February 13, 2011


   We live in a country where we prize our freedom, cling to our right to choose and even define our homeland as "the land of the free".  Today's scriptures remind us that along with rights come responsibilities.  We are to
respond to our God who made us and calls us to be a people of the new covenant, ratified by the saving death of God's Son on the cross.
   "If you chose you can keep the commandments, they will save you," says Ben Sira (Sirach 15:15).  For the Jewish people the law was a blessing and those who chose to keep the law would be blessed with life.  That choice is still before us today.
   Jesus' teachings reveal his wisdom in understanding the law of the Mosaiccovenant.  His grasp of what was at the heart of the law can be clearly found in the long form of today's Gospel.  While there is an option for a shorter version, spend some time with the longer reading (Matthew 5:17-37).
    We are to live as kin in what has been called the "kin-dom" of God.  In a world that justifies preventative strikes, Jesus forbids not only killing but even getting angry and bearing a grudge.  He teaches that reconciliation takes priority over worship, that the prohibition against adultery extends even to looking with lust at another, reducing a person to an object for self-gratification.  Finally, he asks us not to swear but to speak with simplicity and integrity.
    Some might dismiss all this as impossible to achieve.  But, as a young virgin was once told:   "[N]othing will be impossible for God" (Luke 1:37).

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

February 13, 2011
SUNDAY, February 6, 2011

  Back by popular demand!  Don't miss the return of the CDTCA Valentine's Day Bake Sale after all masses February 12th& February 13th.  Be sure to stop by the tables in the back of the church to purchase delicious homemade sweets for your sweeties.  Show someone special that you are thinking of them!  All proceeds benefit Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

Protecting God's Children class will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011from 1-4 PM in the St. Raphael Grade School auditorium, 1154 Chislett St, Pittsburgh PA 15206. Please call Pam Matia at 412-298-6845 or go to ww.diopitt.org to register.

St. Bonaventure bereavement ministry is offering a seven-week grief support group this Spring.  We invite anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one tojoin us for this free series.  A morning Grief Support Group will be held at 11:00am to 12:30pm beginning Friday, March 4th to Friday, April 15, 2011.  For more information or to register call the St. Bonaventure Parish Center at 412-486-2606 x101.  All are welcome.  If this time is not convenient, we will also offer a Support Group in the fall.

For 800 years followers of St. Francis of Assisi have been rebuilding the Church.  The Capuchin Franciscans are priests and brothers who serve Christ in the spirit of St. Francis.  Men between the ages of 16 and 40 are invited to visit a Capuchin friary.  Visits to Capuchin friaries in PA, Washington, DC and Ohio are held regularly.  For information call 1-888-263-6227 or email frtomcap@yahoo.comor visit www.capuchin.com.

If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, www.saintscholastica.com.  Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!
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.

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next 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.

There will be a Taize Prayer Service at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm.  Taize is a meditative prayer service that incorporates simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture readings and periods of group silence in a setting of peace and soft light that fosters communion with God.

Fr. Allen Figueroa Deck will address the Church's challenge regarding young Catholics distancing themselves from the Church.  Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at Seton LaSalle High School Auditorium, 7:30pm.  Call 412-456-3112 for more information.  Admission is free.


Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 12
    5:00 pm   Dr. Raimund G. Rueger (Rueger Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 13
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (Strahler Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Richard Westbrook (Luci & David Massaro)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Cyril, monk, February 14
    8:30 am  Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)

Tuesday, weekday, February 15
    8:30 am  Jerry Werries (God bless you Jerry on your 40th! Love, Mom & Dad)

Wednesday, weekday, February 16
   8:30 am Beatriz Caminos (Bob & Dawn Aul & Family)

Thursday, weekday, February 17
   8:30 am John L. Piatkowski (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Friday, weekday, February 18
   8:30 am Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday, February 19
   9:00 am Andrea Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 19
   5:00 pm Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 20
   7:30 am Deceased Members of Veltri & Powers Family
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Birthday, Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am Ann Gregorczyk (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 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 Parish
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.