May 29, 2011

   The Easter season keeps offering us pictures of what happens when the power of resurrected life, given by Jesus to his disciples, enters the world.  Sometimes it led to a recognition that one group should not be favored over another, whether they were widows or Samaritans.  All were to be served; all were to receive the gospel.
   When the deacon Philip began to preach Jesus as the Messiah, the people of Samaria listened.  They not only heard Philip's message but also saw the power of God's salvation at work as he cast out demons and cured people who were crippled and paralyzed.  With the new birth of faith came baptism and a reception of the Holy Spirit, when Peter and John laid hands on them.
   The Holy Spirit continues to bring the truth of who God is and the strength to help us live in that truth, fully revealed in Jesus.  Because of the Spirit, we dwell with the Father and the Son.  Jesus' promises come to fulfillment in us; we are not orphans but beloved sons and daughters, the divine life of the Trinity flowing in us.  In the Eucharist Jesus comes to be with us, and brings the Father, for he is in the Father and we are in him and he in us.
   Resurrection life commits us to living out the command "Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope" (1 Peter 3:15).  The Spirit brings hope and, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his encyclical "Saved in Hope" (Spe Salvi), "The one who has hope lives differently."

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

May 29, 2011
Amount Needed:
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is in need of teenage volunteers for its summer youth program, June 20 - July 22, which helps teenagers who are blind or vision impaired prepare for college or a career. Teenage volunteers accompany students to places like Kennywood, Pirate baseball games, Sandcastle and camping or just spend time with them in the evening. Volunteer schedules are flexible, and training is provided. BVRS also is in need of adult volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Schepis, volunteer coordinator, 412-368-4400 or

The Hope for Haiti Committee will be on Wednesday, June 1st, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center. Please join us to plan for the coming year.  All are welcome.

Inserted in today's bulletin you will find information about Virgin of Guadalupe Chapel Mausoleum to be built in St. Mary Cemetery on Sharps Hill Road.  Please take a few moments to review the information.  Even if you are not interested in the Mausoleum, the cemetery has information about the other options available at St. Mary Cemetery.  For more information, please fill out the card or call St. Mary Cemetery at 412-784-8963.

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, June 6, at 7:30 in the parish office.  The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).  Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.

This year's final meeting of the St. Monica Society will be the annual Brunch, Saturday, June 4th, 10am, in the Pastoral Center.  All RCIA graduates are invited to join us.

This Thursday, June 2nd, is the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  We have two scheduled Masses on Thursday: 8:30am and 7:00pm.

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.

"Sacraments – God's Love in Human Language", will be held at Saint Mary Church Hall, 2510 Middle Road, June 13th - 17th, 9:00 am 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.

   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.


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

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 30
   9:00 am  Donald Kennedy Jr. (Family)

Tuesday, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31
  8:30 am  C.A.McInerney (Karen & John Staley)

Wednesday, St. Justin, martyr, June 1
  8:30 am Birthday, Rosalia Costa (Antionetta Costa & Family)

Thursday, Ascension of the Lord, June 2
    8:30 am  Dorothy Madzelonka (Family)
         Presider: Fr. Robert Duch   
    7:00 pm  Rose A. Lagrotto (Jean & Bill Eckert)
         Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Friday, St. Charles Lwanga martyr, June 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Mary Smith (St. Monica Society)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, June 4
  9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Smith Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter,  June 4
  5:00 pm  Joseph Contosta (Andy & Juanita Vitulla)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter,  June 5
   7:30 amBirthday, Joan Farina (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Buckley Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan   
   11:00 am  Holly Herman Thillet (Kapp 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..


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.