August 15, 2010


Today's celebration can challenge some of our fears. First and foremost is the fear of death. The Assumption of Mary calls us to trust that God who "raised the sinless Virgin Mary...body and soul to the glory of heaven" will also raise us from the dead. "In Christ shall all be brought to life," Paul writes (1 Corinthians 15:22).

This solemnity can also challenge the fear of growing old, or aging, of seeing our body change and weaken, losing its ability to do what it wants when it wants. Our culture puts a premium on "looking good," which becomes equated with looking youthful and not showing our years. The idea of growing old, of maturing into a deeper, wiser, more fully human version of who God created does not seem to be on many agendas.

This feast calls us to focus on looking good in the sense of reflecting the very goodness of God, living a life that embodies the grace of our relationship with God in Jesus Christ. We truly "look good" when our soul "proclaims the greatness of the Lord" by recognizing the important gifts that God has given us: the gifts of faith in Jesus Christ, hope in Jesus Christ and the ability to love in Jesus Christ.

Life can be lived in response to our fears of dying, sickness, aging, fear of the loss of our physical, mental and even spiritual abilities. But looking good has more to do with those qualities that show the Spirit of the Lord alive in us, shining through our words and deeds or even through our simply being.

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

August 15, 2010

SUNDAY August 8, 2010 OFFERINGS:



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.


Congratulations to Gerard and Carol Werries on the recent marriage of their son Eric John Werries to Kimberly Annette Lambert. Also, congratulations to Christian and Sheri Berger on the Baptism of their daughter Avery Elisabeth this past week.


Theology on Tap will meet Wednes., Aug 18th at 7:00 at Freeport Pizza. This is open to all young adults over the age of 21. We gather informally to discuss scripture and current events as they impact you. No rsvp required.


On Aug 17th at 7pm we will have a meeting for all catechists and small group leaders in the pastoral center.


St. Juan Diego Parish is sponsoring a bus trip to see the "Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art", that will be on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center. This display is a 10,000 square foot exhibition presenting unique objects illustrating 2,000 years of art, history and culture from the Vatican Museums. The date of the trip is October 12 from 9:30am until 3:00pm. The trip includes the tour, lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse and transportation. The cost is $51 and includes all taxes and tips. Space is limited, so if you are interested please contact the Parish Office at 412-784-8700.


It's "Back to School" on Weds., Aug 25, 2010 at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) 205 Brilliant Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215. We offer a PreK-8 environment with Catholic values integrated throughout the curriculum, high academic standards and a variety of extracurricular activities. We still have openings in most of our classes. Please don't allow tuition to stand in the way of making a great educational choice for your child. Tuition assistance is available to qualified candidates. Contact us at the above address or call 412.781.7927. More information is available on the website


The next Picnic Planning meeting will be at 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 17th in the Ministry Center. If you would like to help and are able to attend, please join us! If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to help, there will be sign up sheets in the vestibule this weekend. There are sign up sheets if you would like to Volunteer for a specific activity (like set up, clean up, help with children's games, face painting etc). There are also sign up sheets so you can let us know if you plan on attending the picnic. This will give us a better idea on how much food to order. Chicken, hot dogs, corn and drinks will be provided. If you are able to bring a side dish or a desert, you can also indicate that on the sign up sheets. Please bring side dishes and desserts in disposable containers. The St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 19th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. The schedule for the picnic will be: 3:00 pm Kids' Games, 4:00 pm Parish Bingo Game, 4:30 pm Dinner, 5:30 pm regular Bingo and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bounce House for the kids. It is advisable to bring a chair as seating in the pavilion is limited. Watch the bulletin foradditional updates.


The 9am contemporary Choir and the 11am SATB (Traditional) Choir will be resuming rehearsals on Tuesday, September 7 (9am) and Wednesday, September 8 (11am). Now is the perfect time to join either of these wonderful choirs. No audition is necessary. If interested, contact Sr. Pat Baker by August 23rd.


Children's Liturgy of the Word, in which children ages 4-10 join our kid-friendly interpretation of the scripture, resumes at 9am mass after Labor Day. Special thanks to last year's volunteers (many of whom are returning): Andy Bechman, Jamie Dillon, Sharon Doherty, Natalie Gillespie, Sue Goodwin, Karen Lauer, Wendy McCorkle, and Jennifer Perkins. We're seeking additional volunteers for the upcoming year. Adults and older youth interested in helping 2-3 times per season, contact Natalie Gillespie, or 412-782-3943.


Our religious education program in need of some adults to lead our small groups for middle school students. This is a great opportunity to share your faith with the next generation! Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.


Catechetical Sunday is September 19th. We are gearing up for a great year in faith formation with you and your children. If you have not already done so please register your children. Forms are available online and in the pastoral center.


Saturday, Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 14

5:00 pm Lawrence X. Sullivan M.D. (Wife & Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

August 15

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Tom Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

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

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, August 16

8:30 am Hattie Komorowski (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, August 17

8:30 am Birthday, Marion Gimber (Sisters)

Wednesday, weekday, August 18

8:30 am Ed & Verne Stabile (Kijanra Fimily)

Thursday, weekday, August 19

8:30 am Helen Ziegler (Family)

Friday, weekday, August 20

8:30 am Patricia Akanowicz (Daughter, Charlene Akanowicz)

Saturday, St. PiusX, pope, August 21

9:00 am Daniel P. Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 21

5:00 pm Birthday, Laverne Keefer & Anniv., Margaret B. Keefer (Ruth & Gary)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 22

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Ted & Vee Kijanka (The Kijanka Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Anniv., Damiano Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


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.