November 8, 2009

REFLECTING ON THE WORD 

                      When Elijah asked the widow of Zarephath not only for water, but for something to eat as well, he must have suspected the gravity of his request.  The land was beset by famine.  The widow confirms this, saying she has nothing baked; moreover, she was just about to use the last handful of flour to make something for herself and her son, adding "when we have eaten it, we shall die" (1 Kings 17:12).  Dire straits, indeed!

                        Elijah calls on her to put faith in place of fear, to trust in the Lord, the God of Israel, who says, "The jar shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry" until God sends rain upon the earth (17:14).  She takes the prophet at his word—or rather, God's word—and she and her young son eat for a year on the little flour that was there.

                        The widow whom Jesus was watching drops two coins into the temple coffers, worth about one sixty-fourth of a day's salary, a pittance compared with the money given by the wealthy around her.  But Jesus speaks admiringly of her for giving, from her poverty, all that she had.  Unlike the scribes, those religious leaders who were careful to display themselves before others as pious while "devouring the houses of widows" (Mark 12:40), this woman is giving her very life to God in her seemingly small offering, a model for all disciples of Jesus who gave all for us.

 

Sunday November 1, 2009 Offerings:
 
$ 14,270.00


STEWARDSHIP CORNER

Each week, we will use this space to inform you about one or more parish ministries or organizations. Please consider whether God is calling you to give your time and skills to one of these groups!

The ministry of adult faith formation at St. Scholastica seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it. Adult formation at St. Scholastica includes Bible studies, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults engaged in leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, print resources, other occasional educational activities, and information regarding retreats and other opportunities for spiritual growth. We also maintain a parish library. If you would like more information, or would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, or organize a group retreat, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 or by e-mail: abechman@verizon.net.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE

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.

                        PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN

Our parish will be hosting 2 protecting God's Children Workshops this month.  Thursday November 12 at 12:30 in the Pastoral Center and Monday November 23 at 7:oopm.  Please register by contacting the religious education office.

OPEN HOUSE

Explore the possibilities and visit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) for our OPEN HOUSE.  Thursday, November 19th from 9:00am to 11:00am.  Come see and hear about the advantages of a Pre-K-8 environment.  We will meet in the Pastoral Center next to St. Scholastica Church on 3rd Street in Aspinwall.  Please call for more information 412.871.7927 and visit our website @ www.cdtcatholicacademy.org.  Reservations requested but not required. 

 

BOOK FAIR

            CDTCA will be holding its annual Book Fair after all Masses 11/7 and 11/8. Please stop by the pastoral center to see all the wonderful offerings!

  

FALL FLING REMINDER

            The St. Scholastica/CDTCA Fall Fling is this coming Friday, November 13, 2009!!!  There is still time to send in your reservation for this wonderful event.  This year's event is going to be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club and will feature a strolling dinner among international food stations, "Art Madness" by George Williams, fantastic auctions and entertainment.  You don't want to miss out on going to this event.  For ticket information please contact Joanne Saunders (412)963-8319.  Don't delay—send in your reservation today!!!

 

TAX-FREE GIFTS FROM IRA'S

For those over 70½, congress recently amended the IRS code to allow people over 70½ to make completely tax-free charitable contributions of assets invested in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).  The new law benefits IRA owners who are 70½ years of age or older at the time of their gift, but only for the tax year ending December 31, 2009. 

Any donor age 70½ who has an IRA, no matter what size IRA, would do well to consider using his or her IRA as a source for gifting in 2009.  Taxpayers who have significant assets in their IRAs have the most to gain from the new law.  The benefits include greater flexibility in income and financial planning AND more sizable, tax-wise gifts to one's favorite charity.

Parishes, schools, Catholic Charities, and all ministries and programs of the Diocese are eligible recipients of tax-free IRA distributions up to $100,000.  Since each person's financial capacity and needs differ and special rules apply to IRA gifts, talking soon with your financial, tax or legal adviser about your particular situation is critical!

Also, be aware that you may contact your IRA custodian with instructions to withhold your required minimum distribution for 2009.  This provision is also for 2009 only.

For free, confidential information about this opportunity, please call Mrs. Chrissy Morton at our parish office, (412)781-0186 extension 24.

 

AQUINAS GUILD

Aquinas Guild members: Remember our November meeting, this Wednesday  morning at 10:00am in the Parish Hall for a workshop on floral arrangements.  Please make your reservations no later than Sunday, November 8th.  Call Mary Ann Labriola at (412)963-9716 or email labriola@rmu.edu if you can join us.  Also bring your heavy scissors or shears.

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 7

   5:00 pm......... Sadie Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 8

   7:30 am.......... Louigi & Letizia Magnelli (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

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

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am.. Joseph & Anna Wessell (Rege Wessell)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Monday, Weekday, November 9

   8:30 am.............. Anniv., Regina K. Duffy (Rick)

 

Tuesday, Leo the Great, pope & doctor, November 10

   8:30 am birthday, Elena Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

 

Wednesday, Martin of Tours, bishop, November 11

   8:30 am.............. Richard Rigatti (Patricia Rigatti)

 

Thursday, Josaphat, bishop, November 12

    8:30 am.............. Mary Vollmer (daughter Edna)

 

Friday, Frances Xavier Cabrini,  November 13

   8:30 am John Mahardy  (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)

 

Saturday, Weekday, November 14

9:00 am..................................... Harriet Friday  (St. Monica Society)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 14

   5:00 pm......................................... Alexander W. Rogus

(Gerry Michanowicz & Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 15

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

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

   9:00 am........................... Thomas Welsh (Family

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am...... Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)

    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 COMMUNION is available for those who are sick or confined to their homes. Please call Fr. Ken 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

Coordinator of pastoral care to Catholic Patients at St. Margaret  

Marilynhoeingosf@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Chrissy Morton                                                                                          24

Bookkeeper

financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Mary Swindal                             412-781-0186 Extension 10

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

Sister Dorothy Dolak S.C.N. - Principal

E-mail address: CDTCA@consolidated.net

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