December 2, 2012

      This Saturday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here at St. Scholastica we have one scheduled Mass for the Holy Day. It is at 9:00 am on Saturday. Please be aware that the Saturday evening Mass at 5:00 pm is for the Second Sunday of Advent and not for the Immaculate Conception.           
      For your convenience, here are other opportunities for Mass for the Holy Day: Friday Vigil Mass on December 7th: 4:00 pm Mass at St. Mary's in Sharpsburg, 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis in Harmar, and 7:00 pm Mass at St. Joseph's in O'Hara; on Saturday, the 8th, there are Masses at 8:00 am at St. Edward's in Blawnox and 10:00 am at St. Joseph's in O'Hara.

      There is no better way to prepare for Christmas than to make a good confession! How long has it been since you have made a sincere confession? If you do not go to confession this Advent, then when . . . . . .???
      Here are opportunities for confession this week: Saturday, December 8th, at 10:00 am here at St. Scholastica; St. Joseph Parish on Saturday from 3:30-4:00; St. Juan Diego (Madonna) on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm-6:20 pm and St. Francis in Harmar on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

      Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

      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.
Help Needed!
      · Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of canned fruit and bath towels. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
      · Nancy sponsors a Christmas giving program. [Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree.] The program accepts any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. These gifts are not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well. In particular, Nancy is requesting purses and jewelry for young teen girls, basketballs or other gifts for teen boys, and toys for children of all ages. Please leave these items by December 7. Also, see Nancy's note under "Good News!" below.
      · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes:
      Thank you for any part you played in making our Thanksgiving program such a success. Some donated turkeys, stuffing, or vegetables; others gave roasting pans. Together, we were able to provide dinners for 50 families, including 70 adults and 140 children, making them extremely happy.
      One of our most depressed families included a grandmother and grandfather who came to us with one of their sons. The grandmother had just lost her job, and her husband's work had been cut to two days a week. He said, "I have worked hard all of my life. How do I end up here, waiting in line for a blanket to keep warm? How does that happen?"  Praying with them and being able to provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner gave them the hope we all need.
      My happiest family was one where four generations were able to gather for dinner with great love around their 91-year-old matriarch.
      Thank you, one and all! Now on to Christmas!

Focus On . . . Lectors
      Adult and teen lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at:

      A reminder that all gifts and money donations are to be returned next weekend, December 8th-9th.  Gifts and donations should be brought to the altar after the homily at each Mass. Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord". ~ Fr. Ken

      The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site.

      The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

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

      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
David Merriman
      David has been a member of the parish since 2007 and has served on the Pastoral Council since 2010. He has an undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations and a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. He is also an avid soccer fan who coaches his kids and plays for a local Fox Chapel team. You can contact him at:

      If you were not able to get your picture in the new directory and would like a copy, please stop in the parish office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am 3:00 pm. The cost for the directory is $5.00.

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Daniel McGreevey.

Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Monday: Is 2:1-5/Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Mt 15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6

      St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Robert L. DeFazio, D.M.D., for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

      Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

      Don't miss the Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 8th, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at  Fairview Elementary on Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel!  There will be over 50 artisan craftsmen and vendors, beautiful "themed" gift baskets, such as electronics, Steelers, spa, etc., to be raffled off (with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity), delicious homemade baked goods, plus a holiday gift shop (Jingle Bell Station) geared to the kids with gift items for parents, grandparents, siblings, even the family pet!   For more information or directions contact Chris Luketich at

      We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 4
   8:30 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 5
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Jean Piroth)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 6
   8:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)

Friday, St. Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor,  December 7
   8:30 am  William Martin (Friends of Family)

Saturday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  December 8
   9:00 am  William L. Vietmier (Cousins)    

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   5:00 pm  Stanley Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 9
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dominic Bucci (Mr. & Mrs. Regis E. Wessell)
       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

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