October 17, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

During the last two weeks we have heard about faith: the disciples requesting an increase of faith, Jesus saying even a little will do, the Syrian general and Samaritan leper whose faith delivers them. Today Jesus asks: "When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8). This question seems to hang in mid-air but not if we relate it to what Jesus has just said about persisting in prayer.

Persistence in prayer lies at the heart of the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. This parable must have gotten a laugh. Widows and orphans were among the most powerless people in society in those days. That's why the prophets were always taking up their cause. But here you have a judge who neither fears God nor respects anybody else cowering before a widow who won't go away. He even goes so far to say that his only reason for deciding in her favor was the fear that she would give him a black eye, a more accurate translation of "come and strike me" (18:5).

Moses is also shown persisting in prayer with the help of Aaron and Hur, so that the Israelite people will have access to land for their flocks and water for humans and beasts. And Paul urges Timothy to be persistent in learning and preaching from the scriptures, which would mean the Old Testament, since the New Testament was a work in progress.

Will the Son of Man find faith? He will, if we persist both in prayer and learning the word of God.

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

October 17, 2010

SUNDAY October 10, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$11,658.00

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – SECOND COLLECTION

Traditionally during the month of October, Catholics throughout the world are asked to support the missions in a special way on World Mission Sunday. This year the collection for World Mission Sunday is scheduled for the weekend masses of October 23-24th. Please be as generous as possible. Thank You.

RESPECT LIFE

Thanks to all who participated in Life Chain. The Resepect Life Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30p, in the Pastoral Center. We will be discussing the upcoming White Ribbon Campaign against Pornography. All are welcome.

FINAL AUCTION BIDS

The Autumn Song silent auction will stay open through the Stewardship Fair following the 11AM mass. Bid on two Steeler tickets for November 21, a Tour of Pittsburgh Package (certificates to museums, plays, symphony, etc.), a $500 gift certificate to Catherina, 4 University of Pittsburgh football tickets and parking pass and a $250 gift certificate to Cajoli. Come support St. Scholastica's Aquinas Guild!

THANK YOU

The Autumn Song committee of the Aquinas Guild extends a huge "Thank You" to all who participated in this benefit, through attending, donations for auction and bake sale, and in so many other ways.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Dont' forget! Homestudy families should check in today! We have a meeting with our Second Grade Parents Sunday, October 24th after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center. Please make every effort to attend.

YOUNG ADULT

Theology on Tap Wednesday, Oct. 20th at Freeport Pizza from 7-9pm. Join us for discussion, fellowship and appetizers. Our topic this month is "Mary in the Modern World".

YOUTH MINISTRY

We will have an Appalachia planning meeting on Monday, Oct. 25th at 6:30 in the ministry center. Anyone considering participation this year should plan on attending.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

Tonight is Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee at Aspinwall Field. All Middle School and High School youth are welcome. Meet us at 7:00pm.

PET THERAPY

Join us for Pet Therapy at the Veteran's Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 19th from 4-5pm. Meet us at the main hospital entrance. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. This is a great way to support our veterans.

VOTING

Absentee Voter applications are available in the bookcase in the church vestibule.

CATHOLIC ALUMNI CLUB

Single, 21 and over (or know someone who is) – looking for a new way ot meet people, make friends and share good times with others? Check out the Catholic Alumni Club. The group offers parties, picnics hiking volleyball, tennis, softball, dinners, trips, scripture study, community service, bowling, cultural and many other great events. For more information visit our website www.cacpittsburgh.org or call 412-341-4070.

OFFERTORY GIFT BEARERS

If you would like to take the Offertory Gifts forward during Mass, please let one of the ushers know that before Mass begins. It is especially appropriate if the family or friend of the person named in the mass intentions could do this, but sometimes that is not possible. Just as in our own family, we all help to prepare for a feast, all members of our St. Scholastica family are welcome to do that too!

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 16

5:00 pm Senator James Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 17

7:30 am Birthday, Alex Buccieri (Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Barbara Ford (Ford Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, St. Luke, October 18

8:30 am Bill Haberman (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Tuesday, St. John & St. Isaac, priests & martyrs, October 19

8:30 am Frances Maher (Mr. & Mrs. Guy Hilton) & Jim & Bibi Grossi (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, weekday, October 20

8:30 am Patsy Monteverde (Carl Macino)

Thursday, weekday, October 21

8:30 am Communion Service—NO MASS

Friday, weekday, October 22

8:30 am Joseph Large (Helen Large)

Saturday, weekday, October 23

9:00 am Anthony J. Sunseri (Sunseri Friends & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23

5:00 pm Lawrence X. Sullivan M.D. (Wife & Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,

October 24

7:30 am Mike Driscoll (Carl Macino)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Miguel Ramos (Claudia Bermudez)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am John H. Scott (Family)

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.