September 8, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Dear Parishioners,
     Labor Day has come and gone. The lazy, hazy days of summer are near to an end. Students are back in the classroom. And the traditional routine of the school year is felt again by parents and families, students and teachers.
     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA), located in Aspinwall in the buildings of Saint Scholastica Parish, welcomed a larger student body this year with 204 boys and girls registered in pre-school through the 8th grade. Supported by prayer in the classroom, weekly attendance at Mass, regular reception of the sacraments, and learning the Gospel imperative of outreach to others, the students of CDTCA receive the benefit of a Catholic education that will serve them for a lifetime. How fortunate they are in the decision of their parents to send them to a Catholic school; for the neighboring communities who help to support the many school fund-raising projects; and for the financial aid that comes from each of the parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley which helps to support the yearly school budget.
     A dedicated and hard-working staff and faculty are truly committed to the mission of teaching and forming our young people in a Catholic atmosphere of faith, hope and love. The CDTCA staff members and faculty are listed here:

Mark Grgurich                      Principal
Josie Doyle                            Administrative Assistant
Colleen Strahler                   Safe Environment Coordinator and Scrip Program
Katie Lovett                          Marketing Director

Christy Blackburn                Preschool
Jennifer Echnat                    Preschool Aide
Carrie Cooke                        Kindergarten
Erin Steinberg                      First Grade
Kassandra Byrnes                Second Grade
Sarah Lamb                          Third Grade
Clare Yaksich                        Fourth Grade
Erica Reynolds                     Fifth Grade
Anne Marie Emmerling     Sixth Grade
Barbara Blaney                    Seventh Grade
Lindsey Marci                      Eighth Grade
Brian Urso                            Social Studies

Katie Neubert                      Music
Kathy Goreczny                   Library/Teacher's Aide
Celeste Cancilla                  Spanish
Gina Studebaker                Art
Emily Meola                        AIU Counselor
Lauren Curry                       AIU Reading & Math
Ellie Carney                         AIU Speech
James Metzger                   Instrumental Band
Natalie Gourley                  School Nurse

Please God, bless the students, faculty and staff of CDTCA throughout this 2019-2020 school year.
                                                                    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.
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)

Monday, September 9—Saint Peter Claver
   10:00am  Natalie Certo (Mary Jo Romano)

Tuesday, September 10 —Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  John Kapp (The Anita Herman Family)

Wednesday, September 11—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  Natalie Certo (Joel & Adele Roman)

Thursday, September 12—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

Friday, September 13—Saint John Chrysostom
   10:00am  Alfreda Kopec (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

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)

LAVCP Presider Schedule
Daily Mass: Week of September 9
  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: September 14 & 15
Note: This schedule is correct.  The print bulletin is not because of a late schedule change.
Financial reports will be given at liturgies marked with an asterisk.
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
  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 August 31 & September 1: $7,379
When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica.

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. 
[Note: This schedule is correct.  The print bulletin is not because of a late schedule change.]
     · September 7-8: Saint Joseph Church at 4:00pm, 9:00am and 11:00am
     · September 14-15: Madonna Church at 4:30pm; Saint Scholastica Church at 9:30am; Saint Mary Church at 11:30am.
     · September 21-22: Saint Scholastica Church at 5:00pm and 12:00 Noon; Saint Francis of Assisi Church at 8:00am; Saint Edward Church at 10:00am.

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."  
     A retreat experience provides one with the opportunity to recharge their spiritual batteries, to step away from the noise and the demands of this world. Who couldn't benefit from that? If you would like more information, please call Jim Fanning at 412-680-7419.

The Saint Scholastica Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes this Sunday, September 8, at the 9:30am liturgy. 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

Coffee and Doughnuts after Mass: Please join us for doughnuts, bagels, coffee, tea, juice and good company following the 9:30am Mass this Sunday. Sponsored by the Hope for Haiti Committee.

Upcoming Pro-Life Events: The fall kickoff for 40 Days for Life is on Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30pm in the Clairvaux Hall of Saint Bernard Church in Mount Lebanon. Melissa Coles will speak on the documentary “I Lived on Parker Avenue.” The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is Saturday, September 14. Fr. Adam Potter will conduct a service at 1pm at Saint Paul's Cathedral to honor the memory of 60 million unborn victims of abortion. Our local Life Chain will be on Sunday, October 6, from 2-3pm in Etna on Butler St. at Grant St. Parking is available on Catherine St.  All are welcome join us as we pray for babies whose lives are in danger. For more information, call 412-781-6550.

Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications will be available in the Church vestibule this weekend. You can also register online at Sponsored by the Respect Life Committee.

Tennis Shoe Recycling: The Fox Chapel Garden Club and local Girl Scouts are joining forces in 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 between now and the end of September. For more information, call 412-983-4676.

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: Students who attend a Catholic school receive their religious education in the course of their school day throughout the week. Catholic youngsters who attend a public school are expected to participate in an after-school, early evening, or Sunday morning religious education program that helps to educate and form them in the Catholic faith.  
     The Faith Formation Program for the students who belong to the parishes of the Lower Allegheny Valley will begin on September 15-16-17. Under the leadership of Delia Barr and assisted by Marilyn Welsh, the religious education classes will be offered on Sunday morning at Saint Scholastica Parish and on Monday & Tuesday at Saint Joseph Parish. Parents are welcome to register their sons and daughters at either of the two sites during any of the times available.
     The parental responsibility of teaching their children about the Catholic faith goes beyond merely registering them for classes and making sure they are in attendance. Children learn about the faith from their parents through good example. Actions speak louder than words. If children are to learn the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ, they must see that their mother and father also have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, And one of the best ways of showing, feeding and sustaining that relationship is by being in attendance at Mass every single Sunday. It's where families need to be.
     If parents have not registered their child(ren) for the LAV Faith Formation Program, it is not too late. Contact Delia Barr at 412-963-8885 x301 or register online here.
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
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 local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned soup, canned red or black beans, powdered milk, protein bars, cookies, and single serve fruit cups. [Note: This list is more current than 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.

The Bereavement Committee is seeking baskets for use in their ministry to the recently bereaved of our parish. If you have unused baskets to donate, please bring them to the Parish Office.

Join us in welcoming into our faith community  Vivienne Laine Montalvo who was baptized at Saint Scholastica this past weekend.

Coffee & Donuts: Sunday, September 8, after the 9:30am Mass in the Parish Hall.
Women’s Bible Study:  Tuesday, September 10, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Baptism Preparation Class: Tuesday, September 10, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.
Growing in the Spirit: Thursday, September 12, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.

Sunday—September 8
Wisdom 9:13-18b / Philemon 9-10, 12-17 / Luke 14:25-33
Monday—September 9
Colossians 1:24—2:3 / Luke 6:6-11
Tuesday—September 10
Colossians 2:6-15 / Luke 6:12-19
Wednesday—September 11
Colossians 3:1-11 / Luke 6:20-26
Thursday—September 12
Colossians 3:12-17 / Luke 6:27-38
Friday—September 13
1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14 / Luke 6:39-42
Saturday—September 14
Numbers 21:4b-9 / Philippians 2:6-11 / John 3:13-17
Sunday—September 15
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 / 1 Timothy 1:12-17 / Luke 15:1-32

     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