August 9, 2009


              The poet Constantinos Cavafys offers a wonderful insight in his poem "Ithaca," whose title refers to the hometown Odysseus spends years journeying toward in The Odyssey. Ithaca stands for every destination for which we set out in our lives; every goal we try to achieve. Cavafys concludes that, while arriving there is your ultimate goal, Ithaca's greatest gift is the voyage she provokes you to take: "Without her you would never have set out on the road."

The God of the Bible is a God who invites people to journey. It begins with Abraham, then with Moses and the Israelites. Then there are the journeys the prophets take, like Elijah in today's reading, who is tired of being "on the road," but to whom God sends an angel of the Lord to feed so he can be on his way again to the mountain where he will meet God. God is a God who calls us to journey, and while we are on the journey God provides food: manna in the desert, a hearth cake on the way to the mountains.

Sometimes the journey is a physical one, but not always. The Jews in today's Gospel are invited to take a journey of faith: to see Jesus not as the son of Joseph but as one who came down from heaven. But they resist. They don't want to go far from their "home," their comfort zone. To take this journey, they have to listen to the Father and learn that Jesus is indeed the Son, the living bread come down from heaven. And heaven knows where that will lead. Who knows what they will be given to eat?


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


August 9, 2009

Sunday July 26, 2009 Offerings:



              This coming Saturday, August 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since it is on a Saturday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. Our Saturday morning Mass is at 9:00am.



Confirmation news- There will be a meeting Sunday Sept. 27th at noon (after the 11:00 mass) for all confirmation candidates and their parents in the pastoral center.

 Our first MEGA meeting will Sunday Oct. 4th in the pastoral center from 12:15-1:30.


There will be a meeting for all home study families Sunday Sept. 13th after the 9:00 mass in the pastoral center.

Small group orientation will be Sunday Sept. 13th after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center.



The Saint Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on September 20th from 3:00 - 7:00. Volunteers are needed to help organize the picnic. All parishioners are invited to participate in the picnic planning committee. Our next meeting with be on Tuesday, August 11th in the Pastoral Center at 7:00PM. Your help would be appreciated!!!

Watch the Bulletin for picnic details as the planning proceeds and SAVE THE DATE in your calendar.



Won't you consider becoming a part of either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB Choir for the 2009-10 season?  We've been blest with two wonderful weekend choirs, but there's always room for new members!  The rewards are great:  both groups have a deep sense of community, ministry and faith.  It provides for you a real way to praise God and to serve our parish. See, call or e-mail Sr. Pat Baker ASAP.



Starting next week, Monday, August 17th, the gym will be closed for one week for cleaning. Also, no one may use the gym without my knowledge and permission. There are serious issues of liability and care of the gym that must be addressed. Any group that wishes to use the gym must contact me personally and be committed to follow the designated protocol. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Fr. Ken


This week, we continue our profile of Heather Fuller, who became a Catholic at the Easter Vigil in April.

Heather says that the RCIA process helped her to understand that God and Jesus love her. She is particularly grateful to fellow initiate Gary Wiant, explaining that "listening to him discuss his understanding of the Bible has helped me appreciate the love that Jesus has for us." Highlights of her RCIA experience included the various rituals: "I went through each of the conversion ceremonies with Gary and felt like I was becoming more a part of the Catholic Community with each one. I especially enjoyed and felt honored to meet Bishop Zubik at the Rite of Election." Her favorite moment was the Easter Vigil: "It was an awesome experience and a great milestone in my process. I also felt honored to share in Gary's baptism." Further, she enjoyed sharing the meetings with her husband Jason, who was also her sponsor.

The people of the parish have been "unbelievably supportive," Heather says. "So many people knew who I was and wished me well at every mass and welcomed me to the parish and the Catholic community."  She is excited to be a Catholic: "I feel a part of something very special and cannot wait to build upon that feeling." To anyone who is considering entering the RCIA, Heather says: "They should! I feel a peace that I never expected and know that it was the right thing for me and it will be for them." 

If you are not Catholic, but would like to investigate the Church, please contact 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.



Take a summer evening to be entertained and challenged by a good story. Our mini-series "Reaching for Reality through Fiction" continues this Tuesday evening, August 11, at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.  In the Joyce Carol Oates short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?," a teenage girl whose identity is still forming is confronted by an evil behind a smiling face. The story can move us to consider the images we try to project and the ones we accept from others. Mary Ann Labriola, Ph.D., will read excerpts from the story and lead the subsequent discussion. There is no fee and no registration is necessary. It is not necessary to read the story before the session, although copies of it will be available for

the discussion


Saturday, Vigil of  the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 8

    5:00 pm          birthday, Edward L. Gursky

(Wife & Daughter)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Nineteen Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 9

    7:30 am          George Counihan (Glacken Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

    9:00 am          Charles W. Flynn (Gallagher Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Lawrence, deacon & martyr, August 10

8:30 am birthday, Marion Gimber (Sisters)


Tuesday, Clare, virgin, August 11

8:30 am Angie Obringer

(Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries)


Wednesday, Weekday, August 12

8:30 am Pauline Casile (Bruno Casile)


Thursday, Weekday, August 13

    8:30 am Angeline Obringer (St. Monica Society)


Friday, Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest & martyr , August 14

8:30 am James McFarland (St. Monica Society)


Saturday, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not a holy day of obligation, August 15

9:00 am Thomas P. Styslinger (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 15

5:00 pm Andrew Rosati (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 16

7:30 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Connie Crossett (Helen Gonzales)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


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

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

E-mail address:


To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.