May 6, 2012

   Most of the grape pruning takes place during the winter, after the harvest has been brought in and before the first bud break in the spring. While most of us home gardeners are afraid to cut back the vines to an appropriate degree, skilled pruners have no such hesitation. As vineyards proliferate across the country, we are growing more accustomed to seeing the headless stumps of grape vines standing three or four feet above the ground. As the new shoots sprout out, vine tenders will take to the fields to judiciously cut away excessive growth. As the season continues, they will even pull off individual leaves to ensure that the strength and vigor of the vine goes to producing the best fruit. Everything that has been cut away is gathered up and burned to ensure that insects and disease do not find their way to the healthy plants.
   The description that Jesus offers in today's Gospel is not much different from what happens in vineyards today. In his day, that same thing was happening, and so when he described the connection that exists between the believer and himself, his hearers knew exactly what he meant. While we easily understand that a branch must remain connected to bear fruit, most of us are far removed from the regular practice of viniculture. We don't have the instant comprehension of how necessary it is for the vines to be pruned and cut back. Cutting back is so essential, that without it vines will eventually grow wild and produce almost nothing.
   Lent was the season in which we were to get our spiritual life in order, to prune ourselves a bit by reigning in our desires and not letting things get out of hand. We are now a month after Easter. It might be a good time to reflect back on those Lenten resolutions and see if any of them are still working. Prayer and almsgiving are always in season.
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Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses on Sunday, May 6th to meet our newest parishioners. Coffee, tea, juice and refreshments will be served.

Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012! NEW TIME-12:30-4:00pm, Squaw Valley Park, the Parish Picnic and Appalachia Fun Run in one event! Food, bingo, games, 3-on-3 basketball, the Fun Run to support CYM's Annual Appalachia Mission Trip and much more. Parishioners, please bring side dishes in disposable containers. See you there!

Youth Ministry is selling handmade (by our youth) birdhouses after all the masses this weekend.  All proceeds go towards our Appalachia Mission Trip.

The success of our Religious Education Program relies heavily on our volunteer catechists and small group leaders.  For the upcoming academic year we hope to assign a teaching "pair" to every grade level.  If you would be interested or would like more information, please join our Director of Religious Education, Jamie Dillon, and our Program Manager, Gina Musser, in the Ministry Center on Tuesday, May 22nd from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  We will explain our program and answer any questions that you may have.  We welcome young adults, adults and seniors!

"Tag Day" Collection – to be held May 12th and 13th. Genesis is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to providing assistance to young girls and women facing an unplanned pregnancy. This annual collection not only provides Genesis with a funding source but also allows us to inform your parishioners of our purpose and familiarize them with our works and services. Thank you for your support.

Register your 5-9 year old now for Transformers: God's Love Changes Everything!  Vacation Bible School begins the week of June 11th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Contact Jamie at

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, Sunday, May 13th. 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.

   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!
· Our Catholic Youth Ministry is in need of additional adults for the Mission Trip to Appalachia the week of July 24-30. Adults on the trip guide and work alongside our young people as they do home repair projects in Elkview, W. Va. The experience combines work, prayer, song, recreation and camaraderie among adults and youth. Please consider it! In addition, adults are needed to help with Vacation Bible School here at St. Scholastica the week of June 11-15 and to act as chaperones and drivers for the middle-school Camp Helping Hand from July 11-13. Please contact Jamie Dillon at:
· Nancy Heil and her coworkers urgently request blankets. Please help if you can!
 **Please note that Nancy has found a supplier for toilet paper, so that toilet paper donations are not needed for the time being.
· Nancy also requests donations of: fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration. The food will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh. Nancy always and especially requests prayersfor the people whom she and her coworkers serve.
Good News!
We collected twenty jars of peanut butter on the weekend of April 15 for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Thanks to all who donated!
Focus On . . . the Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C. The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches. If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at:

Is holding its annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kelly DiNatale at 412-779-5328 or

   Help save a life and give back to your organization in the process!  Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at St. Scholastica on Friday, May 25, 2012.  Through ultrasound we evaluate the carotid arteries for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package by adding your name to the sign-up sheet provided.
   By signing up for this life-saving event, not only will you be able to receive $10 off any package of $139 or more, but St. Scholastica will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends the Life Line Screening event. The Stroke Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral  arterial disease and atrial fibrillation.  To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer, please sign up on the sheet provided by St. Scholastica.  Join in the fight against vascular disease!

We encourage leaders of our parish ministries and organizations to use the Stewardship Corner feature in the bulletin to communicate with parishioners. Using the Corner allows you to reach parishioners through the print bulletin, the online bulletin, the Stewardship Corner webpage, and even the message screen in the back of the church. If your group needs assistance with a project or would like to recruit members, send a request for the Help Needed feature. If you want people to know about the good things your group is doing, send an item for Good News! And if you would like to add a personal touch to the group descriptions that we publish under the Focus on . . . feature, send quotations from your members about how their work with your group enriches their lives and the lives of others. Any of these items can be sent to Andy Bechman at So use the Corner, and help your group to thrive!

On the last day of May in 1915, an assistant priest at Holy Rosary in Homewood was appointed as St. Scholastica Parish's third pastor. He would become our longest-serving pastor. Do you know his name? And in which June did the first class graduate from St. Scholastica School? We urge you to take some summer reading time to get acquainted with our forebears at St. Scholastica. Our centennial history book is now available at a discount price of $5. You may purchase a copy in the parish office or order it online at our website,

Sunday:   Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8
Monday:   Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday:   Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday:   Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8
Thursday:   Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11
Friday:   Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17
Saturday:   Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21
Next Sunday:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17

All Saints Ladies of Charity welcome women of the parish to an Evening of Reflection with Fr. Scott Seethaler, OFM, Cap, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in the All Saints Activity Building, 19 Wilson Street, Etna, at 7:00pm.  Fr. Scott will reflect on the Blessed Mother's influence in our lives.  Light refreshments will be served.  No charge to attend - however, if attending, please RSVP to Amy Streit at 412-784-8722 by May 11, 2012.

The final Aquinas Guild meeting of the year will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, May 16th at noon. Chef Stephen Grottenthaler will share his cooking skills with us as he demonstrates the dishes we'll enjoy for lunch. All women of the parish are encouraged and welcome to attend. Cost of the lunch is $25.00. Please RSVP by sending a check for $25.00 made out to the "Aquinas Guild", to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Kindly RSVP by Friday, May 11th. Questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Robert Styslinger, (son of Ann Styslinger), Pierre Jalbert (uncle of Ronald Jalbert), Sharon Neal (sister of Barbara Michaels) and Eugene E. Pochapsky, (father of Eugene Pochapsky).

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Robert L. DeFazio, D.M.D, for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see his ad on the back page.

Catechists and small group leaders are needed for the fall.  We are hoping to create a situation where the teaching is shared by 2 or 3 catechists per grade level.  If you would be interested please contact Jamie at

Saturday, Vigil of the 5th Sunday of Easter,  May 5
   5:00 pm Rosanne Donaghue Grogan (Katarincic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, 5th Sunday of Easter, May 6
   7:30 am Paul L. Balonick Sr. (Balonick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Hilda Friday Weiss (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Easter Weekday , May 7
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Dolores Rueger)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 8
    8:30 am  Thomas Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 9
    8:30 am  Birthday, Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, Easter Weekday, May 10
    8:30 am  Anniv., Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 11

Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 12

Saturday, Vigil of the 6th Sunday of Easter, May 12
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, 6th Sunday of Easter, May 13
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Celia Mancini (Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Joseph Clarke)
       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