May 16, 2010



             The late Paul Harvey was famous for his stories on the radio.  He would tell only part of a story, then announce that, after the commercials, he would be back with "the rest of the story".  Then he would come back with a  surprising or satisfying wrap-up.  The word of God reminds us that, no matter what has already happened in our lives or what will happen in future days, God will provide us "the rest of the story".

John does not have Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane but at the Last Supper.  Jesus prays to the Father for his disciples and for all who will hear their words about him.  He prays that all may be one.  The ending that God has planned for all who believe in Jesus is that we enter into unity with Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Today we also witness the end of the story of one of the first preachers of the gospel, Stephen the deacon.  As he was being stoned, he prayed that the Lord Jesus receive his spirit and that those stoning him be forgiven.  The end of his story on this earth echoes the final words of Jesus on the cross in Luke's Gospel.

Finally, the author of Revelation holds up an image of Jesus as the beginning and the end of the human story.  He will return at the end of time and bring a recompense that he "will give to each according to [our] deeds" (Revelation 22:12).  At the end, then, is God's plan for unity, forgiveness, and glory.  And that's the rest of the story.



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

May 16, 2010







             This is a reminder that the Diocese of Pittsburgh requires all volunteer ministers who have any contact with children (including, but not limited to, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and choir members) to fulfill Safe Environment requirements. This includes 1) an application on the online diocesan database; 2) a PA Dept. of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance certificate; 3) a signed copy of the Code of Pastoral Conduct; and 4) attendance at a Protecting God's Children workshop.  In the near future, volunteer ministers will receive information detailing their status with the guidelines.  For your convenience, we will hold Protecting God's Children workshops at the parish in the next month.  If you'd prefer another option, St. Edward's in Blawnox is hosting a PGC session on Saturday, May 22 at 9am.  Please call 412-828-4066 to register.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mary Swindal, parish Safe Environment Coordinator, at 412-781-0186 or



CDTCA's annual Book Fair will be after all masses on May 15th and 16th in the Pastoral Center.



Congratulations to Philip McGrath who was awarded the diocesan St. Timothy Award for service!  Philip was selected from all the nominees in our vicariate.  He has been actively involved in youth ministry, leadership team and the Appalachia mission, as well as being involved in the contemporary choir.  Please join us in congratulating this exceptional young man.



Vacation Bible School needs baby food jars!  There will be a box in the back of the church for anyone who would like to donate some!



Don't forget!  Register your child ages 5-9 for Faith Rocks!  Vacation Bible School, June 14-18th.  9:00-12:00.  Cost is $15.00 per person before May 30th.



The parish is hosting two upcoming PGC workshops for parish and school volunteers who need to fulfill this component of diocesan safe environment requirements.  They are Thursday, May 20 at 10am, and Thursday, May 27 at 7pm.  Both workshops will be held in the Pastoral Center.  Please call the parish office, 412-781-0186 x10 and leave a message to register.  Thank you.



             In this month that honors Mary, we invite you to come to an evening service of prayer and praise of Mary, the Mother of God.  It will be on Monday of this week, May 17th, at 7:00pm.  Please come and bring a friend.



             This weekend, May 15-16, there will be second collection for Catholic Relief Services.  As you know, when the earthquake stuck Haiti a few months ago, Catholic Relief Services was one of the major responders who were already "on the ground".  By supporting CRS we offer hope to our brothers and sisters,



We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this weekend, May 15th and May 16th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community Market and Panera. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.



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.


The annual golf outing to benefit our school will be held May 24th at Fox Chapel Golf Club. The field is growing, but there is still room for foursomes and individual players. If you cannot play, there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities.  For more info, email or call Kelly DiNatale (412) 779-5328 or Paul Giuffre (412) 963-6238.


If you have a child enrolled in a Catholic elementary school and are interested in playing football then please consider playing for the St. Mary of the Assumption Football Program.  The St. Mary's program is one of the longest running football programs in the Diocese.  If you have a child in grades 3-7 and are interested in playing football in the Fall then please contact Sam Commendatore at 412-486-7737 for more information.



Young Adult Wine Tasting Thursday, May 27th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.  All young adults ages 21-35 are welcome to come and enjoy this relaxing evening.



To honor the feast  of  Pentecost, please join other members of the congregation in wearing red to all masses next weekend.



Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter,  May 15

5:00 pm          Harriet Lynch (James & Karen Lynch)

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16

7:30 am          Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am          Hilda Weiss (Welsh Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am         Michael Warburton (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


Monday, Easter weekday, May 17

8:30 am Mary Aquila (Terriogo Family)


Tuesday, Easter weekday, May 18

8:30 am Mary C. Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)


Wednesday, Easter weekday, May 19

8:30 am Birthday, Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Confenti)


Thursday, Easter weekday, May 20

8:30 am Bernard Marzec (Longhini Family)


Friday, St. Matthias, apostle, May 21

8:30 am Frank X. Larkin (Mary Larkin)


Saturday, Easter weekday, May 22

9:00 am Gaetano Marsico (Irene Marsico Kelhofer)


Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost Sunday,  May 22

5:00 pm …………….Chester Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Pentecost,  May 23

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Hilda Weiss (Welsh Family)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Michael Warburton (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..


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. Thom Bercik                                                 412-390-3748

Organist/Wedding Contact


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.