September 19, 2010


When Jacob Marley appears to Ebenezer Scrooge at the beginning of A Christmas Carol, he wears a long chain, clasped around his middle, "made of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses wrought in steel". He tells Scrooge that he wears the chain he forged in life and now he wanders the earth because in life his spirit never went beyond "the narrow limits of our money-changing hole". Old Marley's life had been about money until it ended; now he pays the price.

Luke calls on his community to consider its use of money. In today's parable a steward has been caught squandering his master's property. Seeing that his days are numbered, the steward acts quickly to assure that he will have friends at the end. Surprisingly, the master commends him for "acting prudently". Jesus then comments that the children of this world have more gumption than the children of light, using their money to make friends.

Three other comments follow: use money to make friends for eternity; being trustworthy in small matters and earthly wealth will lead to being trusted with true wealth, God's kingdom; and you have to choose between God and "mammon" (whatever you put your deepest trust in other than God). In a nutshell, use your money to serve; allow God to save.

Jesus is in line with the prophet Amos, who castigates the businessmen of his day for cheating the poor and needy. God is on the side of these little ones. They are the ones we are to befriend by using our money for their good. Jesus, who came as a "ransom for all" (Timothy 2:4), is our true wealth.

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

September 19, 2010

SUNDAY September 12, 2010 OFFERINGS:





Next week we welcome Fr. Paul Leon Varuvel who will do a Mission Appeal for his diocese in India. This missionary appeal is part of the Missionary Cooperative Plan of the Diocese of Pittsburgh for the year 2010. Every year the Diocese assigns us a missionary as part of our support for the world wide church. The Diocese of Kottar was severely hit by the recent Asian tsunami of December 26, 2004. More than 900 people, almost all of them Catholics, lost their lives. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been assisting this diocese. The major concerns of the diocese are: Evangelization, Fostering Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, Education and Socio-economic Development. Next week we will have a second collection to support the Diocese of Kottar.


We are looking for you! If you are an alumni of St. Scholastica/CDTCA, we would like to hear from you! We are gathering information to build an alumni database of graduates from St. Scholastica/CDTCA. Please contact us through the school's website, and click on the alumni tab on the home page or reach us through Facebook. Be sure to mark your calendars for St. Scholastica's Fall Fling, "A Tribute to the 70's", a first ever multigenerational reunion opportunity! The event will take place on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations will be mailed soon. Don't miss out on this "must attend" event!


Come join us in a celebration of our Christian motherhood. MUMS Moms Uplifting Moms - is a prayer and scripture study group that meets on Monday mornings. MUMS enjoy a peaceful opportunity to read, discuss and reflect on the word of God while their children enjoy the loving care of fellow parishioners. Monday, September 27th at 9:15 a.m. marks the beginning of another season of study for our group. Please join us in the pastoral Center and bring a friend.


Reserve now for Autumn Song Luncheon. Fashions, Auctions and Bake Sale. Have fun while funding church, CDTCA, and community activities. Join the Aquinas Guild on October 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club for a luncheon and fashion show. Doors open at 11 to socialize and shop the auctions and bake sale. Tickets are $35. Reserve your spot by calling Karyn at (412) 963-9399, or emailing


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.


The first meeting of the Respect Life Committee will be Tuesday, September 21, 7:30pm in the pastoral center. New participants would be most welcome. Come and hear about our plans for Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday, October 3.


On Tuesday, September 21 we will have a pet therapy visit at the Aspinwall VA from 4-5pm. All middle school and high school youth are welcome. Meet us at the main door at 4:00. RSVP appreciated. On Monday, September 27 we will be going to family house to cook dinner! This is a really fun afternoon. We meet at 4:15 and return by 6:30. RSVP by Friday. All MS and HS youth are welcome. On November 7th we will be joining other teens from the diocese for the World Youth Day Gateway Clipper Cruise. Any High School Student wishing to go on the World Youth Day Boat Cruise should RSVP by October 1. Cost is $30.00 per person. This includes dinner and dancing.


Just a reminder to our middle school families that if you have not yet selected your small group you may do so in the pastoral center.


Oakland Catholic High School will hold its annual 8th Grade Visitation Day on Friday, October 1, 2010. The day, filled with faculty presentations, chats with current students and lunch with future classmates, is designed for 8th grade girls to gather information about Oakland Catholic High School as they begin to make their high school decision.


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

Monday, St. Andrew priest & martyr, September 20

8:30 am Birthday, Marion Arturo (Family)

Tuesday, St. Matthew apostle, September 21

8:30 am Richard Bellinger (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)

Wednesday, weekday, September 22

8:30 am John H. Scott (Family)

Thursday, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, priest, September 23

8:30 am Dylan Smith (Smith Family)

Friday, weekday, September 24

8:30 am William L. Jacob, Jr. (Jeanne Young & Family)

Saturday, weekday, September 25

9:00 am Birthday, Bernice Gimber

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 25

5:00 pm Jonathan & Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Presider: Fr. Paul Varuvel

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 26

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Mary Smith (Evelyn Conflenti)

Presider: Fr. Paul Varuvel

11:00 am Bernard Garvey (Garvey 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


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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

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Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 412-781-7927

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