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.
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
  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 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.

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.

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 (+). 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 (+) until October 1.
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.

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

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

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.

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