January 30, 2011

   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:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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


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

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
     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.