March 4, 2012

 Second Sunday of Lent
   Mountain climbers who ascend the highest peaks spend a lot of time in preparation. Unlike those of us who take a short hike in the woods or amble over rolling hills, serious mountain climbers can spend weeks or months planning an ascent. Often, the expense alone requires a search for sponsors if a trip is to involve a larger group of people. Nepal now requires a permit of up to $25,000 per person to enter the Mount Everest area for climbing. Mountain climbing for some people has become a thrill-seeking opportunity, if you have the money to spend on it.
    Peter, James, and John were fishermen, not thrill-seeking adventurers. But when they climbed up Mount Tabor with Jesus, they had an experience beyond words. In his Gospel Mark describes the transfiguration of Jesus as an appearance in which his clothes became dazzling white. Elijah and Moses, the prophet and the lawgiver, appear with Jesus in this startling scene. Mark says of Peter in his Gospel, "He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified."
    Every bit of thrill-seeking has some terror in it. A roller coaster is fun for so many people precisely because there is just that little bit of fear that adds to the exhilaration of the ride. But fear can also paralyze, as it did Peter up on the mountain, when he did not know what to say. Fear can also make us run away. That also happened to Peter, on the night when Jesus was arrested, and Peter denied him.
    As Christians, we aren't necessarily thrill-seekers, but we are like mountain climbers in one important way: we spend a lot of time in preparation. Throughout our lives we seek the highest goal, life with Christ in heaven. Lent gives us the tools to get even better at reaching that summit. Our prayer, our fasting, our almsgiving can lead us to the peak of perfection in Christ.

©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 7:30pm (no evening Stations on Good Friday). 
    Lenten Evening Prayer:  Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm.
    Reconciliation (Confessions) this week: For Religious Education students and their families on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m.

Are you hoping to grow closer to God this Lent? We can do so through prayer, not only as individuals, but as a community. We invite you to participate in one of two parish evenings of prayer, on Monday, March 5, or Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The service, which is the same on both evenings, includes song, Scripture passages, and a homily. We especially invite liturgical ministers and catechists to attend one of the evenings and, after the prayer service, to participate in workshops designed to aid you in your ministry.
It's Girl Scout Cookie time! Girl Scout Cookies will be available after all masses this weekend. Girl Scout cookies are only available once a year so stock up now! You may also purchase a box to donate as part of the Girl Scout "Gift of Caring". Donated boxes can be sent to our US Troops, Aspinwall Meals on Wheels and the homeless ministry. Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts!

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

Sunday, March 11th in the Ministry Center from 10am - 11am.  This engaging discussion will address issues of self esteem, relationships and God for your life.  No RSVP required.  A light breakfast is provided.

Our last Mega Meeting for our Confirmation candidates and their parent or sponsor will be Sunday, March 11th in the Pastoral Center after the 11 a.m. Mass.

The Aquinas Guild is pleased to sponsor the Reverend Justin Matro, O.S.B. of St. Vincent Seminary as its Lenten Speaker.  Father Matro will speak at St. Scholastica Church on Sunday, March 18th at 7 p.m.  All are welcome free of charge.

   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: Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.

Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil has requested donations of the following non-food items: toilet paper, white tube socks, used sheets and pillowcases, and small 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.

Good News!
Our 65 Confirmation candidates participated in their retreat on February 11.

Haiti Educational Event: Over 250 children from St. Scholastica CCD and Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy experienced an interactive program last weekend, sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee. The kids "visited" a Haitian dwelling and sampled food there, decorated cards for Haitian schoolchildren, and learned more about Haiti through a slide presentation. Many thanks to the teens and parents who helped to run the event. Watch our website for more news about Haiti.

Focus On . . . The Fox Chapel Area Women's Catholic Scripture Study
provides an in-depth study of one book of the Bible each year (from September to May). The Catholic Scripture Study aims to further our understanding of our Lord and His Church and also to provide an opportunity for fellowship. If you are interested, please contact Mary Wilson by e-mail at:

Save the date for the annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for all current staff and volunteers of the parish.  The brunch will be held on April 15th at 12:30 p.m. at The Pittsburgh Field Club.  Invitations will be mailed in a few weeks.

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be holding a Fish Fry on Friday, March 16th in the school cafeteria. Take out orders for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eat in or take out dinner is served from 4-7 p.m. Flyers will be available in the back of church.

The deadline for registering for this year's Appalachia Mission Trip the week of June 24th is Tuesday, March 6th. 

"The Fraternity of Priests" will be celebrating a Mass for healing on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church on Mt. Royal Blvd. in Shaler.  You are invited to come and celebrate the Eucharist with them, expecting the healing presence of the Lord Jesus at every Mass, to touch you in all of your needs.

Congratulations to the following students of our parish for achieving Honor Roll Status at Central Catholic.  High Honors: Kyle Ciccone, Griffith Gentilcore, Clayton Gentilcore, Patrick Leech, Timothy Livingston, William Maher, Mark Petraglia & William Rielly.  Honors: Alexander Butler, Grant Hettinger, Theodore Larkin & Michael Pompeo.

Registration for girls softball is currently underway for girls ages 6-18.  Aspinwall Softball is currently the only organization in the Fox Chapel School District/Area to offer girls the opportunity to play both slow pitch softball and fast pitch softball beyond the 8 and under age group.  Anyone residing or working in the Fox chapel school district is eligible to register to play in the spring.  To register, go to  Registration ends March 9, 2012.  For additional information please email

Luke Chilson is a nine year old boy who has been working with his father, RCIA team member Clark Chilson, and Jamie Dillon to prepare himself to enter the Catholic Church. In mid-February, during a meeting of our Children's Liturgy of the Word, Luke participated in a Rite of Acceptance. He publicly affirmed that he wishes to prepare for baptism, and Fr. Ken, along with the children present, welcomed him into our parish community. This Sunday, Luke takes another step along his path to full membership in the Church, as he participates in the Rite of Election at St. Paul Cathedral, led by Bishop Zubik. The Rite marks the beginning of a period of final preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, which Luke will receive at the Easter Vigil. The season of Lent owes its origins to the efforts of Christian communities to support their catechumens by joining them in prayer, fasting and penitence, so we ask your prayers especially for Luke during this Lent.

Are you looking for some peace and quiet in your life? St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "desert day" on March 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A desert day is a quiet, reflective time in a supportive environment where one listens to God. Mental and spiritual refreshment is achieved through the elements of private prayer, silence, walking in the garden, scripture reading, music, and rest. Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. The day will begin with a presentation by Fran Tarkett on a Lenten theme. An opportunity for a private conference with a priest or the sacrament of reconciliation is available upon request. The suggested offering is $20.00 (lunch will be provided). Please register by calling the Retreat Center 412-381-7676.

        Sunday:      Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10
       Monday:      Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38
       Tuesday:      Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12
  Wednesday:     Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28
     Thursday:      Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31
          Friday:      Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
       Saturday:     Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Next Sunday:Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/1 Cor 1:22-25/Jn 2:13-25
©Liturgical Publications Inc

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

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Frank LeDonne of Hartwood Chiropractic for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

Two weeks ago you received a mailing from the parish inviting you to participate in the annual Parish Share Campaign. We are requesting that you pledge $25.00 a month for ten months. We ask that you use the yellow envelopes in your monthly packet to make these monthly payments. Our assessment this year is $84,000.00. We can make this goal if YOU do your fair share for Parish Share. Thank you for supporting not only the parish, but also the diocese. Fr. Ken

In anticipation of the April Primary Election we will have Voter Registration this weekend, March 3rd & 4th, after all the Masses.

Do you spend a lot of time in front of a computer? Here are some online resources you can explore to aid you in your journey through Lent.
· The text of the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is available at the U.S. bishops' website: The site has resources for Lent:
· Creighton University's Online Ministries feature daily readings and reflections, guides for prayer during Advent and Lent, and a 39-week Online Retreat, all in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuit religious order): Creighton's"Praying Lent" page is here:

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Jane McNulty.


Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent,  March 3
   5:00 pm  William Underwood (Heather Underwood) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, March 4
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  65th Wedding Anniversary, Jack & Rhodora Donahue (Ed & Audrey Ifft)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 5
    8:30 am  Francis Clifford (Wife)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 6
    8:30 am  Winnie Putze (Mary Legath)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 7
    8:30 am Anniversary, Gerald T. Horne (Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 8

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 9
    8:30 am  William Rodgers (Maureen Griffith)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 10
    9:00 am Birthday, Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent,  March 10
    5:00 pm  Lisa Martin (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Barbara Veltri (Veltri Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  William Stewart (Jeanne & Kathy Murray))
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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