March 1, 2009



             Stations are at 7:00 pm on Friday evenings.



You donated $1,170.24 to the Souper Bowl of Caring.  This was a SUPER effort to benefit the Jubilee Soup Kitchen.  Great work by our teens who collected money after all the Masses!!




St. Scholastic Church will soon be acquiring a   defibrillator. Because of this, the church will be offering a CPR class on Sunday, March 15th for all members of St. Scholastica Ministries. Participation in the CPR training is not mandatory, but highly recommended. If you are interested in this training, please R.S.V.P. to Gina Musser at immediately. We must let the CPR instructor know how many people will be participating by no later than March 9th, so your R.S.V.P. is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.



     You are all invited to the 122nd World Day of Prayer, "In Christ there are many members, yet one body."  This will take place this Friday, March 6th, at Faith United Methodist Church (261 W. Chapel Ridge Rd, 15238) at 11:00am.



Girl Scout cookies will be sold following all Masses on March 7th and 8th and March 14th and 15th.  The cost is $3.50 per box.  Proceeds from your purchase support Girl Scouts in your community.  You may also acknowledge our men and women serving overseas in the US military by purchasing an extra box of cookies as part of the "Gift of Caring" program.  Thank you in advance for your support!



Confirmation RetreatSaturday, March 7th 1-6 pm in the Pastoral Center. This is a requirement for all confirmation candidates.

  Theology of the Body for Teens will continue Thursday, March 5th in the Ministry Center from 7-8:30 pm All teens are welcome.

  Youth Mass Saturday, March 7th at 5pm. 

  Part II of the Morality Course for catechists will be Sunday, March 8th  12-6pm in the Ministry Center.


Pauline bible study

Our study of the Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Ephesians begins this Tuesday evening, March 3, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center (formerly the convent).  Participants who have registered but not yet paid should bring their $20 materials fee to

the first session.  If you are interested but have not yet registered, pleas


             Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) is now accepting registration for PreK-8th grades for the '09-10 school year. We are located at 205 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall, PA. Please call for further information or to arrange a tour 412.781.7927 www.cdtcatholic Financial Assistance available to qualified candidates. Nurturing Faith and Inspiring Excellence.




The Pittsburgh Religious Vocation Council and the Serra Clubs of the Pittsburgh Diocese are sponsoring a Vocation Awareness Weekend at the Martina Spirituality Center, 5244 Clarwin Avenue, West View. The event will begin Friday, March 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. and end Sunday, March 29 at 12:30 p.m. The weekend is open to Catholic men and women, ages 18 to 55. There is no cost to the attendees. For information about registration call the Department for Consecrated Life at 412~456~3068.



Stop by the Pastoral Center after all Masses this weekend (Feb. 28/Mar. 1) to preview the Chinese Auction baskets that will be raffled off at CDTCA's March 7 Night at the Races. You can purchase raffle tickets for chances to win a wide variety of great prizes. Winners need not be present. All proceeds benefit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. We hope you will also make plans to attend the Night at the Races on March 7 in the Pastoral Center at 6:30 p.m. -- You can purchase tickets to the event after all Masses as well. Don't miss it!



Please pray for Heather Marie Fuller and Gary Wiant as they prepare to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Gary and Heather will travel to the Cathedral this Sunday afternoon as Bishop Zubik presides at a Rite of Election.  We are celebrating a Rite of Sending at the 9:00 Mass this Sunday.  The rite offers the parish "the opportunity to express its approval of the [candidates] and to send them forth to the celebration of election assured of the parish's care and support."  During Lent, the candidates enter the third phase of the RCIA process, the "period of purification and enlightenment."  This time is centered on deepening their conversion to Christ as they prepare for the Easter sacraments.  The season of Lent owes its origins to the efforts of Christian communities to support their catechumens by joining them in prayer, fasting and penitence.


The HOPE FOR HAITI Committee will meet Wednesday, March 4, 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  Anyone interested in the Haiti Project is welcome to attend. 


e contact Andy Bechman as soon as possible.



February 22, 2009



We are looking for committed parishioners to become members of our Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council has the mandate of envisioning the future for our parish. This group is to discern the opportunities, roadblocks and pastoral needs of our parish for the next five years. This is a critical time not only for our parish, but also for our whole diocese. The future is uncertain for all of us, but what is certain is that pastoral practice for our parish and diocese will be massively different in five years. We currently have about 230 priests active in the diocese for our 212 parishes. Our actuarial studies project that we will only have about a hundred priests in less than ten years!! It is obvious that the "one priest for one parish" model will no longer be possible. Our challenge will be to think regionally and not to limit our concerns and interest to the parish level only.

In the Fall of this year Bishop Zubik will issue guidelines for the pastoral governance for our diocese. Bishop Zubik and his advisors are now consulting with lay leadership, parish staffs and lay ecclesial ministers to develop this document and process. What is central to this process is to divide our diocese into regions, called vicariates. This is being done so that planning can take place on a regional basis. This change to regional vicariates will directly and intimately affect every parish in the diocese. In the weeks and months to come we will make information known to you via the bulletin, DVD and the diocesan website. Our bishop is asking us all to: "PRAY, REFLECT, QUESTION, BE POSITIVE, BE OPEN, BE REASONABLE."

Our parish Pastoral Council will be our central link between our parish and our vicariate. If you have the commitment and interest, we invite you to consider being a member of the Pastoral Council. Also, if you know an outstanding and dedicated parishioner, we invite you to nominate this person to be on the Council. We expect to choose about five parishioners to join the Council (the Council has 13 members). Please write or email Fr. Ken to nominate someone or throw your own hat in the ring .Fr. Ken's mailing address is in the bulletin, as well as his email address. Deadline is St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17th.



         There will be a Respect Life Meeting on Tue., Feb. 24, 7:30pm, in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome.



Parish Share information and pledge cards will be arriving in the mail early February via our envelope company. Parish share Sunday is February 22nd. (Ash Wednesday is February 25th). Our parish assessment this year is $87,524.00. Please make a monthly pledge of $25.00 for ten months- for a total pledge of $250.00. Please complete and return your pledge cards with your first monthly pledge payment of $25.00. You can place them in the collection basket or send in the mail. We need your help to make our goal, especially in these challenging economic times. Please do your fair share for Parish Share.



Oakland Catholic High School proudly announces that the following students in our parish have achieved honor roll status for the second quarter, 2008-2009 school year: High Honor: Colleen Duggan

Highest Honor: Margaret Bernard, Courtney Dailey, Merritt Dailey, Megan Iannuzzi, Beth Ann Leech, Olivia Massaro, Katherine Pilewski, Allyson Strahler, Tatiana Sunseri, Margaret Thomasmeyer, Julie Walsh



Appalachia Meeting Tuesday Feb. 24th @ 7:30 pm. This is a MANDATORY meeting for anyone who is considering participating in the mission trip this June.


Our retreat will be Saturday March 7th from 1-6. All confirmation candidates are required to attend. Any candidate who has not scheduled their interview should do so by emailing ASAP.



Are you curious about the Catholic Church?  Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step?  Do you want to look into the possibility of living as a Catholic?  Plan to attend an inquiry session on Monday evening, February 23, at 7:30 in Marsico Library. You will learn a little about Catholicism and about the RCIA—the process the Church uses to help people discern whether they want to become Catholics.  You can also raise any questions you have in a friendly, open environment. Attending this meeting imposes no further obligation or commitment. Marsico Library is located in the parish Ministry Center (the old convent) at 312 Maple Avenue. Last week's bulletin listed the inquiry session as taking place in the Pastoral Center.  That was a mistake—Marsico Library is the correct location.



CDTCA's Casino Night at the Races ~ Sat., March 7

Come one, come all to CDTCA's 6th Annual Casino Night at the Races on Saturday, March 7. Try your luck and win big at poker, blackjack, and filmed horseraces. There's something for everyone, from Chuck-A-Luck to instant bingo! Bring your friends to Monsignor Kraus Hall for dinner and beverages and make a night of it. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact Ann Marie Kiszka at 412-781-4319 or Get your tickets today -- We hope to see YOU at the Races!



Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) is now accepting registration for PreK-8th grades for the '09-10 school year. We are located at 205 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall, PA. Please call for further information or to arrange a tour 412.781.7927 Financial Assistance available to qualified candidates. Nurturing Faith and Inspiring Excellence.



Tickets for the Fox Chapel Area High School musical "The Sound of Music" are now on sale for performances March 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2009, at 7 p.m., and March 15 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $12 each and all seats are reserved. Tickets will be sold Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the high school auditorium box office, or can be purchased online with an added convenience fee, following the link from



Girl Scout cookies will be sold following all Masses on March 7th and 8th and March 14th and 15th. The cost is $3.50 per box. Proceeds from your purchase support Girl Scouts in your community. You may also acknowledge our men and women serving overseas in the US military by purchasing an extra box of cookies as part of the "Gift of Caring" program. Thank you in advance for your support!



Maureen O'Brien will be presented this week  at the annual meeting of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry with their annual Called and Gifted Award, which "recognizes the honoree's integrity, scholarship, and longevity of service to the church and AGPIM as a ministry educator." Congratulations Maureen on your success, achievements and service. This is a wonderful honor.


Saturday, Vigil of Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 21

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

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Seventh Sun. in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22

7:30 am            Shannon Wilson (Greg & Arlene Salerno)

      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Margaret Reshone (Sandra & Joe Pesavento)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Phyllis Friday (Melissa & Phil McGivney)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Polycarp, bishop & martyr, February 23

8:30 am Frances Totten (Dan & Eileen Callagher)


Tuesday, Weekday, February 24

8:30 am Linda Greb (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa)


Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 25

8:30 am Madeline Borrasso (Ruth Weisberger)

4:00 pm Scripture service and distribution of ashes

7:00 pm Dorothy Kristofik (Dean & Annette Miester)


Thursday, Lenten Weekday, February 26

8:30 am Rosario Castellano

(Dr. Al & Mary Costa Family)


Friday, Lenten Weekday, February 27

8:30 am James Pieper (Tim and Frances Maher)


Saturday, Lenten Weekday, February 28

9:00 am Charles & Martha Flynn (Gallagher Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, February 28

5:00 pm Ron Dillon (Sr. Pat Baker)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, March 1

7:30 am Birthday Virgilio Ferraro (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Lucy Gaboa (Mary & John Henry)

       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 3:00-3:30 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:

E-mail address:

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:


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