August 26, 2012

     The words of the well-known hymn, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus," are attributed to a man from the Indian state of Assam. He is said to have made this confession of faith when faced with the prospect of martyrdom by the village elders who did not accept his Christianity. After the title line which forms the first verse, the words of the hymn go on to say, "Tho' no one join me, still I will follow" and, "The world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back, no turning back!"
     At the moment of the Gospel this weekend, the Twelve may only have the smallest inkling of what it might mean to follow Jesus. When Simon Peter answers for them, "Master, to whom shall we go?" he may not have understood the implications of his commitment. In the end, for the Twelve, following Jesus meant persecution and, with the exception of John, death as a martyr. Judas, the betrayer, gave it all up at the end, but for the others, there was "no turning back, no turning back."
     The words of the Christian martyr from Assam have found their way into revivals and church services. But like Simon Peter, the true implications of the commitment may sometimes elude us. Our response to God's invitation to faith is much more than choosing what to have for dinner tonight or what to watch on television. It is a commitment to a way of life that influences the way we act each and every day. We are called to choose life, to choose love, to avoid evil, and to give up our own selfishness and instead embrace selflessness. Like Simon Peter and the rest of the Twelve we may not be exactly sure where the road will lead us. But like them, if we are truly committed to Jesus, there is "no turning back, no turning back!"
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     Next weekend, Sept. 1st and 2nd, we will have a second collection for the Missions. Fr. Titus Migwi will be preaching at all the Masses next weekend. He is from the Diocese of Nakuru in northern Kenya. The greatest need of the diocese is to support the hundreds of thousands of Kenyans who have been ravaged by the drought there. There are reports of human and livestock deaths, acute food shortage and increased migration by the pastoralist communities due to depletion of pasture and water for livestock. The Nakuru Diocese is working to ease the burden of the people impacted by malnutrition and starvation. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

Come celebrate the wonder of gifts and miracle of life for the past 25 years of ministry with the Department for Persons with Disabilities: 
· Conference on Monday, September 17th,  at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. William Gaventa, MDiv, Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth Boggs Center, internationally known expert and advocate for inclusion in faith, worship, life and education.
· Celebration of Gifts Liturgy on Sunday, September 30th, at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop David A. Zubik.
Both events will be held at the O'Connor Hall Building at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Rd., (Crafton), Pittsburgh, PA 15205.  Events are free of charge and open to everyone!  To inquire further, request accommodations, or register for events:  please call 412-456-3119 (Voice); 412-456-3122 (TTY); or email:

The next baptismal preparation session for parents. will be held on Monday evening, October 1st.

     There are few saints whose lives have been considered from more angles than St. Augustine's. I was reminded recently of one aspect of Augustine's legacy—his enormous influence on Christian theology. I’ve been (very slowly) working my way through Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. (The title’s not a misprint, by the way—MacCulloch begins the story of Christianity with an exploration of Greek culture and of the story of the Jews, both of which are rooted in times long before the appearance of Jesus on the scene.)
     MacCulloch notes that beginning in 1490, the first scholarly edition of St. Augustine's works was published in Basel. St. Augustine himself had died over a millennium before, but this was a time in which the combination of a new approach to learning (that we call humanism) and the development of printing led to widespread new consideration of ancient texts. In the decades that followed, theologians mined Augustine's thought. The saint's writings are so vast in scope, and his thought at times so paradoxical (if not self-contradictory) that the new thinkers tended not to be able to hold together all that Augustine seems to have held together in his own mind.
     MacCulloch quotes B. B. Warfield, a historian of theology: "The Reformation, inwardly considered, was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine's doctrine of the Church."  Martin Luther and the reformers followed the bishop of Hippo's insistence on God's grace as the sole font of our salvation; Catholic theologians emphasized the need to be connected to the Church. "From one perspective," MacCulloch concludes, "a century or more of turmoil in the Western Church from 1517 was a debate in the mind of the long-dead Augustine."
      For another angle on Augustine, see our parish blog, "Holy Conversation at
                                                                  - Andy Bechman
     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!
· Nancy Heil's work for poor and homeless people urgently requires sheets and blankets. Other needed items include pillows (bed and throw) and bath towels. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, any nonperishable foods, McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please, not plastic gift cards) and Zone 1 bus passes (available at Giant Eagle). She always requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
· All items for Nancy may be placed in the bins in the church vestibule. Please do not leave donations in cardboard boxes (they are too bulky); clean plastic garbage bags are fine. Also, please do not leave donations on the porches or steps of Nancy's house or the house next door. Thank you!
· If you live near the church and are willing to be on call to lift and carry donated items for Nancy and Ralph Heil, please send your contact information to Andy Bechman at Thanks!
· It's not too early to think ahead to the fall. We would like to continue the success of our religious education program by forming teams of teachers for each grade in order to spark creativity and share the work. In order to do so, we need catechists in all grades. We have a particular need for catechists for Kindergarten and small group leaders for grades six, seven and eight. Please consider taking this step in order to build our church for the future! Please contact Jamie Dillon.
Focus On . . . the Aquinas Guild
     The Aquinas Guild, the woman's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica's for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to participate in group activities and local events, to make new friends, and to enrich their spiritual lives. The Guild holds an annual benefit luncheon, The Autumn Song, to help fund parish and community programs and activities. It also sponsors a Lenten Day of Reflection that is open to both men and woman of the parish. Monthly meetings are held between September and May, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. To learn more or join, contact Tina Petrusic-Cooper at: aquinasguild@saintscholastica. com.

The Respect Life Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center on Tuesday, August 28th. New members are welcome.

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Pittsburgh Vein Center in Monroeville for their support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     How do you know "It's not for you" unless you try it? Attend a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend while your marriage is still running smoothly. WWME makes good marriages great. Our next weekend is September 21st -23rd 2012 at The Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport. Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site

     Mark your calendar now for what will be a wonderful fall afternoon.  Plan to enjoy good food, gorgeous fashions and fun auctions in the company of good friends at the Aquinas Guild's annual Autumn Song Benefit.  The date is Saturday, October 20th.  Hope to see you there!

     There will be a meeting for Small Group Leaders and Catechists on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

     Saturday, September 15th at 5:00 pm is our first Youth Mass of the year.  If you would like to sing or play an instrument, contact Jamie Dillon ASAP.  We extend a special invitation to our home study Religious Education families and ask that they pick up their materials after mass.  We will have an outdoor movie & picnic after mass.  All teens and their families are welcome.

     Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Andreaggi, (mother of Laura Andreaggi, Anna Hartle & Gina Keys).

     September 8th and 9th will be voter registration time at St. Scholastica Parish. The Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. To vote you must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 years old by Nov. 6th, and be a resident in your election district for at least 30 days before the election. Voter registration applications will be available for new voters, for those who have moved into the district, and for those who have not voted in the past two years. Absentee voter applications will also be available for students who will be away at college and for those who will be absent from the district on Nov. 6th.

     The St. Monica Society meets to pray specifically for family, parishioners and friends who no longer worship with us.  We also send greeting cards to shut-ins. The first meeting will be Saturday morning, September 1st at 9:40 a.m. in the Pastoral Center. New members are most welcome to come for coffee and prayers.

Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69
Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12/Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17/Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 /Mk 6:17-29
Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9/Mt 24:42-51
Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25/Mt 25:1-13
Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31/Mt 25:14-30
Next Sunday:Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

     The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition. Contact Sr. Pat by the end of August at or 412-781-0186 (x17).

     Religious Education Begins Sunday September 16th. Don't forget to register!  You may register online on the parish website. 

     Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Comfort Inn in RIDC Park.  Luncheon, door prizes, raffles, Chinese Auction and gamers and card players, if you're so inclined.  Requested donation is $25 and doors open at 10:00 am for players and gamers, 11:00 am is general admittance.  Lunch served at noon.  26th year benefit being sponsored by Pittsburgh Diocesan Committee of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Please join us!  Reservations by September 2, 2012, contact Lisa 412.824.1032.  Donations in kind also being accepted.

     Please join us for a study of the Old Testament Books (Joshua, Judges and Ruth) that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica.  The first class will be Tuesday, September 18th.  Any women (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcomed to join this group.  This year will be our sixth year of gathering together to learn about Our Lord and His Church.  You will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with other women in our community.  The registration fee is $55 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course.  That's less than the price of a cup of coffee each week!
     For more information on this Catholic based scripture study, you can visit their website or contact Mary Wilson at 412.963.1931.  To register, send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Drive, Pittsburgh 15238.


Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 25
   5:00 pm  Macino & Driscoll Families
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Bobbie Marsico (Jennifer Palazzo)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  John A. Marmarella (Lillian & Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Monica, August 27
   8:30 am  William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Tuesday, St. Augustine, bishop & doctor, August 28
   8:30 am  John C. Sheedy, Jr. (Maureen S. O'Brien)

Wednesday, Passion of St. John the Baptist, August 29
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. Sam Nicotra (Bob Bauer)

Thursday, weekday, August 30
   8:30 am  Genina Paese (Peter & Rose Ann Marsico)

Friday, weekday, August 31
   10:30 am  Opening School Mass  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday,  September 1
     9:00 am  Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 1
   5:00 pm  Louis Kopec (Bonessa Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 2
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams, Frances Maher & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat. 9:00 a.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, Th, 8:00 a.m.; W, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F, 9:00 a.m.; W, 7:00 p.m.
St. Juan Diego (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 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