September 2, 2012

     There are so many laws today that lawyers specialize in their practice much the same way as doctors do. The major divisions of criminal and civil law have long been established. Within those sections of the legal domain lawyers have delved into specialties, sometimes because of personal interest and other times because they find an area of law that they can develop for the benefit of themselves and others. Elder law, patent law, environmental law, and disability law are all areas of specialization that prove to be worthwhile pursuits for students who are considering what field to enter once they complete a degree.
     In the Gospel this weekend Jesus invites a deeper consideration of what the law is. He is not against washing hands before eating, nor is he advising the disciples to let the dishes pile up like the kitchen in a house of college roommates. When the Pharisees point out these violations of lesser laws, Jesus instead brings up the larger laws that are often ignored. Like the parent who ignores certain traffic laws while racing a severely injured child to a doctor, some laws fall to the wayside when there are more important ones to adhere to.
     The lawyer and the judge of course will ask who decides which laws to forsake. The racing parents may still get a speeding ticket, because their haste could endanger the lives of others. The law is meant to protect us all. Jesus asks us to look at some of the major aspects of conduct in the Gospel and to consider whether we may have transgressed. These are the things of the heart where the bounds of law may be less clear, but where the will of God is quite plain. We may not find a lawyer who specializes in laws about greed, deceit, arrogance, or envy, but they are things that are weighed in the balance by the just Judge of all.
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     Many of us were blessed to have a Catholic Education in our youth. Please help to make sure that our young people today have the advantage of a solid faith-filled education in a Catholic school. There will be a second collection at all the Masses next weekend for the Bishop's Education Fund. These funds help vulnerable schools to remain open and also assist financially stressed families to send their children to Catholic schools. Thank you for your generosity.

     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:

     Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes next Sunday, September 9th. Children ages 4-10, join our kid-friendly interpretation of the Scriptures during the readings, gospel and homily at the 9 a.m. mass. Follow the children to the Pastoral Center! Adults interested in serving as leaders (2-3 times in a season) and older youth who'd like to help should contact Natalie Gillespie at
     We ask that the children who are sent to the Children's Liturgy be comfortable leaving their parents and that they be able to sit reasonably still and attend to the service. Snacks and toys should be left behind because they distract the other children. Parents are always welcome.

     The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!
     Also, 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!

     We commend George G. Wright to the Lord. He died this past week. We pray for his family: his sons, Bradley and Eric, his brother, Jim, and his former wife, Lou Ann.

     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!
     · On Saturday, September 15th, we will be working with Catholic Charities to clean up a few yards that have been neglected. These homes are in East Liberty and Millvale. We are looking for adult drivers/chaperones and teen volunteers.  We will meet at 8:45 am at the Ministry Center and return by 2:00 pm. Call Jamie Dillon by September 10th if you are interested.
     · Nancy Heil's work for poor and homeless people urgently requires sheets and blankets. Other needed items include pillows (bed and throw); bath towels; comforter sets (in sizes other than King); and clean pots and pans. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, 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!
Focus On . . . Ministry of Praise
     Parishioners in the Ministry of Praise volunteer to pray at home for Parish needs and parishioner requests. There are no meetings; we just pray! A list is sent to participants every two months. If you would like to join this group, or have a prayer request, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at:

     This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Terry Paulick by the Paulick Family.

     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.

     Next weekend, September 8th and 9th, will be VOTER REGISTRATION weekend at St. Scholastica's. Are you a new voter? Have you moved into the State, County, or a new residence since the last election? Will you turn 18 by November 6th? Will you be unable to vote at the local poll on Nov. 6th? If so you will need a new Voter Registration or an application for an Absentee Ballot. College students who will be away at school should pick up an Absentee Application. Everyone must be registered one month before Nov. 6th in order to vote in this year's presidential election.

     You are invited! We are having a huge Religious Education kick off weekend!
     · Starting with Youth mass on Saturday September 15th at 5:00 pm.  In addition to inviting all teens and the families we extend a special invitation to our Homestudy families. After mass we will have a potluck picnic and an outside movie.
     · On Sunday September 16th we will recognize the catechists at the 9:00 am mass. Then all Sunday Religious Education families shall report to the cafeteria at 10:15 am for a light breakfast before continuing to their student's classroom to "Meet the Catechist!"
     · For our Tuesday Students we will do the same at 6:15 pm in the cafeteria prior to continuing to the classroom.
     · Selections for our small groups will be after all Sunday masses on September 23rd in the cafeteria. You will have an opportunity to meet the small group leaders.

     St. Ursula Parish Support for Grieving Families Ministry is offering a seven week grief support program. Share with others who are grieving the loss of a loved one, in an atmosphere of trust and caring compassion. Your shared experience of loss may be of help to another and, in turn, their experience may bring you a sense of comfort and peace. This free series runs seven consecutive Mondays beginning September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm. Sessions will meet in the Saint Ursula Parish Social Hall. For more information or to register call Sister Janice 412-486-6700 ext. 7.

     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).

Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Monday: 1 Cor 2:1-5/Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Cor 2:10b-16/Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: 1 Cor 3:1-9/Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: 1 Cor 3:18-23/Lk 5:1-11
Friday: 1 Cor 4:1-5/Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30/Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
Next Sunday: Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37

     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.

     Starting the week of September 2nd the parish office will be open Monday thru Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. (We will not be open on Labor Day).  We still have weekday masses available for 2012. For your convenience we have a "Will-Call" mail box outside of the parish office. This box can be used for masses, flowers, sacrament and sponsor certificates etc.  Altar flowers are a nice way to honor someone (birthday, wedding, anniversary, date of death, etc.). A donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish the person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates please call the parish office 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

Bishop David Zubik will be leading a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 6, 2012. It is being held on the eve of the "Year of Faith" which is set to run from October 11, 2012 through November 24, 2013 and will be a very timely opportunity for faith renewal at the beginning of this important year.  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calls the faithful to go on pilgrimage to Marian Shrines in its recommendations for the Year of Faith.  If interested in bus reservations, please call 412-963-8885 and refer to the diocesan website at for complete reservation listings.


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

Monday, Labor Day, St. Gregory the Great, September 3
   9:00 am  Catherine Childs (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 4
   8:30 am  Frank X. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)

Wednesday, weekday, September 5
   8:30 am  Birthday, Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn)

Thursday, weekday, September 6
   8:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)

Friday, weekday, September 7
   8:30 am  Helen Minshull (St. Monica Society)

Saturday, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8
   9:00 am  Bernice Gimber (Aquinas Guild)   

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 8
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Anthony Michael Farina (Jean Marie & Anthony Farina)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 9
   7:30 am  John Marcone (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Thomas Welsh (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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
World Wide Web:
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