November 27, 2011

 Dear Church Family,
   We are excited to announce that our church will be putting together a new pictorial directory! This directory will be a great tool for helping us to put faces with names. Every participating family will receive a free pictorial directory, as well as a $25 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase. You will only have to make one visit to the church, as you will be photographed and view your poses after you are done being photographed. So please stop at the sign up table in the back of church today to schedule your appointment. You may also sign up by email at or by phone at 412-781-0186 ext. 10. The sooner you sign up, the more times you'll have to choose from. See you in the directory!

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.

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 pm mass. The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

The Youth Ministry Annual Christmas Shopping Trip for the Needy is Monday, November 28th. We will meet at the Ministry Center at 11:00 am.  Drivers are needed.  All teens are welcome! Bring your Christmas Gift tag! 
Saturday, December 3rd  is a big day for Youth Ministry:
· We will begin with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday Morning. If you are interested please RSVP by Wednesday.
· Youth Mass at 5 pm. Anyone wishing to sing or play an instrument should report at 3:00 pm.
· After mass we will go Christmas Caroling then have Hot Chocolate and cookies! RSVP by Thursday for Caroling.

Today is the St. Scholastica Blood Drive. The Central Blood Bank will be in the Pastoral Center from 8 am to 1 pm to accept your donations. We are holding this Blood Drive to help Mario Noro. Please stop by and see if you are eligible to be a donor.

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 looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their photo directory 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 pm, but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, please contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186,  ext. 24.
· 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.  Nancy particularly requests footballs, basketballs, purses, legos and duplos.  Thank you!
Good News!
We collected 33 jars of peanut butter last weekend for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. In addition, two representatives from EECM made a presentation on the organization's work to parishioners last Sunday. Several parishioners left contact information for followup action. If you are interested in investigating adult service opportunities at EECM, please contact parishioner Geoff Tolge at or Andy Bechman 412-781-0186, ext. 18. You can also learn about EECM at their website:

    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.

Next weekend, Dec. 3rd and 4th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center after all the masses. This annual holiday shop for CDTCA has also become a tradition for parishioners to enhance their holiday shopping. A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts, and inexpensive gift items will be available for all ages. Advent candle sets and decorated tabletop trees are just a few of the popular items that will be available for purchase once again this year.

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.


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

Monday, Advent Weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, November 29
   8:30 am  Judy Jackworth (Husband)

Wednesday, St. Andrew, apostle, November 30
   8:30 am  Anniv., Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 1
    8:30 am  Sr. Dorothy Dolak  (Respect Life Committee)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 2
    8:30 am  Martha Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   9:00 am  Augustine Russo (Laura & Charlie Johnson)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 3
    5:00 pm  Ronald Alvino (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  December 4
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Frank & Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)
       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.