September 5, 2010


Old Dumbledore, the wise headmaster of Hogwarts tells young Harry Potter that the choices that we make define us far more than our abilities. Choice is at the heart of Jesus' words to the crowds in today's Gospel. He outlines three decisions that define a disciple.

1) Putting Jesus first, above all other persons, plans and possessions. Before family, before friends even before one's own life, a disciple chooses Jesus. This choice had to be made by the apostles, by the other first disciples and by all who have come after, down to our own day, faithfully living out a commitment to Jesus in all the circumstances of life.

2) Carrying one's own cross and following after Jesus. This means taking up whatever duty calls us to lay down our life in the service for the sake of others. It involves making a realistic appraisal of the resources that we have at our disposal, just like the builder and the king in the two parables today. Count the cost before committing.

3) Finally, he asks for a renunciation of all possessions, allowing no thing, just as there is to be no person, to take the place in our hearts that belongs to Christ.

An example of this commitment is found in Saint Paul's request in his letter to Philemon, whose slave had run away and sought refuge with Paul. Paul asks Philemon to take his slave Onesimus back into his household, not simply as a slave, but as a brother in Christ. We do not know what Philemon chose. We do know that is would have cost him.

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

September 5, 2010

SUNDAY August 29, 2010 OFFERINGS:



Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm.


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, 412-781-6550. Also, volunteers are needed to assemble and mail the newsletter.


Fun Run/Walk/Ride is Sat. Sept. 11 at 8:00 am at the Mills. Contact Jamie for more information. Sign up to participate or volunteer!


All teens are welcome to join us on Sept 9 at Squaw Valley for a game of Ultimate Frisbee at noon.


Selections for small groups for our middle school students will take place next weekend after all the masses. Religious Education Home study families may pick up their materials after all masses next weekend. Religious Education begins Sunday, September 19th at 10:15am. All families are invited to join us in the cafeteria for donuts and an open house. Tuesday families should join us Tuesday at 6:15pm for an open house and cookies. On Sunday September 19th at 8:15am we are having a meeting for parents of children with developmental disorders that may not be able to participate in religious education via a classroom setting. The meeting will be in the ministry center.


Fr. Ken will give a talk on Weds of next 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.


Lunch, Fashions, Auctions & Bake Sale. The Aquinas Guild of St. Scholastica Church welcomes all women to this annual event on Saturday, October 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Proceeds will support church and community activities. Doors open at 11 AM to socialize and shop; lunch starts at 12:15; then a fashion show is presented by Cajoli from Hartwood Towne Centre and Catherina from Oakmont. Tickets are $35, available through Karyn at (412)-963-9399, or 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.


Thursday, September 9, 2010, 7:00pm - 10:00pm at St. Mary of the Assumption Church Hall, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116-3034. Handicapped accessible. Can accommodate 150 persons. Facilitator: Miss Rose Stegman.


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 10:00 AM 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. We hope to you see on September 15th!


Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes Sunday, September 12. Children ages 4-10, join our kid-friendly interpretation of the Scriptures during the readings, gospel and homily at the 9 a.m. mass. Follow the children to the Pastoral Center! Parents are welcome to accompany your children. Adults interested in serving as volunteers (2-3 times per season) and older youth who'd like to help should contact Natalie Gillespie or 412-782-3943.


One of last year's participants in our continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story," said: "I appreciated the discussion and wrestling with the questions, as well as hearing others' ideas about the God of the Old Testament. There was definitely a lot of food for thought for the week!" Join us this fall as we 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. 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!


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

Monday, weekday, September 6

9:00 am William L. Jacob, Jr. (John Kleiderlein, Joanne Scarpa & Susan Sikorski)

Tuesday, weekday, September 7

8:30 am Joshua Akanowicz (Paul & Rita Schultz)

Wednesday, Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8

8:30 am Anniv., Anthony Michael Farina (Family)

Thursday, St. Peter Claver, priest, September 9

8:30 am Pauline Nicotra (Bob Bauer)

Friday, weekday, September 10

8:30 am William L. Jacob, Jr. (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)

Saturday, weekday, September 11

9:00 am Robert E. Vey (Family)

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


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:

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