December 30, 2012

THE HOLY FAMILY
      Every parent knows the trials of raising children. There is the wonder of watching someone grow and learn and discover new things. There is satisfaction as a child takes to heart the morals and values that a parent seeks to share. There is sadness, and even grief, when some difficult problem or illness besets a son or daughter. There may even be anger or despair if, as a child grows, he or she rejects what a parent holds dear. Needless to say, family life is complicated, never perfect, sometimes full of joy, sometimes crowded with pain.
      Today's Gospel gives a hint that the life of the Holy Family was not always the perfect example we might imagine. Trials and struggles were a part of their life too. As the Gospel story relates today, Jesus basically skipped out on Mary and Joseph, not an unusual practice for an adolescent. But also not the kind of thing we would typically associate with a well-behaved teenager. In other words, the Holy Family is exhibiting the traits and behaviors that are part of the dynamic of ordinary family life.
      And that is good! It serves as a reminder to all of us that their example is that of a family not so different from our own. On this feast the church lifts up the Holy Family for us to imitate. The prayer for the day asks God to help us be like them "in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity." No matter the structure of our family household, we are called to put into practice the eternal love of God, first revealed in the mystery of the family of the Trinity, and then lived out concretely in human life in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the bond of charity that holds any family together, a love that penetrates deep into our souls and abides in our hearts no matter the joys or sorrows that life brings.
                                                          ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

IS CHRISTMAS OVER?
      Not yet!  "It is easy to forget that Christmas Time is a season within the liturgical year, not one day alone.  There is a religious value to these days after Christmas which we can give ourselves to with simply a little focus."
      Would you like to read more? Visit the Creighton University Online Ministries website at: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/Christmas-as-Season.html or just Google "Letting Christmas Become a Season" and look for the Creighton link. And may the rest of your Christmas Time be full of blessings!

STEWARDSHIP:
      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!
      · Nancy Heil's source for thermal underwear has run out! So she is in urgent need of men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes L and XL. There is also a continuing need for large, warm, men's winter gloves.
Good News!—and Bad
      The bad news is that the need is so great. Nancy and her coworkers held their "Christmas in the Streets" on December 17 in the pouring rain. They set up seven tents, and more than two hundred people stood in the rain for hours, waiting for the chance to get wrapped gifts for a child or family member. They included children and a mother who is due to give birth in two weeks. A Catholic priest and a Presbyterian minister led a prayer service. One little boy fell asleep in the early hours of the morning as he sat against a building in the rain, a hood pulled over his head. "But he got a toy for Christmas," Nancy says.
      That's the good news.  Nancy is amazed at how the efforts of so many people came together to make the gift program possible. St. Louise de Marillac Parish donated a thousand dollars of McDonald's gift certificates; children from St. Mary's School on Middle Road wrote Christmas cards; and our parishioners donated many gifts. "People have been absolutely wonderful!" Nancy says.
      As a result, not only did the people receive gifts on Monday, but at least thirty-four families received gifts and other goods in the days that followed (as of Dec. 19, as this notice goes to press). "Think of what you've done!" Nancy says to everyone who took part, "Think of the food in their stomachs and the clothing on their bodies!"  We truly live the Christmas message when we care for Christ in the bodies—and hearts!—of his poor.
Focus On . . . The Children's Liturgy of the Word
      Leaders of the Children's Liturgy of the Word proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. The goal is not so much to explain the Scriptures to the children as to listen with them for the good news that God is sharing with all of us. It is a great opportunity for creative adults and teens who are comfortable with children and who want to see the Scriptures through new eyes! For more  information, please contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

BLOOD DRIVE
      There is always a shortage of blood during the holidays.  Please sign up for the St. Scholastica Blood Drive, Sunday, January 6th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your appointment.

CONFIRMATION
      We received word last week that Confirmation in our parish will be on Sunday, April 21st, at a 1:00 pm Mass.  This year we welcome Bishop William Waltersheid, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, who will be officiating at the Confirmation Mass.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      Our bus group will be attending the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally before the March For Life on January 25th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 for a reservation.       

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS
      The Parish Office will be closed the week of December 24th. We will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      The Annual Respect Life Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held Sunday, January 13th in the school cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is our only fundraiser. The proceeds supplement the cost of the bus to the March For Life in Washington on January 25th, as well as other pro-life activities throughout the year. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 30TH
Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or
1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52
Monday: 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18
Tuesday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34
Friday: 1 Jn 3:   7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Saturday: 1 Jn 3:11-21/Jn 1:43-51
Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

SAVE TIME AND DONATE ONLINE!
      Our parish now uses an Online Giving system called WeShare. This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check each week. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment, allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view complete, accurate financial records at any time. It saves all of us time and is a win-win for you and our parish!
      Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit https://saintscholastica.weshareonline.org/ or visit our website and click the Donate button in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page. When you reach the St. Scholastica Online Giving page, click "Sign Up" in the upper right hand corner of the window. You can then set up a one-time or recurring donation by clicking one of the donation options on the page.  Making a donation online automatically enters your name and email address in our new online parish directory.

HAITI
      The Haiti Committee would like to thank all those who gave so generously to the Christmas Project.  Because of your generosity, Rosalineda, Louis-Pierre, Carline, Rosemagene and Lorvensky will have their tuition at the Good Samaritan School covered for another year.  Not only their tuition is covered for another year but we are able to help a sixth student.  God bless you all.  You are contributing to solving the problems of Haiti!

HEALTHSOUTH  HARMARVILLE
      There is a need for volunteers at Healthsouth Harmarville on Guys Run Road. Anyone who could offer two hours or more please call Nancy Fazio at 412-826-4929.  New Volunteers would start in January.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,  December 29
   5:00 pm   Mrs. Paula O'Keeffe (Mr. & Mrs. Kartsonas)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bernice Gimber (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert J.Dudas (Santarcangelo Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 31
   8:30 am  Patrick Fleming Sr. (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1
   10:00 am  Bernice Gimber (sister, Lorraine)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White     

Wednesday, Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, bishops & doctors, January 2
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Pierce  & Maureen Elder)

Thursday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  Betty Connolly (Aquinas Guild)

Friday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious, January 4
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, St. John Neumann, bishop,  January 5
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE      

Saturday, Vigil of The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
   5:00 pm  Ralph Friday (wife)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Epiphany of the Lord, January 6
   7:30 am  Anniv., Alex Buccieri (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Anniv., Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                               

December 23, 2012

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00 pm (Children's Mass), 7:00 pm, & 10:00 pm
Christmas Day Mass: 10:00 am
There are no other morning Masses on Christmas Day.

2nd COLLECTION ON CHRISTMAS
      There will be a second collection for the Annual Christmas Collection for Children and Youth. The proceeds from this collection are used to support a number of programs in our diocese, which serve many children and young people who depend on our generosity and our loving concern for them.

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM
      We have ordered 700 copies of the book: Rediscover Catholicism: a Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, by Matthew Kelly. These books are available free of charge in the vestibule of the church. My thanks to the Aquinas Guild for sponsoring this outreach. Many Catholics are disillusioned and question their faith. Many others have walked away from the Church and the Sacraments because of scandals in the Church or doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world. Many others are adrift without ever having had the benefit of a solid grounding in their Catholic Faith.
      Matthew Kelly in this book deals with important life questions: Are you happy? Are you living an authentic life? How would you like your life to change? What is God's dream for your life? Why have so many people rejected Catholicism? Is Jesus still relevant?
      Please feel free to take a book home with you to deepen your Catholic Faith. If there is someone you know who has not been active in their Catholic Faith, give them this book and encourage them to read it! We are reaching out to those who are not engaged in their faith. You know who they are because they are family members and good friends. Give them this book before Christmas so they can take a second look at their faith. Advent and Christmas is about new beginnings and new birth. Invite someone you know to read this book and Come Home for Christmas.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      Our bus group will be attending the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally before the March For Life on January 25th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 for a reservation.     

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS
      The Parish Office will be closed the week of December 24th. We will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd.

STEWARDSHIP:
      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!
      · Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of large, warm, men's winter gloves; extra heavy NEW men's winter socks, and men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes M, L and XL. There is also a need for heavy men's winter jackets in sizes L to 5XL.
      · You may have read about Navada Pociernicki's work making clothes for needy children in the Nov. 23 Pittsburgh Catholic. Nancy is also requesting fabrics for Navada's work. Please donate the following kinds of fabric: cotton prints suitable for children, cotton T-shirt knit, flannel prints suitable for children, and denim. Fabrics and other items may be left in the donation bins in the back of church.
Good News!
      Nancy celebrated "Christmas on the Streets" last Monday night, using gifts supplied by our parishioners among many others. During the rest of the week, she and her coworkers prepared to take gifts to struggling families who could not come to them. It is still possible to donate NEW gift items for last-minute requests that come in about other families in need.
Focus on . . . the Aquinas Guild
      The Aquinas Guild, the women's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica's for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to make new friends, and to enrich their spiritual lives. The Guild holds an annual benefit luncheon, "The Autumn Song," to help fund parish and community programs and activities. It also sponsors a Lenten Day of Reflection that is open to both men and woman of the parish. Monthly meetings are held between September and May, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. To learn more or join, contact Tina Petrusic-Cooper at: aquinasguild@saintscholastica.com.

BLOOD DRIVE
      There is always a shortage of blood during the holidays.  Please sign up for the St. Scholastica Blood Drive, Sunday, January 6th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your appointment. 

CONFIRMATION
      We received word last week that Confirmation in our parish will be on Sunday, April 21st at a 1:00 pm Mass.  This year we welcome Bishop William Waltersheid, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, who will be officiating at the Confirmation Mass.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. You can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish. This is the last in our series of brief biographies of the council members.
Anne Docimo
      Anne moved to the Pittsburgh area from Baltimore, Maryland, in 2000 and has been a member of the parish since that time. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her medical degree she also has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Anne has served on the pastoral council since 2009. She has been involved in several ministries at the parish including 4th grade CCD teacher for one year and 10 years as a member of the SATB choir. You can contact Anne at: annedocimo@saintscholastica.com.

BLESSING OF A NATIVITY SCENE
All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R/. Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example, Luke 2:1 (lines 1-8) or Isaiah 7:10 (lines 10-15, the birth of Emmanuel).
Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.
R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The leader prays:
God of every nation and people,
from the very beginning of creation
you have made manifest your love:
when our need for a Savior was great
you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.
To our lives he brings joy and peace,
justice, mercy, and love.
Lord,
bless all who look upon this manger;
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,
and raise our thoughts to him,
who is God-with-us and Savior of all,
and who lives and reigns forever and ever.
R/. Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 23RD
Sunday:  Mi 5:1-4a/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
Monday:  Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Lk 1:67-79
Tuesday:  Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
     Night:   Is 9:1-6/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
     Dawn:  Is 62:11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
     Day:  Is 52:7-10/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
 Wednesday:  Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Mt 10:17-22
 Thursday:  1 Jn 1:1-4/Jn 20:1a, 2-8
 Friday:  1 Jn 1:5--2:2/Mt 2:13-18
 Saturday:  1 Jn 2:3-11/Lk 2:22-35
 Next Sunday:  Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52

SAVE TIME AND DONATE ONLINE!
      Our parish now uses an Online Giving system called WeShare. This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check each week. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment, allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view complete, accurate financial records at any time. It saves all of us time and is a win-win for you and our parish!
      Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit https://saintscholastica.weshareonline.org/  or visit our website and click the Donate button in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page. When you reach the St. Scholastica Online Giving page, click Sign Up in the upper right hand corner of the window. You can then set up a one-time or recurring donation by clicking one of the donation options on the page. Making a donation online automatically enters your name and email address in our new online parish directory.

SINGLE, 21 & OVER
      Looking for a new way to meet people and have some fun?  Check out the Catholic Alumni Club.  We offer a variety of different activities including parties, picnics, hiking, sports leagues, dinners, trips, community service and many other great events.  For more information, visit our website: cacpittsburgh.org, check out our Facebook page or call 412.341.4070.  Give yourself a Christmas present and join today.  We think you'll be glad you did.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   5:00 pm  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Paul Bubnash (Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White  
   7:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Stritt Matter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Tuesday, Christmas, December 25
   10:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clark (Antonietta Costa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White     

Wednesday, St. Stephen, The First Martyr, December 26
   8:30 am  Louis Hren (Miketic Family)

Thursday, St. John, Apostle, December 27
   8:30 am  Deceased Miketic Family (Miketic Family)

Friday, The Holy Innocents, December 28
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, The Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord,  December 29
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE      

Saturday, Vigil of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,  December 29
   5:00 pm  Mrs. Paula O'Keeffe (Mr. & Mrs. Kartsonas)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bernice Gimber (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert J.Dudas (Santarcangelo Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                              

December 16, 2012

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve Masses:
4:00 pm (Children's Mass), 7:00 pm, & 10:00 pm
Christmas Day Mass
10:00 am
There are no other morning Masses on Christmas Day.

2nd COLLECTION ON CHRISTMAS
      There will be a 2nd collection at all the Christmas Masses.  This collection is for Christmas Charities for Children and Youth.  These donations will be used for the youth and child caring ministries of the diocese.

CHRISTMAS DONATIONS
      A special thank-you to all of our parishioners who donated to Hekima Place or the Mortel Family Charity, together we raised over $2,000.00 for each charity!

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM
      We have ordered 700 copies of the book: Rediscover Catholicism: a Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, by Matthew Kelly. These books are available free of charge in the vestibule of the church. My thanks to the Aquinas Guild for sponsoring this outreach. Many Catholics are disillusioned and question their faith. Many others have walked away from the Church and the Sacraments because of scandals in the Church or doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world. Many others are adrift without ever having had the benefit of a solid grounding in their Catholic Faith.
      Matthew Kelly in this book deals with important life questions: Are you happy? Are you living an authentic life? How would you like your life to change? What is God's dream for your life? Why have so many people rejected Catholicism? Is Jesus still relevant?
      Please feel free to take a book home with you to deepen your Catholic Faith. If there is someone you know who has not been active in their Catholic Faith, give them this book and encourage them to read it! We are reaching out to those who are not engaged in their faith. You know who they are because they are family members and good friends. Give them this book before Christmas so they can take a second look at their faith. Advent and Christmas is about new beginnings and new birth. Invite someone you know to read this book and Come Home for Christmas.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      Join us in the March For Life, Friday, January 25th, Washington DC, on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's infamous Roe v Wade decision. We will petition Congress and the President to protect the right to life of every born and pre-born human being. To reserve a seat/more information, please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.          
 
RECOGNITION OF PARISHIONERS AT MEDALLION BALL
      The 49th Annual Medallion Ball was held at the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh on November 23, 2012. Five young women from our parish, who did a minimum of 150 hours of community service, were presented to Bishop David Zubik. Those awarded the Joan of Arc Medallion were: Lauren Ajak, Natalie Bonaroti, Molly Fallon, Kate Hardiman, Mary Clare Thomasmeyer, & Genevieve Sims.

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!
      Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of large, warm, men's winter gloves, extra heavy men's winter socks, and men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes M, L and XL.
Good News!
      Nancy is particularly grateful for the quickness with which our parishioners have responded to her requests. "With our operation being as big as it is," she says, "our needs change very quickly. All I do is put out a request, and they meet it." Of our parish connection with her work, Nancy says happily: "It's working. It's working like crazy!"  Thanks to all who are responding so quickly and with such generosity. How wonderful it is to see Christ working in us to care for people who need help!
Focus on . . . the Hope for Haiti Committee
      The committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, and guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE THANK YOU
      Thanks for your generosity! Thank you to those who participated in St. Scholastica's Christmas Sharing Tree Project.  Generous donations from our parishioners will help make Christmas more hopeful for many less fortunate children in our area and for children in Haiti and Kenya.  Your donations are appreciated very much!

LAST CALL FOR CONFESSIONS
      There are confessions this Tuesday evening at St. Edward's Parish (Blawnox) at 7:00 pm.  Here at St. Scholastica's we have confessions this Saturday morning at 9:30 am.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary McCaffrey.

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This weekend's altar flowers were donated by Barbara C. McMahon & Josephine Oria in memory of Beatrice G. Caminos.

ONLINE GIVING
      Last weekend, we introduced WeShare, our new online giving program. Here are answers to some questions you may have. To learn more, visit our website http://www.saintscholastica.com and click "How to Donate" in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page and most other pages.
Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: WeShare has the ability to accept contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, or major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled with WeShare can elect to receive receipts via e-mail.
Q: What if parishioners feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A: We provide a printable form that can be put into the collection basket that says,"We lovingly made our donation through WeShare."
Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. WeShare is certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We are publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Tina Petrusic-Cooper
      Tina has been a member of the parish since 2003 and became a member of the Pastoral Council in 2010. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music; she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in policy, research and analysis. Tina participates in several ministries within the parish: Community Committee, Welcoming Committee, Aquinas Guild and Music ministry, where she serves as a cantor and member of the SATB and Resurrection choirs. You can contact Tina at: tpetrusic_cooper@saintscholastica.com.

HAITI
If you missed getting your gift tag for Haiti dropped off last Sunday, you can place it in the collection basket or leave it in the Church Office.  Pictures of the Haitian students whom we are supporting can be seen in the Church Vestibule.  Thank you for your help.

CONFIRMATION
      We received word last week that Confirmation in our parish will be on Sunday, April 21st, at a 1:00 pm Mass.  This year we welcome Bishop William Waltersheid, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, who will be officiating at the Confirmation Mass.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 16TH
Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18
Monday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17
Tuesday: Jer 23:5-8/Mt 1:18-25
Wednesday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25
Thursday: Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38
Friday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45
Saturday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/Lk 1:46-56
Next Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
                                  ©Liturgical Publications Inc

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, December 16th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

LOTTERY CALENDARS
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be selling Lottery Calendars after all Masses this weekend, December 15th and 16th.  Cost of the calendars is $25 and proceeds go to the school. Lottery calendars make great Christmas gifts!

A WEEK OF JOY
      Our week begins with "Gaudete Sunday."  Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near." This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored, and the rose colored vestments often used at the Eucharist.
      The second part of Advent begins on December 17th each year - this year, in 2012, it is Monday of the Third Week of Advent. For the last eight days before Christmas, the plan of the daily Scripture readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophets, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus' life began. These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us. Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory.
Taken from "Praying Advent," on Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Used with permission.

BLOOD DRIVE
There will be a Blood Drive at St. Scholastica Church on Sunday, January 6th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your lifesaving appointment. 

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Parents & Brother)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 16
   7:30 am  Bobbie Marsico (Eleanor Liberatore)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Beatrice G. Caminos (Barbara C. McMahon & Josephine Oria)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 17
   8:30 am  Vincent & Dorothy Travella (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 18
   8:30 am  Mr. McKeegan, father of Kevin & Sybil McKeegan (Gallagher Family)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 19
   8:30 am  Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 20
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Bozik Family (Miketic Family)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 21
    8:30 am Wedding Anniv., Anthony Michael & Joan Grace Farina (Children)

Saturday, Advent Weekday,  December 22
   9:00 am  Pat Shaner (George & Rose Dice)      

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   5:00 pm  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23
   7:30 am Dr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Paul Bubnash (Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White


SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                   

December 9, 2012

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE
      Advent is the season to "prepare the way for the Lord"! When was the last time YOU made a good confession?? This is the season to do so and now is the time! This Monday, December 10th, there will be a Penance Service and confessions here at St. Scholastica at 7:00 pm. On Tuesday, December 11th, confessions are at Madonna (St. Juan Diego Parish) at 7:00 pm. This Wednesday at 7:30 pm there are confessions at St. Joseph Parish, O'Hara. Confessions are also scheduled here on Saturday at 9:30 am. Prepare the way for the Lord!

REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM
      We have ordered 700 copies of the book: Rediscover Catholicism: a Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, by Matthew Kelly. These books are available free of charge in the vestibule of the church. My thanks to the Aquinas Guild for sponsoring this outreach. Many Catholics are disillusioned and question their faith. Many others have walked away from the Church and the Sacraments because of scandals in the Church or doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world. Many others are adrift without ever having had the benefit of a solid grounding in their Catholic Faith.
      Matthew Kelly in this book deals with important life questions: Are you happy? Are you living an authentic life? How would you like your life to change? What is God's dream for your life? Why have so many people rejected Catholicism? Is Jesus still relevant?
      Please feel free to take a book home with you to deepen your Catholic Faith. If there is someone you know who has not been active in their Catholic Faith, give them this book and encourage them to read it! We are reaching out to those who are not engaged in their faith. You know who they are because they are family members and good friends. Give them this book before Christmas so they can take a second look at their faith. Advent and Christmas is about new beginnings and new birth. Invite someone you know to read this book and Come Home for Christmas.
Fr. Ken

BLOOD DRIVE
      There will be a Blood Drive at St. Scholastica Church on Sunday, January 6th, 8 am to 1 pm. Our usual Thanksgiving Blood Drive was moved to this date due to the heavy need for blood around holiday time. Giving blood takes about an hour and donated blood saves lives. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to reserve a time.   

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There will be a bus to the March For Life, Friday, January 25th, leaving from St. Scholastica at midnight. We have tickets for the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally at the Verizon Center Friday morning. After the Youth Rally we will join the March For Life Rally and march up to the Supreme Court. There will be time to visit our legislators before we leave Washington at 5 pm. To reserve a seat/more information, please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550. A bus ticket is $25, students $20.              

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!
      · Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of large, warm, men's winter gloves. Nancy says: "Gloves, gloves, and more gloves!"
      · You may have read about Navada Pociernicki's work making clothes for needy children in the Nov. 23 Pittsburgh Catholic. Nancy is also requesting fabrics for Navada's work. Please donate the following kinds of fabric: cotton prints suitable for children, cotton T-shirt knit, flannel prints suitable for children, and denim. Navada will in turn donate some of the clothing she makes to Nancy's Christmas gift drive. Gloves and fabric may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
      · It is not too late to donate to Nancy's Christmas giving program. [Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree.] The program accepts any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. These gifts are not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well. In particular, Nancy is requesting purses and jewelry for young teen girls, basketballs or other gifts for teen boys, and toys for children of all ages. Please leave these items as soon as possible.
Focus on . . . the Finance Committee
      The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to: financecommittee@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      A reminder that all gifts and money donations are to be returned this weekend, December 8th-9th.  Gifts and donations should be brought to the altar after the homily at each Mass. Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord". ~ Fr. Ken

ICE SKATING
      Youth ministry is going ice-skating at PPG on Saturday, December 15th, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. Please contact Jimmy Dillon if you are interested.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      There are still some Christmas Cards for sale, $6 for a set of 10 cards. Your purchase helps advance the Culture of Life. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 or any member of the Respect Life Committee.

SAVE TIME AND DONATE ONLINE!
      Our parish now uses an Online Giving system called WeShare. This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check each week. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment, allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view complete, accurate financial records at any time. It saves all of us time and is a win-win for our parish!
      Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit https://saintscholastica.weshareonline.org/ or visit our website and click the Donate button in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page. When you reach the St. Scholastica Online Giving page, click "Sign Up" in the upper right hand corner of the window. You can then set up a one-time or recurring donation by clicking one of the donation options on the page.
      Making a donation online automatically enters your name and email address in our new online parish directory. If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, don't hesitate to call our parish office at 412-781-0186, Ext. 24.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Thomas M. Pohl
      Tom grew up in Fox Chapel and was a member of the parish throughout his childhood. He began serving on the Pastoral Council in 2010. He is a graduate of Shady Side Academy (1996), Princeton University (2000), and Notre Dame Law School (2008). From 2000 to 2005 he served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, followed by five additional years in the reserves. In 2009 Tom and his family returned to the Fox Chapel area, where he is now a lawyer in the Pittsburgh office of Reed Smith LLP. Tom is delighted to be back in the parish and to serve as a member of the Pastoral Council. You can contact him at: tompohl@saintscholastica.com.

LOTTERY CALENDARS
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be selling Lottery Calendars after all Masses the weekend of December 15th and 16th.  Cost of the calendars is $25 and proceeds go to the school. Lottery calendars make great Christmas gifts!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 9TH
Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6
Monday: Is 35:1-10/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday: Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or 1:39-47
Thursday: Is 41:13-20/Mt 11:11-15
Friday: Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18

ATTENTION FAMILIES . . .           
      We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

CONGRATULATIONS
      Congratulations to the following students of the parish for achieving honor roll status at Oakland Catholic High School for the 1st Quarter, 2012-2013 school year: Honor: Charlotte Delbarba, Elizabeth Delbarba & Marta Massaro.  High Honor: Molly Fallon & Jessica Snyder.  Highest Honor: Laurel Hettinger, Elizabeth Martini, Allison Nedrow, Christine Pilewski, Mary Thomasmeyer & Megan Wasson.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, December 16th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

CHILDREN'S CHOIR
      Christmas Eve Children's Choir for the 4:00 Mass will practice from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Saturday, December 15th. This is the only practice; therefore, it is mandatory. Students in grades 3 to 8 who are interested in singing should contact Jamie Dillon.                   

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
      If you were not able to get your picture in the new directory and would like a copy, please stop in the parish office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The cost for the directory is $5.00.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent,  December 8
   5:00 pm  Stanley Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 9
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dominic Bucci (Mr. & Mrs. Regis E. Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 10
   8:30 am  Louis Certo (Family)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 11
   8:30 am  Anniv., Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Tamburo)

Wednesday, Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12
   8:30 am.  Donna Sberna (Fred & Louis Bruckner & Doreen Iannuzzi)

Thursday, St. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr, December 13
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Scanlon Family)

Friday, St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor,  December 14
   8:30 am  Lucille Domzal (Domzal Family)

Saturday, Advent Weekday,  December 15
   9:00 am  Frank Sabolich (Christopher & Monica Dobbelstein)      

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent,  December 15
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Parents & Brother)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 16
   7:30 am  Bobbie Marsico (Eleanor Liberatore)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Beatrice G. Caminos (Barbara C. McMahon & Josephine Oria)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                             

December 2, 2012

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
      This Saturday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here at St. Scholastica we have one scheduled Mass for the Holy Day. It is at 9:00 am on Saturday. Please be aware that the Saturday evening Mass at 5:00 pm is for the Second Sunday of Advent and not for the Immaculate Conception.           
      For your convenience, here are other opportunities for Mass for the Holy Day: Friday Vigil Mass on December 7th: 4:00 pm Mass at St. Mary's in Sharpsburg, 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis in Harmar, and 7:00 pm Mass at St. Joseph's in O'Hara; on Saturday, the 8th, there are Masses at 8:00 am at St. Edward's in Blawnox and 10:00 am at St. Joseph's in O'Hara.

PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD
      There is no better way to prepare for Christmas than to make a good confession! How long has it been since you have made a sincere confession? If you do not go to confession this Advent, then when . . . . . .???
      Here are opportunities for confession this week: Saturday, December 8th, at 10:00 am here at St. Scholastica; St. Joseph Parish on Saturday from 3:30-4:00; St. Juan Diego (Madonna) on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm-6:20 pm and St. Francis in Harmar on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

YOUTH MASS
      Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

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!
      · Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of canned fruit and bath towels. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
      · Nancy sponsors a Christmas giving program. [Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree.] The program accepts any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. These gifts are not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well. In particular, Nancy is requesting purses and jewelry for young teen girls, basketballs or other gifts for teen boys, and toys for children of all ages. Please leave these items by December 7. Also, see Nancy's note under "Good News!" below.
      · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes:
      Thank you for any part you played in making our Thanksgiving program such a success. Some donated turkeys, stuffing, or vegetables; others gave roasting pans. Together, we were able to provide dinners for 50 families, including 70 adults and 140 children, making them extremely happy.
      One of our most depressed families included a grandmother and grandfather who came to us with one of their sons. The grandmother had just lost her job, and her husband's work had been cut to two days a week. He said, "I have worked hard all of my life. How do I end up here, waiting in line for a blanket to keep warm? How does that happen?"  Praying with them and being able to provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner gave them the hope we all need.
      My happiest family was one where four generations were able to gather for dinner with great love around their 91-year-old matriarch.
      Thank you, one and all! Now on to Christmas!


Focus On . . . Lectors
      Adult and teen lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: lectors@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      A reminder that all gifts and money donations are to be returned next weekend, December 8th-9th.  Gifts and donations should be brought to the altar after the homily at each Mass. Please securely attach the tag you selected to the outside of your wrapped gift. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord". ~ Fr. Ken

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
      The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
      The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
David Merriman
      David has been a member of the parish since 2007 and has served on the Pastoral Council since 2010. He has an undergraduate degree in Classical Civilizations and a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. He is also an avid soccer fan who coaches his kids and plays for a local Fox Chapel team. You can contact him at: davemerriman@saintscholastica.com.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
      If you were not able to get your picture in the new directory and would like a copy, please stop in the parish office Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am 3:00 pm. The cost for the directory is $5.00.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Daniel McGreevey.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 2ND
Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
Monday: Is 2:1-5/Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday: Is 11:1-10/Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Mt 15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6

PATRON OF THE WEEK
      St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Robert L. DeFazio, D.M.D., for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
      Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
      Don't miss the Holiday Extravaganza on Saturday, December 8th, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at  Fairview Elementary on Dorseyville Road in Fox Chapel!  There will be over 50 artisan craftsmen and vendors, beautiful "themed" gift baskets, such as electronics, Steelers, spa, etc., to be raffled off (with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity), delicious homemade baked goods, plus a holiday gift shop (Jingle Bell Station) geared to the kids with gift items for parents, grandparents, siblings, even the family pet!   For more information or directions contact Chris Luketich at chbluke@yahoo.com

ATTENTION FAMILIES . . .
      We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Francis Xavier, priest, December 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 4
   8:30 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 5
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Jean Piroth)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 6
   8:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)

Friday, St. Ambrose, Bishop & Doctor,  December 7
   8:30 am  William Martin (Friends of Family)

Saturday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  December 8
   9:00 am  William L. Vietmier (Cousins)    

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   5:00 pm  Stanley Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 9
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dominic Bucci (Mr. & Mrs. Regis E. Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                    

November 25, 2012

 OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
     The HBO series Game of Thrones is a critical and ratings success. It has now completed two seasons and a third is on its way in the spring. The genre show has gained wide appeal, something that doesn't always happen in the convoluted world of fantasy genre. Since the beginning, fan sites have sprung up alongside the official HBO website to help new viewers keep track of the characters. The HBO site even includes a family tree so that viewers can remember who is connected to whom. The basic plot of the show involves the struggle to hold on to power in a kingdom that is threatened by internal strife and natural disaster. Various heirs and other nobles form and reform alliances in an attempt to stay alive. The court intrigue is shown in all its bloody detail.
     The Gospel on this feast of Christ the King gives an entirely different picture of kingship. We only have a small snippet from John's Passion narrative, but it is enough to remind of the entire story that we hear on Good Friday. In John's Gospel, Jesus is completely in charge. He is no victim of the crowds. He willingly lays down his life and he takes it up again. Unlike the characters in Game of Thrones, the members of Christ's family are not scheming for power behind the back of the ruler, because his kingdom is not of this world. He reigns beyond the power of any foe to depose him.
Being an attendant of Christ (to use the word from the Gospel) is to listen to the voice of the King. As our prayers tell us today, he rules over "a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace." So many television viewers are enamored of Game of Thrones. Hopefully our example will invite others to be a part of the kingdom of Christ.
                                                            ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

FALL FLING UPDATE  
     Thank you to all of the parishioners who came to support the Fall Fling, November 9, 2012 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The event was a HUGE success . . . raising over $40,000 for our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy! Your commitment to supporting CDTCA is truly appreciated by many, but especially the children at our school who benefit from our Catholic educational program.
     The winner of the "10x your Money" envelope was drawn by our school's principal, Sister Dorothy Dolak. We are delighted to announce that the winning envelope belonged to Ann Scanlon, a St. Scholastica parishioner.  There was $50 in her envelope . . . making her the grand winner of $500!!  Congratulations and best wishes to Ann and many, many thanks to all of you who participated in this raffle to support Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

FR. KEN'S HOMILIES
     Fr. Ken's Sunday homilies are recorded and on our website: saintscholastica.com.  Go to the Home Page and on the "Quick Links" you will see listed "The Parish Blog and Fr. Ken's Homilies."

YOUTH MASS
     Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

SOCIAL FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
     Celebrate the season with dinner, dancing, friends. Monday, December 3rd, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Duquesne University Union Ballroom, Social for adults with special needs, $15 per person (including caregivers). No registration at the door. Please send your check to St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 by November 26th.

ATTENTION FAMILIES
     We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

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. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil's food pantry is in urgent need of pasta and large cans of spaghetti sauce. They also need canned fruit and canned vegetables of any kind. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church. Thanks to all who have contributed Thanksgiving items!
     · Nancy asked us to print the following message about one of her Christmas giving programs. Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree program.
     "Our Christmas gift program is now underway. We accept any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. We use these gifts not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well."
     "Judy Ostrosky has headed this program for many years, and I would like to thank her for the endless hours she has devoted to helping make Christmas brighter for those in need. Judy's deadline for the NEW items is December 7."
     · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
Thanks to Christine Ferguson and her associates—including Mary Lee Gannon, Mary Humphrey and Elaine DuVall--for their preparations for last Sunday's Coffee House gatherings and celebrations of Fr. Ken's birthday. The atmosphere for the gatherings was both elegant and friendly.

BLESSING OF AN ADVENT WREATH
     Advent begins next Sunday. The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of the Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.
     When the blessing is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

FOCUS ON. . . ELEMENTARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     We look at elementary religious education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
     The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site, or click here.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
     The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 25TH
Sunday:  Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
Monday:  Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday:  Rv 14:14-19/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday:  Rv 15:1-4/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday:  Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a/Lk 21:20-28
Friday:  Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Saturday:  Rv 22:1-7/Lk 21:34-36
Next Sunday:  Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12---4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
     Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
     The Saint Scholastica 2012 Directories are here!  If you had your picture taken for our new directory during the past year, your copy of the directory will be available for pickup following all masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center.

SAVE THE DATE
     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to its annual Christmas Party at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $25; as an entrée you can select either English-style tilapia or cannelloni pasta stuffed with ground veal and a blend of Italian cheeses. If you wish to attend, please send a check payable to the Aquinas Guild to: Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh 15238. Be sure to specify your entrée selection on the check. Reservation deadline is November 30th.
     Once again, we will collect new baby clothes (sizes newborn to 12 months) for mothers at the Rosalia Center. If you wish to participate, please wrap your gift and mark it with size and gender. There will also be a box in the back of the church for parishioners wishing to participate. If you have questions, please call 412-963-0198.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 24
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 25
   7:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaston Jalbert (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, November 26
   8:30 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Tuesday, weekday, November 27
   8:30 am  Mary A. Vollmer (Edna Vollmer Jenca)

Wednesday, weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  Mary Teresa Auray (Robert Auray Jr.)

Thursday, weekday, November 29
    8:30 am  Marie Gearrusso (Constance Donnelly)

Friday, St. Andrew, apostle,  November 30
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, weekday,  December 1
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE   

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent,  December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim and Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am…Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                

November 18, 2012

 33RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     There were a bunch of folks who believed that the world was going to end in October of 2012. They based that belief on the supposed long count of the Mayan calendar. Since you're reading this, the world obviously didn't end. Of course, there are some dissenters who are holding out for December 21. Guess they won't be celebrating Christmas this year! Last year it was the people who followed Harold Camping who thought May 21, 2011, would be the last day. When it wasn't, Mr. Camping did a quick recalculation and informed everyone that it was really going to be October 21, 2011. Why is it that Americans seem to get caught up in these predictions? These are not just recent occurrences. The nineteenth century was rife with these kinds of predictions and movements. In uncertain times it may be that some people find a certain solace in having a date in their minds as to when things will end.
     In this weekend's Gospel, Jesus points out that there are signs to accompany the end of time. The sun will darken and the moon will not give light. Scientists tell us we've only got about 4.5 billion years left on this one. As for the Son of Man coming in the clouds, Jesus has not left us with a date on which he is returning.
     For those who can get wrapped up in predictions of this sort, the words of Jesus are pretty clear: "that day or hour, no one knows" (Mk 13:32). As Christians we don't need to know the date of Christ's return in glory. Whether it happens this afternoon or a million years from now really makes no difference. What is important is that we live our lives in such a way that we are always ready for his return. If we follow his commands, live according to Christ's law of love, and care for those in need, we will be ready whenever our Lord comes to take us home.
                                                        ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION
     This weekend, we will be taking up a special collection for the retired religious brothers and sisters. These retired religious are the ones who taught us and served in our parishes many years ago. Now that they are retired they need our support in their elder years. Please be generous.

OCTOBER COUNT
     Two weeks ago I reported that on average 889 parishioners attend our four weekend Masses which is about 25% Mass attendance. This 25% attendance is about the average for all the 204 parishes of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. These are the average number of people attending Mass for each of the four Masses: 213 at the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass; 138 at the 7:30 am Sunday Mass; 240 at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass; and 309 at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass. It is more and more evident in this Year of Faith that we must reach out especially to those who have walked away from the Church or those who feel rejected or unwelcomed. Bring a friend or family member to Mass and promise to buy brunch!! Fr. Ken

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
     Once again this year as part of our Advent preparation we have our Christmas Sharing Tree project. This weekend, November 17th-18th, we will invite you to come forward during Mass to take a tag or envelope from the tree. Each tag represents a gift for a needy person; the envelope represents a money donation to educate a child in Haiti or Kenya. All gifts and money donations are to be returned the weekend of December 8th-9th. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord."   Fr.Ken

GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, November 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIGHT ADVENT WREATH
     Advent begins the weekend of December 1st and 2nd this year.  It is time again to volunteer to light the Advent Wreath candles at each of the weekend Masses for the four weekends prior to Christmas.  Sign the sheet found in the back of church to volunteer for the Mass of your choice.  Please sign up by November 22nd.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF DONATION
     Thank you for your generous donation that totaled over $5,700 and was sent to Catholic Charities.

OFFICE NEWS
     The Parish Office will be closed November 22nd & 23rd for Thanksgiving.

FR. KEN'S HOMILIES
     Fr. Ken's Sunday homilies are recorded and on our website: saintscholastica.com.  Go to the Home Page and on the 'Quick Links' you will see listed 'The Parish Blog with Fr. Ken's Homilies."

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. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saintscholastica.com/. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Those who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
     · In addition, Nancy and her coworkers need many donations of stuffing mix (not just bread crumbs) and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. Nancy's food pantry is completely out of large cans of spaghetti sauce. They also need canned vegetables of any kind. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity!
     · Finally, Nancy asked us to print the following message from her about one of her Christmas giving programs. [Note: this is different from our parish Giving Tree program.]
     "Our Christmas gift program is now underway. We accept any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. We use these gifts not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well."
     "Judy Ostrosky has headed this program for many years, and I would like to thank her for the endless hours she has devoted to helping make Christmas brighter for those in need.  Judy's deadline for the NEW items is December 7."
     · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch (except for the frozen turkeys on November 19th) or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
     Members of our youth group and adult helpers worked last Saturday on behalf of Catholic Charities. Congratulations to all who participated, following in Jesus' path of service!
Focus On . . . The St. Monica Society
     The St. Monica Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: stmonica@saintscholastica.com.

KNOW YOUR PASTORAL COUNCIL
     The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Boo Benckart
     Boo currently serves in the role as Scribe for the Pastoral Council and has been a member of the Council since January 2008. She has been a life long member of the parish, attending St. Scholastica's grade school. She is a graduate of Shady Side Academy (1979), Boston College (1983), and Duquesne University (1986, MBA).  She serves in a number of ministries including the Welcoming Committee, chaperone for the Youth Ministry annual Appalachian Mission trip and the Aquinas Guild. You can contact Boo at: boobenckart@saintscholastica.com

HOME STUDY CHECK IN
     There is a Home Study check-in this Sunday, November 18th, from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

THANKS AGAIN
     The 2012 Autumn Song Benefit Luncheon raised more than $10,000. The money will be used to fund Church and School projects, our Youth Ministry, and various local charities. In recent years, the funds raised have been used to repair the cement and steps in back of the church and to purchase liturgical vestments and altar cloths, new funeral pall and vestments, a cover for the Gospel book and other items that enrich our celebration of the Mass and other sacraments. The luncheon has been held annually for more than 50 years.
     A special thanks to all the women of the parish who attend the benefit each year and those who purchase raffle tickets and support the event with their donations. In last week's list of donors, several names were inadvertently omitted. Local businesses who contributed to Autumn Song this year include: Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, McCabe Bros. Inc., Funeral Homes, Jimmy Wan's Restaurant, Loafers, Luke and Mike's Front Porch, Monogram It, Nancetta Ristorante and Vygor.  The generous support of parishioners and local businesses insures the success of this event each year. A very sincere thank you to all!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 11TH
Sunday:  Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32
Monday:  Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday:  Rv 3:1-6, 14-22/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday:  Rv 4:1-11/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday:  Rv 5:1-10/Lk 19:41-44
Friday:  Rv 10:8-11/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday:  Rv 11:4-12/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday:  Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

A NOTE FROM THE PARISH OFFICE
     Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA 2012 DIRECTORIES
     Saint Scholastica 2012 Directories are here!  If you had your picture taken for our new directory during the past year, your copy of the directory will be available for pickup following all masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center.

CDTCA
     CDTCA is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Sunday, November 18th from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.  Stop in to hear our children sing, see some cool artwork and get a start on your Christmas shopping.  All proceeds benefit CDTCA.

SAVE THE DATE
     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to its annual Christmas Party at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $25; as an entrée you can select either English-style tilapia or cannelloni pasta stuffed with ground veal and a blend of Italian cheeses.
     If you wish to attend, please send a check payable to the Aquinas Guild to: Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh 15238. Be sure to specify your entrée selection on the check. Reservation deadline is November 30. Once again, we will collect new baby clothes (sizes newborn to 12 months) for mothers at the Rosalia Center. If you wish to participate, please wrap your gift and mark it with size and gender. There will also be a box in the back of the church for parishioners wishing to participate. If you have questions, please call 412-963-0198.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 17
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Judy Jackworth (Robert Jackworth)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 19
   8:30 am  John Marous, Jr. (George & Eileen Dorman)

Tuesday, weekday, November 20
   8:30 am  Gloria C. McLaughlin (husband, Harry)

Wednesday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Family)

Thursday, Thanksgiving, November 22
   9:00 am  Dr. & Mrs.. William H. Labriola (Family)

Friday, weekday,  November 23
    8:30 am  Patricia Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)

Saturday, St. Andrew Dung-Lac, priest & martyr, November 24
   9:00 am Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 24
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 25
   7:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaston Jalbert (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan


ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org