February 6, 2011

    One of the most common advertising strategies is showing what you can look like after you purchase a certain product or follow a particular program: a more pleasing shape, greater muscle definition, blemish-free skin, silkier hair and so on.  Jesus today offers two images to his disciples, salt and light, indicating what they can be if they follow his teachings.  In both instances the benefits go to others.
    Salt was important in Jesus' time for preserving meat and for bringing out the taste of food.  Its usefulness depends on its interacting with something else.  When it doesn't interact, it is useless.  So, too, if a follower does not live in the world as a child of the kingdom, the world will be bland.
    And not only that, but also blind, unable to glimpse God's presence here and now.  The disciples must show themselves to the world as followers of Jesus, rooted like him in the law and the prophets.  With so much darkness due to hatred, cruelty and greed, the disciple who shares bread with the hungry, helps shelter the homeless, clothes the naked and does not live indifferent to the needs of others, will truly be salt and light.
    In the coming weeks, we will continue to hear the Sermon on the Mount, a compilation of teachings that Matthew has collected to give us the program we are to follow so that the world may catch a glimpse now and again of the reign of God.

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

February 6, 2011
SUNDAY, January 30, 2011 OFFERINGS:

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.

   Today we celebrate Scout Sunday, which commemorates the founding of the Scouting movement.  One of the basic tenets of all Boy Scouts and all Cub Scouts,  regardless of one's faith, is that a Scout is Reverent and has a duty to God. 
    At the 9:00 mass today, several of the Cub Scouts from our Pack received their religious emblem award.  Congratulations to Otto Conroy, Alex Cooper, and Jacob Lewis, who earned their Parvuli Dei Award, the religious award for Catholics, and to Vance Johnson, who earned his God and Me award, the religious award for Baptists.  We congratulate all Scouts and Scouters from Pack 78 as well as all those who have ever earned a religious emblem award or their Eagle Scout award. 
   For information about our local Pack, contact Tony Goreczny at anthonyjgoreczny-scouts@yahoo.com or Tim Ruff at timothyruff@hotmail.com

Sunday, February 13, 2:00pm, "A Winter's Tale of Love".  Suggested donation of $10 and a non-perishable food item or toilet paper.  Portions of this concert's proceeds will be used to offset expenses for the FCAHS choirs' trip to NYC.  Donations will be given to the Aspinwall Homeless Ministry.  Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 299 Center Ave, Aspinwall, 15215.  Handicapped accessible and free parking.

World Marriage Day is celebrated the weekend of February 12-13, 2011.  The diocesan celebrations will be on February 12th at St. John Neumann Parish in Franklin Park at 5:30pm.  Wine and cheese reception to follow in the parish hall.  $10 per couple, register by calling 412-456-3160.

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!

On Tuesday, February 8th from 6:30-7:30 in the pastoral center, there will be a Catholic Vision of Love presentation for parents of 5,6, & 7th graders.  Holly Joy Penzenstadler will be our presenter.  On Tuesday, February 15th, all 7th Religious Education Students are to attend a session on the Catholic Vision of Love from 6:15-7:30 in the pastoral center.

Many thanks to all who sponsored the trip to Washington for the MARCH FOR LIFE last Monday and for all those who came to the 5:30 am Mass to pray with us.  We listened to speeches at the Rally, marched to the Supreme Court with hundreds of thousands of people.  Then we divided up: some stayed at the Supreme Court to listen to the stories of those who had aborted a baby, others attended a Meeting with Senators Casey and Toomey, the youth joined a Pro-Life Youth Rally, and others browsed the pro-life organization booths at the March Headquarters Hotel.  God bless all who made our pilgrimage for the unborn possible.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School will be running Pre-Spring Baseball Clinics for all players currently in grades 4 through 8. These popular clinics will provide valuable instruction on baseball fundamentals and will be run by the Central Catholic's Varsity staff and players. The clinics will be held on campus in the Alumni Hall Gym, Sunday, February 20thbeginning at 1 p.m.  For more information, visit www.leaguelineup.com/centralcatholicvarsitybaseball, or call Head Coach Frank LaCava at 412.848.1202.


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

Monday, weekday, February 7
8:30 am Gerald & Patience Hogan (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Tuesday, weekday, February 8
8:30 am Gino Marsico (Dedo Family)

Wednesday, weekday, February 9
 8:30 am  Mrs. Joanne Vey (Wolfarth Family)

Thursday, St. Scholastica, virgin, February 10
 8:30 am Helen Gage (Scanlon Family)

Friday, Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11
8:30 am  Frances Q. Blue (Ruth & Gary Keefer)

Saturday, weekday, February 12
9:00 am  Pauline Eban (Her Daughters)

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

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 Saturdays after 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 Parish
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: 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 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.