September 29, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

PASTOR'S MESSAGE
Editor's Note: The following printed message was recently spoken by Fr. Dale DeNinno at all the Masses in Saint Scholastica Church.

Dear Parishioners,
     My father and mother were both born during the 1920's. My father grew up in East Liberty and my mother in Garfield. Their earliest years were impacted by the Great Depression and World War II that followed. As our nation faced a shattered economy and the devastation of war, the reality of unemployment, rationing of resources, and never enough money to pay the bills, were felt by the people of our country during the 1930's and 40's.
     But the citizens of the United States, throughout the years, have shown an amazing and resilient spirit. Faced with economic challenges and moral crises, we have always responded appropriately with a renewed determination to build again that which has been broken.
     And so in every generation we must admit to the brokenness that prevents us from being strong and whole. How else can we go forward? In our nation and in our Church as well. The Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Church in the United States, the local Church in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and in each of the churches in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes.
     This past year has been a harrowing time for all of us. The people who sit in the pews and the priests who stand at the altar. Our brokenness has been on full display for all to see and has impacted everyone, with the result that each of us has experienced strong feelings and given expression to even stronger opinions.
     In voicing what we think and feel, individuals, couples and entire families have looked for ways to respond so that they may be heard. Some have made a silent exit from attendance at Mass and their message is heard loud and clear; others have chosen to write letters of discontent or have joined support groups to raise a collective voice; and still others have decided to eliminate or cut back dramatically on their financial support of the local parish community.
     As a pastor, my first responsibility is for the welfare of souls. As a shepherd I am to be a guide in helping others to find their way to God and a place in the kingdom of heaven. It is an awesome task, but it is not the only thing that occupies my time. I am also an administrator who oversees the workings of a parish community that includes personnel, buildings, programs and finances.
     In my recent meetings with the members of the Saint Scholastica Parish Finance Council, they urged me to be open, honest and transparent in communicating a financial report. The insert that appeared in the bulletin gave specific numbers and indicated that there is money in savings. While that is certainly good news, the more serious concern is that the weekly collections have dropped dramatically. Again, that surely reflects a lower Mass attendance or parishioners putting a smaller donation into the collection basket.
     One misconception that has been brought to my attention is the mistaken notion that all money collected in our church from the regular Mass offering goes directly to the diocese. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that all money collected each week is deposited into the Saint Scholastica Parish account at the S & T Bank on Freeport Road near the Waterworks. That money, in turn, is used to pay our regular bills: salaries for priests and staff, health insurance and benefits for employees; the utilities of gas, water and electric; regular office expenses, and the ongoing maintenance of our buildings and property. It is all a very costly undertaking.
     With the continued loss of weekly revenue we must resort to taking money out of savings in order to pay the bills. That hurts us in the long run. We cannot allow that to happen, especially when we need the money in savings for those "rainy day" emergencies when a roof is leaking or major repairs are needed on a furnace or air-conditioning unit. You all know and understand the demands and expense of maintaining a household.
     Moving forward, we have to acknowledge that the priests and people in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are hurting, trust has been severely damaged, and uncertainty about the future is real. But like any community who has suffered trauma and tragedy, we must be prepared and willing to do the hard work of making better that which is showing glaring weakness. We cannot heal unless we enter into a respectful dialogue; we cannot heal unless we are willing to forgive; we cannot heal unless we profess and live what we believe.
     Allow me to end this message with words from Saint Paul in his second letter to the church community in Corinth. He writes: "Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work."
     Perhaps the most important words we need to hear is that "God is able to make every grace abundant for you .... " In the midst of everything we are feeling and experiencing, it must be our trust in the power of God that will bring healing and abundance into the parish grouping of the Lower Allegheny Valley.
     May the Lord bless you.
                                                                                      Father Dale DeNinno

Did You Know . . . ?
. . . Missionary Cooperative Plan: Father Clement Kanu and Father Nduka Uzor, members of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul, will visit the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley and speak at all the Masses this weekend. A second collection will be taken in order to help support their congregation which was founded in 1977 in Nigeria. Their mission effort is to help over 360 orphans in Malawi who lost their parents due to AIDS. Find out more about them at: www.mspfathers.org (+). The generosity of your support will be greatly appreciated.      

The Blessing of Animals is traditionally held close to the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4. This year's blessing will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 6, in the front entrances of Saint Joseph Church and Saint Scholastica Churches. Bring your pet who gives such joy to your life for a special blessing from God.
 
MASS INTENTIONS
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, September 28
   5:00pm  † Gebhard Kleiner, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Sunday, September 29
   9:30am  † Natalie Certo (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  † Anna Marie Geffel (The Scanlon Family)

Monday, September 30—Saint Jerome
    10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Tuesday, October 1—Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus
   10:00am  Fr. Mike Decewicz, 41st anniversary of ordination (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, October 2—The Holy Guardian Angels
   10:00am  † Mary Ellen Bergeron (Family of Kathy Burke)

Thursday, October 3—Weekday in Ordinary Time
    10:00am  † Louise DeRenzo (Helen Capone)

Friday, October 4—Saint Francis of Assisi
   10:00am  † Natalie Certo (Ted & Ann Philips)

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday,  October 5
   5:00pm  † Sal & Pat Certo (The Gonzalez Family)

Sunday, October 6
   9:30am  † Natalie Certo (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  † Michael Hegedus (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)

LAVCP Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of September 30
  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 Mass Schedule: October 5 & 6
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of September 21 & 22: $7,300
      When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 

Save the Date! On Sunday, October 20, at 2:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church, Jeanne Colter, Catholic singer, pianist and composer will visit the Lower Allegheny Valley group of parishes for an afternoon of music, reflection and storytelling. This is an afternoon not to be missed! The concert is free and open to the public.

Growing in the Spirit is a group of adults who meet monthly to support each other and share practices and resources for spiritual growth. Our next session is Tuesday, October 8, from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the St. Edward rectory (450 Walnut St., Blawnox). Our topic is: "BYOS—Bring your own saint!" Come with your favorite saint's story, a quotation, picture, or anything else you would like to share. If you do not have a favorite saint, please come anyway—you may leave with one! There is no need to register for this group—just join us!

Respect Life Events: Our local Life Chain will be on Sunday, October 6, from 2-3pm in Etna on Butler St. at Grant St. The LAV Forty Days for Life prayer vigil will be October 10 from 7-9am and 3-5pm at 933 Liberty Ave. All are welcome join us as we pray for babies whose lives are in danger. For more information, call 412-781-6550.

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
Youth Ministry Kick off: Join us on October 6 for our Lifeteen youth ministry kick off event from 6-8pm at Saint Joseph field. Bring a snack to share while we play a rousing game of kickball and other outdoor activities before the weather gets cold. 6th-12th grade welcome.

National Catholic Youth Conference: Every other year 35,000 teens from around the United States gather in Indianapolis to praise God and worship together as community. Dancing, singing, and the Holy Spirit make for a wonderful week. Building community with those from our grouping, our diocese, and region makes our faith real. Join me and others from our grouping on an amazing journey in our faith. Scholarships available. 3 spots left. 9th-12th grade welcome. Email Meredith Troyan here if interested.
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CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY NEWS
Bingo is back at CDTCA! Please join us for a fun night on Friday, October 25, to benefit our Academy. Doors open at 5:30 and Bingo begins in the school gym at 7:00. We will also be having food trucks from BRGR and Oakmont Barbeque from 5:30–7:30. The cost for Bingo is $30 with cash prizes from $50 - $150 and a $300 Jackpot. The event is BYOB and for 21 and older ONLY. Please contact the school office to purchase your ticket in advance. Tickets will also be available at the door. We hope to see you there!

Golden Wedding Anniversary: On November 17 the Diocese of Pittsburgh will recognize the crowning achievement of those couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the current year with a Mass presided by Bishop Zubik at St. Paul's Cathedral at 2:30pm, followed by a light reception. If you and your spouse would like to participate, please RSVP by contacting our parish office.

A Six Week Fall Video Series will be held at Saint Joseph Parish on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00, beginning on October 3 and on Wednesday mornings at Saint Scholastica Parish, beginning on October 9 from 10:30 am-12:00 Noon. The series is entitled Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith. The series was filmed in more than 50 locations in 15 countries and presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. Contact Andy Bechman here for details.

Tabernacle Vigil Candle: As a way of remembering beloved family members or friends, living or deceased, you may request that the Tabernacle Vigil Candle in the churches of Saint Joseph, Madonna of Jerusalem, Saint Mary, Saint Scholastica, Saint Edward and Saint Francis of Assisi burn in memory of your loved ones whose name(s) will be printed in the bulletin. A $20 stipend is requested for each week that the candle burns. If interested, please call the parish office of the church where you wish the candle to be lit.

STEWARDSHIP: TIME, TALENT & TREASURE
Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! There is a particular need for canned soup, and these items as well: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, and powdered or shelf-stable 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!

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 peanut butter, jelly, and crackers — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome. Please put donations in the red bin in the church's main entrance.
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Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Victor Albright, Jr. and Jeffrey Marmarella who were buried from Saint Scholastica this week.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Women's Bible Study:  Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7:30pm. Email hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com for location.
Saint Monica Society Meeting: Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10:00am in the Parish Hall.
Pet Blessing: Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2:00pm in front of St. Scholastica Church.
LifeTeen Kickoff: Sunday, Oct. 6, from 6:00-8:00pm at St. Joseph field.

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday—September 29
Amos 6:1a, 4-7    1 Timothy 6:11-16     Luke 16:19-31
Monday—September 30
Zechariah 8:1-8   Luke 9: 46-50
Tuesday—October 1
Zechariah 8:20-23   Luke 9:51-56
Wednesday—October 2
Nehemiah 2:1-8    Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Thursday—October 3
Nehemiah 8:1-12    Luke 10:1-12
Friday—October 4
Baruch 1:15-22   Luke 10:13-16
Saturday—October 5
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29   Luke 10:17-24
Sunday—September 29
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4    2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14   Luke 17:5-10

     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.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH OF THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY CATHOLIC PARISHES
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 Catholic Parishes
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

Staff
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

Bookkeeper
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

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412)781-7927

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd    

Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline: 1-888-808-1235
PA Child Line: 1-800-932-0313

September 22, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Dear Parishioners,
     The man who came to be known in the Church as Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887 in the small farming town of Pietrelcina in southern Italy. His parents were Giuseppe and Maria Forgione who named their son Francesco. Known to be drawn to a life of piety and prayerful devotion from an early age, he was just 15 years old when he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order and was given the name of Pio. Ordained a priest at 23 years old, Padre Pio spent almost the whole of his life as a Capuchin priest at San Giovanni Rotondo, located in southern Italy in the province of Foggia. A reputation for holiness, and accompanied by the stigmata (the five wounds of Christ imprinted on his body), is what drew people from all over the world who made pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo in order to attend his Masses, go to him for Confession, and seek his wise counsel.
     Padre Pio died on September 23, 1968 and was canonized a saint of the Catholic Church on June 16, 2002 in one of the largest canonization ceremonies ever recorded at the Vatican. Presiding at the liturgy was Pope Saint John Paul II, who himself traveled from Poland in 1947 to San Giovanni Rotondo in order to go to Confession to Padre Pio.
     We are blessed in the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes to have one of our faith communities named after Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (more commonly Saint Padre Pio) . . . and to have the nearness of the Capuchin Friars who live and serve in our area at Saint Augustine Friary and Our Lady of the Angels Parish on 37th Street in Lawrenceville.
     Celebrating the feast day of Saint Padre Pio on Monday, September 23, Mass will be offered at 9:00 am in Saint Edward Church in Blawnox (450 Walnut Street in Blawnox). At the conclusion of Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the Monstrance and remain on the altar throughout the day. All parishioners from the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley are invited to come and spend time in prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. The day will conclude at 6:30 pm with Evening Prayer of the Church and Benediction.
     Padre Pio was famous for saying: "Pray, hope and don't worry." What better advice to live by, especially in the challenge of these days. May Saint Pio pray for us from his place in heaven.
                                                                                                   Father Dale DeNinno
 
Did You Know . . . ?
. . . Missionary Cooperative Plan: Father Clement Kanu and Father Nduka Uzor, members of the Missionary Society of Saint Paul, will visit the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley and speak at all the Masses next weekend,  September 28-29. A second collection will be taken that weekend in order to help support their congregation which was founded in 1977 in Nigeria. Their mission effort is to help over 360 orphans in Malawi who lost their parents due to AIDS. Find out more about them here (+).  The generosity of your support will be greatly appreciated.      

The Blessing of Animals will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 2:00 pm at Saint Joseph and Saint Scholastica. Bring your pet who gives such joy to your life for a special blessing from God.
  
MASS INTENTIONS
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, September 21
   3:00pm  Wedding of Kevin McCamish & Cali Skalski
   5:00pm  Jonathan Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)

Sunday, September 22
   9:30am  Pat Rigatti (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Jeanne Lombardi (The Klak Family)

Monday, September 23—Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
   10:00am  Natalie Certo (Valerie & David Hawkins)

Tuesday, September 24—Weekday in Ordinary Time  
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Wednesday, September 25—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  James Wallace (Vicky, Ann, & Carol)

Thursday, September 26—Weekday in Ordinary Time
    10:00am  Natalie Certo (Connie Donnelly)

Friday, September 27—Saint Vincent de Paul
    10:00am  Antoinette DeRenzo (Helen Capone)

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, September 28
   5:00pm  Gebhard Kleiner, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Sunday, September 29
   9:30am  Natalie Certo (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Anna Marie Geffel (The Scanlon Family)

LAVCP Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of September 23
  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 Mass Schedule: September 28 & 29
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                        Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica
Sunday
  8:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of September 14 & 15: $5,361
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 
 

Golden Wedding Anniversary: On November 17 the Diocese of Pittsburgh will recognize the crowning achievement of those couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in the current year with a Mass presided by Bishop Zubik at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 2:30pm, followed by a light reception. If you and your spouse would like to participate, please Rsvp by contacting our parish office.

A "Heritage Day" Success: Saint Juan Diego Parish celebrated its 8th annual Heritage Day last Saturday and it was a wonderful evening for the 300 people in attendance. Ethnic food was in abundance and reflected Italian, Mexican, Polish, German and Korean tastes. The Chinese Auction raffled 31 baskets and three lucky winners claimed the monetary prizes of $3,000 (Tish Marsico), $1,500 (Ed & Kirsten Valencic), and $500 (Deacon Bob Wertz).
     All of the hard work of planning, organizing, food preparation, and over-seeing the Heritage Day was in the hands of many people, including Rosemarie Haas, Patty Markelewicz, John Milcic, Mary Ann Panza, Rose Sacco, and Bob & Cindy Stupak. Special thanks are also extended to those who served the food and the crew of volunteers who set-up beforehand and cleaned-up afterwards. And finally, thank you to everyone who made such generous donations for all of the baskets. A great witness of many people giving of their time, talent and treasure in celebration of a fun community event.

Save the Date! On Sunday, October 20, at 2:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church, Jeanne Colter, Catholic singer, pianist and composer will visit the Lower Allegheny Valley group of parishes for an afternoon of music, reflection and storytelling. This is an afternoon not to be missed! The concert is free and open to the public.

Weekend Retreat: All men who belong to any of the four parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley are invited to participate in a retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side, beginning at 5:00pm on Friday, November 15 and concluding at 12:00 Noon on Sunday, November 17.The theme for the retreat is: "Blessed by God - who surrounds you with loving compassion." For more information, please call Jim Fanning at 412-680-7419.

Respect Life Events: Our local Life Chain will be on Sunday, October 6, from 2-3pm in Etna on Butler St. at Grant St. The LAV Forty Days for Life prayer vigil will be October 10 from 7-9am and 3-5pm at 933 Liberty Ave. All are welcome join us as we pray for babies whose lives are in danger. For more information, call 412-781-6550.

A Six Week Fall Video Series will held at Saint Joseph Parish on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00, beginning on October 3 and on Wednesday mornings at Saint Scholastica Parish, beginning on October 9 from 10:30 am-12:00 Noon. The series is entitled Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith. The series was filmed in more than 50 locations in 15 countries and presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. Contact Andy Bechman here.

Tabernacle Vigil Candle: As a way of remembering beloved family members or friends, living or deceased, you may request that the Tabernacle Vigil Candle in the churches of Saint Joseph, Madonna of Jerusalem, Saint Mary, Saint Scholastica, Saint Edward and Saint Francis of Assisi burn in memory of your loved ones whose name(s) will be printed in the bulletin. A $20 stipend is requested for each week that the candle burns. If interested, please call the parish office of the church where you wish the candle to be lit.

86th International Eucharistic Rosary March: Sunday, October 6, at Epiphany Church, next to PPG Arena. 1:30pm Mass with Bishop Waltersheid. A procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the prayer of the rosary will follow.

FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
Faith Formation Program: Last minute registrations are still being accepted. Contact Delia Barr at 412-963-8885 x301 for additional information or register online here.

Youth Ministry Kick off: Join us on October 6 for our Lifeteen youth ministry kick off event from 6-8pm at Saint Joseph field. Bring a snack to share while we play a rousing game of kickball and other out door activities before the weather gets cold. 6th-12th grade welcome.

National Catholic Youth Conference: Every other year 35,000 teens from around the United States gather in Indianapolis to praise God and worship together as community. Dancing, singing, and the Holy Spirit make for a wonderful week. Building community with those from our grouping, our diocese, and region makes our faith real. Join me and others from our grouping on an amazing journey in our faith. Scholarships available. 3 spots left. 9th-12th grade welcome. Email Meredith Troyan here if interested.
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CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY NEWS
CDTCA’s 1st Annual Cornhole tournament to benefit CDTCA Athletics will be on Saturday, September 28, from 6:00 – 11:00pm in the CDTCA Gym. The cost is $50 per team with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. We will also have a concession stand, free beer with a $10 beer cup purchase, 50/50 raffle and instant bingo tickets.  This event is 21 and older only. Contact the school office at (412) 781-7927 to register your team!

CDTCA’s 26th Annual Golf Outing is Monday, October 7, at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. There’s still time to reserve your foursome. Contact the school office for details.
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On a Wing and a Prayer: Are you a Catholic young adult who is passionate about your faith and up for adventure? On Saturday, October 26, the Vocation Office in the Diocese of Pittsburgh will offer a day-long bus trip to Buffalo, New York with stops at Our Lady of Victory Basilica and National Shrine, Niagara Falls, and the Anchor Bar (home of the original Buffalo wings). The charter bus will depart from Saint Paul Seminary (2900 Noblestown Road in Crafton) at 7:30 am and return by 9:00 pm. Tickets cost $25 and are available until October 12 at PGHPriest.com (+). All young adult men and women (ages 18- 40) are welcome.

Faith Afloat: High School students are invited to join a cruise of the Three Rivers on the Gateway Clipper Empress on Saturday, October 13, from 3:00-6:00 pm. Dinner, dancing, and the chance to deepen your faith will be featured. The theme is: "Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer." Tickets are $21 and available at PGHPriest.com (+) until October 1.
 
STEWARDSHIP: TIME, TALENT & TREASURE
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 or shelf-stable 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!

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 peanut butter, jelly, and crackers — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome. Please put donations in the red bin in the church’s main entrance.

Tennis Shoe Recycling: The Fox Chapel Garden Club and local Girl Scouts are collecting used sneakers. Usable shoes are donated to local charities; worn out shoes are shipped to NIKE for re-use. Donations may be delivered to any of the 6 churches of the Lower Allegheny Valley until  the end of September. For information, call 412-983-4676.

The Bereavement Committee is seeking baskets for use in their ministry to the recently bereaved of our parish. Please bring donations to the Parish Office.
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Weekend Retreat for Post-Abortion Healing: Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held November 22-24, at The Ark and Dove Retreat Center in North Park. Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. For more information, email Toni Jester here or call 412-352-5348

UPCOMING EVENTS
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, September 24, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Sunday—September 22
Amos 8:4-7             1 Timothy 2:1-8           Luke 16:1-13
Monday—September 23
Ezra 1:1-6                                                       Luke 8:16-18
Tuesday—September 24
Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20                                  Luke 8:19-21
Wednesday—September 25
Ezra 9:5-9                                                        Luke 9:1-6
Thursday—September 26
Haggai 1:1-8                                                    Luke 9:7-9
Friday—September 27
Haggai 2:1-9                                                     Luke 9:18-22
Saturday—September 28
Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a                                 Luke 9:43b-45
Sunday—September 29
Amos 6:1a, 4-7           1 Timothy 6:11-16     Luke 16:19-31

     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.



SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH OF THE LOWER ALLEGHENY VALLEY CATHOLIC PARISHES
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 Catholic Parishes
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

Staff
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

Bookkeeper
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

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412)781-7927

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd    

Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline: 1-888-808-1235
PA Child Line: 1-800-932-0313