October 2, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   God's relationship with people is at the heart of both the first reading and the Gospel, but there is a difference.  In Isaiah, destruction comes to the vineyard; in the Gospel, it comes to those entrusted with the care of the vineyard.              
   Isaiah's song highlights the people's failure– the house of Israel and the people of Judah-to bear fruit, to provide the Lord who has lovingly tended this vineyard with anything more than wild grapes, that is, bloodshed and violence against each other.  Because of this, the owner will turn his back on them, no longer giving care but letting it be trampled underfoot, no longer pruning or hoeing, but allowing thorns and briers to take over.  This song is demanding conversion.
    In Jesus' parable, the focus is on those entrusted with the care of the vineyard.  Jesus addresses the chief priests and the elders in Jerusalem, not only criticizing their failure to care for the people adequately, but also their rejection of those God sent to call them to conversion. The parable calls all religious leaders to remember that authority is for service.
    Bearing fruit in our livees, being true and honorable, just and  pure, lovely and gracious is the fruit God desires from all, as Paul reminds the Philippians.  God's people, but especially their leaders, have a responsibility to bear fruit.  No one is let off the hook.  God expects a return for love so lavishly given.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 2, 2011

SUNDAY, September 25, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,380.36
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortage:
$2,545.64

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
Students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for one of our upcoming Altar Server training sessions. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass, and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. Sessions will be held in the church on Sunday, October 2nd after the 11 AM Mass and Sunday, October 9th after the 9 AM and 11 AM Masses. For more details and study materials contact Peggy Santelli - at Teggymom@aol.com or 412-828-0241.

AUCTION ITEM REQUEST
The Autumn Song benefit is approaching fast! The Aquinas Guild would greatly appreciate any items donated for this wonderful event, supporting the church, community and CDTCA. Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; golf experiences; weekend getaways; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. Hand crafted items and gently used treasures from your home are also very welcome donations. If you have a donation to offer, please contact Patti McCaffrey at 412-782-5051. Thank you!

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 5th  7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

LIFE CHAIN
Please plan to attend this annual event to silently pray and witness for protection of the unborn children and their mothers. On Sunday, October 2nd we will be lining the sidewalks on Rt. 8 from Grant St. to Kittanning St. in Etna, with parking available at Huntz' Tavern, which is at Rt. 8 and Grant (on the bend) from 2-3 PM. Signs will be available. All ages welcome. Bring a chair if you need one. Hope to see you then!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!
Our fall Bible study, "Praying the Scriptures," began meeting last Wednesday evening. It is not too late to sign up for the evening study on the many ways that the Scriptures can support our prayer. The Thursday morning track will not meet because of insufficient registrations. See the flyer at the entrances to the church for details and information on how to register or contact Andy Bechman.

PET BLESSING
There will be a Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 9th at 1:00pm near the St. Francis Statue.  All pets, their owners and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
   Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. This continuing bulletin feature highlights some opportunities for stewardship in the coming weeks.

    We are looking for someone familiar with audio equipment to help us digitally record Fr. Ken's homilies from the church's public address system. If you can help, please contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

Adult chaperones are needed for several Youth Ministry events:
· Pet Therapy at the Aspinwall VA Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (please RSVP this weekend)
· Family House Dinner on Monday, Oct. 17 at Family House University Place in Oakland, 4:15 to 7:00 p.m. (please RSVP by Oct. 12)
To participate in these youth events, please contact Jamie Dillon.

We are also seeking donations of rice on the weekend of October 15 and 16. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT
The deadline for making reservations is approaching fast! What a great way to start off autumn, by spending the day at the Pittsburgh Field Club; browsing auction items, deciding which baked goods to take home for dessert, eating a scrumptious lunch and watching a fashion show by Carabella with your friends; all for the great cause of supporting the church, community and CDTCA! Reserve your spot for Saturday, October 15th, by calling Tara Balonick at 412-600-5838, before October 7th. The price of admission is $40.00. Doors will open at 11:00; don't miss out on all the fun!!

HELP FOR GRIEVING SINGLES
Widowed, divorced or separated? Beginning Experience offers help to hurting "single again" folks. The weekend and optional post weekend sessions focus on a personal inward journey to begin a new life with renewed courage and hope. Grief, regrets, confusion, self doubt? You don't have to go through this alone. There are others walking this hard road. We know the pain. Come to a safe place. Travel from heartache to hope. The next weekend will be held October 14-16, 2011 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp, PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, www.BeginningExperience.orgor make a confidential call to Lyn at 412-448-9019 or Steve Smith at 412-367-4948 or 412-720-8694.

CDTCA CORNER
Did You Know that CDTCA increased its enrollment by 19% from last year?


MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 1
   5:00 pm  Frank Donnelly (John & Susie Parran)
       Presider: Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos
Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 2
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Anthony Sgambati (Family)
       Presider: Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos
   11:00 am  J. Teddy Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Monday, weekday, October 3
    8:30 am  William Parkinson (Douglas & Elizabeth Truter)
Tuesday, St. Francis of Assisi, religious, October 4
    8:30 am  Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia G. Snyder)
Wednesday, weekday, October 5
    8:30 am  Monsignor Donald W. Kraus (Parish Community)
Thursday, weekday, October 6
    8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Karen Boyle)
Friday, Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7
    8:30 am  George Simons (Veltri Family)
Saturday, weekday, October 8
    9:00 am  Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 8
    5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 9
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Anthony Sgambati (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am J. Teddy Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)
       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–Friday 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. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

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–Friday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.