November 20, 2011

   Every so often when I am driving, I see that old bumper sticker calling us to commit random acts of kindness.  Good advice in light of the story of the Last Judgment.  Did you notice that the story makes no mention of many of the sins we usually worry about as the basis for the Last Judgment?  This is not to say such things don't matter.  But the emphasis here has to do with getting out there and responding to people really in need, basic needs relating to hunger, thirst, being a stranger-an unwelcome immigrant?  (that one is certainly ripped from today's headlines!) - lacking clothes, needing health care (another relevant one), and being imprisoned.
    While it is always interesting to watch other people being judged, it is not something most of us enjoy experiencing ourselves—especially when it comes to evaluating our moral lives.  It is much easier to think of Jesus as the forgiving, compassionate, tender shepherd who is out there looking for us than as the one who comes in glory to judge and separate out the goats and the lambs.  Who wants to be counted among the goats?
    So, pick your area that will help you to be counted among the sheep.  Food distribution, environmental concerns, immigration reform, clothing—include here those nets that can save lives threatened by various issues surrounding health care, or prison reform.  Perhaps you thought this was one of those quaint stories Jesus tells that seem so long ago and far away.  The last we hear from the Gospel of Matthew for this year invites your participation—now.  The reason?  When you do something for them, you do it for him.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
November 20, 2011

October 2011 Monthly Collection:

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 will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild". RSVP to, Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th. Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

There are no religious education classes Tuesday, November 22 and Sunday November 27. As you celebrate Thanksgiving please give thanks for our dedicated catechists, small group leaders and teen helpers.

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

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.

Rehearsal for the December 3rd Youth Mass is on Monday, November 28th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center. All teen musicians and vocalists are welcome.

Please advise the Parish Office or email to the names of any family members in nursing homes. The St. Monica Society would like to remember them with greeting cards.

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.

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.
Help Needed!
  • We are getting ready for a new parish directory! Photo sessions begin in January 2012. We are looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their sessions. Photo sessions will be scheduled on January 10-14, February 7-11, and May 4-5. Most sessions are from 5:00-8:30 p.m., but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186, ext. 24.
  • We are seeking donations of peanut butter this weekend. 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.
  • Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than December 6. Thank you!
Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a brief presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses this 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 services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. They rely on volunteers—many from local faith communities—to undertake tasks such as preparing meals for their soup kitchen or men's emergency shelter, spending time with guests at the Orr Compassionate Care Center while they recover from illness, or tutoring young people after school. Please stop by if you would like to learn more. The presentation begins at 10:15 a.m.

    St. Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project to benefit children and families in our area and students in Haiti and Kenya is underway.  All gifts and monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec. 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.
    The parish is looking for one or two families interested in chairing the Christmas gift project next year.  If you are interested call one of the contacts above for more information.  Plan to help with the gift sorting on Dec. 11 if you want to learn more.

Appalachia Meeting Tuesday, November 29th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center for anyone interested in participating in this year's mission. The trip will take place the week of June 24th.

Thank you to all parishioners who helped to make CDTCA's 2011 Fall Fling such a great success. Whether you bought a raffle ticket, sent a donation or gave an item to the auction, you helped to make this fundraiser one of the best yet. Special thanks goes to those St. Scho's alumni families who attended the event. It was wonderful to have you there. We will look forward to seeing you next year!

   The Christmas Children's Choir which will sing at the 4:00 liturgy on Christmas Eve will rehearse Saturday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Any child in grades 3-8 is welcome to participate.  RSVP to by December 4th.
   Angels and Shepherds for the 4:00 Children's Liturgy on Christmas Eve should contact Meredith Troyan at by December 15th.  We welcome children in grades K-2.

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

Monday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21
   8:30 amAnniv., Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)
Tuesday, St. Cecilia, virgin, November 22
   8:30 am  Patricia Akanawicz (Charlene Akanawicz)
Wednesday, weekday, November 23
  8:30 am Birthday, George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)
Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 24
    9:00 am  Anniv., Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
Friday, weekday, November 25
    8:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
Saturday, weekday, November 26
  9:00 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 26
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  November 27
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bess Hussey (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan


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
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To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (Monday–Friday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.