March 31, 2013

      The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom is read on Easter morning in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. An excerpt follows:
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you!

The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith.
Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.

      Mark your calendars to attend the Spirituality of Aging program with Father Scott Seethaler, OFM, Cap at St. Susanna Parish, 200 Stotler Road, Penn Hills, PA  15235 on Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 pm.  It is an opportunity for senior adults and their family members to reflect on how God works through the different seasons of our lives and will focus on spirituality and humor.  Persons of all faiths are welcome.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or St. Susanna Parish at 412-798-5596, or E-mail

      A renewed commitment to building bridges of understanding to all faiths has been evident in the Catholic Church at all levels. In 2010 a group of Jewish and Catholic leaders from the Pittsburgh area traveled to Rome and Israel. Led by Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation, the purpose of the pilgrimage was to grow in understanding and to share knowledge of each other's religious traditions. In Rome, the Pilgrims visited the Jewish Ghetto, the Great Synagogue of Rome and the Vatican. In Israel, they traveled to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  
      Come and travel to these sites with Helene Paharik, Director of the Diocese's Department for Human Life & Dignity, who will relate in words and pictures the Pilgrims' story. All parishioners are welcome to her presentation on Thursday evening, April 11th at 7:00 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center. The event is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild. No reservations are required. Call
Bernadine Bonessa, 412-963-0198 with questions.

      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.
Good News!
A Letter from Nancy Heil
Dear Parishioners of St. Scholastica,
      Almost a year and a half ago, when Andy Bechman inquired about how the parish could work with us in our ministry, we were very pleased to have the extra support. We had no idea that it would become so successful. You have donated everything from food, clothing, bus tickets and McDonald's certificates to stuffed animals and dyed Easter eggs. For this, the needy and homeless children of God thank you.
      (To the generous parishioner who last week donated a book of ten bus tickets, I gave them to a fine young man who had just gotten a job so he could go back and forth to work until he would get his first paycheck. He thanks you.)
      I have had numerous parishioners tell me how pleased they are to be told very specific ways they can help our needy and homeless brothers and sisters. This is precisely what our beloved Pope Francis has called us to do.
Thank you Fr. White, Andy Bechman and generous parishioners of St. Scholastica.
Yours in Christ,

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:

      Several weeks ago you received in the mail a pledge card and information on our Parish Share Campaign. Our parish has an assessment of $82,000 to support our diocese. We ask that you make a ten month pledge of $25.00 a month for a total pledge of $250.00 for the ten months. Help us to make our goal with your "fair share" pledge. Thank you

      Ukulele Group is scheduled for Monday, April 1st from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Ministry Center.

      Pet Therapy at the VA is Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  RSVP to Jamie Dillon by April 1st.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412-781-7927. Financial aid is available.

      Tee up for education and play where the pros play . . . Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having its Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. The day includes, lunch, golfing and a dinner with awards and prizes. For more information, please contact Taylor Abbett 412-281-1442 or

      Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month to help staff assist pregnant and parenting moms at Catholic Charities offices in downtown Pittsburgh. If you have a heart for service, are comfortable communicating with others, and have general office skills, contact Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Rolison: 412-456-6696 or Act 33/34 clearances required. Training provided onsite.

      Guys Only Bible Study Sunday, April 7th, 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center. All teens welcome. 
      Girls Only Bible Study Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Ministry Center. All teens welcome.

      There will be a Haiti Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7:30 pm.  Contact Maureen at for location.

      How do you cope with the grief, loss, and pain? A Beginning Experience Weekend offers support & understanding from others suffering the same. Find an opportunity for healing one's loss in a caring atmosphere. The next Weekend will be held April 5-7, 2013, at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp., PA. For info or call Mary at 412-523-2405 or Steve at 412-367-4948

Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 or Lk 24:13-35
Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Acts 5:12-16/Rv 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19/Jn 20:19-31

      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 14th at 12:30 pm.  If you are currently a volunteer in the Parish and did not receive an invitation, please contact Pat Wolfson in the Parish Office, 412-781-0186 x10.

      This afternoon, Bishops David Zubik, William Waltersheid and William Winter will welcome families of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to their annual Blessing of Families at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
      As they greet and bless your family personally, they affirm and support you as a household of love and witnesses to The Faith.
      Come and experience the Bishops' expression of appreciation for the gift that you are, and the gifts that you bring to our Diocese. Each family attending will receive a special memento to take home and the children will receive a sweet treat.
      May the Risen Christ bless you always!

Saturday, Vigil of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 30
   8:30 pm  Edward P. Williams (Sally Hughes)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31
   7:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Steve Miketic (Mr. Lanie &John Baraniak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Monday within the Octave of Easter, April 1
   8:30 am  Tommaso Sbarra (wife & daughters)

Tuesday, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter, April 2
   8:30 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, April 3
   8:30 am  Stephen Miketic (Leona Schmidt)

Thursday, Thursday within the Octave of Easter,  April 4
   8:30 am  Robert Boley (children)

Friday, Friday within the Octave of Easter, April 5
    8:30 am  Margaret Garvey & son, Peter J. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, Saturday within the Octave of Easter, April 6
   9:00 am  Virginia Robertshaw (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 6
   5:00 pm  Lillian McBride (Linda McBride & Kathi Bauerle)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter, April 7
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Martin Sheerer (Shin Family)
       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