September 26, 2010


If anyone is the prophet of the punch line, it is Amos. He travels up from the south to preach to the people of the northern kingdom of Israel and he pulls no punches. "Woe to the complacent", he begins, and then in a quick series of brush strokes lets them know how God sees them: lying upon their beds, stretched out on their couches, eating their tender lamb and calves, drinking fine wine while the music plays and they anoint themselves with the best oils. Then, the punch line: they shall be the first to go into exile. The party is over!

In a similar vein Jesus paints a portrait of "Richman" - tradition has named him Dives (Latin for "rich man") - dressed in the best, eating the best, insulated in his own little world, while at his door Lazarus lies starving, with only dogs coming to lick his sores. It is a scene of total indifference to the plight of the poor. God's response is clear. The wheel will turn. And when it does, so shall Lazarus and Richman. What was a gap between them becomes a chasm.

The Letter to Timothy today contains advice from a mentor to his beloved child in the faith. It offers a profile of how the baptized person is to live. It's a shame that the reading does not begin earlier (1 Timothy 6:9-10) and end later (6:17-19), because these verses directly warn about the dangers of money, offering advice for the wealthy so that they may "[l]ay hold of eternal life" (6:12).

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

September 26, 2010

SUNDAY September 19, 2010 OFFERINGS:



This weekends' altar flowers are in memory of William L. Jacob from Lisa and Murray Egan.


As Catholic Charities celebrates 100 years of saying "yes" and serving all, please consider saying "yes" to our neighbors in need with your participation in next weekend's (Oct. 2-3) special collection. Your generous gift will provide basic needs assistance, free medical and dental care for the uninsured, and housing and homeless assistance. For more information on Catholic Charities visit Thank you for saying "yes!"


This Monday, September 27th through Thursday, September 30th, the priests of the diocese will join Bishop David Zubik for a convocation dedicated to the spiritual renewal, pastoral and professional development and priestly fellowship in service to the Lord. This triennial convocation of priests will be held at Oglebay in Wheeling. The theme of this convocation is "Co-Responsible for Communion and Mission." Please pray for our Bishop and priests.


Fr. Philip Farrell will be the preside at next week's 9:00am and 11:00am Masses. Fr. Farrell is the Vicar for Region 4 which represents 53 parishes which are north of us in Allegheny County, as well as parishes in Butler and Lawrence Counties. One of the primary responsibilities of the Regional Vicar is to enable an Envisioning Ministry Planning Process. Pastors and Pastoral Councils will be involved in this Envisioning Process which will monitor parish finances, capital needs , demographic shifts, Catholic Schools, pastoral care to the sick, distribution of clergy, etc. This whole multi-year planning process will assist all our parishes and institutions to be more effective and vital in coming years.


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, Sept 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.


St. Scholastica's 18th Annual Fall Fling will be held on Friday, Nov 5, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to the event are in the mail, so be on the lookout for yours! Mark your calendars and plan to attend this popular event.


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.


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


One hour, one day, across our country, people of all ages and backgrounds stop to pray and witness for life. On Respect Life Sunday, October 3, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., the local link of the national LIFE CHAIN will take place in Etna on Butler St. (Rt 8) from Kitanning St. to Grant Ave. Parking and signs (which say "Abortion Kills Children", Abortion Hurts Children", "Jesus Heals"), will be available at Butler and Grant Ave. For more information call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.


There is an optional review session for new and continuing participants in our ongoing Bible study, "Israel's Story," this Tuesday evening at 7:30 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. We will look back at some of the main themes from the first two seasons of the study. It is not too late to register; please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information.


A classical music piano concert featuring Fox Chapel native Josh Krivinko will be held Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 7pm at St. Scholastica Church. All proceeds from a free will offering will benefit research into the cure of Friedreich's Ataxia disorder. Please join us for an evening of inspirational music for a great cause.


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

Monday, St. Vincent DePaul, priest, September 27

8:30 am William L. Jacob Jr. (Lisa & Murray Egan)

Tuesday, weekday, September 28

8:30 am NO MASS

Wednesday, St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael, archangels, September 29

8:30 am NO MASS

Thursday, St. Jerome, priest & doctor, September 30

8:30 am Nora McNally (Family) & Rosanne Asturi (Frank & Ann)

Friday, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, October 1

8:30 am Stephen F. Jenca (Family)

Saturday, The Guardian Angels, October 2

9:00 am Teddy Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 2

5:00 pm Adeline Alvino (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 3

7:30 am Lois Leech (Lynch Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Marie & Richard Welsh (Welsh Family)

Presider: Fr. Philip Farrell

11:00 am Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinette Costa & Family)

Presider: Fr. Philip Farrell


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 MondayThursday 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. 10

Website Address:

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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 (MondayThursday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.