October 10, 2010


Today's stories deal not only with healing but with conversion. Two lepers find their lives transformed because they obey the word of God's prophets. The first one was an important general in the Syrian army named Naaman. His wife had a maid who told her about a prophet back home in Israel who cured leprosy. The wife goes to her husband-general, who goes to his king, who dashes off a letter "requesting" the king of Israel to do something to heal his top general. Israel's king is distraught until the prophet Elisha checks in" "Send him over to my place".

The best part is when the general shows up on the prophet's doorstep and the prophet won't even come to the door but sends his servant with a message to wash seven times in the Jordan. At this point, Naaman becomes angry, muttering about the wonderful clean rivers back home and having to bathe in this instead. Fortunately, the general's servants calm him down; most importantly, they get him to listen and obey the word of the prophet. Today's reading begins as Naaman washes and is cured.

Thus, a happy ending, with the general requesting a gift of "two mule-loads of earth" (2 Kings 5:17) so he can worship the God of Israel when he gets home (the belief at the time being that all gods were geographically handicapped, only able to work on their own turf).

It's a story of an outsider, a Syrian, coming to faith in the God of Israel, just as today's Gospel is the story of another outsider, a nameless Samaritan, coming to faith in the son of the God of Israel. In both cases, faith reveals itself as obedience to God's word, which, as Paul reminds us, cannot be chained. It will work its way in the world.

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

October 10, 2010

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I will be on vacation this week starting 10 minutes after we bless our pets today at 12:30!! I will be back starting with this Saturday's 9:00am Mass. I will be in the Laurel mountains with some friends as we celebrate the beauty of the changing of the leaves and we build our first fires in our fireplaces. Remember: Spring is just six months away!! Also, I thought you would like to know that my brother, Fr. Roger OFM Cap., celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Capuchin Franciscan this past Friday at St. Augustine. Please pray for the Capuchins in thankfulness for their service to our diocese for over 150 years. Fr. Ken


Join us Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm for Theology on Tap! We will gather at Freeport Pizza for engaging discussion and fellowship. All adults 21-35 are welcome.


All middle school and high school students are invited to join us at Aspinwall Field, Sunday, Oct 17th from 7-8:30 for a game of glow in the dark ultimate frisbee!


We will have a meeting for parents of children with developmental disorders who are unable to participate in traditional religious ed. settings on Sunday, October 24th at 8:15am in the ministry center. We will be discussing possible curriculum and learning adjuncts.


Invitations have been sent to all parishioners inviting you to St. Scholastica's Fall Fling, "A Tribute to the Seventies", taking place on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Another memorable evening is planned; "Art Madness" live art demonstration by George Williams, live and silent auctions, strolling dinner stations, raffles and DJ provided music to dance to!! Join in with your friends and family and reserve a table for eight or ten or come on your own! Alumni of St. Scholastica from the seventies-we are especially looking for you! Reunite with your grade school buddies for one great evening. We hope to see you there! Any questions, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319 or js.saunders @verizon.net.


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.


The local rally, dedicated to spreading the message of the Blessed Mother's revelations at Fatima will be celebrated Saturday, October 16 at 12:00pm at the Gazebo in Squaw Valley Park on Fox Chapel Rd. Contact Mary Rees at 412-781-3330 or email mary@catholicprogress.com.


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.


Parents of children Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join "Love and Logic," a five-week parenting course that provides practical tools and techniques to help you raise respectful and responsible kids. Classes will be during Sunday CCD, October 10 to November 7. (A second session will be offered in the Spring during Tuesday CCD.) Free of charge; registration required by sending email to loveandlogic@saintscholastica.com. Class size will be limited to allow for discussion.


We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, October 16th and 17th. 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


As Catholics we are both obligated and privileged to participate in shaping a moral and just society. How does our faith infuse our participation in political life? Deacon Alexander Wroblicky and Mrs. Helene Paharik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh Secretariat for Evangelization and Social Concerns will offer a presentation on Sunday, October 17 at Our Lady of Victory Parish, 1319 Low Grade Road, Harwick, PA, from 7:00 -9:00 PM. Please RSVP to 412-456-3156 one week in advance so we can prepare sufficient seating and materials. A $5 donation per person would be appreciated to help defray the cost of materials. This donation will be collected at the event.


Home baked goodies are very popular at the annual Autumn Song benefit. Cakes, breads, pies, cookies, and other home-made treats such as gourmet nuts, snack mixes, and candies are quickly purchased by those attending. If you are able to donate to the bake sale, please drop off items any time on Friday, October 15th at Lorraine Maslaney's house at 218 Tenth Street, Aspinwall. Your baked goods can also be brought to the Pittsburgh Field Club the day of the luncheon. Please call Lorraine at 412-781-1964 with any questions.


Call now if you want to join the Aquinas Guild on October 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club for the luncheon and fashion show. Doors open at 11. Tickets are $35. Reserve your spot now by calling Karyn at (412) 963-9399, or emailing kglynch127@gmail.com


Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 9

5:00 pm Patricia Henry Kwacz (Parents)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 10

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am James Larkin (Mary Larkin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Mary Noelle DuVall (St. Scholastica Traditional Choir)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 11

8:30 am NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, October 12

8:30 am NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, October 13

8:30 am NO MASS

Thursday, weekday, October 14

8:30 am NO MASS

Friday, weekday, October 15

8:30 am NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, October 16

9:00 am Andrea Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 16

5:00 pm Senator James Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 17

7:30 am Birthday, Alex Buccieri (Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Barbara Ford (Ford 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 MondayThursday 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. 10

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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

E-mail address: CDTCA@consolidated.net

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