September 15, 2013

      "Found" is a great word! It can have so many levels of meaning. Obviously it means having recovered something that was misplaced or lost. My aged mother is forever "finding" her glasses, even though they are usually on the table under the mail or the newspaper. Found can also mean to begin something or to set something up. The parish I worship at, like the one you belong to, had a founding pastor who organized the beginning of community in response to the bishop's request or the call of the people in the area. Anyone who works with molten material also knows that to found means casting that metal or glass object in a place called (of course!) a foundry.
      Jesus tells the story today of a woman who has ten coins and lost one. All three meanings of the word "found" are part of parable. The coin was found (that is cast) by a treasury, either the emperor's or that of a local realm. Having lost the coin, the woman found (that is recovered) it after searching the whole house. The recovery of the coin occasioned the founding (that is the initiation) of her rejoicing. The parable of the lost coin is truly about founding.
      Like that coin, we may be lost at times, but God finds us. He recovers us from whatever has separated us from him, whether that is sin, the distractions of life, or the fragility of our faith. In finding us, God renews us. He remolds us and forms us more and more into people with a lively faith. Like that molten metal that is founded into a coin, the love of God purifies us and remakes us anew, casting us into the image of Christ. By asking God's forgiveness and by praying for a renewal of faith, we gain a new foundation and so can begin again, living the way Christ has taught us, filled with the love of God and love for our brothers and sisters.
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      An Allegheny County Conversation - October 6, 2013, 1-5pm, Oakland
      There are 90 guns per 100 Americans, more accidents than deaths, more suicides than homicides. Please register for small group moderated discussions, and help find a solution.  Organized by the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh in association with the Program for Deliberative Democracy at CMU.  Register at or by calling 412.261.4284.

      The Fox Chapel Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be holding a meet/greet playdate at Squaw Valley Park on Tuesday, September 24th and Tuesday October 8th, from 9-11 a.m. (weather permitting) to kick-off the start of the year and give interested moms a chance to find out more about the group.  Anyone who may be pregnant or has a child up to age 5 are welcome to join.  Beginning October 22, MOPS will meet on the 2ndand 4th Tuesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.  Childcare is free, and snacks and coffee are provided. 
      MOPS is a Christian based group that uplifts mothers through social time, book discussion, and speakers on topics related to parenting.  This year's theme, A Beautiful Mess, reminds moms that beauty can come out the grime and difficulties of mothering.  For more information, visit or contact Fox Chapel MOPS Coordinator Carol Pohl at or 412-626-1082.

      There will be a Respect Life Meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  This will be the first Meeting since Spring.  We will be discussing Life Chain, Forty Days For Life, and a bus for the January March for Life.  Any parishioners who would like to come and join us for this Meeting would be most welcome.

      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 at


The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.                                                                           --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She asked to publish this letter to the parish:

      Our ministry is always in need of adult backpacks for the use of our homeless brothers and sisters.  However, I would like to send a special "thank you" to the parishioner who donated three NEW backpacks about two weeks ago and to let you know how God chose to use them.
      We received a call regarding a single mother of six children, four of whom were in school and in need of backpacks.  No less than six charitable agencies and one of our three major TV stations were contacted and refused to help her for all manner of "red tape" reasons such as—"she didn't sign up in time"—though there was no sign anywhere giving the sign-up dates.
      She came to us.  We gave her your three backpacks and bought one more plus $50 worth of school supplies: notebooks, pencils, etc.  This lovely mother is very grateful to you.
      This is just one small example of what God's people "in need" must deal with on a daily basis.  Thank you, Saint Scholastica, for your prayers, generous contributions and general support.  God bless you.
                                                                        Yours in Christ,
P.S.  Our needs this week are men's tennis shoes! tennis shoes! tennis shoes!

Help Needed!
      Aside from the sneakers, Nancy Heil requests donations of:
         ·canned or dried fruits;
         ·canned vegetables;
         ·canned chicken, chili or stew
      Thank you for your generosity!  Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please, no boxes and no loose items; plastic bags are good and 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.  Please do what you can!

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:

      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 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.

      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!

      A new group of parents with young children is meeting on Saturday, October 5, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the home of Monica and Chris Dobbelstein. Parents may bring their children. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get to know one another and talk about what they would like to accomplish as a group.  Most of the parents have young children, although some have older children as well.  They are looking to support each other in raising their children Catholic in today's environment.
      If you would like to take part in this first meeting, please email Monica Dobbelstein at by September 27.  She will send you their address. You may also leave a message on Andy Bechman's voicemail at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 with your contact information and the number of people attending. Communication by email is preferred.

      Save the Date!  On October 6th in 1,800 locations across the United States and Canada, tens of thousands of pro-life people will gather beside main streets.  They will pray silently and hold professionally-printed signs provided at the site.  They will peacefully show solidarity in the Christian community for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  They will stand in honor of the 55 million lives who have been lost to abortion,  Every year young women report deciding not to have an abortion after reading the signs and seeing the people praying.  There will be a local Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in Etna on Butler St (Rt 8) from Kittanning St to Grant St, signs available at Butler St. and Grant, parking on Catherine St across from Grant.  Young and old, all are welcome to participate.  Bring a lawn chair if standing is a problem.  See you on the 6th.

      Beginning Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2014. Requests can also be mailed or dropped off in the Parish Office mailbox (across from the parish office).  Please be aware that we have about 1,400 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish.  So we are setting the limit of  4  Masses per year for each deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be placed on a reserved list, and be celebrated when Mass times are available.  Special requests will be welcomed for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling.

      Today is Catechetical Sunday!  Please keep all of our catechists, school teachers and small group leaders in your prayers.

       Selections for specific small groups for grades 6-8 will take place on Sunday, September 22 after the 11:00 am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

       Harmar Village is having a harvest party on Saturday, September 28th from 1 pm-4 pm.  Youth volunteers are needed to help!  Please contact Jamie Dillon.

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

Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/1 Tm 1:12-17/Lk 15:1-32 or 15:1-10
Monday: 1 Tm 2:1-8/Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Tm 3:1-13/Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Tm 3:14-16/Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Tm 4:12-16/Lk 7:36-50
Friday: 1 Tm 6:2c-12/Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Mt 9:9-13
Next Sunday: Am 8:4-7/1 Tm 2:1-8/Lk 16:1-13 or 16:10-13

      The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple social networking site linked to our parish website. It is a closed social network that enables the parish to engage our members online in a safe and secure manner.
      On September 17, we will import contact information for our parishioners to the Parish Connection online directory.  If you are registered in the parish and we have your email address, you will receive an email message with login information so that you can check your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes. The online directory will be available only to registered users, and you will be able to control how much of the information in your profile is made available even to other parishioners.
      Participating in the Parish Connection makes your information updates immediately available to any parish group you belong to.  You will have access to the online directory, easy access to important documents, and you can see photos and videos that are posted on the site.  You will have access to a parish discussion board that you can use to connect with other parishioners.  And you will be able to sign up easily for online giving so that you no longer have to write checks for the collection basket.
      The parish benefits because we will have a more up-to-date database of parishioner information without having to use much support staff time to maintain it.  We hope that increased communication among parishioners will contribute to our growth as a community.
      If you do not wish to have your contact information (name, main telephone number, mailing address and email address) included in the import to 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:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 14
   5:00 pm  Louise Sindrich (Farrell Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth  Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Rose Bunecke (Nedrow Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Amodeo (Shirley & Samuel Amodeo)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian, September 16
   8:30 am  Alfreda Kopec (Gallagher Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 17
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Maureen O'Brien)

Wednesday, weekday, September 18
   8:30 am  Thomas G. O'Connor (Donnelly Family)

Thursday, weekday,  September 19
    8:30 am  Martin Trichtinger (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Friday, Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon & Paul Chong Ha-sang, September 20
    8:30 am  Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, St. Matthew, September 21
   9:00 am  Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 21
   5:00 pm  Richard Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 22
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Anniv., Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Thomas O'Connor (Truter 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