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.