February 15, 2009


YOU'RE INVITED! CDTCA's Casino Night at the Races ~ Saturday, March 7

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the 6th Annual "Casino Night at the Races" Saturday, March 7. Join us for this fun-filled evening in Monsignor Kraus Hall where you can socialize with friends and try your luck on filmed horseracing, poker, blackjack, and other small games of chance. Proceeds benefit CDTCA. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, beer, soft drinks and mixers, plus the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. Contact Ann Marie Kiszka at 412.781.4319 or amckiszka@hotmail.com for tickets. Don't wait -- tickets are selling fast -- order yours today!



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.cdtcatholicacadamy.org. Financial Assistance available to qualified candidates. Nurturing Faith and Inspiring Excellence.



The semi-annual Evening of Reflection for those who are Separated or Divorced, sponsored by the Office for Family Life and Catechesis of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will be offered on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul Seminary, (Domenec Hall) Crafton. The presenter will be Fr. Eugene Lauer, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Fr. Lauer is the author of four books and numerous articles on the relationship between theology and daily life. The topic for the evening will be, "Unanswered Prayers: An Ongoing Christian Mystery." There is no charge for the evening but a free will offering will be accepted. For further information call 412~456~3160 or www.familylife@diopitt.org


A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE             by Bud Ozar

The key words in today's gospel were spoken to Jesus by the leper: "IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN!"  How many people are waiting to be "made clean" by your understanding and forgiveness?  Remember: IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN!




Appalachia Meeting ~ Tuesday, February 24th, 7:30 p.m.in the Pastorial Center. This is a MANDATORY meeting for anyone considering participating in this trip. If you do not attend the meeting, you will not be permitted to participate in the trip.

Music Therapy at Sunrise on Route 910 ~ Wednesday February 18th 6:30-7:30 Meet us there!

Family House Meal~Thursday February 19th.We will provide dinner for the residents of Family House Neville. Meet us at the Ministry Center at 4:00 pm. We will return by 7:00. RSVP space is limited.

Theology of the Body for Teens: Thursday Feb. 19th 7:00-8:30 in the Ministry Center. This is part 2 of 6. Even if you missed the first one. . . you are welcome to join us.

Morality Course for Catechists will begin on Sunday February 22nd 12-6pm. Meet in the Ministry Center.


Cecilia Troyan, one of the youth group members who participated in the March for Life and a 7th grader at Dorseyville Middle school, has written some comments about her experience:

"Part of the March for Life was a Youth Rally at the Verizon Center. Can you imagine that 20,000 seats were filled by young people. In fact it was a challenge to find seats and in the end, we stood against a wall. To see so many other young people gathered together was something that opens your eyes to faith. This rally included singing and speeches given by people whose lives were changed because of their faith.

After the rally came Mass. There was an estimate of 100 deacons, 350 priests and 50 bishops present. When the Mass was over, the march began. Being part of that march made me feel that I am not alone. There were thousands of us who marched for those innocents who cannot speak for themselves. The lesson I learned is that life is a sacred gift. The March for Life was the most inspirational event that I have ever experienced."



Men, don't let the six weeks of Lent 2009 pass you by without doing something positive for your spiritual life. Join the newly formed St. Scholastica Catholic Men's Fellowship, a faith-based men's group that will meet every Wednesday during Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25) in the Pastoral Center. We will read scripture, study the catechism and talk about how to live true to God's word with family, friends, and co-workers. Each meeting will begin at 6:15 a.m. with 45 minutes of fellowship, followed by 15 minutes of prayer in the church. Contact Geoff Tolge (412-445-1180, gtolge@verizon.net) or Tim Hayes (412-963-0794, tphayes@yahoo.com) for more information. To learn about CMF, visit www.cmfpitt.org or www.nfcmusa.org.



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, Feb. 23 at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.  You will learn a little about Catholicism and about 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.  Walk-ins are welcome, but if you know in advance that you would like to attend, please inform Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: abechman@verizon.net.


letters from prison

Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed June 2008-June 2009 as the Year of St. Paul. What better time to rediscover the apostle who introduced the world to Christ?  Join us for a Bible study called "Letters from Prison" from Little Rock Scripture Study, the leading Catholic Bible study.  We will consider the Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians.  The study begins during Lent, meeting on Tuesday evenings, March 3, 10, 17, and 31 from 7:30 to 9:00 in Marsico Library (now located in the Ministry Center).  The study will continue after Easter on April 14, 21, and 28 and May 5, 12, and 19.  There is a $20 fee for materials. Registration is necessary and closes on February 17.  Please see the flyers at the entrances to the church for details.



Congratulations to the following Central Catholic students who have achieved High Honors and Honor Roll status for their outstanding academic achievements for the First Semester:


High Honors: Phillip Ferguson, John Leech, William Maher, Mark Petraglia, William Rielly


Honor Roll: Patrick Burke, Kyle Ciccone, Gregory Larkin, Theodore Larkin, Patrick Leech, Ryan Martini, Lawrence Papincak, Nicholas Rielly, Brandon Strahler



Come celebrate Irish culture again this year as Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School presents the 13th Annual Irish Night: Row on for Brendan, benefiting the Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic rowing teams.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.proartstickets.org/events/view/299 or by calling ProArts at 412.394.3353.


Saturday, Vigil of Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 14

5:00 pm            Rosina Marsico (Irene Marsico Kelhofer)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 15

7:30 am            Richard Fichter (Josephine & Henry Faust)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Rose Somma (Melissa & Phil McGivney)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Monday, Weekday, February 16

8:30 am Helen Peconi (George & Donna Wehrle)


Tuesday, Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, religious, February 17

8:30 am Leo Schultz (Robert Schultz)


Wednesday, Weekday, February 18

8:30 am Birthday, Jack W. Hannon, Jr.

(Wife Marquerite Hannon)


Thursday, Weekday, February 19

8:30 am Alma Kelly (Helen Gage)


Friday, Weekday, February 20

8:30 am Birthday, Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)


Saturday, Peter Damian, bishop & doctor, February 21

9:00 am Mary Kay Frauenheim (Sisters of St. Francis)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


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



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: 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.