April 26, 2009

Reflecting on the Word

 

              Resurrection stories do not start out on a happy note. People are either consumed by grief, as we find with the weeping Magdalene; or they are locked away in fear, as the apostles were in the upper room, cowering behind bolted doors; or they are imprisoned in the doubt, as Thomas was for a full week after Jesus had appeared to the others; or they are going back home in a downcast and hopeless state, like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

And when Jesus does make an appearance, they don't recognize him. Magdalene thinks he is a gardener, the two on the road to Emmaus relate to him as a stranger, and today the apostles think he is a ghost and are terrified. It is instructive to remember what it is that allows them to make the connections: for Magdalene it is his calling her name; for the twelve in the upper room on Easter evening it is his greeting of peace and his showing his hands and his side-and this holds for Thomas a week later; for the two on the road, it is the breaking of the bread; and here in today's Gospel it is his showing his wounds and then his eating with them.

A certain pattern emerges concerning where the risen Lord was first recognized and where he continues to be found in our own day. It happens when his voice is heard and his words are apprehended, as well as at the table where the community gathers to eat. We continue to meet the risen Lord when we come to hear God's living word address us in the scriptures, and we continue to know his touch when we eat the bread of life and drink from the cup of salvation. 

(This article taken from Living the Word: Scriptures, Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days.)

Sunday April 12, 2009 Offerings:

$8620.00

 

Thanks to the Aquinas Guild

               You may have noticed some of the new liturgical items and vestments that we purchased recently. You can see the new candlesticks on both sides of the altar, the new Paschal candlestick, the new vigil candlestick by the tabernacle, the refurbished processional cross, the ambry (the display case holding the sacred oils) in the baptistery. We also have a new white vestment which we are using during this Easter Season. We have a funeral pall made of the same material as the white vestment. I want to publicly thank the Aquinas Guild who underwrote the cost of these liturgical items. I am grateful to them for their support of our parish and helping us enhance our liturgy with these well crafted candlesticks and vestments. Fr. Ken

 

YOUTH MASS IS CHANGING!

Get ready for the "new and improved" Youth Mass Sat. May 2 at 5pm. We encourage the youth of our parish to come and participate in this mass! Singers and musicians report at 3:30 for rehearsal. 

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Sat. May 2 8:45-2:00pm. All middle school and high school youth as well as, adults are welcome. RSVP by Thursday to jamiedillon@comcast.netor x 20.

INTERSECTION hits the road!

All HS youth are welcome to join us Sunday May 3 from 10:00-11:30 as we put our faith in motion and spread the gospel. Please bring individual wrapped snacks to share. Drivers needed. Must have permission form.

 

Keep in your prayers

Please keep our confirmation candidates in your prayers this weekend as they are confirmed.

 

A Note from at St. Mary's Cemetery

Please remember that only fresh cut flowers and Annuals (planted 1ft in front of the stone) are permitted on graves. The following items are prohibited and will be immediately removed as they present a safety hazard: plastic and silk flowers, vigil lights, stone chips, portable containers, edging materials, fencing, toys, wire, glass, mounds on graves, flag poles and plantings or objects that detract from the setting of a Catholic cemetery.


Congratulations!

              We would like to congratulate those who made their First Holy Communion this past weekend:

ABIGAIL BALDAUF, GREGOR MEYER, MARK APPLEMAN, STEVE JAKE MALCANCAS, SAM ZALTMAN, ANDRES BERMUDEZ, CONNOR MARTIN, JACOB LEWIS, GABRIELLA DIMETTEO, NICOLE GARCIA-TUNON, CLARA MCCORMICK, ALEX COOPER
, NATHANIEL GOOD, SAM T. GILMORE, MADELINE RICHARDS, CAROLINE O'DAY, JAMES FUHRER, TREVOR KLATT & LIANA APPEL

 

AQUINAS GUILD MAY LUNCHEON

The Aquinas Guild will hold it's annual May luncheon meeting at noon on Thursday, May 7, at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. Barbara Cloud, former long-time reporter and columnist for the Pittsburgh Press and Post Gazette, will be the guest speaker. Cost of the luncheon is $ 25. Luncheon choices are: Lemon Sole or Chicken Madeira. Please send your check and menu choice to  Eleanor Liberatore, 18 Fourth St., Aspinwall, PA 15215. Reservations need to be made no later than Monday, May 3. All women of the parish are invited to attend this end-of-year luncheon meeting.

 

RCIA UPDATE: THE PERIOD OF MYSTAGOGY

Now that our RCIA candidates—Sanders Bennett, Heather Fuller, and Gary Wiant—have been received into the Church, they enter the final period of the Rite: mystagogy. This exotic-sounding name comes from the time of the first flowering of the catechumenate in the fourth and fifth centuries, and it refers literally to guiding into mystery. What is the mystery into which the new Christians are guided? It is, foremost, the love of God for us which is manifested in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus: "In love, [the Father] destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will" (Ephesians 1:5). The Rite calls the whole community to join its new members in "deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing works of charity." During this Easter season, let us all open ourselves, by the grace of God, to such a deepening of our faith. Let us also, in the words of the Rite, give our new members "a full and joyful welcome into the community" so that they, in turn, can give us "a renewal of inspiration and outlook."

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter, April 25

    5:00 pm          Michanowicz Family

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Third Sunday of Easter,  April 26

    7:30 am          For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Fr. Robert Duch

    9:00 am          Howard White (family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Raymond Smith (Mary, wife)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

1:00 pm Confirmation

    Presider: Bishop William Winter

 

Monday, Easter Weekday, April 27

8:30 am Noonan Family (daughter)

 

Tuesday, Easter Weekday,  April 28

8:30 am Thomas Kotchey (Lynch family)

 

Wednesday, Catherine of Siena, virgin & doctor, April 29

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

 

Thursday, Easter Weekday, April 30

8:30 am Helen Gallagher (Gallagher family)

 

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 1

8:30 am Edward Bucha (Anna & Edward Meckney)

 

Saturday, Athanasius, bishop & doctor, May 2

9:00 am Mary Certo (family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 2

5:00 pm Mary Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter,  May 3

7:30 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Gerard Santarcangelo (wife & family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia G. Snyder)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays 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 Saturdays 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 MondayFriday 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

Submissions 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. Chrissy Morton 24

Bookkeeper

financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Colleen Strahler 412-781-7927

Coordinator of The Protection of Children

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 (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.

 


 

 

 

 


 


April 12, 2009

EASTER MESSAGE FROM FR. KEN

 Thank you for joining us in celebrating the resurrection of the lord. Today we heard the Easter message of the gospels: Jesus the crucified man of Nazareth has been raised. He is risen Lord and Christ!! This is the center of our faith and the foundation of all we hope for. The Easter gospels are "eye witness news"; the early apostles testify to us that they saw him, touched him and ate with him after he was raised. The Good News is that the grave and death does not have the final word. The final and last word is God's pledge in Christ that if we die with Christ, we shall rise with him. Rejoice!! One day you and I shall be raised up and see our God face to face.

On a personal note: I have been your pastor now for nine months!! I can't believe that much time has passed already since I first came on July 7th. I feel very much at home here and am blessed to be among you as pastor. Thank you for your support and guidance these past nine months. Please be assured that I am doing my best, even though I do not always hit home runs. Of course, none of us do!! That's why we all have to give one another, on a daily basis, a "get out of jail card". So let us be grace for one another as we walk this road of faith together. Have a blessed Easter!

YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Join us for Theology of the Body for Teens April 16 7:00-8:30pm at the ministry center.

 

INTERSECTION - Sunday April 19 10-11 am in the ministry center.

 

Sign up for our 3rd Annual 5K Family Run/Walk at Harwood Acres on Sat. April 25th at 10 am. All proceeds benefit our annual mission trip to Appalachia. Contact the youth ministry office for more information.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

Jesus Night! For all 2nd graders and their parents April 14th 6:30-8:00pm

 

Confirmation April 26th 1:00 pm. Sponsors and candidates should report appropriately dressed at 12:15.

Mission to Parishioners

The St. Monica Society has been keeping in touch with parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. We send cards to them in their homes or care facilities. Please help us identify any such parishioners. Contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at 203 Emerson Ave., Aspinwall, 15215 or 412-781-6550.

 

Ministry of Praise—Update Prayer List

In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or send them to Mary M. Smith, 304 3rd St. #2, Aspinwall, 15215.


PARISH SHARE

 The parish share is the annual pledge drive taken up during lent to support our diocese. Fully two-thirds of the money the diocese needs to operate comes from parish share. Our assessment this year is $87,524.00. I am asking each person/family to make a pledge of $25.00 a month for ten months. I realize that this is a sacrifice, especially, in these economic times. Please be part of our parish effort to support the diocese. Use your monthly parish share envelope to make you pledge payments. Please do you fair share for parish share!!! Thank you. Fr. Ken

Bishop Paul Bradley, Congratulations!!

 this week Pope Benedict XVI has named auxiliary Bishop Paul. J. Bradley of our diocese to serve as bishop of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bishop Bradley will be installed in Kalamazoo on Friday, June 5th as the diocese's fourth bishop. We congratulate bishop Bradley and we will miss his presence. He has served the church of Pittsburgh so well since his ordination as a priest nearly 38 years ago. His new diocese has 46 parishes, 75 priests and 101,888 Catholics (11% of the population). We know that Bishop Bradley will continue to serve God's people with a shepherd's heart.

 

Aquinas Guild Meeting

The Guild's monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, starting at 10 a.m. in the Pastoral Center. Following a brief business meeting at which the new slate of officers for 2009-11 will be presented; Suzen Segall will provide an informative program on T'ai Ji, the ancient art of Chinese movement. Practiced since the 16th century,  T'ai Ji has been used to lower blood pressure and is an excellent way to strengthen bones. All women of the parish are invited to attend; no reservations are required.  Please mark your calendars now for the end-of-year luncheon at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. It will be held on Thursday, May 7th and Barbara Cloud, retired fashion editor of the Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette, will be the featured speaker. More details will follow.

 

ST. PAUL'S LETTERS FROM PRISON

Our Bible study will take up the letter to the Colossians beginning this Tuesday evening, April 14, and the letter to the Ephesians beginning May 5. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Andy Bechman as soon as possible.

RESTING IN GOD

A morning of faith and fellowship for Parents and Caregivers of Children and Adults with Disabilities, sponsored by the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities. Saturday, April 25, 9:30-11:30am., St. Thomas Moore, 126 Fort Couch Rd. Mass at 11:30. For more information, call 412-456-3119.

 

 

Holy  Saturday, Easter Vigil, April 11

    8:30 pm          For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord, April 12

    7:30 am          Stella & Joe Veltri (Powers Grandchildren)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

    9:00 am          Alexandra Wunderly & Family     (Gerry Michanowicz)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Welsh Family

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Easter Monday, April 13

8:30 am Margaret Leonard     (Mary M. Smith)

 

Easter Tuesday, April 14

8:30 am Dr. John Scott     (Irene Schultz)

 

Easter Wednesday, April 15

8:30 am Nellie Lewkowicz     (Respect Lift Committee)

 

Easter Thursday, April 16

8:30 am Anna Corona (Christine Farrell)

 

Easter Friday, April 17

8:30 am Emma & Edna Kent (Welsh Family)

 

Easter Saturday, April 18

9:00 am Janet Rosati     (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 18

5:00 pm Dominic Romanelli     (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

Second Sunday of Easter,  April 19

7:30 am Anthony Carvelli     (Carolyn Carvelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am For the Parishioners of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am William Michael Hauber     (Judith & Preseon Germain)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

 

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays 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 Saturdays 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 MondayFriday 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

Submissions 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. Chrissy Morton 24

Bookkeeper

financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Colleen Strahler 412-781-7927

Coordinator of The Protection of Children

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 (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.