September 30, 2012

     The bread machine that sits on the kitchen counter of many homes these days eliminates so much of the toil of producing daily bread. Like many of the other labor saving devices in our homes, it is meant to reduce the work while still giving us something that we want. Though we may have seen pictures, few of us have ever seen an actual millstone designed to pummel and fracture the grains of wheat into flour by the work of oxen that walk around and around to roll the stone over the grain in its circular basin. Fewer of us have even worked such a contraption, which was the labor saving device of its day. No longer did women have to pound, beat, and mortar the grain. The oxen did the work, and it was worth it even if you had to give the miller a portion of your harvest to ensure that he ground your grain.
     When Jesus suggests that those who would cause others to sin should have a great millstone placed around their necks, his hearers knew immediately what he was talking about. Every village had its own millstone. It was right there out in the open for everyone to see.
     We don't like to hear that sin needs a corrective. There is a natural inclination to hide the evil and to pretend that the sin does not exist. But sin needs to be brought out into the open to be cleansed. I'm not suggesting that everyone stand up on Sunday and tell everything that they've done wrong to the entire congregation. But when we own up to what we have done by exposing it to another person through confession it is like having that millstone right in front of us. We can see it; we can acknowledge it; we can admit that this is a part of who we are. And then we can let it go, no longer burdened with having it hang around our neck.

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     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 flashy, 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!

     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 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. This week's episode is titled "Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus."
     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.

     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, October 1st, at 7:30 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.

     Students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for one of our upcoming Altar Server training sessions. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass, and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. Sessions will be held after the 11 am Mass on October 7th and October 14th. To register for either session and receive the required study materials, please contact Peggy Santelli at

     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 after the Youth Mass. Drivers and chaperones are also needed for Saturday, October 13 (8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), when our young people do some scrubbing and painting at the St. Joseph House of Hospitality in Butler. 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, along with outdoor sleeping bags designed for low temperatures. Clean afghans and bedspreads are also helpful. 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 bath towels, very warm men's gloves, men's white tube socks, and men's underwear, size 34.
  • 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 . . . The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
     Men and women of the Society provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the "poor boxes" located at the doors of the church. To learn more or join, contact Carol Paulick at:

     Sunday, October 7th is National Life Chain Sunday. Life Chain is a peaceful prayer time where people stand on a public sidewalk for one hour praying and holding signs that say abortion kills babies and pray to end abortion. The local chain will take place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., in Etna on Butler St. (Rt 8) from Kitanning St. to Grant St. Signs available at Grant St., Parking at lot on Catherine St. (across from Grant St.) Young and old, all are welcome to join in this hour of prayer for the unborn babies. Bring a lawn chair if standing is difficult.

     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, 9am-11am at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road.  Visit or call 412-626-1082 for more information.

     Lunch Fashions Auctions Bake Sale
     The time is getting closer for the Autumn Song luncheon!  You don't want to miss a scrumptious lunch, wonderful auctions and those beautiful fashions by Carabella, on Saturday, October 20th at the Pittsburgh Field Club; annually held by the Aquinas Guild!  Doors open at 11:00 am and the cost is $40, which helps to support the church, the community and CDTCA.  If you would like to make 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 so helpful to this event's success. Donations of handcrafted items or gently used treasures from your own home are also welcome! If you have not received your raffle tickets or invitations yet, please call Mary Bernard at 412-818-6636, along with any other questions you may have.

     October 6th is our next youth mass at 5:00 pm.   Any middle or high school youth who would like to sing with us should report at 3:30pm.  After mass we will have a scavenger hunt to benefit the homeless ministry.  We will need adult drivers to make this event a success!

     On Saturday, October 13th, 8:45 am-2:00 pm, our Youth Ministry will again partner with Catholic Charities to provide help to the needy.  If you would like to help, contact the Youth Ministry Office.

     Fr. Kenneth White will bless our pets on Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 pm on parish grounds near the St. Francis statue.  All animals, pets and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

The annual Fall Fling fundraiser to benefit CDTCA is quickly approaching. Mark you calendars for Friday, November 9, 2012 and send in your RSVP as soon as you can! Tables are filling up quickly! Remember to pre-order your Mystery Boxes on your response card too. Extra invitations located at church vestibule. Contact Dani Folino at or Luci Massaro at

Sunday: Nm 11:25-29/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
Monday:  Jb 1:6-22/Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday:  Jb 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23/Mt 18:1-5, 10
Wednesday:  Jb 9:1-12, 14-16/Lk 9:57-62
Thursday:  Jb 19:21-27/Lk 10:1-12
Friday: Jb 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5/Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Jb 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17/Lk 10:17-24
Next Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

     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.

     The next World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend is November 16th-18th. WWME makes good marriages great! Call412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site

     Cub Scout Pack 78 will be selling popcorn after all Masses this weekend. This is your chance to support scouting and enjoy some tasty popcorn! If you miss the opportunity to purchase popcorn this weekend, or you have questions about Cub Scouts, you can contact Debbie VanDemark at 412-408-3198.

     The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome. 
     Also stay tuned for more details on our upcoming Celebration of Haiti on Sunday, October 21st following 11:00 am 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!

     Tee off your week with coffee, tea, and scripture at St. Joseph Parish, O'Hara Twp. as we prayerfully re-read Sunday's Gospel and share how we can apply it to our lives. We will meet Monday mornings from 9:30 10:15 a.m. beginning October 1st through December 17th. Call Jack at 412-508-5383 for more information. No registration necessary.

     Our first MEGA meeting for our confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor will be Sunday, October 14th at 12:15 pm in the Pastoral Center.


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

Monday, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, October 1
    8:30 am  Stephen Jenca (Family)

Tuesday, The Holy Guardian Angels, October 2
   8:30 am  J. Teddy Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)

Wednesday, weekday, October 3
   8:30 am  Nadine Brunner (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)

Thursday, St. Francis of Assisi, October 4
   8:30 am  Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia G. Snyder)

Friday, weekday, October 5

Saturday, weekday,  October 6
   9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Parish Community)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 6
   5:00 pm  Anne Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 7
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bernard & Joseph Reese (son, Jeffrey)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Rita Ober (Catherine Fabian)
       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.
     Eucharistic Adoration, W, 3:00 to 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