August 23, 2009


              Joshua/Jesus means "God saves." The first Joshua was the servant of Moses who ended up leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. God chose him as Moses' successor and he received the Spirit of God when Moses laid his hands on him. In today's first reading Joshua calls the people to renew their fidelity to the covenant with God. The people are united in their choice.

A choice is also made in today's Gospel. (It may be helpful to read all of chapter 6 from the Gospel of Saint John in order to appreciate what is happening here, what is being rejected or accepted.) Jesus' words that we have heard over the last few weeks now receive a mixed reaction from the disciples present. Some say, "This saying is hard. Who can accept it?" (John 6:60). We are told that many of those who had been following him "returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him" (6:66).

But for Peter and the rest of the Twelve, there is trust in Jesus and what he has been saying. Peter speaks for them all when he quickly responds to Jesus' question about whether they too are going to walk away: "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (6:68). This is one time I doubt that Jesus was upset at Peter's impetuousness. In contrast to the story of Joshua, the people around Jesus are divided in their choice.

The choice needs to be made again and again over the course of a lifetime. Have you made your choice to follow our leader, Jesus, who has the words of eternal life?


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

August 23, 2009

Sunday August 9, 2009 Offerings:



Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy begins classes on Thursday, August 27. Openings are available in every grade K-8.  There is still time to give your child the greatest gift you can...the gift of a Catholic education.  Think about it and call the school office @ 412-781-7927 for more information.

  Registration for the morning Pre-School session for 4 years old is now closed, but you can register for a smaller size class in the afternoon.  Openings are still available for the 3 year old program on Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  Pre-school begins the week of August 31.



Volunteers are still needed to help organize the Parish Picnic.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.   Please consider offering your help. 

  As a reminder, the St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 20th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the vestibule for attendance, side dishes and volunteer opportunities.   Please take the time to sign up so we can estimate how much food to order.  

  If you do not have time to attend the picnic planning meetings, but want to help, please consider volunteering for one of the items listed on the volunteer sign up sheets. The volunteer activities include items such as clean up, set up, bingo, help with kids games, etc.   Your participation would be greatly appreciated!!



We are gearing up for a terrific catechetical year and are very excited about the changes so that we can provide the best experience for your children, however we still need a catechist/catechist team for our 4th grade class on Sunday mornings.  Please contact the Religious Education office if you are will to "stretch".



Youth ministry is looking for a used Game Cube or Play Station system with some games for the "blue room". If you are looking to "de-clutter" and would like to donate one, please contact the youth ministry office.

September 5th is our next youth mass.  After mass we will provide a concert out by the grotto featuring acoustic music by area musicians.  Bring a blanket and a picnic basket to enjoy a fleeting summer evening.



              On the road to Emmaus, the risen Jesus discussed the Scriptures with two disciples as they walked along.  Emmaus is a long way off, but we can still walk and discuss the Sunday readings together on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Fox Chapel Area High School track.  We finish by 8:00. It's a fine way to exercise body and spirit, and as we share the Gospel message with each other, we may just find that the risen Christ is walking with us as well.  Adults and teens are welcome, with a special invitation to young adults.


RCIA update

  This week, we continue our profile of Gary Wiant, who was initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in April.

Gary was an active and committed participant in the RCIA, which he refers to as "a wonderful time of Christian growth".  His existing Christian convictions, his knowledge of the Bible, and his willingness to share his ideas and experiences with the group were important to everyone who took part.  Gary says that the RCIA helped him to "appreciate and understand how the Church moves in this world, and how Catholics move within the Church." 

The highlight of his experience was the Easter Vigil.  Because we were unable to document that he had been baptized previously, Gary received all three sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist—at the Vigil.  He will always remember how "at my Baptism, I looked upon a sea of smiling faces—young and old.  They were remembering their baptism and confirmation and welcoming me into that bond with Christ."  As a result of the process, he sees now that his relationship with Jesus "isn't just private—but a public commitment." 

Gary appreciates the support and encouragement that he has received from the people of St. Scholastica Parish. We are happy to welcome him into our church, and we ask for continuing prayers and support for Gary and the other initiates as they take their place within our parish community. As Gary says, "I am now where I belong."

If you are not Catholic, but would like to investigate the Church, please contact Fr. Ken or Andy Bechman.  If you are a member of the parish and feel drawn to the RCIA process, please contact Andy and we can discuss how you might be able to take part.  When we draw others to Christ, we truly fulfill our calling as Catholic Christians.




Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22

    5:00 pm          Ted & Vee Kajanka (Kijanka Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 23

    7:30 am          Annv. Damiano Marsico (Peter &RoseAnn)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

    9:00 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Annv. Marion Gimber (Sisters)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Bartholomew, apostle, August 24

8:30 am Franklin & Robert Conflenti

(Evelyn Conflenti)


Tuesday, Weekday, August 25

8:30 am Macino-Driscoll Family (Carl Macino)


Wednesday, Weekday, August 26

8:30 am Annv. Robert Boley (Children)


Thursday, Monica, August 27

    8:30 am William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)


Friday, Augustine, bishop & doctor, August 28

8:30 am Gilda Gentile (Family)


Saturday, Martyrdom of John the Baptist, August 29

9:00 am Hattie Komorowski (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 29

5:00 pm Special Intentions (Certo Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 30

7:30 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Paul Gibson (Richard White Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)

    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


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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

Coordinator of pastoral care to Catholic Patients at St. Margaret


Mrs. Chrissy Morton 24



Mrs. Mary Swindal 412-781-0186 Extension 10

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

Sister Dorothy Dolak S.C.N. - Principal

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