November 13, 2011

   A song in the musical Scottsboro Boys observes that life is what we do while we're waiting to die.  And this is how our life passes by.  Today's parable calls for a more purposeful approach: life calls for investing what God has entrusted to you.
    A "talent" was a year's wages.  Jesus uses this parable to warn his followers that they are to spend their time wisely while waiting for him to return.  They will do this by investing the treasure God has given them.  Jesus was not talking here about natural talents, though that is a worthy enterprise.  But a disciple of Jesus is to do something with the treasure of the gospel, the good news of the kingdom of God, the gift of faith in Jesus Christ.
    God expects a return on this investment with us.  We are to share the Good News with others, not keep it to ourselves.  The gospel is the greatest treasure we have been given.  We might feel we have only a limited understanding of our faith, but we are not to bury it in silence.  Rather, plant the seed of God's word in the minds and hearts of others.
    Our first reading about a "worthy wife" describes a person who invests in living life for others.  She is also called the "capable wife" or the wife with a capacity for wisdom.  The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, honoring God by what we do in the world.  Spend the time wisely while waiting for the Lord to return.

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

November 13, 2011

This year's collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up next weekend, November 19-20th. Now in its 24th year, the national collection for retired religious has raised more than $643 million to assist religious communities in caring for their elderly and infirm members. Our diocese alone has contributed $20.7 million over that period of time. These funds generated by this collection provides critical assistance to communities that are most in need. Please be generous in this "pay back" to those religious who taught us in our youth.

St. Scholastica Church is having a Blood Drive to help replace blood used by Mario Noro.  Mario, son of Jennifer and Paul Noro, is an eight year old boy, in third grade, with a smile that lights up a room. Mario has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Mario is receiving treatments of chemotherapy and transfusions of blood and platelets at Children's Hospital. Mario's treatment will last between 24 and 36 months. You can help Mario. Make a reservation to see if you can donate blood for Mario on Sunday, November 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.

The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 p.m. mass.  The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

The Welcome Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7p.m. in the Pastoral Center to plan our next Welcome Breakfast for new parishioners. Anyone interested in this ministry is invited to attend.

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 -2337 or email

It's time to sign up to light the Advent Wreath candles.  Please sign the Advent Notebook found in the back of the church for the mass of your choice.  Sign up by November 20th to help us celebrate this beautiful season in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

St. Scholastica will host a Protecting God's Children workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. To register, please contact the Parish Office at 412-781-0186, ext. 10.  All volunteer ministers who have contact with children must attend this workshop. This class is also beneficial to parishioners who want to learn about how to identify the signs of child abuse. If you have any questions about the diocesan safe environment policy, please contact Mary Swindal, 412-781-0186 ext.10.

Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.

Good News!
Stewardship Corner is now online! Visit the parish website, and look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links for the latest on opportunities to put your faith into practice!

Help Needed!
  • We are seeking donations of peanut butter on the weekend of November 19 & 20. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.
  • We continue to collect blankets, sleeping bags (zero degree rated ones are best) and packages of toilet paper to be distributed by Nancy Heil and her associates to people who need them in Pittsburgh. Please leave donations in the large non-food items container in the vestibule of the church. We will also continue to accept donations of canned tuna, canned chicken (not soups) or canned fruit in the food-items container, along with cans of regular Pepsi and prepared food mixes (such as macaroni and cheese or hamburger helper). Thank you!

Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday, November 20, in the Pastoral Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults who are interested in service as a vital expression of our Catholic faith. EECM sponsors a variety of hunger, housing, and children and youth services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. Please come early to Mass next weekend or stay late if you would like to learn more. The presentation begins at 10:15 a.m. If you can, please bring along a jar of peanut butter for the EECM food pantry!

Before you head out to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings stop at the back of Church next Sunday, November 20th. We will be selling Giant Eagle, Community Market, Whole Foods and a wide variety of gift certificates. Purchasing these certificates helps support our Parish School.

This program has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels including disillusionment and deep misery. For confidential information or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 13, 2012, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or More information is available at

Did you know Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Thursday, November 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  CDTCA offers a PreK-8 environment based on Catholic values. Registration is preferred but not required.  412-781-7927.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12
   5:00 pm Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 13
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ann Romanovich (Freda Horgas)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  John M. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 14
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)
Tuesday, weekday, November 15
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Dolores Grogan)
Wednesday, weekday, November 16
   8:30 am  Ann Magovern (Dr. Robert & Marjorie Hartsock)
Thursday, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17
   8:30 am  Marnie L. Keefer (Ruth & Gary)
Friday, weekday, November 18
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Aldonia Pate)
Saturday, weekday, November 19
   9:00 am  James F. & Margaret C. Walters (Madeline Walters)

Saturday, Vigil of Christ the King, November 19
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Christ the King, November 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Stephen Novick (Ginger Wilson)
       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–Friday 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–Friday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.