January 10, 2010



           The other night I was looking out the window as the sun was setting and the layers of clouds allowed the sun to create an extraordinary sunset, painting some clouds with a golden hue, while others were orange and red, moving to purple and grey.  It was a stunning moment.  The baptism of Jesus is one of those brief moments of beauty, occurring in the first three Gospels (and alluded to in the fourth).

Luke's account differs from the others in that the dramatic moment does not occur as Jesus is coming up out of the water but only after his baptism, while he is praying.  Luke's Gospel has been called the Gospel of prayer, and from its beginning the adult Jesus is presented as one who prays.  At this moment of intimacy, "heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove" (Luke 3:21-22).  While he was at prayer, the voice spoke to him: "you are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased" (3:22).  From here on we find that Jesus is under the influence of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit directs him first into the desert to be tested, then into his years of service.

With this solemn celebration of the baptism, we too are sent back into the days called "Ordinary Time," reminded that God has spoken these same words to us at our baptism: You are my son, my daughter.  I delight in you.  I send you forth to serve as my Son, Jesus, went forth to serve, accompanied by the Holy Spirit.


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

January 10, 2010




Sunday January 3, 2010 Offerings:





A second collection for the Saint Anthony School Program will take place on January 17, 2010.  This collection helps disabled children with schooling expenses from kindergarten thru college.



              With joy we announce that two people are preparing for the sacraments through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) this year.  Lauren Gagliardino and Heather Underwood are baptized Catholics who desire to complete their Christian initiation through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  The parish will recognize their decision in a Rite of Welcoming the Candidates that will be held during the 11 a.m.. Mass next Sunday, January 17.  During the Rite, Heather and Lauren will declare their intention to enter more fully into the life of the Church, and the parish will welcome them.  Please pray for our candidates, and plan to meet them at the Welcome Breakfast that follows the Mass on the 17th.  At the Breakfast, there will also be information available about the various ministries associated with the RCIA.  Please stop by and consider whether God is calling you to participate in this wonderful work.



A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, January 25, 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 25th, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).  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.


This Sunday is the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast in the School Cafeteria.  $4 for a regular serving and $3 for a small serving.  Proceeds benefit the Respect Life Committee.  Thanks for your support.




              Would you like to be a voice for the 4.8 million unborn babies that have been legally killed by abortion in America since 1973?  Please join us for the annual Parish pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the MARCH FOR LIFE.  Our bus leaves at 12:30am on January 22.  We will attend Mass with Archbishop Wuerl at the Verizon Center, join the MARCH up Constitution Avenue, and meet with Senators Casey and Specter.  $25 will cover the cost of the bus and breakfast at St. Marks Church in Vienna, Virginia.  Please call (412)781-6550 for information and reservations.



Please join us in welcoming our newest parishioners at a Welcome Breakfast after the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on Sunday, January 17.  We ask new parishioners to stop by the Pastoral Center and enjoy good food and friendly company with other members of our community.  All parishioners are invited!  Volunteers are needed to bring food to the Welcome Breakfast.  Call Mary Scanlon at 412-781-6550 if you can bring an item.  Items are to be dropped off at the Pastoral Center kitchen before either the 9am or the 11am masses on January 17th. Thank you!



The Silver Ring Thing is a high-tech, high energy performance that educates teens about the benefits of remaining abstinent until marriage and the dangers of promiscuous behavior.  All teens in 8th grade-high school and parents are invited to attend on January 15th.  It will be held at Seton LaSalle HS from 6:30-9:30pm.  Participants can register at www.silverringthing.com.  Cost is $5.00 per person or $8.00 at the door.



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 of 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.  Keep us posted so we can stay in touch!



Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm followed by Mass at 5:00 pm at St. Scholastica Church. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life".  All are welcome to tour the school and join us for Mass. School staff and some students will be present to provide information during the tours and students will assume many of the lay ministries of the liturgy.   Registration is not required. For more information please call school office at 412.781.7927



Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, January 9

5:00 pm         Reverend Monsignor Donald W. Kraus (Jo & Natalie Certo)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Baptism of the Lord , January 10

7:30 am          William H. Labriola (Rosemarie Labriola)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Anniv., Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, weekday, January 11

8:30 am Birthday, Colin Fischer, Jr.(Family)


Tuesday, weekday, January 12

  8:30 am Special Intentions


Wednesday,  weekday, January 13

8:30 am Brian Kerr (Dan & Eileen Gallagher) 

Thursday, weekday, January 14

     8:30am Rosanne Asturi (Gail Abersold)


Friday, weekday, January 15

8:30am Helen Ziegler (Family)



Saturday, weekday, January 16

9:00 am Courtney Keevican (James Ruggiero)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 16

5:00 pm Domenic Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan



Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 17

7:30 am Driscoll/Macino Families (Carl Macino)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 11:00 am Anniv., Roman Kurkiewicz (The Kurkiewicz Children)




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.