February 27, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   I am writing this in the aftermath of the earthquake that shattered Haiti.  The devastation has been beyond words.  Newspapers and telecasts were filled with pictures of the dead and heart-breaking stories.  As of this writing over 150,000 are presumed dead-perhaps many more-and thousands upon thousands are wounded.  There is little food, water or shelter and few medical supplies.  Yet even in the face of this tragic event, an evening news programs two nights after the earthquake had footage of a large group in Port au Prince lifting their voices and hands in prayer, praising God.
    This radical faith in God is what Jesus calls his disciples to have.  The Father did not intervene to save his Son from death, but neither did he allow death to have the final word.  He raised his Son from the dead.  This saving death has remained the sign above all signs that God wills us to have eternal life.  It can seem impossible at times not to worry about tomorrow.  But Jesus assures us that the Father does not abandon us-ever!
    We are all called to be stewards of the mysteries of the faith that is centered in the person and saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  We are to hand on what has been handed down to us: that Jesus is God's only Son, who suffered and died and was raised for our salvation and by our baptism we are brought into this mystery of living, dying and rising in Christ.

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

February 27, 2011
 
SUNDAY, February 20, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$16,936.25

ALTER FLOWERS:
Ted and Ann Phillips (Lawrence and Carol Young).

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!
The wait is almost over!  Girl Scout cookies will be available after all Masses this 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!

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.

MEGA MEETING
Just a reminder that our confirmation class has a MEGA meeting on Sunday, March 5th from 12-1:30.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Youth ministry is planning on working with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, March 5th. RSVP by Thursday if you are interested.  We will meet in Harmar at 8:45 and return by 2:00.  Adults and teens welcome.

ST. ANTHONY NOVENA
The Thirteen Tuesdays Novena in honor of St. Anthony of Padua will be celebrated in St. Anthony's Chapel, Troy Hill, starting on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 and ending on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.  There will be Mass each Tuesday at 8:30am followed by novena devotions and in the evening at 7:30pm, novena devotions and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be held.  An invitation is extended to all to come to the Chapel and participate in the Novena service.  A triduum to honor St. Anthony will be held on June 12, 13 and 14, 2011.  Details will be announced at a later date.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved honor roll status at Central Catholic High School.  Highest Honor: Alexander Butler, Clayton Gentilcore, Griffith Gentilcore, John Leech, William Maher, Mark Petraglia. Honors: Kyle Ciccone, Phillip Ferguson, Grant Hettinger, Theodore Larkin, Patrick Leech, Michael Pompeo, Patrick Rielly, William Rielly.

ISRAEL'S STORY
 Join us during Lent for a continuing Bible study, "Israel's Story."  This spring, we will survey the story line of the Old Testament from the revolt of the Maccabees to the time of Jesus. We will also consider some of the high points of the non-historical writings such as Job and the Song of Songs. In the end, you will not only be able to place each Sunday's Old Testament reading in its context, but you will be enriched by the vivid and challenging story of Israel's encounter with God.  Please see the flyer at the entrances to the church for registration information, or contact Andy Bechman. Newcomers to the study are welcome!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
40 Days for Life starts March 9th.  The campaign kick-off is Saturday, March 5th, at 6:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth St., Pittsburgh.  Fr. JoeCodori will be a main speaker. At 7:00pm there will be a candlelight procession to the Planned Parenthood abortuary for closing prayer and hymns. All welcome.

BLOOD DRIVE
The St. Scholastica Blood Drive will be Sunday, March 13th, 8:00am to 1:00pm. All registered donors will receive a complimentary pair of movie tickets.  Schedule your appointment by logging on to www.centralbloodbank.org and enter sponsor code G0040167 or call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.    

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE RESPECT LIFE CLUSTER
Our Lady of Guadalupe Cluster will meet March 1,Tuesday, 7:00pm at St. Edward's. Agenda includes 40 Days of Prayer for Life.  All welcome.

ST. MONICA SOCIETY
The St. Monica Society will meet Saturday, March 5, 9:40 am in the Pastoral Center.  Please join us for prayers for those who no longer worship with us. The Society likes to send cards to parishioners who are home bound or in Nursing Facilities.  If you have a friend or family member who would appreciate a Greeting Card please let us know through the Parish Web Site or call 412-781-6550 (Mary Catherine Scanlon).

YOUTH MASS
Is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th at 5:00pm. Singers and musicians should report at 3:30.

LOVE AND LOGIC
Love and Logic begins March 1st!   Join us for this innovative and insightful parenting class Tuesdays 6:15-7:30. RSVP Natalie Gillespie at gillespie@brilliantave.com.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, weekday, February 28
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, March 1
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, March 2
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, weekday, March 3
    8:30 am  Helen Gage (Bonessa Family)

Friday, weekday, March 4
   8:30 am  Francis Clifford, Birthday (Wife)

Saturday, weekday, March 5
    9:00 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 5
   5:00 pm  Egidio Diani (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  March 6
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Werries & Hudak Families (Jerry & Carole Werries)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am John Gregorzcyk (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

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.