January 17, 2010



           The wine runs out.  Party's over!  A disaster at a wedding.  An embarrassment for the hosts and a disgrace for the married couple.  Mary notices, goes to her son, and says ever so quietly, "They have no wine" (John 2:3).  This is one of only two recorded exchanges in the Gospels between Jesus and Mary (the other occurs in Luke 2:41-52).  Jesus' filial response here is not exactly enthusiastic: "Woman, how does your concern affect me?  My hour has not yet come" (2:4).  Nevertheless, the result is six water jars, each holding twenty to thirty gallons of water, turned into what the headwaiter declares to be the really good stuff.

The first half of John's Gospel is called the Book of Signs, so we should look deeper than Jesus coming through at the last minute to keep the party going.  True, Jesus seemed to like parties and didn't draw the line regarding with whom he would eat and drink (another sign!).  So what are we to take from this event?

First, Jesus is more than a wedding guest in John's Gospel; he is the bridegroom, sent by God, come to woo and wed a new bride, a new Israel, joining Jews and Gentiles into one body.  As a harbinger of this, the poet Richard Crashaw says, "The conscious water saw its God and blushed."

The nuptials were eventually held at "the hour" Jesus referred to here, when he was lifted up on the cross, drawing all things to himself.  So, the joy of that early wedding at Cana was merely a shadow of the joy awaiting us in the kingdom, one that we anticipate even now whenever we lift the wedding cup of the Eucharist to our lips.

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

January 17, 2010




Sunday January 10, 2010 Offerings:





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



             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.



We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this weekend.  A wide variety will be available including; Giant Eagle, Community Market and Wal-Mart to name a few.



Where the holidays difficult?  You are not alone.  There are others who must walk this hard road as well.  Come be among us.  We know the pain.  No masks required.  The Beginning Experience weekend program is presented by a team of people who have suffered the loss of a spouse and are willing to share their own experience to help others. 

The next weekend will be held March 19-21, 2010 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp, PA.  Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available.  For more information, contact the Office for Adult and Family Faith Formation at 412-456-3160, or familylife@diopitt.org or make a confidential call to Susan Ackerman at 724-980-4757.



Why not make a commitment to do something to improve your marriage - like making a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend?  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held February 19-21 at the Tofftress Resort, State College, PA For more information or to register, contact (412) 635-7775 or check us out on the web at wwme-pittsburgh.org.



All teens are welcome to join us for INTERSECTION on Sunday, January 24th from 10-11am in the ministry center.  Join us for engaging discussion and a light breakfast.



             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.


Feb 6 is our next YOUTH MASS at 5pm.  After mass we will host a dance for Middle School and High School Youth in the gym.

                                                    WHITE MASS FOR HEALTHCARE

Bishop David Zubik, Father Donald Breier, Rector/Pastor, Saint Paul Cathedral, and Father Lawrence DiNardo, Catholic Medical Association Chaplain, will be the concelebrants at the annual White Mass for healthcare
personnel on Sunday,
February 7, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland. The Mass honors all persons who provide any service in the healthcare arena throughout the diocese. This would include, but is not limited to, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, aides and orderlies, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, social workers, administrators, chaplains, all hospital and nursing home personnel, as well as priests and men and women religious in health care ministry. All faiths are invited to participate,
and non-Catholic clergy are invited as well.



Home Study Family Check in January 24th 8-9 am in the cafeteria.



Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:00 am to 2:00 pm *Snow day for 1-19: Tuesday, February 2, 2010.  God is a loving and patient weaver; our lives are precious tapestries. God and I together choose the colors and weave the designs. As we weave in concert, the Master Weaver guides and encourages us to trust the design process. Using the image of weaving, this retreat invites you to reflect with gratitude on the tapestry of your life and to open up to God in trust those areas of your heart that cry out for healing and reconciliation. Facilitator: Maura Luffy, CDP , MA , "Companion Weaver" Fee: $25 lunch is included. To register call 412-366-1124



Reconciliation Retreat for all second graders and their parents.  Saturday January 23rd 9:30-12 in the pastoral center.





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)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Monday, weekday, January 18

8:30 am Madeline Borasso (Margaret Beckhoffer)


Tuesday, weekday, January 19

8:30 am Marnie Keefer (Ruth & Gary Keefer)


Wednesday,  weekday, January 20

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


Thursday, St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, January 21

 8:30am The Unborn (Respect Life  Committee)


Friday, weekday, January 22

8:30am Anniv., Marion Arturo (Family)


Saturday, weekday, January 23

9:00 am Richard Fichter (Gregg & Bev Schultz)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 23

5:00 pm Elizabeth Greb (James & Karyn Lynch)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 24

7:30 am Anniv., Alex Buccieri (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White  

11:00 am Mildre Giardino (Mr. & Mrs.  A.D.Beeken)

       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: 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.