January 18, 2009

 

OPEN HOUSE

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week at the 5 pm Mass on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at St. Scholastica Church. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools Celebrate Service".  Students will assume many of the lay ministries of the liturgy. Prior to the liturgy the school will hold an "Open House" from 3:00-5:00 pm.  All are welcome to tour the school. Several professional staff members and school administration will be present to provide information.  Registration is not required.

 

YOUTH HAPPENINGS

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in going to Appalachia Wednesday, January 21st in the ministry center at 7:00 pm.

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR TEENS begins this Thursday evening (January 22nd) at 7: 00 pm in the ministry center. Discover Gods plan for love and life. Theology of the body is not a list of rules. It is a map that answers these questions: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? Why did God make me male or female? How can I find true happiness on earth. No RSVP required.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

FIRST RECONCILIATION RETREAT is Saturday, January 24th 9:30-12:00. All children must be accompanied by at least one parent. Meet in the pastoral center.

THERE ARE NO RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES JANUARY 18 AND 20TH.

 

MINISTRY OF PRAISE

In preparation for a new prayer list, please put your prayer requests in the "Ministry of Praise" boxes in the vestibules of the Church. If you would like to join the prayers please put your name and address in the boxes and you will be mailed a prayer list. Prayer requests may also be e-mailed to forbethathome@comcast.net

 

WELCOME BREAKFAST FOR NEW PARISHIONERS AND RCIA CANDIDATES

Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses today (Sunday, January 18, 2009) to welcome our newest parishioners and our RCIA candidates. We ask all parish members who have joined in the past year to stop by the Pastoral Center and enjoy good food and friendly company with your fellow parishioners.

 

HURT, BRUISED, OR ANGRY?

A LISTENING SESSION

Have you suffered a personal hurt from a representative of the Church or 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 Mr. Andy Bechman will be there to listen to you about your difficulties with the Church. The session takes place this Tuesday evening, January 20, at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.

 

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.  Parents should note that baptisms are not celebrated during Lent.  February 22 is the last day for baptisms before Lent this year. 

 

STAGES OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION:
THE CATECHUMENATE

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults enter the Catholic Church.  The second stage of the process is called the period of the catechumenate.  The stage begins when catechumens (who are seeking baptism) and candidates (baptized Christians who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church) declare their intentions at the Rite of Acceptance and Welcoming, and the Church accepts them as persons who intend to become its members.  The catechumenate intends to foster the faith and continuing conversion of the candidates and catechumens.  In our parish, catechumen Gary Wiant and candidate Heather Marie Fuller will participate in the Rite of  Acceptance and Welcoming this Sunday at the 11 a.m. Mass.  They will then continue to meet weekly with our RCIA team for sessions that will focus on the meaning of the sacraments and on Christian moral living.  Please continue to pray for our candidates, their sponsors, and the RCIA team.

 

WOMEN'S RETREAT

Saturday, February 7, 2009 – Women's Retreat at Mount Alvernia; Theme: Franciscan Solitude; Cost: $50 includes lunch and supper with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Reconciliation and Sunday's Liturgy. Call 412.215.7708 to register or e-mail: guidance@nauticom.net.

 

CENTENNIAL HISTORY BOOK

             The St. Scholastica Parish history book will be sold after the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses this weekend. The cost of the beautifully illustrated book is $35. It is 96 pages in length and tells the story of our parish's founding in the early 1900s and continues to the present. Many parishioners who contributed to the special Centennial collection in 2006 have not yet picked up their complimentary copy. Please check the list posted in the back of the Church to see if you are a Centennial patron. The book can also be purchased at the parish business office during the week.

 

WEEKEND RETREAT

A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat for post-abortion healing will be held on February 6-8, 2009 at the Spiritan Center in Bethal Park. To register or for more information, visit www.ccpgh.org, or call Catholic Charities at 412~456~6999 before 1/30/09 and ask for Ann Depner or Karen LaFrance. 

 

36TH YEAR FOR LEGALIZED ABORTIONS

Thursday, January 22 will mark the 36th year that abortion has been legal in the USA. Many Americans will gather in Washington, D.C. for a peaceful march. For those who cannot attend the March, we will be having our own pro-life prayers and Masses at our parishes. The schedule will be: At St. Francis, on Thursday at 11:00 am, there will be a Holy Hour of Adoration and the praying of all 4 rosaries followed by a 12 Noon Mass, offered to end abortion. At St. Edward, the regularly scheduled Thursday 7:00 pm Mass will be offered to end abortion, followed by Adoration and the praying of all 4 rosaries. It may seem long and difficult to pray all 4 rosaries, but prayer is so much needed to end this intrinsic evil. Please plan on attending all or as much as possible as your schedule allows.

 

HOLY HOUR FOR CATHOLIC MEN

January 24th at St. Paul Seminary. Time 8:00 am with refreshments. 8:30 a.m. Adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Most Reverent David A. Zubick, Bishop of Pittsburgh, 9:30 a.m. presentation by Danny Abramowicz former NFL All Pro Wide Receiver and internationally recognized Catholic speaker, 10 a.m. program ends. No cost and no RSVP required. Married and lay men of all ages are invited. Sponsored by the Catholic Men's Fellowship of Pittsburgh (www.cmfpitt.org) and the Diocesan Office for Evangelization. Questions and carpool information, call Geoff Tolge at 412~963~1741 or gtolge@verizon.net

 

Saturday, Vigil of Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 17

5:00 pm            Dominic Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

            Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

Sunday, Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 18

7:30 am            Anniv., Alex Buccieri (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am John & Ann Grzegorczky

(Vince & Carol Alvino)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Monday, Weekday, January 19

8:30 am Anthony Carvelli (Wife Carolyn)

Tuesday, Weekday, January 20

8:30 am Patricia Henry Kwacz (Carl Macino)

Wednesday, Agnes, virgin & martyr, January 21

8:30 am Girolamo Sciulli (Christine Congas)

Thursday, Day of Penance, January 22

8:30 am Anniv., Marion Arturo (Family)

Friday, Weekday , January 23

8:30 am Victoria Violi (Bob & Connie Mulvihill)

Saturday, Francis de Sales, bishop & doctor, January 24

9:00 am Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Diebold, Jr. (Taffy Diebold)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 24

5:00 pm Roman Kurkiewicz (Kurkiewicz children)

            Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 25

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

      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Anniv., Katherine Arturo (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Samuel M. Kitner (Donna & Charles Yago)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

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.