September 18, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

    If you ever felt you have not gotten what you deserve for all that you have done, or that others have been given more than they deserve for the little that they have done, this Gospel is not going to please you.  It is hard not to line up with the grumblers, complaining that those who worked all day should not be given the same as the eleventh-hour crowd.  Where's the justice in this?
    Isaiah sets the stage for hearing the Gospel when he calls us to seek and call on God for what we need, especially mercy and forgiveness.  But the prophet recognizes that God's response to this request may baffle us, especially when such overabundant mercy is shown to others.
    Jesus is not telling a tale about being fair, or offering a lesson on just wages.  He is teaching that God's rule is marked by generosity, especially to the last and least, the overlooked, the undervalued, the unwanted, those judged as not very capable.  This master calls all to do what they can do.  For some the work will last longer than for others.  But all will be rewarded.
   So, be generous as God is generous.  We see an example of this in Paul's willingness to stay working with the early communities.  While the Philippians were easy to love, he also ministered to the cantankerous Corinthians and the "stupid" Galatians (Paul's own words) who were turning away from the gospel he preached to them.  Paul heard the call to act differently with these different groups of people.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
September 18, 2011

SUNDAY, September 4, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$8,054.50
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$4,871.50

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES
Would you like to enliven your prayer? Join us this fall for "Praying the Scriptures." In this Bible study, we will look at the many intersections of Scripture and prayer, all with a view to enriching our practice of prayer. Participants can come to a better grasp of the Biblical view of prayer as a response to God's gracious acts, how Jesus prayed, how the words of the Mass are rooted in the Scriptures, and how to practice prayerful reading of the Scriptures (lectio divina). We are offering the study in two tracks: seven Wednesday evenings beginning September 28,or seven Thursday mornings, beginning September 29. See the flyer at the entrances to the church for details and information on how to register.

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.

MOTHERS UPLIFTING MOTHERS
This year's fall's session of MUMs began September 12th. If you are a mom looking for fellowship and prayer, please come and join us in the Pastoral Center at 9:30 this Monday. Our series this fall is "Balancing Life's Demands; Biblical insights to help you order your personal world."  Childcare is provided by loving members of our parish community and we are always happy to add sitters to our list. Questions?  Interested in volunteering as a babysitter?  Please contact Bonnie at: 412-963-7013 bdemotte@gmail.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses on Sunday, September 18th. 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.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION
A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, September 26, at 7:30 in the parish office. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (andybechman@saintscholastica.com). Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
A Protecting God's Children class will be held at St. Bonaventure Parish (2001 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw) on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Newmeyer Hall (under the church). To register, contact Kathy Stupar via email at kathystb@verizon.net or by phone 412-897-5838. 

NEW SCHOOL SCIENCE LAB
We are so excited about our new state of the art Science Lab at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. This lab was made possible in part through the generosity of Mrs. Dolores Rueger to honor her late husband, Dr. Raimond G. Rueger. Dr. Rueger was a parishioner of St. Scholastica and a strong supporter of Catholic education. Their children attended our parish school. Their daughter, Anne Cooper and her two children, Katherine and Max, were present with Dolores at the dedication last week. This Science Lab will greatly enhance the already strong science curriculum at CDTCA and will benefit our students when they participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competitions and other external science programs. We are grateful also to the CDTCA PTG who provided additional funds to make this project a reality. Fr. Ken

2012 MASS INTENTIONS
Next weekend, September 24th and 25th, we will accept Mass Intentions for 2012 after all the Masses. Please come to the parish office. The parish office will also be open Monday thru Friday 10:00am-3:00pm.

THE AQUINAS GUILD PRESENTS A DISCUSSION WITH FATHER KEN, "EMBRACING CHANGE IN THE LITURGY".
    Starting on the first weekend of Advent (Nov. 26th and 27th) the newly translated third edition of the Roman Missal will be introduced at all the Masses celebrated in the United States.  The structure of the Mass (the order of the elements, the actions of the priest celebrant, and so forth) remains unchanged in the new edition of the Roman Missal.  However, the translation of the prayer texts will change to more closely reflect the original Latin texts.  In some cases, new options for prayers may be available, and some old options may no longer be present.
    In the third edition of the Roman Missal, almost every prayer in the Mass—those spoken by the priest and those spoken by the people—has been retranslated from the Latin into English.  Some prayers now recited by memory will need to be relearned, and the familiar language of many prayers recited by the priest will change.
    Fr. Ken will offer a presentation at the September Aquinas Guild Meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 21st at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  The presentation will include: how our Liturgy has been formed from the infant Church to the present moment, commentary on the nature of translation and finally a "walk through" of the new edition of the Roman Missal, especially those Mass prayers that will be changed.  All parishioners are welcome to attend. No RSVP necessary.
   Fr. Ken will give the same talk again on Monday, October 24th at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT
The date is approaching for the wonderful Autumn Song luncheon, so do not forget to make your reservations! Saturday October 15, at the Pittsburgh Field Club, with auctions, bake sale, lunch around noon and fashions by Carabella of Oakmont! Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. This annual Aquinas Guild event supports the church, the community, and CDTCA. Tickets are $40.00, available through Tara Bolonik at 412-600-5838. To reserve your spot, call before Friday October 7th.  If you have a donation for the auctions or baskets, please contact Patti McCaffrey at 412-782-5051. Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; weekend get-aways; golf experiences; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. We welcome donations of hand crafted items such as knitted or crocheted sweaters, blankets or baby items and gently used treasures from your own home.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 17
   5:00 pm  Frank Donnelly (James & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Joan G. Farina (Tish Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Helen Rivetti (Jerry & Janet Monaco)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, September 19
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, St. Andrew Kim Taegon, preiest & martyr, September 20
   8:30 am  Birthday, Marion Arturo (Rene Arturo)

Wednesday, St. Matthew, apostle, September 21
   8:30 am  Richard Bellinger (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)

Thursday, weekday, September 22
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Friday, St. Pio, priest, September 23
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (John & Carol Katara)

Saturday, weekday, September 24
   9:00 am  Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 24
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 25
   7:30 am  Frank Donnelly (John & Susan Mihm)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Judy Jackworth (Flo & Ron Walkowski)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bernice K. Gimber
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

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. 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–Thursday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.