May 15, 2011

   At the end of the day, shepherds would bring their sheep to a common sheepfold, leading them through a gate that was guarded during the night.  Shepherds would give names to their sheep and call to them when daylight came, leading them back out to pasture.  Because the sheep recognized the shepherd's voice there was no mix-up with sheep that belonged to others.
   The idea that shepherds had a name for each of their sheep brings home the difference between a good shepherd and a stranger.  The good shepherd was concerned not only for the flock but for each sheep in it.  He knew them and they knew him.  "They will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers" (John 10:5).
   There are two words in Greek for "good" - agathos and kalosAgathos refers to moral goodness, as in being a "good person".  Kalos refers to being "good at" something.  Certainly Jesus is the Good Shepherd in both senses, but the word used here is kalos, emphasizing his being "good at" shepherding.
   Jesus knows his sheep by name, leads them to safety when darkness falls, and returns them to pasture.  He was willing to lay down his life for them.  Most comforting of all, he came then and comes now so we might have life and have it more abundantly.  This image challenges all who have been called to be shepherds in today's church, to be good shepherds and to be good at shepherding.

 Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
May 15, 2011
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Thank you to everyone who participated in last weeks second donation. With your help we were able to raise $3,896 to help tornado victims in the south.

   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 INPUT IS CRITICAL IN THIS PROCESS!! We invite you to participate in one of the upcoming listening sessions. This past week on Wednesday, May 11th, Pastoral Council had a listening session for those involved in our Liturgical Ministries.
   FUTURE LISTENING SESSIONS: 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.

"The Roadless Travel: A Journey to Grace" is the theme of Catholic Charities' 17th Annual Wisdom, Age and Grace Conference, Monday, June 6 at the Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh North, Warrendale.  For more information, visit or call Helen at 412-456-6979.

"Sacraments – God's Love in Human Language", will be held at Saint Mary Church Hall, 2510 Middle Road, June 13 through 17, 9:00am until Noon with Father Joe Sioli and Rose Stegman.  Adults and High School Youth welcome - please call 412-486-5521 to register before May 30th.

Next weekend at all masses we will recognized and bless our graduating high school seniors.

Have a great day digging up the turf at Fox Chapel Gold Club on Monday, May 23rd.  You will have a great day and at the same time support Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  There are brochures at the back of the church.  You may also call Kelly DiNatale at 412-779-5328 or contact us via e-mail at  Please support Catholic Education and our school – "Nurturing Faith, Inspiring Excellence".

Please join us in a service to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  May is the traditional month to honor Mary.  Our service is Monday of next week, May 23rd at 7:00pm.

I will be on retreat this week at St. Paul Seminary in Greentree.  It will give me the opportunity to push the "pause" button to rest, reflect, pray and be in fellowship with 17 other Pittsburgh priests who are making this retreat. It comes at a good time: this Wednesday, the 18th, I will be celebrating 43 years of ordination!!  Priesthood has been such a gift/blessing and I am grateful for your support and prayers as I come to the completion of three years as pastor of  St. Scho's  (July 8th is the official date!).

There will be a meeting for all teens/adults interested in volunteering for Vacation Bible School on Monday May 16th from 6:30pm-7:30 pm in the ministry center.

Leadership Team will meet at 7:30 on May 16th in the Ministry Center.

Any interested in participating in the Sat. May 21stWalk for a Healthy Community at Heinz Field should contact by Thursday.  We have chosen to support ABOARD who serves individuals with Autism.

For Vacation Bible School June 13-17th!  It is a week of games, crafts, music and faith! Ages 5-9.  jamiedillon@saintscholaticacom.

Please register now for the 2011/12 academic year. You may do so via the parish website.  Forms are also available in the pastoral center. 

Our Religious Education Program is seeking a volunteer with skills in serving students with special needs.  If are able to help in the 2011/12 academic year please contact


Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter,  May 14
   5:00 pm   Frank X. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider: Fr. Walter Rydzon

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter,  May 15
    7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (Rose Acquafondata)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am Terry Horne (SATB Choir)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   1:00 pmConfirmation Mass
       Presider: Bishop William Winter

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 16
   8:30 am   NO MASS

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 17
    8:30 am   NO MASS

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 18
  8:30 amNO MASS

Thursday, Easter Weekday, May 19
   8:30 am   NO MASS

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 20
   8:30 am   NO MASS

Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 21
   9:00 am   Louis Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Easter,  May 21
   5:00 pm   Chuck Gorskey (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Easter,  May 22
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am   Joshua Akanawicz (Charlene Akanawicz)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am   Birthday, Catherine E. Paulick (The Paulick 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 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..


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309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number: 412-781-0186

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

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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton Ext. 24
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Mrs. Mary Swindal 412-781-0186 Ext. 10
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Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 412-781-7927
Sister Dorothy Dolak S.C.N.- Principal
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