May 2, 2010


Today's Gospel begins with the words, "When Judas had left them…" (John 13:31). We are at the Last Supper with Jesus, a few hours before he will be arrested, tried, and condemned to death. Immediately after this passage comes the prediction of Peter's denial. Between the move toward betrayal and the prediction of denial, in his darkest hour, Jesus speaks of his glorification and what that means for those who will follow him.

In all that follows, which includes his suffering, death, and resurrection, God will be glorified and God will glorify Jesus. This is the "hour" for which Jesus came—to be lifted up and to draw all to himself in an ultimate act of love. All is moving toward that moment when Jesus will say from the cross, "It is finished" (John 19:30).

Jesus' love is now to be found in the community that gathers in his name, in our love for each other, a love willing to give of itself completely for others, thereby mirroring the love that Jesus has for his disciples. The meaning of life is to be found in the giving and receiving of love.

In his encyclical God is Love, Pope Benedict XVI writes that "the Church's deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: proclaiming the word of God, celebrating the sacraments, and exercising the ministry of charity. These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable" (#25). Preaching Jesus, celebrating Jesus, and loving one another in Jesus—this is the circle of life in which we are caught up and that moves out to embrace the world.

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

May 2, 2010

SUNDAY April 25, 2010 OFFERINGS:


Hekima Collection



Dear Friends of Saint Scholastica, thank-you and blessings on all of you for the help you have given us for the girls. You have donated $5,504.00 and we are very grateful. Please know that every single cent will go to a new house for the girls. To hear news of them, please drop an email to

Be Blessed, Kate Fletcher


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!


Please join us in the Pastoral Center on May 23, Pentecost Sunday, to welcome new members who have joined the parish. The open house and breakfast buffet will be after the 7:30am, 9am and 11am Masses. All parishioners are invited to attend.


Our parish secretary, Pat Wolfson, is on sick leave following an operation. We are hopeful she can rejoin us next month. In the meanwhile our temporary office hours are: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00am- 3:00pm. We will be closed on Thursday and Friday. If you need Mass cards, sacramental records, etc., please call the Parish Office (412-781-0186, ext # 10) and leave a message. We will get back to you within a day. We appreciate your patience. Fr. Ken


Congratulations to all of our students who recently received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. We are very proud of you! A special thank you to all of the parents, teachers, catechists and small group leaders who have led by your example of faith.


Saturday, June 5th at the 5:00 youth mass we will honor our graduating seniors. After mass we will have a picnic on the lawn with live music. Seniors please RSVP to if you plan to attend.


Register now for Faith Rocks! Vacation Bible School. June 14-19th 9:00am -12 noon. This is for youth ages 5-9. If you would like to help or need a registration form email or call the youth ministry office.


There will be a collection at the Church doors next Sunday, Mother's Day, for Genesis of Pittsburgh. Genesis provides assistance to young girls and women facing unplanned pregnancy. They help pregnant women create new beginnings for themselves and their unborn children, providing housing, guidance, education and health care.


The committee will meet on Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center . All are welcome!


The Aquinas Guild will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding at a luncheon this Wednesday, May 5th, at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. The luncheon will begin at 12 noon and the cost is $25 per person (choice of Chicken Marsala or Almond Crusted Tilapia as entree). If you have not responded and would like to attend, please call Mrs. Karyn Lynch (412-963- 9399 ) no later than Sunday evening, May 2nd.


Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 1

5:00 pm Mary Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2

7:30 am Fr. Ignatius A. Koller (Virginia & Jan)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Rev. Joseph Duchene (Welsh Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Philip & St. James, apostles, May 3

8:30 am Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia Snyder)

Tuesday, Easter weekday, May 4

8:30 am Mary Smith (Regis Obringer)

Wednesday, Easter weekday, May 5

8:30 am Mary LeDonne (LeDonne Family)

Thursday, Easter weekday, May 6

8:30 am Birthday, Joe Costa (Costa Family)

Friday, Easter weekday, May 7

8:30 am Rose Asturi (Asturi Family)

Saturday, Easter weekday, May 8

9:00 am Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 8

5:00 pm John Gregorczyk (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Irene Kurkiewicz (The Kurkiewicz Children)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am J. Kevin Scanlon (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

Staff Accountant

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.