August 7, 2011


   We all have moments of feeling "down", times of discouragement, depression, loss, fear, anxiety, (fill in the blank).  Such "moods" can descend unexpectedly or result from a particular event.  They can pass quickly or stay longer.  The three main characters in today's scriptures are having such a moment.
   After Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal in Israel and led the Israelites in slaughtering them, word came that Jezebel wanted him killed, so he set out into the desert.  There, he sat down and sad to God, "Enough!  Life is unbearable.  Let me die."  But God wasn't finished with Elijah and sent an angel with some food and drink and told him to walk "forty days" to Mount Horeb (Sinai).  There, God appeared.
    Paul would go first into the synagogues to preach about Jesus as Israel's long-awaited Messiah.  But the response was not overwhelming.  Often he was run out of town, beaten, or tossed into jail.  We hear his grief today.  Still, he trusts God will work it out, and later proclaims, "God has not rejected his people...For the gifts and call of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:2, 29).
    Perhaps Peter is the most instructive for our "sinking" occasions.  He was doing fine until he lost focus.  As long as he looked to Jesus, he walked on water.  When he focused on the wind and the waves, he sank.  When he re-focused on Jesus and cried out for help, Jesus' hand caught him.  There seems to be a lesson here.

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

August 7, 2011

SUNDAY, July 31, 2011 OFFERINGS:
Amount Needed:

God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful
world as it is, not as I would have it
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that
I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.  Amen.

Attention middle school parents! Please consider leading or co-leading a small group this year for religious education. Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

There will be a catechist/small group leader meeting on Tuesday August 30 at 7:00 in the pastoral center.

The inaugural diocesan "Catholic Women's Conference: A Caring Quilt" will take place on Saturday, October 22, at the Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh. Keynote speaker is Immaculée Ilibagiza, survivor of the Rwandan genocide and renowned speaker on faith and forgiveness. The day includes five workshops form which to choose and concludes with Mass with Bishop Zubik. Registration opens August 8, by mail only.  The registration form will be available on the diocesan website:  Registration brochures for the conference are also available by calling 412.456.3129.

The Sisters of Charity Community Choir with the Oakland Catholic High School Choir will sing the National Anthem at PNC Park for the Pirate baseball game scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  The Pirates will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 12:35 p.m. that day.  Tickets are available through August 18, 2011 at $20 for lower level seats and $12 for upper level seats.  A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Sisters of Charity.  To purchase tickets, contact Sister Patrice Hughes at 412-343-1382 or

"Liturgy of the WORD with Children" for Adults or Youth who wish to be part of the opportunity we offer at one liturgy each weekend, and for catechists who lead liturgies as part of Faith Formation sessions, come Thursday, August 11, 6:00-9:00 PM to the John Paul center, Ninth Street, Sharpsburg. To register, call Marilyn Ganster at 412-781-7348.

Planning meeting August 9th.  Save the date and request for help! As you know, this year's Parish Picnic is on Sunday, September 18th. Please save the date as we hope to see everyone there!!  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 a great way to get involved!  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 next Picnic Planning meeting on Tues, August 9th 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.

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, August 8, 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, please let Andy Bechman know (  Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date. 

When there is an exchange of words in the Gospels, Jesus usually speaks the memorable last word.  In next weekend's gospel, though, the most unlikely character—a woman, and a Gentile to boot—has the bon mot. Join our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study as we reflect on this Gospel and the other Sunday Scriptures.  We meet on August 11 from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  We provide materials. The Tuesday evening session has ended for the summer.  There will be another evening Bible study in the fall.

"Catholic Conversations" is a series that aims for informative, lively, and interactive talk on subjects related to faith.  Join us on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center as we welcome Karen Hussaini to St. Scholastica.  Mrs. Hussaini is the President of the SFH Islamic Interfaith Network which works to build understanding and respect between faith communitiesthrough dialogue, activity and education. Adults and teens are welcome to attend.  There is no registration or fee. 

Religious education begins September 18th. If you have not yet registered your child You may do so online at the parish website. Paper registration forms are available in the pastoral center across from the office.


Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 6
   5:00 pm  Pauline Casile (Bruno Casile)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 7
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White     
    9:00 am  Mrs. Joan Grace Farina (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am   Anthony Sgambati (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, St. Dominic, priest, August 8
    8:30 am   Birthday, Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, weekday, August 9
    8:30 am   Charles Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Wednesday, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, August 10
    8:30 am   Rose LaGrotto (Margaret LaGrotto)

Thursday, St. Clare, virgin, August 11
    8:30 am   Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)
Friday, weekday, August 12
    8:30 am   Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, weekday, August 13
  9:00 am   Frank Donnelly  (Bob Jackworth, Bill & Bridget—Brilliant Market)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13
  5:00 pm   Delfini Marsico (Niece, Rita Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 14
    7:30 am   Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am   Judy Jackworth (Ed & Kathy Rak)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
   11:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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
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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
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
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