November 6, 2011

   At first hearing, there is a worrisome note in this parable Jesus tells near the end of Matthew's account of his ministry.  We like to think of Jesus as the Lord of second chances, even third and fourth, and that we have plenty of time to get our act together and to gather the necessary "oil" to welcome him when he returns.  But the bridegroom's final words are, "I do not know you".
    Is Jesus indicating that a day will come when that opportunity to make up for what we have failed to do will not be given, that the time for springing into action will have come and gone?  Could we find ourselves locked out of the party?  Since most of us are sometimes foolish, sometimes wise, what form does foolishness take in our lives?  What are we putting off doing?
    Matthew uses this parable to fire up his community's desire for the return of the Lord, to call them to a more active hope in Jesus' return.  It also serves to confront indifference and lethargy in our lives.  That necessary oil can refer to doing those good works that allow the light to shine in the world, especially when darkness threatens.
    Being wise means being prepared for a future with the Lord.  Jesus is the Wisdom of God who gives us a share of this wisdom as a gift of the Spirit.  Let us both seek wisdom and be prepared to welcome it when it comes to us.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 30, 2011

SUNDAY, October 30, 2011 OFFERINGS:
Amount Needed:

 For the past twenty five years the diocese has mandated an October Count of those attending Mass. In 2009 on average we had 1,024 people each Sunday in October for a 29% rate of Mass attendance. In 2010 we had on average 971 on Sundays for a 27% rate of Mass attendance. This year (2011) we had on average 929 people attending Mass in October for a 26% rate. There are many reasons for this decline and the Pastoral Council will be examining these figures as to why and our response to increase Mass attendance on Sundays. Fr. Ken

We are extending the Fund Raising for our new Gather Hymnal until November 15.  Many of you have already responded.  If you have not yet taken this opportunity to dedicate a hymnal "In Memory of…" or "In Honor of.." an individual or family,  forms are available at all church entrances and in the Parish Office.  A printed name plate will be placed in the front of each donated hymnal.  The contribution is $25 per dedication.  We would also welcome any additional donation to help defray the cost of the needed accompaniment and choir materials.  We appreciate your generous response!

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 am to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.
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! 
  • On the weekend of Oct. 22-23, we collected 15 cans of fruit, 10 cans of chicken and 26 cans of tuna as well as various other items. Thank you!
Help Needed!
We continue to collect blankets, sleeping bags(zero degree rated ones are best) and packages of toilet paperto 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.

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. 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 come early to Mass on the 20th or stay late if you would like to learn more. The presentation is at 10:15 a.m.

Homestudy Religious Education Families are to check in between 8-9 on Sunday, November 13th.

Did you know . . . CDTCA is having a Bookfair at the Waterworks Barnes and Noble from 12pm- 4pm on Sunday November 6th.  Come watch the students perform, have a bite to eat in the cafe and get started on your Christmas shopping.  Proceeds benefit the school.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 6
    7:30 am  Antonia Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Deceased Trapp-Gimber Families (Gimber Sisters)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am  Birthday, Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 7
    8:30 am Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)

Tuesday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Mary Lou Cannon (Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Hilton)

Wednesday, weekday, November 9
   8:30 am  Birthday, Elena Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Thursday, weekday, November 10
    8:30 am  Janet Roughen (Connie Donnelly)

Friday, weekday, November 11
    8:30 am  Ann Magovern (James Lowden)

Saturday, weekday, November 12
   9:00 am  Mary Certo (Family)

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


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.