› 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 evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on February 28 and March 14
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


› The Sexual Abuse Crisis:  A Time of Reckoning for Our Church

A reckoning may be a time when people are held accountable for their deeds and misdeeds.  We are seeing this happen with clergy members accused of abusing children and with bishops accused of putting the reputation of the Church  before the safety of its members.

But to reckon can also mean to figure, to believe, or—perhaps better for our purposes—to discern.  Join us for a         four-part series in which we will attempt to orient ourselves within this crisis for our Church community.  How did we    get here?  What changes does this situation call for?  What am I being called to do—myself or with others?   

We will meet on four Thursday evenings, March 21 & 28, and April 4 & 11, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the St. Scholastica Parish Hall.  If you would like to participate, please register by sending an email message to Andrew Bechman here or by leaving a voicemail with your name at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 by March 18.  Please mention "A Time of Reckoning."

Pope Francis has written: “Without the active participation of all the Church’s members, everything being done to uproot the culture of abuse in our communities will not be successful in generating the necessary dynamics for sound and realistic change.”  We hope you can join us.

Dates and Times:  Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., March 21 & 28, and April 4 & 11.
Location: St. Scholastica Parish Hall, Third St. near Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall
Donation: No fee
Rsvp: by Monday, March 18

Contact: Andrew Bechman


› Spring Study--"Rejoice and Be Glad"

"The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created.  He wants  us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence."

So Pope Francis opens the exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and Be Glad").  During this Lent and Easter Time,    we will read and reflect upon this document in a six-session series, at two different times and locations.

We will meet on six Wednesdays beginning on March 20 and ending on May 1 (no meeting on April 17 during Holy Week). You may attend a daytime session from 10:45am to 12:15pm in the St. Scholastica Ministry Center library, OR an evening session from 7:30 to 9:00pm at St. Joseph Parish (room to be determined). 

Please register by sending an email with your name, session preference (morning or evening) to Andrew Bechman here   or by leaving a voice message at 412-781-0186, x.18.  Please mention "Rejoice and Be Glad."  We request a $10 donation for materials and refreshments, payable at the first sessionPlease reply by Monday, March 11.

Are you willing to take up Pope Francis's challenge and open yourself to holiness in a new way this Lent?  We hope you  can join us!

Dates and Times:  Six Wednesdays from March 20 to May 1 (no meeting on April 17 during Holy Week)
Times and Locations: Daytime session from 10:45am to 12:15pm in the St. Scholastica Ministry Center Library.  OR Evening sessions from 7:30 to 9:00pm at St. Joseph Parish (room to be determined)
Donation: $10 for materials and simple refreshments.
Rsvp: By Monday, March 11, to receive a booklet at the first session

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? Try silent prayer!  We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:05 a.m. in the church (after the morning liturgy).  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: 10:40 a.m. (following the morning liturgy)
Location: St. Scholastica Church
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 primarily intended for people who have never been baptized.  We also work with Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and with baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

As much as possible, we tailor the process to the needs of the people who are inquiring. The purpose of the process is to help our inquirers come to a beginning knowledge of Jesus and a relationship with him through our parish community. Beginning the process does not imply commitment on your part.

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 currently on hiatus.  Please watch the bulletin for announcements of a resumption of activities.

Contact: Meredith Troyan
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 20

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