May 23, 2010




This weekends' altar flowers are in memory of Paula & Jeanne Bernard from their family .


I will be away from the parish this week (May 24 – 29). I will be on vacation for R&R. You will notice that we have published weekday mass times for our neighboring parishes. This past week I have celebrated my 42nd year as a priest. I was ordained in 1968 by Bishop John Wright. Also, believe it or not, in six weeks (July 7) I will celebrate that I have completed two years as your pastor!! I feel very much at home here and am grateful that Bishop Zubik appointed me as pastor. Thank you for a great two years and for your commitment to the parish community and your words of support to me. I am most grateful and graced.

Fr. Ken


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


Please pray for Viola Haller and give comfort to her friends and family during this time of mourning.


In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Mary Catherine at 412-781-6550.


The parish is hosting a PGC workshop for parish and school volunteers who need to fulfill this component of diocesan safe environment requirements on Thursday, May 27 at 7pm in the Pastoral Center. Please call the parish office, 412-781-0186 x10 and leave a message to register. Thank you.


Saturday, June 5th at the 5:00 mass followed by a picnic with live music on the lawn. If you are planning to attend please email:


Are you curious about the Catholic Church? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Do you want to look into the possibility of living as a Catholic? Plan to attend an information session on Wednesday evening, June 2 at 7:30 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. You will learn a little about Catholicism and about the process the Church uses to help people discern whether they want to become Catholics. You can also raise any questions you have in a friendly, open environment. Attending this meeting imposes no further obligation or commitment. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you know in advance that you would like to attend, please inform Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail:

RCIA PROFILE: Lauren Gagliardino

Lauren Gagliardino (with tongue in cheek) describes her profession as "domestic goddess." That is, she is a homemaker who takes care of her children Will (age 2) and Vivian (1). She is married to William Gagliardino, and the family lives in Fox Chapel. Lauren was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, and was baptized at St. Scholastica. She did not receive religious training as a child, though, and did not receive any other sacraments. She lived in South Carolina for a time as an adult, and attended the Episcopal Church there. On moving back to Pittsburgh, she met Bill and they eventually married. It was his Catholic faith, Lauren says, that inspired her to return to Catholic practice and raise their children in the faith. She credits her experience in the RCIA with helping her to "fine tune my ideas of God, understand the mechanics of the Church, and feel comfortable in a new community." One highlight of her experience was "making it through" the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but her most vivid memory is of the Easter Vigil, where she was confirmed and received Eucharist for the first time. She recalls being welcomed into the community "with a hug from Fr. Ken, no less!" surrounded by the RCIA team, her family and friends and the entire parish community. She says: "I experienced an overwhelming sense of belonging." The RCIA Team can testify to how Lauren threw herself into the process with great enthusiasm (and sometimes trepidation—see the aforementioned sacrament of Reconciliation!) Her vibrant presence enriched the RCIA this year for all who participated in it. Asked what she would tell someone who is considering entering the Church through the RCIA, Lauren says: "It is well worth the journey. Doors will open for you when it is least expected." Congratulations to Lauren, and welcome to our parish community!


Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost Sunday, May 22

2:30 pm …………………Wedding, Stephanie Lunsford & Joel Panach

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

Monday, May 24—Saturday, May 28



Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg

Monday thru Friday 7:30 am, no Saturday morning mass

St. Edwards Church, Blawnox

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am

Thursday 7:00pm.

Saturday morning 9:00am mass

St. Francis of Assisi, Harmarville

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:00am

Wednesday 6:30pm and

Thursday 10:30 am.

No Saturday morning mass

St. Joseph Church, O'hara Township

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00am,

Wednesday at 7pm

No Saturday morning mass.

Saturday, Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity, May 29

2:30 pm Wedding, Alessandra Certo & Nathan Browne

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

5:00 pm …………….Edward A. Vitunac P.E. Airforce (Cpt. Frances V. Vitunac, Air Patrol wife)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Most Holy Trinity, May 30

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Don Kennedy Jr. (Gregory Madzelonka & Kathy Kennedy)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am 25th Wedding Anniversary, Tony & Kathy Goreczny

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.