March 3, 2013

       A few years ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Bill was a good man, very kind and generous with his time and his talents. And although he didn't have a lot of money (he was a teacher by profession) he was always ready to help out in any way that he could. As a middle-aged man, Bill was fairly healthy otherwise, and his diagnosis came as a shock to his family and friends. Most of us were left asking, "Why should such a cruel thing happen to such a kind man?"
      This is the very question Jesus confronts in the Gospel this weekend when he deals with tragic events in his time. A tower collapses and eighteen people are killed. Is this punishment because they were the most evil people in Jerusalem? Some Galileans are slaughtered while offering sacrifice. Have they somehow offended God, and so are now being called to account for their wickedness? Jesus says that the evil that befell them makes them no guiltier than anyone else. And, by implication, makes the rest of us no less guilty!
      Our sense of justice likes to have the punishment fit the crime. We expect that there will be specific consequences for individual actions, each wrongful act punished on its own merits. But the problem of evil is much greater than personal sinfulness. While we each have responsibility for our individual sins, we also carry the weight of human sinfulness. As Catholics, we call that original sin, but whatever title it is given, it is the recognition that there is at work in the world a greater sin than that which each of us may be personally guilty of. It is the sin of our race. Bill did not get cancer because he was a bad man. But illness, war, hatred, and every other evil are the things from which we seek deliverance. It is good that God is patient with us, like the gardener with the fig tree.
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       Next weekend, March 9th and 10th, there will be a second collection for: CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL which supports the home missions in places like Appalachia, the Deep South and the Southwest; NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR BLACK AND INDIAN MISSIONS which assists evangelization of African American, Native American, Eskimo and Aleute communities; CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT which supports low-income people as they work together to advance education opportunities, create jobs and improve access to services for the disabled. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you!

      Lent is not only a personal time for renewal and conversion, but it is also the season for our whole church to be re-evangelized and reconciled. This Wednesday, March 6th, every parish in our diocese will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. In order to encourage you to approach the Sacrament of Confession, each and every church in our diocese will participate in "The Light Is on for You"!! So, we will have a Penance Service at 6:00 pm this Wednesday, followed by private confessions until 9:00 pm. Please prepare for Easter by participating this Wednesday evening. If not now . . . when?????

      Please check the bulletin for Sunday and weekday Masses.  St. Edward Church will have confessions on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm. "The Light is on for You"  Confessions on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Stations of the Cross Friday at 7:00 pm. Confessions on Saturday at 9:30 am.

      Assumption Cemetery on Middle Road, adjacent to the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, is now in the process of constructing a mausoleum where constant care will be provided by its permanent cemetery workers.  Burial in one of the crypts or niches would be such a great advantage to those who live in the surrounding areas.  At the present time, the cemetery staff is offering a reduced rate for those who purchase crypts or niches during this preconstruction stage.  Those who might have an interest in more information may call the office at 412-486-4100 during regular working hours.  For a view of the final phase, you may take a ride through the cemetery and look for the large side placard that has been created on the future site of the mausoleum.

      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office.  All 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 urgently requests donations of warm, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and men's jeans and casual pants in waist sizes from 46-60. Duffel bags, adult-sized backpacks, cereal and canned vegetables are also needed.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She requests donations of small or large new (or like new) stuffed animals. Please leave stuffed animals by Thursday, March 21.
      · Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . . Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
      Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

      Our Appalachia Mission Trip is scheduled for the week of June 23rd.  This weekend we start our biggest fundraiser . . . "The House."  In the back of church you will find a large house with envelopes marked with dollar amounts pinned to it.  Please consider taking an envelope to support our trip.  In order to sustain this trip, we need to raise $15,000.  Your generosity makes this possible.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Nancy McSorley, wife of Arthur McSorley; Martin "Marty" Napper, cousin of Frances Steele; Edward P. Williams, father of Mary Ellen Maher; and Katherine Matthews, sister of Peggy Friday and Jean McCague.

       Next Sunday, March 10th, the Parish will conduct a Post Card Campaign. The Federal Human Health Mandate forces health coverage to include sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, even when employers and employees have moral or religious objections. Post cards addressed to our legislators will be available for signing. We urge everyone to take a few minutes next Sunday to help with this campaign.

      "7 x 70: How to Forgive Yourself and Others"   This is the theme of the Parish's Lenten retreat which will take place on Thursday, March 21, in the Duch Pastoral Center. Leading the retreat will be Eileen Colianni. M. S. Ed. Ms. Colianni is a counselor, lecturer, and retreat facilitator who blends psychological and spiritual insights into her program. Her background includes 25 years in a private counseling practice, a decade as adjunct faculty at Carlow University's psychology department and five years serving as the founding director of Carlow's on-campus Counseling Center. She has conducted retreats in churches, retreat centers and other venues.
      The retreat program will begin at 10 am until 2 pm The day will include an opening meditative session, Mass, a light lunch and a concluding presentation. All parishioners are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be appreciated so that we can insure sufficient food. You can make a reservation by contacting Bernadine Bonessa at  The retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on this Monday evening, March 4th, 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 take place on April 29th.

      Saturday, March 9th, is Youth Mass at 5:00 pm.  After Mass we will feature "The Dirty Dozen" or a discussion of the 12 worst songs of the year and why.  Donation $3.00 for pizza.  12 and over only, adults welcome.

      The Welcome Committee will meet on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center to plan the upcoming year.  Anyone wishing to join the committee is invited to attend.  Call Mary T. Scanlon with any questions 412-781-6550.

Sunday: Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14
Next Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

       The Forty Days For Life Campaign calls for prayer, fasting and public witness to end abortion. The public witness consists of a prayer vigil from 7 am to 7 pm in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary at 933 Liberty Ave.  St. Scholastica parishioners will join St. Joseph parishioners to spend one hour there in prayer on Monday afternoon, March 11th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for more information. All are welcome to join the prayer vigil.

      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14that 12:30 pm.  Invitations will be mailed in mid-March.

      It's not too late to join our Bible study on the four gospels and their distinctive spiritual approaches to Jesus.The study is offered on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, to April 18th (excluding Holy Thursday, March 28th). We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. There is a materials fee of $20, payable at your first session. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances, the Adult Faith Formation page on our website, or contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 or by e-mail at:

      Living Stations will be Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.  We are practicing at noon on March 19th.  Any interested teens should contact Jamie Dillon.

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent, March 2
   5:00 pm  Paulette Jean Finnerty, mother of Michelle Hettinger (Luci & David Massaro)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 3
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Patsy Jordan Kearns (Mary Ellen & Tom Klingensmith)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 4
   8:30 am  Birthday, Francis Clifford (Wife)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 5
   8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 6
   8:30 am  Sophie Skowron (Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 7

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 8
   8:30 am  Kathryn Massimi (Joan & Guy Hilton)
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday,  March 9
   9:00 am  Birthday, Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 9
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ervin A. Domzal (Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Zottola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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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