December 20, 2009


Sunday December 13, 2009 Offerings:




              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!  The Fox Chapel Area Women's Catholic Scripture Study provides an in-depth study of one book of the Bible each year (from September to May).  The Catholic Scripture Study aims to further our understanding of our Lord and His Church and also to provide an opportunity for fellowship. If you are interested, please contact Mary Wilson at 412-963-1931 or by e-mail at or Shelley Peconi at 412-963-1607 or by e-mail at



Last chance to get your luminaries. Six pack kits are just $5.  Kit includes:  bag, sand and 7 hour tea light candles.  Sold in the back of the church.



Christmas Eve Liturgies ~ Thursday, December 24th

 4:00pm - Children's Liturgy

(Prelude Music~ 3:30pm)

 7:00pm - Contemporary Choir Liturgy

(Prelude Music ~ 6:30pm)

10:00pm - Traditional Choir Liturgy

(Prelude Music ~ 9:30pm)


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


Christmas Day Liturgies ~ Friday, December 25th 

 8:00am and 10:00am

(Prelude music at 9:30am for second mass)


Feast of the Holy Family ~ Saturday, December 26th and Sunday, December 27th

Regular Sunday Mass Schedule


Mary, Mother of God ~ Holy Day ~ Friday, January 1st

9:00am and 11:00am


Feast of the Epiphany ~ Saturday, January 2nd and Sunday, January 3rd

Regular Sunday Mass Schedule





              Help us to maintain an updated census by letting us know if you move or have a new telephone number.  Also, we would like to know if a member of your family or the St. Scholastica family enters or leaves a Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility.  We like to stay in touch with them and let them know they remain in our prayers.  Sometimes we hear about a parishioner who is returning home from a facility, or moving to a new place and we didn't know they were in a Nursing Home in the first place!  Keep us posted, so we can stay in touch! Thank you…



If you would like to take the Offertory Gifts forward during Mass, please let one of the ushers know that before Mass begins.  It is especially appropriate if the family or friend of the person named in the mass intentions could do this, but sometimes that is not possible.  Just as in our own family, we all help to prepare for a feast, all members of our St.  Scholastica family are welcome to do that too!



The environment is God's gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations an towards humanity as a whole.  The fact hat some states, power groups and companies hoard nonrenewable energy resources represents a grave obstacle to development in poor countries.  The international community has an urgent duty to find means of regulating the exploitation of nonrenewable resources, involving poor countries in the process, in order to plan together for the future.

**This is an excerpt from Pope Benedict's new encyclical Caritas In Veritate ("Charity in Truth").



The parish office will be closed from December 24 -January 1st.



Did you ever run out of food and feel helpless because you know that it will be two or three days before you will receive money to buy more?  Most of us would probably answer, "No, thank God."  But there are others in our faith community who would need to answer "Yes."  The St. Vincent DePaul Society attempts to help those who answer "yes" to that question.  They are only able to do this if those who an of us who are fortunate enough to have enough food continue to say "yes" to donations to the Poor Boxes in church.  Thank you for your continued support.


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


Monday, Late Advent weekday, December 21

8:30 am Katherine Perri (Bob & Gloria Rosati)


Tuesday, Late Advent weekday, December 22

8:30 am Frank C. Perri (Bob & Gloria Rosati)


Wednesday, Late Advent weekday, December 23

8:30 am Frances Saunders (Leona Venn)


Thursday, Late Advent weekday, December 24

    No 8:30am Mass

    4:00 pm Anniv., Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)

    7:00 pm Eugene LeDonne and Edmond Fritz

    10:00am For the parishioners of St. Scholastica


Friday, Nativity of the Lord/Christmas, December 25

8:00 am Frank & Sophie Skowron (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

10:00 am Joe and Rosalia Costa (Costa Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, St. Stephen, martyr, December 26

9:00 am Dr. William H. Labriola

(Joyce Doyle & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family, December 26

5:00 pm Jonathan Marsico (Tisa Marsico)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Feast of the Holy Family, December 27

7:30 am Anniv., Edward L. Gursky (wife & daughter)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am For the parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Deceased members of Donnelly & Shanahan Family

       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:

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.


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:

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