November 10, 2013

      Puzzles are a kind of trap that we allow ourselves to walk into because we think we can find a way out. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word games, Rubik's cubes all invite us to match our wits against the creator of the puzzle. Sometimes, after spending an excessive amount of time in trying to find the solution, we will walk away, only to return a few hours later to perceive the puzzle with new insight and quickly overcome whatever impasse prevented us from solving the puzzle. Weekend Edition Sunday on National Public Radio always has a "Sunday Puzzle." Numerous times the guest participants will mention how they came to the answer through a moment of insight.
      In this weekend's Gospel, the Sadducees come forward with a puzzle for Jesus. It is a trap they try to lay for him, one which they themselves don't even acknowledge since they don't believe in a resurrection. They ask Jesus whose wife someone will be after the deaths of multiple husbands. It's a puzzle that begs for an answer, especially in a culture in which male relatives are responsible for the widow of a brother. Like any great puzzle solver, Jesus breaks apart their argument with his own burst of insight suggesting that they not limit their thinking to this world.
      We are created beings who live in a physical world. But we also have a spiritual dimension to our existence that transcends the limitations of our physicality. So often, our perceptions of the afterlife are limited because we only know the world in which we live. All the descriptions of life in eternity are analogous because we have no direct experience of what it is. As Jesus relates in the Gospel, the heavenly realm is completely different from this world. The categories of created reality do not apply. Instead we are risen as children of God. If we try to puzzle out who we are after we die, the answer Jesus would give us is that we are alive to God.
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      Next weekend we will take up a second collection for  the Retirement Fund for Religious.  Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests spend years working in Catholic schools, hospitals, and social-service agencies, often for little, if any, pay.  Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and elder care.  Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of elderly religious.  Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

      Our campaign for the Church Alive continues in our Parish.  This coming Monday evening, November 11 at 7:00 pm we will have an Informational Meeting in the Pastoral Center.  This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about our diocesan and parish goals for this campaign, and also a forum for your comments and suggestions.  Please see insert in today's bulletin.

      Advent begins the weekend of November 30-December 1 this year. It is time again to volunteer to light the Advent Wreath candles at each of the weekend Masses for the four weekends prior to Christmas.  Sign the sheet found in the back of church to volunteer for the Mass of your choice.  Please sign up by November 21.

      Next Sunday, November 17, will be a School Open Forum/Open House for all school families and members of the parish.  It will be held at 5:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  This meeting will begin with some exciting plans for the future of our school.  Part of those plans relate to great improvements to the school buildings themselves, other presentations will relate to academic excellence, marketing the school, and other initiatives.  We invite you all to attend and participate by your suggestions and comments.  We are all excited about the continuing growth of our student population and the many opportunities that will bloom in the next few years.

      This weekend, during each of our Masses, we will recognize and pray for  parishioners who perform various ministries on behalf of the parish community.  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.

      In today's Gospel we find that God is a God of the living and this is indeed the core of our hope.  Jesus has risen and is with us, therefore, at no time should we be without hope for the future.
      When you donate furniture, household items and clothing to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you give hope to your neighbors who have nothing.

God loves us. We must not be afraid to love him. The faith is professed with the lips and with the heart, through words and through love.                                                                    
                                                                                       --Pope Francis
Help Needed!
Are you good with gizmos?  We are looking for a parishioner who would be willing to help us evaluate the audiovisual system in the Pastoral Center.  We are considering updating the system.  It would be a great help if someone who is knowledgeable would assist us. Please contact Andy Bechman if you can help.

A Letter from Nancy
Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
              Thanksgiving is upon us and Coldwell Banker Real Estate in Aspinwall will again be donating turkeys for us to distribute to families who otherwise would not be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  There are a number of volunteers who donate turkeys as well.  To help complete these dinners we will need at least 100 boxes of stuffing and 100 cans of either turkey or chicken broth and 50 of the STRONGEST "throw-away" aluminum foil roasting pans.
      Also, the John Morrow Elementary School on the North Side has an immediate need for children's coats, 3T to children's size 8, and hats and gloves for their pre-schoolers and those in kindergarten.  Some of these children have no coats, hats, or gloves but the teachers, by law, must make the children go outside for recess, regardless of temperature.  They would also appreciate any clean, warm coats for the children in the rest of their school which goes through eighth grade.  Be assured, no coat will go unused! (Please put these donations in bags marked "John Morrow.")
      For our homeless—please—we are in need of clean XL and larger men's heavy warm winter jackets.  Extra-large is our most needed size!
                                                                          Yours in Christ,
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 . . .  the Parish Pastoral Council
      The Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission.  The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. To communicate with the Council, please contact Elaine DuVall at

      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.

          At St. Joseph Parish, O'Hara Township, on the First Sunday of Advent, December 1st, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Recommended for families and children in grade seven and above. The theme of the presentation will be "Preparing the Nativity of Your Heart for Advent and Christmas". Father Scott is a gifted preacher who can bring God's love to life with his wit and wisdom.  Child care will be provided for younger children. For child care please call the parish office with the number and ages of your children at 412-963-8885. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus as part of their "Keep Christ in Christmas" program.

      Religious Education Homestudy check-in is Sunday, November 17 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in the cafeteria.

      Work day is Saturday, November 16 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  All teens and adults welcome.  RSVP to Jamie Dillon by Wednesday.

      Remember to pre-order your Thanksgiving pies!  All proceeds benefit our Appalachia Mission Trip! 

      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.  Thursday, November 14, at Duch Pastoral Center, 6:00 pm. 
      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 11, 412-963-9399 or  There is no charge for this event.

Sunday:  2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/2 Thes 2:16--3:5/Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38
Monday: Wis 1:1-7/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Wis 2:23--3:9/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Wis 6:1-11/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Wis 7:22b--8:1/Lk 17:20-25
Friday: Wis 13:1-9/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday:  Mal 3:19-20a/2 Thes 3:7-12/Lk 21:5-19

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

Monday, St. Martin of Tours, November 11
   8:30 am  Richard Rigatti (wife, Pat Rigatti)

Tuesday, St. Josaphat, November 12
   8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret B. Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Wednesday, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13
   8:30 am  Birthday, John M. Mahardy (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)

Thursday, weekday,  November 14
   8:30 am  Edward Vitunac (Miketic Family)

Friday, weekday, November 15
   8:30 am  Bruce Morrison (Family)

Saturday, weekday, November 16
   9:00 am  Andrew Cupp (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 16
   5:00 pm……Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Thirty-Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 17
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinsky (Friends at Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   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