June 13, 2010


Kings are not easily cornered. Hamlet has to put on a play to catch the conscience of the king, his own uncle, who has killed his (Hamlet's) father and married his mother. In the passage just prior to today's first reading, the prophet Nathan catches the conscience of Israel's King David by telling the story of a rich man who takes a poor man's beloved and only lamb and serves it up in a stew. When David angrily demands to know who this man is, Nathan replies: "That man is you." David repents. And God forgives.

Jesus catches the conscience of a Pharisee—perhaps. We don't really know if there is any change in Simon after hearing the story. But it is hard to conceive that he did not "get it". Those who know their need for God's mercy receive God's mercy and love in return. Those who do not recognize their need for mercy live their lives refusing to love others.

The woman had already known God's forgiveness; she walked in the freedom and acted in freedom. No judgments could stop her from honoring the one who had brought her this freedom. So she stood weeping tears of gratitude, trying to mirror the extravagant love she had received. Simon, dry-eyed and dry-hearted, can only denigrate Jesus ("if this man were a prophet") and the woman ("he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him" [7:39]). Simon saw only "a sort of woman".

The heart that has been forgiven is deep enough to hold the love of God and to share it with others. Extravagance begets extravagance. Ask for the gift of a forgiven and forgiving heart.

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

June 13, 2010




This weekends' altar flowers were donated by Tom Bercik in memory of Joe M. Bercik Sr., Helen K. Bercik and Joe M. Bercik Jr.


We commend Walter T. Jaros (98) to the Lord. His funeral Mass was Saturday, June 12th. We offer our sympathy and

prayers to Cecilia, his wife, and to the whole family.


As you have noticed, the rectory and the Ministry Center (the old convent) have been painted. They both look great. Edge Painting did a great job and I recommend them to you. James Finney is the Project Manager (412-821-3804). This summer we are replacing the roof on the old school, installing new boilers in the old school and in the Ministry Center, installing automatic door openers for the double doors in the church (right front doors), and roof repair on the Ministry Center, garage and rectory. It is your financial support of the parish that permits us to repair and maintain our buildings. Thank you, Fr. Ken


On Father's Day, Sunday, June 20th, we will have a baptism at the 9:00am mass. We will baptize Ava Lucille Stackhouse, daughter of David and Beth. Congratulations!


I will be on retreat at St. Paul's Seminary in Greentree from Sunday, June 13th to Friday, June 18th. There will not be an 8:30am morning mass from Monday through Friday of this coming week. However, we will have a Saturday morning mass on the 19th at 9:00am, followed by confessions. Please pray for me as I will pray for the parish community. This retreat comes at a good time as I celebrate 42 years of priesthood and 2 years as your pastor (July 7th). Thank you and God bless you.


Vacation Bible School starts June 14th. Please keep our little ones in your prayers.


Attention Parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles we need Catechists and Small Group Leaders for the upcoming academic year. If you can help please contact the Religious Education Office or jamiedillon@comcast.net


Full time housekeeping position available at Caritas Christi, Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. 724 –853–7948 Ext 473.


On Friday, June 25th Youth Ministry is hosting a trip to the Boyce Park Wave pool. Cost is $5.00 per person. All Middle school and high school youth are welcome as well as, adult chaperones. RSVP by June 20th (jamiedillon@comcast.net).


We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, June 19th and June 20th. 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.


Last week we put "on line" a new company to handle our phone traffic both for the school and the parish. We expect to save about $1,000.00 each for the parish and the school each year. We want to use well and wisely the hard-earned donations you give to the parish. If you have been trying to call the parish or the school and the phone keeps ringing, then we need to hear from you. Most calls are getting through but there seems to be a "bug" in the system for a few people. Please let us know, call (412)781-0186, extension 24 and leave a message for our finance office. Also, a reminder that summer office hours are: Monday – Wednesday, 10:00am – 3:00pm. Thank you.


Single, 21 and over (or know someone who is), looking for a new way to meet people, make friends, and share good times with others? Check out the Catholic Alumni Club. The group offers parties, picnics, hiking, volleyball, tennis softball, dinners, trips, scripture study, community service, bowling, cultural and many other great events. For more information, visit our website: www.cacpittsburgh.org or call 412-341-4070.


A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, June 14, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin). Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date. The next baptismal preparation session will be on Monday, August 9th.


Saturday, Vigil of the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 12

5:00 pm Violet Mueller (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Walt Rydzon

Sunday, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 13

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am William Henderson (Wife & Children)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Pauline Egan (Miriam Noll)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, June 14—Friday June 18



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, St. Romuald, abbot, June 19

9:00 am Birthday, Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 19

2:30 pm Wedding, Cori Brown & Nathan Lukasik

5:00 pm Elizabeth Greb (James & Karyn Lynch)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 20

7:30 am Daniel S. Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am William Henderson (Ken & Kay Macek)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

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: 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. 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: CDTCA@consolidated.net

To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.