October 30, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   A friend told me she had been the last in her family to stop going to Mass on Sundays.  Her siblings had long since given it up.  Their reasons have a great deal to do with the quality of church leadership they experienced.  Too much outward show of authority, too little indication of inner sanctity.  Dispensing official teaching is not enough; living humbly and as a servant is the heart of ministry.
   The harsh words of the prophet Malachi seem more relevant than ever in our day.  When we priests fail to walk in the way of Christ, fail to give glory to God's name by what we do, we become unworthy of our calling to serve God's people.  Of course, this kind of behavior is not limited to clergy.  Jesus is speaking to the crowds and disciples about the Pharisees, the lay leaders who saw themselves as "separate" from the rest because of their outward signs of piety.  He also calls them to authentic lives."The greatest among you must be your servant," Jesus says, a message he repeats again and again in the Gospels.  His followers are as resistant to it now as they were then.  But the faithful follower is not about titles, or ecclesiastical dress-up or posturing in self-importance.  Discipleship in the kingdom that Jesus came preaching is about being brothers and sisters who gather around Jesus Christ, the one Master, who humbles himself and waited for God to exalt him.  May the same goal be ours.
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 30, 2011

SUNDAY, October 23, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$9,059.10
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortage:
$3,866.90

A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM THE AQUINAS GUILD...
The Aquinas Guild would like to thank the following patrons for their generous contributions to the Autumn Song Luncheon Benefit: Ray Boyer, Patricia Constantin, Frank Fuhrer, Grace Ghoshhajra,MD, Carole Gonzoles, Paul J. Helsel, Joan Hilton, Frank Hurite, Gilda Hurite, the Katarincic Family, Mrs. Gary L. Keefer, May and Pete Koppel, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Labriola, Mary E. Labriola, Mary Ellen Maher, Yvonne Maher, Jodi Maranchie, Lucine Marous, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Marsico, Dr. and Mrs. Louis Martone, McCabe Bros., Inc, Denise McCarthy, Barbara McMahon, Patricia McKaveney, Karen Lally Meck, Mr. and Mrs. John Meck, Constance Morrison, Maureen S. O'Brien, Ron and Judi Owen, Shelley Peconi, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pieper, Susan Riley, Sandy Romanelli, Dolores Rueger, Margaret S. Santelli, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schmitt, Mary Magovern Scott, Maria Smith, Tomas M. Smith Funeral Home, Mr. and Mrs. John Stafford, Sr. Carol Troesch, Wedell-Ajak Funeral Home, and also anyone who contributed anonymously.

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, November 7, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (andybechman@saintscholastica.com). Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Please make arrangements for the baptism with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date. The next baptism preparation session will be held on January 9, 2012.

YOU COULD WIN $2,000
...if you buy a raffle ticket for $10.00 each benefiting CDTCA!!! Raffle tickets will be sold after all Masses this weekend for a $2000.00 cash prize. The winner will be announced at the Fall Fling on 11-11-11. Take a chance and buy a raffle ticket - you could be a winner!!

CDTCA "ONE'S IN A LIFETIME" FALL FLING
Send in your replies now to attend CDTCA's "One's In A Lifetime" Fall Fling on 11-11-11. You do not want to miss this party! St. Scho's alumni classes from 1951, '61, '71, '81 and '91 will be honored. Gather family and friends and reserve a table now for this "One"derful event! Questions, call Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319.

MEGA MEETING
Our next Mega Meeting is November 6th. 

THANK YOU FOR SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS AND BASKET ITEMS
The Aquinas Guild would also like to thank those that generously contributed to the silent auction and basket items: Maryanne Barnes, Thom Bercik, Dennis and Bernadine Bonessa, Lorraine Clifford, Veronic Constantakis, Paul Gabos, Kathleen Gavlak, Gail Gilliland, Mary Ann Labriola, Karen Lauer, Carolyn Haas Leeper, Eleanor Liberatore, Patti McCaffrey, Elizabeth Metrovich, Janet Mooney Monaco, Jerry Monaco, Judy Ostrosky, Tina Petrusic Cooper, Sandra Rhoden, Helen Simanek, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, The City Theater, The Coffee Tree Roasters, Aspinwall Beans 'N Cream, Eva Szabo European Salon, Aspinwall Chiropractic Assoc., The Front Porch,The Heinz History Center, La Capella, Loafer's Bread Co., Lynlott Miniatures, Marisqueira Mediterranean Bistro, One Brilliant, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, The Pittsburgh Penguins, The Pittsburgh Pirates, The Pittsburgh Playhouse at Point Park University, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Rosebud's, Towne Drugs, Vygor Fitness & Nutrition, V3 Yoga & Pilates, The Walnut Grove, Frank Woods Salon and anonymous donors. This event would not have been such a wonderful success without such incredible generosity; thank you so much to all!!

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.
Good News!
Have you seen the decorated donation containers in the back of our church? Thanks again to CDTCA Junior Girl Scout Troop 50844 and their leader, Heidi Kipp, for lending their hands to this project, and for making the containers so hands-some! Now, let's all put them to good use (see below).
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil requests donations of blankets, sleeping bags(zero degree rated ones are best) and packages of toilet paper to be distributed to people who need them in Pittsburgh. Please leave donations in the large non-food items container in the vestibule of the church. We will continue to accept donations of canned tuna, canned chicken(not soups) or canned fruit in the food-items container. Thank you for your generosity!
· We need more ministers of Holy Communion to serve at St. Margaret Hospital on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Communion ministers can sign on to do occasional substituting, serve twice a month or be a regular weekly volunteer. It takes about 1-2 hours each week and is extremely rewarding service! Contact Mary Bernard at stmargcommunion@saintscholastica.com or 412-968-5464.
· Adult chaperones are needed for Youth Ministry:
Family House Dinner on Monday, Nov. 7 at Family House University Place in Oakland, 4:15 to 7:00 p.m.
To participate, please contact Jamie Dillon.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet Nov. 2, 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

ATTENTION TUESDAY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FAMILIES
    Tuesday, November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation. All students should report to class at the regular time of 6:15pm. Mass, however, is at 7:00. We will be taking ALL of the students to mass and ask that you accompany them. Dismissal will be after mass.
    On Saturday, November 5, we will be working with Habitat for Humanity AV. We will meet at 8:45am in Harmar and return by 2 pm. Any adult or student wishing to participate should contact Jamie by Nov. 3.  We are also in need of adult chaperones for this event. Please contact Jamie.

YOUTH MASS
Youth Mass is Saturday, November 5th at 5:00pm. Any student wishing to sing or play an instrument should report at 3:30 for rehearsal.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
This Thursday evening at 7:30 we have a memorial service for all our loved ones who have died, especially all those who died this past year.  As you know, November 2nd is All Souls Day when we pray for the dead.  At the Thursday evening service we will recite all the names of those who died this past year who were buried from St. Scholastica.  At this service we will provide an opportunity for all who are participating to recite publicly the names of those who died this past year even though they were not buried from our parish.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 29
   5:00 pm  Mary Gorskey (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 30
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am Paul Schultz (David & Lucy Thomas)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am Joan G. Farina (Jim & Claire Wallace & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Monday, weekday, October 31
   8:30 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
Tuesday, All Saints, Holy Day, November 1
   8:30 am Ann Magovern (Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Hilton)
   7:00 pm Celia Mancini (Catherine E.J. Ferris)
Wednesday, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls), November 2
   8:30 am Joe & Rosalia Costa (Antoinetta Costa & Family)
Thursday, weekday, November 3
   8:30 am Kevin D. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
   7:30 pm  All Souls Memorial Service
Friday, weekday, November 4
    8:30 am  Helen Quinlan (Bob McGuinness Family)
Saturday, weekday, November 5
   9:00 am Costa - Fortunato & Family (Antoinetta Costa & Family)
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5
  5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 6
   7:30 am  Antonia Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Deceased Trapp-Gimber Families (Gimber Sisters)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am Birthday, Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger 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–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.                                            

October 23, 2011

 REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   In an article on "successful aging" (New Theology Review, November, 2010), Dr. Lawrence M. Lenoir proposes that the art of giving and receiving love is at the heart of growing old gracefully.  Research shows that being in a loving relationship quiets the demons of depression and despair.  So, if you want to be healthy, be loving.  Jesus would agree.
  The rabbis of Jesus' day argued about which was the greatest commandment of the six hundred thirteen in the Torah.  When the Pharisees asked Jesus, he answered that what God wanted most from the chosen people who had been liberated from slavery and called to live in a covenantal relationship was a return of the love God showed to them.  This love has two faces: loving God totally and loving one another as one loves oneself.
  Loving is a contagious activity.  If you are loved, you tend to be loving.  Paul is sounding this note when he writes to the Thessalonians about how they became imitators of him and his fellow evangelizers Timothy and Silvanus, and of the Lord himself, receiving the word and living in faith, joy and love for each other, because they believed in God's love for them, revealed in Christ.
  Our love must flow outward in compassionate generosity.  The Lord called on Israel to show its love by not oppressing aliens, not wronging weak orphans and defenseless window and not extorting the poor by demanding interest on loans.  No less is asked of those who have received the Holy Spirit and live in community with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  That's us.  Love one another.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 23, 2011

SUNDAY, October 16, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,098.25
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortage:
$2,827.75

REVISED ROMAN MISSAL
On Monday, October 24th, Fr. Ken will offer a presentation on the new Revised Roman Missal. Starting the weekend of November 26-27 (First Sunday of Advent) all parishes in the United States will begin using the new Revised Roman Missal. There are significant changes in the prayers prayed by the priest celebrant, as well as changes in the prayers and responses of the laity. Fr. Ken will present a reflection on the nature of translations and then review the prayer changes that will begin next month. You are invited to come this Monday at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.

FLU SHOT CLINIC
UPMC St. Margaret is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents age 65 and older, as well as for individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease. This clinic will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 until Noon at Entrance B at the hospital. No appointment is necessary and parking is free. For more information, please call 412-784-5160.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING/OUTING
The November Aquinas Guild meeting will be an outing to the Frick Museum on Wednesday, November 16th to see the Faberge exhibit. The day will include a guided tour of the Clayton Mansion as well as the Frick Museum. Cost is $14.00 Please make checks payable to, "The Aquinas Guild" and send to: Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr, 15238-reservations are necessary and must be made by Monday, October 24th. Transportation and lunch arrangements will be made when we know the group size. We will leave St. Scholastica at 10am and return around 2:30pm. Call Mary Ellen with questions, 412-767-5863.

DON'T MISS THIS "ONE'S IN A LIFETIME" EVENT
Invitations to all parishioners have been mailed and delivered to CDTCA's "One's In A Lifetime" Fall Fling to be held on 11-11-11! This "One"derful evening includes entertainment, strolling dinner stations, auctions, raffles and dancing and is held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. We hope you will join us. Any parishioner who would like to donate an item to our Silent or Live Auction, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319. We are always looking for gift certificates to restaurants, clothing and gift shops, exercise and spa facilities, as well as sporting events tickets, cultural events tickets, vacation get-aways and cash donations. Thank you for your support of our school, CDTCA!!

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.
Good News!
· We collected 59 pounds of rice last weekend for the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Thanks to all who contributed, and thanks to Geoff Tolge for transporting the rice to EECM!
· CDTCA Junior Girl Scout Troop 50844 and their leader, parishioner Heidi Kipp, will prepare containers to receive donations for Nancy Heil's work. They will also take the goods across the street at times when other volunteers can process them. We are grateful to Heidi and to the fourteen 4th and 5th grade girls in Troop 50844 for taking on these tasks on behalf of our parish!
Help Needed!
We are accepting donations of canned tuna, canned chicken (not soups) or canned fruit this weekend, October 22 and 23. The food will go to Nancy Heil for distribution to people who need it in Pittsburgh. Please place donations in the container in the back of the church.

THANK YOU
The Aquinas Guild would again like to thank all who attended, or were involved in any way, in the outcome of such a lovely day at the Autumn Song Luncheon. The fashions of Carabella were beautiful, the meal was delightful, and several lucky patrons won great auction items that raised money for the parish. For those of you who attended, and those of you that wish you could have, next year's luncheon is one to look forward to, and we will let you know when this is to be scheduled, as soon as we figure this out!

APPALACHIA KICK OFF!
Even though our trip is not until June we need to start planning NOW! So on Saturday, October 29th from 9am-1pm we are kicking off the preparation for our 2012 trip! We will meet and discuss fundraising and begin our SKILL BUILDING! It 's better than a meeting because you will actually get to work with your hands! We will meet in the ministry center. Anyone considering participating in the trip should attend. If you have any questions contact Jamie Dillon.

CDTCA CORNER
Did You Know... CDTCA students have numerous academic extracurricular activities to choose from such as Forensics, Math Pentathlon, Math 100 Club, and the Environmental Club. Many of our students are also recognized for their excellent writing skills in national publications.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 22
    5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
 
Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23
    7:30 am  Francis (Mike) Driscoll (Carl Macino)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Hattie Komorowski (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, October 24
   8:30 am  62nd Wedding Anniversary Joan & Guy Hilton

Tuesday, weekday, October 25
   8:30 am  Anniv., Kathryn Owen (Ron, Judi & Family)

Wednesday, weekday, October 26
   8:30 am  Birthday, Mary Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)

Thursday, weekday, October 27
   8:30 am  Jack Reynolds (Veltri Family)

Friday, St. Simon & St. Jude, apostles, October 28
    8:30 am  Richard Reardon (Scanlon Family)
 
Saturday, weekday, October 29
    9:00 am  Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 29
    5:00 pm  Mary Gorskey (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Paul Schultz (David & Lucy Thomas)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    11:00 am  Joan G. Farina (Jim & Claire Wallace & 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–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.        

October 16, 2011

 REFLECTING ON THE WORD
    In a country that has a strong commitment to separation of church and state, it is noteworthy that our money, both bills and coins, is inscribed with the words "In God We Trust".  The history of this motto and its relation to our currency goes back to the Civil War.  Changing it has never gotten much support.  It serves as a helpful reminder about where our true security lies.
    In the Gospel, the Pharisees, along with some supporters of the Roman regime called Herodians, get into the act of trying to trap Jesus into taking a stand that would get him in trouble with either the Roman authorities or his own people.  But Jesus, as much the fox as Herod was reputed to be, slips out of their net by noting that there can be different loyalties without a loss of priorities.
    Jesus calls on them to produce the idolatrous coin that no devout Jew should carry, since it declared Caesar to be a god.  Then he advises them to return to the emperor the coin that bears his image but to return to God what bears God's image, that is, themselves, made in the image of God.
    A new order is revealed when we give God's image back to God by our words and deeds, showing God's image to others.  When this happens, the motto "In God We Trust" becomes not merely stamped on paper or branded on copper, but encountered in living flesh and blood.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 16, 2011

SUNDAY, October 9, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$13,221.75
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Surplus:
$295.75

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING/OUTING
The November Aquinas Guild meeting will be an outing to the Frick Museum on Wednesday, November 16th to see the Faberge exhibit. The day will include a guided tour of the Clayton Mansion as well as the Frick Museum. Cost is $14.00.  Please make checks payable to, "The Aquinas Guild" and send to: Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr, 15238-reservations are necessary and must be made by Monday, October 24th. Transportation and lunch arrangements will be made when we know the group size. We will leave St. Scholastica at 10am and return around 2:30pm. Call Mary Ellen with questions, 412-767-5863.

WORLD YOUTH DAY
Many thanks to all of you who supported my participation in World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. It was an amazing experience and I am honored yet humbled to have represented our parish and our diocese.  Aside from seeing our Holy Father, what moved me the most was seeing young Catholics from all over the world united in one faith. You will see in the pictures that I have in the back of the church I especially spent time with a group from the Philippines and from the African nation of Namibia. I worked with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops animating catechetical sessions and providing music for liturgies. Although I was invited by the Church of Madrid to perform, I have to say that I was extremely nervous! But when I walked up on stage and introduced myself as Jamie Dillon from the United States of America. . .the crowd of thousands went wild. Seeing the American flag wave as I sang was definitely the highlight of musical career. I could not have done any of that, without your love, prayers and support. Jamie Dillon

MEGA MEETING
Our first MEGA meeting for Confirmation Candidates and their sponsor/parent is Sunday, October 23rd, in the pastoral center at 12:15.

2ND GRADE PARENT MEETING
There will be a meeting for all 2nd Grade Parents on Sunday, October 16th, at 12:15 in the pastoral center.

THANK YOU!!
The Aquinas Guild would like to thank all of you who attended, donated, volunteered, and supported in any way, toward the success of the Autumn Song Benefit Luncheon. This annual event is such an important means of supporting CDTCA, the community, and the church; it could not have been accomplished without all of your help.

DON'T MISS THIS "ONE'S IN A LIFETIME" EVENT
Invitations to all parishioners have been mailed and delivered to CDTCA's "One's In A Lifetime" Fall Fling to be held on 11-11-11! This "One"derful evening includes entertainment, strolling dinner stations, auctions, raffles and dancing and is held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. We hope you will join us. Any parishioner who would like to donate an item to our Silent or Live Auction, please contact Joanne Saunders at 412-963-8319. We are always looking for gift certificates to restaurants, clothing and gift shops, exercise and spa facilities, as well as sporting events tickets, cultural events tickets, vacation get-aways and cash donations. Thank you for your support of our school, CDTCA!!

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.
·      MUMS is currently in need of childcare volunteers to assist Gerry Michanowicz on Monday mornings from approximately 9:15 to11. We would love to have help from all ages. Clearances will be necessary, but help is available in pursuing them. Contact Bonnie DeMotte at 412-963-7013 or mums@saintscholastica.com.
·      For Families and Individuals: We are accepting donations of rice this weekend. Please place donations in or near the baskets in the vestibule of the church. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Thank you!
       It is good news for the parish that so many of us join Nancy Heil and her other volunteers in service to poor and homeless persons in Pittsburgh. We would like to strengthen our parish ties to this work by putting together a system of collecting goods from parishioners for Nancy's use.
· Nancy is requesting immediate donations of canned tuna, canned chicken(not soups) or canned fruit. Please bring these items next weekend, October 22 and 23.
· A great opportunity for a creative family, class, or other group: We would like to have a large cardboard box, decorated in an attractive way, to hold bulky, non-food donations in the back of church. Will your family or group take this on as a fun, creative project for the benefit of the parish?
Do you have a large attractive basket(or picnic basket) that you are willing to donate to the parish for food collections? Please contact Andy Bechman for details on this or the preceding opportunity. Thank you!

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY
Any student in grades 6-8 who would like to attend the Middle School Faith Rally on November 5th should contact the youth ministry office by Oct. 23rd. Cost is $10 per person. Hip Hop Artist Righteous B will be featured.

AUTUMN SONG AUCTION ITEMS
If you missed all of the fun at the Autumn Song Benefit Luncheon, it is not too late to participate; which helps support our church, school and community needs and activities! There are several auction items, that have been held over until after the 11:00 AM mass on Sunday the 16th,and also bake sale items that will be in the Pastoral Center, for your consideration and enjoyment! Some of the items include; a set of 4 Steelers tickets, a set of 2 Steelers tickets, 2 Penguin tickets and 4 Pitt basket ball tickets. Come on over to the Pastoral Center after mass and take a look; and good luck!

CDTCA CORNER
Did You Know... St. Scho's Alumni, we are looking for you!  Are you ONE of the ONES that we are looking for??!! To coincide with the 11-11-11 "One's In A Lifetime" theme of this year's CDTCA Fall Fling Dinner Gala and Auction, St. Scho's alumni who graduated in 1951, '61, '71, '81 and '91 are being offered a discounted ticket price to the event! Invitations have been mailed and delivered, so gather some of your classmates and get a table at ONE of the best parties of the year! Alumni questions may be directed to Anne Rueger Cooper at 412-782-5892. You will not want to miss this "One"derful event!!

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 15
   5:00 pm  Senator James Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 16
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Regis Obringer (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Adeline Alvino (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Monday, St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr, October 17
   8:30 am  Francis Maher (Joan & Graemer Hilton)
Tuesday, St. Luke, evangelist, October 18
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)
Wednesday, St. John de Brebeuf & St. Isaac Jogues, priests & martyrs, October 19
   8:30 am Rose Wartko (Counihan Family)
Thursday, weekday, October 20
   8:30 am  Donald Kennedy Sr. (Family)
Friday, weekday, October 21
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE
Saturday, weekday, October 22
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 22
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (Wife, Rita Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 23
   7:30 am  Francis (Mike) Driscoll (Carl Macino)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am  Hattie Komorowski (Family)
       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–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.                                                  

October 9, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

    A newspaper columnist expressed his chagrin at friends not responding to his "e-vites" (e-mail invitations), even after repeated requests.  He speculated that some might have held off responding in case "something better" came along.
    Jesus tells a tale of invited guests refusing to come to a wedding feast for a king's son.  This parable is aimed once again at the religious leaders, confronting them with their refusal to accept him as one sent by God.  Matthew's violent version of the parable differs from Luke's peaceful one (14:16-24), since it reflects the destruction of Jerusalem that happened decades later.  But it reminded both communities that the invitation to the kingdom of God could be refused.
    Matthew also includes the expulsion of a man who comes in without a wedding garment.  This might seem a little strange since people had been called in off the streets.  It serves as a reminder that showing up is not enough.  The grace of being invited to the Lord's table, then as now, does not excuse us from wearing the appropriate garment-that is, "putting on" Christ.
    Every Eucharist tells us that we have a place at the table, and this table prepares us for another table at the end of time, when all peoples will gather and the Lord will move among us, wiping every tear away, and death shall be no more.  We are a people of many tables-of the word, the Eucharist, the world and the kingdom of God.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 9, 2011

SUNDAY, October 2, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,574.00
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortage:
$2,352.00

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Perhaps you have been thinking about volunteering in the Parish? Perhaps you are a "People-Person"? Consider being an Usher and Greeter. Not only will you assist with duties pertaining to the Sunday collection, but you will also greet parishioners and visitors and welcome them into the church; you will also assist with any special accommodations they may require.  Please consider volunteering! We are in need of Ushers and Greeters for all the masses; particularly for the 7:30 am mass. It is open to both men and women.

LITURGICAL CHANGES
Fr. Ken invites you to attend his presentation on the changes in the Liturgy that will take place on the First Sunday of Advent. He will speak on the nature of translation and walk us through the changes in the New Roman Rite, especially the responses that affect the congregation. This session will be on Monday, October 24th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. Please join us.

ANOINTING MASS
Next Sunday, October 16th, we will have an Anointing Mass at 11:00am. Anyone who is weighted down with sickness, anxiety, anticipating an operation, etc. are invited to come to 11:00 am Mass and receive the Anointing of the Sick. Even if you are not seriously sick, but are dealing with chronic sickness or weakness in your elder years, please feel free to share in the Sacrament of the Sick.

HAUNTED MINE
Any middle school or high school youth wishing to attend the youth ministry trip to the Haunted Mine on Friday Oct 21 should rsvp to the youth ministry office by Oct. 15. Cost is $12 per person.

CALLING ALL BAKERS!
Calling all of you talented bakers of the parish! Everyone loves home baked goodies to take home after a day of fun at the Autumn Song Luncheon, such as: cakes, pies, cookies, breads, gourmet nuts, snack mixes, candies, or whatever your specialty is! If you would like to donate to this great cause, items can be dropped off all day, Friday, October 14th, at Lorraine Maslaney's house at 218 Tenth Street, Aspinwall. Baked goods can also be brought to the Pittsburgh Field Club the day of the luncheon. Please call Lorraine at 412-781-1964 if you have any questions.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING/OUTING
The November Aquinas Guild meeting will be an outing to the Frick Museum on Wednesday, November 16th to see the Faberge exhibit. The day will include a guided tour of the Clayton Mansion as well as the Frick Museum. Cost is $14.00.  Please make checks payable to, "The Aquinas Guild" and send to: Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr, 15238-reservations are necessary and must be made by Monday, October 24th. Transportation and lunch arrangements will be made when we know the group size. We will leave St. Scholastica at 10 am and return around 2:30 pm. Please call Mary Ellen for questions @ 412-767-5863.

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.
  • For Families and Individuals: We are 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.

It is good newsfor the parish that so many of us join Nancy Heil and her other volunteers in service to persons who are poor or homeless in Pittsburgh. We would like to strengthen our parish ties to this work by putting together a system of collecting goods from parishioners for Nancy's use.
  • A great opportunity for a creative family, Confirmation small group, orother group: We would like to have a large cardboard box, decorated in an attractive way, to hold donations in the back of church.
  • We need an adult who would be willing to monitor donated goods and contact Nancy's group to arrange for moving them across the street at a time when volunteers are available to receive them.
Please contact Andy Bechman for details on either of these opportunities for service.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, Sunday, October 16th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

2ND GRADE PARENT MEETING
On Sunday, October 16th there will be a meeting for all 2nd Grade Parents after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center. We will overview First Reconciliation and Eucharist.

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

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT LUNCHEON
It is not too late to reserve your spot for all of the fun, food, fashions, bake sale and auctions! Some of the exciting auction items that will be open for bid through the 11 a.m. mass on Oct.16th are; 2 Steeler tickets, 2 Penguin tickets, and 4 Pitt Basket Ball tickets! Call Tara Balonick now, at 412-600-5838 before all the spots are gone! It is also not too late to donate auction items. Call Patti McCaffrey at 412-782-5051 if you have anything that you would like to donate. If you did not yet purchase any $1000.00 raffle tickets, or would like to purchase more, call Helen Simanek at 412-963-7488.

CDTCA CORNER
Did You Know that CDTCA's Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Mary Lou Colaizzi, won the Golden Apple Award? This is an award given by the diocese of Pittsburgh for excellence in teaching, community service and commitment to the church. Congratulations to Mrs. Colaizzi!

MASS INTENTIONS:
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 Rose LaGrotto (Barbara Hughes)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Paul Wessell (Regis & Mary Louise Wessell)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Patricia McCaffrey (SATB Choir)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Monday, weekday, October 10
    8:30 am  James F. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
Tuesday, weekday, October 11
    8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)
Wednesday, weekday, October 12
   8:30 am  Rose A. LaGrotto (Veltri Family)
Thursday, weekday, October 13
    8:30 amAnn McGovern (James Lowden)
Friday, weekday, October 14
    8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)
Saturday, St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin & doctor, October 15
    9:00 am  Andrea Certo (Family)
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 15
    5:00 pm  Senator James Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 16
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Regis Obringer (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Adeline Alvino (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–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.