November 27, 2011

 Dear Church Family,
   We are excited to announce that our church will be putting together a new pictorial directory! This directory will be a great tool for helping us to put faces with names. Every participating family will receive a free pictorial directory, as well as a $25 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase. You will only have to make one visit to the church, as you will be photographed and view your poses after you are done being photographed. So please stop at the sign up table in the back of church today to schedule your appointment. You may also sign up by email at parish@saintscholatica.com or by phone at 412-781-0186 ext. 10. The sooner you sign up, the more times you'll have to choose from. See you in the directory!

AQUINAS GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Aquinas Guild will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th, at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild".  RSVP to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th. Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months, to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERT
The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 pm mass. The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

YOUTH MINISTRY
The Youth Ministry Annual Christmas Shopping Trip for the Needy is Monday, November 28th. We will meet at the Ministry Center at 11:00 am.  Drivers are needed.  All teens are welcome! Bring your Christmas Gift tag! 
Saturday, December 3rd  is a big day for Youth Ministry:
· We will begin with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday Morning. If you are interested please RSVP by Wednesday.
· Youth Mass at 5 pm. Anyone wishing to sing or play an instrument should report at 3:00 pm.
· After mass we will go Christmas Caroling then have Hot Chocolate and cookies! RSVP by Thursday for Caroling.

BLOOD DRIVE
Today is the St. Scholastica Blood Drive. The Central Blood Bank will be in the Pastoral Center from 8 am to 1 pm to accept your donations. We are holding this Blood Drive to help Mario Noro. Please stop by and see if you are eligible to be a donor.

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.
Help Needed!
· We are looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their photo directory sessions. Photo sessions will be scheduled on January 10-14, February 7-11, and May 4-5. Most sessions are from 5:00-8:30 pm, but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, please contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186,  ext. 24.
· Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than December 6.  Nancy particularly requests footballs, basketballs, purses, legos and duplos.  Thank you!
Good News!
We collected 33 jars of peanut butter last weekend for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. In addition, two representatives from EECM made a presentation on the organization's work to parishioners last Sunday. Several parishioners left contact information for followup action. If you are interested in investigating adult service opportunities at EECM, please contact parishioner Geoff Tolge at geoff.tolge@gmail.com or Andy Bechman 412-781-0186, ext. 18. You can also learn about EECM at their website: http://eecm.org.

CHRISTMAS GIFT PROJECT
    St. Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project to benefit children and families in our area and students in Haiti and Kenya is underway.  All gifts and monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.
    The parish is looking for one or two families interested in chairing the Christmas gift project next year.  If you are interested call one of the contacts above for more information.  Plan to help with the gift sorting on Dec. 11 if you want to learn more.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP
Next weekend, Dec. 3rd and 4th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center after all the masses. This annual holiday shop for CDTCA has also become a tradition for parishioners to enhance their holiday shopping. A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts, and inexpensive gift items will be available for all ages. Advent candle sets and decorated tabletop trees are just a few of the popular items that will be available for purchase once again this year.

NURSING HOMES
Please advise the Parish Office or email to sandyricchiuto@hotmail.com the names of any family members in nursing homes. The St. Monica Society would like to remember them with greeting cards.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 26
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  November 27
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bess Hussey (Art & Matt Hussey)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, Advent Weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, November 29
   8:30 am  Judy Jackworth (Husband)

Wednesday, St. Andrew, apostle, November 30
   8:30 am  Anniv., Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 1
    8:30 am  Sr. Dorothy Dolak  (Respect Life Committee)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 2
    8:30 am  Martha Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   9:00 am  Augustine Russo (Laura & Charlie Johnson)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 3
    5:00 pm  Ronald Alvino (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  December 4
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Frank & Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)
       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
ginamusser@saintscholastica.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
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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.

November 20, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   Every so often when I am driving, I see that old bumper sticker calling us to commit random acts of kindness.  Good advice in light of the story of the Last Judgment.  Did you notice that the story makes no mention of many of the sins we usually worry about as the basis for the Last Judgment?  This is not to say such things don't matter.  But the emphasis here has to do with getting out there and responding to people really in need, basic needs relating to hunger, thirst, being a stranger-an unwelcome immigrant?  (that one is certainly ripped from today's headlines!) - lacking clothes, needing health care (another relevant one), and being imprisoned.
    While it is always interesting to watch other people being judged, it is not something most of us enjoy experiencing ourselves—especially when it comes to evaluating our moral lives.  It is much easier to think of Jesus as the forgiving, compassionate, tender shepherd who is out there looking for us than as the one who comes in glory to judge and separate out the goats and the lambs.  Who wants to be counted among the goats?
    So, pick your area that will help you to be counted among the sheep.  Food distribution, environmental concerns, immigration reform, clothing—include here those nets that can save lives threatened by various issues surrounding health care, or prison reform.  Perhaps you thought this was one of those quaint stories Jesus tells that seem so long ago and far away.  The last we hear from the Gospel of Matthew for this year invites your participation—now.  The reason?  When you do something for them, you do it for him.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
November 20, 2011

October 2011 Monthly Collection:
$60,317.17
Budgeted:
$56,012.66
Surplus:
$4,304.51

BLOOD DRIVE
St. Scholastica Church is having a Blood Drive to help replace blood used by Mario Noro. Mario, son of Jennifer and Paul Noro, is an eight year old boy, in third grade, with a smile that lights up a room. Mario has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Mario is receiving treatments of chemotherapy and transfusions of blood and platelets at Children's Hospital. Mario's treatment will last between 24 and 36 months. You can help Mario. Make a reservation to see if you can donate blood for Mario on Sunday, November 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.

AQUINAS GUILD CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Aquinas Guild will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, December 14th at noon at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The cost is $25 payable to: "The Aquinas Guild". RSVP to, Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 by Friday, December 9th. Luncheon choices are: Tilapia English Style or Chicken Marsala. Please bring a baby outfit, size newborn-18 months to be donated to a needy charity. Presents may be wrapped with the size and gender indicated on the gift tag. For questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
There are no religious education classes Tuesday, November 22 and Sunday November 27. As you celebrate Thanksgiving please give thanks for our dedicated catechists, small group leaders and teen helpers.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Arlene Probst at 412-781-2337or email scanlonk@juno.com.

ADVENT WREATH
It's time to sign up to light the Advent Wreath candles.  Please sign the Advent Notebook found in the back of the church for the mass of your choice.  Sign up by November 20th to help us celebrate this beautiful season in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

YOUTH MASS
Rehearsal for the December 3rd Youth Mass is on Monday, November 28th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ministry Center. All teen musicians and vocalists are welcome.

NURSING HOMES
Please advise the Parish Office or email to sandyricchiuto@hotmail.com the names of any family members in nursing homes. The St. Monica Society would like to remember them with greeting cards.

HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERT
The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist, Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 p.m. mass. The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

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.
Help Needed!
  • We are getting ready for a new parish directory! Photo sessions begin in January 2012. We are looking for volunteers to welcome parishioners to their sessions. Photo sessions will be scheduled on January 10-14, February 7-11, and May 4-5. Most sessions are from 5:00-8:30 p.m., but volunteer times are negotiable. If you can help, contact Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186, ext. 24.
  • We are seeking donations of peanut butter this weekend. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.
  • Nancy Heil is requesting new toys (unused toys that you would like to "re-gift" are also acceptable) for Pittsburgh area people who are unable to purchase Christmas gifts. Please leave the toys in one of the bins in the vestibule of the church as soon as possible, but no later than December 6. Thank you!
Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a brief presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses this Sunday, November 20, in the Pastoral Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults who are interested in service as a vital expression of our Catholic faith. EECM sponsors a variety of services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. They rely on volunteers—many from local faith communities—to undertake tasks such as preparing meals for their soup kitchen or men's emergency shelter, spending time with guests at the Orr Compassionate Care Center while they recover from illness, or tutoring young people after school. Please stop by if you would like to learn more. The presentation begins at 10:15 a.m.

CHRISTMAS GIFT PROJECT
    St. Scholastica's Christmas Gift Project to benefit children and families in our area and students in Haiti and Kenya is underway.  All gifts and monetary donations should be returned during mass the weekend of Dec. 10th, or delivered to the table set up at the back of the church no later than Dec. 11th at noon.  Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift.  Any questions, contact Betsy Henry at 412-968-0330 or Paula Wight at 412-968-1029.
    The parish is looking for one or two families interested in chairing the Christmas gift project next year.  If you are interested call one of the contacts above for more information.  Plan to help with the gift sorting on Dec. 11 if you want to learn more.

APPALACHIA MEETING
Appalachia Meeting Tuesday, November 29th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center for anyone interested in participating in this year's mission. The trip will take place the week of June 24th.

THANK YOU!
Thank you to all parishioners who helped to make CDTCA's 2011 Fall Fling such a great success. Whether you bought a raffle ticket, sent a donation or gave an item to the auction, you helped to make this fundraiser one of the best yet. Special thanks goes to those St. Scho's alumni families who attended the event. It was wonderful to have you there. We will look forward to seeing you next year!

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S LITURGY
   The Christmas Children's Choir which will sing at the 4:00 liturgy on Christmas Eve will rehearse Saturday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  Any child in grades 3-8 is welcome to participate.  RSVP to jamiedillon@comcast.net by December 4th.
   Angels and Shepherds for the 4:00 Children's Liturgy on Christmas Eve should contact Meredith Troyan at Meredithtroyan102@yahoo.com by December 15th.  We welcome children in grades K-2.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Christ the King, November 19
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Christ the King,  November 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Stephen Novick (Ginger Wilson)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21
   8:30 amAnniv., Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)
Tuesday, St. Cecilia, virgin, November 22
   8:30 am  Patricia Akanawicz (Charlene Akanawicz)
Wednesday, weekday, November 23
  8:30 am Birthday, George Napoli (Peter & Rose Ann)
Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 24
    9:00 am  Anniv., Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
Friday, weekday, November 25
    8:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
Saturday, weekday, November 26
  9:00 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 26
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, First Sunday of Advent,  November 27
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Birthday, Bess Hussey (Art & Matt Hussey)
       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
ginamusser@saintscholastica.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
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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.

November 13, 2011

 REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   A song in the musical Scottsboro Boys observes that life is what we do while we're waiting to die.  And this is how our life passes by.  Today's parable calls for a more purposeful approach: life calls for investing what God has entrusted to you.
    A "talent" was a year's wages.  Jesus uses this parable to warn his followers that they are to spend their time wisely while waiting for him to return.  They will do this by investing the treasure God has given them.  Jesus was not talking here about natural talents, though that is a worthy enterprise.  But a disciple of Jesus is to do something with the treasure of the gospel, the good news of the kingdom of God, the gift of faith in Jesus Christ.
    God expects a return on this investment with us.  We are to share the Good News with others, not keep it to ourselves.  The gospel is the greatest treasure we have been given.  We might feel we have only a limited understanding of our faith, but we are not to bury it in silence.  Rather, plant the seed of God's word in the minds and hearts of others.
    Our first reading about a "worthy wife" describes a person who invests in living life for others.  She is also called the "capable wife" or the wife with a capacity for wisdom.  The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, honoring God by what we do in the world.  Spend the time wisely while waiting for the Lord to return.

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

November 13, 2011

RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT FUND COLLECTION
This year's collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be taken up next weekend, November 19-20th. Now in its 24th year, the national collection for retired religious has raised more than $643 million to assist religious communities in caring for their elderly and infirm members. Our diocese alone has contributed $20.7 million over that period of time. These funds generated by this collection provides critical assistance to communities that are most in need. Please be generous in this "pay back" to those religious who taught us in our youth.

BLOOD DRIVE
St. Scholastica Church is having a Blood Drive to help replace blood used by Mario Noro.  Mario, son of Jennifer and Paul Noro, is an eight year old boy, in third grade, with a smile that lights up a room. Mario has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Mario is receiving treatments of chemotherapy and transfusions of blood and platelets at Children's Hospital. Mario's treatment will last between 24 and 36 months. You can help Mario. Make a reservation to see if you can donate blood for Mario on Sunday, November 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.

HOLIDAY HANDBELL CONCERT
The Aquinas Guild would like to invite the parish to attend a holiday handbell concert by handbell soloist Sue Garton on Saturday, December 3rd, following the 5 p.m. mass.  The concert will begin around 6:30 and attendance is free. Don't miss this wonderful concert.

WELCOME COMMITTEE MEETING
The Welcome Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7p.m. in the Pastoral Center to plan our next Welcome Breakfast for new parishioners. Anyone interested in this ministry is invited to attend.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Arlene Probst at 412- 781 -2337 or email scanlonk@juno.com.

ADVENT WREATH
It's time to sign up to light the Advent Wreath candles.  Please sign the Advent Notebook found in the back of the church for the mass of your choice.  Sign up by November 20th to help us celebrate this beautiful season in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
St. Scholastica will host a Protecting God's Children workshop on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. To register, please contact the Parish Office at 412-781-0186, ext. 10.  All volunteer ministers who have contact with children must attend this workshop. This class is also beneficial to parishioners who want to learn about how to identify the signs of child abuse. If you have any questions about the diocesan safe environment policy, please contact Mary Swindal, 412-781-0186 ext.10.

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!
Stewardship Corner is now online! Visit the parish website, www.saintscholastica.com and look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links for the latest on opportunities to put your faith into practice!

Help Needed!
  • We are seeking donations of peanut butter on the weekend of November 19 & 20. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.
  • We continue to collect blankets, sleeping bags (zero degree rated ones are best) and packages of toilet paper to be distributed by Nancy Heil and her associates 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 also continue to accept donations of canned tuna, canned chicken (not soups) or canned fruit in the food-items container, along with cans of regular Pepsi and prepared food mixes (such as macaroni and cheese or hamburger helper). Thank you!

Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday, November 20, in the Pastoral Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults who are interested in service as a vital expression of our Catholic faith. EECM sponsors a variety of hunger, housing, and children and youth services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. Please come early to Mass next weekend or stay late if you would like to learn more. The presentation begins at 10:15 a.m. If you can, please bring along a jar of peanut butter for the EECM food pantry!

JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
Before you head out to purchase your Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings stop at the back of Church next Sunday, November 20th. We will be selling Giant Eagle, Community Market, Whole Foods and a wide variety of gift certificates. Purchasing these certificates helps support our Parish School.

RETROUVAILLE
This program has helped countless couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels including disillusionment and deep misery. For confidential information or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 13, 2012, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or 3041@retrouvaille.org. More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com.

CDTCA CORNER
Did you know Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Thursday, November 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.  CDTCA offers a PreK-8 environment based on Catholic values. Registration is preferred but not required.  412-781-7927.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12
   5:00 pm Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 13
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ann Romanovich (Freda Horgas)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  John M. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 14
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)
Tuesday, weekday, November 15
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Dolores Grogan)
Wednesday, weekday, November 16
   8:30 am  Ann Magovern (Dr. Robert & Marjorie Hartsock)
Thursday, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, November 17
   8:30 am  Marnie L. Keefer (Ruth & Gary)
Friday, weekday, November 18
   8:30 am  George Peter Simons (Aldonia Pate)
Saturday, weekday, November 19
   9:00 am  James F. & Margaret C. Walters (Madeline Walters)

Saturday, Vigil of Christ the King, November 19
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Lynch Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Christ the King, November 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Stephen Novick (Ginger Wilson)
       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
ginamusser@saintscholastica.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
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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.

November 6, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   At first hearing, there is a worrisome note in this parable Jesus tells near the end of Matthew's account of his ministry.  We like to think of Jesus as the Lord of second chances, even third and fourth, and that we have plenty of time to get our act together and to gather the necessary "oil" to welcome him when he returns.  But the bridegroom's final words are, "I do not know you".
    Is Jesus indicating that a day will come when that opportunity to make up for what we have failed to do will not be given, that the time for springing into action will have come and gone?  Could we find ourselves locked out of the party?  Since most of us are sometimes foolish, sometimes wise, what form does foolishness take in our lives?  What are we putting off doing?
    Matthew uses this parable to fire up his community's desire for the return of the Lord, to call them to a more active hope in Jesus' return.  It also serves to confront indifference and lethargy in our lives.  That necessary oil can refer to doing those good works that allow the light to shine in the world, especially when darkness threatens.
    Being wise means being prepared for a future with the Lord.  Jesus is the Wisdom of God who gives us a share of this wisdom as a gift of the Spirit.  Let us both seek wisdom and be prepared to welcome it when it comes to us.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
October 30, 2011
 

SUNDAY, October 30, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$9,689.07
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortage:
$3,236.93

OCTOBER COUNT
 For the past twenty five years the diocese has mandated an October Count of those attending Mass. In 2009 on average we had 1,024 people each Sunday in October for a 29% rate of Mass attendance. In 2010 we had on average 971 on Sundays for a 27% rate of Mass attendance. This year (2011) we had on average 929 people attending Mass in October for a 26% rate. There are many reasons for this decline and the Pastoral Council will be examining these figures as to why and our response to increase Mass attendance on Sundays. Fr. Ken

NEW HYMNAL FUND RAISING EXTENSION
We are extending the Fund Raising for our new Gather Hymnal until November 15.  Many of you have already responded.  If you have not yet taken this opportunity to dedicate a hymnal "In Memory of…" or "In Honor of.." an individual or family,  forms are available at all church entrances and in the Parish Office.  A printed name plate will be placed in the front of each donated hymnal.  The contribution is $25 per dedication.  We would also welcome any additional donation to help defray the cost of the needed accompaniment and choir materials.  We appreciate your generous response!

BLOOD DRIVE
St. Scholastica Church is having a Blood Drive to help replace blood used by Mario Noro. Mario, son of Jennifer and Paul Noro, is an eight year old boy, in third grade, with a smile that lights up a room. Mario has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Mario is receiving treatments of chemotherapy and transfusions of blood and platelets at Children's Hospital. Mario's treatment will last between 24 and 36 months. You can help Mario. Make a reservation to see if you can donate blood for Mario on Sunday, November 27th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 p.m., in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule an appointment.
 
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!
  •  Stewardship Corner is now online! Visit the parish website, www.saintscholastica.com and look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links for the latest on opportunities to put your faith into practice! 
  • On the weekend of Oct. 22-23, we collected 15 cans of fruit, 10 cans of chicken and 26 cans of tuna as well as various other items. Thank you!
Help Needed!
We continue to collect blankets, sleeping bags(zero degree rated ones are best) and packages of toilet paperto be distributed by Nancy Heil and her associates 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 also continue to accept donations of canned tuna, canned chicken (not soups) or canned fruit in the food-items container.

Focus On . . . East End Cooperative Ministry
A representative from East End Cooperative Ministry will make a presentation on the organization's work between the 9:00 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday, November 20, in the Pastoral Center. This is a wonderful opportunity for adults who are interested in service as a vital expression of our Catholic faith. EECM sponsors a variety of hunger, housing, and children and youth services to people in Pittsburgh's East End. They rely on volunteers—many from local faith communities—to undertake tasks such as preparing meals for their Soup Kitchen or Men's Emergency Shelter, spending time with guests at the Orr Compassionate Care Center while they recover from illness, or tutoring young people after school. Please come early to Mass on the 20th or stay late if you would like to learn more. The presentation is at 10:15 a.m.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Homestudy Religious Education Families are to check in between 8-9 on Sunday, November 13th.

CDTCA CORNER
Did you know . . . CDTCA is having a Bookfair at the Waterworks Barnes and Noble from 12pm- 4pm on Sunday November 6th.  Come watch the students perform, have a bite to eat in the cafe and get started on your Christmas shopping.  Proceeds benefit the school.
 
MASS INTENTIONS:

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. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Deceased Trapp-Gimber Families (Gimber Sisters)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am  Birthday, Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 7
    8:30 am Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)

Tuesday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Mary Lou Cannon (Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Hilton)

Wednesday, weekday, November 9
   8:30 am  Birthday, Elena Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Thursday, weekday, November 10
    8:30 am  Janet Roughen (Connie Donnelly)

Friday, weekday, November 11
    8:30 am  Ann Magovern (James Lowden)

Saturday, weekday, November 12
   9:00 am  Mary Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 12
   5:00 pm  Sadie Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 13
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  Ann Romanovich (Freda Horgas)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    11:00 am  John M. Mahardy (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
       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
ginamusser@saintscholastica.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
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
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.