› "Faith and Politics":  A 3-session Seminar

This is the political season for breaking all the rules, so we are going to break the one against discussing religion and politics!

Our goal is to explore the ways that our life of faith and our political beliefs interact with each other. We hope to do so not by debating each other, but by joining in an honest and respectful exploration of the roots of our beliefs. In all three sessions, we will reacquaint ourselves with the main principles of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church through short videos in order to see whether they might give us ground to move forward from current political stalemates.

Session 1: Rooted in Love?
Where have your political opinions come from?
How are they related to your faith?

Session 2: The Righteous Mind
According to moral psychologists, we make many judgments at a level of intuition and emotion that precedes conscious thought.
Which intuitions are active in your political convictions?
Can understanding the intuitive roots of other ways of thinking help us to appreciate different views?

Session 3: Practically Faithful
What are some practices that might help us to integrate the spiritual and political dimensions of our lives?

Are you up to the opportunity? If so, please join us! Light refreshments will be available. There is no fee for the seminar, but donations will be accepted.

Dates and Times: Thursday evenings, Jan. 29, Feb. 2 and 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Parish Hall
Rsvp: By Monday, Jan. 16

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

› "The Gospel According to Luke"--Bible Study for Women

For the women of our parish and local area, an eighteen week Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke is being held in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall. The study began on November 1. This video and discussion course is produced by Saint Benedict Press.

Dates and Times: Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Nov. 1
Location: Parish Hall
Donation: $40 per person

Contact: Bernadine Bonessa

› 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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