January 11, 2009



             Please stop at the school cafeteria (entrance on Third St.) after Mass (Sunday, January 11th) for a Pancake and Sausage breakfast, $3.50 for a regular serving. Your participation helps fund the bus to the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C.



             The annual ecumenical Prayer Breakfast before the MARCH FOR LIFE will be Saturday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road. Rev. Keith Tucci will be the speaker. The cost is $15. For reservations call People Concerned For The Unborn Child at 412-531-9272.



Next Sunday there will be a second collection to support St. Anthony School and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.


There are still some weekend and weekday Masses available in 2009 for your personal or family intentions. If there are special dates you desire for deceased family members or friends, or perhaps a Mass for a wedding anniversary, birthday or other remembrance,  please contact the Parish Office at  412-781-0186  (M-F – 10:00-3:00 pm).


If you wish the Parish to issue a record of your donations for this past year, please write or call the Parish Office and we will send you a complete finance summary of your donations. Thank you for your continuing support of the parish in these difficult financial times. Please remember to make a bequest to our parish in your will.




             Please remember that diocesan policy requires at least six months notice for marriage preparation before scheduling a Catholic wedding. It is always better to talk to a priest before attempting to find a hall for the reception.


             There are no baptisms during Lent. So please be aware that February 22nd is the last day for baptisms before Lent begins (Ash Wednesday is February 25th and Easter is April 12th). A preparation for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the parish office.



There are seats available on the St. Scholastica bus to Washington, D.C. for the January 22nd MARCH FOR LIFE. The trip is a legitimate excuse for absence from school. Chaperons are provided for high school students. The bus leaves from the Church at 12:15 a.m. We will attend Mass at the MCI Center with Archbishop Wuerl officiating, the Rally on The Mall, the March up Constitution Avenue and finish with a meeting with Senators Casey and Spector. The bus will return to Aspinwall at 11 p.m. The cost is $35, breakfast included. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for reservations. Sponsorships also available.




During the 11 a.m. Mass next Sunday, January 18, we will celebrate a Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming for our RCIA candidates.  Gary Wiant will be entering the order of catechumens as he prepares for baptism, and Heather Marie Fuller, a baptized Christian, is preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  During the Rite, Heather and Gary will declare their intention to join the Church, and the parish will welcome them.  Please pray for our candidates, and plan to meet them at the Welcome Breakfast that follows Mass on the 18th.  At the Breakfast, there will also be information available about the various ministries associated with the RCIA.  The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults enter the Catholic Church.  Please stop by and consider whether God is calling you to participate in this wonderful work.





             Originally scheduled for Thursday, January 15 is now Wednesday January 14th 6:30-8:00 in the Pastoral Center. The weather outside might be frightful, but we are going to have hyperactive fun inside! All are welcome!



We will go to the Family House in Oakland on Thursday, January 15th and provide a warm, family type meal for those who are from out of state, who have loved ones receiving care at UPMC. If you can stir and smile this one is for you! Meet us at 4 pm at the Ministry Center. RSVP by Tuesday the 13th. Space is limited due to kitchen size.



This diocesan event addresses the issues of sex, dating and self esteem in a teen friendly, high tech presentation. Join hundreds of your peers on Friday, January 16th who struggle with the same issues. RSVP by Wednesday, January 14th to the Youth Ministry Office or Jamiedillon@comcast.net


THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR TEENS begins Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00-8:30 pm. (Also Jan. 29 and Feb. 5th) in the Ministry Center. This is an excellent program regarding self esteem, relationships and God's design for your life that is based upon the teachings of Pope John Paul II. NO RSVP required. All teens welcome.



Rachel's Vineyard is holding a retreat for Post-Abortion Healing & Reconciliation during the weekend of February 6-8, 2009 at the Spiritan Center. The cost is $150.00 (financial aid & adjustments are available by calling 412~456~3156). Registration form and half of registration fee are due by January 29, 2009. For more information call 412~456~6955.



What Our Heavenly Father said to Jesus in today's gospel, "You are my beloved. My favor rests on you" is said to each of us. We don't earn this love; it is given freely. The unconditional love we experience in our families is sacramental for it gives us a glimpse of God's freely given, all accepting, love.


Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 10

5:00 pm            For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish

            Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Baptism of the Lord, January 11

7:30 am            Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife and Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am            Robert Thomas (W. McCook Miller)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Dr. Raimund Rueger (Jean & Bill Eckert)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Monday, Weekday, January 12

8:30 am Allan Casanova (Amy Corpuz)


Tuesday, Weekday, January 13

8:30 am Jack Narin (Mr. & Mrs. Gus Sunseri)


Wednesday, Weekday, January 14

8:30 am Betsy Hood (Karen & John Staley)


Thursday, Weekday , January 15

8:30 am Helen Oberdorf

(Lynn Keefer Grove & Gary Keefer)


Friday, Weekday , January 16

8:30 am Mary Klug (Mr. & Mrs. Walter Holohan)

Saturday, Anthony, abbot , January 17

9:00 am Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 17

5:00 pm Dominic Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

            Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 18

7:30 am Anniv., Alex Buccieri (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am John & Ann Grzegorczky

(Vince & Carol Alvino)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White



INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Please make arrangements with the parish secretary at least 2 weeks prior to the desired date.


ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? R.C.I.A. is the process which enables adults to become initiated into the Church.  Call the pastor for information.


RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is celebrated at St. Scholastica Parish on Saturday, after 9:00 a.m. Mass. For your convenience the parishes in our cluster have the following opportunities for reconciliation:

 St. Joseph Parish has Sat. reconciliation from 3:30-4:00.

 Madonna of Jerusalem has reconciliation on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:45 and Saturday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.


HOLY EUCHARIST is available for those who are sick and confined to home.  Call Sister Marilyn for assistance.





St. Scholastica Church

309 Brilliant Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone Number:  412-781-0186


Parish Office Monday—Friday 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.  10

Website Address: www.saintscholastica.com

E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com

Fax Number: 412~781~4316

Submission for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays


Rev. Kenneth White Pastor, M.Th., M.Ed. 14



Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P. 17

Director of Music/Bereavement



Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed. 18

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.



Mrs. Gina Musser 21

Program Director for Religious Education



Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T. 20

Director of Catholic Youth Ministry  & Religious Education



Sr. Marilyn Hoeing, O.S.F. 22

Parish Outreach



Mrs. Colleen Strahler

Coordinator of The Protection of Children


Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline



Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 412-781-7927

Mr. John Marino - Principal

E-mail address: CDTCA@nauticom.net


To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (Monday—Friday) 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.