December 26, 2010

WEB ALERT! NEW SITE OPEN
Try out the newly rebuilt St. Scholastica Parish website at
http://www.saintscholastica.com/.  The site contains basic information about the parish, as well as a number of features that we hope you find useful.  You can now sign your children up for religious education classes online, contact parish groups in order to participate in their activities, and inform the parish of the needs
of parishioners who are newly shut-in or are in the hospital.  We encourage you to explore the site, and please notify us through the "feedback" link if you encounter any problems.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Mary Catherine at 412-781-6550 or email scanlonk@juno.com.

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS
The Parish Office will be closed December 23rd—December 31st.  We will reopen Monday, January 3rd.

GREETING OF PEACE
Traditionally we all know that during the Greeting of Peace we turn to one and other and shake hands.  Given the flu season, the acceptable alternative would be a nod of the head and a smile.

YOUTH MINISTRY
We are celebrating!  Our youth ministry program is celebrating 15 years of success!  On January 8th we will begin the day with ice skating at PPG from 11-1.  RSVP by Jan. 3.  The next event  that day will be Youth Mass at 5:00pm followed by a party in Pastoral center. We will have 15 years worth of pictures!  A NHL Penguin Jersey raffle, a service project, Rock Band 3, Pizza and of course, birthday cake!   We extend a special invitation to our young adults who participated in youth ministry during their high school years.  Call
the youth ministry office if you would like more information.

CDTCA 2011 LOTTERY CALENDARS
CDTCA 2011 Lottery Calendars are now available. They can be found in the back of church or in the school office.  The price is still $25 to play your number all year for the evening drawing.  Please call the office (412)781-7927 or Anne Cooper (412)782-5892 with any questions. Calendars make great gifts!
 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays
and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
             
This is the only episode we have about Jesus between the time of his infancy and his baptism in the Jordan as an adult.  One might smile at its confirmation that even having the Son of God as an adolescent was no easy
thing.  But this is more than a story that includes a rare moment of tension within the Holy Family.  If he grew in wisdom and grace, I like to think that there were at least several moments when Mary called out the window, "Didn't I tell you not to…" Nor is it simply a tale reflecting how the young Jesus sometimes had to navigate conflicting loyalties: obedience to his earthly parents versus the call of his heavenly Father.

Luke reminds us twice in his Gospel that "Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man" (Luke 2:52; see also 2:40).  Here he provides us with a story showing Jesus as he grows in wisdom, coming to recognize whose Son he is and what that means: an intense relationship with his Father and all that
belongs to and concerns his Father.  Here we see him as one "filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him" (2:40).

Perhaps some consolation can be found in realizing that even living in the presence of the Son of God did not remove all anxieties, even for his parents.  However, what continued to hold this family together was their mutual desire to do God's will, along with a willingness to ponder, as Mary did time and time again, what exactly all this might mean, trusting in God all the while.

CHRISTMAS GREETING
 This Christmas I want to extend Christmas greetings and God's blessings to all of you and your families.  I give thanks for being Pastor here at St. Scholastica's for these past two and a half years.  I am especially thankful for the committed and dedicated professional staff and administrative staff of the parish. But we all know that the key to the vitality of the parish are you, the parishioners.  Many of you are second or third generation parishioners of "St. Scho's", others have joined us recently.  I want to express my thanks to you for your commitment to be active and dedicated Catholics.  In a special way I acknowledge the gifts and dedication of so many who are involved in the Liturgical Ministries, Pastoral Council, Finance Committee and the other pastoral activities of the parish.  May the celebration of the birth of Jesus be the moment for us to be rededicated to be Disciples of Christ and faith filled members of his church.  May the Lord Jesus be our peace and joy.  Fr. Ken

MASS INTENTIONS:
 
Sunday, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,  December 26
    7:30 am           Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am           Frances Maher (Kathleen Welsh)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am         Frank & Sophie Skowron
(Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, St. John, apostle, December 27
   8:30 am           William & Rosemarie Labriola
(Joyce Doyle & Family)

Tuesday, The Holy Innocents, martyrs, December 28
 8:30 am  Joshua Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)

Wednesday, Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 29
  8:30 am  Paula O'Keeffe
(Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)

Thursday, Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 30
    8:30 am  Communion Service

Friday, Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31
   8:30 am  Communion Service

Saturday, The Blessed Virgin Mary, January 1
10:00 am  Patrick Fleming Sr. (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of The Epiphany of the Lord, January 1
5:00 pm  NO MASS SERVICE
      

Sunday, The Epiphany of the Lord, January 2
7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
9:00 am  Deceased Members of the Klun Family
(Rose Quering)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
 
SACRAMENTS
INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundaysof 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 Saturdaysafter 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 Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.10
Website Address: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com
Fax Number: 412-781-4316
Submissionsfor 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 Musser21
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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton24
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.

December 19, 2010

SUNDAY December 12, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$15,614.00

HEKIMA PLACE
Donations totaling $2,470.00 received for tuition for the children at Hekima Place in Kenya.

WEB ALERT! NEW SITE OPEN
Try out the newly rebuilt St. Scholastica Parish website at www.saintscholastica.com. The site contains basic information about the parish, as well as a number of features that we hope you find useful. You can now sign your children up for religious education classes online, contact parish groups in order to participate in their activities, and inform the parish of the needs of parishioners who are newly shut-in or are in the hospital. We encourage you to explore the site, and please notify us through the “feedback” link if you encounter any problems.

SNOW TUBING
Last chance to sign up for our Dec. 29th trip to Seven Springs! We will tube the 11-1 session. RSVP to the youth ministry office!

GIFT CARDS
For all your last minute Christmas gifts, holiday parties and planning your Christmas dinner, please stop at the back of church this weekend, December 18th and 19th. We will be selling gift cards for ALL local grocery stores and many restaurants and retail stores. Please consider purchasing gift cards and supporting our school.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Mary Catherine at 412-781-6550 or email scanlonk@juno.com.

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS
The Parish Office will be closed December 23rd—December 31st. We will reopen Monday, January 3rd.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Just a reminder that our Religious Education program will be on Christmas Break Dec. 26, 28and Jan. 2. Have a wonderful Christmas!

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00pm (Children’s Christmas Eve Mass),
7:00pm and 10:00pm (there is no midnight Christmas Eve Mass.

Christmas Day Masses: one Mass scheduled at 10:00am (no 5:00pm
Christmas Day Mass).

Sunday December 26th:7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am Masses.

CDTCA 2011 LOTTERY CALENDARS
CDTCA 2011 Lottery Calendars are now available. They can be found in the back of church or in the school office. The price is still $25 to play your number all year for the evening drawing. Please call the office (412)781-7927 or Anne Cooper (412)782-5892 with any questions. Calendars make great gifts!

THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY
Thank you to those who participated in St Scholastica’s Christmas Gift Project.

Generous donations from our parishioners will help 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 are appreciated very much!

COME EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS LITURGIES

Each choir will sing 30-minutes of Christmas Prelude Music before each of our Christmas liturgies. Come early this year to take some time to sit in peaceful, joyous prayer as part of your Christmas celebration.
Christmas Eve 3:30 p.m. (Children’s 4 p.m.
Christmas Eve 6:30 p.m. (Contemporary Choir 7pm)
Christmas Eve 9:30 p.m. (SATB Choir 10 p.m.)
Christmas Day 9:00 a.m. (SATB Schola 10 a.m.)

HELEN GAGE—REST IN PEACE
This past Friday, Fr. Bob Duch celebrated the funeral Mass of Helen Gage. She had not been well for a number of years, but became seriously ill these past months. She served our parish as secretary for many years. In fact her whole working career was devoted to serving several parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We are grateful for her many years of faithful service and commend her to the Lord Jesus. We extend our sympathy and prayers to her family members and friends and to Fr. Bob who was devoted to her care. May she be home with the Lord this Christmas. Fr. Ken

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18
5:00 pm Edward L. Gursky (Wife & Daughter)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19
7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Mary, Frank & Eugene LeDonne (LeDonne Family)
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 amKathryn Cush (Dan Cush)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Late Advent Weekday, December 20
8:30 am Angie Obringer (Family)

Tuesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 21
8:30 am Norma Longhini (Longhini Family)

Wednesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 22
8:30 am Frank & Katherine Perry (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

Thursday, Late Advent Weekday, December 23
8:30 am Communion Service

Friday, Late Advent Weekday, December 24
4:00 pm Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)

7:00 pm Parishioners of St. Scholastica

10:00 pm Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)

Saturday, Christmas, December 25
10:00 am Joe & Rosalia Costa (Costa Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 26
7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Frances Maher (Kathleen Welsh)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Frank & Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundaysof 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 Saturdaysafter 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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton 24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Mary Swindal412-781-0186 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.

December 12, 2010

SUNDAY December 5, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$14,951.25

WEB ALERT! NEW SITE OPEN
Try out the newly rebuilt St. Scholastica Parish website at
www.saintscholastica.com.  The site contains basic information about the parish,
as well as a number of features that we hope you find useful.  You can now sign
your children up for religious education classes online, contact parish groups
in order to participate in their activities, and inform the parish of the needs
of parishioners who are newly shut-in or are in the hospital.  We encourage you
to explore the site, and please notify us through the "feedback" link if you
encounter any problems.

SNOW TUBING
Our annual youth ministry snow tubing day at 7 Springs is Wednesday, December
29th.  We will tube the 11-1 Session.  Cost is $25 per person.  RSVP to the
youth ministry office by December 21st.

INTERSECTION
All students in grades 8-12 are invited to join us for Intersection, our Bible
Study in the ministry center from 10-11am December 19th.

MEGA MEETING
Just a reminder to our confirmation class that we have a MEGA meeting on Sunday,
December 19thfrom 12-1:30 in the pastoral center.

GIFT CARDS
For all your last minute Christmas gifts, holiday parties and planning your
Christmas dinner, please stop at the back of church next weekend, December 18th
and19th.  We will be selling gift cards for ALL local grocery stores and many
restaurants and retail stores.  Please consider purchasing gift cards and
supporting our school.

HOLIDAY STRINGS
Next Sunday, December 19th, the Fox Chapel Area Ambassador Orchestra will
present a program of sacred and secular holiday music, including a sing-along of
your favorite carols and holiday songs.  It will be at 2:00pm at the Aspinwall
Presbyterian Church.  This concert will feature the 20 piece orchestra
representing the best string students at Fox Chapel Area High School.

PARISH GIFT PROJECT
All Christmas gift donations including tuition donation envelopes for students
of Haiti and Kenya are due this weekend.  Please join us today after mass as we
carry the gifts from the altar to the rectory, where the gifts will be sorted
for delivery.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer
requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Mary Catherine at
412-781-6550 or email scanlonk@juno.com.
 
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
             Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00pm (Children's Christmas Eve Mass),
7:00pm and 10:00pm (there is no midnight Christmas Eve Mass.
             Christmas Day Masses: one Mass scheduled at 10:00am (no 5:00pm
Christmas Day Mass).
             Sunday December 26th: 7:30am, 9:00am & 11:00am Masses.

GREETING OF PEACE
Traditionally we all know that during the Greeting of Peace we turn to one and
other and shake hands.  Given the flu season, the acceptable alternative would
be a nod of the head and a smile.

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE
St. Scholastica has confessions scheduled on Monday, December 13that 7:00pm. 
St. Francis in Harmar has confessions on Wednesday, December 15that 7:00pm.  St.
Edwards in Blawnox has confessions on Thursday, December 16that 7:00pm.  Prepare
the way for the coming of the Lord!  When was the last time you made a good
confession??

CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
Our Annual Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy is at 4:00pm on Friday, December
24th.  As is our tradition we will have children in grades k-2 dress as angels
and shepherds.  If your child would like to participate please contact Kirsten
Powell at kcpwll@gmail.comby December 15th.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Children in grades 3-8 are invited to sing in the Christmas Eve Children's choir
for the 4:00pm Liturgy.  Our rehearsal will be Saturday, December 18thfrom
9:30-12:00 in the pastoral center. This is our only rehearsal and so it is
mandatory.  If your child would like to participate please contact Jamie Dillon
by December 12 @ jamiedillon@comcast.net.

CDTCA 2011 LOTTERY CALENDARS
CDTCA 2011 Lottery Calendars are now available. They can be found in the back of
church or in the school office.  The price is still $25 to play your number all
year for the evening drawing.  Please call the office (412)781-7927 or Anne
Cooper (412)782-5892 with any questions. Calendars make great gifts!

AQUINAS ACADEMY
Congratulations to the following middle and high school students who have
obtained honor roll status at Aquinas Academy:  Sophia Kartsonas – Highest
Honors, Caroline Henry – High Honors, Marile Schraut – High Honors, Grace Henry
– Honors and Clare Mortenson – Honors.


MASS INTENTIONS:
 
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11
5:00 pm             Richard B. Cullinan (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent,  December 12
    7:30 am          Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am          Laurence G. Dengler & Theobald J. Dengler
(Doherty Family)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 amArlene Enriquez (Enriquez Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Lucy, virgin & martyr, December 13
   8:30 amSam Nicotera (Bob Bauer)
   7:00 pmConfessions at St. Scholastica

Tuesday, St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor, December 14
 8:30 amAnniv., Elena Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 15
  8:30 amJoseph Deegan
(Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)
   

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 16
    8:30 amRita Hinterlang (Scanlon Family)

Friday, Late Advent Weekday, December 17
   8:30 amDan Hudak (Check & Rita Rehak)
   
Saturday, Late Advent Weekday, December 18
   9:00 amAngie Obringer (Jack O'Brien)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18
5:00 pmEdward L. Gursky (Wife & Daughter)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent,  December 19
7:30 amParishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
9:00 amMary, Frank & Eugene LeDonne
(LeDonne Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 amKathryn Cush (Dan Cush)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
 
SACRAMENTS
INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundaysof 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 Saturdaysafter 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 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
Submissionsfor 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 Musser21
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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Mary Swindal412-781-0186 Extension 10
Coordinator of The Protection of Children
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy412-781-7927
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.

December 5, 2010

SUNDAY November 28, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$19,647.50


MINISTRY OF PRAISE
             In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put
prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Mary
Catherine at 412-781-6550 or email scanlonk@juno.com.

CARDINAL WUERL TO CELEBRATE LOCAL MASS
Cardinal Donald Wuerl will return to Pittsburgh to celebrate a Mass of
Thanksgiving at Saint Paul Cathedral on Sunday, December 12, at 2:00 p.m. A
reception will follow at Oakland Catholic High School. All are invited to attend
the Mass and reception, as we give thanks to God for the honor that the Holy
Father has bestowed on Cardinal Wuerl, and his home Diocese of Pittsburgh, by
elevating him to the College of Cardinals.

CHRISTMAS GIFT PROJECT
St. Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project to benefit children and families in our
area and students in Haiti and Kenya is underway.  All gifts and donation
envelopes for our parish gift project should be returned during mass the weekend
of December 11th.  Please attach the tag you selected to your wrapped gift. If
you are unable to present gifts on the altar during mass, return the gifts to
the table set up at the back of the church. Any questions please contact Betsy
Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.

CDTCA 2011 LOTTERY CALENDARS
CDTCA 2011 Lottery Calendars are now available. They can be found in the back of
church or in the school office.  The price is still $25 to play your number all
year for the evening drawing.  Please call the office (412)781-7927 or Anne
Cooper (412)782-5892 with any questions. Calendars make great gifts!

SANTA'S WORKSHOP IS HERE!
Santa's Workshop is open after all Masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center. A
variety of decorative items, handmade crafts and inexpensive gift items are
available for purchase. Come and get some Christmas shopping done.  There are
gifts available for everyone on your list.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MASS
All are invited to join Bishop David Zubik and Latino Catholics for the annual
"Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Mass" on Friday, December 10th, 7:00pm at St.
Paul Cathedral.  The celebration begins at 7:00pm with the "Our Lady"
procession.  Enjoy the festive reception afterwards in the cathedral's social
hall.
 
GREETING OF PEACE
Traditionally we all know that during the Greeting of Peace we turn to one and
other and shake hands.  Given the flu season, the acceptable alternative would
be a nod of the head and a smile.

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE
             St. Scholastica has confessions scheduled on Monday, December
13that 7:00pm.  St. Francis in Harmar has confessions on Wednesday, December
15that 7:00pm.  St. Edwards in Blawnox has confessions on Thursday, December
16that 7:00pm.  Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!  When was the last
time you made a good confession??

ST. MONICA SOCIETY
The December Meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 11, at 9:40am.  We will be doing
Christmas Cards for Shut-Ins. All are welcome to join us.

PARISH LITURGICAL CALENDARS
Thank you to Paul Ajak, Funeral Director of Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, for
contributing the Parish Liturgical Calendars for 2011.  They are now available
at the entrances to the church.

CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
Our Annual Children's Christmas Eve Liturgy is at 4:00pm on Friday, December
24th.  As is our tradition we will have children in grades k-2 dress as angels
and shepherds.  If your child would like to participate please contact Kirsten
Powell at kcpwll@gmail.comby December 15th.
 BLOOD DRIVE
Many thanks to the 23 participants who came to donate blood last Sunday.  The
Parish is grateful for your contribution to fill this need for patients in our
city.  God bless you.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Children in grades 3-8 are invited to sing in the Christmas Eve Children's choir
for the 4:00pm Liturgy.  Our rehearsal will be Saturday, December 18thfrom
9:30-12:00 in the pastoral center. This is our only rehearsal and so it is
mandatory.  If your child would like to participate please contact Jamie Dillon
by December 12 @ jamiedillon@comcast.net.
HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., December  8th, in the Pastoral
Center, immediately following the 7:00 Mass.  All are welcome!

MASS INTENTIONS:
 

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4
5:00 pm             Milton Squiller (Sandy Romanelli)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent,  December 5
    7:30 am          Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am          Anniv., George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 amRonald Alvino (Family)
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 6
   8:30 amFor the health of Christian Connolly
(Ted & Ann Phillips)

Tuesday, St. Ambrose, bishop, December 7
 8:30 amFrank LeDonne (LeDonne Family)

Wednesday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8
  8:30 amAnniv., William L. Vietmeier (Cousins)
    7:00 pmAnn Romanovich (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 9
    8:30 amAnniv.,  Mary Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 10
   8:30 amJoseph Feeley (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)
   
Saturday, Advent Weekday, December 11
   9:00 amAnniv., Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 11
5:00 pmRichard B. Cullinan (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent,  December 12
7:30 amParishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
9:00 amLaurence G. Dengler & Theobald J. Dengler
(Doherty Family)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 amArlene Enriquez (Enriquez Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
 
SACRAMENTS
INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundaysof 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 Saturdaysafter 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 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
Submissionsfor 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 Musser21
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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Mary Swindal412-781-0186 Extension 10
Coordinator of The Protection of Children
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy412-781-7927
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.