October 11, 2009




Requescat in Pace    --       Msgr. Donald W. Kraus

      This past Monday morning, October 5, 2009,  Msgr. Don Kraus was called home to his Lord and Savior.  He was our eleventh pastor from 1981 – 1994.  After his studies in Rome during the 1960's, he had been the first rector of St. Paul seminary in Crafton.  Well-educated and well-read, Monsignor Kraus also taught at Duquesne University.  He became famous for his homilies.  Although they were short, "They would stay with you all week," recalls Harry McLaughlin.  Another parishioner recalls:  "He never talked down and he never talked up."   Another person remembers:  "He could have read the yellow pages and I would have sat there and enjoyed listening to him."

      When he was pastor, Msgr. Kraus recognized the deterioration of the 1925 school building and believed that attempts to renovate it would be impractical.  So a new school building with classrooms and a gymnasium was built in 1984.  The gymnasium, kitchen and meeting room were renamed "Monsignor Kraus Hall"  to commemorate his service to the parish.

      Since I have been here as pastor for these past 15 months I have heard many of you tell stories about Msgr. Kraus and his holiness of life.  When I visited him several months ago i was very impressed with his understated humor and his acceptance of difficult health issues  (he had been on dialysis for over eight years!!)    I recall especially his joy in being a priest which he called "the best job in the world."   We give thanks for his person and his faithful ministry for so many years.  We believe that God's joy and delight is to call his servant, Don, to the joys of the kingdom!!  May he rest in peace!                                                        

Fr. Ken

      October 11, 2009

Sunday September 27, 2009 Offerings:



              The annual Aquinas Guild luncheon is Saturday, October 17 at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  Proceeds will support church and community activities as well as world relief projects.  Doors open at 11 am to socialize and shop the auctions and bake sale.  There is still time to donate to the bake sale.  Mrs. Lorraine Maslaney is accepting donations of homemade baked goods at her home, 218 10th street, Aspinwall on Friday, October 16.  You may call her at 412-781-1964 with any questions.  Tickets are $35, available through Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5963.


There is four weeks of prayer left. God, our Father, your loving hand rests on every child today carried in its mother's womb.  May they be born into this world and come to know fully and personally your endless love.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.



St. Scholastica's annual fall fling will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations have been mailed to all parishioners.  If you would like extra invitations or have any questions, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319.  The evening promises to be wonderful with delicious food, exciting auctions and great entertainment all at our new venue, the Pittsburgh field club.  We hope to see you there!



Please join the Haiti committee on Wed., Oct. 14 (postponed from last week) at 7:30 pm in the pastoral center.  We will be planning for the stewardship fair and other current projects.



All teens are invited to join us for our next intersection on Sunday, Oct. 18th in the ministry center from 10-11am. 

We are providing dinner to family house on Monday, Oct. 19th.  If you can help,  contact Jamie Dillon.  Space is limited.



people will be collecting for birthright after mass today.  You have the opportunity to help young pregnant women in need.  Please be generous.  Thank you, the respect life committee


              There are no Religious education classes October 11 or 13.

              The will be a Protecting God's Children workshop Monday Oct. 13th at 7:00pm in the pastoral center.  All adult volunteers are encouraged to attend.  RSVP to the religious education office.

              Home study:  our next check in is Sunday, Oct. 18th at 8:00 am in the cafeteria.  If you cannot attend please contact Jamie Dillon.



The following patrons of our centennial celebration have history books waiting for them in the middle section of the pastoral center.  If you are on this list, please pick up your book now or at the stewardship fair on the weekend of Oct. 24-25.  If you are able to deliver a book to someone on the list who is unable to pick it up, please let Andy Bechman know at abechman@verizon.net.  Additional copies of the history will be available for purchase at the stewardship fair.

  Mr. And Mrs. Louis Alvin,  Josephine Ambrose, Mr. And Mrs. David Baxter, Dr. Mary Bolden, Mr. And Mrs. Frank Calandra, Jr, Mrs. Brenda Calihan, Mr. Vincent Campbell and Ms. Maria Sunseri, Mrs. Albert J. Carvelli, Mr. And Mrs. James Ceresa, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Certo, Annie and Dennis A. Cestra, Dr. And Mrs. Ignacio Christlieb, Ms. Mary Anne Ciocca, Mr. Matthew Cooper in memory of Thomas and Helen Quinlan, Francis W. And Paula M. Daily, The Dockey Family, Mary Jo and Terry Dunlap and Bozzone Family foundation, Anita Driscoll and Jay Duquette, Mrs. Elizabeth Fedorchak, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Ferrara, Mr. And Mrs. Frank Fuhrer, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Gaitens, Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Gallagher, Mr. Wol Young Gerardi, Mrs. Marianne Gladstone, Mrs. Frances Gleason, Mr. And Mrs. Manuel Gonzalez, Eric and Laura Hamilton, Dr. And Mrs. Dal Han, George and Joan Hill, Mr. And Mrs. Graemer K. Hilton, Mr. And Mrs. Richard L. Holl, Louis and Mari Jo Jannetto, Mr. And Mrs. Theodore Kijanka, Dr. And Mrs. Paul Kiproff, Mrs. Lucine Marous, Dr. Thaddeus B. Massalski and Gosia Malinowski, Mrs. Peggy Mcknight, Mr. George Miller, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Miller, Dr. And Mrs. Leroy Moore, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Orringer, Mr. Robert Peters, Dick and Karen Roberts and family, Mrs. Lori Russell and family, Mr. And Mrs. Jeff Sacre, Mr. And Mrs. Wolfgang Schraut, Dr. Eileen Segreti, Mrs. Franklin C. Snyder, Mrs. Jane Souser, Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Splane, Ms. Kerry Stafford, Mr. And Mrs. Theodore Steiner, Mr. And Mrs. William Strohm, Ms. Susan Stuart, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Tarasi, Miss Carmella J. Tarasi, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Terry, Mrs. Lelia Totten, Mr. And Mrs. Kevin Walling, Mr. Charles L. Wood, Jr.

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 10

    5:00 pm          Mary Gorsky (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 11

    7:30 am          Dr. John Scott (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

    9:00 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Paul Gibson (Helen Simanek)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Weekday, October 12

8:30 am Gerald & Carole Werries

(Ronald & John Bacco)


Tuesday, Weekday, October 13

8:30 am Special Intention Dana Poznik


Wednesday, Weekday, October 14

8:30 am Walter Gloekler

(Mr. & Mrs. Jay Kelly & Family)


Thursday, Teresa of Jesus, virgin & doctor, October 15

    8:30 am Walter Gloekler (Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Maher)


Friday, Weekday, October 16

8:30 am James McFarland

 (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa) 


Saturday, Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr, October 17

9:00 am Bradley Matthew Bertram (Anne Cooper)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 17

5:00 pm Sen. James Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 18

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Aquinas Guild

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Connie Crossett (Florence Foote)

    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: www.saintscholastica.com

E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com

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: CDTCA@consolidated.net

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