October 31, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

Luke sketches his characters quickly but with precision, telling us all we need to know to appreciate the situation. Zacchaeus was chief tax collector, a wealthy man and short. Most important, he a seeker, trying to catch sight of Jesus. Because of the crowd Jesus attracted as he was passing through town and because of his height, Zacchaeus had to climb a tree. His stature might not have been the only reason why. Tax collectors were nobody's favorite: they collaborated with the Roman occupiers and became rich to the detriment of their own people. Up a tree would have been the safest location for a tax collector in a crowd.

What makes this story so appealing is the joy that both Jesus and Zacchaeus show in meeting each other. "[C]ome down quickly," Jesus says, "for today I must stay at your house" (Luke 19:50). Zacchaeus drops quickly and receives Jesus with joy. The crowd, however, does not share in their joy. They grumble about a prophet eating with a sinner! But Zacchaeus holds his ground, saying that if-notice the "if"- he has defrauded anyone, he will make amends four-fold, keeping to the strictest restitution demanded by the law. Jesus, not to be overdone in generosity, proclaims: "Today salvation has come to this house" (19:9), adding that this is why he came in the first place: "to seek and save what was lost" (19:10).

Sometimes we can find ourselves "up a tree," even in our relationship with God. Remember Zacchaeus. Jesus brought him down safely, and restored him to the community. This is why he still comes into our lives: to bring salvation to our own house.

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

October 31, 2010

SUNDAY October 24, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$8,871.25

World Mission Collection:
$2,190.00

ALL SAINTS DAY

Monday, Nov 1st is the feast of All Saints. Since it is on a Monday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

Tuesday, Nov 2nd is Election Day. You may discover election materials placed on your car. The parish does not endorse any political candidate nor endorse election materials being placed on your car. However, the streets are not owned by the parish, so we do not have control over this practice. Fr. Ken

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Homestudy check in Sunday, Nov. 7th in the cafeteria. Saturday, Nov 6th is a big day for Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Starting at 8:45 anyone interested in going to Habitat for Humanity should meet at the Target parking lot in Harmar. RSVP by Thursday please. We will return by 2:00pm. At 5:00 we will have youth mass with the Rite of Enrollment for the Confirmation Candidates. All Candidates should attend. Anyone interested in singing or playing an instrument should report at 3:30 for rehearsal. After mass we will have our annual Scavenger Hunt for Food to benefit the homeless and the AV Food Bank. We will collect much needed items while competing for prizes! Drivers needed. The Middle School Faith Rally is Nov. 13th. RSVP to the Youth Ministry Office if you plan to attend.

WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN

October 31st to November 7th. Display a White Ribbon this week. MYTH: Pornography is used by only a small percentage of the population, TRUTH: Forty million US adults regularly visit pornographic websites. Forty-seven percent of Christians say that pornography is a major problem in the home. MYTH: Pornography is a relatively small industry. TRUTH: At an estimated 57 billion dollars, US pornography revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC,CBS, and NBC. MYTH: The primary users of pornography are adults. TRUTH: The largest consumers of internet pornography are 12- to 17-year olds. MYTH: Children are not often exposed to pornography. TRUTH: Ninety per cent of 8 to 16 year olds have been exposed to pornography. MYTH: Pornography is a harmless vice. TRUTH: Studies show that as little as 6 hours of exposure to soft-core pornography is enough to destroy the viewer's satisfaction with his or her spouse. MYTH: Pornography only hurts the viewer. TRUTH: Pornography hurts everyone. - Those who feel alienated from their loved ones. - Children whose parents can't set a good moral example. - The thousands of people involved in the industry who are victims of sexual exploitation. - Men whose understanding of sexuality is destroyed by pornography. - Society whose standards of decency and human respect have been robbed. Archdiocese of Kansas City.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING

The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., Nov. 3, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN

Since 2007, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has required most volunteer ministers to be in compliance with Safe Environment standards for the protection of children. These ministries include lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, choir members, ushers and nursery volunteers among others. Our Safe Environment Coordinator, Mary Swindal will be available from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, November 14 in the Parish Office to assist volunteers with these requirements. Thank you for your work on behalf of St. Scholastica and your work to be in compliance with this diocesan policy.

IT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH

...and you could be a winner!! Raffle tickets for two (2) Club Level hockey tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Calgary Flames on November 27, 2010 will be available after all Masses this weekend. Winner also received two (2) $100.00 American Express gift cards. Ticket donation is $10.00. All proceeds benefit CDTCA.

ELECTION

"The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." Mother Teresa. Please vote this Tuesday, November 2nd – for Life. The Respect Life Committee.

ANOINTING MASS

Anointing Mass will be next week at the 11:00 mass on November 7th. If you have a chronic disease, if you are facing an operation or receiving treatment for cancer, if you have become more frail with age, f you suffer from depression, grief or any other stressors, please come to this Anointing Mass and be opened to God's tender care and mercy. Your participation is your act of faith and worship to our Heavenly Father.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Monday evening, November 1st at 7:30. If you have experienced a loved one who has died this past year, please join us in prayer for those who have gone ahead of us. Please bring as many of your family members and good friends as you can gather. We pray for all who have died this past year, not just those who had their funeral here, but for anyone who is deeply missed.

OAKLAND CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Invites 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls and their parents to attend an Open house on Sunday, November 7, 2010 from 12pm-3pm. Meet the administration, faculty, parents and students as you tour the facilities of this woman's college preparatory high school. For more information, contact Oakland Catholic High School at 412.682.6633 x253. Oakland Catholic's Scholarship Entrance Exam will be on Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 8:30am-1:45am. Scores will be used for placement in classes and determining eligibility for academic scholarships. Contact Oakland Catholic to pre-register for the exam by Monday, November 8, 2010. A $10 fee is required.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 30
5:00 pm Mary Gorskey (Sandy Romanelli)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 31
7:30 am Luigi Magnelli (Family)
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Gino Marsico (Rita Marsico, wife)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Diane Sacco (Farrell Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, All Saints, November 1
8:30 pm Frankie Maher (Bill and Sue Rielly)
7:30 pm All Souls Memorial Service

Tuesday, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, November 2
8:30 am Joe & Rosalia Costa (Family)


Wednesday, weekday, November 3
8:30 am Trapp & Gimber Families (Gimber Sisters)


Thursday, St. Charles Borromeo, bishop, November 4
8:30 am Helen Quinlan (Bob McGuiness Family)


Friday, weekday, November 5
8:30 am Fortumato-Costa Family (Anttonetta Costa)


Saturday, weekday, November 6
9:00 am Mary Certo (Family)


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 6
5:00 pm Sadie Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)  (Youth Mass)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 7
7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Francis Maher (Aquinas Guild)
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Antonia Vivaldi LoPardo (Costa Family) (Anointing of the Sick)
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 Bechman 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

Parish Office Monday–Thursday 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 (Monday–Thursday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.