May 31, 2009

Sunday MAY 17, 2009 Offerings:




This weekend we celebrate the feast of Pentecost—often called "the birthday of the Church." On Pentecost, according to the account we hear from the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles, the gift of the Holy Spirit enables the disciples of Jesus to go out boldly and spread the gospel message. As the story in Acts continues, the Spirit leads the community through many changes. It is a comfort to know that the same Spirit is present among us as we face our own era's challenges.

In Pittsburgh, Bishop Zubik is leading a reorganization of the diocese into four regional vicariates, which are scheduled to begin operation on October 1. As Robert Lockwood summarized the role in a recent Pittsburgh Catholic article, the regional vicar will "bring the vision of the bishop to the people" of his region. "He will encourage the diocesan-wide program of Envisioning Ministry, where neighboring parishes work together to determine how they might best serve all the faithful in their area in the years ahead." Bishop Zubik has written: "Regional vicars will have the authority from me to pull people together and get things done on a local level. Regional vicariates mean parishes working together — sharing resources, sharing people, sharing ideas, sharing the faith — simply put, being 'The Church Alive!'" To keep abreast of both the vicariate organization and the wider Envisioning Ministry effort, watch the Pittsburgh Catholic.

As we enter this period of change in our diocese, it is good to recall that, on the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon all the members of the community, not just a few. Each of us has a role to play in the Church's Spirit-guided response to the signs of our times. One of these signs—the rapidly decreasing number of priests available for service in the diocese—will call for significant changes in the life of our parishes. Let each of us do our share in the years ahead to discern the path God calls us to take and to work together to assure that the Gospel is proclaimed boldly in word and deed in our time and place.


The Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 a.m. Mass has concluded its season; it will resume in the fall. We are grateful to our present group of adult leaders: Jamie Dillon, Sharon Doherty, Natalie Gillespie, Sue Goodwin, Wendy McCorkle, Jennifer Perkins, and Andrew Bechman. Natalie took on the coordinator role this year and did a splendid job. Thanks also to Madeline Tolge and to members of our Youth Group who provided valuable support.

We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of several leaders who have retired from the ministry. Maribeth Donnelly and Mary Jo Dunlap gave years of faithful service to the children. Judy Granato deserves special mention. She was the founder of the ministry nearly a decade ago. That St. Scholastica has a place for our children to hear and reflect on the Scriptures in a way that is appropriate to their age is due in very large part to Judy's vision and dedication. The parish owes her our gratitude.

Finally, we are grateful to the parish children, who have been well-behaved, receptive, and eager to participate during the Children's Liturgy. It is a great privilege to share the Word of God with them.



Come and check out our "new and improved" Youth Mass  Sat. June 6th at 5pm.

If you are a middle school or high school student that would like to sing or play an instrument join us at 330 for rehearsal. After mass we will have a potluck dinner AND an Aspinwall-wide scavenger hunt. All families are welcome!

Register now for Crocodile Dock Vacation Bible School for children ages 5-9. We also need teen volunteers. Contact or email Jamie Dillon.

Camp Helping Hand is July 15-17 and will be here before we know it! Register your middle school student now for this minicamp 9-2pm each day by contacting the youth ministry office.


Miss Theology on Tap?

Join St. Bernard Young Adults, 20s and 30s Married and Single, for our Annual Holy Spirit Speaker Series in celebration of Pentecost! Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7:30pm in the Adult Formation Room in the Fontenay Center at St. Bernard Parish.  or blog at:

Saturday, Vigil of  Pentecost, May 30

    5:00 pm         Donald Kennedy Jr.

(Kennedy & Madzelonka Families)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Pentecost Sunday,  May 31

    7:30 am         For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica 

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    9:00 am         Ann & Frank Slavish (Slavish Family)


    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Jeanne Bernard (Heslin Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Justin,  matyr, June 1

8:30 am Birthday, Rosalia J. Costa-Clarke (Antoniette Costa & Family)

Tuesday, Weekday, June 2

8:30 am Daniel Kelhofer (Irene M. Kelhofer)


Wednesday, Charles Lwanga & companions, martyr, June 3

8:30 am Lucille Domzal (Ervin & Janis Domzal)


Thursday, Weekday, June 4

8:30 am Erna Godbout (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)


Friday, Boniface, bishop & martyr, June 5

8:30 am Gabriel Veltri (Rocco & Barbara Veltri, Frank & Jill Velri, t& Roxanna & Jeff Smith)


Saturday, Weekday, June 6

9:00 am Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Most Holy Trinity, June 6

5:00 pm Joe Costa (Antioniette Costa & Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, The Most Holy Trinity,  June 7

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica 

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Manley Family (Welsh Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Janet Farrell (Grandchildren)

   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.