March 18, 2012

   Despite the countless efforts undertaken by road planners and highway departments throughout the country, dangerous conditions still exist on many of the roads that are used for daily travel. Treacherous curves, hazardous hills, and intersections with low visibility can all make driving a perilous endeavor in some areas. Alcohol and distracted driving continue to be major factors in many crashes, but improved vehicle safety and better road design have been credited with lowering the total number of fatalities, a trend that is even more notable given the increase in the number of drivers and vehicle miles driven through the past decade. Still, if one drives along any highway for some distance, there is likely to be a marker at some point memorializing a person who was involved in a fatal accident.
    These roadside markers often have a cross, something that has become a ubiquitous sign of remembrance after a crash. This emblem marks the spot of the death of a loved one. It is often surrounded with flowers, and may sometimes have other memorabilia attached to it. While a gravestone may mark a loved one's final resting place, a roadside memorial becomes a more public tribute to the one who has been taken in death.
    But the cross is more than a token of a deadly event. For us, it is the ultimate sign of life, which is why we use it on ourselves over and over again. Before and after prayers, we make the sign of the cross. We use the cross to bless, tracing it on our children's foreheads, making the sign over people and things, signifying a consecration to holiness. That this emblem of death should become a sign of life is the ultimate triumph of the power of Christ's resurrection. John writes in his Gospel that the Son of Man will be lifted up. Jesus is lifted on the cross, and in his death we are lifted to life as he rises on the third day.
©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

   Weekday Mass Schedule: Please consult our Mass Schedule (after the list of our schedule, we have listed the times of our neighboring parishes). 
   Stations of the Cross:  Fridays in Lent at 7:30 pm (no evening Stations on Good Friday). 
   Reconciliation (Confessions) this week: Madonna in Sharpsburg on Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 pm; St. Scholastica at 9:30 am on Saturday.
   Lenten Talk: by Fr. Justin on Sunday, March 18th at 7:00 pm at St. Scholastica.
   Lenten Evening Prayer: Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 pm at St. Scholastica.

The second collection this weekend is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development as well as Catholic Home Missions Appeal and National Collection for Black and Indian Missions.   Thank you for your generosity.

Several months ago an auditor came to the parish for a periodic audit.  The last audit was about four years ago.  Last week we received a letter from the diocese outlining the results of this audit.  We are happy to report that we are substantially in line with the policies and procedures mandated by the diocese.  No major issues emerged.  Of course, there were some minor changes that we will make to be in full compliance.  It is important for you to know that an outside auditor looks at our "books" so that you can be assured that all your donations are properly accounted for.  Also, our Parish Finance Committee is charged with oversight of our finances and issuing an annual financial report to the parish.  Thank you for the continuing support you give to the parish as we celebrate 105 years of life.  Fr. Ken

Students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for one of our upcoming Altar Server training sessions. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass. Serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. Sessions will be held at the church on Sunday, March 18th after the 11 am Mass and Sunday, March 25th after the 9 am Mass. To reserve a spot and receive the required study materials, please contact Peggy Santelli at

We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, March 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

Lent is an ideal time to deepen our practice of stewardship by sharing our time and our goods with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saint Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
· Please place boxes of instant mashed potatoes in the basket in the vestibule this weekend. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.
· Nancy Heil has requested ongoing donations of the following non-food items: toilet paper, white tube socks,used sheets and pillowcases, andsmall microwave ovens. Our ongoing collection of food items now includes canned chicken and tuna, canned fruit, breakfast cereal, and prepared food mixes (such as macaroni and cheese and hamburger helper). Please place donations in the bins in the church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . . Ministers of the Word
Adult and teen Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at most of our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at:

Father Justin Matro of St Vincent Seminary will speak on "Our Share in the Lord's Cross", this Sunday at 7:00 pm in the church.  Father Justin holds a doctorate degree in theology and has worked at St. Vincent Seminary for 19 years as a professor, Director of Spiritual Formation and most recently as Rector. All are welcome to attend.
The annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for parish Staff and volunteers will be held on April 15th at 12:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations will be mailed.

All women of the parish are invited to the Aquinas Guild outing to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, April 11th for a guided tour of the spring flower show. The cost to attend is $15.00. Transportation will be provided. The bus will depart at 9:45 am and return by 2pm. Luncheon plans will be made based on the number of participants. Cost of lunch to be determined. Checks made payable to  "The Aquinas Guild",  for $15 can be sent to Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr., 15238. Please RSVP by April 4th. Questions, call Mary Ellen 412-767-5863.

Mark your calendars!  The Parish Picnic will be Sunday, May 27th at Squaw Valley.

All are welcome to join us this Sunday, March 18th after both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am masses for our monthly social for the parish. This month's social is being graciously hosted by Christine Ferguson.

   The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on Contraception, Sterilization and Abortive Drugs violates freedom of conscience which is guaranteed by the First Amendment and several Federal laws.  The Pennsylvania Bishops are asking everyone to contact President Obama and our legislators about this mandate.  You can do so automatically on the internet by reaching Pennsylvania Catholic Conference  at
    The PA Bishops have also requested that on Friday, March 20th, everyone devote that day to prayer, fasting and abstinence from meat for the intention of religious liberty.
    There will be a Rally for Religious Freedom on Friday, March 23rd, from noon to 1 pm, at the Federal Building, 1000 Liberty Avenue.  This will be in conjunction with Rallies at Federal Buildings across the country.  All are welcome. 
    The Respect Life meeting for Tuesday, March 20th, will be moved to Tuesday, March 27th to accommodate those who will be attending the Parish Lenten Prayer Service.

All teens are invited to take part in our long standing tradition of Living Stations this Good Friday.  Practice will be Tuesday, April 3rd at 3:30 pm and again the morning of Good Friday.  Contact Meredith Troyan at if you are interested.

Please remember to return your Appalachia Envelope to our "house" in the church vestibule.  Our gratitude to all who generously support this year's Appalachian Mission Trip.

Our Eucharistic Retreat Evening for all 2nd graders and their parents is Tuesday, April 10th in the Pastoral Center.

Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, and we are celebrating infant baptisms during Lent. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date. The next preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, March 19, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).

         Sunday:     2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/Eph 2:4-10/Jn 3:14-21
        Monday:     2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
       Tuesday:     Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16
  Wednesday:     Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30
      Thursday:     Ex 32:7-14/Jn 5:31-47
           Friday:     Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
       Saturday:     Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53
 Next Sunday:    Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
©Liturgical Publications Inc

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

Our second Lenten evening of renewal takes place on Tuesday, March 20th, at 7:00 pm in the church. We will begin with evening prayer including song, Scripture passages, and a homily. All parishioners are invited to this service, which will be the same as our first evening of renewal on March 5. After prayer, we especially invite liturgical ministers and catechists to participate in workshops designed to aid you in your ministry. Liturgical ministers and catechists who attended the first evening do not need to attend this one, unless you carry out more than one ministry and wish to participate in your second ministry's workshop.

    Luke Chilson is a nine-year-old parishioner who is preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. On March 4, accompanied by his father, Clark, and his sponsor, Andrew Bechman, Luke participated in the Rite of Election at St. Paul Cathedral. He wrote his name in the Book of the Elect and was greeted by Bishop Zubik, joining about a hundred other catechumens and two hundred candidates for full admission into the Church from two of the vicariates in our diocese.
    The next step in Luke's journey toward baptism is a Penitential Rite, which will take place next Sunday, March 25, at the 9 am Mass. During the rite, the community prays along with Luke that we may all open our hearts to the Lord Jesus, turn from sin and walk with God's guidance through life. Please pray for Luke as he prepares for the Easter sacraments and for all those who are helping him along the way: his family; Jamie Dillon, who has supervised his catechesis; his sponsor; and our whole community.

March 25th and 27th are our last days of Religious Education for this academic year.  We have well exceeded our diocesan requirements for class time!  We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our catechists, small group leads and teen helpers for making this year a successful one.  Please consider enrolling your child for Vacation Bible School or Camp Helping Hand this summer.  Registration for the 2012/2013 academic year is now open.

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent,  March 17
   5:00 pm Anniv., Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Margaret Weis (Jim & Susie Ryan)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Francis P. Clifford (Wife)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 19
   8:30 am  Rosa Currieri (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 20
   8:30 am  Frank Defazio (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 21
   8:30 am  Deanna Pirollo (Mary Labriola)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 22
   8:30 am  Anniv., Delfina Marsico (Anzelmo Family)

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 23
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Goodrich Family)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 24
    9:00 am  Patricia Washensky (St. Monica Society)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent,  March 24
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 25
   7:30 am  Gino Marsico (Buckey Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am……Bobby Marsico  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard F. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am……Rosa Currieri (Suzanne Eckert Burton & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th 9:00 a.m.; W, F 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, T, W, F 7:30 a.m.
St. John Cantius, Sharpsburg: Th 7:00 p.m.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  


Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th.M.Ed………..…Ext. 14

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235


Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927