August 25, 2013

      State fairs are famous for their many contests. The best cow, the best pig, the best sheep are hailed as "Grand Champions." The best cake, the best raspberry jam, the finest pickles, and the most delectable pie are awarded blue ribbons. Cheese and butter, honey and maple syrup, fruits and vegetables, agricultural products of all kinds win prizes of distinction based on criteria for their category. Handcrafted items are also entered into competition, and ribbons won displayed on the home mantel. While almost anyone can enter one of these contests, there is only one blue ribbon, only one grand champion.
      In Sunday's Gospel we hear Jesus respond to a question posed to him about the number who will be saved. One of the tenets of our faith concerns the universal salvific will of God, that is, God wants everyone to be saved. But God has also given humankind free will, meaning that people have a choice in accepting God's invitation to salvation. For those of us who are believers, it can be difficult to comprehend that someone would not want to enjoy eternal life. But that is a choice that God offers, and the Gospel this Sunday reinforces the idea that being saved is more than just a casual acquaintance with Jesus.
      Like a competition at the state fair, there are criteria for entering the kingdom of God. They are not mysterious. There is not some secret code that we need to know. What is needed is clearly spelled out just like the rules for entering a pie or jar of canned peaches. We need to love God. We need to listen to his word. We need to be compassionate toward others. We need to love our neighbor. The difference between these criteria and entering a state fair contest is that there is always more than one grand champion in the Christian life. Everyone who follows faithfully gets a blue ribbon.
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      Any certified teacher interested in substitute work at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, please contact the school office at 412-781-7927 for additional information.  Thank you!

      Both Sunday choirs will begin rehearsing again the first week of September.  We welcome new members!  Contact Sr. Pat by August 28 if you might be ready to take the "choir plunge".  You can contact her personally, call or email.  This is a ministry that yields more blessings that you could imagine!

      Choir materials for both choirs are ready for pick-up.  They are on the table in the Pastoral Center Hallway.

      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace. After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty minutes. You are invited to join us at any session. You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

      There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 22 after the 11am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!
                                                            --Pope Francis

Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. Last Monday, eleven recent college graduates from all over the country joined the effort. The young people are donating a year of their time to service. They started their year by going out with Nancy and her co-workers. "As our new volunteers were welcomed to our line with applause," Nancy recalls, "it was very gratifying to see how quickly and easily these wonderful young adults were able to bridge the gap between our homeless brothers and sisters and themselves." The young grads are alumni of Pitt, Wheeling Jesuit, Loyola-Chicago, Wisconsin, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, St. Anselm, Virginia, Michigan State, Cincinnati and St. Benedict.

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests donations of:
  • sheets; 
  • blankets;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60; 
  • mens' walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition; 
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • ladies' large bras.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit;
  • canned vegetables;
  • canned beans (baked or other varieties);
  • instant potatoes;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • packages of chicken salad or tuna salad from the dollar store;
  • individual serving packs of fruit, pudding or jello. Nancy gives these packets to people living under the bridge who have extra difficulties and disabilities and to people living in apartments with no electricity.
      Thank you for your generosity! 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!

Focus On . . . Youth Ministry
      The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail:

      Religious Education begins September 15th and we need teachers for grades 3 & 5 as well as small group leaders for grades 6-8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested -

      Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend on September 27- 29, call 412-277-3434 or visit the web site at Video testimonials can be found by clicking on "Testimonials and Stories" at the web site.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!" Please mark you calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013 and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit. To be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at or Luci Massaro

      Sue Novosel, the Regional Sales Representative from Liturgical Publications, our bulletin printers, was with us this past week securing advertisers for our bulletin.  We would like to thank all of the advertisers who have renewed their ads for the upcoming year and also to all of the new advertisers who have generously committed to the bulletin for this year.  If you would be interested in sponsoring an ad for your business or on behalf of your favorite charity/organization/in memory ad, there is still time.  Please contact Sue at 1-800-477-4574 x6318 or email, cell phone 724-831-0975.
      As a reminder we ask that you use these businesses or refer them to your friend, family member or neighbor.  Also, let these businesses know we truly appreciate their loyal support of our bulletin.  It is their generosity that provides the bulletin at little cost to our Church.

      Catechetical Sunday is Sunday, September 15!  Classes for grades K-5 will begin on the 15th or Tuesday the 17th.  Small group selections for grades 6-8 will be on Sunday, September 22 after the Masses.

Sunday: Is 66:18-21/Heb 12:5-7, 11-13/Lk 13:22-30
Monday: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10/Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 1 Thes 2:1-8/Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 1 Thes 2:9-13/Mt 23:27-32
Thursday: 1 Thes 3:7-13/Mk 6:17-29
Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8/Mt 25:1-13
Saturday: 1 Thes 4:9-11/Mt 25:14-30
Next Sunday:  Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Lk 14:1, 7-14

      Our first Youth Mass of the catechetical year is Saturday, September 14, at 5 pm.  We especially invite all of our home study families to participate and pick up their materials after Mass.  We will rehearse with singers and musicians on Thursday, September 12, at 4:30 pm.  All Middle School and High School youth as well as 5th graders are welcome.

      Youth Ministry is planning a trip on Sunday, September 1 to see the minor league baseball team the Erie Seawolves.  We will leave at noon on Sunday, visit Presque Isle then attend the 5pm game.  Cost per person is $30.  Middle School and High School students welcome.  Adult chaperones and drivers needed.  Please contact Jamie Dillon by Wednesday if you are interested.

      Volunteer by yourself, with your family, friends or group to make a difference in the life of a senior and discover what a difference they make in your life!  Gain new skills, meet great people and share your time and talents in meaningful ways with the long-term and personal care residents of Vincentian de Marillac in Stanton Heights.  Apply online at (volunteering tab) or contact Joyce at 412-548-4060 or email

      Bingo every Tuesday at St. Ursula's Church, Kirk Avenue off of Duncan Avenue in Allison Park.   Doors open 5:30 pm, early bird at 7:00 pm.  1-9 card pack for 20 games, four specials for $20 donation.  Come early, eat dinner.  Play to win!  Take the Mt. Royal Blvd detour to reach Duncan Avenue traveling South on Route 8, take Elfinwild Road off Route 8N.

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 24
    5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 25
   7:30 am  Macino-Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Tom O'Connor (Carolyn Funk)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Anniv., Robert Boley (Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, weekday, August 26
   8:30 am  Alfreda Kopec (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, St. Monica, August 27
   8:30 am  William T. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)

Wednesday, St. Augustine, August 28
   8:30 am  Hattie Komorowski (Family)

Thursday, Passion of St. John the Baptist,  August 29
   8:30 am  Living & Deceased Members of The Ziegler Family (Family)

Friday, weekday, August 30

Saturday, weekday, August 31
   9:00 am  Leo Piatkowski (Kathy Arturo)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 31
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 1
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Frances Maher, Elizabeth Williams & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, 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.
Madonna of Jerusalem, 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
World Wide Web:
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 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