November 4, 2012

     Coin collectors participate in their hobby for a variety of reasons. Some enjoy the beauty of finely sculptured miniature works of art. Others like the historical nature of the coins. Still other collectors get involved in the hobby because they see it as a financial investment. And finally, some collectors are basically accumulators, gathering in vast quantities of coins hoping to find a gem no matter what its condition. In wanting to show off their collection, coin collectors are always posed with an immediate problem: a coin has a front and a back. Most of the time it is the front that has the stellar image, often a bust of some historic individual. The back is usually plain, but sometimes, as in the case of the statehood quarters produced over a decade by the US Treasury, the reverse is actually the more interesting side.
     In the Gospel this weekend Jesus presents two commandments, which like a coin, are two sides of the same item. We are called to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength. And, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. As the scribe indicates in his response to Jesus, it is no longer sacrifices or burnt offerings that God wants, but fulfillment of the commandment to love.
     When one loves God, one must love all that God has created, which includes our neighbor. For how can one truly love God but not love what God has made? And when one loves a neighbor, one must love God because God is the one who made us all. These two commandments of love are inseparable in the very same way that you cannot have only a one-sided coin. Even if the other side were blank, it would still be there. And so it is with the two commandments of love. They go hand in hand as one.
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     For the past twenty five years each parish has taken up an October Count to document the number of parishioners who attend Mass and also document the percentage of parishioners who attend Mass. Here are our numbers for the past five years (We estimate that we have 1,500 families and 3,600 parishioners.):
2008   1,207    31% of the parishioners
2009   1,042    28.9%
2010      971    27%
2011      929    25.8%
2012      889    24.7%
     These numbers are shocking when we see that only one parishioner out of four comes to Mass each week. However, our numbers are in line with most other parishes in our diocese. You can see from these statistics why the church has begun a "Year of Faith" initiative. Initiated by Blessed John Paul II and eagerly embraced by his successor, the new evangelism is a project aimed at reviving Catholic faith in increasingly secular societies, especially the wealthiest Western nations.
     Cardinal Wuerl has stated that this is an opportunity to fulfill the goal for which Blessed John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council: a faithful presentation of Catholic teachings in a way "attractive to a very rapidly changing culture." Cardinal Wuerl also commented that the recent Synod in Rome is striving to turn back the "tsunami of secularism." So, our mandate is that we be credible witnesses to our Catholic Faith by the integrity of our lives and the quality of our love and service to our brothers and sisters. Fr. Ken

O God our Father,
in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith.
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith,
and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
               --from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, November 5, 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 baptismal preparation session is scheduled for January 7, 2013.

     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!
     · Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Coldwell Banker donates a number of turkeys. Others who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
     · In addition, Nancy encourages donations of stuffing mix and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
     · Nancy also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves as well as warm winter gloves for men. You may also donate canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best), and any kind of packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . .The Parish Pastoral Council
     The Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact Elaine DuVall at

     Please note that distribution of any election-related materials on church property is not permitted. Posting fliers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields, are prohibited. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

     On Saturday, November 10th we will host another work day in conjunction with Catholic Charities. All middle school and high school youth are welcome to attend. We will need adult chaperones. Please RSVP by Wednesday. Our day will be from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.

     The annual Fall Fling benefit, "Good Things are Happening at CDTCA", is quickly approaching and we don't want you to miss the opportunity to participate in our raffle during the evening of November 9, 2012.
     10x YOUR MONEY envelopes will be distributed and collected after all Sunday Masses, November 4, 2012. For your convenience, envelopes can also be deposited at Mass during the Church collection. You are able to include cash or check (made payable to CDTCA) in your envelope for any value between $10-$50. For instance, If you enclose $25, and your envelope is pulled-you would win $250. There will be 1 winner and the winner does not need to be present.
     ALL of the proceeds go to our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. The children thank you for your support! Any questions, please contact: Dani Folino (412) 287-6197 or Luci Massaro (412) 559-0478.

     Have you ever given thought to making a weekend retreat? Maybe this is the moment to pull back (retreat) and STOP LOOK LISTEN- !! St. Scholastica's Men's Retreat begins on Friday of this week, November 9th, and ends on Sunday, November 11th, at Noon. It will be held at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center at their beautiful South Side grounds overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. The suggested offering is $185.99 (less if you cannot afford it!). For details, please call Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147. If not now . . . when?

     The Aquinas Guild would like to thank those that generously contributed to the silent auction and basket items: Andora Restaurant, Andy Warhol Museum, Aspinwall Grille, Maryanne Barnes, Beans 'n' Cream, Mary Bernard, Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Art, Casa Del Sole Pizza, City Theater, Marianne Chatham, Donato's, Dovecote, ESSpa Kozmetica, Feast on Brilliant, Frick Museum, Gail Gilliland, Heinz History Center, Henne Jewelers, Kieffer Optical, Ladies of Fair Oaks, Leonard Labriola's Italian Market, Mary Ann Labriola, Carolyn Haas-Leeper, Eleanor Liberatore, Linniot miniatures, Jim and Penny Lynch, Mary Ellen Maher, Jean McCague, Ursula Meyer, Janet Monaco, Mon a vie, Nota Bene, Joan Novogradac, One Brilliant, Judy Ostrosky, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pine Creek Golf & Jr. Team Golf, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Point Park University, Rosebud's, Eva Szabo, Tapestry & Tassels, Mia Tarducci Henry Art, Tarducci Family, Ursula Meyer Jewelry Collections, Pam Vergona, Carol Whitehead Custom Framing & Antique Prints, Whiteman's Flower Shop, Walnut Grill and anonymous donors. This event was a wonderful success; thank you so much to all!

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

Sunday: Dt 6:2-6/Heb 7:23-28/Mk 12:28b-34
Monday: Phil 2:1-4/Lk 14:12-14
Tuesday: Phil 2:5-11/Lk 14:15-24
Wednesday: Phil 2:12-18/Lk 14:25-33
Thursday: Phil 3:3-8a/Lk 15:1-10
Friday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
Saturday: Phil 4:10-19/Lk 16:9-15
Next Sunday:1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

     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.

     Experience a different culture from your very own home! Holy Family International College Preparatory Program is looking for Home Stay Families to have English-speaking international high school students live in their home while they attend local Catholic high schools during the Spring semester of the 2012-13 school year, starting in January of 2013. Home Stay Families will be paid to care for international students. For more information, contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 x304 or

     There will be a MEGA meeting for all Confirmation Candidates and their parents or sponsors on Sunday, November 11th, after the 11:00 mass.

     Sunday, November 11th, is our first ever BIG EVENT for all High School Youth. It's like a MEGA meeting just for you! 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.

     Please pray for the repose of the soul of S. Tony Cardinali, husband of Bonne Cardinali.

     This week's altar flowers are in honor of Veronica & Nicholas Constantakis's 50th wedding anniversary.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 3
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4
   7:30 am  James McCaffrey (John & Dolores Gentilcore & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Kevin D. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am   Deceased Members of the Trapp & Gimber Families (Daughters)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 5
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Sam & Barb Spencer)

Tuesday, weekday, November 6
   8:30 am  Thomas P. Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Wednesday, weekday, November 7
   8:30 am  Antonia Vilvadi-Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa & Family)

Thursday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)

Friday, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica,  November 9
   8:30 am  Suzanna Freyvogel (Betty Behanna & John Campbell)
   10:00 am  Funeral Mass for Cay Hamilton

Saturday, St. Leo the Great, pope & doctor of the Church,  November 10
   9:00 am  Birthday, Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
   2:30 pm  Wedding, Ashley Barr & Kevin Knaus

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 10
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11
   7:30 am  Leona Marcone (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Helen Minshull (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Welsh (Family)
       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