January 30, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD
             
   Billy Collins' poem "The Afterlife" proposes that when we die, we will all go to the place where we always expected to go.  And so, some will end up in the light, others before a judge; some will be singing in the choir, others seated around a food-filled table.  He concludes somewhat wistfully, saying that the rest will just end up in their coffins, wishing they could return to do things they never did.
   Matthew's Gospel has a lot to say about the kingdom of heaven, beginning with the Beatitudes, which can be thought of as "Be-Attitudes", ways of being in the world now that will get you into the world yet to come.  They are not the usual rungs on the ladder to success that call for calculation, competition, and caring little for anyone other than oneself. 
   Being poor in spirit, mourning, being meek, hungering and thirsting for justice (God's, not the usual brand meted out in our world), showing mercy, being clean of heart, making peace, and putting up with persecution-this can sound like an eight-step program for being losers in the world.
   But to those who chose to walk these ways, Jesus declares, "Blessed are they," and promises that "theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:10).  Or, as Paul puts it, God chooses the nobodies to work on, with, and through.  It's enough to make you search out another kingdom.  Only there you might not end up being
blessed, just wishing you could return to do things you never did-but should have.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
January 30, 2011
 
SUNDAY, January 23, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$11,582.00

DID YOU KNOW . . .
That you can use our parish website to sign up for a parenting course, replace a lost ministry schedule, make a contribution to our summer Appalachia mission trip, or cash in your supermarket bonuses for time off Purgatory? Okay, so we're fooling about that last one, but the others are true, and there's a lot more to explore on the site.  Visit www.saintscholastica.comand see for yourself!

WEBSITE CALENDAR
If you are responsible for a parish group or organization, you can include your meetings or events on the parish website calendar! To do so, please email: calendar@saintscholastica.com.  In your message, be sure to include: the nature or name of your event, the name of the sponsoring group, and the time and place of the event. Please note: submitting an event for the website calendar does not reserve a space for it; reserve your space by contacting the parish office before submitting a calendar entry.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
Please join the Aquinas Guild for coffee as we listen to parishioner Dr. John C. Maher discuss "Common Causes of Vision Loss" on Wednesday, February 16th at 10 am.  Discussion will include: cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.  No RSVP is necessary.

SCOUT SUNDAY
Next week is Scout Sunday, which commemorates the founding of the Scouting movement.  Several boys from the Pack associated with our regional school will receive their religious emblem award at the 9:00 service.  We encourage all Scouts who have received their religious emblem away previously and all Eagle Scouts to attend the service to honor this year's religious emblem award recipients.

CATHOLIC VISION OF LOVE
On Tuesday, February 8thwe are pleased to have Holly Joy Penzenstadler from our diocesan offices present Catholic Vision of Love to our 5, 6 and 7th grade parents. Holly Joy is a dynamic presenter and will explain what CVOL is, why it is important and how we will present this to your student. This presentation will be from 6:30-7:30 in the pastoral center.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 6th, many of our confirmation candidates will be collecting for the Jubilee Soup Kitchen at the doors after all masses.  Please be generous.

YOUTH MASS
Saturday, February 5this youth mass.  All singers and musicians are asked to rsvp to Jamie Dillon by Jan. 31 to schedule a rehearsal.  There will be no rehearsal prior to mass due to the confirmation retreat.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
Next week the Little Sisters of the Poor will be with us at all the Masses to seek you financial support for their ministry to the elderly poor.  The Little Sisters will be collecting at the doors after all the Masses.  Your generosity helps them to continue to provide for the needs of the elderly in their care at their home on Benton Ave. in Pittsburgh.

EITC TAX CREDIT
Did you know you can give from your state taxes to our Catholic school?  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows you to give up to $300,000 a year to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  You receive a 90% tax credit if you give for two consecutive years.  The money goes to help needy families with tuition assistance.  Call Dr. Ron Bowes at the diocese, 412-456-3090 and mention tax credits.  He will provide you with all the information you need. You can also go to www.newpa.comand click on Educational Improvement Tax Credits.  With your help students can have "The Great Beginning That Lasts A Lifetime.

LAST CALL FOR BAPTISMS
Ash Wednesday this year is on March 9th– almost the latest day on which Ash Wednesday can fall.  Since we do not celebrate baptism during the season of Lent, it is important that if you desire a baptism for your baby that you schedule the baptism before March 9th!!  Easter this year will be celebrated on April 24th.
Fr. Ken

ASPINWALL MEALS ON WHEELS
Aspinwall Meals on Wheels, servicing the Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, O'Hara and Sharpsburg areas, mission is to provide delicious meals and the comforting smile of  a friendly volunteer to those in need.  IF you or a loved one is homebound and unable to cook or shop for food, or if preparing meals has simply become too difficult for you to do on your own, you probably qualify to receive Meals on Wheels.  Many clients receive our meals on a long-term basis; others use our meal service temporarily while recovering from a medical condition.  We serve individuals in all income categories to support their independent lifestyle.  We are also in need of volunteers to work an average two days a month, two to three house a day, depending on where they volunteer.  IF you do not have the time to volunteer, please consider supporting our work.  Donations are always welcome.  For further information call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels at 412.820.8350 or go to our website at aspinwallmealsonwheels.org.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., February 2, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

 MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 29
5:00 pm  Vincent Kelly (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 30
7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch 
9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am  Elizabeth T. Fedorchak (Rick & Jill Roda)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, St. John Bosco, priest, January 31
8:30 am   Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)  

Tuesday, weekday, February 1
 8:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (Mary Sullivan)

Wednesday, Presentation of the Lord, February 2
8:30 am   Kevin Scanlon (Family)

Thursday, weekday, February 3
8:30 am   Denise Donnelly (Family)

Friday, weekday, February 4
8:30 am   Frank Tarasi (Mr. & Mrs. Decroo)

Saturday, St. Agatha, virgin & martyr, February 5
9:00 am   Patience Hogan (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 5
5:00 pm   Elizabeth Greb (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 6
7:30 am   Birthday, Daniel S. Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am Birthday, George R. Paulick (Paulick 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 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.   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. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

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

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186    Ext. 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.

January 23, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   During the annual week of praying for Christian Unity, it may be either consoling or disheartening to realize that from the beginning there were divisions in the church.  In Paul's day, the bickering arose in Corinth over
rival loyalties: "I belong to Paul...to Peter...to Apollos...to Christ."  Paul tries to put an end to this from the start, asking the various factions, "Is Christ divided?  Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?" (1 Corinthians 1:13).
   Today's readings remind us that the darkness of division, whether among nations, churches, or families, is not part of the kingdom of heaven.  Diversity, yes; division, no.  The light that Christ came and continues to bring is the light that allows us to look into the face of our brother and sister and see the face of God. 
   Jesus came into Galilee preaching the good news of the coming of God's rule, proclaiming that God's loving presence was here even now: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17).  There is an urgency here, a call to repent, change, seek and accept God's rule in our lives.  This call is as urgent for us today as it was then.  As nations continue to build up arsenals of nuclear weapons, there is an unparalleled possibility of devastation on a global level.
   Jesus continues to seek others to join him in preaching this gospel message.  A divided community is a counter-sign, not serving to bring about the kingdom.  The death of Christ was to heal such divisions.  When we settle for division, we "empty the cross of Christ of its meaning".

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

January 23, 2011

SUNDAY, January 16, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$9,050.25

MARCH FOR LIFE
   There will be a Mass, Monday, January 24th at 5:30am.  The St. Scholastica bus to the March For Life leaves from St. Scholastica's directly after the 5:30am Mass on January 24th.  The bus will arrive in Washington DC in time for the noon Rally at the Mall, followed by the March up Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court. At 3:00pm the students will attend an outdoor Students for Life Rally with Eduardo Verastegui and Alveta King.  Adults may attend meetings with Senator Casey and Senator Toomey.  We will board the bus at 5:00pm, stop in Frederick for dinner and arrive in Aspinwall between 11:00pm and 11:30pm.  The cost of the trip is $15. For information or reservations please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

OPEN HOUSE
   Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy(CDTCA), offering PreK-Eighth grades, will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:45 pm.  An all school Mass will follow at 5:00 pm at St. Scholastica Church. This year's theme is "A+
for America: Catholic Schools".  All are welcome to tour the school and join us for Mass. School staff and some students will be present to provide information during the tours and students will assume many of the lay ministries of the liturgy. Registration is not required. For more information please see our website at www.cdtca.orgor call school office at 412.781.7927.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
   As Lent approaches, students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for our upcoming Altar Server training session.  As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions.  The session will be held in the church on Sunday, January 30th after the 11 AM Mass. Please contact Peggy Santelli at Teggymom@aol.com or 412-828-0241 to confirm your child's attendance and receive the necessary study
materials.

YOUTH MASS
   Saturday, February 5th at 5:00 pm.  We welcome all middle school and high school youth to participate in this liturgy.  Given that this is a retreat day, please contact Jamie by Jan. 31 if you wish to sing or play an instrument.

PRO-LIFE DAY—ST. EDWARD & ST. FRANCIS PARISHES
   2011 will mark the 37th year of legalized abortions in the US.  For those unable to attend the peaceful march in Washington DC, we will be having our own pro-life prayers and Masses on Monday, January, 24, 2011.  Following the 9am Mas at St. Edwards, there will be a Pro-Life Holy Hour.  In the evening at St.
Francis of Assisi, there will be a 6pm Pro-Life Holy Hour followed by 7pm Mass. 

EITC TAX CREDIT
   Did you know you can give from your state taxes to our Catholic school?  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows you to give up to $300,000 a year to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  You receive a 90% tax credit if you give for two consecutive years.  The money goes to help
needy families with tuition assistance.  Call Dr. Ron Bowes at the diocese, 412-456-3090 and mention tax credits.  He will provide you with all the information you need. You can also go to www.newpa.comand click on Educational Improvement Tax Credits.  With your help students can have "The Great Beginning
That Lasts A Lifetime.

LAST CALL FOR BAPTISMS
   Ash Wednesday this year is on March 9th – almost the latest day on which Ash Wednesday can fall.  Since we do not celebrate baptism during the season of Lent, it is important that if you desire a baptism for your baby that you schedule the baptism before March 9th!!  Easter this year will be celebrated on April 24th.  Fr. Ken

SUPER STEELER BINGO
   Madonna of Jerusalem Super Steeler Bingo.  Sunday, January 23rd at the John Paul I Pastoral Center, 9th and Clay Streets, Sharpsburg.  Doors open at 11:30, early birds start at 12:45.  4 jolly Jars totaling over $1,000 and a $500 mystery number.  $1,000 jackpot must go!  Wear your black and gold and root for the
Steelers while having fun!

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO MASS DAY
   Just a reminder that Sunday, January 30th is "Take Your Parent to Mass Day".  All religious education students are to bring their parents to the 9:00 mass.  After mass there is a potluck breakfast with student check in, in the pastoral center.  This is in lieu of class on Jan. 30/Feb. 1. Students who are unable to
attend should check with their catechist regarding make up work.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
   Saturday February 5th 1:00-6:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please keep our candidates in your prayers.

RESPECT LIFE
   Many thanks to all who made last Sunday's Pancake and Sausage Breakfast a success.  We are grateful for your attendance and generosity.  Congratulations to Janet Monaco, winner of the 50/50 raffle.  We ask your prayers for those who will travel to Washington DC on Monday, the 24th that their pilgrimage may give them new determination and that their mission might be fruitful for the unborn.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22
   5:00 pm   Anniv., Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)
   Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 23
   7:30 am    Parishioners of St. Scholastica
   Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
           
   9:00 am   Anniv., Roman Kukiewicz (children)
   Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

   11:00 am   Jim & Bibe Grossi (Mr. & Mrs. Majewski)
   Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, St. Francis de Sales, bishop & doctor, January 24
   5:30 am  March For Life (Respect Life Committee)
   8:30 am  Madeline Borrasso (Lucy Mazza)

Tuesday, Conversion of St. Paul, apostle, January 25
    8:30 am   Anniv., Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Wednesday, St. Timothy & St. Titus, bishops, January 27
    8:30 am   John Marmarella (Nicolina & Edward Hardy)

Thursday, weekday, January 27
    8:30 am    Betty Greb (Annett Family)

Friday, St. Thomas Aquinas, priest & doctor, January 28
   8:30 am   Dorothy Kristofik (Dean & Annette Miester)

Saturday, weekday, January 29
   9:00 am   William Imhoff (Mrs. Elma Jane Greco)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 29
   5:00 pm   Vincent Kelly (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
   Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 30
   7:30 am    Rosemarie Labriola (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)
   Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
           
   9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
   Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

   11:00 am  Elizabeth T. Fedorchak (Rick & Jill Roda)
   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 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: http://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. Gina Musser      Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

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

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal    412-781-0186 Ext. 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.

January 16, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD            
     To be a disciple of Jesus Christ means to learn from him.  He is the teacher, we the students; he is the master, we his servants.  But what is it we are to learn?  One important title for Jesus is the Lamb of God who has come to serve by taking away our sin.  He serves by leading us to participate in the holiness of God.  We are to do the same for others.
   Jesus came to understand his own calling by reading and praying the book of the prophet Isaiah, especially the four poems found there called the Servant Songs.  Today we hear part of the second song in which the servant professes how he was formed as servant from the womb, not only to bring back Israel to God, but to be a light to the nations, so God's "salvation may reach to the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 49:6).
   Those who serve Jesus as disciples are to join in this work of bringing God's salvation to the world.  Paul recognizes this in his greeting to the Corinthians, noting his call to be an apostle of Christ, one sent by God to the church at Corinth, which has been made holy in Christ and called to be holy.  Paul is sent not only to them, but to "all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:2).
   God's will is our holiness. By responding to the call to know Jesus as the Lamb of God, we accept the invitation to participate in this holiness and become the vehicle for inviting others to dwell there.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
January 16, 2011
 
SUNDAY, January 9, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$16,502.25

SECOND COLLECTION
    This weekend we have a second collection for the St. Anthony School Programs and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.  As Catholics, we should be proud of the education and training these two programs have been providing for many decades.  Please be as generous as you can.

MARCH FOR LIFE
   There will be a Mass, Monday, January 24th at 5:30am.  The St. Scholastica bus to the March For Life leaves from St. Scholastica's directly after the 5:30am Mass on January 24th.  The bus will arrive in Washington DC in time for the noon Rally at the Mall, followed by the March up Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court. At 3:00pm the students will attend an outdoor Students for Life Rally with Eduardo Verastegui and Alveta King.  Adults may attend meetings with Senator Casey and Senator Toomey.  We will board the bus at 5:00pm, stop in Frederick for dinner and arrive in Aspinwall between 11:00pm and 11:30pm.  The cost of the trip is $15. For information or reservations please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
   This Sunday is the annual Pro-Life Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.  It is in the school cafeteria (entrance off Third Street) from 8am to 1pm. Proceeds support the January 24th bus to the March For Life.  Regular serving, $4, small serving, $3.  Take-outs available.

TAX TIME!
   If you need a listing of your 2010 contributions please contact Chrissy Morton in the parish office at 412-781-0186 ext.24 or at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com  after January 18th, 2011.

OPEN HOUSE
   Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy(CDTCA), offering PreK-Eighth grades, will begin its celebration of Catholic Schools Week with an Open House on Saturday, January 29, 2011from 3:00 – 4:45 pm.  An all school Mass will follow at 5:00 pm at St. Scholastica Church. This year's theme is "A+ for America: Catholic Schools".  All are welcome to tour the school and join us for Mass. School staff and some students will be present to provide information during the tours and students will assume many of the lay ministries of the liturgy. Registration is not required. For more information please see our website at
www.cdtca.orgor call school office at 412.781.7927.

YOUTH MINISTRY
   January 22nd is our next Intersection from 10-11 in the ministry center.  Join this Bible study for high school youth.  Light breakfast is provided.  Leadership team will meet after the Bible Study.

FAMILY HOUSE
   January 24 is our next visit to Family House to prepare dinner.  Space is limited so RSVP soon!

RECONCILIATION RETREAT
   January 22 is our Reconciliation Retreat for all 2nd Grade Students.  The retreat is in the pastoral center from 9:30-12.

MANIFESTING THE KINGDOM AWARD
   It is my pleasure to announce that Bernadine Bonessa from our parish will be receiving this year's Manifesting the Kingdom Award at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, January 30that 3:00pm.  Each parish of the diocese nominates one person each year to receive this award.  We have nominated Mrs. Bonessa because she has been an active and committed leader in the parish for many years.  She is a member of the Aquinas Guild, she served on Pastoral Council, she was part of Envisioning Ministry and RCIA, also she was the guiding force in producing the history of the parish for our centennial in 2007.  We are grateful for her devotion to the parish and salute her generous spirit.  Fr. Ken

EITC TAX CREDIT
   Did you know you can give from your state taxes to our Catholic school?  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program allows you to give up to $300,000 a year to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  You receive a 90% tax credit if you give for two consecutive years.  The money goes to help
needy families with tuition assistance.  Call Dr. Ron Bowes at the diocese, 412-456-3090 and mention tax credits.  He will provide you with all the information you need. You can also go to www.newpa.comand click on Educational Improvement Tax Credits.  With your help students can have "The Great Beginning
That Lasts A Lifetime.

ST. MARY CEMETERY
   Virgin of Guadalupe Chapel Mausoleum.  Neighbors are welcome to purchase crypt and niches at pre-construction prices.  Call 1-877-866-7526 for information.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
   Just a reminder that we have check in for the homestudy students on Sunday January 23rd from 8-9am in the cafeteria.

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO MASS DAY
   January 30th is "Take Your Parent to Mass Day" at the 9:00 mass.  All religious education students should attend with their parents in leiu of class for that week.  There will be a potluck brunch in the pastoral center immediately after mass.  All students must check in with their catechist.

LAST CALL FOR BAPTISMS
   Ash Wednesday this year is on March 9th– almost the latest day on which Ash Wednesday can fall.  Since we do not celebrate baptism during the season of Lent, it is important that if you desire a baptism for your baby that you schedule the baptism before March 9th!!  Easter this year will be celebrated on
April 24th.  Fr. Ken

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

TALK ON PRO-LIFE
   On Monday, January 17th, Fr. Almade will speak on "The Bible and Pro-Life".  This free talk is directed to adults and will be held in Madonna of Jerusalem Church, Sharpsburg, from 6:45 to 7:30pm.  All are welcome.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 15
   5:00 pm  Dominic Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 16
    7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Klun Family(Rose Quering)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Anthony, abbot, January 17
   8:30 am   Driscoll & Macino Families (Carl Macino)

Tuesday, weekday, January 18
 8:30 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Wednesday, weekday, January 19
  8:30 am  Dr. Lawrence X. Sullivan (Goreczny Family)

Thursday, weekday, January 20
    8:30 am  Helen Gage (St. Monica Society)

Friday, St. Agnes, virgin & martyr, January 21
   8:30 am  Victoria Violi (Mr. & Mrs. Peter Marsico)

Saturday, weekday, January 22
   9:00 am  Dorothy Kristofik (Dennis & Estelle Flannagan)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22
   5:00 pm   Anniv., Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 23
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Anniv., Roman Kukiewicz (children)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Jim & Bibe Grossi (Mr. & Mrs. Majewski)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Please make arrangements with the pastor at least 6 weeks prior to the desired date.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Contact Andy Bechman for more
information- see Parish Contact below.

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is celebrated at St. Scholastica Parish on Saturdays after 9:00 a.m. Mass. For your convenience, the parishes in our cluster have the following opportunities for reconciliation:
   St. Joseph Parish has Sat. reconciliation from 3:30-4:00.
   Madonna of Jerusalem has reconciliation on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:45 and Saturday from 3:00-4:00 p.m..

NEW PARISHIONERS ARE MOST WELCOME! Please call Fr. Ken or Sr. Pat.

PARISH CONTACTS
St. Scholastica Church
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number: 412-781-0186
Parish Office Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.10
Website Address: http://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. Gina Musser Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

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

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

Mrs. Mary Swindal 412-781-0186 Ext. 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.

January 9, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD
 A favorite plot is the rags-to-riches story, the adversity-to-triumph story,
the weakling-who-becomes-strong story.  It touches

on our hope for personal transformation, for a change for the better.  We find
it in fairy tales like Cinderella, in novels like David Copperfield, and in
movies like Star Wars.  This is not, however, the plot we get in the Jesus
story.  Jesus, who starts out in Bethlehem wrapped in swaddling clothes and
lying in a manger, then grows up not to become the Messiah that Israel had hoped
for-the strong warrior king who would restore the nation of Israel to the glory
it had under King David.  Instead, he grows up to become one who suffers for our
sakes, who empties

himself, who considers himself a servant-and calls on all who follow him to do
the same.

On this final Sunday of the Christmas season, the Church celebrates the baptism
of Jesus, an event that identifies him as the servant described by Isaiah, who
comes in gentleness, breaking  no bruised reed, quenching no smoldering wick. 
No shouting, no crying out, no making his voice heard in the streets.  Rather,
he will open eyes and hearts, release from confinement, and deliver from the

dungeon's darkness.

The agenda was fairly simple, as Peter points out when preaching in the house of
the Roman centurion Cornelius: Jesus went about doing good and healing all those
oppressed by the devil.  He came not to be served but to serve.  And this is
what he asks of us.
 
 
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays
and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
January 9, 2011
 
SUNDAY, December 26, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$9,355.25
 
SUNDAY, January 3, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$9,402.00
 
MARCH FOR LIFE
We will have a bus traveling to The March For Life in Washington DC on Monday,
January 24th.  The bus will leave at 6am on January 24th.  We plan to arrive in
Washington in time for the noon Rally and March up Constitution Ave.  Following
the March we will attend a Students for Life Rally featuring Alveta King, Lila
Rose and others.  The return bus will leave Washington at 5pm on the 24th.  For
reservations please call Mary Catherin Scanlon at 412-781-6550.  The cost of the

trip is $15.
 
PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The annual Parish Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held next Sunday,
January 16thfrom 8am to 1pm, in the school cafeteria.  Regular serving, $4,
small serving, $3.  Proceeds support the bus to "The March for Life" in
Washington DC.  Please join us for a delicious breakfast and support the
parishioners traveling to Washington in memory of those who have died from
abortion..
 
ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE FOR LIFE
How do you plan to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday,
January 17, 2011? Sign-up now for the 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Blood
Drive for Life, from 1-6 p.m., at St. Benedict the Moor Church (above Mellon
Arena).  Help us to reach our goal of 50 participants.  Save a life by donating
blood or registering as a bone marrow donor.  Contact the sponsors to register
or for more information:  Diocesan Office for Black Catholic
Ministries, 412-456-3170; Central Blood Bank, 412-209-7245. 
 
INTERSECTION
We invite all students grades 8-12 to join us for our bi weekly Scripture study
from 10-11 in the ministry center on Jan. 9th.  Lively discussion, light
breakfast.
 
MEGA MEETING
Just a reminder that the 8th grade confirmation candidates have a MEGA meeting
this Sunday at noon!
 
TAX TIME!
If you need a listing of your 2010 contributions please contact Chrissy Morton
in the parish office at 412-781-0186 ext.24 or at
financeoffice@saintscholastica.comafter January 18th, 2011.
 
THANK YOU!
This year we collected $3065.00 for the Children and Youth Christmas Offering. 
We also collected $1975.00 for our Good Samaritan School.  This allows us to
continue supporting our 6 current students and to help pay some of the school's
general expenses.  Thanks to all of the members of Saint Scholastica who helped
to make these and other donations possible during this holiday season. 
 
2011 LOTTERY CALENDAR
It's not too late to get your 2011 Lottery calendar!  They are found in the back

of church or by contacting the school office.  There are plenty of lucky numbers

available so get yours today!  Calendars are $25 and are based the evening
drawing of the daily number.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are currently seeking additional volunteers to serve as Eucharistic Ministers

at St. Margaret Hospital. We specifically need daily substitutes as well as
volunteers for Thursdays and weekends. Please consider taking a few hours out of

your week for this ministry. The patients greatly appreciate it! If interested
contact Mary Bernard 412-968-5464 or Kathy Goreczny 412-799-0312.
 
PRO-LIFE PRAYER BREAKFAST
You are invited to the annual Pro-Life Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, January
15that 10am at the Comfort Inn-Pittsburgh East at 699 Rodi Road.  Rev. John
Patterson from the Anglican Orthodox Church will be the speaker.  The cost
includes a full breakfast and is $15.  Please call People Concerned For The
Unborn Child to make a reservation.

 
DR. KING MASS & PROGRAM
The community is invited to the Annual Dr. King Mass, Sunday, January 16,
2011at 12:00 pm (noon), at St. Paul Cathedral.  Fr. Donald Breier, pastor of St.

Paul Cathedral, and Fr. David Taylor, pastor of St. Charles Lwanga, are the
concelebrants.  A light reception and the recognition of school essay winners
will follow in the parish social hall.  Sponsored by the St. Paul Cathedral Race

& Reconciliation Dialogue Group.
 
SILVER RING THING
All students grades 8-12 (and their parents) are invited to attend the SILVER
RING THING on Friday Jan. 14that Seton LaSalle HS.  This high energy event
begins at 7:00pm.  Using drama, music and video this high tech presentation
tackles the tough questions that teens ask regarding self image, abstinence and
purity.  RSVP to the youth ministry office. 
 
MASS INTENTIONS:
 
 
Saturday, Vigil of The Baptism of the Lord, January 8
5:00 pm             Phyllis Friday (Renee Lyons)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
 
Sunday, The Baptism of the Lord, January 9
    7:30 am          Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am          John Defalice
(Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 amRosemarie Labriola (Molly Cole)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
 
Monday, weekday, January 10
   8:30 amArthur G. Bauer (Bob Bauer)
 
Tuesday, weekday, January 11
 8:30 amColin Fischer Jr. (Sturgis & Morton Family)
 
Wednesday, weekday, January 12
  8:30 amAnna Bria (St. Monica Society)
 
Thursday, weekday, January 13
    8:30 amVerenes O'Toole (Scanlon Family)
 
Friday, weekday, January 14
   8:30 amMichael Warburton (Family)
 
Saturday, weekday, January 15
9:00 amWilliam Henderson (JoAnn & Ernie Liebert)
 
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 15
5:00 pmDominic Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
 
Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 16
7:30 amRosemarie Labriola (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 amDeceased Members of the Klun Family
(Rose Quering)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 amParishioners of St. Scholastica
       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.

January 2, 2011

SUNDAY, December 19, 2010 OFFERINGS:
$15,602.25


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.

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!

YOUTH MINISTRY
Celebrate with Us!  Our parish youth ministry is celebrating 15 years!  Join us for some of all of the following activities:
Jan. 8th  Ice Skating at PPG from 11-2.  Cost is $7.00 per person.  RSVP by Jan. 4th.
Youth Mass at 5:00 pm followed by a birthday party in pastoral center.  Our celebration will include 15 years worth of pictures, pizza, a service project, raffle of a Penguin Jersey, Rock Band 3 and of course, Birthday Cake.  We extend a special invitation to our alumni.
 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays
and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

They were men in love with the lights of night— astrologers, star-gazers, meaning-makers tuned in to the signs in the heavens, as Matthew tells it.  A strange star moving across the sky led them into Israel.  Arriving
in Jerusalem, they asked where the newborn king of the Jews was, so thy could offer homage.
Herod was less than delighted, indeed "greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him," at hearing of a new king on the block (Matthew 2:3).  But he assembled the chief priests and the scribes, who remembered that the prophet Micah had proclaimed that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
So they set out again, with Herod's duplicitous request whispered into their ears.  The star reappeared and led them to the house where the child and his mother were.  Falling down in worship, they offered gifts, and went back home. 
End of story-as we like to remember it.
Of course, that is not the end.  Receiving no word, Herod is enraged and orders the death of all children under the age of two.  Joseph, Mary and the child flee to Egypt.  Power does not welcome competition, even in the form of a child.
But God wills all people to know salvation.  Jesus came to draw all into the reign of God and to empower them to live the God-life that is the Father's gift.  The darkness of evil continues to threaten but it will not overcome as long as there are those who seek the light, follow it, and allow it to lead them to the child.
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.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 PM inthe Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

MASS INTENTIONS:
 
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 amTerry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 amDaniel J. Beggy (Family)

Tuesday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
 8:30 am  Anna Marie Fraley (Ruth & Gary Keefer)

Wednesday, St. John Neumann, bishop, January 5
  8:30 am  Ralph Friday (Wife)

Thursday, Christmas Weekday, January 6
    8:30 am  Earl Simanek (Simanek Family)

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 7
   8:30 am  Beatriz Caminos
(Bob & Dawn Aul & Family)

Saturday, Christmas Weekday, January 8
9:00 am  Arthur Bauer (Carl Macino)

Saturday, Vigil of The Baptism of the Lord, January 8
5:00 pm  Phyllis Friday (Renee Lyons)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Baptism of the Lord, January 9
7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
9:00 am  John Defalice
(Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Molly Cole)
       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
Parish Office Monday–Thursday 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.
abechman@verizon.net

Mrs. Gina Musser Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton Ext.24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com
Mrs. Mary Swindal  412-781-0186 Ext. 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.