December 13, 2009


Sunday December 6, 2009 Offerings:




             A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, December 14, 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. If you plan to attend the session on the 14th, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).  The next baptism preparation session will take place on January 25, 2010.  Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Parents should note, however, that baptisms are not celebrated during Lent.  February 14 is the last day for baptisms before Lent in 2010.  Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.


Christmas Eve Masses: 

 4:00pm - Children's Mass

 7:00pm - Contemporary Choir

10:00pm - Traditional Choir

Christmas Day Masses: 

 8:00am and 10:00am

         For the Children's Mass at 4:00pm we welcome young children (kindergarten and grade 1) to dress in a simple costume as angel/shepherd.  Please arrive at church by 3:45pm and report to the Pastoral Center.  These children will process in/out of church and sit in the sanctuary.  Please register your child's name, grade and phone number to Kirsten Powell at



St. Scholastica's in Aspinwall has reserved a bus for the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 22nd, 2010.  We are journeying to memorialize the 50 million babies who have died by abortion since January 22nd, 1973. A bus will leave from St. Scholastica Church on Brilliant Ave. in Aspinwall at 12:30a.m. There will be a breakfast stop at St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, VA.  We will attend a Youth Rally and Mass at the Verizon Center then  participate in the March up Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court, and end the day with a meeting with Senators Casey and Spector.  The cost, which includes breakfast, is $25 with a special family rate.  The bus will return to Aspinwall at 11p.m. on the 22nd.  For reservations please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 .


An Adult Christ at Christmas

Join us to consider the Infancy narratives in the Gospels according to Matthew and to Luke from the point of view of modern Scripture scholarship.  Approaching these stories as adults, we may find that in them we encounter the adult Jesus.  We will meet in the Pastoral Center on Thursday morning, December 17, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  There is no fee or registration.




             All Christmas gift donations including tuition donation envelopes for students of Haiti and Kenya are due this weekend.  Please join us today after mass as we carry the gifts from the altar to the rectory, where the gift will be sorted for delivery.


                                    ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE

The Advent Scripture readings urge us to "Prepare the Way before the Lord". There is no better way than to make a good confession and to have a fresh start in life, love and faith. Please make a resolution now to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that you may live in the joy of Christ. Here is a list of the times and places for Confession: Monday, Dec. 14th at 7:00pm at St. Scholastica;  Wednesday, Dec 16th  at 7:30pm at St. Joseph (O'Hara);  Thursday Dec. 17th at 7:00pm at All Saints;  Thursday, Dec. 17th at 7:30pm at St. Edward;  and Tuesday, Dec 22nd at 7:00pm at Madonna.



  All middle school and high school youth (and their families) are invited to join us for Snow Tubing on Wed. Dec. 30th at Seven Springs.  We will be tubing from 11-1.  Cost is $25.00 per person.  Please RSVP by Dec. 20th to the youth ministry office.



The Respect Life Committee will meet Tuesday evening, December 15th, in the Pastoral Center, at 7:30 pm.  All are welcome.



Each week, we will use this space to inform you about one or more parish ministries or organizations.  Please consider whether God is calling you to give your time and skills to one of these groups!  Moms Uplifting Moms (MUMs) is a celebration of our Christian motherhood.  Moms join together in prayer and scripture study and enjoy a peaceful opportunity to read, discuss and reflect on the Word of God while their children enjoy the loving care of fellow parishioners.  We meet in the Pastoral Center on Monday mornings from 9:15 to 10:30 from late September to early December and from February to the beginning of May. For more information, please contact Sue Goodwin at 412-967-0791 or Mary Henry at 412-963-9704.



We will be selling certificates after Masses next weekend.  We will have a variety of certificates available, restaurants and retail stores, along with all local food stores.  This is a prefect time to finish any last minute gift idea's and to purchase Giant Eagle or Community Market for your holiday entertaining.



Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12

     5:00 pm          Birthday, Lori L. Schultz (Grandparents)

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 13

    7:30 am          For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    9:00 am          Terri Esser (Jean & Bill Eckert)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

    11:00 am         Paul Gibson (Oliver Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, John of the Cross, priest, doctor, December 14

     8:30 am Anniv., Elena Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)


Tuesday, Advent weekday, December 15

    8:30 am Lucille Domzal (Ervin & Janis Domzal)


Wednesday, Advent weekday, December 16

    8:30 am Anniv., Jim Santelli (son Joseph)


Thursday, Late Advent weekday, December 17

    8:30 am William Henderson (Macek Family)


Friday, Late Advent weekday, December 18

    8:30 am Angie Obringer (Dolores Rufft)


Saturday, Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 19   

    9:00 am Mary Certo (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19

    5:00 pm Edmund Fritz (Fritz Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 20

    7:30 am Angie Obringer (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

    9:00 am Paul Gibson (Oliver Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    11:00 am Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)

    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


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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

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