March 27, 2011

SUNDAY, March 20, 2011 OFFERINGS:

On Sunday, April 10th, St. Scholastica Parish will host two university students from Haiti, Heguel Mesidor and Helena Gaurin.  They work for Fonkoze, Haiti's Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.  Fonkoze is committed to the economic and social improvement of the people and communities of Haiti and to the reduction of poverty in the country.  Join us at noon in the Pastoral Center for an informational conversation with the Haitian visitors.  There is no cost.  Haitian crafts will be available for purchase and refreshments served.  All are welcome!

Thank you to the 22 parishioners who stopped by March 13 to give their time and blood for others. Your donations gave Central Blood Bank 66 products to help patients.

Anyone wishing to participate in this year's mission trip to Appalachia must attend a meeting on Tuesday, March 29th at 730 in the pastoral center.

Youth Mass is schedule for Sunday, April 3rdat 9:00 if you are middle school or high school youth and would like to sing or play an instrument please contact Jamie Dillon by Tuesday.                       .    

Confirmation Practice Sunday April 3rd  10:15-11:00 in the cafeteria.                       .

Mark your calendar for Hometown Nazareth Vacation Bible School! June13-17th from 9-12:00 in the gym.  All youth ages 5-9 are invited to participate in this week of fun and faith!  Contact Jamie Dillon for more information.

Our "pink envelope" fund raiser continues this week.  If you have taken an envelope it may returned "down the chimney" of the house in the back of the church.  If you would like to pick up an envelope you may do so in the back of church.  We appreciate your support of our annual youth ministry mission trip to Appalachia.

Are you, or have you ever been, a smoker?  Are you a male over 55?  St. Scholastica is pleased to host a Life Line Screening preventive health event to scan for risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  Life Line Screening uses hospital quality ultrasound technology to detect an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.  Warning signs of AAA often go unidentified and if ruptured, abdominal aortic aneurysms are 80-95% fatal.  The screening will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011.  Register for the Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package for $139.  All four ultrasound screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Your Health is in Your Hands, so call 1-888-653-6441 to pre-register.
Stations of the Cross are on Friday evenings in Lent at 7:00pm (no Stations on Good Friday evening).

Mass Intentions are still available for 2011.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we always have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person.  Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the parish office  412-781-0186 ext10.

You may remember a variety of RCIA rituals occurring during Lent the past several years, such as scrutinies and sending candidates off during Mass to reflect on the Scriptures.  Those rituals are for candidates preparing to receive sacraments at Eastertime, and we have no one in that situation this year.  We do have two persons in the initial stage of the RCIA.  The period of inquiry or the precatechumenate is a time for people to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and to explore any questions they have about the Gospel and the Church.  Inquirers who have been baptized in other Christian communities and who are exploring full communion with the Catholic Church may use this period to recommit themselves to their Christian faith and to learn more about the life of the Catholic community.  As the stage progresses, inquirers will discern whether they will pursue initiation into the Catholic community.  Please pray for our inquirers during this Lenten season.  May their sincere search for the heart of our faith inspire us all to a deeper turning toward the Gospel and our Lord!

If you are divorced or in a second marriage and would like an overview of annulments, please attend a session this Monday, March 28th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Fr. Ken White will talk about the annulment process and how to take the first steps.  If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please invite him or her to attend and offer to come along for support.

A second Fish Fry will be held on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in our school's cafeteria.  Mark your calendars now to come for or to take out a delicious dinner that includes fried and baked fish dinners, homemade macaroni and cheese, pasta with homemade marinara sauce, pierogies with onions, homemade desserts and more!!  Lunch will also be available from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for take out orders only.  Order forms will be available in the back of church after all Masses and until the day of the Fish Fry.  We hope to see you there!

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent, March 26
   5:00 pm  Magdalen Lang (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent,  March 27
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am   Paul Schultz (Ramona Venn)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am    Joseph Contosta (Deborah Drummond)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 28
   8:30 am  Joseph L. Schultz (Parents)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 29
   8:30 am  Birthday, Gino Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 30
   8:30 am  John Marmarella (Rick & Eileen Monti)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 31
   8:30 am  Helen Gage (William & Kathleen Gavlak)

Friday, Lenten Weekday, April 1
   8:30 am  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, April 2
   9:00 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, April 2
  5:00 pm  Chuck Gorskey (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent,  April 3
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 amJ  uan Gelats (Alvaro & Sandy Garcia-Tunon)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert Boley (Children)
       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 Bechman for more information--see Parish Contact below.

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is celebrated at 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..



St. Scholastica Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 17
Director of Music/Bereavement

Mr. Thom Bercik    412-390-3748
Organist/Wedding Contact

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education

Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 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:

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