January 4, 2009

 

THANK YOU

I am grateful to all who helped decorate our church so beautifully, especially Kathleen Welsh and her clan, as well as Ted and Ann Phillips. How blessed we have been with our choirs and cantors!! Sister Pat and Thom Bercik are to be thanked, as well as the instrumentalists and the Hilal String Quartet. Thanks also to those faithful regulars: the altar servers, Lectors, ushers and Eucharistic Ministers. Lastly, I am grateful for the many cards and gifts that you have given me this Christmas. THANK YOU!! Fr. Ken

 

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH HISTORY

You can pick up your copy of the parish history in the Duch Pastoral Center after all Masses this weekend. Centennial Patrons receive a complimentary copy and extra copies are available for purchase. The cost is $35.You may also pick up or purchase the book during regular business hours at the Parish Office on weekdays. The beautifully illustrated book makes a wonderful present for those with a special connection to our parish.

 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Year of St. Paul in 2008-2009 with Eucharistic adoration in each parish.  St. Scholastica's participation in this diocese-wide observance will begin with evening prayer and Benediction at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 5th and conclude at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6th.  All are encouraged to come to church and pray before the Blessed Sacrament during these hours.  We need at least one worshiper present at all times through the night, and would appreciate several parishioners being present.  Please consider committing to spend a scheduled hour of adoration by signing up in the church vestibule.

HOPE FOR HAITI

The Hope for Haiti Group will meet in the Pastoral Center, Wed., Jan.7, 7:30pm.  All are welcome to attend.

 

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST

Next Sunday, Jan. 11, will be the annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. Regular Serving is $3.50. Please join us in the school cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

MARCH FOR LIFE

Reservations are being taken for the January 22nd bus to the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. $35 pays for the bus trip and breakfast. The bus will leave from St. Scholastica's at 12:15 a.m. for the one day trip. The cost is $35. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon to ask about a family rate. (412-781-6550).

 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE RESPECT LIFE CLUSTER-will meet Monday, Jan. 5, at St. Edward Parish, Blawnox, at 7 p.m.Six local Parishes participate in the Cluster.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

January 10th. Meet at the Target in Harmar at 8:45. RSVP by Thursday.

 

HURT, BRUISED, OR ANGRY?????

A LISTENING SESSION

Have you suffered a personal hurt from a representative of the Church/Parish? Have you been dismayed by the pedophilia scandal, or does the institutional church seem to you to be out of touch? Does it seem that the Church doesn't want you? Come to this session to be heard. Fr. Ken White, Sr. Pat Baker and Andy Bechman will be there to listen to you about your difficulties with the Church. Come on Tuesday, January 20th at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.

 

ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL AND DePAUL SCHOOL FOR HEARING AND SPEECH

The Pittsburgh Diocese is home to two nationally recognized educational programs for children with special needs. A second collection to benefit these two organizations will be taken the weekend of January 17th and 18th at all the Masses. Your generosity will forever improve the lives of these students and their families.

 

DR. KING MASS AND PROGRAM

Join Bishop David Zubik for the annual Dr. King Mass and Program on Sunday, January 11th, 12:00 (noon) at St. Paul Cathedral. The annual event honors the life and vision of Dr. King and is sponsored by the parish's Race and Reconciliation Dialogue Group in collaboration with the Office for Black Catholic Ministries. The program & refreshments will follow the Mass in the Cathedral's social hall.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, January 26, at 7:30 in the parish office.  The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Parents should note, however, that baptisms are not celebrated during Lent.  February 22 is the last day for baptisms before Lent this year. 

 

RCIA UPDATE

With joy we announce that two people have decided to join our community through the RCIA this year.  Gary Wiant will be entering the order of catechumens as he prepares for baptism, and Heather Marie Fuller, a baptized Christian, is preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  The parish will recognize their decision in a Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming that will be held during the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 18.  During the Rite, Heather and Gary will declare their intention to join the Church, and the parish will welcome them.  Please pray for our candidates, and plan to meet them at the Welcome Breakfast that follows the Mass on the 18th.  At the Breakfast, there will also be information available about the various ministries associated with the RCIA.  Please stop by and consider whether God is calling you to participate in this wonderful work.

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany, January 3

5:00 pm            Edmund Fritz (Fritz Family)

            Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, The Epiphany of the Lord, January 4

7:30 am            For the Parishioners of St. Scholastic Parish

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am            Dennis Kapp (Anita & Richard Herman)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Regina Duffy (Paul & Mary Gibson)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Monday, USA John Neumann, bishop, January 5

8:30 am Ralph Friday (Wife)

 

Tuesday, Weekday after Epiphany January 6

8:30 am Ruth & Edward Sierzega (Bonessa Family)

 

Wednesday, Weekday after Epiphany, January 7

8:30 am Lisa Bereznak (Virginia Zambrano)

 

Thursday, Weekday after Epiphany, January 8

8:30 am Earl Simanek (Helen)

 

Friday, Weekday after Epiphany, January 9

8:30 am Margaret Badali

(Nancy & Michael Ackerman)

 

Saturday, Weekday after Epiphany, January 10

9:00 am Brandon Miller (Mary Diebold)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 10

5:00 pm For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish

            Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Baptism of the Lord, January 11

7:30 am Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife and Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Robert Thomas (W. McCook Miller)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Dr. Raimund Rueger (Jean & Bill Eckert)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Please make arrangements with the parish secretary at least 2 weeks prior to the desired date.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? R.C.I.A. is the process which enables adults to become initiated into the Church.  Call the pastor for information.

 

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is celebrated at St. Scholastica Parish on Saturday, after 9:00 a.m. Mass. For your convenience the parishes in our cluster have the following opportunities for reconciliation:

 St. Joseph Parish has Sat. reconciliation from 3:30-4:00.

 Madonna of Jerusalem has reconciliation on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:45 and Saturday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

 

HOLY EUCHARIST is available for those who are sick and confined to home.  Call Sister Marilyn for assistance.

 

NEW PARISHIONERS ARE MOST WELCOME! Please call Fr. Ken or Sr. Pat.

 

PARISH CONTACTS

St. Scholastica Church

309 Brilliant Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone Number:  412-781-0186

      Extension

Parish Office Monday—Friday 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.  10

Website Address: www.saintscholastica.com

E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com

Fax Number: 412~781~4316

Submission for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

 

Rev. Kenneth White Pastor, M.Th., M.Ed. 14

frken@saintscholastica.com

 

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P. 17

Director of Music/Bereavement

Patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

 

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed. 18

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

abechman@verizon.net

 

Mrs. Gina Musser 21

Program Director for Religious Education

gmusser1@yahoo.com

 

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T. 20

Director of Catholic Youth Ministry  & Religious Education

 jamiedillon@comcast.net

 

Sr. Marilyn Hoeing, O.S.F. 22

Parish Outreach

Marilynhoeingosf@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Colleen Strahler

Coordinator of The Protection of Children

412-781-7927

Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline

1-888-808-1235

 

Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 412-781-7927

Mr. John Marino - Principal

E-mail address: CDTCA@nauticom.net

 

To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (Monday—Friday) 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.