August 1, 2010


At some point in their development, children go through the "me" phase. Everything is about "me". This is when "no" becomes a frequent word in their vocabulary. Sometimes the "me" phase extends into adulthood, with everything continuing to be about "me, me, me".

Take the man in the parable. His inner dialogue is all about "me". "What shall I do?" he asks himself in the face of a plentiful harvest. Then we hear his thoughts: "This is what I shall do," since I don't have space. "I shall tear down my barns and build...I shall store all my grain...I shall say to myself" (Luke 12:17, 18), and so on. The only time "you" enters into the conversation is when he is talking to himself.

Jesus tells this story to a man who wants Jesus to advise his brother to share an inheritance with him. Another "me" person. Jesus' warning to the man and those standing around is to guard against greed, that life is not about things. Qoheleth too, warns about being preoccupied with all that is passing.

The author of Colossians calls us to "seek what is above" (Colossians 3:1), attend to what lasts, put on Christ, live in intimacy with the Father as Jesus did. Be a "we" person, rather than a "me" person. When we gather for Mass on Sunday, we come together as a "we" people. We say or sing together the great hymn of Glory to God in the highest; we prefess our faith as a community; we pray "Our Father". It's about We not Me.

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

August 1, 2010




I will be away this week from Wednesday until Sunday evening. My niece is getting married next weekend in Baltimore so my family will gather to celebrate with her and her new husband, Rudy. There will not be a morning Mass on Friday or Saturday this week.


Saturday August 7 at 5:00pm is Youth Mass followed by a Pirate Game (with Sky Blast!). We have some seats available. Please RSVP to the youth ministry office. Cost is $17.00 per ticket.


Appalachia Pool Party/Reunion Friday August 13 at Community Swim Club 6-9pm. RSVP to the youth ministry office.


Auditions for the 2010-2011 Diocesan Choir season will soon be held. The Choir, under the direction of Fr. Jim Chepponis, Music Director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, sings for the major Diocesan events at St. Paul's Cathedral throughout the year. Currently there are openings in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections. In addition to being good singers, potential members must be capable sight-readers due to a limited rehearsal schedule and at least 18 years of age. Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair. Audition times may be scheduled by calling Doris Anne in the Diocesan Music Office (412-456-3042) before August 11th.


This is an in-depth study of GENESIS that will run Sept through May on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. The first class is Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall. Any woman (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcome to join this group! In addition to learning so much about our Lord and His Church, you will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with others in our community. The registration fee is $50 and covers all materials needed for the 28 week course. That is less than the price of a cup of coffee each week! For an in-depth look at CSS please visit For more information and to register contact Mary Wilson at 412-963-1931. Deadline to register is Aug 15th.


Now that we are in the "dog days" of summer and the pace of life is not as hectic, I would like to invite you to have a conversation with me. Now that I have completed two years as pastor, this is a good time for "listening sessions". You hear me talk to you during my Sunday homilies, now I would like the "view from the pews". I invite you to share with me on any issue that is of concern to you, whether it is a personal issue, or one that relates to parish life or issues that face the church in general. I envision these conversations to be about a half hour in length and in the privacy of my office in the Pastoral Center. Just email me or call me at (412)781-0186, extension 14 and we can set up a time that works for the both of us. Fr. Ken


Please consider the attributes of a Catholic Education. Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is still accepting students for the '10-11 school year for PreK-7th. Please call us at 412. 781.7927 for more information or to tour the school. Come hear about the benefits of a Catholic Education. Financial aid is available to qualified families.


A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, August 2, 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, September 13.


The committee will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 4th at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!


St. Joseph O'Hara Twp. will be offering a work shop on "Celebrating Liturgy with Children" on Thursday, August 19 from 6-9pm. Facilitator will be Tina Kendrella cost:$15.00, contact: Nancy Vecchio 412-963-8885 ex 301.


On Tuesday August 17th we will have a meeting for all catechists or adults interested in becoming catechists or small group leaders. The meeting will be at 7:00 in the pastoral center.


Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31

5:00 pm Ray & Patty Diamond (Virginia & Jan)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,

August 1

7:30 am Virgilio Ferraro (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Giuseppi Lopardo (Costa Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, August 2

8:30 am Margaret Fleming (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, August 3

8:30 am Joshua Akanowicz (Kathleen Welsh)

Wednesday, St. John Mary Vianney, priest, August 4

8:30 am Patsy Monteverde (St.Monica Society)

Thursday, weekday, August 5

8:30 am Raymond Smith & Francis Clifford (wives, Mary & Lorraine)

Friday, The Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6


Saturday, weekday, priest, August 7


Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 7

5:00 pm Edward L. Gursky (wife & daughter)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,

August 8

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am birthday, Douglas Arturo (Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Rita McGannon (Ken & Kay Macek)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


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.