September 12, 2010


I am not sure whether our first reading today is a help or a hindrance. Here's the problem. While Moses is up on Mount Sinai talking with God, the people, fresh out of slavery in Egypt, have set up an image of a molten calf and are worshiping it. God is angry enough to want to annihilate them. Moses uses all his skill to calm God down and turn away the divine wrath. This story might reinforce an image of an angry God who needs someone to turn aside the divine anger. Some have understood Jesus as doing this by dying for our sins.

Thank God for Paul and the three parables that Jesus tells today! Paul uses his own life as a story of sin offset by mercy, telling us he was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and arrogant, "but I have been mercifully treated...Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant" (1 Timothy 1:13, 14). Paul proclaims that Christ came into the world to save us. The Father sent him so that we might know God's mercy.

Jesus' parables are about getting lost, whether wandering off like sheep, accidentally getting lost like a coin, deliberately getting lost like that young son who thought freedom to do as he pleased was all that mattered or stubbornly getting lost like that older brother who won't make his way into the party. In all these cases, someone searches out what's gotten lost and celebrates with a party when it is found. That someone is God, revealed in Jesus Christ, a searching God passionately in love with us.

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


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. We will also have a 50/50 that will have a cash prize and also some additional prized available as well. Please remember to sign up. 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. The cost for the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum per family of $20. 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. It is advisable to bring a chair as seating in the pavilion is limited. The last picnic planning meeting will be held on Monday September 13th at 7:00 in the Ministry Center.

September 12, 2010

SUNDAY September 5, 2010 OFFERINGS:



Fr. Ken will give a talk on Weds of this week, Sept. 15th, at 9:30 in the Pastoral Center. This presentation will be based on John Allen's book, The Future Church – How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing The Catholic Church. The Church will be greatly impacted by Evangelical Catholicism, Islam, the new demography, expanding lay roles, the biotech revolution, globalization and other major trends. An example of these trends is the reality that the "Church is moving South" – the Church was dominated in the twentieth century by the global north (Europe and North America). Today finds two thirds of the Church's members living in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Catholic leadership will come from all over the world in this century to a degree never before experienced. Come share in this presentation with you questions and comments.


Since this fund was established in 1995, more than $21.3 million has been raised. In the past fifteen years, $8.5 million in assistance has been given to more than 32,000 children from nearly every parish in the diocese. Given the financial stress experienced by many of our Catholic school families, this fund and your support of our students are more important than ever. Our goal is to provide affordable and accessible Catholic Education to any student who wants to receive it. Please be as generous as possible as we take up a second collection this weekend for the Bishop's Education Fund. Thank you.


The next Aquinas Guild Meeting is Wednesday, September 15th. The Aquinas Guild, the woman's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica Parish for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to make new friends and to enrich their spiritual lives. Meetings and membership is open to all women of the parish. Our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday, September 15th at 9:30a.m. in the Pastoral Center. Father Kenneth White will speak about, "Future Directions of the Catholic Church". You don't have to be a member to come to our meetings.


The Hope for Haiti Committee is hosting a fundraiser at the Walnut Grove Restaurant until Sept. 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 have to mention to their server that they are supporting the St. Scholastica Hope for Haiti fundraiser. All proceeds go to supporting students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti.


We will be selling gift certificates after all masses this weekend, Sept 11th and 12th. 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.


Begins Sunday, Sept 19th or Tuesday, Sept 21st. All k-5 students and their parents should meet in the cafeteria for donuts/juice/coffee before going to their classroom. We are looking forward to a great catechetical year!


Voter Registration Applications will be available this Sunday and next Sunday in the Church vestibule. Any US citizen, resident of PA who will be 18 years old by the November 2nd election can register to vote. Anyone who has changed their name or moved should also re-register.


The Pittsburgh Kick Off Rally for the National Campaign for Forty Days for Life is Saturday, Sept 18th at 2:00pm at the Planned Parenthood Abortuary at 933 Liberty Avenue. The speakers will be Deacon Alexander Wroblicki representing Bishop Zubik and Rev. Keith Tucci, music by Leroy Mabins. Forty Days For Life starts Sept 22nd and ends Oct 31st. "Forty Days" asks for prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach.


Tuesday, Sept 14th at 7:30pm, Synod Hall, Oakland will be the PCUC General Meeting. Robert Federline, St. Irenaeus Catechetical Administrator, will speak on The Schizophrenia of Roe V Wade. All are welcome.


A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, September 13, 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, November 8.


The Aquinas Guild has scheduled a tour of the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit at the Senator John Heinz Museum on Wednesday, November 17th from 9:15 – 2:30. The exhibit includes nearly 200objects 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 of the trip is $37.Checks should be made payable to, "The Aquinas Guild" and sent to: Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please call Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863 for questions. The deadline for registration is October 15th.


Beginning Monday, September 20th at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2010. Please be aware that we have about 1,200 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish. So if you do the math that means that only one Mass intention is available for every three families/individuals. So we are setting the limit of only two masses per year for each deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be accepted, but will be sent to the Mission Office for distribution. Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniv. Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling.


Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 12

5:00 pm Walter Stypula (Elizabeth Metrovich)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 12

7:30 am Buccieri Family

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Carol Butler (St. Scholastica Traditional Choir)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. John Chrysostom, bishop & doctor, September 13

8:30 am William L. Jacob, Jr.(Bill & Sue Rielly)

Tuesday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14

8:30 am Kevin Larkin (Mary Larkin)

Wednesday, Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15

8:30 am Mary Smith (Mr. & Mrs. Vasko)

Thursday, St. Cornelius, pope & martyr & St. Cyprian, bishop & martyr, September 16

8:30 am George S. Hill (George Katchur)

Friday, weekday, September 17

8:30 am Bernard Garvey (Garvey Family)

Saturday, weekday, September 18

9:00 am Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Confenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 18

5:00 pm Deceased Members of Gursky Family (Virginia & Jan)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 19

7:30 am Letizia Magnelli (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Thomas Welsh (Welsh Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch


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

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To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.