September 9, 2012

     At 195 years old, the New York School for the Deaf is the second oldest school for the deaf in the United States. Begun through the efforts of a Baptist pastor, Rev. John Stanford, the school was officially chartered in 1817. As a prominent minister, Stanford served churches in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, before coming to New York. An 1835 memoir about his life describes how he devoted considerable time "to promote the comfort and moral improvement of the poor, without regard to denominational distinctions." When Stanford came to New York he preached the Gospel in the Alms House, which is where he first had the idea of developing a place of formal education for the deaf. Stanford recruited others to the cause, and the school in New York was begun.
     In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus heals the deaf man who had a speech impediment. Jesus said to the man, "Ephphatha!" which translated means, "Be opened!" And even though Jesus told the crowd that witnessed the event to tell no one, they proclaimed the miracle everywhere. There was no stopping their astonishment.
     People were impressed with Stanford's accomplishment in getting a school for the deaf chartered. Other states followed the example, starting their own institutions. What is often forgotten is that Stanford's work was rooted in the Gospel. The same devotion to the word of Christ is seen in the work of people like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who began the first Catholic school in the United States, and soon-to-be-saint Marianne Cope, who founded hospitals in New York that she insisted admit everyone regardless of religious belief or color. She went on to work with lepers, assisting St. Damian de Veuster on Molokai. The Gospel can push us to do amazing things. Stanford, Seton, and Cope were all motivated to help others improve their lives because of the Gospel message.
     It is the same Gospel we hear each Sunday.
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     Children's Liturgy of the Word resumes this Sunday. 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 (
     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.

     We are pleased that Fr. Titus, a priest from Kenya, was here to represent his Diocese last weekend. We thank you for you generosity in last week's collection of $5,834.10. If you would like to contact Fr. Titus or support his diocese his address is Fr. Titus Migwi - Catholic Diocese of Nakuru - P.O. Box 938 - Nakuru, Kenya.

     Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg is celebrating its first annual Heritage Day on Saturday, October 6th.  This festival is honoring the varied heritages of our parish with an evening of food, raffles, music, and dancing.  The highlight of the evening is a cash raffle.  First prize is $3,000, second prize is $1,500, and third prize is $500.  Tickets for this raffle is $10 and proceeds will continue to assist Saint Juan Diego Parish to meet its financial obligation.  Members of Saint Juan Diego Parish will be selling raffle tickets after Mass for the next two weekends.

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next 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.

     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.
Good News!
     Nancy Heil asked us to print the following note in response to a donation and note she received from one of our parishioners:

Dear Anonymous Parishioner,
     Thank you for the wonderful new Cinderella and Spiderman backpacks complete with school supplies. They went to eight-year-old Amauri and her seven-year-old brother Tim, who live on the North Side.
     These two extraordinarily polite children have two other siblings. Their mom, who is expecting her fifth child, is supporting their family while her husband completes a program to better himself.

     Thank you and your fellow parishioners for continuing to help me and my volunteers help others.
Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
     · Each week, Nancy and her associates give away 80 or more blankets and four large boxes of sheets and pillowcases. Please continue to donate these items if you can, and please ask friends or relatives to donate if they are able. The need is so great!
     · 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!
     · 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.
Focus On . . . St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry
     The mission of our Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail:

     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 students 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.

     Don your western attire for St. Joseph Parish's murder mystery dinner theater production, Montana Marie Gets Gunned Down at Three! The event is open to all men and women 21 years of age or older. The "who dun it" mystery unravels at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Joseph Parish, 342 Dorseyville Road in O'Hara Township. $20 admission includes a western style buffet dinner of pulled BBQ pork and grilled chicken as well as an entertaining evening that will test your deductive skills. BYOB and mixers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To order, send your contact information along with a check payable to St. Joseph Parish to 342 Dorseyville Rd. , Pittsburgh , PA 15215 Attn: Women's Group; or call Audrey Garrity at 412-225-4590. Don't miss it!

     The Aquinas Guild's first meeting of the new season will be on Tuesday, September 25th, at 10 a.m. in the Duch Pastoral Center. A short business meeting will be followed by the featured speaker, our pastor, Father Ken White. 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.

     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!

Sunday: Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37
Monday: 1 Cor 5:1-8/Lk 6:6-11
Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11/Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31/Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: 1 Cor 8:1b-7, 11-13/Lk 6:27-38
Friday: Nm 21:4b-9/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17
Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22/Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35
Next Sunday:  Is 50:5-9a/Jas 2:14-18/Mk 8:27-35

     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.

     It is time to make reservations for the Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop David Zubik, to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC for Saturday, October 6, 2012.  In his Apostolic Letter "Porta Fidei", the Holy Father announced a Year of Faith "to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith.  "The Year of a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world".  If interested in going on pilgrimage to the Basilica with Bishop Zubik, please call 412-963-8885.  Complete reservation listings are available at

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.


 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

Monday, weekday, September 10
   8:30 am  Joseph & Mary Katarincic (Katarincic Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 11
   8:30 am  Anniv., Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, weekday, September 12
   8:30 am  Margaret Fleming (Fleming Family)

Thursday, St. John Chrysostom, bishop & doctor, September 13
   8:30 am  For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Fr. Duch (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)

Friday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14
   8:30 am  Peter O'Donnell (Byrnes Family)

Saturday, weekday,  September 15
   9:00 am  Charles W. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)   

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. Sean Hogan

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