October 3, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

For many people it was a shock to read Mother Teresa of Calcutta's writings that indicated how much struggle she endured in her life as a believer. She wrote that for decades there was "this terrible sense of loss-this untold darkness-this loneliness-this continual longing for God-which gives me that pain deep down in my heart" (Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light. New York: Doubleday Books, 2007, p. 210).

We hear this same struggle from the prophet Habakkuk: "How long, O Lord? I cry for help/but you do not listen" (Habakkuk 1:2). We hear the apostles say to the Lord, "Increase our faith" (Luke 17:5). And Paul urges his "dear child" Timothy to "stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:2, 6).

How does one feed the fire when there seems to be little more than embers? While God offers Habakkuk a vision, the prophet is still called to live by faith. Paul encourages Timothy not to be ashamed of his testimony to our Lord, but to cling to what Paul has taught him. Jesus himself seems to indicate that the issue isn't the quantity of faith-a mustard seed amount will get things to happen. Quality is what matters.

In short, endure, stick with it, work it through. Jesus himself knew the darkness. His cry from the cross is both shocking and consoling. He knew what it was to look into the darkness and find nothing, no one there. So we keep working in his name, sometimes waiting for the first light of dawn to break through the darkness of a long night, trusting as he trusted, in the One who once said, "Let there be light".

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

October 3, 2010

SUNDAY September 26, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$12,373.25

DIOCESE OF KOTTAR COLLECTION

Last weekend we had a second collection for the Diocese of Kottar in India. Thanks to your generosity we will be sending over $4,000.00 to help Fr. Paul Leon Varuvel continue his missionary work.

AUTUMN SONG AUCTION ITEMS WANTED

If you have a donation for the auctions or baskets, please contact Boo Benckart at 412-968-0828 or Sue Goodwin at 412-967-0791. Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; weekend get-aways; golf experiences; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. We welcome donations of hand crafted items such as knitted or crocheted sweaters, blankets or baby items and gently used treasures from your own home.

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

The US Bishops have designated this Sunday as "Respect Life Sunday". Please pick up an Our Lady of Guadalupe prayer card from the tables near the Church doors. Also please join us for Life Chain, this Sunday afternoon in Etna on Rt 8 between Kitanning St and Grant Ave from 2pm – 3:30pm. Signs and parking available at Grant Ave.

YOUTH MINISTRY

High School Students join us for Intersection on Sunday Oct 10 from 10-11am in the ministry center. We will have a lively scripture discussion and a light breakfast.

WORLD YOUTH DAY

November 7th - World Youth Day Gateway Clipper cruise for High World Youth Day for High School Students. Join us for a great evening on the rivers. Dinner and dancing with hundreds of other Catholic Teens, $30.00 per person RSVP by Oct. 5.

AUTUMN SONG LUNCHEON

Reserve now for the Autumn Song Lunch and fashion show on Oct 16 at the Pittsburgh Field Club, the only Aquinas Guild fundraiser. Doors open at 11 to socialize and shop the auctions and bake sale. Tickets are $35. Reserve your spot by calling Karyn at 412-963-9399, or emailing kglynch127@gmail.com. If your invitation went astray, call Eleanore Liberatore at 412-782-1581.

ST. MARY'S CHURCH GLENSHAW

The parish family of St. Mary Church 2510 Middle Rd Glenshaw, invites our brother and sisters in Christ for a time of spiritual renewal. Fr. Cedric Pisegna, a Passionist priest from Houston TX will be the speaker at the Renewal beginning Oct 11th through Oct 13th at 7pm. He will also preside at the 10am Mass on these dates. On Tuesday morning, the Sacrament of Anointing will be administered during the 10am Mass and that Evening, a Communal Pennance service with the opportunity for individual confession will take place at 7pm. All are invited.

AQUINAS GUILD TOUR OF VATICAN SPLENDORS

The Aquinas Guild has scheduled a tour of the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit at the Senator John Heinz Museum on Wednesday, November 17th from 9:15 – 2:30. The exhibit includes nearly 200objects that illuminate 2,000 years of Catholic art, history and culture. The tour is open to all women of the parish and their guests. Bus transportation and lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse is also planned. The cost of the trip is $37.Checks should be made payable to, "The Aquinas Guild" and sent to: Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please call Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863 for questions. The deadline for registration is October 15th.

STEWARDSHIP MONTH

October is Stewardship Month at St. Scholastica. Next weekend, Fr. Ken will present a pastor's report on the state of the parish, and we will conduct in-pew registration. On the weekend of Oct. 16-17 we will hold a Stewardship Fair in the Pastoral Center after each Mass. Parishioners will be able to learn about the various ministries and organizations of the parish, and sign up to participate in their work. We urge you to reflect prayerfully during October upon how God is calling you to contribute to the vitality of St. Scholastica Parish.

ISRAEL'S STORY

Regular sessions of our ongoing Bible study, "Israel's Story," begin this Tuesday evening, October 5, at 7:30 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. We are surveying the story line of the Old Testament, and looking more closely at some of the high points. It is not too late to register; please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information. Please note that the Thursday morning sessions have been cancelled.

PARENTING DISCUSSION GROUP TO BEGIN

Parents of children Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join "Love and Logic," a five-week parenting course that provides practical tools and techniques to help you raise respectful and responsible kids. Classes will be during Sunday CCD, October 10 to November 7. (A second session will be offered in the Spring during Tuesday CCD.) Free of charge; registration required by sending email to loveandlogic@saintscholastica.com. Class size will be limited to allow for discussion.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Our First MEGA meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 10 12:15-1:30 in the Pastoral Center. All candidates and their parent/sponsor should attend.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT

A classical music piano concert featuring Fox Chapel native Josh Krivinko will be held Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 7pm at St. Scholastica Church. All proceeds from a free will offering will benefit research into the cure of Friedreich's Ataxia disorder. Please join us for an evening of inspirational music for a great cause.

PET BLESSING

There will be a Pet Blessing Sunday, October 10th at 12:30pm in front of the St. Francis Statue. All pets, their owners and friends of pets are welcome to attend.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 2

5:00 pm Adeline Alvino (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 3

7:30 am Lois Leech (Lynch Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Marie & Richard Welsh (Welsh Family)

Presider: Fr. Philip Farrell

11:00 am Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinette Costa & Family)

Presider: Fr. Philip Farrell

Monday, St. Fancis of Assisi, October 4

8:30 am Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia Snyder)

Tuesday, weekday, October 5

8:30 am Msgr. Donald W. Kraus (Parishioners)

Wednesday, weekday, October 6

8:30 am Frances "Bibe" Grossi (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)

Thursday, Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7

8:30 am Vincent & Dorothy Taravella (Evelyn Confenti)

Friday, weekday, October 8

8:30 am Communion Service—NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, October 9

9:00 am Msgr. Donald Kraus (J&N Certo)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 9

5:00 pm Patricia Henry Kwacz (Parents)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 10

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am James Larkin (Mary Larkin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Mary Noelle DuVall (St. Scholastica Traditional Choir)

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 pastor at least 6 weeks prior to the desired date.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Contact Andy Beckman for more information- see Parish Contact below.

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..

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 MondayThursday 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. Thom Bercik 412-390-3748

Organist/Wedding Contact

berciktm@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

Staff Accountant

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