is assisted by Marilyn Welsh, are both very busy getting ready. Information about location and times of classes as well as registration, which can be completed online, is available in this bulletin.
     To parents and grandparents, to parishioners and friends, reflecting on last Sunday's gospel narrative, I pointed to the words that Jesus spoke: "I have come to set the earth on fire." As baptized members of the Catholic faith all of us have a part in the ignition. We should know and we must teach our children - the fire of Christ's love must burn within us.
     There is a good reason why we speak of ourselves as "practicing Catholics." Because to know Jesus, to love Jesus and to live Jesus takes practice, practice, practice. A lifetime. Our children will learn when they see that we are faithful to the practice.
                                                                                                     Father Dale DeNinno
Did You Know . . . ?
     . . . 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.

CDTCA’s first Cornhole Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 28, from 6pm–11pm in the CDTCA Gym. Cost is $50 per team. There will be prizes, concession stand, beer, hourly 50/50s and instant bingo tickets!! Open to those 21 and over. Contact 412-781-7927.

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)

Monday, August 26—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Robert Boley, anniversary (Children)

Tuesday, August 27—Saint Monica  
   10:00am  Blessings for the school year for CDTCA students, staff & priests (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, August 28—Saint Augustine
   10:00am  Hattie Komorowski (Sandra Skowron)

Thursday, August 29—Passion of St. John the Baptist
   10:00am  Patrick Fleming (Tish Marsico)

Friday, August 30—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 31
   5:00pm  Henry & Josephine Lenard, anniversary (The Allen Family)

Sunday, September 1
   9:30am  Jeanne Lombardi (Phyllis Trail)
  12:00noon  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Presider Schedule
Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes
Daily Mass: Week of August 26
  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: August 31 & September 1
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 August 24 & 25: $5,230
Feast of the Assumption: $903
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 

A Meeting of the LAV Parish Finance Councils will be held on Wednesday, August 28, in order to discuss the upcoming verbal financial reports that will be made by Fr. Dale DeNinno before Mass over the course of three weekends in September. The council members are: Denis McCarthy, Elizabeth McCarthy, Fred O'Brien and Bob Sodini (Saint Joseph); Anthony Ferraro, Linda Harrity, Charles Szymanski and Rose Wega (Saint Juan Diego); Tom Bigley and Chris Wilson (Saint Padre Pio); Melissa Scheffler, Michael Sinnott, Adam Souply and Linn Swanson (Saint Scholastica)

Parish Grouping Staff Meeting on August 13: 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.
     Parish finances were 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.

Our Lady of the Alleghenies Amtrak Adventure: Presented by the LAV Catholic 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.

A baptism preparation session for new and expectant parents will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall. Contact our parish office to register. The next session will be held on October 21.

National Catholic Youth Conference: NCYC, scheduled for November 21-23, is an exciting, biennial experience of prayer, community, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers. High school students interested in attending should contact Meredith Troyan for more information.

Faith Formation Registration: Parents are reminded of the responsibility to their children in matters of the Catholic faith. Thus far, there are over 300 children registered for Faith Formation classes (formerly called CCD). That number should grow to at least 400.
    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, or 412-963-8885 ext. 301 with questions. Classes will start September 15.

Our Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes Sunday, September 8, at the 9:30am liturgy at St. Scholastica Church. Children ages 5-10 are invited to join our kid-friendly treatment of the Scriptures. Adults interested in serving as leaders (2 or 3 times in a season) and older youth who'd like to help may contact Andy Bechman at We ask that children who are sent to the Children's Liturgy be comfortable leaving their parents and that they be able to sit reasonably still and attend to the service. Snacks and toys should be left behind because they distract the other children. Parents are always welcome.

Music Ministry Opportunities: The LAV Catholic parishes will host a Cantor Workshop on August 28 at 7:30pm at St. Joseph Church. All current cantors and those interested in exploring this ministry are invited.
      The St. Scholastica Choir sings at the 9:30am Sunday liturgy between September and May. Now is the perfect time to sign up to join! No audition required. Contact Sr. Pat Baker for details on this important liturgical ministry.

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 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 by clicking on DONATE or through the poor boxes at the church entrances. All checks should be made payable to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

A Protecting God's Children Workshop, which is required for all parish volunteers, will be held at All Saints Parish in Etna on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 am to Noon. There is no cost to attend. To register, call Anna at 412- 781-0530.

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Frederick Crock, John Ammer, and Rita Schultz who were buried this past week.

Sunday—August 25
Isaiah 66:18-21 / Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 / Luke 13:22-30
Monday—August 26
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8b-10 / Matthew 23:13-22
Tuesday—August 27
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 / Matthew 23:23-26
Wednesday—August 28
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13/ Matthew 23:27-32
Thursday—August 29
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13/ Mark 6:17-29
Friday—August 30
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8/ Matthew 25:1-13
Saturday—August 31
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11/ Matthew 25:14-30
Sunday—September 1
Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 / Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a / Luke 14:1, 7-14
     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