November 14, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

Some time ago, I read that many believers have lost "a sense of an ending" to all things. In the past preachers spoke about the "four last things," that is, death, judgment, heaven and hell. But today churchgoers rarely hear anything about them; as a matter of fact preachers often seem a bit embarrassed to address these realities.

The prophet Malachi (whose name means "my messenger") had no such hesitation. There will be an end, a day blazing like an oven, burning up all evildoers like stubble; no roots or branches will be found. This will not be everyone's experience of that day. The just, who reverence and honor God, will experience not a blazing firestorm but the sun of justice with its healing rays.

Jesus is also referring to an end time in today's Gospel, most likely one that has already occurred by the time that Luke's Gospel is recorded. Luke's hearers had already seen the destruction of the city of Jerusalem and its temple, accompanied by the persecution of the church. Jesus' words here were a call to encouragement, to persevere, that God will be there and "you will secure your lives" (Luke 21:19).

We believe the end time has begun with the death and resurrection of Jesus, but we live between what theologians call "the already and the not yet". Already God has acted in a definitive way by raising Jesus from the dead, but the total results of this action have yet to be realized in the world. God's word today is meant to give us hope that God will be faithful to the divine promises and we will see the Lord face to face. We can count on this.

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

November 14, 2010

SUNDAY November 7, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$13,109.25

RETIREMENT FUND FOR THE RELIGIOUS

Next weekend, Nov. 20th and 21st. there will be a second collection to support our retired religious. Many of us were taught in our youth by sisters and religious brothers. Many of these have died, but many other are now in their 70's and older living in retirement. Many of these religious were paid a very minimum wage during their teaching years. As a consequence, they either collect little or nothing from the Social Security Program. The retirement fund for our retired religious is billions of dollars underfunded. So this is a "pay-back" moment for those of us who benefited from the dedicated service of so many religious. Please be supportive of them when we take up a second collection next weekend. Fr. Ken

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY

Explore the possibilities and visit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) for our OPEN HOUSE. Thursday, November 18th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Come see and hear about the advantages of a Pre-K-8 environment. Enter through the main school entrance at 205 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall and proceed to cafeteria. Please call for more information 412.871.7927 and visit our website @ www.cdtcatholicacademy.org. Reservations requested but not required. We are "Nurturing Faith and Inspiring Excellence"!

CARDINAL WUERL TO CELEBRATE LOCAL MASS

Cardinal Donald Wuerl will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Paul Cathedral on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 2:00pm followed by a public reception. All are welcome to attend to join in thanksgiving to God for this great honor to Cardinal Wuerl and to the Church of Pittsburgh.

BOOK FAIR

CDTCA is holding a Book Fair today, Sunday, November 14th from Noon until 4pm at the Waterworks Barnes and Noble. Please come to watch the performances by the students, have a cup of coffee at the cafe and start on your Christmas shopping!

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.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING

As Advent approaches, students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for one of our upcoming Altar Server training sessions. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. Sessions will be held in the church on Sunday, November 14th after the 9am Mass and on Sunday, December 5th after the 11am Mass. For more details and study materials necessary, contact Peggy Santelli at Teggymom@aol.com or 412.828.0241.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE

As part of our Advent preparation for Christmas, once again this year we are inviting you to take a tag from the Christmas Sharing tree during the Masses next weekend. These tags represent a way to reach out to others as we would reach out to Christ Himself. Some of the tags represent children and adults who are facing financial distress this Christmas time. Some of the tags represent children whom we support in Haiti and Kenya. So we invite you next week to take a tag and to return your gifts/donations on the weekend of Dec 11th and 12th. What a wonderful way to prepare the Way of the Lord.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Just a reminder that there will be no Religious Education on Tuesday, November 23 and Sunday November 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

ADVENT WREATH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
It's time to sign up to light the Advent Wreath. Please sign the Advent notebook found at the back of the church for the mass of your choice. Sign up by
November 21st to help us celebrate this beautiful season in anticipation of the birth of our Lord.

BLOOD DRIVE

The St. Scholastica annual Holiday Blood Drive is on Sunday, November 28, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the St. Scholastica Pastoral Center. If you are 17 years or older, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are in good health, then you are most likely eligible to give blood. Blood cannot be manufactured and it is perishable. Please give blood and ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for area patients. Please call JoAnn at 412-767-4248 to schedule your life saving appointment.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

If you are planning to shop at Giant Eagle or Community Market for your Thanksgiving dinner, please stop at the back of church next weekend, November 20th and 21st. We will be selling gift cards for ALL local grocery stores. If you use cash or checks to purchase your groceries, please consider purchasing gift cards and supporting our school.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 13

5:00 pm John M. Mchardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,

November 14

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Thomas Welsh (Welsh Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Alexander W. & Ann Rogus (Daughter, Gerry Michanowicz)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 15

8:30 pm Birthday, Tom Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Tuesday, weekday, November 16

8:30 am Patricia Akanowicz (Daughter, Charlene Akanowicz)

Wednesday, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17

8:30 am Deceased Parishioners of St. Scholastica (Elizabeth Metrovich) &

Beatriz Caminos (Josephine Oria)

Thursday, weekday, November 18

8:30 am Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Peshkur (The Horne Family)

Friday, weekday, November 19

8:30 am Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen Maher & Family)

Saturday, weekday, November 20

9:00 am Birthday, George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

Saturday, Vigil of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, November 20

5:00 pm Sadie Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, November 14

7:30 am William H. Labriola (Rosemarie Labriola)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

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.