March 6, 2011


   The poet Anne Sexton once wrote that words may be both daisies and bruises. We live in a time when words seem to wound and divide people more than heal and unite them.  Whether in the realm of politics or religion, words have become weapons more often than bridges to understanding and cooperation.  But we are a people who over the centuries have been formed by the word of God in both the Old and New Testament.
    Both Moses and Jesus knew the power of words that have taken root in the human heart and carry over into action.  In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses gives his final speech to the people he has led out of bondage and brought to the border of the Promised Land.  He calls them not only to wear these words on their body as emblems of faith, but to "take these words of mine into your heart and soul" (Deuteronomy 11:18).
    Jesus begins by saying that words alone are not enough; what matters in the end is doing the will of the Father.  And what is the Father's will?  Go back and read the entire Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:29).  The call to live in a way that brings the law of Moses to fulfillment is to be heard, taken to heart  and carried into action.  The instruction given to the disciples remains an urgent command to bring about the kingdom of heaven now.  Jesus' words will be a sturdy shelter that protects them when battering storms threaten to overwhelm.

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

March 6, 2011
SUNDAY, February 27, 2011 OFFERINGS:

Lent begins this Wednesday, March 9.  Throughout the Weekends of Lent, you'll notice the following in regard to the church environment and purposeful liturgical options:
· Holy water fonts will be filled with sand and draped in purple to remind us of choosing to walk through the desert of Lenten penance while we await the refreshing waters of Easter.
· Each weekend we will have a large visual symbol in the middle of church that corresponds to the Gospel.
· The tone of the liturgies will be simple, lean and unadorned.
· Prior to Mass, the Presider and Assembly will sit in quiet prayer for about 5 minutes as a gesture of focusing our hearts on Jesus throughout Lent.
· We will sing  simple chant versions of the Kyrie, Our Father and Agnus Dei.
· We will use repetitive music refrains at the Gathering, Communion and Closing, and the Responsorial Psalm will be an abbreviated form.
· We will approach in silence to receive the Eucharist, once again helping us to focus on Jesus whose presence within us can effect needed change in our attitudes and actions.
Hopefully, by explaining this ahead of time, these small details may serve to help us enter into a more conscious spirit and understanding of Lent.

The first 40 DAYS FOR LIFE took place in 2004 in Texas.  Church members prayed in front of an abortion facility for 40 days.  Today, the manager of that facility, Abby Johnson, has left her job, joined the pro-life movement and is taking instructions in the Catholic Faith.  Please join 40 Days, March 9th to April 17th and pray for a miracle in Pittsburgh.

The annual Parish Appreciation Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at 12:30 at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  Invitations will be mailed this week.  Please call Mary Ellen Maher for more information 412-767-5863.

Just a reminder that due to the school calendar break, there is no religious education on March 13th & 15th. 

The Realities and Joys of Catholic Parenting presented by Greg and Jennifer Willits.  Tuesday, March 15, 2011at 7:30pm.  Seton LaSalle High School Auditorium.  For more information call the Department for Religious Education at 412-456-3112.  Admission is free

How did the persecution of Jewish subjects of a successor of Alexander the Great promote the idea of the resurrection of the dead?  How should we understand the book of Job?  Where did the Pharisees and Sadducees that we hear about in the Gospels come from?  To ponder these questions and many more, join us for the concluding season of our Bible study, "Israel's Story," which begins on March 15. Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register. Newcomers to the study are welcome!

Next Sunday, March 13th, St. Scholastica's is having a Blood Drive, from 8am to 1 pm.  Central Blood Bank must see over 725 donors' everyday in order to meet the needs of patients in local hospitals.  Your donation will help ensure that blood is there when a local patient needs blood to recover from an accident or illness.  Please give blood.  All registered donors will receive a complimentary pair of movie tickets.  Schedule your appointment  by logging on to www.centralblood and enter sponsor code G0040167 or call 412-781-6550 (Mary Catherine Scanlon).          

On Sunday, March 20th after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses, everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center for an open house to welcome our new parishioners.  Please stop by to meet our newest members.  Light refreshments will be served.

If you've been away from the church, or are drifting away from it; if you've been hurt by the church or are confused or angry because of your Catholic experience, please consider this invitation to come talk with us.  Perhaps this Lent and Easter can be a time of resurrected hope in your faith journey.  Join us on Monday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.

St. Scholastica is pleased to offer a preventative health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive, painless health screenings on Friday, May 6, 2011.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of thearteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.  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 for more information or to pre-register.

The youth ministry ski trip is scheduled for March 14th at Seven Springs.  All MS and HS youth (and parents) are welcome.


Saturday, Vigil of the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 5
   5:00 pm  Egidio Diani (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  March 6
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am Werries & Hudak Families (Jerry & Carole Werries)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  John Gregorzcyk (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, March 7
   8:30 am  Birthday, Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, weekday, March 8
   8:30 am  In Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, March 9
   8:30 am  Rose Asturi (Frank & Ann)

Thursday, weekday, March 10
   8:30 am  Communion Service—NO MASS

Friday, weekday, March 11
   8:30 am  Anniv., Ann Colangelo (Husband)

Saturday, weekday, March 12
   9:00 am  Stephen H. Novick (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, March 12
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Arthur Hussey Sr. (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent,  March 13
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ryan McGovern (Jerry & Janet Monaco)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Catherine Macek (Rick & Cindy DeFilippo)
       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 Swindal412-781-0186   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.