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.