February 20, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

    A 2006 movie called Love, Actually has one of the best openings in recent years.  It begins with two young people running toward each other and falling into each other's arms, kissing joyfully.  Then you see a mother being hugged by her two little girls, then two older women, perhaps sisters, embracing.  As these scenes give way to others, you become aware all this takes place in an airport at the arrivals gate.  Accompanying these images is a voiceover.
   Whenever he feels down about the condition of the world, the speaker goes to the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport in London.  Despite the fact that there is so much hatred and greed in the world, he says, Heathrow is one place where things seem different.  At Heathrow love is everywhere.
   All the while you hear this voice; you are watching people rush into each other's arms.  For a full minute you see the world as a welcoming, warm, loving place.  You know it's something of a set-up because who goes to meet people at airports other than family, good friends, people in a loving relationship?  But isn't this God's plan for the world, what God wants most from us: love God; love one another.
   The voiceover concludes by noting that right before the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City, all the calls that went out were messages of love.  People chose to have their final words be professions of love.  Making that choice on a daily basis is what makes us perfect-that is, full-grown, complete, holy.

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

February 20, 2011
 
SUNDAY, February 13, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,820.47

THANK YOU
The Little Sisters of the Poor would like to express humble appreciation to the parishioners for donations totaling $3,838.94. As we live out our mission of care and service to the aged poor, we are reminded of the words of Jesus "so I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you".  Thank you, for your faithful response when we asked, knocked on the parish door, and experienced your charity to help us meet our needs.

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!
The wait is almost over!  Girl Scout cookies will be available after all Masses next weekend – February 26th and 27th.  The cost is $3.50 per box.  If you are not interested in purchasing boxes for yourself, please consider donating a box of Girl Scout Cookies to our men and women serving our country overseas.  If you
have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elaine Laymon at 412-784-0240 or Heidi Kipp at 724-822-4341.  Thank you in advance for your support of Girl Scouts!

YOUTH MINISTRY
Join us as we go to Family House on Monday, Feb. 28th to prepare dinner.  We meet at 4:15 and return at 6:45.  RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 23.

LOVE AND LOGIC
Parenting class is back by popular demand and we have a few openings remaining! This popular class will start on Tuesday, March 1from 6:15-7:30 and run for 6 consecutive weeks.  Contact Natalie Gillespie gillespie@brilliantave.com if you are interested.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
   March 4th is World Day of Prayer.  "How Many Loaves Have You?"  Plan to join us at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in the sanctuary at 11am for the service led by the women of the Christian Churches in the Fox Chapel Community.  This year the service, "How Many Loaves Have You", written by the women of Chile, asks us to reflect on the gifts we are given and how we can share them.  Our speaker, Peggy Urzua, is married to a Chilean and has spent a great deal of time in Chile.  She will offer interesting insights into the daily life in Chile. 
   Following the service a light lunch will be served in the atrium.  Plan to come, bring a friend and stay for lunch.  It is always a rewarding day as we share time with our neighbors and learn about Christians in other countries.  Men are included in the invitation to attend the service and lunch following.  Free child care will be available.  If you plan to attend and or need childcare, please call Ruby in the church office.  The phone number is 412-963-8243.  If you have questions or would like to help please call Christine Bennett at 412-828-1123.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Knights Of Columbus- The world's largest Catholic fraternal organization and its local Guyasuta council seeks to be a quality institution that genuinely lives out the objectives of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Membership is open to all practicing catholic men 18 and older. Learn more at www.kofc.org, from any K of C member, Grand Knight Rick Jankowski at 412-963-0685 or by picking up a brochure in the vestibule.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved honor roll status at Oakland Catholic High School.  Highest Honor: Courtney Dailey, Allison Nedrow, Christine Pilewski, Katherine Pilewski, Allyson Strahler, Margaret Thomasmeyer, Mary Thomasmeyer, Megan Wasson.  High Honor; Angela Barringer, Olivia Massaro.  Honor: Marta Massaro.

ISRAEL'S STORY
One of last fall's participants in our continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story," said:  "The study is increasing my knowledge immensely." Another added: "The discussion among all involved makes me think and brings me to insights I would never have thought of on my own."  Join us this Lent as we survey the Old Testament from the age of the Maccabees to the time of Jesus. We will also explore the wisdom traditions of Israel and writings such as Job and the Song of Songs.  Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for more information, including how to register. Newcomers to the study are welcome!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Parishioners are invited to take part in the "40 Days for Life" effort from March 9th(Ash Wednesday) through April 17th(Palm Sunday).  This national, ecumenical, 40 day campaign to end abortion consists of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil.  The campaign kick-off will be Saturday, March 5that 6:00pm at First Presbyterian Church located at 320 Sixth Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh.  Speakers for the kick-off are Fr. Joe Codori and Pastor Gary Paladin.  We will join together in unity, as Christ's body, praying for an end to abortion.  At 7:00pm there will be a candlelight procession to Planned Parenthood located at 933 Liberty Avenue for closing prayer and hymns.

BLOOD DRIVE
There will be a movie ticket Blood Drive at St. Scholastica Pastoral Center on Sunday, March 13th from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Pastoral Center.  To schedule your life saving appointment, please log on to www.centralbloodbank.organd enter sponsor code G0040167 or call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.  All registered donors will receive a complimentary pair of movie tickets!

INTERSECTION
Join us for Intersection on Sunday, Feb. 27in the ministry center from 10-11am.  All students grades 8-12 are welcome as we discuss the gospel and apply to your life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Just a reminder that we do not have religious education classes on Feb. 20 & 22 due to the holiday weekend.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, weekday, February 21
    8:30 am Helen Yasinsky (Mr. & Mrs. William Rielly Sr.)

Tuesday, Chair of St. Peter, apostle, February 22
    8:30 am NO MASS

Wednesday, St. Polycarp, bishop, February 23
    8:30 am NO MASS

Thursday, weekday, February 24
    8:30 am NO MASS

Friday, weekday, February 25
   8:30 am NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, February 26
   9:00 am NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 26
  5:00 pm  Gregory Goetz (Noel, Ryan & Andrew Kelley)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 27
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am John Marmarella (Scanlon Family)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am Holly Herman Thillet (Kapp Family)
       Presider: Fr. Thomas Manion

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 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
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 Swindal412-781-0186   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.