January 31, 2010

 

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

 

           Prophets tend not to be very popular.  They get thrown in jail, ridiculed, beaten up, or killed.  The leaders of Jerusalem once had Jeremiah thrown in a cistern, where he would have died if someone had not interceded for him with the king.  Today we hear how the people of Nazareth would have killed Jesus if he had not given them the slip. 

In both cases, people did not want a message that God was sending them through the prophets.  Jeremiah had to tell the leaders that their time had run out because of their infidelity to the covenant.  God was leaving them to their own devices, allowing Jerusalem to be destroyed by the Babylonians.  Jesus confronts his own townspeople by admonishing them that they should be like that woman whom Elijah helped and that leper Elisha sent to wash in the Jordan.  Both of these Gentiles had faith they should imitate.  But the villagers only wanted a God who would wreak vengeance on the Gentiles, a God who only worked wonders for them and who was confined within the boundaries of Israel.

Sometimes we may want to keep God in a little box of our own making, limiting God to the boundaries of the church building or maybe even just the tabernacle.  That way we go and visit God when we have time or need something, but we hope that God will not bother us too much with any burdensome demands.  The God of Israel was never satisfied with confinement, even in something the size of the temple.  And Jesus would not allow himself to be constricted in his own day concerning whom he associated or ate with or even touched.  Tight quarters wouldn't do, not then but especially once he was raised from the tomb!

 

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

January 31, 2010

 

 

 

Sunday January 24, 2010 Offerings:

$11,492.00

 

SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HAITI:

$13,572.00

 

In addition, our parish school, Christ The Divine Catholic Academy, raised $1,317.57 for Haiti

 

CASINO NIGHT AT THE RACES

             Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the 7th Annual "Casino Night at the Races" to be held Saturday, March 6. Join us for this fun-filled evening where you can socialize with friends and try your luck on "big screen" horseracing, poker, blackjack, and other small games of chance. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, beer, soft drinks and mixers, plus the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. Contact Ann Marie Kiszka at (412) 781-4319 or amckiszka@hotmail.com for tickets. All proceeds benefit CDTCA. We hope to see you at the Races!

 

NEW ALTER SERVERS NEEDED

Our church is in urgent need of altar servers for all Masses. Servers must be in the fifth grade or above and must go through a short one-hour training course and written test. Please consider becoming a part of this most essential role of the Mass. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Peggy Santelli at teggymom@aol.com.

 

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING

Save Wednesday, February 10, for the Aquinas Guild meeting that will feature John C. Maher, M.D. speaking on the "Common Causes of Vision Loss."  We will meet at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall.

 

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING

The next meeting of the Hope for Haiti Committee is Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center .  Please join us as we plan upcoming projects and continue to respond to the recent earthquake.  All are welcome.

 

ISRAEL'S STORY

Each Sunday in church we hear a reading from the Old Testament.  It might be a story about King David or perhaps an oracle from one of the prophets.  But how do these stories and sayings fit into a wider picture?  Join us for a continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story."  This spring, we will survey the story line of the Old Testament from the time of Samuel and David through the prophets Amos and Hosea.  In the end, you will not only be able to place each Sunday Old Testament reading in its context, but you will be enriched by the vivid and challenging story of Israel's encounter with God.  We are offering the study in two tracks:  Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings.  Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register.  Newcomers to the study are welcome!

 

THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY 

Thank you to those who participated in St Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project.  Generous donations from our parishioners helped make Christmas more hopeful for many less fortunate children in our area, as well as fund tuition for students in Haiti and Kenya. Your donations were appreciated very much!

 

YOUTH MASS

             Feb 6 is our next YOUTH MASS at 5pm.  After mass we will host a dance for Middle School and High School Youth in the gym.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

             Next weekend our confirmation candidates will be collecting after all masses for the Souper Bowl of Caring.  All money collected will be donated to the Jubliee Soup Kitchen.  Please be generous.

 

MEGA MEETING

             Our next MEGA meeting for Confirmation preparation will be Sunday, Feb. 7th at noon..  Any candidate who has not participated in the Rite of Enrollment will do so at the 11:00 mass before the meeting.

 

CHARITY DANCE

Charity Dance for all Middle School and High School Youth will follow youth mass, Feb. 6th, from 6:30-9:30 in the gym. Admission is $5.00.  All attendees will be entered in a drawing for an official Penguin jersey.  Join us for an evening of great music and fun!

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Any adult or teen wishing to participate in Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, February 6th from 8:30-2:00, should rsvp  jamiedillon@comcast.net by Thursday. 

 

YOUTH MINISTRY SKI TRIP

Youth Ministry ski trip to Hidden Valley is Friday, February 12th 1-9pm.  Cost for ticket and rental is $54.00.  We will meet at 11:00 at Target in Harmar.  If you are interested, please contact jamiedillon@comcast.net. 

 

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL

There is now a St. Vincent DePaul collection box located in the parking lot behind St. Francis of Assisi Church (2599 Freeport Road, Harmar). Please, only bags of clothing, shoes and belts can be accepted.

 

THE FISH FRYS ARE BACK

Our regional school, CDTCA, will be sponsoring a fish fry on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and on March 19 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.  Spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors!  Any questions, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319.

 

CHILD CARE ON SUNDAY

The parish provides child care at the 9:00am Mass on Sunday morning in the Pastoral Center.  The children should be at least 2 years of age.  Beginning Sunday, February 7th we are eliminating this service at the 9:00am Mass.  We will continue offering child care at the 11:00am Mass as long as parents use this service.

 

BE A VOCATION BOOSTER     

 As we all know the medium age of priests in our diocese is 61 years of age!!   This means that in just a few years we will have far fewer priests  in our diocese.   Will you help to raise awareness for the need of priestly vocations?  The Serra Club has been working hard and faithfully in our diocese to support vocations to the priesthood.  I would like to nominate a couple or an individual to join the Serra Club and be part of this important outreach.   If you are interested, please contact me this week at 412-781-0186, ext. 14.  Thank you,  Fr. Ken

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 Saturday, Vigil of the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 30

5:00 pm          Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (Families)

            Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 31

7:30 am          Gino Marsico (Alice Irvin)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 9:00 am          Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Adeline Panza (Carl Macino)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 Memorial Flowers Mary C. Cavanaugh  (James L.& Vicki Cavanaugh)

 

Monday, weekday, February 1

8:30 am Helen Yasinsky (Gwen Robosson)

 

Tuesday, Presentation of the Lord, February 2

8:30 am J. Kevin Scanlon (Family)

 

Wednesday,  weekday, February 3

8:30 am Denise Donnelly (Family)

 

Thursday, weekday, February 4

     8:30am Phyllis Friday (Renee Lyons)

 

 First Friday, St. Agatha, virgin, February 5

8:30am William Henderson (Patty Ober)

10:30am Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy

      Presider:  Fr. Kris Stubna

      

Saturday, St. Paul Miki, martyr, February 6

9:00 am Rosemarie Diehm (St. Monica Society)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the Feast of St. Scholastica,

February 6

5:00 pm Joanne Vey (Dr. & Mrs. Jack Maher)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Feast of St. Scholastica , February 7

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Sean Hogan

9:00 am Beatriz  Caminos (Angelo & Brenda Castiglione)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Deceased members of Kopec & Bonessa Families (Family)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

   Memorial Flowers Beatriz Caminos (Angelo & Brenda Castiglione)

 

 

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.

 


January 24, 2010

 

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

 

           The book of Isaiah has been called the fifth Gospel, so often do the Gospel writers use it for proclaiming Jesus as Christ, the long-awaited Messiah and Son of God.  In today's Gospel reading, Jesus begins to move through his home territory of Galilee "in the power of the Spirit" (Luke 4:14), the same Spirit that descended on him after his baptism.  He then goes to his hometown of Nazareth and to the synagogue on the Sabbath.

A hush must have fallen on the room as he walked to the place of reading and searched the scroll to find this passage.  They had been hearing about his time in Galilee and how all had praised his teaching.  What would he say to them?  He chose Isaiah's words (61:1-2a) about one anointed by the Spirit who would preach good news to the poor, bring liberty to captives, and, at the heart of these lines, exercise a ministry of compassion, a reference to another citation from Isaiah (see 42:6b).

This three-part mission continues to be the work of the Church: preaching the Gospel, working for social justice, and reaching out to all peoples in compassion.  At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus announced that this work was being fulfilled in the hearing of his listeners by what he was doing.  The Spirit works to do the same today through us.

 

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

January 24, 2010

 

Sunday January 17, 2010 Offerings:

$10,838.00

 

.CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

              Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm followed by Mass at 5:00 pm at St. Scholastica Church. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Dividends for Life".  All are welcome to tour the school and join us for Mass. School staff and some students will be present to provide information during the tours and students will assume many of the lay ministries of the liturgy.   Registration is not required. For more information please call school office at 412.781.7927.

 

CASINO NIGHT AT THE RACES

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is pleased to announce the 7th Annual "Casino Night at the Races" to be held Saturday, March 6. Join us for this fun-filled evening where you can socialize with friends and try your luck on "big screen" horseracing, poker, blackjack, and other small games of chance. Tickets are $20 per person and include dinner, beer, soft drinks and mixers, plus the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. Contact Ann Marie Kiszka at (412) 781-4319 or amckiszka@hotmail.com for tickets. All proceeds benefit CDTCA. We hope to see you at the Races!

 

FAITH AND HISTORY TOUR

Faith and History Tour of  Ireland, 12 days, June 29 – July 10, 2010. Special emphasis will be on the wonders of Irish history, along with some "pub time" and usual tourist highlights. For more information/flyer call Fr. O'Shea at St. Valentine Parish in Bethel Park at 412-835-4415.

 

NEW ALTER SERVERS NEEDED

Our church is in urgent need of altar servers for all Masses. Servers must be in the fifth grade or above and must go through a short one-hour training course and written test. Please consider becoming a part of this most essential role of the Mass. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Peggy Santelli at teggymom@aol.com.

 

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND

February15 February 19-21 at the Tofftress Resort, State College, PA.  For more information or to register contact at (412) 635-7775 or check us out on the web at wwme-pittsburgh.org.

 

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING

Save Wednesday, February 10 for the first Aquinas Guild meeting of 2010.  John C. Maher, M.D. will present his insights on Common Causes of Vision Loss.

Join us at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.

 

 

YOUTH MASS

              Feb 6 is our next YOUTH MASS at 5pm.  After mass we will host a dance for Middle School and High School Youth in the gym.

CHILD CARE ON SUNDAY

              The parish provides child care at the 9:00am Mass on Sunday morning in the Pastoral Center.  The children should be at least 2 years of age.  Beginning Sunday, February 7th we are eliminating this service at the 11:00am Mass.  We will continue offering child care at the 9:00am Mass as long as parents use this service.

 

HAITI

We all have been moved by the horrific destruction, suffering and death that we've witnessed through the media.  Bishop Zubik has asked all parishes to have a second collection this weekend in support of the people of Haiti.  The monies that we collect this weekend will go to the Catholic Relief Services and to a Catholic school, the Good Samaritan School, that we have been supporting for a number of years.  After we receive Holy Communion a member of the Haiti Committee of our parish will speak for a few minutes about Haiti in general, and the Good Samaritan School in particular.  After this talk we will take up a second collection.  Thank you for your loving support of our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

 

RACHEL'S VINEYARD WEEKEND RETREAT

A Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreat for post-abortion healing will be held on February 26-28 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.  To register or for more information, visit www.ccpgh.org, or call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348.

 

RCIA UPDATE

  During the 11:00 Mass last Sunday,our RCIA candidates, Lauren Gagliardino and Heather Underwood, publicly affirmed their intention to deepen their relationship with Christ through participation in our faith community and the parish formally welcomed them.  Heather and Lauren are adult baptized Catholics who are preparing for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  They have chosen to attend Mass together in the weeks to come and to be dismissed after the homily so that they can reflect on the Scriptures.  Please pray for them, their sponsors, and the RCIA team as we journey together toward the Easter sacraments.

 

RESPECT LIFE

The Respect Life Committee would like to thank everyone who came to the Pancake breakfast.  Because of your participation and generosity we were able to take a full bus of 51 adults and young people to the March For Life in Washington, D.C.  Congratulations to Elaine DuVall, winner of the 50/50 raffle.

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

Saturday, Vigil of the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 23

5:00 pm          Elizabeth Greb (James & Karyn Lynch)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 24

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

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White  

11:00 am Mildre Giardino (Mr. & Mrs.  A.D.Beeken)

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

Monday, Conversion of St. Paul, apostle, January 25

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

 

Tuesday, St. Timothy & St. Titus, bishops, January 26

  8:30 am Lucille & Leon Cavazza  (Sal & Phyllis Tagliarino)

 

Wednesday,  weekday, January 27

8:30 am Colleen LaPrad   (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)

 

Thursday, St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, January 28

     8:30am Daniel Beggy (The Scanlon Family)

 

Friday, weekday, January 29

8:30am Gregory Goetz (John & Norma Smith)

  

Saturday, weekday, January 30

9:00 am J. Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 30

5:00 pm Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (Families)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time , January 31

7:30 am Gino Marsico (Alice Irvin)

       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Adeline Panza (Carl Macino)

       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

 

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.