October 25, 2009


           A great English actress told an interviewer about a time when she was in Washington, D.C. performing in a play. She had not had time to see the city, but on her last day there  she had a few hours, so she went down to the National Gallery, where there was a Picasso exhibit. She only had about forty-five minutes, and decided that instead of rushing through the exhibit she would spend the time on just one painting. She noted, "After about forty minutes, I began to see it."

Mark's Gospel often reminds us how difficult it was for people to see who Jesus really was. For the people he was a miracle worker and healer. For his family and neighbors he was just the carpenter's son. For the religious leaders and Pharisees he was a troublemaker who broke the law of Moses. For his disciples he was the Messiah but not one who would suffer.

When Bartimaeus hears Jesus coming he begins to shout out, and when Jesus asks what he wants him to do, the blind man answers, "Master, I want to see." (Mark 10:51) Jesus recognizes his faith: "Go your way; your faith has saved you" (10:52). Bartimaeus saw Jesus in faith before he saw him with his eyes. The final line confirms this when Mark says "he followed him on the way" (10:52). To follow Jesus on the way means to be a disciple.


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

October 25, 2009

Sunday October 18, 2009 Offerings:


For the St. Scholastica/CDTCA Fall Fling to be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with complimentary beer and cash bar, Strolling Dinner Stations at 7:30 pm with Auctions and Entertainment throughout the evening featuring "Art Madness" by George Williams. Cost is $65 per person with open seating and reserved tables for 8 at $60 per person. Tickets are available in the CDTCA school office at 205 Brilliant Ave in Aspinwall or you may call Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319 for more information. If you are interested in donating an auction item or in sponsoring/underwriting opportunities, please contact Joanne Saunders at the above number or by email at  js.saunders@verizon.net.



Our first Appalachia meeting for the year will be Monday, November 2 at 7:00 in the ministry center.

 Gateway Clipper Cruise:  Sunday November 1st is the Gateway Clipper Cruise for Senior HIgh Youth.  We have a few tickets left.  If you wish to go please contact Jamie. Tickets for this dinner/dance/cruise are $25.00.

  The Middle School Faith Rally/Dance is Friday November 6th at 6:30 pm at Bishop Canevin High School.  The rally will feature Jamie Dillon opening for Anna Scally.  Anna uses contemporary music to evangelize our youth.  Tickets are $10.00 per person. Please RSVP by November 1 to the youth ministry office.



The semi-annual Evening of Reflection for those who are Separated or Divorced, sponsored by the Office for Adult and Family Faith Formation of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will be offered on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at the auditorium of St. Paul Seminary, Crafton. The presenter will be Fr. Peter Horton, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who is currently involved in campus ministry. His topic is "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People." Fr. Horton will reflect on Separation and Divorce in the Light of the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden of Easter.  For further information call 412-456-3 160 or familylife@diopitt.org


       This past week I received a letter from Charles Kraus, Msgr. Kraus's brother.   He wrote asking me to thank the many parishioners of St. Scholastica who signed the Memorial Book in honor of Msgr. Kraus.    The family of Msgr. Kraus gratefully acknowledges the prayers and expressions of sympathy from his many friends.   We shall always hold Msgr. Kraus in our memory and in our heart.   Surely God's joy is to raise him up in company of all the angels and saints.  Fr. Ken



           On Monday, Nov. 2nd, we will celebrate a Memorial Service at 7:30 for all who have died these past 12 months.   November 2nd. Is "All Souls Day", or "Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed".     This is the season of the harvest when we gather in all the crops from our fields and gardens.   The fall season engenders in us both the feelings of joy that flow from the beauty of the changing leaves, but also feelings of heaviness of heart as we experience dark and damp days and longer nights.   Fall is both wonderful and melancholic at one and the same time.   We celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day at the beginning of November,  then Thanksgiving Day and the Feast of Christ the King (Nov 22nd) which ends the Liturgical Year.  Then, of course, Oct. 29th is the First Sunday of Advent as we prepare for the Birthday of the Lord Jesus.   Please join us in prayer on Nov. 2nd   as we commend our loved ones into the care of love of our Heavenly Father


  Come to the Stewardship Fair in the Pastoral Center after each Mass this weekend!  You 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 where God is asking you to make a difference in the life of our parish.



The next Aquinas Guild meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 10:00 on November 11 in the Parish Hall. Tad Long from Whiteman's Flowers will lead a workshop on fall floral arrangements. Please call Mary Ann Labriola at 412-963-9716 or email at labriola@rmu.edu if you can join us.



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 Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Monday, Weekday, October 26

8:30 am Angie Obringer (Agnes Lee)


Tuesday, Weekday, October 27

8:30 am Connie Crossett (Joan & Al Dudreck)


Wednesday, Simon & Jude, apostles, October 28

8:30 am Terri Esser (David & Patricia Florek)


Thursday, Weekday, October 29

    8:30 am James W. McFarland (Kathleen Welsh)


Friday, Weekday, October 30

8:30 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)


Saturday, Weekday, October 31

9:00 am Betty French (Francis O'Toole)

      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Saturday, Vigil of  All Saints Day, October 31

5:00 pm Adeline & Ron Alvino

(Vince & Carol Alvino)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, All Saints Day, November 1

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Paul Gibson (Oliver Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Diane Sacco (Farrell 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

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.