March 2, 2014

      "Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?" The anti-anxiety message Jesus gives us today is not just ancient pop psychology. The point of this passage isn't to give us a "strategy" for coping with our fears. Jesus is proposing something much more profound. He is teaching us how to eliminate our fears altogether. To put it simply, he tells us to get our priorities straight. This whole reflection on worrying culminates in the instruction to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." That's where our freedom lies. When we concern ourselves with being in right relationship with God, our other concerns melt away.
      Deep down, we know that this life isn't about bodily health or comfort. Those things don't last anyway. But freedom from fretting is more than simply thinking about how it'll all work out--eventually--in heaven. No. Jesus offers us more. He insists that our heavenly Father will provide for us, here and now. We only need to take him at his word. That means sticking to our part of the bargain by putting God first.
      What does this look like, this seeking God and not worrying about the rest? It looks like Mother Teresa giving up every material possession, living amongst the poor without any dependable income, and watching truckloads of food appear at her doorstep unannounced. It looks like a check showing up in the mailbox of two struggling parents to cover the medical bills for their sick baby. It looks like the couple that tithes to its parish month after month, and still finds it has plenty to cover its expenses. In a word, it looks like trust. Trust in the divine providence of a Father who loves his children.

      Bishop William Waltersheid sent the following letter concerning the appointment of Fr. James Torquato as the new pastor of St. Scholastica:            

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
      Since the announcement of the appointment of Father James Torquato as pastor of St. Scholastica Parish, effective April 28, 2014 was made this past weekend, some concerns were expressed about his suitability to serve in this capacity. Father Torquato is a priest in good standing of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and is fully compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Father Torquato has never been accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. He has served honorably in all of his pastoral assignments, including the 10 years he most recently spent as pastor of St. Basil Parish in Carrick. Father Torquato, and all of the current pastors in the Carrick area, have received new assignments effective April 28, 2014.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend) William J. Waltersheid
Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh
Vicar for Clergy

      We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday this week.  On Ash Wednesday we have two scheduled Masses at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.  In addition we have a Scripture Service at Noon.  Ashes will be distributed during the Masses and Scripture Service.  Also, Stations of the Cross are on Fridays in Lent at 7:00 pm (no Stations on Good Friday).  This past Monday we mailed a Lenten Daily Prayer Booklet and Lenten Schedule to each of our families.  You should have received this mailing.  If you have not, please call our Parish Office and we will send a packet to you.
      Again this year we have our Annual Parish Share Campaign which is separate from our Church Alive Campaign.  We will be sending you a Parish Share Pledge Card this week and we are asking each family to pledge $25.00 a month for ten months.  Our assessment from the Diocese is about $96,000.  Parish Share gives the Diocese about two thirds of its operating capital.  Please do you fair share for Parish Share.

      This year in every parish across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Consider making a commitment this Lent to experience the healing grace of God's forgiveness and love.  Visit for more information.

      Are you looking for a new practice of prayer for Lent?  If so, please consider joining us for Christian meditation 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 previous experience with meditation.

Mercy is the true power that can save humanity and the world from sin and evil.     --Pope Francis

Help Needed
        Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  This week, as Lent begins, Nancy especially requests "serious prayers for homeless people and for all who serve them."  Last Monday, Nancy and her coworkers set up their line in the middle of white-out conditions.  As this article is being written, single-digit lows are once again in the forecast. "People can get hurt in these conditions," Nancy says, "both volunteers and homeless people."
      Nancy requests the following items:
            • McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
            • adult-sized backpacks;
            • washcloths;
            • blankets;
            • heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit).
      Food items that are needed include:
            • canned tomatoes (whole, diced, stewed);
            • macaroni and cheese;
            • canned vegetables and beans (kidney, black, white, etc.);
            • canned beef stew;
            • oatmeal;
            • hot chocolate mix.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins.  We appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.
      Thank you for your generosity!
More Help Needed!
      During March, the St. Scholastica Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides volunteers to bring veterans from their rooms to Sunday Mass at the VA Hospital on Delafield Rd.  Volunteers need to arrive by 10 a.m. to bring the veterans to 10:30 Mass, which the volunteers can attend as well. Individuals or parents with teens are encouraged to provide this service.  If you are interested, please contact Carol Paulick at

      The Spaghetti Dinner has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 6.  Mark your calendar!

      God's people have always been sojourners, pilgrims on a journey, open to God's call and direction. This study explores the major events and characters of the Bible that exemplify God's call to be pilgrims who are "looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God" (Heb 11:10).  Among the biblical pilgrims and sojourners we will encounter in the study are Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the people of the Exodus, the Jews of the Babylonian exile, the Holy Family and Christ's first disciples.  In the process, we hope for new insights into our own journey of faith.
      The study is offered on  five Wednesday evenings at 7:30, from March 12 to April 9. We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center and use materials from Little Rock Scripture Study.  There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the first session. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances, the Adult Faith Formation page on our website, or contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 or by e-mail at:  Register by March 2 to receive your materials at the first session.

      On Saturday, April 12, the 9th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will take place at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University. This year's theme is "Come and See." All men and young men desiring a deeper relationship with God are invited to attend. Pre-registration is $40 and event day registration is $50.  College or high school student registration is $10. See promotional poster, cards, and tickets in the back of the church. Completed registrations can be placed in the collection basket. For further information please contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116.

      Next Sunday, March 9, after 11:00 am Mass.

      Wednesday, March 5th, to April 13th.  Recognizing that "with God, all things are possible," our parish community is joining with hundreds of other cities for this spring's global 40 Days for Life--the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.  40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful, and proven effective pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 8,245 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 88 abortion workers, and seen 44 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features three components: Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and a 40-Day Peaceful Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, every Day from March 5 to April 13 (7 am-7 pm).  We encourage everyone to say a daily prayer for the babies during Lent and those able to join us for our turn at the vigil please call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Theresa Zunich.

Sunday: Is 49:14-15/1 Cor 4:1-5/Mt 6:24-34
Monday: 1 Pt 1:3-9/Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday: 1 Pt 1:10-16/Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday: Jl 2:12-18/2 Cor 5:20--6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Dt 30:15-20/Lk 9:22-25
Friday: Is 58:1-9a/Mt 9:14-15
Saturday: Is 58:9b-14/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Mt 4:1-11

      Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 20, for a Women's Evening of Prayer and Reflection. This evening is for YOU, the women of our parish, to come together in prayer, reflection and fellowship. The event will begin at 7:00 with a prayer service in the church followed by light refreshments in the Pastoral Center. Please join us on the first day of spring to renew, reflect and refresh!

      The first Fish Fry of the 2014 Lenten Season will be held on Friday, March 14. Take-out lunch will be served from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and dine-in or take-out dinner will be from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. Come enjoy fried and baked fish dinners and sandwiches, homemade macaroni and cheese and pierogis, kids pizza, additional sides and homemade desserts. All proceeds benefit our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

      Catholic Vision of Love mini-meeting for all 6th grade parents on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  This informative hour will explain "The Catholic Vision of Love" and how to relate this aspect of our faith to your adolescent without turning them off!

      The Silver Ring Thing Catholic Edition is back!  Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22!  This is open to all students in grades 8-12.  "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything!"  Register at to reserve your seat (and one for your parent at the parent session) or call the Youth Ministry Office. 

      Please mark your calendars for 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 3 and 10.  Our parish Lenten Retreat will be held on those dates.  More details will follow.

      This week our Appalachia Group will begin their biggest fundraiser of the year.  A youth will be speaking at all Masses with the donation house in back of the church throughout Lent.  They rely totally on donations, please support our young people and help make our 11th year the best yet!

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 1
   5:00 pm  Peter J. Defilippi (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 2
   7:30 am  Birthday, Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Ann Kitner Gallagher (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, March 3
   8:30 am  Robert Hall (Newell Family)

Tuesday, weekday, March 4
   8:30 am  Birthday, Francis P. Clifford (Lorraine Clifford)

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, March 5
   8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)
   Noon  Scripture Service
   7:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Thursday, weekday,  March 6

Friday, weekday, March 7
   8:30 am  In Honor of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

Saturday, weekday, March 8
   9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, March 8
   5:00 pm  Mary Legath (Jean & Bill Eckert)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, March 2
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Richard Cullinan (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Bill Berkopec (Patricia Rodella)
       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