January 1, 2012

   I want to express my thanks, first, to all of you who are the bedrock of our parish: those of you who year in and year out are committed to your Catholic Faith, and also committed to our parish community. No parish can be vital for 105 years (we were founded in 1907) unless people of faith gather to form a living parish family. Some of you have been members here for over 50 or 60 years: from your baptism here to your more elder years. Others have joined our parish family this past year and represent the renewal of our mission to be God's tender and steady light in this dark, and sometimes brutal world.
   I want to thank Kathleen Welsh and her clan for decorating our church this Christmas Season. Kathleen, you did a beautiful job and I am grateful for your gifts. I also want to publicly acknowledge the wonderful ministry carried on by our professional staff, office and maintenance staff, those in liturgical ministries, and those who quietly go about contributing to the daily operation of our parish.
Lastly, thank you for all the Christmas gifts and greetings you have sent me. I am so grateful for your kindly support and validation of my ministry as pastor. I have been here now for three and a half years and feel very much at home. My hope is that you feel "at home" with me! Please feel free to call or email if you would like to have a conversation about a faith issue or any concern you may have.  I wish you all God's grace and peace in this New Year. Fr. Ken

A new pictorial directory of parishioners is underway. Family or individual picture appointments can still be made for the weeks of Jan. 10th – Jan. 14th, Feb. 7th – Feb. 11th and May 4th and 5th by contacting Olan Mills directly at 1-800-866-2263, Monday – Friday. Please make sure to give the church's' phone number, 412-781-0186, when setting up your appointment. Each participating family will receive a $25.00 gift certificate good toward any portrait purchase and the process takes less than an hour from photographing to ordering! Hope to see you in our new directory!

The Respect Life Committee will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, January 8th from 8 am to 1 pm in the school cafeteria. This is our only fundraiser. The money will be used for the bus to Washington for the March For Life on Monday, January 23. Merry Christmas to all from the Respect Life Committee.

The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

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. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
   · Adult chaperons are needed for our teens as they work at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, January 7. The group meets in the Target parking lot in Harmar at 8:45 a.m. Please contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com by Wednesday, January 4, if you can participate.
    · We need host families to house the members of the University of Notre Dame Chorale on the night of Saturday, January 14, after their performance that evening in the church. Please contact Chorale member and parishioner Stephanie Bonaroti if you can help. Stephanie's email address is: sbonarot@nd.edu.
    · Please bring donations of Rice-a-Roni (or similar mixes) on the weekend of January 14 and 15. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.
Focus On . . . The Respect Life Committee
The committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C. (on January 23, this year). The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches. If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: respectlife@saintscholastica.com.

I am pleased to announce that the Notre Dame Chorale will be coming to our parish in January. They will be here to participate in the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, Jan 14th. They will then present a concert following this Mass.  We encourage you to mark that date on your calendar. Also, we need host families who will be able to house students overnight on the 14th. To register as a Host Family you may contact Stephanie Bonaroti, she is from our parish and is with the Notre Dame Choir. Stephanie's email is: sbonarot@nd.edu. This is a good way to celebrate a New Year. Fr. Ken

All teens are welcome to join us for Intersection on January 8 from 10-11 in the ministry center. A light breakfast will be provided as we discuss the gospel.

If you are looking for a daily prayer book which includes the daily Mass readings, then I recommend Magnificat. This monthly issued prayer book also contains morning and evening prayer, as well as daily reflections. The large print edition (we all need that!) is $64.95 for the year which includes one issue per month and a special issue for Holy Week. Subscriptions: Magnificat, PO Box 822, Yonkers, NY 10702, or call 1-866-273-5215, or visit www.magnificat.com.  Fr. Ken

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic? The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey, in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community. If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now!

Now that the holiday rush is over, take some time to appreciate the stories of the birth and childhood of Jesus more deeply. This brief, five-week study will look at the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, attempting to answer questions such as: How do these stories place Jesus within the history of his people? How do they point forward to his adult life? How can we appreciate these stories as adults? The study will meet on Wednesday evenings from January 11 through February 8 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5 fee for materials. Please contact Andy Bechman by January 9 to register.

If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, www.saintscholastica.com. Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 27-29, 2012 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Financial aid available. Sponsored by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Catholic Charities. For more information, visit www.ccpgh.org or call 412-352-5348. The deadline to register is January 20.

There will be no religious education classes on January 1& January 3. Classes resume on January 8.  There is a check in for all home study families on January 8 in the cafeteria.

Any youth or adult wishing to volunteer for our January 7th work day should RSVP to Jamie Dillon by Wednesday, January 4.

During the new year, we encourage leaders of our parish ministries and organizations to use the Stewardship Corner to communicate with the members of the parish. Using the Corner allows you to reach parishioners through the print bulletin, the online bulletin, the Stewardship Corner webpage, and even the TV screen in the back of the church. If your group needs assistance with a project or would like to recruit members, send a request for the "Help Needed!" feature. If you want people to know about the good things your group is doing, send an item for "Good News!"  And if you would like to add a personal touch to the group descriptions that we publish under the "Focus on . . ." feature, send quotations from your members about how their work with your group enriches their lives and the lives of others. Any of these items can be sent to Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. So use the Corner this year, and help your group to thrive!

This year the March For Life will be on Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C. There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church going to the March For Life. We have been blessed to obtain tickets for the morning Youth Rally and Mass in Washington. Chaperons will be provided for students. The Mass is usually concelebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, the Papal Nuncio, and several hundred priests. We will join the March directly after the Mass. For more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

Saturday, Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, December 31
   5:00 pm  Thomas Welsh (Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God,  January 1
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Mr. Edward Seelye  (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Basil the Great, January 2
    8:30 am  Betty Edmonds (Wehrle Family)

Tuesday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  Daniel J. Beggy (Beggy Family)

Wednesday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
   8:30 am  Anne Sternbauer (Sr. Helen Simanek)

Thursday, St. John Neumann, Bishop, January 5
   8:30 am Ralph Friday (Peggy Friday, wife)

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 6
   8:30 am  Howard & Elizabeth White (Family)
   4:00 pm  Wedding, Katherine Santelli & Jared Ruggieri

Saturday, Christmas Weekday, January 7
    9:00 am  Certo Family

Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 7
   5:00 pm  William McGue (Heather Underwood) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Epiphany of the Lord,  January 8
   7:30 am  William Labriola (Family)
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.stscholasticaparish.org
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. Kenneth White, Pastor, M.Th.M.Ed.   Ext. 14

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser   Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik   412-390-3748

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal   Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson   Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays