May 1, 2011

It is easy to feel superior to Thomas until you realize that he represents just about every person who has ever paused a moment to ask him or herself; do I really believe?  Do I still believe as I used to?  And some combination of your heart and mind responds: I'm not sure.  Be assured, this is not the end of the world.

Thomas stood there and told the rest of the apostles, "I don't, won't, can't accept this wild tale you are telling me".  When Jesus appeared again, he didn't yell or get all bent out of shape about Thomas' doubts.  He invited Thomas to touch his wounds and then asked him to believe (perhaps indicating that even touching the wounds might not be enough).  Then he had a word for all others who would be disciples in the future: "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed" (John 20:29).

Everyone since that select group in the beginning has come to believe on the strength of another's word.  Perhaps it was a parent or friend or teacher or some religious figure.  Perhaps it was a book, a movie, or even a television show.  Sometimes the invitation to believe comes out of the blue-a soul-shattering event, an unexpected experience; sometimes, from within-an inner restlessness, a seeking after answers to life's questions.  But when the invitation to believe comes, it calls for a leap.  It comes down to an act of trust in the word of another, ultimately in the word of God.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
SUNDAY, April  24, 2011 OFFERINGS:

As you have been hearing these past few weeks, the Parish Pastoral Council has been given the mandate to forge together a Parish Pastoral Plan for the Future.  This Pastoral Plan is our roadmap for the next five years. From this Pastoral Plan we will develop objectives and strategies for all our organizations and services. YOUR IMPUT IS CRITICAL IN THIS PROCESS!! We invite you to participate in one of the upcoming listening sessions. This past week on Wednesday, April 27th, Pastoral Council had a listening session for those involved in Music Ministry. FUTURE LISTENING SESSIONS: those involved in liturgical ministries are invited to come on Wednesday, May 11that 7:00pm; on the weekend of May 21st and 22nd, there will be listening sessions after each Mass.  In next week's bulletin we hope to announce dates for sessions with the Aquinas Guild, School Families and Religious Education Families.  Please note that neither Fr. Ken nor any staff members will be attending these sessions.  The reason is to create an atmosphere where ideas and comments can be freely discussed.  Please plan to attend one of these sessions and be part of the future NOW!!

The Aquinas Guild will hold its final luncheon meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 18th at 11:30 am at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  The program will include a cooking demonstration by Chef Stephen Grottenthaler.  The cost of the lunch is $25.  All women of the parish are welcome and encouraged to come.  Kindly RSVP to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.  Checks for $25 should be made payable to, "The Aquinas Guild".  RSVP deadline is Saturday, May 14th.  For more information call Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5863.

This wonderful one hour dramatic interpretation of the creation of the Vanka murals will be performed May 4(8 pm), 5 (6:30 pm), 6(8 pm), & 7 (8:30 pm), in St. Nicholas church. Presented by the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka, in cooperation with St. Nicholas Parish. Tickets are $20, except Thursday, which is $75, with a special reception. Seating begins 30 minutes before performance.  No reserved seating. No tickets at the door. Tickets available for credit card reservations @ or by calling 412.394.3353 or 412.681.0905. Further information and directions available @  Please DO NOT call the church for tickets or information.

Our annual golf outing to benefit our parish school will be Monday, May 23rd at Fox Chapel Golf Club.  Your support is needed.  For more information on playing or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelly DiNatale at (412) 779-5328 or Paul Giuffre at (412) 963-6238. Information is also available on the school  website, Just click on the golf outing link.

Next Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day, there will be a collection after Mass at the church doors for Genesis of Pittsburgh.  Genesis has been in operation for over 30 years helping young pregnant moms with counseling, housing, school, etc.  They help with whatever the needs are, including adoption services.  Your generosity will help a young woman choose life for her baby.

There will be a meeting on Monday May 16 from 6:30-7:30 in the ministry center for any teen or adult wishing to help with Vacation Bible School this June.  If you are unable to attend but wish to help please rsvp to The meeting was originally scheduled for May 1.

Monday, May 16th from 730-830 pm in the ministry center.  This meeting was originally scheduled for May 1.

Our Family Fun Run/Walk at Hartwood Acres is today at 1:00!  Come and support our youth ministry mission trip and enjoy a wonderful spring afternoon!  We will be near the Middle Road Entrance.

Congratulations to our second graders who will making their First Holy Communion this weekend and next weekend.  Please keep them in your prayers.

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 Arlene Probst at 412- 781 -2337.

The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., May 4, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 30
  5:00 pm  Mary Gorskey (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter,  May 1
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch   
    9:00 am  Donald Schultz (John & Deborah Schultz)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Kevin Morrissey (Joan & Graemer Hilton)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Athanasius, bishop, May 2
    8:30 am Judy Jackworth (Bob & Jon Akanowicz)

Tuesday, St. Philip & St. James, apostles, May 3
    8:30 am  Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia G. Snyder)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 4
    8:30 am Albert Germain (Peggy Friday)

Thursday, Easter Weekday, May 5
    8:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola  (Dr. Robert & Annette Pasqual)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 6
    8:30 am  Joe Costa (Antoinetta & Family)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 7
  9:00 am  Joan Farina (Bill & Suzanne Burton Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter,  May 7
  5:00 pm  Ruth Scholl (Scanlon Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Easter,  May 8
   7:30 am  Helen Gallagher & Martha Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Ann Romanovich (Marge & Carl Burns)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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.