August 29, 2010


Jesus is not just taking a turn as Emily Post in today's Gospel. At first sight, this Gospel can simply seem to be a case of calling people to be more respectful of others of higher station. To the guests he says: Don't rush for the best places near the host, the seats of honor. You might end up embarrassed if someone else has a better claim to that seat. So be humble, take a lesser place and let the host bring you higher. Such advice can really sound like a call to a more calculating kind of self-interest.

In a similar vein, he says to the host: Don't just invite the same old crowd all the time-your family, your friends, the ones who can either do something for you or who will invite you back in return. Instead, Jesus says, invite those who do not belong at any "respectable" Sabbath dinner-the ones who are outsiders, those considered beyond the bounds of society because of their physical, social or religious impediments.

What is all this about? It is about being children of the kingdom of God, about being humble before the table of the Lord and about inviting the needy to that table, just as God did when God began to form a people out of a lowly group of slaves in Egypt. This people God called to be the chosen people. So be generous now as God has been generous with you. "Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,/and you will find favor with God" (Sirach 3:18).

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

August 29, 2010

SUNDAY August 22, 2010 OFFERINGS:



The Hope for Haiti Committee is hosting a fundraiser at the Walnut Grove Restaurant from September 1st -19th whereby we will receive 10% of the check amount (less taxes and tip) on all lunches and dinners. In order for the Hope for Haiti Committee to receive these funds, customers just have to mention to their server that they are supporting the St. Scholastica Hope for Haiti fundraiser.


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. Also, volunteers are needed for assembling and mailing the newsletter.


Congratulations to Kevin and Ashley Knaus on the baptism of their daughter, Juliet Elizabeth and Kevin and Helen Erdner on the baptism of their son, Graham John.

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the families of Terrence Paulick and Stephen Novick whose funerals we celebrated this past week. Also, keep in your prayers Ruth Scholl whose sister is our parish secretary, Pat Wolfson. Ruth's funeral was this past Friday at Holy Spirit in Millvale.


Lunch, Fashions, Auctions, Bake Sale! Please mark your calendar for a special Autumn Song luncheon on Sat, Oct 16 at the Pgh 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.


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: or call 412-341-4070.


Youth Mass is Saturday September 4 at 5:00pm. Any student wishing to sing or play an instrument should attend rehearsal at 3:30pm.


Religious Education begins Sunday, September 19 at 10:15am or Tuesday September 21 at 6:15pm. Please register if you have not already done so. All students should report to the cafeteria with their parents on their given day. We are starting the year with an open house! We are looking forward to seeing everyone! Small group selections for Religious Ed will be available after all masses the weekend of Sept 11th/12th in the pastoral center. Home study families can pick up their materials in the pastoral center after all masses the weekend of Sept 11th/12th.


Most Sundays in church we hear a reading from the Old Testament. It might be a story about King David or an oracle from one of the prophets. But how do these stories and sayings fit into a wider picture? Join us for a continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story." This fall, we will survey the story line of the Old Testament from the time of the kings of Judah after Solomon to the exile in Babylon. Along the way, we will consider the messages of prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. In the end, you will not only be able to place each Sunday Old Testament reading in its context, but you will be enriched by the vivid and challenging story of Israel's encounter with God. We are offering the study in two tracks: Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register. Newcomers to the study are welcome!


The pain and suffering of a separation or divorce can be devastating and the effects can last a long time. We are here for those who are in great need of our support. This ministry has been realized at Good Shepherd Parish and we would like those in need to feel welcome. You may feel free to express your feelings or just listen -it is entirely up to you. Meetings are held each Wednesday, continuing until November and will be held at Sacred Heart Campus Hall, 1600 Brinton Road, Braddock Hills from 7:00 - 8:45 PM. For more information or to let us know you're attending, call Patti at 412-600-3932.


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

5:00 pm Louis Kopec (The Bonessa Family)

Presider: Fr.

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

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr.

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

Presider: Fr.

11:00 am Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)

Presider: Fr.

Monday, weekday, August 30

8:30 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

Tuesday, St. Bartholomew, apostle, August 31

8:30 am Thomas & Helen Quinlan (Bob McGuiness Family)

Wednesday, weekday, September 1

8:30 am Joshua Akanowicz (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Thursday, weekday, September 2

8:30 am Catherine Childs (Family)

Friday, St. Monica, September 3

8:30 am Patsy Monteverde (Kathleen Welsh)

Saturday, St. PiusX, pope, September 4

9:00 am Birthday, Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 4

5:00 pm Frank X. Larkin (Mary Larkin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 5

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Birthday, Jonathan Marsico

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Elizabeth Williams, Frances Maher & Helen Vincent (Mary Ellen Maher & Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Please make arrangements with the pastor at least 6 weeks prior to the desired date.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Contact Andy Beckman for more information- see Parish Contact below.

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.