November 29, 2009


Sunday November 22, 2009 Offerings:


                                                                                 NOTE OF THANKS FROM ST. PAT

How could I ever express my gratitude to each of you who have held me in your prayer and concern since my Oct 9 "4-foot fall off the cellar stairs" and then subsequent shoulder surgery on Nov4? Despite the extent of multiple injuries, I am coming along. After spending considerable time at our Motherhouse infirmary, I am now at home.  Physical therapy will probably begin close to Christmas. 

I will primarily be working from home and will arrange for rides to come to the parish according to my stamina.  I am starting to build up computer endurance.  Driving, piano, flute and directing will emerge gradually…however, my mouth still works fine!  You may contact me at home at 412-635-0338 or e-mail  

I appreciate Fr. Ken and the staff who have been so gracious and caring during this time.  And most of all, I am grateful to Thom Bercik who has given generously of his time, talent and energy to keep the music program running smoothly in my absence.

There have been countless blessings in this challenging time for me...I consider you, my fellow parishioners, to be one of the dearest ways God is providing for me!  I am so privileged to be held in your love and care.   Know that you have a permanent place in my heart……. Sr. Pat Baker


                                                                                 LUNCH WITH SANTA

            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!



            2010 CDTCA Lottery Calendars are now available for purchase.  They are $25 and run from January 1st thru December 31, 2010.  Calendars are available in the back of church or thru the school office.  Pick one up today!



Once again you can send your Christmas greetings in a beautiful and simple way. The Little Sisters are offering a new design for their Christmas card this year. The card created by Sister Martha Lieb, is ivory with a dark green, hand sketched pencil drawing of Mary sitting and holding the newborn baby, Jesus.  The cards are available; 7 cards for $10 ($1.50 optional mailing cost), 12 cards for $15 ($2.00 optional mailing cost), and 30 cards for $25 ($3.00 optional mailing cost) and can be purchased by check or credit card. The Little Sisters also ask that you include the cost of postage for mail orders, ($1 for 7, $2 for 12 and $3 for 30 cards).

The cards can be viewed on line at Send requests to 1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or call 412-307-1100 to order your cards today.




             Don't miss out!  Celebrate the holiday season at the Aquinas Guild's annual Christmas Luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 9.  We will start with conversation and punch at 11:30.  The FCAHS Madrigal Singers will perform a holiday concert at noon, followed by lunch (chicken or fish, each at $25.00).  Please send reservations with entrée choice to Mary Ann Labriola; 218 Field Club Road; Pittsburgh, PA 15238; mailed to arrive by this Saturday, December 5.  You may also choose to donate a wrapped present for a child from Birthright Pittsburgh (sizes newborn—12 months).  Please mark the appropriate gender and size on each gift.



            St. Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project to benefit children and families in our area and students in Haiti and Kenya is underway.  Remember to attach the tag you selected to the wrapped gift you are returning.  All gifts and donation envelopes should be returned during mass the weekend of December 12th.  If you are unable to present gifts on the altar during mass please return the gifts at your convenience to the table set up in the hallway leading to the pastoral center.  Any questions please contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.



            "Emmanuel: The Story of Christmas" Thursday, December 3, 7pm, in St. Nicholas (24 Maryland Ave, Millvale, PA 15209)church.  The concert will be in the English language, but performed by Tatiana Cameron, known internationally as Tajci.  She is a Croatian native and was probably their most famous "pop" singer.  After moving to America, she has focused her heavenly musical talents on God.  (See her web site:"").  The music is composed of her personal songs, Sacred Scripture set to music, and her rendition of traditional Christmas religious favorites.  Come see St. Nicholas church's world famous murals and hear Tajci's beautiful voice, together praising our Lord and inspiring your faith.  Tickets: $15/advance, $20/at door.  For information & tickets: Janet Kopec, 412-821-4106.



            The St. Monica Society Meeting has been changed from Dec.5 to Dec.12, 9:40 am, in the Pastoral Center.


            The Blood Drive is this Sunday, Nov. 29, 8 am to 1 pm, in the Pastoral Center.  Please stop by and thank you for helping save lives.


            Help Habitat for Humanity on Monday, Nov. 30th at Pgh Mills from 10-2 (near the food court) selling tickets for the Village of Hope.  Join us for all or part of the time.



            There will be a meeting for all 2nd grade parents on Sunday Dec. 6th at noon in the pastoral center to outline Reconciliation and First Communion.


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 28

5:00 pm           Edmond Fritz (Fritz Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, November 29

7:30 am           For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am           Jeanne Bernard (Heslin Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am         Anniv. Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, Andrew, apostle, November 30

8:30 am Elizabeth & Richard Roberts (Family)


Tuesday, Advent weekday, December 1

8:30 am Mr. Frank Pavlik (Family)


Wednesday, Advent weekday, December 2

8:30 am Martha F. Flynn  (Dan & Eileen Gallagher & Family)


Thursday, Francis Xavier, priest, December 3

 8:30 am Birthday, Geneva Gimber (By Daughters)


Friday, Advent weekday, December 4

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


Saturday, Advent weekday, December 5

9:00 am Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parishioners)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 5

5:00 pm Milton Squiller (Sandy Romanelli)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 6

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Anniv., George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Sebastian & Mary Sette (Mary Lou Wessell)

    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:

E-mail address:

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.  

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:

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