September 11, 2011

   Erich Segal died at the beginning of 2010.  I remember reading his best seller Love Story and being moved by its then famous line "Love means never having to say you're sorry". Over the years I have really come to disagree with this.  I believe love means having to say you're sorry and asking for forgiveness many times in life.
   Today's Gospel reminds us that love also means being willing to forgive many times in a life.  We fail each other.  We sin against each other.  Sometimes we do this deliberately, sometimes thoughtlessly, but nonetheless it is painful for the one sinned against.
   Is forgiveness ever easy—especially with a repeat offender?  "Seven times?" Peter asks.  "Seventy-seven times," Jesus replies.  Today's readings give us the major reason to forgive others: God has forgiven us.  There's more.  Not to forgive is to let anger and wrath poison our hearts.   Being unforgiving can imprison a person, resulting in bitterness, revenge and a slow death of the spirit.  Not to forgive can be more costly for the one offended.
   Paul tells us we belong to the Lord, are called to serve him, to do his will, which is the will of the Father.  And God's will is that we forgive one another.  When the risen Lord first appeared to the disciples in the upper room, he wished them peace and then gave them the power of the Spirit to forgive.  This work is not limited to our going to the sacrament of reconciliation.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
September 11, 2011

SUNDAY, September 4, 2011 OFFERINGS:
Amount Needed:

Would you like to enliven your prayer? Join us this fall for "Praying the Scriptures," a Bible study from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  We are offering the study in two formats: seven Wednesday evenings beginning September 28, or seven Thursday mornings, beginning September 29.  See the flyer at the entrances to the church for details and information on how to register.

   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. Unfortunately, due to risk issues, we had to cancel the bounce house. However, we will have a caricature artist available from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 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 desert, 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 last picnic planning meeting will be held on Monday September 12th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.

Maureen Krup, from UPMC Mercy, will be the speaker at the People Concerned For The Unborn Child's General Kick Off Meeting, Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Synod Hall, directly behind St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland.  NO ONE DIES ALONE takes it's motto from Mother Teresa...."No one should die alone....each human should die with the sight of a loving face".  Light refreshments at 8:30 p.m.  There is no charge and all are welcome.

Religious Education begins Sept. 18th  Class is from 10:15-11:30.  ALL parents are asked to escort their child to their classroom the first day to meet the teachers.

Home study students may pick up their materials in the cafeteria after the 9 & 11:00 masses on Sept. 18th.

We are still in need of some small group leaders/co leaders for grades 6,7 & 8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are able to help.  Small group choices will take place after the 9 & 11:00 masses in the cafeteria on Sept. 18th.

There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 25th, after the 11:00 Mass in the pastoral center. 

Youth Mass is Sunday September 18 at the 9:00 Mass for Catechetical Sunday.  Any youth wishing to sing or play an instrument should contact Jamie Dillon asap.  There will be a rehearsal on Monday Sept. 12.

    Starting on the first weekend of Advent (Nov. 26th and 27th) the newly translated third edition of the Roman Missal will be introduced at all the Masses celebrated in the United States.  The structure of the Mass (the order of the elements, the actions of the priest celebrant, and so forth) remains unchanged in the new edition of the Roman Missal.  However, the translation of the prayer texts will change to more closely reflect the original Latin texts.  In some cases, new options for prayers may be available, and some old options may no longer be present.
    In the third edition of the Roman Missal, almost every prayer in the Mass—those spoken by the priest and those spoken by the people—has been retranslated from the Latin into English.  Some prayers now recited by memory will need to be relearned, and the familiar language of many prayers recited by the priest will change.
    Fr. Ken will offer a presentation at the September Aquinas Guild Meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  The presentation will include: how our Liturgy has been formed from the infant Church to the present moment, commentary on the nature of translation and finally a "walk through" of the new edition of the Roman Missal, especially those Mass prayers that will be changed.  All parishioners are welcome to attend. (Monday, October 24th at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center). No RSVP necessary.

 Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?  Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic?  The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community.  If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by email:  You can also fill out the form below. If you know someone who might be interested, please give him or her this notice and form. For a child who is of school age and is not baptized or who did not receive First Communion in second grade, please contact Jamie Dillon at Ext. 20 or  We would be glad to welcome you fully into the Catholic

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Please return this form to the collection basket or place it in Andy Bechman's mailbox in the back hallway of the Pastoral Center (use the church exit by the organ and take a right turn).

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 10
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Maione)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 11
    7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am    Veltri-McKay Families (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Frank X. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, September 12
   8:30 amMargaret Fleming (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, St. John Chrysostom, bishop & doctor, September 13
   8:30 am  Judy Jackworth (Elizabeth Metrovich)

Wednesday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14
    8:30 am  Peter O'Donnell (Byrnes Family)

Thursday, Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Friday, St. Cornelius, pope & martyr, September 16
   8:30 am  Ann McGovern (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, weekday, September 17
   9:00 am  Helen Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 17
   5:00 pm  Frank Donnelly (James & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Joan G. Farina (Tish Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Helen Rivetti (Jerry & Janet Monaco)
       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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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
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To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (Monday–Thursday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.