October 16, 2011

    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:
Amount Needed:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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!!

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!

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.

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!

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!!

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
Saturday, weekday, October 22
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


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..



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

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 17
Director of Music/Bereavement

Mr. Thom Bercik    412-390-3748
Organist/Wedding Contact

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education

Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant

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.