September 13, 2009



              This September marks the 70th Anniversary of the parish's Aquinas Guild. Members will celebrate the anniversary with a special Mass next Sunday, September 20, at 9:00 a.m., followed by a brunch at the Cornerstone Restaurant in Aspinwall.

Historical records indicate that Father Coleman Carroll, our assistant pastor from 1934 to 1941, was responsible for establishing the Guild.  According to a September 1939 article in the "Sharpsburg & Etna Herald," Father Carroll called a meeting of parish women to organize a study group and the Aquinas Guild was born. Its purposes were "to stimulate spiritual and intellectual thought by an inter-change of ideas and suggestions, by means of book reviews, speakers, movies, etc." and "to create a better social spirit among the women of the Parish."

Father Carroll went on to serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside; he was named first auxiliary bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese and then became first bishop, later archbishop, of Miami, Fla.  Seventy years later, Father Carroll's vision of a women's group joining together in Christian fellowship and serving the parish remains alive.

Today, more than 125 parish women are members of the Aquinas Guild. We extend an invitation to all others to join the Guild. Meetings with interesting speakers are held monthly from September to May. At our Autumn Song benefit luncheon held each October, monies are raised to support parish, school and community activities. The Guild also sponsors a Lenten mission or Day of Reflection for all parishioners and we funded the popular 2007 Centennial Mission with Father James Sichko.  Membership dues are $10 and can be sent to Patsy Ford, 1003 Elmhurst Road, Pittsburgh 15215.


September 13, 2009

Sunday August 30, 2009 Offerings:


Because Fr. Ken will be on vacation this week, there will  be no daily Masses from Monday September 14th through  Saturday morning September 19. Following is the schedule for the neighboring parishes in our Catholic Cluster:

St. Edward-Blawnox (412-828-4066)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00a.m.

Thursday 7:00p.m.

St. Joseph-O'Hara (412-963-8885)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00a.m.

Wednesday 7:00p.m.

St. Juan Diego Parish (Parish Center)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 7:30a.m.



 The diocese of Pittsburgh is again planning its annual golden wedding celebration for couples married 50 years. This year's celebration will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 with a mass at 3:00p.m. at St. Paul cathedral. Bishop Zubik will be the celebrant. A reception will follow in the lower hall of the cathedral. Any couple in the parish who has celebrated or will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during 2009 please submit to me your names (both first names, as well as last name), your address and phone number, The deadline for submission is Monday, September 14th. Each couple will receive an invitation to the anniversary mass.


Religious Education

Religious Education begins next Sunday/Tuesday! All students and their families are welcome to a special kick off assembly during class time with former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco in the gym!

There will be a meeting for any teen wishing to help with religious education on Monday, September 14th at 630 in the ministry center.


Youth Ministry

Any Senior high student wishing to participate in the World Youth Day Gateway Clipper Cruise on Sunday November 1st should RSVP by Sept. 14th.

Samanatha Musser from our parish has been selected to represent our deanery on the Diocesan Youth Council. This council meets several times a year to be the voice of the Diocese to our youth and to be the voice of youth to our diocese.  Later this year she will be coordinating a special ministry project that will involve the youth of our deanery.


              Our Bishop David Zubik has asked that we pray that "summit leaders might be guided by a true sense of service, a true dedication to peace, and a true desire to create a world where poverty is only a memory." Please consider participating at Mass or Eucharistic Adoration, especially the week of September 20th. Our weekday morning mass is at 8:30 (9:00 on Saturday). St. Edward's parish has weekend mass at 9:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). There is Eucharistic Adoration at St. Edward's on Thursday all day with closing Mass at 7:00pm. St. Joseph's parish has Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday, starting at 3:00pm and ending with Mass at 7:00pm.



St. Scholastica's Annual Fall Fling will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. This annual event includes dinner, auctions and entertainment. Invitations will be sent to all parishioners by the end of September. Proceeds of this event benefit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend this fun-filled evening!



Aquinas Guild members will be celebrating their 70th year beginning with 9:00 Mass on Sunday, September 20. Brunch at Cornerstone Restaurant, 301 Freeport Road, Aspinwall with follow. The cost of brunch is $20.00. Please make your reservations and mail your check made out to Aquinas Guild to Shelley Peconi, 317 Hallsborough Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15238  (412-963-1607) no later than Sept 16.


Beginning Monday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2010. Please be aware that we have about 1,200 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish. So if you do the math that means that only one Mass intention is available for every three families/individuals. So we are setting the limit of only two masses per year for each 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.

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 12

    5:00 pm          Robert E. Vey (Dr. & Mrs. E, Kenneth Vey)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 13

    7:30 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

    9:00 am          Betty French (Lynch Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Paul Gibson (The Richard White Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Monday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14



Tuesday, Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15



Wednesday, Cornelius, pope & martyr, September 16



Thursday, Weekday, September 17



Friday, Weekday, September 18




Saturday, Weekday, September 19



Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 19

5:00 pm For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 20

7:30 am birthday, Marion Arturo (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Thomas Welsh (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Deceased & Living Members of

the Aquinas Guild

    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 COMMUNION is available for those who are sick or confined to their homes. Please call Fr. Ken 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.