January 1, 2012

CHRISTMAS THANKS
   I want to express my thanks, first, to all of you who are the bedrock of our parish: those of you who year in and year out are committed to your Catholic Faith, and also committed to our parish community. No parish can be vital for 105 years (we were founded in 1907) unless people of faith gather to form a living parish family. Some of you have been members here for over 50 or 60 years: from your baptism here to your more elder years. Others have joined our parish family this past year and represent the renewal of our mission to be God's tender and steady light in this dark, and sometimes brutal world.
   I want to thank Kathleen Welsh and her clan for decorating our church this Christmas Season. Kathleen, you did a beautiful job and I am grateful for your gifts. I also want to publicly acknowledge the wonderful ministry carried on by our professional staff, office and maintenance staff, those in liturgical ministries, and those who quietly go about contributing to the daily operation of our parish.
Lastly, thank you for all the Christmas gifts and greetings you have sent me. I am so grateful for your kindly support and validation of my ministry as pastor. I have been here now for three and a half years and feel very much at home. My hope is that you feel "at home" with me! Please feel free to call or email if you would like to have a conversation about a faith issue or any concern you may have.  I wish you all God's grace and peace in this New Year. Fr. Ken

CHURCH DIRECTORY
A new pictorial directory of parishioners is underway. Family or individual picture appointments can still be made for the weeks of Jan. 10th – Jan. 14th, Feb. 7th – Feb. 11th and May 4th and 5th by contacting Olan Mills directly at 1-800-866-2263, Monday – Friday. Please make sure to give the church's' phone number, 412-781-0186, when setting up your appointment. Each participating family will receive a $25.00 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase and the process takes less than an hour from photographing to ordering! Hope to see you in our new directory!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Respect Life Committee will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 8th from 8 am to 1 pm in the school cafeteria. This is our only fundraiser. The money will be used for the bus to Washington for the March For Life on Monday, January 23. Merry Christmas to all from the Respect Life Committee.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
   · Adult chaperons are needed for our teens as they work at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, January 7. The group meets in the Target parking lot in Harmar at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com by Wednesday, January 4, if you can participate.
    · We need host families to house the members of the University of Notre Dame Chorale on the night of Saturday, January 14, after their performance that evening in the church. Please contact Chorale member and parishioner Stephanie Bonaroti if you can help. Stephanie's email address is: sbonarot@nd.edu.
    · Please bring donations of Rice-a-Roni (or similar mixes) on the weekend of January 14 and 15. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.
Focus On . . . The Respect Life Committee
The committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C. (on January 23, this year). The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches. If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: respectlife@saintscholastica.com.

NOTRE DAME CHORALE
I am pleased to announce that the Notre Dame Chorale will be coming to our parish in January. They will be here to participate in the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Jan 14th. They will then present a concert following this Mass.  We encourage you to mark that date on your calendar. Also, we need host families who will be able to house students overnight on the 14th. To register as a Host Family you may contact Stephanie Bonaroti, she is from our parish and is with the Notre Dame Choir. Stephanie's email is: sbonarot@nd.edu. This is a good way to celebrate a New Year. Fr. Ken

INTERSECTION
All teens are welcome to join us for Intersection on January 8 from 10-11 in the ministry center. A light breakfast will be provided as we discuss the gospel.

MAGNIFICAT
If you are looking for a daily prayer book which includes the daily Mass readings, then I recommend Magnificat. This monthly issued prayer book also contains morning and evening prayer, as well as daily reflections. The large print edition (we all need that!) is $64.95 for the year which includes one issue per month and a special issue for Holy Week. Subscriptions: Magnificat, PO Box 822, Yonkers, NY 10702, or call 1-866-273-5215, or visit www.magnificat.com.  Fr. Ken

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN?
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic? The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey, in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community. If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now!

BIBLE STUDY: THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Now that the holiday rush is over, take some time to appreciate the stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus more deeply. This brief, five-week study will look at the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, attempting to answer questions such as: How do these stories place Jesus within the history of his people? How do they point forward to his adult life? How can we appreciate these stories as adults? The study will meet on Wednesday evenings from January 11 through February 8 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5 fee for materials. Please contact Andy Bechman by January 9 to register.

HELP US TO KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK!
If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, www.saintscholastica.com. Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR POST-ABORTION HEALING
Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 27-29, 2012 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Financial aid available. Sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Catholic Charities. For more information, visit www.ccpgh.org or call 412-352-5348. The deadline to register is January 20.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
There will be no religious education classes on January 1& January 3. Classes resume on January 8.  There is a check in for all home study families on January 8 in the cafeteria.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Any youth or adult wishing to volunteer for our January 7th work day should RSVP to Jamie Dillon by Wednesday, January 4.

RESOLUTION: USE THE CORNER!
During the new year, we encourage leaders of our parish ministries and organizations to use the Stewardship Corner to communicate with the members of the parish. Using the Corner allows you to reach parishioners through the print bulletin, the online bulletin, the Stewardship Corner webpage, and even the TV screen in the back of the church. If your group needs assistance with a project or would like to recruit members, send a request for the "Help Needed!" feature. If you want people to know about the good things your group is doing, send an item for "Good News!"  And if you would like to add a personal touch to the group descriptions that we publish under the "Focus on . . ." feature, send quotations from your members about how their work with your group enriches their lives and the lives of others. Any of these items can be sent to Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. So use the Corner this year, and help your group to thrive!

MARCH FOR LIFE
This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C. There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington. Chaperons will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, December 31
   5:00 pm  Thomas Welsh (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God,  January 1
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Mr. Edward Seelye  (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Basil the Great, January 2
    8:30 am  Betty Edmonds (Wehrle Family)

Tuesday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  Daniel J. Beggy (Beggy Family)

Wednesday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
   8:30 am  Anne Sternbauer (Sr. Helen Simanek)

Thursday, St. John Neumann, Bishop, January 5
   8:30 am Ralph Friday (Peggy Friday, wife)

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 6
   8:30 am  Howard & Elizabeth White (Family)
   4:00 pm  Wedding, Katherine Santelli & Jared Ruggieri

Saturday, Christmas Weekday, January 7
    9:00 am  Certo Family

Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 7
   5:00 pm  William McGue (Heather Underwood) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Epiphany of the Lord,  January 8
   7:30 am  William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.stscholasticaparish.org
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Rev. Kenneth White, Pastor, M.Th.M.Ed.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed.   Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser   Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik   412-390-3748
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal   Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson   Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays                                                            

December 25, 2011

 MAGNIFICAT
If you are looking for a daily prayer book which includes the daily Mass readings, then I recommend Magnificat. This monthly issued prayer book also contains morning and evening prayer, as well as daily reflections. The large print edition (we all need that!) is $64.95 for the year which includes one issue per month and a special issue for Holy Week. Subscriptions: Magnificat, PO Box 822, Yonkers, NY 10702, or call 1-866-273-5215, or visit www.magnificat.com.  Fr. Ken

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN?
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic?  The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey, in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community. If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: andybechman@saint scholastica.com. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now!

BIBLE STUDY: THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Once the holiday rush is over, take some time to appreciate the stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus more deeply. This brief, five-week study will look at the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, attempting to answer questions such as: How do these stories place Jesus within the history of his people? How do they point forward to his adult life? How can we appreciate these stories as adults? The study will meet on Wednesday evenings from January 11 through February 8 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center from7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5 fee.  Please contact Andy Bechman by January 9 to register.

MARCH FOR LIFE
This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington.  Chaperons will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Respect Life Committee will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 8th from 8 am to 1 pm in the school cafeteria. This is our only fundraiser. The money will be used for the bus to Washington for the March For Life on Monday, January 23. Merry Christmas to all from the Respect Life Committee.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
There will be no religious education classes on December 27, January 1 & January 3. Classes resume on January 8.  There is a check in for all home study families on January 8 in the cafeteria.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Any youth or adult wishing to volunteer for our January 7th work day should RSVP to Jamie Dillon by Wednesday, January 4.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.  Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com.  Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
Adult chaperons are needed for our teens as they work at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, January 7. The group meets in the Target parking lot in Harmar at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Jamie Dillon (see below) if you can participate.
Focus On . . . Youth Ministry
The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit www.stscholasticayouth.org. Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: youthministry@saintscholastica.com.

NOTRE DAME CHORALE
I am pleased to announce that the Notre Dame Chorale will be coming to our parish in January. They will be here to participate in the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Jan 14th. They will then present a concert following this Mass.  We encourage you to mark that date on your calendar.  Also, we need host families who will be able to house students overnight on the 14th.  To register as a Host Family you may contact Stephanie Bonaroti--she is from our parish and is with the Notre Dame Chorale. Stephanie's email is: sbonarot@nd.edu. This is a good way to celebrate a New Year. Fr. Ken

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR POST-ABORTION HEALING
Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 27-29, 2012 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.  In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath.  Financial aid available.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Catholic Charities.  For more information, visit www.ccpgh.org or call 412-352-5348. The deadline to register is January 20.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

CHURCH DIRECTORY
A new pictorial directory of parishioners is underway. Family or individual picture appointments can still be made for the weeks of Jan. 10th to Jan. 14th, Feb. 7th to Feb. 11th, and May 4th and 5th by contacting Olan Mills directly at 1-800-866-2263, Monday to Friday. Please make sure to give the church's phone number, 412-781-0186, when setting up your appointment.  Each participating family will receive a $25.00 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase and the process takes less than an hour from photographing to ordering! Hope to see you in our new directory!

INTERSECTION
All teens are welcome to join us for Intersection on January 8 from 10-11 a.m. in the ministry center.  A light breakfast will be provided as we discuss the gospel.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristin Owen (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White  
   7:00 pm  William & Rosemarie Labriola (Joyce Doyle & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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

Monday, St. Stephen, first martyr, December 26
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Evelyn Conflenti)
Tuesday, St. John, apostle, December 27
   8:30 am  Carmella Petraglia Difiore (Mary Labriola)
Wednesday, The Holy Innocents, martyrs, December 28
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Angela Doerfler & Family)
Thursday, The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 29
   8:30 am  John & Leona Marcone (Debbie & Gene Pochapsky)
Friday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 30
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE
Saturday, The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, December 31
   5:00 pm  Thomas Welsh (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God,  January 1
   7:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Mr. Edward Seelye (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society)
       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.

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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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-Friday) 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

December 18, 2011

COLLECTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER:
$57,922.67
BUDGETED:
$56,012.66
SURPLUS:
$1,910.01

CHRISTMAS SECOND COLLECTION
There will be a second collection at all the Christmas Masses.  This collection is for Christmas Charities for Children and Youth.  Please be as generous as you can.

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF MASS SCHEDULE
There is not a 9:00 am mass on Saturday, December 24th.
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm  (no midnight Mass)
Christmas Day Mass is at 10:00 am.
Please Note:
The Christmas Eve 4:00 Mass is the "Children's Mass"! Needless to say it is wonderful on one hand, and noisy and chaotic on the other. If you have no young children, you would be well advised not to attend this Mass. The 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass is filled with some folks standing. The 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass is filled, but with extra seating available. The Christmas Day 10:00 am Mass is a great time to come to Mass for Christmas: it is not too early and there is room for all to be seated. Think about changing you routine at Christmas and coming to the Christmas Day Mass. Fr. Ken

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, and for children in Haiti and Kenya. Your donations are appreciated very much!

SNOW TUBING
Any Middle school or high school youth (and their family) that would like to participate in the December 29th snowtubing trip to Seven Springs should contact Jamie Dillon by December 19.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after Masses  this Sunday, December 18th.  A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com.  Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
This weekend we are collecting dried beans for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Please place donations in the food bin in the vestibule of the church. Thank you!
Good News!
Thanks to all who contributed to all of our Christmas giving projects! Your generosity has flowed to local people and families and to others, especially children, in West Virginia and as far away as Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and Hekima Place in Kiserian, Kenya. For some Christmas joy, search for HEKIMA_CHRISTMAS.wmv on YouTube.
Focus On . . . the Ministry of Praise
Parishioners in the Ministry of Praise volunteer to pray at home for parish needs and parishioner requests. A list is sent to them every two months. If you would like to join this group, or have a prayer request, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.

NOTRE DAME CHORALE
I am pleased to announce that the Notre Dame Chorale will be coming to our parish in January. They will be here to participate in the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Jan. 14th. They will then present a concert following this Mass.  We encourage you to mark that date on your calendar. Also, we need host families who will be able to house students overnight on the 14th. To register as a Host Family you may contact Stephanie Bonaroti, she is from our parish and is with the Notre Dame Chorale. Stephanie's email is: sbonarot@nd.edu. This is a good way to celebrate a New Year. Fr. Ken
 
MARCH FOR LIFE
This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington. Chaperons will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

PEOPLE CONCERNED FOR THE UNBORN CHILD
Christmas cards are available.  A set consists of 10 cards for $6.  Your purchase helps the Pro Life cause.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 17
   5:00 pm  Kathleen Belchick (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent,  December 18
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Donnelly & Shanahan Families
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 19
   8:30 am  Msgr. Kraus (J. & N. Certo)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 20
   8:30 am  William Stewart (Mary Labriola)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 21
   8:30 am  Anniv., Anthony M. & Joan G. Farina (Anthony G. & Jean Marie Farina)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 22
    8:30 am  Patrick Hardy (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 23
    8:30 am  Mary C. & Frank X. Larkin Sr. (Mary H. Larkin)

Saturday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristin Owen (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White  
   7:00 pm  William & Rosemarie Labriola (Joyce Doyle & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Christmas,  December 25
   10:00 am  Joe & Rosalia Costa (Costa 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 Bechman for more information.

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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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-Friday) 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

December 11, 2011

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                                                                                      DECEMBER 11, 2011

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00pm, 7:00pm and 10:00pm  (no midnight Mass)
Christmas Day Mass is at 10:00am.
Please Note:
The Christmas Eve 4:00 Mass is the "Children's Mass"! Needless to say it is wonderful on one hand, and noisy and chaotic on the other. If you have no young children, you would be well advised not to attend this Mass. The 7:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass is filled with some folks standing. The 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass is filled, but with extra seating available. The Christmas Day 10:00 am Mass is a great time to come to Mass for Christmas: it is not too early and there is room for all to be seated. Think about changing your routine at Christmas and coming to the Christmas Day Mass. Fr. Ken

MAGNIFICAT
If you are looking for a daily prayer book which includes the daily Mass readings, then I recommend Magnificat. This monthly issued prayer book also contains morning and evening prayer, as well as daily reflections. The large print edition (we all need that!) is $64.95 for the year which includes one issue per month and a special issue for Holy Week. Subscriptions: Magnificat, PO Box 822, Yonkers, NY 10702, or call 1-866-273-5215, or visit www.magnificat.com.  Fr. Ken

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES
 There is a Penance Service with Confessions on Tuesday evening, December 13, at 7:00 at Madonna in Sharpsburg.  Later Penance Services will take place on Monday, December 19, at 7:00 pm at the St. Edward worship site in Blawnox, and on Wednesday, December 21, at 7:30 pm at St. Joseph in O'Hara Township.         

PARISH GIFT PROJECT
All Christmas gift donations including tuition/donation envelopes for children 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.
COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS
Coffee/Doughnut House today after the 9:00am mass. Please stop for a couple of minutes and join us for coffee, doughnuts and fellowship in the Pastoral Center.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
Next weekend we are collecting dried beans for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Please place donations in the food bin in the vestibule of the church. Thank you!
Good News!
For a dozen of our teens, "Cyber Monday" was a day to shop till you drop for the poor and homeless. Using their own resources, the teens purchased many gifts ranging from footballs to baby dolls and purses.
On December 3, more than thirty of our middle school and high school young people sang carols at the VA Hospital.
Focus On . . .The Welcome Committee
The purpose of the Welcome Committee is to reach out to new parish members and encourage them to take an active role in the parish. Welcome receptions for new parishioners are held throughout the year. The Committee also corresponds with and provides information about St. Scholastica Parish to the new parishioners. If you are interested in our work, please contact Mary Scanlon at: welcome@saintscholastica.com.

MARCH FOR LIFE
This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington. Chaperones will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

PEOPLE CONCERNED FOR THE UNBORN CHILD
Christmas cards are available.  A set consists of 10 cards for $6.  Your purchase helps the Pro Life cause.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 10
   5:00 pm  Milton Squiller (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent,  December 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    
   9:00 am  Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

   11:00 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White


Monday, Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12
   8:30 am  William Milan (Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, Saint Lucy, virgin & martyr, December 13
   8:30 am  Patrick Hardy (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)
  
Wednesday, St. John of the Cross, priest & doctor, December 14
   8:30 am  Celia Mancini (Schramm Family)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 15
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Ugo & Carmella Esposito & Family)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 16
   8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, Advent Weekday, December 17
   9:00 am  Louis Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 17
   5:00 pm  Kathleen Belchick (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent,  December 18
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

   11:00 am  Donnelly & Shanahan Families
       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.

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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com
 
Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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-Friday) 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT                                                                                                      DECEMBER 11, 2011
ST. SCHOLASTICA

December 11, 2011

December 4, 2011

 Dear Church Family,
We are excited to announce that our church will be putting together a new pictorial directory! This directory will be a great tool for helping us to put faces with names. Every participating family will receive a free pictorial directory, as well as a $25 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase. You will only have to make one visit to the church, as you will be photographed and view your poses after you are done being photographed. So please stop at the sign up table in the back of church today to schedule your appointment. You may also sign up by email at parish@saintscholatica.com or by phone at 412-781-0186 ext. 10. The sooner you sign up, the more times you'll have to choose from. See you in the directory!

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
When was the last time you make a good confession? Be honest now!  Now is the time to make a good confession to prepare your soul for the great feast of Christmas. If not now . . . when??? This Monday evening, Dec 5th, at 7:30 we are celebrating an Advent Penance Service. Confession is also called the Sacrament of Reconciliation: "reconciliation" means to heal wounded relationships - it means to bring into one all your broken and hurting parts. If not now . . . when? What is holding you back? Come this Monday with an open heart hearing the words of Jesus: "No one who comes to me with a humble and contrite heart, will I ever reject!"

AQUINAS GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Aquinas Guild will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th, at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild."  RSVP to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th.  Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

ST. MONICA SOCIETY
The St. Monica Society Meeting will be Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9:40 am. Everyone is welcome to join us for prayer and preparing Christmas Cards for the shut ins.

BLOOD DRIVE
Thank you to all who participated in last week's Blood Drive.  All donations were earmarked for Mario Noro.  May God bless him and bring him to a healthy future.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 7th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.
Help Needed!
Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than this Tuesday, December 6. Purses, basketballs, footballs, and legos or duplos would be especially useful. Thank you!
Good News!
Thanks to all who have contributed so generously to our efforts to help Nancy Heil in her work and to support the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Surely the Lord will enter our hearts whenever we open them in generosity to people who are in need. We wish you an abundance of Advent blessings!
Focus On . . .
The Hope for Haiti Committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! One of our members writes: "I have met wonderful people, especially from Haiti whom I never would have had an opportunity to meet in person. My participation has given me a greater sense of community within the parish, but also from a global perspective by better understanding the challenges of Haiti." See more at the Stewardship Corner page on our parish website, www.saintscholastica.com. For more information on the
committee, contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

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 monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec. 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.

PEOPLE CONCERNED FOR THE UNBORN CHILD
Christmas cards are available.  A set consists of 10 cards for $6.  Your purchase helps the Pro Life cause.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 3
   5:00 pm  Ronald Alvino (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  December 4
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Frank & Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 5
    8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 6
    8:30 am  Margaret Cullinan (Jean Marie & Anthony Farina)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 7
    8:30 am  Patrick Hardy (Karen & John Staley)

Thursday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8
    8:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)
    7:00 pm  William L. Vietmeier (Cousins)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 9
    8:30 am  Mary & Charlie Infante (Len & Maryann Labriola)

Saturday, Advent Weekday, December 10
   9:00 am  Anniv., Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 10
   5:00 pm  Milton Squiller (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent,  December 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Denise Donnelly (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 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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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-Friday) 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

November 27, 2011

 Dear Church Family,
   We are excited to announce that our church will be putting together a new pictorial directory! This directory will be a great tool for helping us to put faces with names. Every participating family will receive a free pictorial directory, as well as a $25 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase. You will only have to make one visit to the church, as you will be photographed and view your poses after you are done being photographed. So please stop at the sign up table in the back of church today to schedule your appointment. You may also sign up by email at parish@saintscholatica.com or by phone at 412-781-0186 ext. 10. The sooner you sign up, the more times you'll have to choose from. See you in the directory!

AQUINAS GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Aquinas Guild will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th, at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild".  RSVP to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th. Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months, to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERT
The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 pm mass. The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

YOUTH MINISTRY
The Youth Ministry Annual Christmas Shopping Trip for the Needy is Monday, November 28th. We will meet at the Ministry Center at 11:00 am.  Drivers are needed.  All teens are welcome! Bring your Christmas Gift tag! 
Saturday, December 3rd  is a big day for Youth Ministry:
· We will begin with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday Morning. If you are interested please RSVP by Wednesday.
· Youth Mass at 5 pm. Anyone wishing to sing or play an instrument should report at 3:00 pm.
· After mass we will go Christmas Caroling then have Hot Chocolate and cookies! RSVP by Thursday for Caroling.

BLOOD DRIVE
Today is the St. Scholastica Blood Drive. The Central Blood Bank will be in the Pastoral Center from 8 am to 1 pm to accept your donations. We are holding this Blood Drive to help Mario Noro. Please stop by and see if you are eligible to be a donor.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.
Help Needed!
· We are looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their photo directory sessions. Photo sessions will be scheduled on January 10-14, February 7-11, and May 4-5. Most sessions are from 5:00-8:30 pm, but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, please contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186,  ext. 24.
· Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than December 6.  Nancy particularly requests footballs, basketballs, purses, legos and duplos.  Thank you!
Good News!
We collected 33 jars of peanut butter last weekend for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. In addition, two representatives from EECM made a presentation on the organization's work to parishioners last Sunday. Several parishioners left contact information for followup action. If you are interested in investigating adult service opportunities at EECM, please contact parishioner Geoff Tolge at geoff.tolge@gmail.com or Andy Bechman 412-781-0186, ext. 18. You can also learn about EECM at their website: http://eecm.org.

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 monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.
    The parish is looking for one or two families interested in chairing the Christmas gift project next year.  If you are interested call one of the contacts above for more information.  Plan to help with the gift sorting on Dec. 11 if you want to learn more.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Next weekend, Dec. 3rd and 4th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center after all the masses. This annual holiday shop for CDTCA has also become a tradition for parishioners to enhance their holiday shopping. A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts, and inexpensive gift items will be available for all ages. Advent candle sets and decorated tabletop trees are just a few of the popular items that will be available for purchase once again this year.

NURSING HOMES
Please advise the Parish Office or email to sandyricchiuto@hotmail.com the names of any family members in nursing homes. The St. Monica Society would like to remember them with greeting cards.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 26
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  November 27
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bess Hussey (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, Advent Weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, November 29
   8:30 am  Judy Jackworth (Husband)

Wednesday, St. Andrew, apostle, November 30
   8:30 am  Anniv., Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 1
    8:30 am  Sr. Dorothy Dolak  (Respect Life Committee)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 2
    8:30 am  Martha Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   9:00 am  Augustine Russo (Laura & Charlie Johnson)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 3
    5:00 pm  Ronald Alvino (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  December 4
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Frank & Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)
       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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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-Friday) 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

November 20, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   Every so often when I am driving, I see that old bumper sticker calling us to commit random acts of kindness.  Good advice in light of the story of the Last Judgment.  Did you notice that the story makes no mention of many of the sins we usually worry about as the basis for the Last Judgment?  This is not to say such things don't matter.  But the emphasis here has to do with getting out there and responding to people really in need, basic needs relating to hunger, thirst, being a stranger-an unwelcome immigrant?  (that one is certainly ripped from today's headlines!) - lacking clothes, needing health care (another relevant one), and being imprisoned.
    While it is always interesting to watch other people being judged, it is not something most of us enjoy experiencing ourselves—especially when it comes to evaluating our moral lives.  It is much easier to think of Jesus as the forgiving, compassionate, tender shepherd who is out there looking for us than as the one who comes in glory to judge and separate out the goats and the lambs.  Who wants to be counted among the goats?
    So, pick your area that will help you to be counted among the sheep.  Food distribution, environmental concerns, immigration reform, clothing—include here those nets that can save lives threatened by various issues surrounding health care, or prison reform.  Perhaps you thought this was one of those quaint stories Jesus tells that seem so long ago and far away.  The last we hear from the Gospel of Matthew for this year invites your participation—now.  The reason?  When you do something for them, you do it for him.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
November 20, 2011

October 2011 Monthly Collection:
$60,317.17
Budgeted:
$56,012.66
Surplus:
$4,304.51

BLOOD DRIVE
St. Scholastica Church is having a Blood Drive to help replace blood used by Mario Noro. Mario, son of Jennifer and Paul Noro, is an eight year old boy, in third grade, with a smile that lights up a room. Mario has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Mario is receiving treatments of chemotherapy and transfusions of blood and platelets at Children's Hospital. Mario's treatment will last between 24 and 36 months. You can help Mario. Make a reservation to see if you can donate blood for Mario on Sunday, November 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.

AQUINAS GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Aquinas Guild will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild". RSVP to, Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th. Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
There are no religious education classes Tuesday, November 22 and Sunday November 27. As you celebrate Thanksgiving please give thanks for our dedicated catechists, small group leaders and teen helpers.

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 Arlene Probst at 412-781-2337or email scanlonk@juno.com.

ADVENT WREATH
It's time to sign up to light the Advent Wreath candles.  Please sign the Advent Notebook found in the back of the church for the mass of your choice.  Sign up by November 20th to help us celebrate this beautiful season in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

YOUTH MASS
Rehearsal for the December 3rd Youth Mass is on Monday, November 28th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center. All teen musicians and vocalists are welcome.

NURSING HOMES
Please advise the Parish Office or email to sandyricchiuto@hotmail.com the names of any family members in nursing homes. The St. Monica Society would like to remember them with greeting cards.

HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERT
The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist, Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 p.m. mass. The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others.
Help Needed!
  • We are getting ready for a new parish directory! Photo sessions begin in January 2012. We are looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their sessions. Photo sessions will be scheduled on January 10-14, February 7-11, and May 4-5. Most sessions are from 5:00-8:30 p.m., but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186, ext. 24.
  • We are seeking donations of peanut butter this weekend. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.
  • Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than December 6. Thank you!
Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a brief presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses this Sunday, November 20, in the Pastoral Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults who are interested in service as a vital expression of our Catholic faith. EECM sponsors a variety of services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. They rely on volunteers—many from local faith communities—to undertake tasks such as preparing meals for their soup kitchen or men's emergency shelter, spending time with guests at the Orr Compassionate Care Center while they recover from illness, or tutoring young people after school. Please stop by if you would like to learn more. The presentation begins at 10:15 a.m.

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 monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec. 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.
    The parish is looking for one or two families interested in chairing the Christmas gift project next year.  If you are interested call one of the contacts above for more information.  Plan to help with the gift sorting on Dec. 11 if you want to learn more.

APPALACHIA MEETING
Appalachia Meeting Tuesday, November 29th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center for anyone interested in participating in this year's mission. The trip will take place the week of June 24th.

THANK YOU!
Thank you to all parishioners who helped to make CDTCA's 2011 Fall Fling such a great success. Whether you bought a raffle ticket, sent a donation or gave an item to the auction, you helped to make this fundraiser one of the best yet. Special thanks goes to those St. Scho's alumni families who attended the event. It was wonderful to have you there. We will look forward to seeing you next year!

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S LITURGY
   The Christmas Children's Choir which will sing at the 4:00 liturgy on Christmas Eve will rehearse Saturday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Any child in grades 3-8 is welcome to participate.  RSVP to jamiedillon@comcast.net by December 4th.
   Angels and Shepherds for the 4:00 Children's Liturgy on Christmas Eve should contact Meredith Troyan at Meredithtroyan102@yahoo.com by December 15th.  We welcome children in grades K-2.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Christ the King, November 19
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Christ the King,  November 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Stephen Novick (Ginger Wilson)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21
   8:30 amAnniv., Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)
Tuesday, St. Cecilia, virgin, November 22
   8:30 am  Patricia Akanawicz (Charlene Akanawicz)
Wednesday, weekday, November 23
  8:30 am Birthday, George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)
Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 24
    9:00 am  Anniv., Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
Friday, weekday, November 25
    8:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
Saturday, weekday, November 26
  9:00 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 26
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  November 27
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bess Hussey (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
Coordinator of the Protection of Children
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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–Friday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.