January 15, 2011

   We're introduced this week to an unknown disciple in John's Gospel. Two disciples are followers of John the Baptist. When Jesus walks by, John points him out to them and says, "Behold, the Lamb of God." These two go and follow Jesus and spend the day with him. We find out in today's Gospel that one of the two was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, who then goes and gets Simon Peter and brings him to Jesus as well. So now there are three who will follow Jesus: Peter, Andrew, and this unknown disciple. As we'll discover in John's Gospel during Lent and the Easter season, this third person is the beloved disciple, the Gospel writer's stand-in for every Christian who follows Christ.
   John wrote into his Gospel the beloved disciple to highlight the fact that every believer encounters Christ. His presence among us is not some past event. Christ is with us now, and we meet him in the breaking of the bread, in the poor at our door, and in the neighbor we encounter. And Christ is present in the word of God, the Scriptures.
   There is a tried-and-true method of biblical prayer that capitalizes on this understanding of the presence of Christ. Take a Gospel story and place yourself in it as one of the characters. Read it and reflect on it as though you were in the setting. For example, with today's Gospel you could imagine that you are Andrew. You are chatting with John the Baptist when he points out Jesus. There is something about that man that immediately attracts you. What is it? Can you imagine that in your prayer? You and your friend go and spend the day with him. Imagine what took place. What entranced you that you had to go and find your brother, Simon, and bring him to Jesus? Let your prayer unfold, and see where it leads you.  

    This week we take up a second collection for Saint Anthony School Programs and DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. At St. Anthony's, a broad range of educational supportive services is provided to students with autism and cognitive disabilities from kindergarten through age 21, primarily in an inclusive setting in a number of our Catholic elementary and secondary school, as well as several area universities.
    At DePaul, the program begins with infants and toddlers and extends through the elementary school. These students learn to hear and speak with the benefit of Cochlear implants and a quality and faith-centered education. Both programs have received national acclaim for their extraordinary success, but their ability to operate depends greatly on your gifts to this annual collection. Fr. Ken

This weekends' altar flowers were donated by Kenneth Macek in memory of Catherine "Kay" Macek.

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, Sunday, January 22nd. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

It's not too late to join our winter Bible study. This brief, five-week study will look at the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke, attempting to answer questions such as: How do these stories place Jesus within the history of his people? How do they point forward to his adult life? How can we appreciate these stories as adults? The study continues on Wednesday evenings through February 8 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a $5 fee for materials. Please contact Andy Bechman to sign up.

For all confirmation candidates and their parent or sponsor.  Sunday, January 22nd, at 12:15 pm in the Pastoral Center.

The Reconciliation retreat for our second graders and their parents Saturday, January 21st, from 9:30 am-12:00 pm in the pastoral center.  The day will conclude with reception of the sacrament.  

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 requests donations of men's heavy winter jackets, size XL or larger, and packages of toilet paper to be distributed to people who need them in Pittsburgh. Please place items in the non-food container in the vestibule of the church. Thank you!
· Please bring donations of Rice-a-Roni (or similar mixes) this weekend (January 14 and 15). They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.
· We need more ministers of Holy Communion to serve at St. Margaret Hospital. Communion ministers can sign on to do occasional substituting, serve twice a month or be a regular weekly volunteer. It takes about 1-2 hours each week and is extremely rewarding service! Contact Mary Bernard at stmargcommunion@saintscholastica.com or 412-968-5464.
Focus On . . . The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Men and women of the Society visit parishioners at home, hospitals, and nursing homes. They also provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the "poor boxes" located at the doors of the church. To learn more or join, contact Carol Paulick at: stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com.

Is having an Open House on Saturday, January 28, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  CDTCA is Fox Chapel Area's only Catholic school. Come see and hear about the advantages of a Kindergarten through 8th grade environment.  Registration is preferred but not required.  For information contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927.

Sunday, January 22nd, at 9:00 am is our annual "Take Your Parents to Mass Day" for all Religious Education Families.  We will have brunch in the Pastoral Center after mass.  Please bring a breakfast item to share.  Remember to check in with your child's catechist. 

The following text continues a summary of the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, prepared by the United States bishops in 2007, and reissued by them in 2011. We hope that this summary of official Catholic teaching on political participation will help all of us to root our views in our faith and to form our consciences as we approach our political decisions.

Why Does the Church Teach About Issues Affecting Public Policy?
    The Church's obligation to participate in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith, a part of the mission given to us by Jesus Christ. Faith helps us see more clearly the truth about human life and dignity that we also understand through human reason. As people of both faith and reason, Catholics are called to bring truth to political life and to practice Christ's commandment to "love one another" (Jn 13:34). According to Pope Benedict XVI,"charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as 'social charity'" (Encyclical Deus Caritas Est, no. 29).
   The United States Constitution protects the right of individual believers and religious bodies to participate and speak out without government interference, favoritism, or discrimination. Civil law should recognize and protect the Church's right and responsibility to participate in society without abandoning our central moral convictions. Our nation's tradition of pluralism is enhanced, not threatened, when religious groups and people of faith bring their convictions into public life. The Catholic community brings to the political dialogue a consistent moral framework and broad experience serving those in need.

Welcome new parishioners! Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9 am and 11 am Masses this Sunday. It is an opportunity socialize with fellow parishioners and meet people who have joined our parish in the last several months. Coffee, tea, juice and a breakfast buffet will be provided.

There will be no religious education classes on January 15 & 17 due to the holiday.

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

There are still seats available on the January 23rd bus from St. Scholastica's to the March For Life in Washington DC.  Come and bring your child.  It will be an experience they will never forget.  Call Mary Scanlon at 412-781-6550 for details.

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

Sunday:  1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19/1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20/Jn 1:35-42
Monday:  1 Sm 15:16-23/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday:  1 Sm 16:1-13/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday:  1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday:  1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Mk 3:7-12
Friday:  1 Sm 24:3-21/Mk 3:13-19
Saturday:  2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Mk 3:20-21
Next Sunday:  Jonah 3:1-5, 10/1 Cor 7:29-31/Mk 1:14-20

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 14
   5:00 pm  Celia Mancini (Ware Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  January 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Sean Hogan
   9:00 am Shirley A. Morelli (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Catherine (Kay) Macek (Kenneth E. & Dr. Kenneth R. & Joyce R. Macek)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, January 16
    8:30 am  Harry & Anna Pasqual (Dr. Robert & Annette Pasqual)

Tuesday, St. Anthony, Abbot, January 17
    8:30 am  Driscoll & Macino Families

Wednesday, weekday, January 18
    8:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (James & Lillian Ranii)

Thursday, weekday, January 19
    8:30 am  NO MASS
St. Francis, Harmar  8:00 am mass
Madonna,  Sharpsburg  7:30am mass
St. Joseph,  O'Hara  9:00am mass
St. Edward, Blawnox  6:30pm mass

Friday, weekday, January 20
   8:30 am  Lisa Martin (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Saturday, St. Agnes, virgin & martyr, January 21
   9:00 am  Lucille & Leon Cavazza (Sal & Phyllis Tagliarino)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 21
   5:00 pm  Elizabeth Greb (Jim & Karyn Lynch) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  January 22
   7:30 am  For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Rita Secola (Earl Secola)
       Presider: Fr.  Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Patrick Hardy (Mary & Jim Grenen)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Marion & Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

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


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

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser   Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik   412-390-3748

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

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson   Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

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

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N.   (412)781-7927