January 24, 2010




           The book of Isaiah has been called the fifth Gospel, so often do the Gospel writers use it for proclaiming Jesus as Christ, the long-awaited Messiah and Son of God.  In today's Gospel reading, Jesus begins to move through his home territory of Galilee "in the power of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14), the same Spirit that descended on him after his baptism.  He then goes to his hometown of Nazareth and to the synagogue on the Sabbath.

A hush must have fallen on the room as he walked to the place of reading and searched the scroll to find this passage.  They had been hearing about his time in Galilee and how all had praised his teaching.  What would he say to them?  He chose Isaiah's words (61:1-2a) about one anointed by the Spirit who would preach good news to the poor, bring liberty to captives, and, at the heart of these lines, exercise a ministry of compassion, a reference to another citation from Isaiah (see 42:6b).

This three-part mission continues to be the work of the Church: preaching the Gospel, working for social justice, and reaching out to all peoples in compassion.  At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus announced that this work was being fulfilled in the hearing of his listeners by what he was doing.  The Spirit works to do the same today through us.


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

January 24, 2010


Sunday January 17, 2010 Offerings:




              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.



Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the 7th Annual "Casino Night at the Races" to be held Saturday, March 6. Join us for this fun-filled evening where you can socialize with friends and try your luck on "big screen" horseracing, poker, blackjack, and other small games of chance. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, beer, soft drinks and mixers, plus the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. Contact Ann Marie Kiszka at (412) 781-4319 or amckiszka@hotmail.com for tickets. All proceeds benefit CDTCA. We hope to see you at the Races!



Faith and History Tour of  Ireland, 12 days, June 29 – July 10, 2010. Special emphasis will be on the wonders of Irish history, along with some "pub time" and usual tourist highlights. For more information/flyer call Fr. O'Shea at St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park at 412-835-4415.



Our church is in urgent need of altar servers for all Masses. Servers must be in the fifth grade or above and must go through a short one-hour training course and written test. Please consider becoming a part of this most essential role of the Mass. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Peggy Santelli at teggymom@aol.com.



February15 February 19-21 at the Tofftress Resort, State College, PA.  For more information or to register contact at (412) 635-7775 or check us out on the web at wwme-pittsburgh.org.



Save Wednesday, February 10 for the first Aquinas Guild meeting of 2010.  John C. Maher, M.D. will present his insights on Common Causes of Vision Loss.

Join us at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.




              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.


              The parish provides child care at the 9:00am Mass on Sunday morning in the Pastoral Center.  The children should be at least 2 years of age.  Beginning Sunday, February 7th we are eliminating this service at the 11:00am Mass.  We will continue offering child care at the 9:00am Mass as long as parents use this service.



We all have been moved by the horrific destruction, suffering and death that we've witnessed through the media.  Bishop Zubik has asked all parishes to have a second collection this weekend in support of the people of Haiti.  The monies that we collect this weekend will go to the Catholic Relief Services and to a Catholic school, the Good Samaritan School, that we have been supporting for a number of years.  After we receive Holy Communion a member of the Haiti Committee of our parish will speak for a few minutes about Haiti in general, and the Good Samaritan School in particular.  After this talk we will take up a second collection.  Thank you for your loving support of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.



A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat for post-abortion healing will be held on February 26-28 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.  To register or for more information, visit www.ccpgh.org, or call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348.



  During the 11:00 Mass last Sunday,our RCIA candidates, Lauren Gagliardino and Heather Underwood, publicly affirmed their intention to deepen their relationship with Christ through participation in our faith community and the parish formally welcomed them.  Heather and Lauren are adult baptized Catholics who are preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  They have chosen to attend Mass together in the weeks to come and to be dismissed after the homily so that they can reflect on the Scriptures.  Please pray for them, their sponsors, and the RCIA team as we journey together toward the Easter sacraments.



The Respect Life Committee would like to thank everyone who came to the Pancake breakfast.  Because of your participation and generosity we were able to take a full bus of 51 adults and young people to the March For Life in Washington, D.C.  Congratulations to Elaine DuVall, winner of the 50/50 raffle.




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


Monday, Conversion of St. Paul, apostle, January 25

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


Tuesday, St. Timothy & St. Titus, bishops, January 26

  8:30 am Lucille & Leon Cavazza  (Sal & Phyllis Tagliarino)


Wednesday,  weekday, January 27

8:30 am Colleen LaPrad   (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)


Thursday, St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, January 28

     8:30am Daniel Beggy (The Scanlon Family)


Friday, weekday, January 29

8:30am Gregory Goetz (John & Norma Smith)


Saturday, weekday, January 30

9:00 am J. Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 30

5:00 pm Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (Families)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 31

7:30 am Gino Marsico (Alice Irvin)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Adeline Panza (Carl Macino)

       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


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.