October 13, 2019

Our new parish bulletin is here and a new website is on the way!

You can download a PDF version of the new bulletin here.

Next week, you will be redirected to our new website.

October 6, 2019

Saint Scholastica Parish of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic Parishes

Dear Parishioners,
"How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you do not listen. Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and clamorous discord" (Habakkuk I: 2-3)
     Ominous words heard in today's first scripture reading from the prophet Habakkuk. Certainly reflective of the political intrigue and idolatrous times in which they were spoken (6th century before Christ). Perhaps reflective of our own time as well. But, more urgently, what we need to hear is the encouraging message of Saint Paul in his letter to Timothy: "I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord. . . but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God" (2 Timothy 1: 6-8).
     Despite the times in which we live, regardless of the challenges that confront us, and willing to face the difficulties that confound our nation, our beloved Catholic Church, and the parish groupings in the Diocese of Pittsburgh - we are marked as a people of faith, hope and love who never surrender to despair or discouragement.
     A nation moves forward and so must our Church. We cannot allow ourselves to be side-tracked by the negative, the doom-sayers, the chronically ill-content, or those with heels dug-in and refusing to budge. While there have always been the familiar ways of doing things, stepping out in trust calls us to do things in new ways.
     Next week's bulletin will introduce A BRAND NEW LOOK. Henceforth, there will be ONE BULLETIN that serves all the churches of our parish grouping. With a LOGO on the front cover giving graphic expression to a new day, we will take another step forward in the reality of who we are as CHURCH - members of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes.
     Dear sisters and brothers, I am excited to unveil next weekend the new look of our bulletin for the parishes of Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Padre Pio and Saint Scholastica. I trust and I hope that you will find it attractive, informative and user-friendly.
     Speaking of NEW: The liturgical vestments that the priest wears during Mass in Saint Joseph Church are really showing their age. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the new Saint Joseph Church (October 18, 2009), individuals, couples, or entire families are invited to purchase a vestment in memory of beloved family members, living or deceased. A good and worthy vestment to be worn at the altar will cost anywhere from $750 to $1,000. The hope is that four sets of vestments could be purchased in the liturgical colors of white, green, red and purple. If you would consider making such a gift to Saint Joseph Church, please contact me at your earliest convenience. I may be reached at 412-963-8885 x304.
     May the Lord continue to bless all that we do in His Holy Name.
                                                                                            Father Dale DeNinno

Did You Know . . . ?
. . . October 18, 2019 will mark 10 years since the dedication of the new Saint Joseph Church. Under the leadership of Father Thom Miller, the skills of architect and contractor, and with the support and generosity of many, many parishioners and friends, Saint Joseph Church stands as a testament to the love and dedication of those who helped to make the vision of a permanent and beautiful new church become a reality.

The Blessing of Animals 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.
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)

Monday, October 7—Our Lady of the Rosary
   10:00am  † Monsignor Kraus (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, October 8—Weekday in Ordinary Time
   10:00am  † David Capone (Helen Capone)

Wednesday, October 9—Weekday in Ordinary Time
    10:00am  † Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)

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

Friday, October 11—Weekday in Ordinary Time
    10:00am  † Natalie Certo (The Scanlon Family)

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, October 12
    5:00pm  † Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)

Sunday, October 13
   9:30am  † Dr. Frederick Crock (Tish Marsico)
   12:00noon  † Larry Gerken (The Scanlon Family)

The Tabernacle Vigil Candle is burning this week in memory of Dianne Silvasy offered by husband, George.

LAVCP Presider Schedules
Daily Mass: Week of October 7
  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: October 12 & 13
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 28 & 29: $6,901
Missionary Co-op: $2,810
     When you pray in another area church, your envelope or check will be sent here to support Saint Scholastica. 
Youth Ministry Kick off: Join us on October 6 for our 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.

Faith Formation Classes resume this week October 6, 7, 8. We will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7. All our students will be discussing the importance of praying the rosary. Next week on October 13, 14, 15 we will be inviting all the parents to come to class with their child! We will all gather during class time to learn more about the rosary and we will all make our very own rosary! It will be so awesome to have our parents join in the faith formation class. What an opportunity to pray and play together as a family. The rosary can be a powerful tool in our prayer life. Please keep our faith formation families and catechists in your prayers!

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 have 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!

A Six Week Fall Video Series entitled Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith will be held at Saint Joseph Parish on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 in the St. John Paul II Hall, beginning on October 3 and on Wednesday mornings at Saint Scholastica Parish Hall, beginning on October 9 from 10:30 am-12:00 Noon. It is not necessary to register and there is no fee. Just join us!

PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS!!! Join LAV families and friends for Kelly's infamous Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast in St Joseph's cafeteria on October 20 after the 9am and 11am masses (adults $5.00/kids $3.00). Also pick up free pumpkins and cornstalks in the rear parking lot pavilion. Events provided by the Knights of Columbus.

Growing in the Spirit is a group of adults who meet monthly to share resources for spiritual growth. Our next session is Tuesday, October 8, from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the St. Edward rectory. Our topic is: "BYOS—Bring your own saint!" There is no need to register for this group.

The Fox Chapel area Catholic Women's Bible Group will continue their 2019/2020 program with an 18-week study of the Gospel of Mark beginning on October 22 from 1-3pm in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall. Cost of the text is $45. All are welcome, and no prior participation in other Bible studies is required. Register by October 14. For additional information, please call 412.963.0198.

Our local homeless ministry appreciates your help! These food items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned beans; Hamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes, 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!

Respect Life Events: The National LIFE CHAIN will take place this Sunday, Oct. 6. in Etna from 2:00 to 3:00pm, on Rt. 8 from Kittanning St. to Grant St. 40 Days for Life will be at 933 Liberty Avenue September 25 - November 3, 7am-7pm. The scheduled times for the parishes of the LAV will be on Thursday, October 10, 7-9am and 3-5pm.

Pet Blessing: Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2:00pm in front of St. Scholastica Church.
Youth Ministry Kickoff: Sunday, Oct. 6, from 6:00-8:00pm at St. Joseph field.
Women's Bible Study:  Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 1:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Appalachia Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.
Catholicism Video Series: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10:30am in the Parish Hall.
Middle School EDGE Night: Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:00pm in the Ministry Center.
High School Social Night: Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6pm at the St. Joseph field.
Faith Formation Family Program: Sunday, Oct 13 at 10:30am in the Parish Hall.

Sunday—October 6
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4     2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14    Luke 17:5-10
Monday—October 7
Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11      Luke 10:25-37
Tuesday—October 8
Jonah 3:1-10       Luke 10:38-42
Wednesday—October 9
Jonah 4:1-11        Luke 11:1-4
Thursday—October 10
Malachi 3:13-20b     Luke 11:5-13
Friday—October 11
Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2      Luke 11:15-26
Saturday—October 12
Joel 4:12-21       Luke 11:27-27
Sunday—October 13
2 Kings 5:14-17        2 Timothy 2:8-13      Luke 17:11-19

     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