September 23, 2012

     Certain selections in the Sunday funnies will occasionally show a harried mom racing around the house to complete the cleaning, laundry, dishes, and cooking. Hi and Lois is one such example. So is Hagar the Horrible. Helga, Hagar's wife, is usually portrayed with an apron girding her waist, while she holds a cooking spoon or broom for sweeping. Helga is industrious, while Hagar, her husband, is off on adventures (from which he usually returns empty-handed) or hanging out with his crew. This caricature of married life resonates with so many people, not because it is an accurate portrayal, but rather because there is just enough verisimilitude to give the plot some credence. Helga is stuck waiting on Hagar hand and foot, while he is lord of the manor.
     This Sunday-comics understanding of serving is not what Jesus is describing to his disciples in the Gospel today. As the Gospel story for today shows, there is a connection between the death of Jesus and being of service to others. A true servant is filled with devotion, as Jesus himself was. He gave everything, including his life, not because we deserve it, but because he loved us so completely.
     And that's where the Sunday-comic caricature gets it wrong. Being a servant is not about oppression or domination, but about love. In marriage, that love is mutual. It is a two-way street, not one spouse only serving the other, but both spouses loving and caring completely for one another. In a couple that exhibits this kind of love, you'll sometimes hear one or the other of the spouses say, "I don't deserve her (or him)." And he or she would be absolutely right! None of us deserves the love that is expressed. But because we are devoted to each other our service to one another is the sign of our love.
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     This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Jonathan Marsico by Tish Marsico.           

     All women of the parish are invited to attend the Guild's first meeting of the new season this Tuesday, September 25th, at 10 am. Our pastor, Father Ken White, will be the featured speaker and his topic is "The Church: Always Changing and Always the Same!" A short business meeting will precede his presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, October 1st, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have already baptized children are also welcome. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date. The next baptism preparation session will be on November 5th.

     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.
     We will view the first five episodes this fall on Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center from September 27 to October 25. 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.

     Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic?
     The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey, in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community. If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: andybechman@saint You can also attend an informal informational meeting on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 pm in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now!

     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 Youth Ministry needs adult drivers for the middle school and high school Scavenger Hunt for Warmth on October 6. Please contact Jamie Dillon if you can help!
  • 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. You may also donate new or clean used bedspreads and afghans. 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!
Good News!
     Nancy extends a special thank-you to Fr. Ken and the Pastoral Council for facilitating our parish's connection with her work. The increased support, she says, has been "just wonderful!"
     Our Youth Ministry's "Roamin'Catholics" did yard work for Catholic Charities recipients in Millvale and in the Hill District last weekend. Check out some photos on the message screen in the vestibule this weekend and on our parish blog:

Focus On . . . Bereavement Ministry
The goal of this ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each bereaved family in the parish in their time of sorrow and grief. This outreach group of volunteers, along with the Director of Music and Bereavement Ministries, visits the family of the deceased, helps prepare the funeral service, and delivers a basket of food to the family. In addition to the pastor, who leads a short prayer service at the funeral home, committee members, if able, visit the funeral home and attend the funeral. Other volunteers are available to lector should the family need someone. This group of people has also formed a choir to sing at funerals, as well as hospitality ministers to be present at funeral luncheons held at the Pastoral Center. For more information or to take part, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at:

     Our parish blog is open!  Or, as they say at the Vatican, "Habemus blogam!”  The name of the blog is "Holy Conversation."  We know, not very sexy, but read the intro before you judge!  It can be found at
     We plan to post all kinds of things on the blog--notices of parish events or accounts of ones that have happened, pictures, observations, and reflections. Audio recordings of several of Fr. Ken’s homilies are there now.
     Please comment on any post that interests you. (Comments are moderated, so you won't see them immediately.)  We hope that the blog becomes a place where we can talk to each other about our parish life and our faith in these days when schedules make it so hard to meet face to face.  So check it out, and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

     September 30th - Celebration of Gifts Liturgy with Bishop David A. Zubik, St. Paul Seminary, O'Connor Building.
     · 2:00 p.m.– Mass in McDowell Auditorium and Social Gathering immediately following in Cardinals' Great Hall.
     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:

     The Fox Chapel Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) invites any mom with a child, ages infant to 5, to join us this year.  MOPS is a non-denominational, Christian based group - all faiths are welcomed. 
     The theme this year is "Plunge-Love as if Your Life Depended on It" and we will be using 1 Peter 4:8-11 as our guide to help moms grow deeper, more authentic relationships with our friends, family, neighborhood and ultimately, God.
     Meetings take place the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month during the school year.  Our first meeting will be October 9th, 9 am-11 am at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road.  Visit or call 412-626-1082 for more information.

     Lunch Fashions Auctions Bake Sale
     Please mark your calendar for another special Autumn Song luncheon, with fashions by Carabella, on Saturday, October 20th at the Pittsburgh Field Club. This annual Aquinas Guild event supports the church, the community, and CDTCA.
     If you have a donation for the auctions or baskets, please contact Ursula Meyer at 412-782-4408 or Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; a weekend get-away; golf experiences; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. Donations of handcrafted items or gently used treasures from your own home are also welcome! If you have not received your raffle tickets, or would like more, please call Mary Bernard at 412-818-6636, along with any other questions you may have.

The next World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend is November 16th-18th. WWME makes good marriages great! Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site

Small group selections will take place in the cafeteria this Sunday, September 23rd, after all masses.

Ultimate Frisbee, Wednesday, September 26th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at Squaw Valley!  All teens are welcome.

Mark your calendars!  October 6th is our next youth mass.  After mass we will have a scavenger hunt to benefit the homeless.

Sunday:  Wis 2:12, 17-20/Jas 3:16---4:3/Mk 9:30-37
Monday: Prv 3:27-34/Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Prv 21:1-6, 10-13/Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday:  Prv 30:5-9/Lk 9:1-6
Thursday: Eccl 1:2-11/Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Eccl 3:1-11/Lk 9:18-22
Saturday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12a/Jn 1:47-51
Next Sunday: Nm 11:25-29/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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

     40 Days for Life is a national period of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils in front of abortion facilities. The Fall Campaign starts this Sunday, September 23 with a noon Mass at St. Mary of Mercy Church, 202 Stanwix St. downtown. Following the Mass there will be a Jericho prayer march around the Planed Parenthood abortion facility at 933 Liberty Ave., site of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. 2,353 babies lives were ended by abortion at this Planned Parenthood in 2011. The prayer walk will conclude at 2 p.m. with the sounding of a shofar, a ram's horn in Jewish ceremonies. The kick-off event will continue with music and speakers at Phil's Parking Lot, 927 Liberty Ave. All are welcome.

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

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

Monday, weekday, September 24
   8:30 am Genina Costanzo Paese (brother, Louis Costanzo, Gaetano Costanzo & Elena Patitucci))

Tuesday, weekday, September 25
   8:30 am  Birthday, Bernice Gimber (sister)

Wednesday, weekday, September 26
   8:30 am  Mrs. Catherine Feeley (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)

Thursday, St. Vincent de Paul, priest, September 27
   8:30 am  50th Wedding Anniversary Vince & Mary Burns (Joan Hill)

Friday, weekday, September 28
    8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Strittmatter)

Saturday, Sts. Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels,  September 29
    9:00 am  Tommaso Sbarro (Sbarro Family)  

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 29
   5:00 pm  Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Marie Welsh Family (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Nora McNally (Fleming Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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

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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.

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