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THE CATHOLIC PARISHES of Saint Joseph · Saint Juan Diego Saint Padre Pio · Saint Scholastica May 10, 2020

    Saint Joseph · Saint Juan Diego

    Saint Padre Pio · Saint Scholastica

    May 10, 2020

  • Fr. Dale DeNinno Pastor/Administrator 412-963-8885 x 304

    Fr. Michael Decewicz Parochial Vicar 412-784-8700

    Fr. William Siple Parochial Vicar 412-781-0186

    Deacon Robert Wertz, Jr. 412-784-8700

    In Residence:

    Fr. Hyeong Cheol Lee Saint Juan Diego Parish Korean Catholic Community

    Fr. John Mark Ogu Saint Juan Diego Parish Student, Duquesne University

    Fr. Dozie Egbe Saint Padre Pio Parish Chaplain, Presbyterian Hospital


    Delia Barr Director of Faith Formation 412-963-8885 x301 [email protected]

    Marilyn Welsh Administrative Assistant 412-828-4066 [email protected]

    Meredith Troyan Youth Ministry Leader 412-781-0186 x20 [email protected] saintscholastica.com


    342 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-963-8885 | Fax: 412-963-1945

    Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Live Streamed Mass: www.LAVCatholic.org/mass-videos

    Lori McKinniss Business Manager 412-963-8885 x303 [email protected]

    Kathi Sterling Parish Secretary 412-963-8885 x306 [email protected]

    Thomas Octave Music Minister 412-867-5032 [email protected]

    Nancy Whistler Director of Preschool 412-963-8885 x302

    Terri Weir Administrative Assistant 412-963-8885 x302 [email protected]

    George Cavlovich Facilities Maintenance


    Madonna of Jerusalem Church in Sharpsburg Saint John Cantius Church in Sharpsburg

    Saint Mary Church in Sharpsburg

    201 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-784-8700 | Fax: 412-781-1101

    Food Pantry: 412-781-2866 Email: [email protected]

    Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    Rosemarie Haas Administrative Assistant

    Rose Sacco Bookkeeper

    Simon Vullo Underiner Music Minister

    Jerry Auen, Scott Auen, Franco Ferraro, & Henry Sacco Facilities Maintenance


    Saint Edward Church in Blawnox Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Harmar

    450 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Phone: 412-828-4066 | Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

    Marilyn Welsh Administrative Assistant [email protected]

    Peter Yohe Bookkeeper

    David Volcheck Music Minister

    Todd Daigneau and Rada Karlusic Facilities Maintenance


    309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-781-0186 | Fax: 412-781-4316

    Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Debbie VanDemark Administrative Assistant 412-781-0186 xl0 [email protected]

    Amy Condosta Bookkeeper 412-781-0186 x ll [email protected] saintscholastica.com

    Sr. Pat Baker, CDP Music Minister Bereavement Coordinator 412-781-0186 x17 [email protected] saintscholastica.com

    Andrew Bechman Adult Faith Formation 412-781-0186 x18 [email protected] saintscholastica.com

    Bruce Hassing and David Urso Facilities Maintenance

    Website: www.LAVCatholic.org

    Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline: 1-888-808-1235

    PA Child Line: 1-800-932-0313

    Submit items for bulletin publication no later than Monday at noon to [email protected]

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  • SATURDAY May 9—5th Sunday of Easter Madonna Church 4:30 pm † Josephine Gaitaniella and Anthony & Hazel Antico (Children David & Joan and Grandchildren)

    SUNDAY May 10—5th Sunday of Easter Saint Mary Church 11:30 am † Anna DeStefano & all mothers (Evelyn Shoop)

    MONDAY May 11—Easter Weekday Madonna Church 9:00 am † Herman & Bertha Stegman (Family)

    TUESDAY May 12—Easter Weekday Madonna Church 9:00 am † Fr. Joseph Swierczynski (Sister, Loretta)

    WEDNESDAY May 13—Easter Weekday Madonna Church 9:00 am † Salvatore, Maria & Domenic Ierovante (Daughters & Sisters)

    SATURDAY May 16—6th Sunday of Easter Madonna Church 4:30 pm † Frank C. & Sadie T. Panza (The Panza Family)

    SUNDAY May 17—6th Sunday of Easter Saint Mary Church 11:30 am † Aurelia Ferraro (August Ferraro & Family)


    SUNDAY May 10—5th Sunday of Easter Saint Francis of Assisi Church 8:00 am For all mothers Saint Edward Church 10:00 am † Mary Niemiec (Barbara Niemiec)

    THURSDAY May 14—Saint Matthias, Apostle Saint Edward Church 9:00 am The people of Saint Padre Pio Parish

    FRIDAY May 15—Easter Weekday Saint Edward Church 9:00 am The Amorose Family

    SATURDAY May 16—Easter Weekday Saint Edward Church 9:00 am For the intentions of John Nadzam (Ben & Debbie Zytnick)

    SUNDAY May 17—6th Sunday of Easter Saint Francis of Assisi Church 8:00 am † Mary G. Salmon (Beverly Campbell) Saint Edward Church 10:00 am † John J. Jesih (Debbie Chismar)


    SAINT JUAN DIEGO PARISH SATURDAY May 9—5th Sunday of Easter

    5:00 pm † Shawn Neville (Diane Hupp)

    SUNDAY May 10—5th Sunday of Easter 9:30 am † Jane Louise Hoolahan (Daughter, Marjorie) 12:00 Noon † Mary M. Miketic (Joyce Miketic)

    MONDAY May 11—Easter Weekday 10:00 am † Ed & Elizabeth Williams (Jack & Mary Ellen Maher)

    TUESDAY May 12—Easter Weekday 10:00 am † Mary Certo (Jo Certo)

    WEDNESDAY May 13—Easter Weekday 10:00 am † Harriet Lynch (Karyn & Jim Lynch)

    THURSDAY May 14—Saint Matthias, Apostle 10:00 am † Henry Martone (Virginia Ware)

    FRIDAY May 15—Easter Weekday 10:00 am † Natalie Certo (Family)

    SATURDAY May 16—6th Sunday of Easter 5:00 pm The people of Saint Scholastica Parish

    SUNDAY May 17—6th Sunday of Easter 9:30 am † Thomas & Frances Maher (Jack, Mary Ellen, & Thomas Maher) 12:00 Noon † Rocky Benenton (Family & Friends)



    Saint Joseph: † The Crock Family (Kathleen Crock)

    Saint Mary: † In memory of all beloved mothers (Evelyn)

    SATURDAY May 9—5th Sunday of Easter 4:00 pm † James & Eileen Crowley (The Yates Family)

    SUNDAY May 10—5th Sunday of Easter 9:00 am † Audrey O’Brien (The O’Brien Family) 11:00 am † Celia Mancini (Luciette Shields)

    MONDAY May 11—Easter Weekday 8:00 am † John Stafford (Judy Stafford)

    TUESDAY May 12—Easter Weekday 8:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    WEDNESDAY May 13—Easter Weekday 8:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    THURSDAY May 14—Saint Matthias, Apostle 8:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    FRIDAY May 15—Easter Weekday 8:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    SATURDAY May 16—6th Sunday of Easter 4:00 pm The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    SUNDAY May 17—6th Sunday of Easter 9:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish 11:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish

    Public Masses are currently suspended, but priests of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping are offering private Masses each day during which the scheduled intention is being honored. The Sunday Mass at Saint Joseph Church will be video-taped and available at LAVCatholic.org.


    Sunday—May 10 Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12

    Monday—May 11 Acts 14:5-18 John 14:21-26

    Tuesday—May 12 Acts 14:19-28 John 14:27-31a

    Wednesday—May 13 Acts 15:1-6 John 15:1-8

    Thursday—May 14 Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 John 15:9-17

    Friday—May 15 Acts 15:22-31 John 15:12-17

    Saturday—May16 Acts 16:1-10 John 15:18-21

    Sunday—May 17 Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21

    Words of Wisdom from Pope Francis Let us pray together today for vocations, asking the

    Lord for the gift of good workers for His Kingdom, whose hearts and hands are open to His love.

    Let us pray together for the many pastors who give their lives for the faithful. I think often of priests, as well as other pastors who care for the good of the people: doctors. May the example of these shepherds, priests and doctors help us care for the holy, faithful people of God.

    A crisis is the moment to make a choice. This pandemic is a time of social crisis. How should we react? With perseverance, silence, and fidelity to God and decisions made earlier. A moment of crisis is like passing through fire to become stronger.

    Let us pray together for government leaders who are responsible for taking care of their people. May the Lord grant them strength and teach them that they need to show great unity in moments of crisis for the good of the people, because unity is superior to conflict.


    Prayer at Home:

    Give Us This Day, a prayer resource published by Liturgical Press, is making its digital version available to all. Visit GUTD.net and select "Digital" in the upper right of the screen. They also offer mobile app version.

    Living with Christ is offering online daily resources at www.livingwithchrist.us.

    The U.S. Catholic bishops have gathered links to many resources, including the daily Scripture readings. To access, go to catholiccurrent.org/covid19.

    We have a weekly handout called “Keeping the Season” that includes a prayer, reflection on the Sunday Scriptures, and shorter reflections for each day of the week. You can download a PDF of this week's edition at lavcatholic.org/news/resources-for-prayer-at-home.

    Go to worship.pastoral.center for Sunday at-home worship services for families.

    There are reflections and prayers for the Easter season on the Creighton University Online Ministries website at onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/e-celebratingeaster.html.

    Live Daily Mass and other spiritual resources are available through the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Go to diopitt.org.

    Coronavirus Updates:

    For up-to-date information from the Diocese, visit https://diopitt.org/coronavirus-safety-precautions .

    Visit alleghenycounty.us/healthdepartment or health.pa.gov for local health information.

    Monetary Support of the Parishes: Each of the four parishes in the Lower Allegheny Valley rely on the contributions of the faithful. In this interim period when the collection basket cannot be passed, you are asked to make whatever sacrificial contribution that you can. Your envelopes may be mailed to the parish in which you are currently registered.

    Saint Joseph Parish 342 Dorseyville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Saint Juan Diego Parish 201 9TH Street Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Saint Padre Pio Parish 450 Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Saint Scholastica Parish 309 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215 To donate online to Saint Scholastica go to: saintscholastica.weshareonline.org

    Thank You for your generous support!


  • My dear parishioners,

    To mask or not to mask . . . to isolate or not to isolate . . . to distance or not to distance. Intended for health safety, today's policies have become sources of controversy. Reminds me of William Shakespeare's play and the soliloquy spoken by Hamlet:

    A question that arose out of his contemplation of life or death.

    In the context of the coronavirus, we are asked to be responsible (not to be irresponsible) . . . to be mindful of others well-being (not to be concerned only about ourselves) . . . to be careful about physical gatherings (not to be careless or reckless) . . . to be attentive to the proofs of science and medicine (not to be disregarding what is for our good).

    As people of faith, and like Hamlet, we contemplate life and death. While this present life calls us to be in a loving relationship with God, it also provides ample opportunity to be aware that death will one day call us to be with God in glory.

    The how and the when of our death is unknown to us. What is known is the now. It is the present for which we are responsible. To be women and men of faith. To be women and men of hope. To be women and men of love. That is who we are called to be.

    My brothers and sisters, in the context of who we are called to be as followers of Jesus Christ, I urge you to be patient . . . to be kind . . . to be generous . . . to be compassionate . . . to be understanding . . . to be a believer in the power of life over death.

    Our advertisers make our weekly bulletin possible. Even though we are not currently distributing a printed bulletin, we encourage you to continue to support our advertisers. Go to lavcatholic.org/our-sunday-bulletin to support the local businesses that sponsor our bulletin.

    The May 12-13, 2020 LAV Sight and Sound and Padre Pio Tour has been postponed to October 20-21, 2020. Those who have submitted checks for reservations and balance due will be contacted as to whether they would like their checks returned or to hold their reservations for the October trip. For more information, contact Ruthie Gee at 412-828-4718.

    Lighting Vigil Candles: If you would like to have a vigil candle(s) lit in one of the churches of our parish grouping, you may mail that request to the parish office. Please include your name, the intention, the name of the church in which you want the

    candle lit, and the $3.00 donation for each candle. The candles will be lit in the church of your choosing: Saint Francis of Assisi in Harmar, Saint Edward in Blawnox, Saint Scholastica in Aspinwall, Madonna of Jerusalem in Sharpsburg, Saint Mary in Sharpsburg, or Saint Joseph in O'Hara.

    Daily Mass Intentions: During these days of church closures the three priests of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes continue to offer Mass each day in the churches where they live. Father Dale DeNinno in Saint

    Joseph Church, Father Mike Decewicz in Madonna of Jerusalem Church, and Fr. Bill Siple in Saint Scholastica Church. At each Mass they are honoring the intentions that have already been scheduled. However, there are many open dates, particularly in Saint Joseph Church. Requests for Mass Intentions and the $10 stipend may be mailed to the parish office or you may choose to call the office. If no one answers, please leave your name and telephone number and someone will return your call.

    Saint Joseph Parish 342 Dorseyville Road Pittsburgh, PA 15215 412-963-8885 Saint Padre Pio Parish 450 Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA 15238 412-828-4066

    Saint Juan Diego Parish 201 9TH Street Pittsburgh, PA 15215 412-784-8700 Saint Scholastica Parish 309 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215 412-781-0186

    On this Mother's Day, I hope that all mothers will receive the honor and thanks that is due them. They are the heroes among us. With tireless energy they show constancy of love for their children, both young and those grown to adulthood. May the Lord bless them and may Mary, our Blessed Mother, pray for them.

  • A Message from Mrs. Delia Barr: This week we would be having our last classes for the year. Like you I never thought I would be quarantined and off work this long. But, here we are and I pray we are all making the best of this time we have at home. You are truly in my prayers. My faith

    life like yours has dramatically changed. I used to have the blessing of attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist daily. I have had to find new ways to stay close to the Lord. I have found I can attend daily Mass by watching on TV or online. On my walks I often listen to the rosary. Now that we are entering the Month of May I plan to make that a daily ritual. I think I have here at home one of the rosaries we made in October at our family program. I encourage you to find those rosaries and pray the rosary during May. I close with the Sub Tuum Praesidium, the oldest known hymn to Our Lady, so fitting for our day:

    Beneath your compassion,

    We take refuge, O Theotokos [God-bearer]:

    do not despise our petitions in time of trouble:

    but rescue us from dangers,

    only pure, only blessed one.

    The new dates for our Sacraments will be:

    First Holy Communion:

    Sunday – September 27, 2020 at the 12:00 Noon Mass in Saint Scholastica Church


    Sunday – September 27, 2020 at a 3:00 pm Mass in Saint Joseph Church


    Monday – September 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church

    Teens, while you’re spending your time inside on your computer, check out our Life Teen Blog at lavcatholic.org/youth-ministry-st-scholastica.

    205 Brilliant Ave, Aspinwall PA 15215


    Email: [email protected]

    Website: www.cdtca.org

    Mark Grgurich, Principal

    All of the students, faculty and staff at CDTCA send well wishes to all of the parishioners of LAV. We are busy with at home on-line learning and are doing are best to adjust to our new school days! We will keep you in our daily prayers.

  • Members of our community who are in need of shor t-term assistance can contact the LAV Saint Vincent de Paul Society at [email protected] or 412-254-4446.

    If you need an empathetic ear, guidance or assistance during this time, the leaders of the churches of Aspinwall are here to help you. Membership in the congregation is not a requirement for seeking assistance. Please call one of the churches of the LAV or any church in Aspinwall for confidential aid. If you would like to assist your neighbors in need, you can donate Giant Eagle gift cards

    by dropping them in the silver payment box outside the Aspinwall Borough building on Commercial Avenue.

    The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has information about food assistance at pittsburghfoodbank.org. You can also make monetary donations at this website.

    The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg: Even though the pantry is closed, we have par tnered with Roots of Faith to feed those in need in our area. Every week 500 families are receiving bags of food. While we are not taking food donations at this time, please consider supporting us monetarily so those in need can continue to be served. Donations should be sent to: The Society of St Vincent de Paul, 201 9th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15215. Thank you in advance for your support.

    Saint Vincent de Paul donation bin at Saint Francis Church: As a result of the Covid-19 crisis the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is unable to service its the donation bins at this time. For now, please keep your valuable donations at home and we will gladly accept them once this crisis is over. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to help the most vulnerable members in our community. If you or anybody you know needs assistance, please call 412-254-4446.

    ADDICTION RECOVERY MINISTRY NEWS 412-218-5410 [email protected]


    Some thoughts from Father Michael on Step 4.

    Step 4 – “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves”

    During this time of solitude, when we are forced to be alone with ourselves, we will probably need to confront some of our regrets, resentments, guilt and even shame. As these emotions surface, we can find ourselves feeling very isolated as we confront those things about ourselves that we keep locked up deep inside our heart. As we confront these difficult and at times painful realities about ourselves, it is important that we seek the grace to embrace ourselves as we are, with all our blessings, brokenness, gifts and challenges. It is important that we invite and welcome God into our personal mystery.

    In really seeing ourselves as we are and taking responsibility for who we are, we really are doing a fourth step. We are indeed making a searching and fearless moral inventory. Perhaps not deliberately, but nonetheless doing it, and this can be one of the graces we experience in the midst of this pandemic.

    I would offer a suggestion as we confront our own reality and that is do a journal. To write down your thoughts, fears, hopes, experiences, regrets and resentments. It has been my experience as I write them down, they become less ambiguous and more tangible and manageable. We can look and accept our own life as it is, seeing God’s abiding and loving presence in each and every moment and experience and struggle in life.

    I believe that this is prayer; being brutally honest, accepting our truth, and embracing the invitation and challenge to growth and change.

    A moral inventory is not a self-flagellation, but rather an opportunity to see God’s presence, loving us in our very brokenness, inviting us to grow always more authentic and honest as we journey on the path to growth and change.

    A.R.M. Update

    In order to adapt to the social restrictions warranted by the Covid-19 virus, we will be instituting a weekly reflection given by Father Michael Decewicz on the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and 12 Promises every Monday at 10:00 a.m. starting on Monday, May 18. We will also be initiating monthly video mini-leads, grief reflections and guest speakers. All of these will be available for viewing on our website, which is addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org.

    A Facebook live video will also be shared on each Monday on our Facebook page, Addiction Recovery Ministry Pittsburgh. In addition, there is a phone line for those who need to speak to someone: 412-218-5410.

    Please spread the word about this to all you know. Thank you for your support and prayers.

  • A Prayer

    for Peace of Mind and Heart

    Eternal, Holy God,

    I come to you burdened

    with worries, fears, doubts and troubles.

    Calm and quiet me with peace of mind.

    Empty me of the anxiety that disturbs me,

    of the concerns that weary my spirit,

    and weigh heavy on my heart.

    Loosen my grip on the disappointments

    and grievances I hold onto so tightly.

    Release me from the pain

    of past hurts,

    of present anger,

    of future fears.

    Sometimes it's too much for me Lord -

    too many demands and problems,

    too much sadness, suffering and stress.

    Renew me spiritually and emotionally.

    Give me new strength, hope and confidence.

    Prepare me to meet the constant struggles

    of daily life

    with a deeper faith and trust in you.

    Let your love set me free ... for peace, for joy, for grace, for life,

    for others ... forever. Amen.

    A Prayer for Protection

    In Time of Pandemic

    O Mary, you always brighten our path

    as a sign of salvation and hope.

    We entrust ourselves to you,

    health of the sick,

    who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus' pain

    while remaining steadfast in faith.

    loving Mother, you know what we need,

    and we are confident you will provide for us

    as at Cana in Galilee.

    Intercede for us with your Son Jesus,

    the Divine Physician,

    for those who have fallen ill,

    for those who are vulnerable,

    and for those who have died.

    Intercede also for those charged with

    protecting the health and safety of others

    and for those who are tending to the sick

    and seeking a cure.

    Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,

    to conform to the will of the Father

    and to do as we are told by Jesus,

    who took upon himself our

    sufferings and carried our sorrows,

    so as to lead us, through the Cross,

    to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

    Under your protection we seek refuge,

    Holy Mother of God.

    In our needs, despise not our petitions,

    but deliver us always from all dangers,

    glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.


    Heavenly Father,

    from the beginning you have chosen to entrust

    the human person to mothers in a special way.

    We thank and praise you for the gift of mothers;

    for their tenderness, care, and compassion,

    for their intuition and encouragement,

    for commitment and sacrifice.

    Bless all mothers this day.

    Keep, strengthen, and refresh them

    in your loving care.

    May they be blessed by our open-hearted

    love and gratitude.


    Blessing of Mothers

    During the season of Easter, what a great time to remember our mothers and ask for God's blessing on them. It is God who ultimately gave us life. It is through God's unselfish love--mirrored in our mothers' willingness to associate their love with God's and take the risk to love us into life--that we have the opportunity for life. We remember our mothers this Mother's Day with much love. Let us pray for each of them:

    God our heavenly Father,

    you give to each the ability

    to share your generative love.

    Bless those women in our lives

    who mirror your love

    and bring forth life through their willingness

    to risk bringing new life into this world.

    Help us to show them our gratitude

    for the gift of life

    and the gift of a mother's love.

    May our life-giving God continue to bless them

    and show them his unfailing love.

    We ask this through Jesus,

    God's Son and our brother.