May 26, 2013

      Altar flowers are placed in memory of Margaret B. Cullinan by Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham.

      Change A Heart, the only Catholic year-long service program based in Pittsburgh, is seeking young adults desiring to directly serve poor and marginalized individuals full-time with a nonprofit organization in the fields of education, healthcare or social services.  Room and board, including rent, utilities, food and transportation is provided to members in a community house in a safe, urban neighborhood.  A monthly stipend, use of a community vehicle and health insurance are also provided.  The program also includes regular retreats, community reflections and other opportunities for spiritual growth.  For more information, and to apply, visit

      15 minutes before the Mass of your choice. If you would like to contribute to this program please contact one of these people: Meredith Troyan at, Judy Klingensmith at or Byron Falchetti at  All are welcome to participate in this new adventure for our parish.

      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held June 21-23, 2013 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at

      That you can use our parish website to listen to one of Fr. Ken's homilies, read the bulletin, sign up your child for religious education classes, replace a lost ministry schedule, or make a contribution to our summer Appalachia mission trip? Visit and see for yourself!

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, June 10, 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 previously had children baptized 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 July 29.

      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!
      · Are you good with gizmos? We are looking for a parishioner who would be willing to help us evaluate the audiovisual system in the Pastoral Center. We are considering updating the system. It would be a great help if someone who is knowledgeable would assist us. Please contact Andy Bechman if you can help.
      · Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She requests donations of: blankets (these often run low in the summertime); washcloths and large bath towels; duffel bags and adult-sized backpacks; men's jeans or casual pants in waist sizes 44-60.
      · Nancy just received a large donation of non-perishable foods from the Postal Service, so she is not requesting food this week.
      · Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please do not leave items on the steps or porch of Nancy's house or the house next door. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus on . . . Bereavement Ministry
      The goal of our Bereavement Ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each bereaved family in the parish in their time of sorrow and grief. This outreach group of volunteers, along with the Director of Music and Bereavement Ministries, visits the family of the deceased, helps prepare the funeral service, and delivers a basket of food to the family. In addition to the pastor, who leads a short prayer service at the funeral home, committee members, if able, visit the funeral home and attend the funeral. Other volunteers are available to lector should the family need someone. This group of people has also formed a choir to sing at funerals, as well as hospitality ministers to be present at funeral luncheons held at the Pastoral Center. For more information or to take part, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at:

      We have two big weeks coming up this summer!  IF you wish to register your child or help, contact Jamie Dillon Faith Island Vacation Bible School the week of June 9th. This is our 10th year for VBS and as always it promises to be a fun week for your 5-9 year olds. It is from 9-12 M-F. As always we need some energetic teens and adults to help! Camp Helping Hand is July 9th-11th from 9-2 pm. This service based mini camp is for middle school youth. We will work with Family House and Habitat for Humanity as well as other projects.

      Duquesne University's largest open house event, DuquesneFest, will be held this summer on Sunday, June 9, 2013 beginning at 8:00 am.  This exciting day is a fun way for Fall 2013 high school seniors to learn more about the University.  Register with Duquesne's Office of Admissions online at

      Recently, we have offered parents copies of Praying with Your Children: A Guide for Families, by Pat Fossarelli, a pediatrician who also has a doctorate in ministry. Recently, we received a request for the book from a grandparent who spends a lot of time with her grandson and would like to attend to his (and her own) spiritual growth.
      What a wonderful thing to do with a grandchild! Grandparents can be so important to their grandkids. Being attentive to fostering the relationship your grandchild already has with God is a great gift you can offer to him or her. This is true whether you are reinforcing what the child's parents are doing, or whether you are opening up the spiritual dimensions of life for a child who is not being raised in the faith.
      If you would like a copy of the book, please notify Andy Bechman at or leave a voicemail that includes your name (clearly please) at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18. We will make a copy available at church for you to pick up. There is no charge to you.

      On Memorial Day weekend, representatives of the cemetery will be available at St. Mary Cemetery to assist families visiting the cemetery and answer any questions regarding the cemetery or the mausoleum.  Surveys and newsletters will be available to all visitors.  Please take time to read the newsletter and fill out the survey.

      Friday May 31st!! All teens and their families are welcome to join us! Tickets are $36 but we have terrific seats and you will get 2 tee shirts! Contact ASAP . .. . we only have a few left!

      Did you know…Catholic Charities provides counseling services?  We have a certified gambling addiction counselor on staff and offer counseling for persons dealing with a gambling problem.  Through our Free Health Care Center, we offer free therapy for adults who have no health insurance, for depression, anxiety and life circumstance issues.  Please call eligibility at 412.456.6910 for more information or Kathleen Zamperini, Director of Counseling at 412.456.6951.  If you have a need that is beyond our scope of services, we can provide you with a qualified local referral.  Call 412.456.6951.  All calls are confidential.  For information about all Catholic Charities programs and services visit

Sunday: Prv 8:22-31/Rom 5:1-5/Jn 16:12-15
Monday: Sir 17:20-24/Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday: Sir 35:1-12/Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday: Sir 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17/Mk 10:32-45
Thursday: Sir 42:15-25/Mk 10:46-52
Friday: Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16/Lk 1:39-56
Saturday: Sir 51:12cd-20/Mk 11:27-33
Next Sunday:  Gn 14:18-20/1 Cor 11:23-26/Lk 9:11b-17

      Wouldn't you love to divert your state taxes to a really good cause, Catholic Education?  PA's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides a tax credit of up to 90% for companies that donate to approved non-profit scholarship organizations in the Commonwealth. The Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship (SOS) fund raises over $3 million a year and provides an average of 5,000 plus scholarships annually. All C Corporations, S Corporations and Subchapter S Corporations can give up to $300,000 from their tax bill. Help needy families attend quality schools at no cost to you. For more information contact Ron Bowes at 412.456.3090 or

      Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 a.m. Mass has concluded for the season. Thanks to our liturgy leaders: Chrissy Albert, Andy Bechman, Jennifer Beggs, Jamie Dillon (assisted by members of our Youth Ministry), Natalie Gillespie, and Melissa Scheffler.
      We are especially grateful for the eager participation of the children. We can see them growing in their ability to hear the Word of God as a message that is meant for them.
      Interested in participating? Contact Natalie Gillespie at We will resume in September.

      The PA Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked everyone to contact their State Senator and ask them to vote YES on HB 818.  HB 818 is the only way to safeguard Pennsylvania's long-standing policy against taxpayer funding of abortion in light of the new health insurance exchange that will be created in Pennsylvania under the Federal Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act specifically allows states to opt out of permitting health insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in the exchange within that state. At least 20 states have such opt-out laws, and Pennsylvania needs to be next.  Jim Ferlo is the State Senator representing Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, and O'Hara Township.

Saturday, Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity, May 25
    5:00 pm  Robert Napoli (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Most Holy Trinity, May 26
   7:30 am  Edward P. Williams (Rosemary & Mark Studer)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Catherine C. Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Memorial Day, May 27
   9:00 am  For the Men & Women in the Armed Forces (Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, weekday, May 28
   8:30 am  Daniel Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Wednesday, weekday, May 29
   8:30 am  Mary Kelly Bechman (Donnelly Family)

Thursday, weekday,  May 30
   8:30 am  Edward Williams (Rielly Family)

Friday, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31
    8:30 am  Dorothy Killian (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, St. Justin, martyr, June 1
   9:00 am  Marion Borosa (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Vigil of The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, June 1
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Mother, Antoinetta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, June 2
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Rose Bunecke (Nedrow Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web:
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