August 8, 2010


Sometimes the future looks grim. Will there ever be a time when some country in the world is not at war? Or a time when no children are dying of starvation or lacking the security of a home and the promise of a future? Will there ever be a time when people will not resort to violence to solve their problems?

The words of Jesus today are directed to a community already waiting half a century for Jesus to return. He has not yet arrived-at least, not in glory. The parable of the master who will return from the wedding feast when you least expect him refers to Jesus, who is presently at the wedding banquet in the kingdom of heaven.

Luke calls the church to think of itself as a community of servants, taking care of one another, with one eye on the door for the master's return. The image suddenly switches to a thief coming in the night. A bit jarring-thieves come to steal. But this master/thief will only come to steal our hearts.

The Letter to the Hebrews is thought to be a sermon. The preacher is exhorting a community that is tired of waiting, saying that their faith in God will be generously met, as Abraham's faith was. God will be faithful. Trust God and endure.

Jesus returns to us at every Eucharist. He comes as the master who proceeds to wait on us at the table and feed us with his body and blood. This food is meant to nourish our hope in God, who will not let us down.

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

August 8, 2010

SUNDAY August 1, 2010 OFFERINGS:



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.


The Aquinas Guild's annual Autumn Song Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The day's festivities will include a teacup auction, silent auction, a bake sale and fashion show. This year, Cajoli and Catherina's of Oakmont will be the featured boutiques. Mark your calendars now for a not to be missed day of fine food, fun and high fashion.


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.


We will be selling gift certificates after all masses next weekend, August 14th & 15th. 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.


Widowed, separated or divorced? You are not alone. There are others who must walk this hard road as well. Come be among us. We know the pain. No masks required. The Beginning Experience weekend program is presented by a team of people who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death separation or divorce and are willing to share their own experience to help others. The next weekend will be held October 1-3, 2010 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Township PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, contact the Office for Adult and Family Faith Formation at 412-456-3160 or or make a confidential call to Steve Smith at 412-367-4948 or 412-720-8694.


Divorce Care- St. Philip Church (Crafton) Monday evenings starting Sept. 13, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. in the Parish Center. Divorce Care is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. It's a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling. It's a place where you can hear valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. For more information call Marcie at 412-922-5255 or Mary Jo at 412-279-0299


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

Monday, weekday, August 9

8:30 am Charles W. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Tuesday, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, August 10

8:30 am Katherine Cush (Dan Cush)

Wednesday, St. Clare, virgin, August 11

8:30 am William L. Jacob, Jr. (Kathleen Welsh)

Thursday, weekday, August 12

8:30 am Beatriz Camino (Mr. & Mr. Joseph Franzetta)

Friday, weekday, August 13

8:30 am Pauline Casile (Bruno Casile)

Saturday, St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe, priest & martyr, August 14

9:00 am Joshua Akanowicz (Robert Schultz)

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


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.