October 4, 2009


              A famous actress once commented on her own record of multiple marriages that she certainly believed in the institution. Statistics show that more than fifty percent of marriages today end in divorce. A sociologist has called marriage in our day a "porous institution" that no longer hold people securely. But Jesus offers another version.

Jesus takes a rather strict position on marriage in today's Gospel. There were two schools of thought on marriage at that time. One allowed for divorce on almost any grounds: all a husband had to do was to sign a writ of divorce and his wife would have to leave his home. The other line of reasoning held that only for the most serious reason –adultery– was divorce allowed. Jesus himself goes back to the first book of the Torah. God's plan is that marriage is to be lasting; man and woman are to grow in unity.

We may not realize how much a woman could be victimized under the more liberal teaching. Jesus is coming down on the side of th woman here, that she, too, had rights and wasn't merely under the control of her husband. But his teaching also addresses the possibility of a woman divorcing her husband and recognizes that the husband also has rights. Marriage is described as a hold relationship, designed by God.

In a similar fashion, children were also seen in that culture as having little value, possibly a defense mechanism against the prevalence of infant and child mortality. No matter; in Jesus' eyes these little ones belong to the kingdom of God. Furthermore, we can learn from them to accept the kingdom with arms as open as a child's when receiving an unexpected gift.

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


October 4, 2009

Sunday September 20, 2009 Offerings:



Next weekend, October 17-18th, is world mission Sunday. Traditionally during the month of October, Catholics throughout the world have the opportunity to support the missions in a special way. The second collection next Sunday will be for the missions and money collected will be forwarded to the diocesan mission office. Please be as generous as possible.



October is Stewardship Month at St. Scholastica. Today's bulletin contains a Catholic Update article exploring the meaning of stewardship. Next weekend, Fr. Ken will present a pastor's report on the state of the parish. On the weekend of Oct. 17-18, we will ask our parishioners to fill out registration forms at the Masses. Finally, we will hold a Stewardship Fair in the Pastoral Center after each Mass on the weekend of Oct. 24-25. Parishioners will be able to learn about the various ministries and organizations of the parish, and sign up to participate in their work. We urge you to reflect prayerfully during October upon how God is calling you to contribute to the vitality of St. Scholastica Parish.



We are hosting a Protecting God's Children Workshop on Monday, October 12 at 7:00pm in the pastoral center. All adult volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend. RSVP to the religious education office.

There are no religious education classes on oct. 11 or 13th.

All teens are invited to help us prepare dinner for FAMILY HOUSE on Monday Oct. 19th. Space is limited. RSVP required by Friday to the youth ministry office.

Our Youth ministry leadership team will be on retreat the weekend of Oct. 10th. Please keep them in your prayers.



Please join us on Wed., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. Our committee is working on several projects for supporting the Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti. New members are always welcome!


Next weekend the Pittsburgh catholic will be mailed to every registered household in our parish. If you do not receive a copy, please contact our parish office. This issue of the Pittsburgh catholic will contain Bishop Zubik's third pastoral letter discussing the church and its relationship to the many life issues of our day.



This Sunday, Oct. 4th is National Life Chain Sunday. Please join us in Etna at Rt. 8 and Grant Ave. 2 p.m. for an hour of prayer and witness for babies in the womb and their mothers.



Please mark your calendar for this annual Aquinas Guild event on Saturday, October 17 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Proceeds will support church and community activities and world relief projects. Invitations have been mailed to parishioners.  If you did not receive one, tickets are $35, available through Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5863. 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



St. Scholastica's Annual Fall Fling will be held on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Look for your invitation that will be arriving soon in your mailbox. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319.



Birthright of Pittsburgh has been giving counseling and support to pregnant women for over thirty years. In July their Oakland basement Office was flooded and they lost everything. They continued to give phone help to women in need and by the end of July had found new quarters in Oakland. To help Birthright replace some of their lost furniture, baby clothes etc. and to help them continue their services to needy Moms, St. Scholastica's will have a collection after all the Masses next weekend.


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 3

    5:00 pm          Gerard Santarcangelo (Wife and Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 4

    7:30 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Marie & Richard Welsh (Welsh Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Jane Garvey Wentley (Patrica G. Snyder)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Weekday, October 5

8:300 am Francis Saunders (Paul and Rita Schultz)


Tuesday, Weekday, October 6

8:30 am William Henderson (Macek Family)


Wednesday, Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7

8:30 am Thomas O'Shae (Dominic & Lorraine Zappa)


Thursday, Weekday, October 8

    8:30 am William Kotchey (Wife)


Friday, Weekday, October 9

8:30 am Terri Esser

(Bert Shephard, Ursula Britton, Irene Boland)


Saturday, Weekday, October 10

9:00 am Lucia Clementi, mother of Rosanne Saunders

(Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


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 Simenak)

    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.