December 25, 2011

If you are looking for a daily prayer book which includes the daily Mass readings, then I recommend Magnificat. This monthly issued prayer book also contains morning and evening prayer, as well as daily reflections. The large print edition (we all need that!) is $64.95 for the year which includes one issue per month and a special issue for Holy Week. Subscriptions: Magnificat, PO Box 822, Yonkers, NY 10702, or call 1-866-273-5215, or visit  Fr. Ken

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 e-mail: andybechman@saint Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now!

Once the holiday rush is over, take some time to appreciate the stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus more deeply. This brief, five-week study will look at the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, attempting to answer questions such as: How do these stories place Jesus within the history of his people? How do they point forward to his adult life? How can we appreciate these stories as adults? The study will meet on Wednesday evenings from January 11 through February 8 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center from7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5 fee.  Please contact Andy Bechman by January 9 to register.

This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington.  Chaperons will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

The Respect Life Committee will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 8th from 8 am to 1 pm in the school cafeteria. This is our only fundraiser. The money will be used for the bus to Washington for the March For Life on Monday, January 23. Merry Christmas to all from the Respect Life Committee.

There will be no religious education classes on December 27, January 1 & January 3. Classes resume on January 8.  There is a check in for all home study families on January 8 in the cafeteria.

Any youth or adult wishing to volunteer for our January 7th work day should RSVP to Jamie Dillon by Wednesday, January 4.

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.  Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website:  Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
Adult chaperons are needed for our teens as they work at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, January 7. The group meets in the Target parking lot in Harmar at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Jamie Dillon (see below) if you can participate.
Focus On . . . Youth Ministry
The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail:

I am pleased to announce that the Notre Dame Chorale will be coming to our parish in January. They will be here to participate in the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Jan 14th. They will then present a concert following this Mass.  We encourage you to mark that date on your calendar.  Also, we need host families who will be able to house students overnight on the 14th.  To register as a Host Family you may contact Stephanie Bonaroti--she is from our parish and is with the Notre Dame Chorale. Stephanie's email is: This is a good way to celebrate a New Year. Fr. Ken

Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 27-29, 2012 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.  In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath.  Financial aid available.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Catholic Charities.  For more information, visit or call 412-352-5348. The deadline to register is January 20.

The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

A new pictorial directory of parishioners is underway. Family or individual picture appointments can still be made for the weeks of Jan. 10th to Jan. 14th, Feb. 7th to Feb. 11th, and May 4th and 5th by contacting Olan Mills directly at 1-800-866-2263, Monday to Friday. Please make sure to give the church's phone number, 412-781-0186, when setting up your appointment.  Each participating family will receive a $25.00 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase and the process takes less than an hour from photographing to ordering! Hope to see you in our new directory!

All teens are welcome to join us for Intersection on January 8 from 10-11 a.m. in the ministry center.  A light breakfast will be provided as we discuss the gospel.

Saturday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristin Owen (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White  
   7:00 pm  William & Rosemarie Labriola (Joyce Doyle & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Christmas,  December 25
   10:00 am  Joe & Rosalia Costa (Costa Family)
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White

Monday, St. Stephen, first martyr, December 26
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Evelyn Conflenti)
Tuesday, St. John, apostle, December 27
   8:30 am  Carmella Petraglia Difiore (Mary Labriola)
Wednesday, The Holy Innocents, martyrs, December 28
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Angela Doerfler & Family)
Thursday, The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 29
   8:30 am  John & Leona Marcone (Debbie & Gene Pochapsky)
Friday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 30
Saturday, The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31

Saturday, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, December 31
   5:00 pm  Thomas Welsh (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God,  January 1
   7:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Mr. Edward Seelye (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society)
       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.

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.