October 30, 2011

   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:
Amount Needed:

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.

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.

...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!!

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.

Our next Mega Meeting is November 6th. 

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!!

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.

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

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

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.

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


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.