September 29, 2013

      This Fall, from September 25 to November 3, our community is uniting with hundreds of other cities around the world for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history: THE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN.  Everyone is welcome to join this pro-life witness.  40 Days for Life is made up of three components: Prayer and Fasting--believers throughout our city are invited to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion; Peaceful Vigil--stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside Pittsburgh's Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown; Community Outreach--help take a positive upbeat pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy, and public visibility.

      Our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 1 pm near the church building entrance.  All pets, owners and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

      The next training session for new altar servers will held on Sunday, October 6th, after the 11 am Mass.  Any student in 4th grade or above may become an altar server.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Peggy Santelli at to reserve your spot and obtain the required study materials.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Frances Giovannitti and Harry McLaughlin and Shawn Neville, husband of Tracey Neville.

      The Annual Fall Fling fundraiser to benefit CDTCA is quickly approaching.  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 25th, and send in your RSVP!  Remember to pre-order your Mystery Boxes on your response card too.  It promises to be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food stations.  You should have received your invitation. However, if needed there are extra invites in the school office as well as the Church Vestibule. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at or Luci Massaro at

      If you will be 18 years old by Nov. 5 you can register to vote in the coming election.  If you are currently registered you do not need to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name since you last registered.  Applications for voter registration and applications for absentee ballots are in the vestibule of the Church.  All voter registrations must be in the election office by October 7th.  The last day for absentee ballots to be in the election office is October 29th.

      Sunday, October 6th, at the Pastoral Center after the 11:00 am Mass.  This is for all confirmation candidates and their parent or sponsor. 

      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome.

Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves.  Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.                                                                                      --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Our parish picnic was enjoyable in spite of a sometimes chilly afternoon.  Thanks to the committee who organized the effort and especially to Elaine DuVall who led the committee.  Thanks as well to everyone who pitched in to give us an afternoon of food and friendship!   

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • sheets and large bath towels;
  • men's walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition;
  • women's clothes in large sizes (2X and above).
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit;
  • canned vegetables.           
      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!

Focus on . . . RCIA
      Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, St. Scholastica Parish welcomes adults and older children into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is intended for people who have never been baptized, for Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and for baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Church or in helping others to enter.  Contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email:

      A new group for parents with young children is meeting on Saturday, October 5, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the home of Monica and Chris Dobbelstein. 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.  They are looking to support each other in raising their children Catholic in today's environment. Thanks to the parents who have let Monica know they plan to attend.  If you would like to participate but have not yet responded, please do so by this Wednesday.  You may email Monica Dobbelstein at for the address.

      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.

      Saturday, October 5th at 5:00 pm!  All Middle School students are invited to attend.  After Mass we will have a scavenger hunt for food for the homeless.

      Tuesday, October 1st from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Aspinwall VA Hospital.  This is open to all Middle School and High School youth.  Please RSVP by Sunday as space is extremely limited.

      The Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving will be held on Thursday, October, 3, from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.  Up to the first $1,000 of every gift per donor will be counted towards the match pool.  Please consider supporting Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy on this Day of Giving. The minimum gift is $25. There is no limit to the amount of money you may give.  How to Give: go to  Only credit card of Visa and Master card donations are accepted. You will receive an email receipt for your donation. This is an exceptional way to maximize your donation! Thank you for your support of CDTCA and Catholic education.

      Cub Scout Pack 78 will be selling popcorn after all Masses this week.  This is our only fundraiser and allows our boys to participate in activities that strengthen their character and help them grow both socially and intellectually.  We very much appreciate your support.

      UPMC St. Margaret is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 am - Noon at Neil Y. Van Horn Pavilion (near hospital entrance A) for persons age 65 and older. Individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease are encouraged to get the vaccine.  For people of ages 18 - 64, there will be a $15 fee.  Children under the age of 18 will not be vaccinated at this clinic.

      The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  On Monday, October 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary, the students of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be attending Mass at 8:30 and following Mass they will pray the rosary for World Peace.  They invite parishioners to join them.

Sunday: Am 6:1a, 4-7/1 Tm 6:11-16/Lk 16:19-31
Monday: Zec 8:1-8/Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Zec 8:20-23/Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Neh 2:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10
Thursday: Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12/Lk 10:1-12
Friday: Bar 1:15-22/Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Bar 4:5-12, 27-29/Lk 10:17-24
Next Sunday: Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4/2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14/Lk 17:5 -10

       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.
       Last week, we imported contact information for our parishioners to the Parish Connection online directory.  If you received a welcome message in your email last week, we encourage you to log in with your temporary password and select your own password.  Click on the "Users" tab to reach the online directory, and click on your own name to access your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes. You can also decide how much of the information in your profile you would like to make available to other parishioners.  Any information that you mark as "private" will be visible only to the site administrators. The online directory will be available only to registered users.
      If you did not receive a login email, it probably means that we do not have a current email address for you.  You can visit the Parish Connection site [it is accessible through the homepage of our parish website,] and sign up via the Login popup. Please note that you will be treated as a visitor to the site until the office approves you as a user.  Because we are not automatically notified of sign-ups, please send an email to the Parish Connection administrators [Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton] at, so we can confirm you as a registered user. You can also email us with any questions.
      Our goal is to have a separate user entry for each adult in the parish.  The information we used to populate the online directory often had only one email address for a married couple.  In those cases, we chose one name to enter in the directory with the email address.  If a couple would each like to be in the online directory, the other person must sign up separately with a different email address.
We hope that the Parish Connection will increase communication among parishioners and contribute to our growth as a community. Thank you for participating in it!

      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 28
    5:00 pm  Virginia Wrobel (Rigatti Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 29
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Rev. Robert Flaherty, O.Carm (Kathleen Piper )
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Jerome, September 30
   8:30 am  Birthday, Tommaso Sbarra (wife & daughers)

Tuesday, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, October 1
   8:30 am  Nora McNally (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Holy Guardian Angels, October 2
   8:30 am  J. Teddy Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Thursday, weekday,  October 3
   8:30 am  Roman Kronenwetter (daughter Rose & Richard Gabbianelli)

Friday, St. Francis of Assisi, October 4
    8:30 am  Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, weekday, October 5
   9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Parish Community)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 5
   5:00 pm  John Marous & Ish McLaughlin (Gunnell Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh  Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 6
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Pat Shaner (George & Rose Dice)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anthony Bozik (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

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