December 29, 2013

      The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, and (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Don't give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery please contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i).  For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 17-19, 2014, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or  More information is available at

      The Parish Office will be closed 2 weeks beginning December 23, 2013.  We will reopen on January 6, 2014.

      On behalf of the needy of the Parish, the Society of Vincent de Paul would like to thank the Parishioners of St. Scholastica for their contributions to the poor boxes during the year of 2013. Without your support we could not continue to help the people of our parish who are in need. Please continue your support.  Thank you!

      "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt." What a dream! Or was it a nightmare? To be commanded to take flight like refugees in the night, to have a newborn baby and no time to pack or plan, all this must have been frightening to say the least.
      Joseph was no stranger to life-changing dreams though. He had already been told in a dream to take Mary as his wife, even though she was with child. He had planned to divorce her, but the dream completely changed his course. And now God was asking him to change course again, to relocate his family and live as aliens in a foreign land, under the shadow of Herod's headhunt for their son. But Joseph accepted these trials, placing his trust in God.
      Although few of us have dreams like Joseph did, we do share with him the challenge of reconciling our plans with the hard facts of reality. When things don't go our way, we can respond with bitterness, or like the Holy Family, we can recognize an opportunity to deepen our faith in God's providence.
      The holiness of this family did not prevent them from suffering. Rather, their holiness kept the suffering from overwhelming them. Even with the twists and turns in their path, they never got lost. Their faith in God was like a spiritual compass that kept them oriented in the most unfamiliar circumstances. When we too are called to change course in life, may we remember to let God show us the way.
                                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!                                                                    --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:
      Thanks be to God, we have completed another successful Christmas for our grateful clients.  Two of our programs provided gifts and toys, all of which were delivered to their homes, for 48 families, comprised of 54 adults and 175 children.  We also provided a musical program and gifts for 222 patients in two nursing homes.
      Then on December 16, as the snow started blanketing Pittsburgh, Rev. Don Bolls accompanied a couple of volunteers and me to the temporary cold shelter which had opened for the night.  With small Christmas tree and creche in hand, we provided a religious program and gifts.  For many, this was Christmas!
      Then we were joined by others, and thirty-two volunteers went to our regular stop on the Boulevard of the Allies where over 200 people, many with their children (even one- and two-year-old babies) waited up to four hours or more for us to help them have a Christmas.  Some of these precious brothers and sisters were there until after midnight when they left . . . wet, cold, but happy!
      In addition, we provided 100 hams to families who could not afford a real Christmas dinner.
      Thanks to one and all for whatever part you played in our four major Christmas programs. Special thanks to Judy Ostrosky and Mary Ellen Maher for heading up the "Christmas in the Streets" program, which involved over 1,000 gifts.
                                                            Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that you leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items until further notice after the holidays.
      Until further notice, Nancy is able to accept only the following items:
      •  McDonald's gift cards;
      • Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
These cards may be left in the small blue gift bag in the vestibule of the church.
      Thank you for your generosity!  

       Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you, or someone you know, attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier.
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website,, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 24-26, 2014 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at

      Hi my name is Alison Arnone and I recently attended the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, IN.  The experience was incredible. I met High School students who are Catholic from places like Hawaii and Alaska but also met some from Pittsburgh!  The conference included a convention center event with music, games and food, and then a Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium with 24,000 other Catholic youth.  It was amazing and I am so grateful to Jamie Dillon for making it happen.  The next NCYC is in 2015 and I highly encourage youth in our parish to go.  Thank you.

      Not yet!  It is easy to forget that Christmas Time is a season within the liturgical year, not one day alone.  Creighton University's Online Ministries website has a reflection that begins this way: "So often Christmas day seems to come and go very quickly, and with it, the spirit of the Christmas season can be lost in the process of cleaning up, finishing left-overs, traveling or returning gifts. There is a religious value to these days after Christmas which we can give ourselves to with simply a little focus."    
      Would you like to read more?  Visit the website at: or just Google "Letting Christmas Become a Season" and look for the Creighton link.  And may the rest of your Christmas Time be full of  blessings!

Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
Monday: 1 Jn 2:12-17/Lk 2:36-40
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18
Wednesday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
Friday: 1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34
Saturday: 1 Jn 3:7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

      The Divorced and Separated support group jointly sponsored by Sts. John & Paul, St. Richard and St. John Neumann Parishes will begin its next 13 week cycle of meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014.  This group provides caring support to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.
      Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:45 pm and will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Room A of the Religious Education Hall.
      Anyone who has questions or would like more information should contact Ralph Joy (412-741-5456 or  St. John Neumann Church is located at 2334 Rochester Rd. in Franklin Park. For directions please contact Ralph Joy or visit the St. John Neumann website

      Our Wednesday Christian meditation group will not meet on New Year's Day.  We will resume on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.

God of time and eternity,
     with Christmas joy we praise you
     for the year gone by
     and for the year we have begun.
Your Son comes among us
     to bring glad tidings to the poor
     and to proclaim a year acceptable in your sight.
Knit us in harmony and love,
     we who are flesh of his flesh.
Fill this new year
     with mercy and compassion,
     with prosperity and accord,
     as we join the angels in proclaiming your praise:
Glory in heaven and peace on earth, now and forever.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

Saturday, Vigil of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 28
   5:00 pm  Robert Caswell (Eve Ferraro)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 29
   7:30 am  Rita Daily (Daily Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Edwin Fairley (daughter, Kathleen Piper)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 30
   8:30 am  Ruth Cleary (daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)

Tuesday, Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 31
   8:30 am  Patrick McNally (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1
   10:00 am  Eleanor Pantone (husband, Joseph & Joey, David, Marilyn & Children)

Thursday, Sts. Basil & Gregory Nazianzen,  January 2
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 4
   5:00 pm  Donna M. Wolfe (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bruce Morrison (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am…Christopher Paul (Scanlon 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

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