November 15, 2009 Bulletin




            Several years ago, the biblical scholar Luke T. Johnson wrote that over the last half-century Catholics have lost their clear sense of how things will come to an end.  We recite the Creed weekly at Sunday Mass, professing that "[h]e will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead," and that "[w]e look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come," yet if many Catholics were asked how they are preparing for the "four last things" (death, judgment, heaven, and hell), they would look at you quite blankly.

By contrast, today's readings come from a time when "what happens next" was very much on people's minds.  The book of Daniel with its vision of the archangel Michael, guardian of the Jewish people, arising and awakening those who sleep in the dust was written to comfort and give hope to a people suffering under a cruel king who persecuted and killed Jewish believers.  The chapter in Mark's Gospel that we hear today, part of a longer discourse in which Jesus' words speak of a day when the Son of Man will come in the clouds with great power and glory and gather his elect, was written to give hope to the early church persecuted by the Roman emperor Nero.

We do not know exactly how things will end, but we do know that God will be there, that Christ will come again, and that we are not meant to end in the dust bin of history.  As the psalm refrain reminds us today: "You are my inheritance, O Lord!" (Psalm 16:1).




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

November 15, 2009



Sunday November 8, 2009 Offerings:


We look at Elementary Religious Education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; and d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail at:



Explore the possibilities and visit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) for our OPEN HOUSE. Thursday, November 19th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Come see and hear about the advantages of a Pre-K-8 environment. We will meet in the Pastoral Center next to St. Scholastica Church on 3rd Street in Aspinwall. Please call for more information 412.871.7927 and visit our website @ Reservations requested but not required.



"As expenses continue to increase and economic difficulties tighten our income, we appreciate more and more the help of the Retirement Fund," notes a woman religious.  Your tax-deductible donation supports the care of elderly and frail religious.  Please give generously to next week's second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.



      Feel free to bring dry goods or canned  goods to Mass this coming weekend, Nov 21st and 22nd,  or on Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00am.  You may place these items on the table in the back of the church.  All these food items will be sent to the Little Sisters of the Poor in support of their ministry to the elderly, poor and sick.  Thank you.



The St. Scholastica BLOOD DRIVE will be on Sunday, Nov.29, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Pastoral Center.  If you know someone who has cancer, been in an accident, had surgery or has been  burned, then you probably already know someone who has used blood.  Please give blood and help ensure that it is there when members of our community need it.  Please give blood;. Please log on to and enter sponsor code G0040167 or call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.



            Mark Your. calendars for LUNCH WITH SANTA on Sat. December 5th  11:30-1:00. $6.00 per person.  All proceeds benefit our Appalachia Mission Trip. After lunch you can shop at Santa's Workshop!



            Soon, we will be lighting the candles on the Advent Wreath. Volunteers are needed to light them during the weekend liturgies. Advent begins this year the weekend of November 28/29. Please check the volunteer sign-up book in the back of the church to sign up for masses you want by November 22nd.  Thank you for helping to "light the way."



Our parish will be hosting 2 protecting God's Children Workshops this month.  Thursday Nov 12th at 12:30 in the Pastoral Center and Monday Nov 23rd at 7pm. Please register by contacting the religious education office.



            Next weekend, Nov 21st and 22nd, we will once again have the opportunity to share with those whom we can help this Christmas. After the homily next week you may come forward to the front of the church and choose a TAG or an ENVELOPE from the Advent Sharing Tree. If you choose a TAG that means you will shop for a gift for a child. On the tag is the child's first name, age and sizes- and possibly a gift request. These children's names come to us from two sources: St. Paul's Monastery on the South Side and a parish in Preston County, West Virginia, where the monastery runs an outreach program.  If you choose an ENVELOPE  that means you will make a cash donation or write a check for one of the following organizations: Hekima Place or The Good Samaritan Foundation.Hekima Place is a Kenyan Boarding school that provides a beacon of hope for girls who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Hekima's mission is to provide a stable home environment and support for education. This charity will be represented with GOLD ENVELOPES. The Good Samaritan Foundation is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the education, health and welfare of underprivileged children of Ile LaVache, Haiti. Because of your generous contributions last year, we were able to support 6 students. Your donation helps cover tuition, meals and basic health needs of the students. This charity will be represented with RED ENVELOPES.  Please return ENVELOPES and WRAPPED GIFTS (with the TAG on the outside) at the Masses on December 12th and 13th. Please keep them with you in the pew and you will be asked to bring them forward to the altar during Mass. Please call with any questions: Betsy Henry 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight 412-968-1029. Thank you!!



Since The Our Lady of Guadalupe Respect Life Cluster is meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at St. Edward Parish Hall, at 7 pm, we ask that members of St. Scholastica Respect Life Committee meet with the Cluster at St. Edward's. There will be information on the March For Life All are welcome to attend. Anyone needing a ride please call Mary Catherine Scanlon.



The Respect Life Committee is selling 'People Concerned For The Unborn Child' Christmas Cards.  A set is ten cards and costs $6.00. Call 412-781-6550 for more information.


                                                           MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, Weekday, November 14

   9:00 am.................................. Harriet Friday  (St. Monica Society)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 14

   5:00 pm......................................... Alexander W. Rogus

(Gerry Michanowicz & Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 15

   7:30 am..... For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

   9:00 am.......................... Thomas Welsh (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

   11:00 am Anniv., Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Margaret of Scotland, November 16

   8:30 am.............. Fr. George Newmeyer (Family)


Tuesday, Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17

   8:30 am..... Anniv., Marnie Keefer (Ruth & Gary)


Wednesday, Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter & Paul, November 18

   8:30 am birthday, George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)


Thursday, Weekday, November 19

    8:30 am.................... Gloria McLaughlin (Harry)


Friday, Weekday,  November 20

   8:30 am.................................. Elizabeth Williams

(Mary Ellen Maher & Family)


Saturday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21

   9:00 am......................................................... 50th Anniv., Carol & Ray Leech

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 21

   5:00 pm......... Sadie Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Sunday, Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 22

   7:30 am..................... William H. Labriiola (wife)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

   9:00 am Rev. Monsignor Donald W. Kraus (Parishioners)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

   11:00 am........................ Edward A. Vitunac, PE

(Frances V. Vitunac M.Ed, wife)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White