August 22, 2010


I was lucky to get a ticket to get through the "purple gate" at President Obama's inauguration. Many did not. Thousands, some from far away, found themselves watching it back in their hotel rooms because they could not get through the gate. It was truly an experience of trying to get through a very narrow gate. Those of us who did knew the crush of the crowd as people became impatient to enter.

What is Jesus trying to tell us in this troubling image given in response to someone asking how many will be saved? Is this God's plan? That we have this hunger for heaven, but too bad, only a few are going to get in? Will even the next world be handed over to a privileged few with the right credentials?

And what is this image of God as a father who scourges his children to get them to shape up? What is God's word trying to tell us this week? Is there good news to be found in a message that the kingdom is not for the weak, the sinners, those with less than perfect records?

We must remember that God's grace and mercy carry us through the narrow gate. Like Jesus, we do our best to discern God's will while trusting in the Father's love for us. Trust God to be God. Know that Jesus will walk with us and guide us through that narrow gate. We need to do all we can to gain entrance. We have a part to play.

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

August 22, 2010

SUNDAY August 15, 2010 OFFERINGS:



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


Lunch, Fashions, Auctions and Bake Sale! Please mark your calendar for another special Autumn Song luncheon, on Saturday, October 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. This annual Aquinas Guild event supports the church, the community, and CDTCA. If you have a donation for the auctions or baskets, please contact Boo Benckart at 412-968-0828 or Sue Goodwin at 412-967-0791. Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; weekend get-aways; golf experiences; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. We welcome donations of hand crafted items such as knitted or crocheted sweaters, blankets or baby items and gently used treasures from your own home.


There is no time like the present to share your faith with the next generation! Our religious education program is seeking adults to be catechists, small group leaders and substitutes. We also need teen assistants. If you can help contact Religious Education begins September 19 Catechetical Sunday. We invite all religious education families to join us in the cafeteria for donuts! Sign ups for small groups for our middle school students will be Sept. 11/12 after all masses.


St. Ursula Parish Support for Grieving Families Ministry is offering a seven week grief support program — share with others who are grieving a loss of a loved one in an atmosphere of trust and caring compassion. Your shared experience of loss may be of help to another and, in turn, their experience may bring you a sense of comfort and peace. This free series runs seven consecutive Mondays beginning September 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm. Sessions will meet in the Saint Ursula Parish Social Hall. For more information or to register call Lorraine 412-487-1094 or Sister Janice 412-486-6700 ext. 7


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.


The Aquinas Guild has scheduled a tour of the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit at the Senator John Heinz Museum on Wednesday, November 17th. The exhibit includes nearly 200 objects that illuminate 2,000 years of Catholic art, history and culture. The tour is open to all women of the parish and their guests. Bus transportation and lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse is also planned. The cost will be between $35 and $40. Please contact Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5863 if you are interested or have questions.


There will be a meeting for all confirmation students and their families on September 12 after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center.


Mark your calendars! Saturday, September 5 is our next youth mass!


Turn a good marriage into a great one. Join us September 24-26 at the Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport for a World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend. For more information or to register please contact Jay and Judy at (412)635-7775 visit us on the web at www.wwme – or facebook WWME SW PA!


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

Monday, weekday, August 23

8:30 am Ann Colangelo (Husband, Edward)

Tuesday, St. Bartholomew, apostle, August 24

8:30 am Anniv., Marion Gimber (Sisters)

Wednesday, weekday, August 25

8:30 am Macino & Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)

Thursday, weekday, August 26

8:30 am Anniv., Rosanne Asturi (Frank & Ann)

Friday, St. Monica, August 27

8:30 am Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, St. PiusX, pope, August 28

9:00 am William T. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 28

5:00 pm Louis Kopec (The Bonessa Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 29

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Andrew Rosati (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)

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.