September 25, 2011

 REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   In The Secret Life of Bees, August, an older black woman, is talking about "the problem with people" to Lily, a younger white woman who has run away from an abusive father.  Lily has said that people don't really know what matters.  But August says the deeper problem is that people do know what matters, but don't choose it.
    God tells Ezekiel that virtue's proof is in choosing to do the right thing.  What you choose to do matters.  So be careful not to go off the right path at the end of your days.  On the other hand, you might be off the right path for years, but end up hopping back on at the very end, and you will have life.  It doesn't sound very fair; nevertheless, it's where you are when the end comes that counts.  And you don't know when the end will come.
    Jesus confronts the religious leaders with a parable.  A father asks his two sons to do some work in the vineyard.  One talks a good game but never makes it into the field; the other refuses outright, but then goes and does what his father asked.  In telling this parable, Jesus compares these leaders unfavorably to the tax collectors and prostitutes.  The elders must have been shocked.
    "Have in you that same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus", writes Paul to his beloved Philippians.  The attitude he urged on them was giving oneself for the sake of others—even unto death.  In this way, we not only speak but also do"Yes".  Choose to live Christ.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
September 25, 2011

SUNDAY, September 18, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$13,595.83
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Surplus:
$669.83

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEK
Next weekend we welcome Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos from the Diocese of Marthandam in India. He will speak at all the Masses and give us insight into the needs of his diocese. We will take up a second collection to support the pastoral needs of his diocese. His presence with us was arranged by the Diocesan Missionary Cooperation Project.

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). This course will begin on Wednesday, Sept 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  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.

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 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Newmeyer Hall (under the church). To register, contact Kathy Stupar via email at kathystb@verizon.net or by phone 412-897-5838. 

MOTHER'S 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

2012 MASS INTENTIONS
This weekend 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 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT
The Invitations have gone out for the Autumn Song Luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club, held on Saturday, October 15th! We do not want anyone to miss out on this wonderful day of auctions, bake sale, lunch, fashion show by Carabella of Oakmont and socializing fun, held by the Aquinas Guild of St. Scholastica. Doors open at 11:00 and lunch is served at noon. What a spectacular way to spend the day for the great cause of funding the church, community and CDTCA! In the event that you did not receive your invitation, please contact Tara Bolonik at 412-600-5838, to reserve your spot, before Oct. 7th.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
September 28 begins the Fall "40 DAYS FOR LIFE" when Christians across the country will begin 40 days of prayer, fasting and vigil for an end to abortion. The Pittsburgh Kick Off Event for 40 Days will be Saturday, September 24th, 3:00 p.m., Phil's Parking Lot, 917 Liberty Ave., downtown. Speakers include Bishop William J. Waltersheid, Pastor Rick Paladin, Fr. Tim Kruthaupt, Pastor Shawn Kirkland and Rev. John Patterson. Music features the group "Intent". At 4:30 p.m. we will leave the parking lot and process to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 933 Liberty Ave. for closing prayer and hymns. Everyone is welcome to join this opportunity to pray in community for precious unborn babies and their Mothers.

SAVE THE DATE! SAVE THE DATE!
Save date has been set for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's Annual Fall Fling and it's a date you will not soon forget!!  Mark your calendars NOW for 11-11-11 for "The One's In A Lifetime" Party to be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  We hope you will plan to attend this fabulous evening of dinner, auctions, entertainment and dancing!  This year's event will honor those St. Scho's/CDTCA alumni from the graduating classes of 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, and 1991!  Invitations will be mailed in the next few weeks.  Save the date of 11-11-11; you don't want to miss this "Onederful" event!

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 bulletin feature highlights some opportunities for stewardship at St. Scholastica in the coming weeks.
   Adult chaperones are needed for several Youth Ministry events:
  • Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Adult drivers are needed for the Scavenger Hunt for Warmth On Saturday, Oct. 1 after Youth Mass. Help our young people collect warm clothing for our local homeless ministry.
  • Pet Therapy at the Aspinwall VA Hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Family House Dinner on Monday, Oct. 17 at Family House University Place in Oakland, 4:15 to 7:00 p.m.
To participate in any of 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. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.

COFFEE HOUSE AFTER THE 9:00 MASS TODAY
Please join your fellow parishioners for coffee, doughnuts and fellowship outside the doors of the church, weather permitting. Otherwise, in the pastoral center.

MASS INTENTIONS:
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
Monday, weekday, September 26
    8:30 am  Deceased members of St. Vincent DePaul Society
Tuesday, St. Vincent DePaul, priest, September 27
    8:30 am Rose Ann Asturi (Mom & Dad)
Wednesday, weekday, September 28
    8:30 am  Richard Reardon (Scanlon Family)
Thursday, St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael, archangels, September 29
    8:30 am  Rosalia Costa (Costa Family)
Friday, St. Jerome, priest & doctor of the Church, September 30
    8:30 am  Nora McNally (Fleming Family)
Saturday, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin & doctor of the Church, October 1
   9:00 am  Rose LaGrotto (Mrs. Anna Montarsi)
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

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.