August 28, 2011


   Certain questions change lives, depending on our answer: "Do you take this person to be your husband/wife?" "Do you want this job?" "Can you forgive me?"  The question Jesus asks today is one that certainly changes lives.  Our response is not simply an academic exercise, a matter of knowing the right answer we learned from a book.  Our answer must lead to a commitment that is to be lived out each day of our lives.
   Peter's answer certainly changed the course of his life.  Jesus recognized that it was not Peter's innate knowledge, or that of any other person, that had given Peter his response: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God".  It was the Father.  And so Jesus declares that Peter will be the one to lead the other disciples and all who would come after.  Simon, son of John, fisherman, husband, brother—and one who would deny he ever knew Christ! - he was to be the rock on which Jesus would build the church.  His response was life-changing.
   Peter's answer was not a perfect one, as we shall see next week.  Even so, Jesus accepts it as an indication that his Father is at work in those called to be with him who would continue his work.  The Father chose to work in fallible human beings.  We may not think of ourselves as rocks, but the future of the church depends on how well each one of us lives out the answer to this question, "Who do you say that I am?"
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

August 21, 2011

SUNDAY, August 14, 2011 OFFERINGS:
Amount Needed:

Bishop David Zubik has requested that each parish have a second collection this weekend.  All of are aware of the famine and violence that is consuming hundreds of thousands, especially young mothers and their children.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is already on the ground providing as much aid as they can with current resources.  All money from this second collection will go to CRS and will be used to feed thousands and provide clean water, shelter and life-saving support.  We will be blessed in being able to make a difference to our brothers and sisters.

Children's Liturgy of the Word, in which children ages 4-10 join our kid-friendly interpretation of  the Scriptures, resumes at 9 a.m. mass after Labor Day.  We're seeking additional volunteer leaders for the upcoming year. Adults and older teens interested in helping approximately once every six weeks should contact Natalie Gillespie ( or 412-782-3943).

Auditions for the 2011-2012 Diocesan Choir season will soon be held.  The Choir, under the direction of Fr. Jim Chepponis, Music Director for the Diocese of  Pittsburgh, sings for the major Diocesan events at St. Paul's Cathedral throughout the year.  Currently there are openings in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections.  In addition to being good singers, potential members must be capable sight-readers due to a limited rehearsal schedule, and at least 18 years of age.  Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair.  Audition times may be scheduled by calling Doris Anne in the Diocesan Music Office, 412-456-3042) before August 24.

Religious Education begins September 18th!  Please register your child as soon as possible.  Forms are available online or in the pastoral center.

We are looking for a teacher or a team of teachers for the 5th grade class on Sunday.  We also need Small Group Leaders for our expanding middle school religious education program. Please give this prayerful consideration.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested or would like more information.

Join us as we read, discuss, and pray the Sunday Scriptures at our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study, which continues this week on August 25th from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Pastoral Center.  We provide materials on the next Sunday's Scripture readings.  No registration is necessary.

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 -2337or email

Are you looking for a way to stay connected with your faith?  Then consider being a volunteer for our religious education program on Sunday morning OR Tuesday night!  Contact Jamie Dillon.
The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition.  Contact Sr. Pat by August 23.

It's "Back to School" on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) 205 Brilliant Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215. We offer a PreK-8th environment with Catholic values integrated throughout the curriculum, high academic standards and a variety of extracurricular activities. We still have openings in most of our classes. Please don't allow tuition to stand in the way of making a great educational choice for your child. Tuition assistance is available to qualified candidates. Contact us at the above address or call 412.781.7927. More information is available on the website

   The St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 18th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. The schedule for the picnic will be: 3:00 pm Kids' Games, 4:00 pm Parish People Scavenger Hunt Game, 4:30 pm Dinner, 5:30 pm regular Bingo and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bounce House for the kids.  
    We will also have a 50/50 that will have a cash prize and also some additional prized available as well. Please remember to signup.  There are signup sheets if you would like to Volunteer for a specific activity (like set up, clean up, help with children's games, face painting etc).   There are also signup sheets so you can let us know if you plan on attending the picnic. This will give us a better idea on how much food to order. Chicken, hot dogs, corn and drinks will be provided.  The cost for the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum per family of $20.   If you are able to bring a side dish or a dessert, you can also indicate that on the signup sheets.
    Please bring side dishes and desserts in disposable containers.  It is advisable to bring a chair as seating in the pavilion is limited.  The next picnic planning meeting will be Tuesday August 30th at 7:00 in the Ministry Center.  The last picnic planning meeting will be held on Monday September 12th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.


Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20
  5:00 pm   Anniv., Stephen Novick (wife, Shelley & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 21
    7:30 am   Ann Colangelo (Husband)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am   Anniv., Marion E. Gimber (Sisters)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
    8:30 am   Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, weekday, August 23
    8:30 am   Ruth Scholl (Family)

Wednesday, St. Bartholomew, apostle, August 24
    8:30 am   John Marmarella (Wife & Children)

Thursday, weekday, August 25
    8:30 am   Macino & Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)

Friday, weekday, August 26
    8:30 am   Anniv., Robert Boley (Children)

Saturday, St. Monica, August 27
    9:00 am   Deceased Members of Certo Family (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 27
    5:00 pm   William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 28
     7:30 am   Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
     9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
     11:00 am   Hattie Komorowski (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.