October 24, 2010


It's not that the Pharisee's prayer is a bad prayer. It starts out well: "O God, I thank you…" Gratitude is good. But then it gets into boasting: "I am not like the rest of humanity...I fast...I pay tithes" (Luke 18:11, 12). It's a Little Jack Horner prayer. Remember the old nursery rhyme that ends with Jack saying, "What a good boy am I!"? The Pharisee's prayer is all about him and what he does, all the while gauging the distance between himself and the rest of humankind.

In contrast, the tax collector "stood off at a distance" with bowed head, beating his breast and saying, "O God, be merciful to me a sinner" (18:13). He knows who he is and who God is and what God alone can do for him. No repetitive "I," no swelling ego there, just a repentant figure, one who asks to receive what only God can give: mercy.

Jesus tells this story "to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else" (18:9). How do we hear it? It acknowledges God who makes us "just" that is, who helps us to be in proper relationship with God, with each other and with all creation.

Sirach reminds us that our just God hears the cry of the oppressed, the wail of the orphan, the complaint of the widow, the petition of those who serve God willingly and the prayer of the lowly. These folk allow room for God to enter their minds and hearts and then all kind of things can begin to happen, both within and all around them.

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

October 24, 2010

SUNDAY October 17, 2010 OFFERINGS:



This past summer I invited parishioners to have a conversation with me either about personal issues that concern them or maybe questions or suggestions that may be helpful for the parish community. Six or seven people took me up on my invitation and it was a great experience for me (and hopefully for them!). So feel free to call, write or email me and we can arrange a time to sit down and share. Fr. Ken


Traditionally during the month of October, Catholics throughout the world are asked to support the missions in a special way on World Mission Sunday. This year the collection for World Mission Sunday is scheduled for the weekend masses of October 23-24th. Please be as generous as possible. Thank You.


Sunday, Oct 31st to Sunday, Nov 7th. The White Ribbon Campaign Against Pornography is an annual week set aside for education and activism against pornography. Pornography is breaking up marriages, corrupting the healthy sexual development of boys and girls. The largest consumers of internet pornography are 12 to 17 year olds. Please display a White Ribbon on your car, mailbox or door knocker and pray for those in bondage to sexual addiction. White Ribbons available at the Church doors.


Many deserve thanks for their work on our Stewardship Fair last weekend: Elaine DuVall for coordinating the refreshments, aided by D.J. Johnson and others; Tom Galda for setting up tables and hanging signs; all the representatives of our ministries and organizations who made handouts and displays and spoke with people at the Fair; and the parishioners who attended and signed up. Our Stewardship Month is drawing to a close, but the need continues for each of us to discern how God is asking us to put our gifts to work in our parish. May the life of our community continue to be enriched by the generosity and spirit of our people!


St. Scholastica's Fall Fling is just three weeks away! It's time to send in your replies! Please join us for a wonderful evening at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Friday, November 5, 2010. The event includes live and silent auctions, live art entertainment by George Williams, strolling gourmet dinner stations, raffles, music and more! You don't want to miss out! If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319. Donations are still being accepted for the auction tables - we welcome any and all donated items.


Monday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 in the Ministry Center. Anyone wishing to join our trip this June should attend.


If you are a graduate of St. Scholastica/CDTCA or your children or grandchildren attended St. Scho's/CDTCA, we would love to have you attend the Fall Fling on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The Fall Fling's theme for this year is "A Tribute to the 70s" and we are encouraging alumni and alumni families from that decade to reunite for one wonderful evening! What a great opportunity to reminisce about those grade school days! For more information, please contact one of these alumni: Anne Rueger Cooper, 412-782-5892, Sam Kintner, 412-781-6868, Paul Giuffre, 412-963-6238 or Ann Fitzgerald Duggan, 412-820-8320. We would love to see you there!


Just a friendly reminder that the Middle School Faith Rally is coming! I hope that you're making plans to join us on Saturday, Nov 13, at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School. Cost for the evening is $10 per person before Monday, November 1. If received after this date the cost will be $15. Commemorative T-shirts are available for an additional $5, if pre-ordered by November 1. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child and are free. Contact the Youth Ministry Office if you plan on attending.


Family House Meal on Monday, Oct. 25th. Join us at the ministry center at 415 as we travel to Family to cook up a storm for the residents! RSVP by October 22.


Join us for INTERSECTION on Sunday, Oct 24th from 10-11 in the minstry center. Light breakfast is provided.


La Roche College, a private, nonprofit, Catholic, co-educational institution in the rolling North Hills of Pittsburgh, invites high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors from your parish to explore their options. Visit LRC campus experience Sunday, November 7. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch in the newly remodeled dining hall are provided at no cost for prospective students and their parents. To register for the event, which begins with check-in at 8:30 a.m. followed by presentations at 9:15 a.m., prospective students should visit www.laroche.edu and click on "Visit Campus! Undergraduate Visit LRC Event, November 7, 2010" or call at 1-800-838-4LRC or 412-536-1272.


Those who need to attend a PGC Workshop (to be in compliance with the Diocesan Database), Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM we will be presenting the workshop at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. It is, of course, open to any interested party. Please reserve a place with us. Call Chris Pohuly 412-461-1054 for information and to sign up. Thank you.


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23

5:00 pm Lawrence X. Sullivan M.D. (Wife & Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,

October 24

7:30 am Mike Driscoll (Carl Macino)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Miguel Ramos (Claudia Bermudez)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am John H. Scott (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 25

8:30 am Anniv., Kathryn P. Owen (Ron, Judi & Family)

Tuesday, weekday, October 26

8:30 am Birthday, Mary Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

Wednesday, weekday, October 27

8:30 am 62nd Wedding Anniversary Graemer & Joan Hilton

Thursday, St. Simon & St. Jude, apostles, October 28

8:30 am Rita Hinterlang (Respect Life Committee) & Pauline Egan (Her Daughters)

Friday, weekday, October 29

8:30 am John Akanowitz (Mr. & Mrs. Guy Hilton)

Saturday, weekday, October 30

9:00 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 30

5:00 pm Mary Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,

October 31

7:30 am Luigi Magnelli (Family)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Gino Marsico (Rita Marsico, wife)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Diane Sacco (Farrell 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


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

Website Address: www.saintscholastica.com

E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com

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.