September 20, 2009


              The Letter of James ask where wars and conflict come from, and then answers with another question, "Is it not fro your passions that ake war within your members?" (James 4:1). We find a clear example of this in today's Gospel. After Jesus has spoken again about what was going to happen to him, the disciples say nothing, even though they do not understand what he is saying. Instead they go back to bickering among themselves about who is the greatest.

The passion to be great, to achieve, to be "on top," is profoundly human.  We get a sense of importance by being over others, and we can get quite passionate when we feel that someone is in any way diminishing us or "dissing" us. But this is not the way of Jesus

Greatness lies not in being first, on top, at the head of the class, accumulating the adulation and admiration of the crowd. Greatness is to be found in a willingness to be last and the servant of all. "You go, first," is the motto of the kingdom. And it is not just a matter of good manners. The willingness to be the last and the least come from example of Jesus himself.

The wisdom he taught results in an inner world that makes us "peaceable, gentile, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity" (James 3:17). Kingdom etiquette will bring the peace for which we long.

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


September 20, 2009

Sunday September 6, 2009 Offerings:



Anyone who signed their child up for small group and DID NOT attend orientation last Sunday MUST check in with religious education after the 9:00 mass next Sunday (Sept. 27th) in the pastoral center.


There will be a CONFIRMATION meeting for parents Sunday, Sept. 27th in Pastoral Center after the 11:00 mass.



Join us Sat. Sept. 26th for the youth ministry world tour!  Meet us at 11:00 at the ministry center as we embark on a day of adventure to include kayaking at the point, a picnic at Heinz field and a trip to St. Anthony's chapel.  We'll conclude with mass here at 5:00pm.  Kayaking is $15.  Ages 12-17 welcome.  RSVP by Thursday.



Join us for a new Bible study, "Israel's Story, Part One."  We will survey the story line of the Old Testament, and look more closely at some of the high points.  In the end, you will be able to place the Sunday Old Testament reading in context, and you will be enriched by the vivid and challenging story of Israel's encounter with God.  We are offering the study in two formats:  seven Tuesday evenings beginning September 29, or ten Thursday mornings, beginning September 24.  Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register.  The survey will continue in the spring.



The St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park  this Sunday, September 20th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   Thank you so much to all who have signed up to help us estimate the food!  However, if you did not sign up, but you find that you are able to come, please join us. The schedule for the picnic will be as follows: 3:00 pm Kids Games, 4:00 pm Parish Game, 4:30 pm Dinner, and 5:30 pm Bingo.  There will be a "Bounce House" available for the kids from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   Chicken, hot dogs, corn and beverages will be provided.   The cost of the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum charge of $20 per family.    



If you are the leader or contact person for one of our parish ministries or organizations, you should have received recently a letter inviting your group's participation in our October Stewardship Fair. The purpose of the Fair is to allow our parishioners to learn about parish groups, the work they do, and the opportunities for stewardship that they provide.  If there is an active, ongoing group which we missed, and you would like to participate in the Fair, please inform Andy Bechman (contact information in the staff area of the bulletin) as soon as possible.



Through the quality of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous financial burdens.  These grants ($500) provide families with stipends that may be used for a wide variety of supports related to their family members.  For a family with an income of less than $30,000 per year, applications may be found at htto://  Applications must be received by Oct. 1.



40 Days of 'Prayer For Life' is a national pro-life campaign with a vision to end abortion in America through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil.  The Campaign begins Sept. 23 to Nov. 1.  More than 200 cities are participating.  The opening event for Pittsburgh will be on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, on Fifth Ave. in Oakland.  More information can be found on the internet at '40 Days For Life, Pittsburgh'.


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 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          Deceased & Living Members of

the Aquinas Guild 

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Thomas Welsh (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Matthew, apostle & evangelist, September 21

9:00 am Richard Bellinger

(Mark & Catherine Bellinger

Tuesday, Weekday, September 22

8:30 am Angie Obringer (Family)


Wednesday, Pio of Pietrelcina, priest, September 23

8:30 am Mary Pavlik (Family))


Thursday, Weekday, September 24

    8:30 am Lawrence Goodrich (Yolanda Florio)


Friday, Weekday, September 25

8:30 am For the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of Bernice Gimber


Saturday, Cosmas & Saint Damian, martyrs, September 26

9:00 am Angie Obringer (Jo & Natalie Certo)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 26

5:00 pm Lawrence X. Sullivan M.D.


    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 27

7:30 am Frank & Stephanie McClelland

(Salerno Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Paul Gibson (Richard White Family)

    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.