September 1, 2013

      There is a story that has been circulating about Pope Francis. Whether all the details are accurate is not as important as the overall meaning. As it is told, after his election Pope Francis returned to live at the Vatican guesthouse, which he has now made his home. He got up early one morning and opened the door of his room to find a Swiss Guard standing at attention. The pope asked the man how long he had been there and the guard responded, "All night, Holy Father." The pope brought out a chair and told the guard to sit down because he must be tired. When the guard responded that it was against the rules, the pope responded, "I'm the pope. Please sit." The guard uncomfortably took his seat, and the pope returned to his room. A few moments later, he came out with some bread and jam for the guard and wished him "Bon appétit!" before closing his bedroom door.
      In this weekend's Gospel Jesus uses the example of dining with others to teach his disciples about life in the kingdom of God. He suggests that a person's sense of self-importance should not overtake the humbleness that characterizes the communal life of the kingdom. As citizens of God's realm there is only One who outranks everyone else, and that is the Lord.
      People with power often get special places. The head table at a conference, meeting, or awards' banquet always has the "big shots" filling the seats. Political fund-raisers have the highest ranking elected leaders sitting up front. In the Gospel, Jesus suggests that we be more realistic about ourselves. As the story about Pope Francis indicates, esteem comes not because we get the most revered place at table, but because we care about others. The command that Jesus gives to invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind still binds us in charity today.
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      Next Sunday there will be a second collection for the Bishop's Education Fund. This fund issues grants to financially needy families who otherwise could not send their children to Catholic schools. These grants and other sources of aid assure that our schools are not outside the reach of the middle class or families experiencing the distress of unemployment, divorce or sickness. Many of the students in our own school receive grants from the Bishop's Education Fund. Thank you for your generosity!!

      Well, this is Day 31 since my foot operation. In two weeks I hope to have my non-weight bearing boot removed and start physical therapy. Thank you for your cards, food and support this past month. I am so grateful!! In fact, many of you have shared that you too have had a foot/ankle surgery. We have more than enough people to form a support group! Fr. Ken

      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!

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

      The Aquinas Guild, which was organized by the women of St. Scholastica's Parish in 1939 to foster an awareness of the needs of the parish and community and to encourage friendship and social contact among the members, is in the process of re-inventing itself. We want to stay a vital, contributing body of the parish while meeting the changing needs of today's women of faith. Pope Francis has professed that women are a vital part of the Catholic Church and encourages their involvement in parish life.
      We are inviting ALL WOMEN of our parish and surrounding parishes to attend an "Idea Gathering" social on September 19th at 6 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The Aquinas Guild is the only women's organization of our parish and our hope is to determine our future direction in order to more actively serve the needs of the parish and the members.  It is hoped that, through open discussion and exchange of ideas, we will be able to sustain and energize the contributions of the Catholic women of our community. Please bring a friend or neighbor and join us for an information gathering evening of camaraderie on September 19th. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Kindly RSVP to Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863 or

Let us not forget: if we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, our lives must bear witness to what we preach
                                                                             --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She requests donations of:
  • sheets
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60; 
  • men's walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruits and vegetables;
  • canned or dried beans;
  • tomato sauce;
  • instant potatoes;
  • canned chicken, chili, and beef stew;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • 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.
      Please help us pack food for Nancy Heil's Homeless Ministry on Sunday mornings in the CDTCA cafeteria between the 7:30 am and 9 am Masses. Questions, please call Mary Ellen @ 412-767-5863.

      Thank you for your generosity! Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please do not leave items stored in large cardboard boxes (they are too bulky); clean plastic garbage bags are fine for large items. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily. Thank you!

      The Parish Picnic is coming on September 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park. Let's all do our part to make this a great celebration of our parish community!
      Sign-up sheets for different tasks on the day of the picnic are in the vestibule of church. We have two special requests:
  • We need trucks that can carry 8-foot long rectangular tables from St. Scholastica to the park before the picnic and/or from the park back to the parish at the end. Volunteers will load the tables onto your truck. Trucks are needed at 1:00 p.m. at St. Scholastica and again at 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.
  • We need three E-Z Up-type canopies to shelter the food tables. Canopies are needed from 1:30 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.
      Please contact the parish office or Elaine DuVall if you can help with either request.
Focus On . . . The Finance Committee
      The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to:

      will begin  at 7 am this Wednesday.

      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.

      The first Fall St. Monica meeting will be Saturday, September 7, at 9:40 a.m., in the Pastoral Center. We will open with our annual Brunch. The St. Monica Society was formed to pray for and reach out to family, friends, and parishioners who no longer worship with us. We provide Welcome Cards at the entrances of the church, send greeting cards to parishioners in nursing homes, assisted living residences or those who are confined to their homes, publicize Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter liturgical schedules, and distribute St. Monica Holy Cards. New members are most welcome. Please join us for Brunch on Sept. 7 and/or sign the St. Monica Society sign up sheet in the church vestibule or Email: You can also call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

      Religious Education is in need of some dedicated high school students to act as teacher's aides.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.
      We also need small group leaders for grades 6-8.  This is a fairly flexible commitment that may be shared between a pair of leaders.  If you are interested, please contact Jamie Dillon.  We are also in need of a teacher for 5th Grade on Sunday mornings.

      Interested in sharpening your basketball skills?  Join us for the 2013 CDTCA Basketball Basics with D.P. Harris, St. Vincent College Head Coach, along with members of the Bearcats.  Saturday, September 14th and 21st from 9 am-12 pm.  $30 a session.  Space is limited to 25 boys a session.  First come first serve!  Contact Phil McGivney at to hold your place!

The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday,September 11, 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center, rather than our usual first Wednesday meeting. New members are always welcome! If you'd like to learn more about the committee's work, see our information on the parish website at, or contact Maureen O'Brien at

      Please join us for an in depth study of Hebrews and James that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica.  The first class will be Tuesday, September 3.  Any women (you don't have to be Catholic) are welcome to join the group.  This year will be our seventh year of gathering together to learn about Our Lord and His Church.  The registration fee is $60 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course.  Contact Mary Wilson 412-445-0476. Visit

      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Terry Paulick by the Paulick Family.

Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Lk 14:1, 7-14
Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11
Friday: Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5
Next Sunday:Wis 9:13-18b/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33

      Our first Youth Mass of the catechetical year is Saturday, September 14 at 5 pm.  We especially invite all of our home study families.  After Mass we will have a potluck picnic as well as having the homeschool material available. 
      Any youth in grades 5-12 who are interested in singing or playing an instrument should contact Jamie Dillon.  Rehearsal will be Thursday, September 12 at 4:30 pm.

      We are launching a new dimension of our parish website early this fall. It is a simple social networking site that we have named the "St. Scholastica Parish Connection." It will be linked to our parish website. The Parish Connection includes an online parish directory, discussion board, and places for documents, pictures and videos. The online giving that we launched last December is also part of the site.
      The first major step in launching the site will be an import of parishioner contact information into the online directory. This import will take place on September 17, using our present database of parishioner information. Once it occurs, you will receive an email message with login information so that you can check your profile. You can add information and a photo, update information whenever something changes, and decide how much of your information you would like to make available to other parishioners.
      The online directory is only available to registered users on the Parish Connection site; it is not visible to the public. You can only be included in the online directory if the parish has an email address for you. The information that we will be including in the import is your name, main telephone number, mailing address, and email address. Adults in a family will have separate entries. If you do not wish to be included in the online directory, please notify the parish office before September 17. If you have questions, please contact Parish Connection administrators Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton. You can email them at:

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!"  Please mark your 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

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

Monday, Labor Day, September 2
   9:00 am  Catherine Childs (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, St. Gregory the Great, September 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Rose Alvin (Louis & Francesca)

Wednesday, weekday, September 4
   8:30 am  Louis Kopec (Bonessa Family)

Thursday, weekday,  September 5
   8:30 am  Birthday, Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, weekday, September 6
   8:30 am  Stephen Miketic (Sherry & Mark Fragapane)

Saturday, weekday, September 7
   9:00 am  Hank Wojciechowski (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 7
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 8
   7:30 am  Jim & Mary McCaffrey (Dr. & Mrs. Michael Shaughnessy)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Birthday, Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

      The parish office will resume regular hours after Labor Day:  Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will not be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. 

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web:
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 9:00 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