Administration and Leadership:

› Parish Pastoral Council

An envisioning body of eight parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish’s future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Several new members of the Council are chosen through a process of discernment.

Contact: Andrew Bechman (Staff liaison to the Pastoral Council)
E-mail: pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com
St. Scholastica Parish Pastoral Plan (2012): PDF Download »

› Finance Committee

Men and women of the parish who work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also develop and maintain internal controls over parish finances and advise the pastor on the temporal affairs of the parish.

Contact: Linn Swanson
E-mail: financecommittee@saintscholastica.com

Liturgical Ministries:

› Altar Servers

These boys and girls in 4th grade or higher assist the priest at weekend liturgies, weddings, funerals and special liturgical celebrations. Training is available several times a year.

The schedule is now available online:
Altar Server Schedule:  Download PDF »

Contact: Karyn Lynch
E-mail: altarservers@saintscholastica.com

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› Music Ministers

Adults, teens and children who enhance our worship at liturgies by both leading the Assembly in song and encouraging full participation.

Opportunities for adults and teens include the following:
· Contemporary Ensemble (9 a.m.)
· Scholastica Schola (11 a.m.)
· Cantor
· Instrumentalist
Descriptions of these roles are available here: Download PDF »

Information and registration form for the 2016-17 season:
Choir Registration Form:  Download PDF »

The following schedules are now available online:
Contemporary Ensemble Schedule:  Download PDF »
St. Scholastica Schola Schedule: Download PDF »

Contact: Sr. Pat Baker
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 17
E-mail: music@saintscholastica.com

School-age young people are welcome to participate in either of the following:
· Monthly Saturday Youth Mass (5 p.m.)
· Christmas Eve Youth Choir (4 p.m.)

Contact: Jamie Dillon
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 20
E-mail: youthmusic@saintscholastica.com

› Ministers of Holy Communion

Parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes.

Contact: Parish Office
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 10
E-mail: parish@saintscholastica.com
Ministers of Holy Communion Schedule: Download pdf »

Ministers of Holy Communion at Lighthouse Pointe Schedule: Download pdf »

› Ministers of Hospitality

People who extend welcome to those who gather to pray and worship at our liturgies.

Greeters: Adults, teens or families who stand at the church entrances and extend simple hospitality to people as they enter and leave church.

Contact: Judith Klingensmith
E-mail: greeters@saintscholastica.com

Ushers: Men and women who welcome, seat and assist those who come to our liturgies. They also take up the collection, ask people to be gift bearers, and stay after Mass to clean up and make order after each liturgy.

Contact: Vic Hulina
E-mail: ushers@saintscholastica.com

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› Ministers of the Word

People who proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies.

Readers: People who proclaim the Scriptures at each of our four liturgies.

Contact: Parish Office
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 10
E-mail: parish@saintscholastica.com

Weekday Readers Schedule: Download pdf »

Weekend Readers Schedule: Download pdf »

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Adult and teen leaders proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with the children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June.

Contact: Andrew Bechman
E-mail: childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com

› Worship Committee

A group of parishioners who work on an ad hoc basis to enrich the liturgical life of the parish. 

Contact: Sr. Pat Baker
Phone:
(412) 781-0186, ext. 17
E-mail: worship@saintscholastica.com

 

Education and Formation:

› Adult Religious Education

This ministry 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 leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and print resources. We also maintain a parish library. If you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, or organize a group retreat, use the following contact.

Contact: Andy Bechman
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 18
E-mail: adultfaith@saintscholastica.com

› Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy

We are a Pittsburgh Diocesan Regional elementary school providing a Catholic educational program for students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. A focus is placed on the faith formation throughout the curriculum with high academic standards and a variety of extra-curricular activities. The success of our program is manifested by our excellent results on national standardized achievement tests and the levels of accomplishment that have been obtained by our graduates as they continue their educational program and enter the mainstream of society.

Contact: Traci Giuffre
Phone: (412)781-7927
E-mail: giuffre@cdtca.org
For more information: www.cdtca.org (+)

› Elementary Religious Education

We look at this ministry as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff.

We seek:

  • To lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus;
  • To lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life;
  • To help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship;
  • To support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children.

Contact: Jamie Dillon
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 20
E-mail: elemreligioused@saintscholastica.com

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› Fox Chapel Area Women's Catholic Scripture Study

This group provides an in-depth study of one book of the Bible each year (from September to May). The Catholic Scripture Study aims to further our understanding of our Lord and His Church and also to provide an opportunity for fellowship.

Contacts: Mary Wilson or Bernadine Bonessa
E-mail: womensscripturestudy@saintscholastica.com

› Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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: Andy Bechman
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 18
E-mail: rcia@saintscholastica.com

› St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry

Our mission is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit www.stscholasticayouth.org. Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact our youth minister.

Contact: Jamie Dillon
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 20
E-mail: youthministry@saintscholastica.com
Youth Ministry Site: www.stscholasticayouth.org (+)

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› Young Adult Ministry

This ministry is geared toward adults 21-35. It is designed to actively engage young adults in their Catholic faith through participation in volunteer opportunities within the parish and community as well as through other gatherings.

Contacts: Meredith Troyan
Phone: (412)781-0186, ext. 21
E-mail: youngadult@saintscholastica.com

Community and Outreach:

› Aquinas Guild

The Aquinas Guild, the woman's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica for more than 70 years.  Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to participate in service projects, to enhance their spiritual lives and to be enriched by friendships with other parish women.  An annual Lenten retreat is sponsored that is open to all men and women of the parish.  The Guild also raises monies to help fund parish projects and provides support to such varied groups as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Meals on Wheels, Little Sisters of the Poor, and our parish school and Youth Ministry.  Meetings are held between September and May;  all parish women are welcome  and encouraged to attend all Guild activities and meetings.

Contacts: Mary Ellen Maher and Bernadine Bonessa
E-mail: aquinasguild@saintscholastica.com

› Bereavement Ministry

The goal of this ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each parish family in their time of sorrow and grief. Each volunteer bereavement outreach group does one or more of the following activities: plan parish bereavement-related events, send communications to the families, deliver food baskets in the name of the parish, sing at funerals with the Resurrection Choir, visit the funeral home or attend the funerals, lector at the funeral or act as hospitality ministers at funeral luncheons held in the Pastoral Center.

Contact: Sr. Pat Baker
Phone: (412) 781-0186, ext. 17
E-mail: bereavement@saintscholastica.com

› Committee for Persons with a Disability

Our mission is to ensure that all parishioners can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Parish Advocate accomplishes this by working closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and providing support, information, and resources for people with any type of disability. We coordinate a special annual Mass which gives an opportunity for the Parish to welcome persons with a disability to participate fully in the life of the Church.

Contact: Ann Scanlon
E-mail: advocate@saintscholastica.com

› Hope for Haiti Committee

This group facilitates St. Scholastica Parish’s financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and resources to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy people of Haiti.  Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers, and educational programs and materials for various age levels. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome!

Contact: Maureen O’Brien
E-mail: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com
Schedule: First Wednesday of each month (7:30 p.m.)
Our Hope for Haiti Page: Read more »

› Ministry of Praise

Parishioners volunteer to pray at home for Parish needs and parishioner requests. A list is sent to them by email.

Contact: Mary Catherine Scanlon
E-mail: prayerlist@saintscholastica.com

› Respect Life Committee

Our mission is to advance what Pope John Paul II has called "the most important work of all" –preserving the sanctity of all human life. This Committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local Churches. Activities of the Committee include Baptism Presentations, Voter Drives, two annual Blood Drives, Collections for Birthright and Genesis, Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday and organizing an annual bus to the March For Life in Washington, D.C. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the Parish Pastoral Center.

Contact: Mary Catherine Scanlon
E-mail: respectlife@saintscholastica.com
Schedule: Parish Pastoral Center on the third Tuesday of each month (7:30pm)

› The St. Monica Society

This group was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. We meet monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. The Society sends cards to shut ins and makes monthly visits to parishioners at Nursing Homes. Our June Meeting is a Brunch where we invite the Parish Staff and the RCIA graduates.

Contact: Mary Catherine Scanlon
E-mail: stmonica@saintscholastica.com
Schedule: First Saturday every month (9:30 a.m.)

› Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Men and women visit parishioners at home, hospitals, and nursing homes. They also provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the “poor boxes” located at the doors of the church.

Contact: Carol Paulick
E-mail: stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com

 

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