May 22, 2011


   Over the years several television shows have focused on rebuilding and reshaping houses.  For over thirty years PBS's This Old House has offered tips on repairing homes.  More recently, Extreme Makeover takes a team into someone's home and transforms it to meet the serious needs of its occupants, often dealing with health or disability issues or trying to serve the larger community in some way.
   From the beginning the church has been imagined as a house of living stones, built on Jesus Christ, a dwelling place where people come for shelter and sustenance, where they can set down their burdens and find comfort and consolation before being sent back out in the world to make it a better place to live.
   The risen Christ is truly one who offers an "extreme makeover".  He can be trusted to shape us into a dwelling place where the Spirit of the Lord takes up permanent residence, bringing gifts to benefit the world.  From the beginning there have been challenges for those who form the church and an ongoing need for renovation to meet the needs of the time.
   Our efforts to make the church a home where love, mercy, justice and peace will be found should lead us to build more firmly on Jesus our cornerstone.  When the time comes, the home he promised to prepare for us and take us to should be easily recognizable.  It should not be that much different from the church we have been living in all our lives.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
May 22, 2011
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During last week's second collection for Catholic Relief Services we collected over $2,900.00.  Thank-you again for your generosity over the past months to help others in need.

   We invite you to stay for one hour after Mass today to be part of our Parish Listening Sessions.  The Pastoral Council will sponsor a Listening Session after each Mass in the Pastoral Center.  These sessions will assist the Pastoral Council in forging together a Parish Pastoral Plan for the future.  This Pastoral Plan will develop concrete objectives and strategies for all our organizations and ministries. Please note that neither Fr. Ken nor any staff members will be present at these sessions.  The reason is to create an atmosphere where ideas and comments can be freely discussed.
   This weekend we have these Listening Sessions for the parish in general.  We have special sessions for the following groups: Aquinas Guild on Thursday, May 26th at 9:30am; Religious Education parents and catechists and those in the 9:00 Sunday Liturgy of the Word for Children on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00pm; and School families on Sunday, June 26th after the 9:00am Mass.  Please plan to attend one of these sessions and be part of the future NOW!!  Fr. Ken

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

Please save Sunday, September 18th for this year's Parish Picnic.  We will be having the picnic at Squaw Valley Park. Please watch the bulletin for further announcements and details.  In addition, I would like to ask for your help in preparing for the picnic.  This is great way to get involved!  We will have meetings about once a month in May, June, July and August to start preparing and stay on track to be ready for the picnic. Then, in September, we may have a couple of meetings as the picnic date approaches.  There will be a variety of opportunities to help organize and prepare for the picnic that will fit into any schedule.  I invite you to come to our first Picnic Planning meeting on Wed, May 25th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center to learn what opportunities there are to help. If you are interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please call Elaine DuVall at 412-781-6941.

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.

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this Sunday, May 22nd. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community Market and Panera. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

Excellent customer service skills, good computer and accounting skills, flexibility, sensitivity to grieving families, ability to work with cemetery and parish staff.  Contact Father Frank D. Almade , Saint Juan Diego Parish, at 412-784-8700.

This dynamic conference will be in Indianapolis November 17-20th.  It will feature amazing Catholic Musicians and speakers as well as plenty of space to play, shop and mingle with 20,000 Catholic Teens from all over the United States.  Any teen interested in attending should contact Jamie Dillon by May 31st.

Sky Blast Pirate Game with Huey Lewis!  Sat. June 11th. $20 per person. RSVP to  by June 4th Join us for a great night of Bucco Fun! All Middle school and high school youth as well as parents are welcome.

St. Mary Cemetery on Sharps Hill Road has announced plans to build a Chapel Mausoleum.  Important information about this project will be inserted in next week's bulletin.  Please look for it.  Any questions should be directed to the St. Mary Cemetery at 412-784-8963.

"Sacraments – God's Love in Human Language", will be held at Saint Mary Church Hall, 2510 Middle Road, June 13th - 17th, 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
Exciting news from CDTCA (our school). Starting in the fall of 2011, the school will be offering after school care for any child (K- up) on a regular or as needed basis. You must be a student at the school to use this care. It will be $5.00 an hour.  Currently we have student openings in all grades for the fall of 2011. Tours available through June. Please call the school at 412.781.7927 for more information.


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

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 23
   8:30 am  Charles Lang (Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 24
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Kathy & Mike Langevin)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 25
    8:30 am  Joseph Contosta (Dr. Robert & Annette Pasqual)

Thursday, St. Phillip Neri, priest, May 26
    8:30 am  Joseph Barone (Rose Lagrotto & Lisa Martin)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 27
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. Al Hicks (St. Monica Society)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 28
   9:00 am   Anniv., Daniel S. Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter,  May 28
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter,  May 29
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Maryanne Grant (Edna Mae Habay)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch 
   11:00 am  Edward A. Vitunac, P.E. (Alexander & David, Grandsons)
   11:00 am  50th Anniv., Nicholas & Lorraine Maslaney
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
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. 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
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.