January 31, 2010




           Prophets tend not to be very popular.  They get thrown in jail, ridiculed, beaten up, or killed.  The leaders of Jerusalem once had Jeremiah thrown in a cistern, where he would have died if someone had not interceded for him with the king.  Today we hear how the people of Nazareth would have killed Jesus if he had not given them the slip. 

In both cases, people did not want a message that God was sending them through the prophets.  Jeremiah had to tell the leaders that their time had run out because of their infidelity to the covenant.  God was leaving them to their own devices, allowing Jerusalem to be destroyed by the Babylonians.  Jesus confronts his own townspeople by admonishing them that they should be like that woman whom Elijah helped and that leper Elisha sent to wash in the Jordan.  Both of these Gentiles had faith they should imitate.  But the villagers only wanted a God who would wreak vengeance on the Gentiles, a God who only worked wonders for them and who was confined within the boundaries of Israel.

Sometimes we may want to keep God in a little box of our own making, limiting God to the boundaries of the church building or maybe even just the tabernacle.  That way we go and visit God when we have time or need something, but we hope that God will not bother us too much with any burdensome demands.  The God of Israel was never satisfied with confinement, even in something the size of the temple.  And Jesus would not allow himself to be constricted in his own day concerning whom he associated or ate with or even touched.  Tight quarters wouldn't do, not then but especially once he was raised from the tomb!


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

January 31, 2010




Sunday January 24, 2010 Offerings:






In addition, our parish school, Christ The Divine Catholic Academy, raised $1,317.57 for Haiti



             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!



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.



Save Wednesday, February 10, for the Aquinas Guild meeting that will feature John C. Maher, M.D. speaking on the "Common Causes of Vision Loss."  We will meet at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall.



The next meeting of the Hope for Haiti Committee is Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center .  Please join us as we plan upcoming projects and continue to respond to the recent earthquake.  All are welcome.



Each Sunday in church we hear a reading from the Old Testament.  It might be a story about King David or perhaps an oracle from one of the prophets.  But how do these stories and sayings fit into a wider picture?  Join us for a continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story."  This spring, we will survey the story line of the Old Testament from the time of Samuel and David through the prophets Amos and Hosea.  In the end, you will not only be able to place each Sunday Old Testament reading in its context, but you will be enriched by the vivid and challenging story of Israel's encounter with God.  We are offering the study in two tracks:  Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register.  Newcomers to the study are welcome!



Thank you to those who participated in St Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project.  Generous donations from our parishioners helped make Christmas more hopeful for many less fortunate children in our area, as well as fund tuition for students in Haiti and Kenya. Your donations were appreciated very much!



             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.


             Next weekend our confirmation candidates will be collecting after all masses for the Souper Bowl of Caring.  All money collected will be donated to the Jubliee Soup Kitchen.  Please be generous.



             Our next MEGA meeting for Confirmation preparation will be Sunday, Feb. 7th at noon..  Any candidate who has not participated in the Rite of Enrollment will do so at the 11:00 mass before the meeting.



Charity Dance for all Middle School and High School Youth will follow youth mass, Feb. 6th, from 6:30-9:30 in the gym. Admission is $5.00.  All attendees will be entered in a drawing for an official Penguin jersey.  Join us for an evening of great music and fun!



Any adult or teen wishing to participate in Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, February 6th from 8:30-2:00, should rsvp  jamiedillon@comcast.net by Thursday. 



Youth Ministry ski trip to Hidden Valley is Friday, February 12th 1-9pm.  Cost for ticket and rental is $54.00.  We will meet at 11:00 at Target in Harmar.  If you are interested, please contact jamiedillon@comcast.net. 



There is now a St. Vincent DePaul collection box located in the parking lot behind St. Francis of Assisi Church (2599 Freeport Road, Harmar). Please, only bags of clothing, shoes and belts can be accepted.



Our regional school, CDTCA, will be sponsoring a fish fry on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and on March 19 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.  Spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors!  Any questions, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319.



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 9:00am Mass.  We will continue offering child care at the 11:00am Mass as long as parents use this service.



 As we all know the medium age of priests in our diocese is 61 years of age!!   This means that in just a few years we will have far fewer priests  in our diocese.   Will you help to raise awareness for the need of priestly vocations?  The Serra Club has been working hard and faithfully in our diocese to support vocations to the priesthood.  I would like to nominate a couple or an individual to join the Serra Club and be part of this important outreach.   If you are interested, please contact me this week at 412-781-0186, ext. 14.  Thank you,  Fr. Ken



 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

 Memorial Flowers Mary C. Cavanaugh  (James L.& Vicki Cavanaugh)


Monday, weekday, February 1

8:30 am Helen Yasinsky (Gwen Robosson)


Tuesday, Presentation of the Lord, February 2

8:30 am J. Kevin Scanlon (Family)


Wednesday,  weekday, February 3

8:30 am Denise Donnelly (Family)


Thursday, weekday, February 4

     8:30am Phyllis Friday (Renee Lyons)


 First Friday, St. Agatha, virgin, February 5

8:30am William Henderson (Patty Ober)

10:30am Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy

      Presider:  Fr. Kris Stubna


Saturday, St. Paul Miki, martyr, February 6

9:00 am Rosemarie Diehm (St. Monica Society)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Saturday, Vigil of the Feast of St. Scholastica,

February 6

5:00 pm Joanne Vey (Dr. & Mrs. Jack Maher)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Feast of St. Scholastica , February 7

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Sean Hogan

9:00 am Beatriz  Caminos (Angelo & Brenda Castiglione)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Deceased members of Kopec & Bonessa Families (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


   Memorial Flowers Beatriz Caminos (Angelo & Brenda Castiglione)




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.