February 8, 2009



             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.


The ABCs of Catholic Annulments

If you are in a second marriage and would like an overview of annulments, please attend a meeting this Monday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Fr. Ken White will talk about the annulment process and how to take the first steps.  If you know someone who might benefit from this  information, please invite him or her to attend and offer to come along for support. No registration is necessary, but it would be helpful to let Andy Bechman know if you are planning to attend by leaving a voicemail at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or sending an e-mail message to abechman@verizon.net.



Middle School Mania Wednesday,. February. 12th in the Pastoral Center 6:30-8:00. It's nerf battle time. Bring a friend, protective eyewear and your favorite nerf.


Theology of the Body will continue Thursday. February. 19th at 7pm.


Appalachia Meeting Tuesday, February. 24th 7:30pm in the Ministry Center. This is a mandatory meeting for anyone wishing to go to Appalachia this June.



The Aquinas Guild meeting is this Tuesday, February 10th at 10 a.m. in the Pastoral Center. Shirley Stevens is presenting a workshop on Valentine Poetry. There will be a light lunch following the program. Ms. Stevens is a poetry and fiction instructor, a cofounder of The First Word Christian Writers, and a Silver Apple Award winner. Please join us and bring a friend for a fun morning. Please bring pen and paper since this is a workshop.


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.



In the Sacristy (where the priest vests for Mass) we have purchased four amplifiers (hearing aid devices) to help you hear better. If you would like to try one out, just stop in the sacristy before Mass and we will give you an amplifier for you to use during Mass. They must be returned each Sunday immediately after Mass.



The St. Scholastica Parish history book will be sold after the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses this weekend. The cost of the beautifully illustrated book is $35. It is 96 pages in length and tells the story of our parish's founding in the early 1900s and continues to the present. Many parishioners who contributed to the special Centennial collection in 2006 have not yet picked up their complimentary copy. Please check the list posted in the back of the Church to see if you are a Centennial patron. The book can also be purchased at the parish business office during the week.



             This Sunday we celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life. We recognize and give thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Some join a religious congregation or a secular institute. Others remain single and make profession to God through the local bishop and are known as consecrated virgins. The consecrated life is one way that men and women live out their baptismal commitment s followers of Jesus.



Some of our parishioners are intolerant to wheat products. Low-gluten hosts are approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. These hosts contain only .01% of gluten. If you would like more information, please talk to Father Ken.



There are still some dates available for Mass intentions for 2009. Please remember, there is a limit of only two requested Masses per year per deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be accepted, but will be sent to the Mission Office for distribution.

Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling. Please see Pat during regular business hours to schedule your Mass requests.



The Respect Life Committee would like to thank everyone who supported us for our trip to Washington for the MARCH FOR LIFE. We drove, with a full tour bus, all night to arrive at the Verizon Center by 7am for the Youth Rally, concert, and Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Whuerl and over 300 priests. We attended the Rally at the Capitol Mall, marched up Constitution Ave, and before leaving attended a meeting with Senator Casey. We were grateful for the opportunity to join hundreds of thousands of Americans witnessing for the unborn and their Mothers. God bless all who made the trip possible.


Saturday, Vigil of Feast of St. Scholastica, Feb. 7

5:00 pm            Courtney Keevican

               (Mr. & Mrs. Regis Wessell)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Feast of St. Scholastica, Feb. 8

7:30 am            For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Earl Simanek (Simanek Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Mary Joan Beck (Mary Smith)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Weekday, February 9

8:30 am Sophie Skowron (Family)


Tuesday, Weekday, February 10

8:30 am Madeline Borrasso (Rose & Frances Steele)


Wednesday, Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11

8:30 am Anniv., Frances Blue (Ruth & Gary Keefer)


Thursday, Weekday, February 12

8:30 am Dr. Raimond Rueger (Dolores and Family)


Friday, Weekday, February 13

8:30 am Sarah Owen (Bonessa Family)


Saturday, Cyril, monk, & Methodius, bishop, February 14

9:00 am Andrea Certo (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


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



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.