› Living In the Spirit

Would you like some support in your spiritual growth?  You are invited to join a group of adults who are gathering monthly to share spiritual practices and resources.  We are not following an outside program;  each month a group member briefly presents something that has been helpful in her or his spiritual life.  We will look at the resource or try  the practice (if possible) and then reflect on it together.

There is no registration or fee, although donations for refreshments will be accepted with gratitude.  We hope you can  join us for a spiritual boost!

Dates and Times: Thursday evening April 12 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and Thursday evening, May 10, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (after the Ascension Thursday evening liturgy)

Location: Ministry Center Library
Donation: No fee; donations for refreshments are welcome.
Rsvp: No registration necessary;  just join us when you can!

Contact: Andrew Bechman


› Spring Book Study: "On Love in the Family"

We are all members of families.  In 2014 and 2015, Pope Francis called together bishops from around the world to consider issues facing families and to explore "a broader vision and a renewed awareness of the importance of marriage and the family."

Pope Francis combined many of the ideas from these meetings with his own reflections in a document called "On Love in the Family" (Amoris Laetitia), which he addressed to all members of the Church.  During this Lent and Easter Time, we   will read the Pope's wide-ranging reflections together in order to enrich our own experience of family life.

We will meet in the Ministry Center library on seven Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00, beginning on February 28  and ending on April 18 (no meeting on March 28 during Holy Week).  We hope you can join us!
There is a suggested $15 donation for a copy of the Pope's document and for refreshments (payable at the first session).  Please register by sending your name and contact information (email address is preferred) to Andy Bechman here by Monday, February 26.

Dates and Times: Wednesday evenings, February 28; March 7, 14, & 21 (no session on March 28); and April 4, 11, & 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Ministry Center Library
Donation: $15 (includes price of the book) due at the first meeting
Rsvp: Send your name and email address to Andy Bechman here by Monday, February 19.

Contact: Andrew Bechman


› The Four Gospels

The parish has a number of copies available of a Catholic Personal Study Edition of The Four Gospels. This is a high quality paperback edition published by the Little Rock Scripture Study and Liturgical Press. If you are a parish member and you would like a copy, please contact Mr. Andrew Bechman or visit the parish office.

Contact: Andrew Bechman
Phone: (412) 781-0186, Ext. 18


Overview: Adult Faith Formation

"Every individual has the responsibilities to grow in faith and to contribute to the growth in faith of the other members of the Church."
(National Directory for Catechesis, 186)

Faith formation for adults seeks to foster the relationship between the real person of Jesus Christ and the real persons of our time and place. This is a lifelong task. The whole life of the Christian community—our worship, our social activities, our good works—helps to form each one of us in Christ. In the activities listed below, however, we consciously promote an encounter between the living Word of God and our own experience.

› Adult Religious Education

The ministry of Adult Education at St. Scholastica seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it.

Adult education at St. Scholastica includes Bible studies, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults engaged in leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, print resources, other occasional educational activities, and information regarding retreats and other opportunities for spiritual growth. We also maintain a parish library.

› How can you take part?

Participate in our activities

We usually have a Bible study in the fall and during Lent in the late winter and spring.

Start something up!

Would you like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group? Would you like to organize a group retreat? Please contact Andy Bechman to discuss the possibility.

Contact: Andrew Bechman
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 18

› Christian Meditation

Do you have a desire to deepen your relationship with God? Join other people who have the same desire as we explore Christian meditation together. In order to make our prayer sessions available to people with conventional work schedules, we meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty-five minutes. Afterwards, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay will discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice, ending by 8:30. You do not need any previous experience with meditation, although we welcome people who have such experience. Let's support each other as we grow through prayer!

Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Marsico Library in the Ministry Center
Contact: Andrew Bechman
Phone: (412) 781-0186, Ext. 18


› Our Parish Blog: Holy Conversation

Check out our blog:
Look at a picture, read a reflection, and leave a comment to start a conversation!

› Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Through the RCIA, 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: Andrew Bechman, RCIA Director
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 18

› Young Adult Ministry

Young adult ministry is designed to actively engage young adults in their Catholic faith.

Our young adult ministry is back!  Watch for Service Saturdays in the bulletin or homepage alerts!

Contact: Meredith Troyan
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 21

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