September 15, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Dear Parishioners,
    The designated theme of STAY WITH US has been chosen for Catechetical Sunday, celebrated this weekend throughout the Catholic Church in the United States. What a perfect request of God as we begin the new Faith Formation Program for the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley, i.e., Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica. We call to the Lord—stay with us as teachers and leaders. Stay with us as we share the faith, teach the faith, and witness to the faith. Stay with us in our own practice of the faith.
     The willingness of the women and men from our four parishes to serve as a catechist or an aide is a gift of inestimable value. I cannot begin to express the full measure of my gratitude. In giving selflessly of their time, they make possible the passing on of our Catholic faith. The catechists and aides for this new year of Faith Formation are:

Kindergarten Catechists:                 Aides:
Emma Begg                                         Jessica Fate
Ella DeCecco                                       Brianna Mack
Ruth Hidek                                          Ernest Sanchez
Jessica Simms

First Grade Catechists:                     Aides:
Jodi Brooks                                         Carol Heyward
Julie Kittsley                                        Patty McCauliffe
Donna Leone                                      Pam Susi
Kathy Weidner                                 

Second Grade Catechists:                Aides:
Judy Cynkar                                        Jennie Haas
Fran Donahue                                    Fran Langnett
Julie Wohlgemuth                             Parish Wohlgemuth

Third Grade Catechists:                    Aides:
Bunny Gazboda                                  Holly Emerson
Desiree Hanchar                                Mary Jo Romano
Susan Harchelroad
Johnnie Sims

Fourth Grade Catechists:                 Aides:
Erika Bitar                                            Anne Clump
Zoe Boychuk                                       Roseanne LeDonne
Maggie Kelly
Erin Leland
Jared Leland

Fifth Grade Catechists:                     Aides:
Mary Bonicky                                     Harriette Coen
Meghan Coyne                                  Bruce & Monica Gay
Patty Kennedy                                   Jessica Smith

Sixth Grade Catechists:                   Aides:
Jessika Coltz                                       Maria Kitay
Paula Peden                                       Josey Pototo
Rosemary Perrone
Debbie VanDemark

Seventh Grade Catechists:              Aides:
Greg Dolan                                          Jeremy Fincher
Martin Gazboda                                 John Henne
Richard Ricci                                       Melinda Ricci
Bill Urso                                               Amy Seifried
                                                              Brevin Urso

Eighth Grade Catechists:                  Aides:
Bill Gigliotti                                          Linda Stumpf
Joe Paviglianiti                                    Jodi Susnak
Bob Sodini
Susie Sodini

Substitute Catechists:                     Substitute Aides:
Tina DiGioia                                       Tom Barr
Delia Kampner                                   Chuck Emerson
Vanessa Sumrok-Fazio                     Joyce Seifried
Meredith Troyan
Brianna Watt
Marilyn Welsh

     My dear parishioners, please pray for the intention of the catechists and aides as well as for the students entrusted to their care. Please God, bless this noble task of spreading the faith and going out to all the world to tell the Good News.
                                                                                                  Father Dale DeNinno

Did You Know . . . ?
. . . that in every Catholic Church a large Vigil Candle, located near the Tabernacle, burns 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. It is a visible reminder that the Body of Christ is truly present within the body of the church.
      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.

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.
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, September 14
   3:00pm  Wedding of Jaime Bourne & Megan Dority
   5:00pm  ✞ Dr. Robert Romano (Wife)

Sunday September 15
   9:30am  Dr. James Wallace (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  Udilia Noro (The Scanlon Family)

Monday, September 16—Saints Cornelius & Cyprian
   10:00am  Natalie Certo (Collection Counters)

Tuesday, September 17—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Wednesday, September 18—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Amy Tammarello (Janet & Jerry Monaco)

Thursday, September 19—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Natalie Certo (Al & Lucy Veronick)

Friday, September 20—Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-Sang & Companions
   10:00am  Marion Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

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)

Daily Mass: Week of September 16
  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 Mass Schedule: September 21 & 22
Saturday Vigil
  4:00 pm             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Joseph
  4:30 pm             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Madonna
  5:00 pm             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica
  8:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Francis
  9:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Joseph
  9:30 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Scholastica
10:00 am             Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Edward
11:00 am             Fr. Bill Siple                        Saint Joseph
11:30 am             Fr. Mike Decewicz            Saint Mary
12:00 noon         Fr. Dale DeNinno              Saint Scholastica

Offertory Collection
Weekend of September 7 & 8: $6,065
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 

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.

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.

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.

The Children's Liturgy of the Word has resumed at the 9:30am Sunday liturgy at St. Scholastica Church. Children ages 5-10 are invited to join our kid-friendly treatment of the Scriptures in the Parish Hall.  Adults and older youth interested in assisting may contact Andy Bechman at

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 the weekend of 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 at: The generosity of your support will be greatly appreciated.

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.

LAV Youth Mass: Join us at the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, September 21, at Saint Joseph Church.
Serving Dinner at Family House: 6-12 grade students are invited to cook and serve dinner for patients and their families staying at Family House on September 17. Meet at the Saint Scholastica Ministry Center at 4:15pm. Rsvp to Meredith Troyan here.

Middle and High School students are invited to learn about their faith and deepen their relationship with God at weekly meetings that will include fun activities and discussions. Starting this week, high school students will meet on Sundays and middle school students will meet on Wednesdays, both from 6-8pm in the Saint Scholastica Ministry Center. Check the bulletin’s upcoming events calendar or go to our website's calendar page here for dates.

Faith Formation Program: Last minute registrations are still being accepted. So far, 415 students are signed up for religious education classes. If parents have not yet registered their child(ren) for the LAV Faith Formation Program, it is not too late. Contact Delia Barr at 412-963-8885 x301 for additional information or register online here.
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.

Gift cards will be sold after both Sunday Masses this weekend. 2019 lottery calendars will be sold for the reduced price of $10 after all Masses this weekend.

The Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio is on Monday, September 23. In celebration of this of this holy Capuchin priest and  patron of one of our four parishes, a day of Eucharistic Adoration will be held. The 9:00am Mass that day will be offered in Saint Edward Church in Blawnox instead of Madonna Church. At the conclusion of Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be placed in the monstrance and remain on the altar throughout the day. Parishioners from all four of our parishes are invited to come and spend quiet time in prayer before our Eucharistic Lord. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin boards of all 6 of our churches. Please sign your name as a commitment to be in Saint Edward Church during that time. At 6:30pm Evening Prayer of the Church will be prayed and we will conclude with Benediction.
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, cereal, and powdered or shelf-stable milk. [Note: this list is more current than the one in 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 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.

Protecting God's Children Workshop: 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.

Remember in your prayers all those who have died, especially Sharon Daley and John Henry who were buried from Saint Scholastica this week.

High School LIFE Night:  Sunday, September 15, at 6:00pm in the Ministry Center.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, September 17, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Middle School EDGE Night: Wednesday, September 18, at 6:00pm in the Ministry Center.
Respect Life Meeting:  Wednesday, September 18, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

Sunday—September 15
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 / 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Luke 15:1-32
Monday—September 16
1 Timothy 2:1-8 / Luke 7:1-10
Tuesday—September 17
1 Timothy 3:1-13 / Luke 7:11-17
Wednesday—September 18
1 Timothy 3:14-16 / Luke 7:31-35
Thursday—September 19
1 Timothy 4:12-16 / Luke 7:36-50
Friday—September 20
1 Timothy 6:2c-12 / Luke 8:1-3
Saturday—September 21
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13/ Matthew 9:9-13
Sunday—September 22
Amos 8:4-7 / 1 Timothy 2:1-8 / Luke 16:1-13

     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