Mary 17, 2009



           As a nation, we are mobile people. Not only do we travel around during vacations, for special events, and for visiting family and friends, but we readily move from one place to another for college, work, health reasons, and finally retirement. While previous generations usually stayed with one job and in one house for practically all of their lives, today it is common to move from one place to another, to a different state or even to a different country. This mobility carries over into our relationships. We can find that our lives take us from one set of friends to another, from one dose relationship to another.

So Jesus' admonition to remain in his love can sound quite challenging to people whose lives are characterized by change and impermanence. The word "remain" is sometimes translated as "abide." The meaning of this invitation is to "take up permanent residence." Last week Jesus called us to "remain" in his word; this week, to "remain in my love" (John 15:9).

Jesus tells us how to do this (by keeping his commandments), why we should do this (so that his joy might be in us and our joy complete), what specifically we should do (love one another as I have loved you, that is, by laying down my life for you), and what is to be gained by doing this (an ongoing friendship with him that bears fruit and gains whatever we ask the Father in his name). Not a bad exchange for settling down . . . in - his love.


Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace

May 17, 2009




Sunday MAY 3, 2009 Offerings:




              The annual Overnight Conference for Catholic Men, with Bishop David Zubik, "Discerning and Responding to Our Personal Vocation," will be held from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, through 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Gilmary Center, 601 Flaugherty Run Road, Moon Township. The conference will examine Bishop Zubik's pastoral letter "The Church Alive!" Suggested donation if $90, and includes overnight accommodations and meals. Space is limited. To register, visit, or call 412-264-8400.



A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, May 18, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.  If you plan to attend the May 18 session, please contact Andy Bechman. The next baptism preparation session will take place on June 29.



We are still in need of a few more small group leaders/co leaders for grades 6-8 religious education this fall. Call 412 781 0186 x 20 or



At St. Gerard Majella Church, Penn Hills Sunday, May 17th 3:00pm with Fr. William Kiel.



Thank you to all who donated to Genesis last Sunday. Through the wonderful generosity of St. Scholastica parishioners we are able to send Genesis $1313.44. This will go a long way in helping women with unplanned pregnancies. God bless everyone who helped.




              Don't Forget to register your 5-9 year old for Crocodile Dock, our upbeat and interactive Vacation Bible School. It is the week of June 15th 9-12 noon.You may register by picking up a form in the back of church or email:



For 3's & 4's at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2009. Sunday, May 17, After the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses Meet in the Pre-school classroom located off the gym entrance (Monsieur Krauss Hall) to the school on the corner of Maple Avenue and 3rd Street in Aspinwall. Don't allow tuition to stand in the way of making a great educational choice for your child! (Tuition assistance available to qualified candidates). For more information please call 412.781.7927 or see our website at



Fox Chapel Women's Catholic Scripture Study Registration is currently underway. Classes meet weekly from September to May on Tuesdays 1-3p.m. Consider joining us for our 3rd year of in depth study and fellowship. We will be discussing the ACTS of the APOSTLES. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $45 by June 1 Contact Shelley Peconi at 412-963-1607 or Mary Wilson 412-963-1931.



This Monday evening, May 18th at 7:00pm, we will honor Mary with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer and Benediction. Please come and bring a friend for this 45 minute service.



This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation. We have three scheduled Masses for Thursday: 8:30am, 12:00 noon, and 7:00pm.



Catechetical Methods, with Master Catechists team, June 8-12, 9:00 AM till Noon; Mary, Teaching and Ministry, with Dr. Ed Scheid, June 15 thru 19, 9:00 AM till Noon. Call Marge at 412-486-5521 to pre-register by June 1.


Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 16

    5:00 pm         Louis Certo (family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter,  May 17

    7:30 am          For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    9:00 am          Rose Asturi (Asturi Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Mary Catherine Cavanaugh

(Jim Cavanaugh)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Easter Weekday, May 18

8:30 am Petra Suda-Montel (Parents)


Tuesday, Easter Weekday,  May 19

8:30 am Patricia Henry Kwacz  (Mary Smith)


Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 20

8:30 am Bernard Marzec (Debra Longhini)


Thursday, Ascension of the Lord, May 21

8:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

   12:00 pm Fr. George Newmeyer

   7:00 pm Stanley & Theresa Marsico 

(Tish Marsico)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 22

8:30 am Gaetano Marsico

(Irene Marsico Kelhofer)


Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 23

9:00 am Charles & Magdalen Lang (family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 23

5:00 pm Chester Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Seventh Sunday of Easter,  May 24

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Mary & Pasquale Cervi

(Mary & John Rehak)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Patricia Henry Kwacz

(Bill & Jean Eckert)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White




INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays 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.


St. Scholastica Parish on Saturdays 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.


Fr. Ken or Sr. Pat.



St. Scholastica Church

309 Brilliant Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone Number:  412-781-0186


Parish Office MondayFriday 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. 10

Website Address:

E-mail address:

Fax Number: 412-781-4316

Submissions 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. Chrissy Morton 24



Mrs. Colleen Strahler 412-781-7927

Coordinator of The Protection of Children

Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235


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 (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.