September 4, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   We can respond in different ways when someone wrongs us: we can ignore the offense, cut off the offender, announce our anger or hurt, or be equally offensive.  Perhaps you have tried each of these.  Jesus sets out another way for his disciples.  First, go to the person and point out the failure; if that doesn't work, take another with you; if that doesn't work, "refer it to the church".  And if that doesn't work, "treat the person as you would a Gentile or a tax collector". 
   This last remark could sound like even Jesus put limits on what you had to do to bring a person around, especially since tax collectors were generally held in contempt and Gentiles kept at a distance.  But this wasn't so for Jesus; these were the very ones he reached out to.  So, his last remark indicates that you never stop trying to win over another.
   These words are part of Jesus' fourth speech in Matthew's Gospel, focused on life within the community of his followers.  They are to be a community of reconciliation.  This call to engage in fraternal correction has got to be one of the more difficult aspects of living out the way of Jesus, by loving others enough to tell them when they are committing a wrong.  It's frequently much easier to let is slide or move away from the person altogether.
   Paul's exhortation to "owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another" finds fulfillment in this difficult area of fraternal correction.  Such love fulfills the law.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
September 4, 2011

SUNDAY, August 28, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,410.75
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$515.25

ALTAR FLOWERS:
This weekends' altar flowers are in memory of Terry Paulick donated by the Paulick Family.

SECOND COLLECTION FOR BISHOP'S EDUCATION FUND
Next weekend we will have a second collection to support our primary and secondary Catholic Schools in our diocese.  Contributions you make will directly be given as grants to financially needy students/families.  We do not want our Catholic Schools to be out of reach for those desiring a Catholic Education for their children.  Whatever you are able to donate in this collection will be well appreciated by the hundreds of students who will receive grants this school year.  Thank you for your generosity.

PARISH OFFICE NEWS
Starting the week of September 4th the parish office will be open Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm. (We will not be open on Labor Day).  We still have weekday masses available for 2011. For your convenience we have a "Will-Call" mail box outside of the parish office. This box can be used for masses, flowers, sacrament and sponsor certificates etc.  Altar flowers are a nice way to honor someone (birthday, wedding, anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates please call the parish office 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY
Please join us for an in-depth study of  The Gospel Of Matthew that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3pm in the Duch Pastoral center at St. Scholastica. The first class will be Tuesday, September 6.  Any woman  (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcomed to join this group. In addition to learning so much about Our Lord and His Church, you will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with other women in our community. The registration fee is $55 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course. That's less than a cup of coffee each week!  For more information please visit the website  www.catholicscripturestudy.comor contact Mary Wilson at 412-963- 1931.To register send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Dr. 15238 .

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES
Would you like to enliven your prayer? Join us this fall for "Praying the Scriptures," a Bible study from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  We are offering the study in two formats: 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.

HELP NEEDED
We are still looking for small group leaders for grades 6,7 and 8. Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

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. (This presentation will also be scheduled for an evening in October on a date to be announced.)  No RSVP necessary.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., Sept. 7, at 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious education begins the week of September 18th. Please register if you have not already done so. Registration is available on the parish website.
 
YOUTH MASS
Youth mass is Sunday, September 18th, at the 9 o'clock mass. Anyone interested in singing or playing an instrument should contact the youth ministry office.

CONFIRMATION MEETING
There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates. & parents on Sunday, September 25th after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center.

 CONGRATULATIONS TO SR. DOROTHY
This Thursday, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8th), Sister Dorothy is celebrating her fiftieth anniversary as a professed religious sister of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (formerly Vincentian Sisters of Charity).  We have been well blessed to have Sister Dorothy as our Principal for the past three years at our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  In her fifty years of service she has had many assignments as teacher, health care administrator and principal.  I know you join me in thanking Sister Dorothy for her fifty years of service to the Church.  She lives up to her name: Dorothy from the Greek- "doran theos" a "gift from God"!  Gratefully, Fr. Ken.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 3
  5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (Buckey Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 4
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Frances Maher, Elizabeth William & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Terry Paulick (Pavlick Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, September 5
    8:30 am  Louise Flinn (son, Don Flinn)

Tuesday, weekday, September 6
    8:30 am  Birthday, Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, weekday, September 7
    8:30 am  Louis Kopec (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa)

Thursday, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8
    8:30 am  Anthony Michael Farina (Family)

Friday, St. Peter Clava, priest, September 9
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Hannah & Nate Joseph)

Saturday, weekday, September 10
   9:00 am  Anniv., Ralph LaGrotto (Lisa & Jim Martin)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 10
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Maione)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Veltri-McKay Families (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Frank X. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       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. 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.