October 18, 2009


           One day after church a woman went up to my friend who has just preached and said,: Father, do you want to make God laugh?" My friend smiled and said, "Sure. Tell me how." She smiled and said, "Tell God your plans."

           I think most of us have our "plans" now and then about how we want the future to be. Today we overhear James and John's plans. They want to sit next to Jesus when he comes into glory. And their plans are at the top of their wish list. Notice how they approach Jesus: "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you" (Mark 10:35). They have their eye on the road to glory. When the others hear of this, they get angry at James and John, fearing that these two brothers have gotten an edge on them.

First Jesus tells the two that they will indeed share in his suffering, but positions of honor are up to the Father , but then he realized it's back to basics for the whole bunch of them. Once again Jesus has to call them to the gospel meaning of life. God's agenda is about serving he least, those most vulnerable. Those most looked down upon. It's not about amassing power and prestige, or getting the places of honor and privilege. If that's your agenda, know it's not God's.


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


October 18, 2009

Sunday October 11, 2009 Offerings:
 $17,047 .

You will have the opportunity to place bids for the following auction items this weekend: A $500 gift certificate from Carabella, a "Tour of Pittsburgh" consisting of museum and zoo tickets, a package three Penguins tickets to the October 23rd game and two Steelers tickets for a date to be determined. An Aquinas Guild representative will be in the Pastoral Center after all masses to accept your bid. Bidding will close on Sunday at 12:30 P.M.



Plan to stay awhile after Mass next weekend for our Stewardship Fair in the Pastoral Center.  Parishioners will be able to learn about the various ministries and organizations of the parish, and sign up to participate in their work.  God calls each of us to some form of ministry or service on behalf of the community and through the grace of Baptism, God empowers us to do our share.  Please reflect prayerfully on your own gifts and interests, come to the Stewardship Fair with an open mind and heart, and find out where God is asking you to make a difference in the life of our parish!



A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, October 19, at 7:30 in the parish office.  The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.   Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.  If you plan to attend the session this Monday, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).  The next baptism preparation session will take place on December 14.



Our Bible study, "Israel's Story, Part One" is underway, with groups meeting on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  We are surveying the story line of the Old Testament, and looking more closely at some of the high points. It is not too late to join.  Please see the flyers at the church entrances or contact Andy Bechman for more information.



for the next Aquinas Guild meeting on Wednesday morning, November 11, at 10:00 am, in the Parish Hall. We will be designing fall floral arrangements. Please plan to join us.



      This weekend there will be a second collection at all the Masses to support the missions.   Because of the global financial crisis the missions are under great pressure to support the peoples they serve.  Your generous contribution, no matter how small, will show our solidarity with all God's people.  Thank you.



Avoid spreading flu or HlNl virus germs:

* If you have the flu or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and watch Mass on television.

* If you cough or sneeze while in church, please cover your mouth and sanitize your hands afterwards. If you use a tissue, please put it in your pocket or purse until you can properly dispose of it. Please do not set them on the seat or in the hymnal rack.

* During the Sign of Peace, if you have a cough or cold, it is acceptable to wave to the people around you and say, "Peace be with you.'' Use common sense precautions to  avoid passing on germs.

* For people who receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please consider receiving it in your hands so that the priest  and Eucharistic Minister can avoid touching your tongue.

*Wash your hands frequently, inside church and at home  If we are vigilant at Mass and use common sense precautions, we can worship safely and avoid transmitting illnesses.



This is a reminder that the Diocese of Pittsburgh has created safe environment guidelines regarding all adults who encounter children while volunteering at our parish.  The parish is obliged to ensure that our volunteer ministers are in compliance with these guidelines, including:

        * Registration on the Online Diocesan Database

        * Child Abuse Clearance

        * Pastoral Code of Conduct

        * Protecting God's Children Workshop

Within in the next couple of weeks, a mailing will go out to volunteer ministers about their status with these requirements.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Swindal, Safe Environment Coordinator at 412-781-0186x10 for mswindal@saintscholastica.com.  Thanks so much for your assistance.



Last week's collection for Birthright netted $1,148.36.  Thank you for your wonderful generosity and be assured this gift will go a long way in helping young pregnant women in need.  God bless you.  The Respect Life Committee.

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


Monday, John de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests & Martyrs, October 19

8:30 am For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of

 Ruth Scholl

Tuesday, Weekday, October 20

8:30 am Walter Gloekler

(Mr. And Mrs. Jay Kelly & Family)


Wednesday, Weekday, October 21

8:30 am Ursula Sunderman (Patricia Rigatti)


Thursday, Weekday, October 22

    8:30 am Lawrence Goodrich (St. Monica Society)


Friday, Weekday, October 23

8:30 am Walter Kondrit (The Scanlon Family)


Saturday, Weekday, October 24

9:00 am Donald Kennedy

(Kennedy-Madzelonka Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of  the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 24

5:00 pm Mike Driscoll (Carl Macino)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 25

7:30 am Birthday, Alex Buccieri (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am birthday, Mary Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch



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.








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