September 6, 2009


              I remember being at the shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupré outside of Quebec City one summer many years ago. Another Redemptorist priest and I were preaching the novena before the feast of Saint Anne at the end of July. Busloads of people would come up. One bus brought a number of people disabled in different ways. I remember one young woman coming to confession who had a severe speech impediment, and to assure her I was understanding her, I would repeat after her what I heard her saying. She was so determined to have me understand and was trying with such vigor that I remember her teeth cutting her tongue, and yet she paid to attention to the pain it must have caused. All she cared about what having me understand what she was saying. I was never more aware how much it means to be understood by another.

We know that the miracles of Jesus were signs of the inbreaking of the kingdom of God. Jesus came to remove all obstacles that prevent the kingdom from coming and that block us from being in communion with each other. Being unable to hear or speak clearly could certainly remove a person from being a present to or for others. I say this as one who has begun to lose his hearing. Yet these miracles, like the healing of the man in today's Gospel, speak to us from healing that happens when Jesus enters our lives.

Jesus came to restore all men and women to communion with God and with each other. He came to take away fear from hearts that are frightened, as the prophet Isaiah proclaims. This fear can prevent us from hearing God word drawing us near and from witnessing to others about the living God and what God wishes for us: fullness of life.


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


September 6, 2009

Sunday August 23, 2009 Offerings:



Please mark your calendar for the annual Aquinas Guild event on Saturday, October 17 at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  Proceeds will support church and community activities as well as world relief projects.  Donations are gratefully accepted for the auctions and baskets.  Tickets to sporting, theatrical or musical events, weekend get-aways, golf or dining experiences are especially prized. If you have a donation, please contact Sue Goodwin at 412-967-0791 or Boo Benckart at 412-968-0828.



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. Your help with the volunteer activities (clean up, set up, bingo, etc.) is also very much appreciated. 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, and beverages will be provided. The cost of the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum charge of $20 per family. Hope to see you there! 

In addition, we will be having our last picnic planning meeting Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend. It is NOT necessary to attend this meeting to sign up to be a volunteer, but of course, you are welcome. Thank you in advance for all those who are helping with the picnic!!



  Each Sunday in church we hear a reading from the Old Testament.  It might be a story about Jacob or one about King David or perhaps an oracle from one of the prophets.  But how do these stories and sayings fit into a wider picture?  Join us for a new Bible study, "Israel's Story, Part One."  We will survey together the story line of the Old Testament, and look more closely at some of the high points.  In the end, you will not only be able to place each Sunday Old Testament reading in its context, but 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.  In the spring, "Israel's Story, Part Two" will continue the survey.


      On the weekend of September 12-13 the second collection will be for the Bishop's Education Fund.   Since the fund was established in 1995, more than $18.3 million has been raised.  In the past fourteen years, $7.3 million in assistance has been given to nearly 30,000 children from nearly every parish in the diocese.   Some of our students in catholic schools would not be able to afford a Catholic education without the assistance of the Bishop's Education Fund.   Please be as generous as possible to support our young people.



  Religious education begins Sunday, Sept. 20th.  Please be aware of the new time for Sunday morning religious education:  Sunday 10:15-11:30 Tuesday 6:15-7:30. We will kick off the year with former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco who will share his story of faith on Sunday Sept. 20th as well as, Tuesday Sept. 22nd.  All are welcome to attend

For families who have selected the home study option, there will be an orientation meeting on Sunday, Sept. 13th after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center

For families who have children in grades 6 through 8th, there will be a sign up for small groups on Sunday, Sept 13th after the 9:00 mass in the pastoral center. Please note: starting this year there is no "classroom model" for grades 6-8 (as we had last year for grades 6 and 7).   All students in grades 6, 7 and 8 must sign up for small groups on Sept 13th after the 9:00 mass.

Helper Meeting, There will be a meeting at 6:30 on Monday, Sept. 14th in the ministry center for any teen wishing to help with religious education.  Teens who are interested in helping who cannot attend the meeting should contact prior to the meeting.


  Renowned Catholic Artist Matt Maher will be in Pittsburgh Sat. Sept. 12th.  Join us at 2:00 for an awesome day of music, great speakers and mass with Bishop Zubic.  All high school youth and their friends are welcome. Have heard Matt's Music?  Go to ITunes and check it out! Contact:


Children's Liturgy of the word

  Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes next Sunday, September 13. Children ages 4-10, join our kid-friendly interpretation of the Scriptures during the readings, gospel and homily at the 9 a.m. mass. Follow the children to the Pastoral Center! Adults interested in serving as volunteers (2-3 times per season) and older youth who'd like to help should contact Natalie Gillespie ( or 412-782-3943).

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 5

    5:00 pm          Birthday, Marietta Wolenter

(Charles Wolenter)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 6

    7:30 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Mervosh Family (Ted & Anna Mae Phillips)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Monday, Weekday, September 7

9:00 am Elizabeth Williams

(Mary Ellen Maher & Family)


Tuesday, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8

8:30 am Annv. Anthony Michael Farina (Family)


Wednesday, Weekday, September 9

8:30 am Thomas Kotchey (Francis & Ellen Kajder)


Thursday, Weekday, September 10

    8:30 am Agnes Arabejo (Amy Corpuz)


Friday, Weekday, September 11

8:30 am Gregory Goetz (Hilda & Bernard Bileck)


Saturday, Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 12

9:00 am For Expecting Parents and Their Babies
(Respect Life Committee)

      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


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


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

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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.