November 3, 2013

      Children have such great expectations. They often show an eagerness that marvels adults. They can't wait to get at the Christmas gifts. They race off to explore new vistas. They dive into new things with an energy that seems beyond imagining. This exuberant curiosity that characterizes childhood gets channeled over time into an exploration of one's place in the world as teenagers or young adults discover their own selves and decide what they want to do with their lives. Sometimes, the intense eagerness of childhood is restrained by the reality of the adult world in which real limitations are made manifest. Not everything is a game to explore anymore.
      In this weekend's Gospel, we have a story of a man who had to face his own limitations. Zacchaeus was a short guy. He couldn't see above the crowd. But he used his own ingenuity in his attempt to see Jesus. He climbed up a sycamore tree and sat in its branches because he wanted to catch a glimpse of this prophet who had come to Jericho. Jesus in turn stops at the sycamore and invites Zacchaeus to come down. Whatever limitations Zacchaeus had because of his height, it didn't seem to affect his business acumen, for the Gospel tells us that he was a wealthy man. The people of Jericho seem to think that not all of his wealth was acquired legitimately. But Zacchaeus stands his ground, promising to over-compensate anyone whom he may have harmed.
      As we move on in life, we may find ourselves at the point of having lost some of the enthusiasm for what got us to where we are. Our day-to-day experiences can sometimes feel like a rut that consumes our energy. The story of Zacchaeus reminds us that there can be a renewal of grace that enlivens us once again. We might consider where Jesus is walking by in our life, and if we have the eagerness to see him.
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      We are all aware of the sacrifices that our Catholic brothers and sisters make who serve in the United States Military.  While many are home with their families in the wake of troop withdrawals from the Middle East, others remain on the front lines to face a scattered but determined enemy.  Next weekend November 9th and 10th, we are taking up a second collection to support the Archdiocese for the Military Services.  These funds will help provide pastoral services to the men and women in uniform as well as their families and patients in the nation's VA Medical Centers.  Thank you for supporting these pastoral ministries to our service men and women.

      For the past twenty five years every parish in the diocese has taken up the "October Count" so that parishes are able to evaluate changes in Mass attendance.  For October of this year we averaged 842 people who attended our four weekend Masses – this represents about 23% of our parishioners.  The Saturday, 5:00 pm Mass averaged 199 people; the Sunday 7:30 am Mass averaged 119 people; the 9:00 am Mass averaged 231; and the 11:00 am Mass averaged 293.  (Our church building can accommodate about 600 people).
        In the year 2009 1,042 people (28.9%) attended Mass each weekend; in 2010 971 (27%); in 2011 929 (25.8%); in 2012 889 (24.7%).  Sadly, these decreases are also being reported in most of our parishes.  Our Pastoral Council will be reviewing these numbers and will discuss the "Why" of the decrease, and also the "How" to re-evangelize our parish/Church.  Fr. Ken

      Fr. Robert Duch has written and published a book: God, What Do You Think Of Me?  A Practical Way To Live Daily With God!  Be A Disciple And Make A Difference!  The book is on sale at Saint Scholastica Parish after weekend Masses and Thursday morning Masses.  You may also purchase the book by emailing: or at Merhaut Religious Store on Route 8.

      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards him: he awaits you with open arms.                                      --Pope Francis

A Letter from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      This past Friday, twelve FedEx employees spent their working day wrapping Christmas gifts for us.  When they learned about a family (mother, father, and son) we have been helping for about ten years with food, blankets and Christmas gifts—a family that has been living in the woods of North Side for over twelve years and is now INSIDE for the first time—they were deeply moved.  When they found out that the 13-year-old son wanted a bike for Christmas, a gift we could not provide, the FedEx employees said they were going to buy "Derek" a beautiful new bicycle.  At the end of the day these gracious volunteers said they would like to make the "gift-wrapping" an annual event.
      On Saturday, with short notice, two nursing professors from CCAC and their students came to spend the day wrapping more gifts.  They were more than happy to help wrap the gifts for families who would otherwise not have any presents.
      We will be collecting toys through November, and the nurses have promised to help with that wrapping as well.
      Both the FedEx workers and the nurses have taken many boxes of gifts back to wrap.  Our God is amazing!
      We are in dire need of men's warm winter jackets, size XL and larger.  We would also appreciate McDonald's certificates and Port Authority ConnectCards.  Thank you.
         Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Food items that are needed for Nancy's work include: canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and peanut butter for poor families, and individual fruit and pudding cups and single serve snacks suitable for use by people in shelters.
      If you purchase ConnectCards, please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      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 . . .  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
      Parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes.  If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

      Please note, gift certificates will not be sold during the months of November & December.  They will be available in the school office Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Gift certificates will be sold again after the Masses in January.

      Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is holding a fundraiser at Max & Erma's in Fox Chapel on Monday, November 4, 2013 between 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. You must present a ticket and 20% of your bill will be credited to the school.  This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders. Tickets are available in the back of church. Hope to see you there!

      Monday, November 4,  7:30 p.m.
      Please consider coming to our annual All Souls Memorial Service this Monday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. We especially urge you to attend if you have lost a loved one this past year or in recent years.  Come to pray in compassion and solidarity with those who are presently making their way through recent loss, sorrow and grief. 

      All women of St. Scholastica Parish  are invited to come and continue the conversation to re-energize the Aquinas Guild, the parish's woman's organization.  The Guild will host a light dinner followed by a working session to plan future service, spiritual and social activities.
      The Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2013
      The Place: Duch Pastoral Center
      The Time:  6:00 p.m.
      Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your  presence and input is important as it  will help us to fashion an organization that will meet your needs.    Please RSVP to Karyn Lynch by Monday, November 11th, 412-963-9399 or  There is no charge for this event.

      St. Paul wrote: "There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.  To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit." (1 Cor 12:4-7)  At St. Scholastica Parish, many of our members show that the Spirit is alive among us by undertaking various ministries on behalf of the community.
      On the weekend of November 9-10 we will recognize and pray for these parishioners at all of the Masses.  Please join us in prayer for our ministers, thank them for their service, and consider whether the Spirit might be prompting you to undertake some work for the good of our community and for the sake of our mission.

 Sunday: Wis 11:22--12:2/2 Thes 1:11--2:2/Lk 19:1-10
 Monday: Rom 11:29-36/Lk 14:12-14
 Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24
 Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33
 Thursday: Rom 14:7-12/Lk 15:1-10
 Friday: Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8
 Saturday:    Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
 Next Sunday:2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/2 Thes 2:16--3:5/Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38

      This is the opportunity for the men of our parish to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer.  The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside.  The retreat is from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 15th  through 12:00 (Noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Walking with Jesus-Empowered by the Holy Spirit".  Contact Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147 or or Bob Auray at 412-406-8800 or

      The Blood Drive is Sunday, November 24, in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center.  If you are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are in good health, then you are most likely eligible to give blood.  In about an hour (the actual donation only takes 10 minutes) you will save a life.  Blood cannot be manufactured and it is perishable.  Please give blood and ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for area patients  Please give blood.  Please call or email Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) ( to schedule your lifesaving appointment.

      $10/dozen, $5/4 Luminaries.  Orders will be taken until November 15th.  Delivery to Aspinwall residents only for orders of a dozen or more.  Delivery must be requested.  Orders will be ready for pick up at the Aspinwall Fire Department during the Light Up the Wall event.  Order forms available at the Aspinwall Fire Station on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

      This Sunday, November 3, is the last day for the Fall Forty Days For Life.  Nineteen countries participated in Forty Days this Fall.  We have knowledge of 371 babies whose mothers rejected abortion during this Forty Days.  Thank you to all who participated in this campaign by prayer, fasting, and/or a prayerful presence at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.  God bless you.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 2
   5:00 pm  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 3
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elaine Pavlik (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Alfreda Kopec (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Charles Borromeo, November 4
   8:30 am  Frances Vitunac (Miketic Family)
   7:30 pm  All Souls Memorial Service

Tuesday, weekday, November 5
   8:30 am  Anniv., Byron Degnan (Daughter, Judy)

Wednesday, weekday, November 6
   8:30 am  Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Thursday, weekday,  November 7

Friday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Arthur Bauer (Son, Bob Bauer)

Saturday, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, November 9
   9:00 am  Birthday, Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 9
   5:00 pm  John & Ann Gregorczyk (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Thirty-Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 10
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Mr. John Stafford (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am  Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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