May 8, 2011

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   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, 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.

We congratulate our 8th graders who will be confirmed next Sunday, May 15th, at 1:00pm.  The confirming bishop is Bishop William Winter.  Our Confirmation candidates have been diligent in preparing for their Confirmation through their studies, their service projects, prayer and a retreat.  Special thanks goes to Mrs. Jamie Dillon (our Director of Religious Education), Mrs. Gina Musser (our Program Director for Religious Education), our catechists and the teachers in our parish school.  We salute our young people for their enthusiasm and engagement in their preparation.  Fr. Ken

High School Seniors will receive a blessing at all masses the weekend of May 21st & 22nd.
During the Easter Season we hear that the disciples were "overjoyed" to see the Risen Lord.  We as a parish are also "overjoyed" to celebrate the new life of Easter, and we are also "overjoyed" to see our second graders receive their First Holy Communion.  It is a wonderful moment for both the families as well as parish as a whole.  We are also "overjoyed" when our eighth graders will be confirmed by Bishop Winter next week at a 1:00pm Mass. We see all these young people in the Springtime of their life-and they represent a new Springtime for the Church.  For after all they are the future of the Church and it give us all joy to see their enthusiasm and commitment to Christ and to His Church.  Fr. Ken                                       .    

There will be a second collection next week for Catholic Relief Services.  Funding for this collection provides the foundation of support for the work of six major Catholic agencies working on international relief and development, immigration services and resettlement, advocacy for the poor, peace and reconciliation and justice.  We recall the words of Jesus: "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me."

There will be people collecting for Genesis after Mass today.  Genesis of Pittsburgh has been helping pregnant women for over 30 years.  Your donation will help a young mother in need who, without help, in desperation might abort her baby. God bless you for your generosity.

This coming Saturday, May 14, the 5 p.m. Mass will be the annual Disability Mass.  Fr. Walter Ryzdon will be the celebrant.  Cathy and Donna will provide the music with the help of the Diocesan Deaf Choir.  Supper will be served in the Pastoral Center immediately after Mass and all are invited to join us there to honor our guests.

Don't forget to register your 5-9 year old for "Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid" June 13-17th. You may return completed forms to the religious education mailbox or  There will be meeting on Monday, May 16 @ 630 in the ministry center for all Middle School & High School Youth and Adults who would like to help with Vacation Bible School.

Sunday, May 15th at  1:00pm.  Candidates should report to the pastoral center with their sponsor at 12:15pm.

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

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 9
   8:30 am   Kevin Scanlon (Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 10
   8:30 am   Gregory Asturi (Frank & Ann)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 11
   8:30 am   Fr. Peter Chiodo C.P.B.S. (Larry & Maggie Caliguiri)

Thursday, Easter Weekday, May 12
   8:30 am   Anastasia Steinkirchner (mother)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 13
   8:30 am   Paul Schultz (Irene & Karla Schultz)

Saturday, St. Matthias, apostle, May 14
   9:00 am   Mary Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third 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 pm   Confirmation Mass
       Presider: Bishop William Winter
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.