January 2, 2011

SUNDAY, December 19, 2010 OFFERINGS:

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.

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 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!

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.
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.
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.

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

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

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..


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

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P. Ext. 17
Director of Music/Bereavement

Mr. Thom Bercik 412-390-3748
Organist/Wedding Contact

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed. Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

Mrs. Gina Musser Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education

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

Mrs. Chrissy Morton Ext.24
Staff Accountant
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.