January 23, 2011

   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:

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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. 

   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.

   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

   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!

   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.

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

   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.


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

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.

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..


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

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.