September 1, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Did You Know . . . ?
 . . . that Labor Day was first created in 1894 by the labor movement in order to recognize the social and economic vitality in the United States produced and promoted by the American worker. Celebrated each year on the First Monday of September, Labor Day retains its importance of honoring men and women who use the skill of their brains, the sweat of their backs, and the determination of their will to build up and keep strong the community of peoples throughout our nation.
     Mass will be offered on Labor Day—Monday, September 2— at 10:00am in Saint Edward Church in Blawnox (450 Walnut Street). All parishioners from the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes are invited to be in attendance.

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

Monday, September 2—Labor Day
   10:00am  Mass at Saint Edward Church

Tuesday, September 3—Saint Gregory the Great  
   10:00am  Jonathan Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday, September 4—Weekday in Ordinary TIme
   10:00am  Stephen Miketic (Joyce Miketic)

Thursday, September 5—Saint Teresa of Calcutta
   10:00am  Daniel Frauenheim (Ann Miller)

Friday, September 6—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Christine Harmon (Kathy & Bill Gavlak)

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, September 7
   5:00pm  Jeanne Lombardi (Mary Lou & Gary Balky)

Sunday, September 8
   9:30am  Natalie Certo (Kathleen Piper)
   12:00noon  Jim Wallace (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)

LAVCP Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of September 2
  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 7 & 8
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 August 24 & 25: $5,781
Catholic Communications Campaign: $663
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 

Editor's Note: This article was written by Sister Mary McClone, a Sister of Saint Joseph.
True Humility
     One summer Sunday as our family gathered on the patio with drinks and snacks before dinner, our camaraderie was interrupted by shouts. My 4-year old nephew was calling the universe to attention: "Look at me! Come look at me!"
     He had found a rope tied to the rafters in the garage and was swinging wildly over tools and other objects not designed for safe landings. In addition to demonstrating his inherited daredevil nature, he wanted to focus his parents', grandparents', aunts' and uncles' attention on himself. Our storytelling, teasing and singing bored him; he was certain that he was far more interesting than we were. It would be at least 18 years before he could begin to appreciate Sirach's advice, "Conduct your affairs with humility."
    In today's Gospel, Jesus' suggestions to his fellow dinner guests apply Sirach's advice to the rather ticklish situation of guests jockeying for position at a banquet. Watching the scene with some amusement, Jesus took it as a teaching moment.
     Jesus launched into a comic parable centered on a guy we can call Gershom. Gershom swooshed into a dinner party, sporting first-century designer robes and his beard nicely oiled. Just after ostentatiously plopping himself down in the No.1 spot at the table, Gershom was dethroned by the host who has reserved the place for a special honoree.
     Interpreting his parable, Jesus advised his fellow diners that they should always start at the end of the line. Since the only place to go from there is up, they would never be embarrassed by overstating their public stature. He went on to advise them to avoid grandstanders at their banquets by inviting people who want to be there for the dinner rather than for the show.
     A celestial alternative to the banquets Jesus and his friends frequented is depicted in the Letter to the Hebrews. Today's selection suggests that when the day comes for us to approach the judgment seat of God, it's not going to be a dreadful courtroom drama but an assembly of people so festive that they teach the angels how to party. The guests at this gathering are the ones who have been made perfect—not by their own efforts, but by the love of God.
     Sirach counseled his listeners that humility is the key to winning friends. Dale Carnegie expounded on that by telling those who wanted friends and influence that they should be nice, positive and attentive to the other person. Neither of them contradicts what Jesus said. But Jesus goes further.
     Neither Sirach nor Carnegie urged his listeners to diversify their lists of potential friends and house-guests. Jesus tells his well-to-do host that he'd have a better party if he invited folks with whom he'd never associated. That guest list would change the entire dynamic of the gathering. When we gather with "our kind of people," we follow unspoken rules of engagement that reinforce our way of seeing and doing things. We converse with one another in a cultural monotone. Such gatherings help us feel comfortable and satisfied.
     In Scripture, a banquet usually symbolizes the reign of God, a gathering like the one described in Isaiah 55 in which all are nourished sumptuously, where everyone has a place and nobody has to pick up the bill. At God's banquet table, money, status, gender, nationality and culture have nothing to do with distinguishing rank or importance.
     The guest list that Jesus proposes dismantles the walls of protection provided by "dining with our own kind." When the guests represent the population Jesus suggests, the music of the feast is transformed from chant to polyphony. When we abandon our "look at me" behavior and discover the delights of our differences, humility will become a natural attitude, and we'll find ourselves not only comfortable with diversity, but also delighting in it. Nobody will feel a need to say, "Look at me," because everyone will be watching one another with admiration and wonder. That is true humility.

Parish Finances: Fr. Dale DeNinno will provide a verbal report to each of the four parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley over the course of three weekends:
     · September 7-8: Saint Scholastica Church at 5:00pm and 12:00 Noon; Saint Francis of Assisi Church at 8:00am; Saint Edward Church at 10:00am.
     · September 14-15: Madonna Church at 4:30pm; Saint Scholastica Church at 9:30am; Saint Mary Church at 11:30am.
     · September 21-22: Saint Joseph Church at 4:00pm, 9:00am and 11:00am

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.

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.

Music Ministry Opportunities:  The Saint 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.

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 9:00am to Noon. There is no cost to attend. To register, call Anna at 412-781-0530.

Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications will be available in the Church vestibule on the weekends of September 1 and 8. You can also register online at (+). Sponsored by the Respect Life Committee.

Coffee and Doughnuts after Mass: please join us for doughnuts, bagels, coffee, tea, juice and good company following the 9:30 Mass on Sun., Sept. 8. Sponsored by the Hope for Haiti Committee.

This year’s men’s retreat is coming in November! It’s not too early to mark your calendar and reserve the time. This is an opportunity for the men of our Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic parishes to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer. The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside from 5:00pm on Friday, Nov. 15, through noon on Sunday, Nov. 17. The theme is: “Blessed by God—who surrounds you with loving compassion.” For details, please contact Jim Fanning at 412-680-7419.

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 here for more information.

Faith Formation Registration: 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.

CDTCA marked its first day of school on August 26 with a red carpet welcome and traditional beginning of school Mass and end-of-day popsicles. This year, we welcomed 33 new students and a kindergarten class of 17 to take enrollment over 200 students. We’re excited for the year ahead as our school continues to thrive.

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.

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 here
     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.

Join us in welcoming into our faith community Wesley Charles Kwiatkowski who was baptized at Saint Scholastica this past weekend.
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. 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.

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 by going to our home page here and 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.

Appalachia Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Hope for Haiti Committee meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30pm. Email for location.

Sunday—September 1
     Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 / Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a / Luke 14:1, 7-14
Monday—September 2
     1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 / Luke 4:16-30
Tuesday—September 3
     1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11 / Luke 4:31-37
Wednesday—September 4
     Colossians 1:1-8 / Luke 4:38-44
Thursday—September 5
    Colossians 1:9-14 / Luke 5:1-11
Friday—September 6
     Colossians 1:15-20 / Luke 5:33-39
Saturday—September 7
     Colossians 1:21-23 / Luke 6:1-5
Sunday—September 8
     Wisdom 9:13-18b / Philemon 9-10, 12-17 / Luke 14:25-33
     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 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

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