September 16, 2012

     We all learned in elementary school that a noun is anything that names a person, place, object, thing, or action. Running is a noun when it describes the activity of sprinters at this past summer's Olympics. Apple is a noun; so is Washington, whether you mean George or DC (or for that matter state, a street in many towns, or a dollar bill). They are all Washingtons. Most of the time, we learn the word for the item after we understand what it is. As children we learn that one round, red fruit is called an apple, while another one is called a tomato. There is at least one occasion in which the name comes first: the naming of a child. We give a name-often a name that has special meaning-without really knowing if this child will truly grow into the meaning of that name.
     In the Gospel today Jesus is being named. His disciples recount the different names that people think apply to him. Some think he's John the Baptist because he takes on the Pharisees like John used to do. Others think he may be Elijah because he stands up for the poor against the powerful as that prophet did. Still others think that he's one of the other prophets from the past, speaking the word of God as they did. Peter names him the Christ, the anointed of God. It's a title that comes after the fact, put down when the Gospel was written thirty years after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
     We can't wait until our sons and daughters are full grown before we decide on a name for them. We call them from birth by whatever name we choose for them. But through formation in the faith we strive to help them see that there is a name that they carry and one that they must live up to by virtue of their baptism. That name is "Christian."
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     This past week Sr. Pat celebrated her 45th anniversary as a consecrated Sister of Divine Providence!! We congratulate Sister Pat for her many years of service to the church, and in particular for her many years of service here at St. Scholastica. Her dedicated service to our parish is most evident in our music program, especially our cantors and our two choirs. She has helped us to live up to the ancient saying: "Qui cantat bene, bis orat"! ("Whoever sings well, prays twice"!) Music is so important to our liturgical experience of praise to God and forming an involved and spirited congregation. Sister Pat also has guided our bereavement outreach and has supported well families who are grieving. So, I as pastor and all of us parishioners, thank you, Sister Pat, for sharing your gifts and blessings with us for so many years. Fr. Ken

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, September 16th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents "Good Things are Happening" featuring live entertainment by Bill Deasy.  The Annual Fall Fling Benefit will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Friday, November 9, 2012.  Dinner, dancing, silent/live auction.  Questions? Please contact Dani Folino 412.287.6197 or Luci Massaro 412.559.0478.

     This September marks the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the Aquinas Guild, our parish's woman's organization. Under the guidance of then assistant pastor Father Coleman Carroll, later first Bishop of the Diocese of Miami, Florida, the Guild held its first meeting in 1939 with Mrs. Henry Volker serving as President. Its purposes were "to stimulate spiritual and intellectual thought" and "to create a better social spirit among the women of the parish" – goals that still hold true today. Serving as officers this year are: Tina Petrusic-Cooper, president; Mary Ann Labriola, vice president; Mary Ellen Maher, treasurer; Karyn Lynch, recording secretary; Rita Rehak, corresponding secretary; Patsy Welsh Ford, membership, Bernadine Bonessa, programs and Mary Bernard, Autumn Song benefit.       
     All women of the parish are invited to join the Guild and become active members of St. Scholastica's faith community. Membership dues are $10 a year; please send a check to Patsy Welsh Ford, 1003 Elmhurst Road, Pittsburgh, 15215 or come to our first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 25th, at 10 a.m. in the Pastoral Center.

     Mark your calendars now: Tuesday, September 25th at 10 a.m. will be the Aquinas Guild's first meeting of the new season. Our pastor Father Kenneth White will be the featured speaker and his topic will be "The Church: Always Changing and Always the Same!" All women of the parish are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

     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!
· Each week, Nancy Heil and her associates give away 80 or more blankets and four large boxes of sheets and pillowcases. As the weather cools, she will need 100-120 blankets a week. Please continue to donate these items if you can, and please ask friends or relatives to donate if they are able. The need is great!
· Nancy also requests men's white tube socks, men's underwear, size 34, and donations of canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best).
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!
Focus On . . . RCIA
     Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, St. Scholastica Parish welcomes adults and older children into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is intended for people who have never been baptized, for Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and for baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Church or in helping others to enter. Contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email:

     For almost 50 years, with generous and compassionate hearts, the faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh have sustained a marvelous maternity hospital, clinic and orphanage in the Diocese of Chimbote, Peru.  We have done so with the support of mission-partners like you.  Please join Bishop Zubik, WTAE-TV's Mike Clark and your brothers and sisters from throughout the six counties of the Diocese at the 47th annual Peru Mission Dinner on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Sheraton Station Square Hotel.  More information about how you can help is found on the Diocesan website at or email

     Religious education students in grades 6-8 are asked to report to the cafeteria after the Sunday masses on September 23rd in order to make their small group selections.                

     You may have noticed that during the Summer months we replaced many concrete slabs on our parish campus. In addition we added a railing to a set of stairs at the back of the church. I am grateful to all the members of the Aquinas Guild for their many gifts to the parish whether it be vestments, altar cloths or new concrete. As any homeowner knows, there are always projects to replace or improve our buildings and enhance our sanctuary. Fr. Ken

     There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 30th, at 12:15 in the pastoral center. We look forward to starting this sacramental journey with you!

     September 17th - Conference by Dr. William Gaventa at St. Paul Seminary, O'Connor Building in the Great Cardinals' Hall.
          · 9:30-11:00.a.m. – "The Potential Gifts of Inclusive Religious Education"
          · 1:00-2:30p.m. – "Weaving Inclusion Through Parish Life, Ministries, and Worship"
     Events are FREE of charge and open to everyone!  To inquire further or register for events, please call, 412-456-3119 (voice); 412-456-3122 (TTY) or e-mail:

     Mark your calendar now for what will be a wonderful fall afternoon.  Plan to enjoy good food,  fashions and  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!

     Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? If you missed our summer showings, you can join us this fall for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. The series was filmed in more than 50 locations in 15 countries and is hosted by Fr. Robert Barron.
     We will view the first five episodes this fall on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Pastoral Center from September 27th to October 25th. Each episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
     There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs. Questions? Contact Andy Bechman at:

     On Friday, October 12th, Oakland Catholic will hold its annual 8th grade visitation day from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm.  This day is designed to introduce students to Oakland Catholic and high school life.  Lunch will be provided.  This day is for 8th grade students only.  Please call to make a reservation, 412-682-6633 x253.

Sunday: Is 50:5-9a/Jas 2:14-18/Mk 8:27-35
Monday: 1 Cor 11:17-26, 33/Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31a/Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Cor 12:31---13:13/Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-11/Lk 7:36-50
Friday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Mt 9:9-13
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49/Lk 8:4-15
Next Sunday:  Wis 2:12, 17-20/Jas 3:16-4:3/Mk 9:30-37

     Beginning Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2013. Requests can also be mailed or dropped off in the parish office mailbox (across from the parish office).  Please be aware that we have about 1,300 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish. So if you do the math that means that only one Mass intention is available for every three families/individuals. So we are setting the limit of only two masses per year for each deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be accepted, but will be sent to the Mission Office for distribution. Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary, Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling.

     Reservations are still being accepted for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the national Shrine on Saturday, October 6, 2012.  Bishop Zubik will be the main celebrant of the Mass.  The Basilica has become a spiritual home to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who journey here each year.  Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation's preeminent Marian shrine. Visited by Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa, among others, the Basilica has over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the people, cultures and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation.  If interested, please call, 412-963-8885, or refer to

     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.

     All parishioners are invited to save the date for a Celebration of Haiti on Sunday, October 21st, following 11:00 Mass, in the Pastoral Center. We will have food, music and information about local organizations who work for Haiti. Come to enjoy and to learn!

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 15
   5:00 pm  Mrs. Margaret Cullinan  (Jean & Margaret McCague)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 16
   7:30 am Tom & Alice Kotchey (Strahler Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Anna & John J. Grabowski (JoAnn & Jack Lovey)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, September 17
   8:30 am  Ted & Vee Kijanka (Kijanka Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 18
   8:30 am  Genoveffa Panza (Peter & Rose Ann Marsico)

Wednesday, weekday, September 19
   8:30 am  Genina Paese (Elena Patitucci, sister, Louis & Guy Costanzo, brothers)

Thursday, Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gǒn, priest, Paul Chǒng Ha-sang, martyrs, September 20
   8:30 am  Birthday, Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Friday, Saint Matthew, apostle, September 21
   8:30 am  Richard Bellinger (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, weekday,  September 22
   9:00 am  Robert Dudas (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)  

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 22
   5:00 pm  Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 23
   7:30 am  Mary Cray Sheedy (Maureen S. O'Brien)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Carole Jalbert Butler (Ron & Nancy Jalbert)
       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-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