February 22, 2009

 

THROW YOUR HAT IN THE RING!!!

We are looking for committed parishioners to become members of our Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council has the mandate of envisioning the future for our parish. This group is to discern the opportunities, roadblocks and pastoral needs of our parish for the next five years. This is a critical time not only for our parish, but also for our whole diocese. The future is uncertain for all of us, but what is certain is that pastoral practice for our parish and diocese will be massively different in five years. We currently have about 230 priests active in the diocese for our 212 parishes. Our actuarial studies project that we will only have about a hundred priests in less than ten years!! It is obvious that the "one priest for one parish" model will no longer be possible. Our challenge will be to think regionally and not to limit our concerns and interest to the parish level only.

In the Fall of this year Bishop Zubik will issue guidelines for the pastoral governance for our diocese. Bishop Zubik and his advisors are now consulting with lay leadership, parish staffs and lay ecclesial ministers to develop this document and process. What is central to this process is to divide our diocese into regions, called vicariates. This is being done so that planning can take place on a regional basis. This change to regional vicariates will directly and intimately affect every parish in the diocese. In the weeks and months to come we will make information known to you via the bulletin, DVD and the diocesan website. Our bishop is asking us all to: "PRAY, REFLECT, QUESTION, BE POSITIVE, BE OPEN, BE REASONABLE."

Our parish Pastoral Council will be our central link between our parish and our vicariate. If you have the commitment and interest, we invite you to consider being a member of the Pastoral Council. Also, if you know an outstanding and dedicated parishioner, we invite you to nominate this person to be on the Council. We expect to choose about five parishioners to join the Council (the Council has 13 members). Please write or email Fr. Ken to nominate someone or throw your own hat in the ring .Fr. Ken's mailing address is in the bulletin, as well as his email address. Deadline is St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17th.

 

RESPECT LIFE

         There will be a Respect Life Meeting on Tue., Feb. 24, 7:30pm, in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome.

 

PARISH SHARE

Parish Share information and pledge cards will be arriving in the mail early February via our envelope company. Parish share Sunday is February 22nd. (Ash Wednesday is February 25th). Our parish assessment this year is $87,524.00. Please make a monthly pledge of $25.00 for ten months- for a total pledge of $250.00. Please complete and return your pledge cards with your first monthly pledge payment of $25.00. You can place them in the collection basket or send in the mail. We need your help to make our goal, especially in these challenging economic times. Please do your fair share for Parish Share.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Oakland Catholic High School proudly announces that the following students in our parish have achieved honor roll status for the second quarter, 2008-2009 school year: High Honor: Colleen Duggan

Highest Honor: Margaret Bernard, Courtney Dailey, Merritt Dailey, Megan Iannuzzi, Beth Ann Leech, Olivia Massaro, Katherine Pilewski, Allyson Strahler, Tatiana Sunseri, Margaret Thomasmeyer, Julie Walsh

 

YOUTH HAPPENINGS

Appalachia Meeting Tuesday Feb. 24th @ 7:30 pm. This is a MANDATORY meeting for anyone who is considering participating in the mission trip this June.

CONFIRMATION NEWS

Our retreat will be Saturday March 7th from 1-6. All confirmation candidates are required to attend. Any candidate who has not scheduled their interview should do so by emailing Jamiedillon@comcast.net ASAP.

 

CONSIDERING BECOMING CATHOLIC?

Are you curious about the Catholic Church?  Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step?  Do you want to look into the possibility of living as a Catholic?  Plan to attend an inquiry session on Monday evening, February 23, at 7:30 in Marsico Library. You will learn a little about Catholicism and about the RCIA—the process the Church uses to help people discern whether they want to become Catholics.  You can also raise any questions you have in a friendly, open environment. Attending this meeting imposes no further obligation or commitment. Marsico Library is located in the parish Ministry Center (the old convent) at 312 Maple Avenue. Last week's bulletin listed the inquiry session as taking place in the Pastoral Center.  That was a mistake—Marsico Library is the correct location.

 

YOU'RE INVITED!

CDTCA's Casino Night at the Races ~ Sat., March 7

Come one, come all to CDTCA's 6th Annual Casino Night at the Races on Saturday, March 7. Try your luck and win big at poker, blackjack, and filmed horseraces. There's something for everyone, from Chuck-A-Luck to instant bingo! Bring your friends to Monsignor Kraus Hall for dinner and beverages and make a night of it. Tickets are $20. For more information, contact Ann Marie Kiszka at 412-781-4319 or amckiszka@hotmail.com. Get your tickets today -- We hope to see YOU at the Races!

 

IT'S REGISTRATION TIME!

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) is now accepting registration for PreK-8th grades for the '09-10 school year. We are located at 205 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall, PA. Please call for further information or to arrange a tour 412.781.7927 www.cdtcatholicacadamy.org. Financial Assistance available to qualified candidates. Nurturing Faith and Inspiring Excellence.

 

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

Tickets for the Fox Chapel Area High School musical "The Sound of Music" are now on sale for performances March 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2009, at 7 p.m., and March 15 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $12 each and all seats are reserved. Tickets will be sold Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the high school auditorium box office, or can be purchased online with an added convenience fee, following the link from www.fcasd.edu.

 

SUPPORT THE GIRL SCOUTS!

Girl Scout cookies will be sold following all Masses on March 7th and 8th and March 14th and 15th. The cost is $3.50 per box. Proceeds from your purchase support Girl Scouts in your community. You may also acknowledge our men and women serving overseas in the US military by purchasing an extra box of cookies as part of the "Gift of Caring" program. Thank you in advance for your support!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Maureen O'Brien will be presented this week  at the annual meeting of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry with their annual Called and Gifted Award, which "recognizes the honoree's integrity, scholarship, and longevity of service to the church and AGPIM as a ministry educator." Congratulations Maureen on your success, achievements and service. This is a wonderful honor.

 

Saturday, Vigil of Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 21

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

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Seventh Sun. in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22

7:30 am            Shannon Wilson (Greg & Arlene Salerno)

      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Margaret Reshone (Sandra & Joe Pesavento)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Phyllis Friday (Melissa & Phil McGivney)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Monday, Polycarp, bishop & martyr, February 23

8:30 am Frances Totten (Dan & Eileen Callagher)

 

Tuesday, Weekday, February 24

8:30 am Linda Greb (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa)

 

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 25

8:30 am Madeline Borrasso (Ruth Weisberger)

4:00 pm Scripture service and distribution of ashes

7:00 pm Dorothy Kristofik (Dean & Annette Miester)

 

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, February 26

8:30 am Rosario Castellano

(Dr. Al & Mary Costa Family)

 

Friday, Lenten Weekday, February 27

8:30 am James Pieper (Tim and Frances Maher)

 

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, February 28

9:00 am Charles & Martha Flynn (Gallagher Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, February 28

5:00 pm Ron Dillon (Sr. Pat Baker)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, March 1

7:30 am Birthday Virgilio Ferraro (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Lucy Gaboa (Mary & John Henry)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

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 3:00-3:30 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.