January 22, 2012

   For seven seasons the Discovery Channel's highly rated show "Deadliest Catch" has wowed viewers with the real life tales of extreme fishermen in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. They are after crab, with hopes for a big payday if they're successful. But the challenges of weather, luck, and crew can leave a captain without a large enough catch and finally without a job. Viewers can watch from the comfort of their homes, settled back in an easy chair while a crew fights ice, high seas, equipment failure, and frayed nerves. What is entertainment for those watching the television is daily life on the boat for those who work at sea.
   In the Gospel today, Jesus meets up with some fishermen. Simon and Andrew, James and John were casting their nets, probably not very far from shore. While the Sea of Galilee cannot compare to the Bering Sea, we know from the Gospels that storms can be violent on that body of water as well. Certainly at the time of Jesus fishing was as dangerous a job as it is today. So when Jesus called the two sets of brothers to follow him, were they looking for a safer job?
   Unlikely! Fishing for men and women is a lot more difficult than fishing for fish. The disciples answered the call to follow Jesus. It is a call that he continues to issue today. Whether in the priesthood, the religious life, the married state, or the committed single life, Jesus is asking people to follow him, not in a job, but in a way of life. Just as the crew of a boat on the Bering Sea doesn't punch out after eight hours, the life of a Christian is more than a full-time job. Following Jesus forms the basis for our lives. We do it all day, every day. That is the call he gives.
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We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this weekend, Sunday, January 22.  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.

    Come and hear a presentation on "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship" by Mrs. Helene Paharik, director of the Diocese of Pittsburgh's Department for Human Dignity. The presentation will be held on Monday, February 6th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. It is intended for Catholics who wish to exercise their rights and duties as participants in our democracy:
     · to help them form their consciences, in order to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue;
     · to shape their choices in the coming election in the light of Catholic teaching;
     · to develop unity in the Church ALIVE by fostering our Catholic identity.
    Please Rsvp to the diocesan Secretariat for Evangelization and Social Concerns at 412-456-3156 by January 30 so we can prepare sufficient seating and materials. A $5 donation per person would be appreciated to help defray the cost of materials. This donation will be collected at the event. Continuing Education credits are available.

Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: www.saintscholastica.com. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
· We continue to collect men's heavy winter jackets, size XL or larger, packages of toilet paper, blankets, and sleeping bags (zero degree rated ones are best), to be distributed by Nancy Heil and her associates to people who need them in Pittsburgh. Please leave donations in the large non-food items container in the vestibule of the church.
· We will also continue to accept donations of canned tuna, canned chicken (not soups) or canned fruit in the food-items container, along with cans of regular Pepsi and prepared food mixes(such as macaroni and cheese and hamburger helper). Thank you!
· Adult chaperons are needed for our Youth Ministry's Family House Dinner on Monday, Jan. 30 at Family House University Place in Oakland, 4:15 to 7:00 p.m. To participate, please contact Jamie Dillon by Friday, January 27.
· The Ministry of Praise is looking for someone to team with the newsletter editor to help with maintaining the mailing list, printing labels, purchasing envelopes & stamps as needed.  Help is also needed emailing the newsletter to members who wish to receive it electronically.  Time commitment is not large, probably about an hour or so per mailing.  Contact Mary Catherine Scanlon for details.
Focus On . . . Moms Uplifting Moms
MUMs is a celebration of our Christian motherhood. Moms join together in prayer and scripture study. We enjoy a peaceful opportunity to read, discuss and reflect on the Word of God while our children enjoy the loving care of fellow parishioners. We meet in the Pastoral Center on Monday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 from late September to early December and from February to the beginning of May.  For more information, please contact Bonnie DeMotte at: mums@saintscholastica.com.

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.

Who in the Church Should Participate in Political Life?
In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. In today's environment, Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and few candidates fully share our comprehensive commitment to human life and dignity. Catholic lay women and men need to act on the Church's moral principles and become more involved: running for office, working within political parties, and communicating concerns to elected officials. Even those who cannot vote should raise their voices on matters that affect their lives and the common good.

We will host a Catholic Vision of Love meeting for all parents of 6th graders.  Our meeting will feature the dynamic speaker Holly Joy Penzenstadler.  It will be February 7th from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. No Rsvp needed, contact Jamie Dillon with questions.

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in participating in this years mission trip to Appalachia on Tuesday, February 7th from 7:30pm - 8:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  The deadline for registering for this trip is March 3rd.  Contact Jamie Dillon with any questions.

Is having an Open House on Saturday, January 28 from 3:00p.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.

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.

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!

CYA North Hills invites all young adults everywhere to a Young Adult Pilgrimage to St. Anthony's Chapel on Sunday, January 29th, from 4-6pm. Cost is $3. Optional Dinner afterwards at Billy's Troy Hill Bistro. For more information, check out CYA North Hill's Facebook page.

       Sunday:       Jon 3:1-5, 10/1 Cor 7:29-31/Mk 1:14-20
      Monday:       2 Sm 5:1-7, 10/Mk 3:22-30
      Tuesday:      2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19/Mk 3:31-35
 Wednesday:      Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22/Mk 16:15-18
     Thursday:      2 Tm 1:1-8 or Tit 1:1-5/Mk 4:21-25
          Friday:      2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17/Mk 4:26-34
      Saturday:      2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17/Mk 4:35-41
Next Sunday:     Dt 18:15-20/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28

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

Monday, weekday, January 23
    8:30 am  March For Life (Respect Life Committee)

Tuesday, St. Francis de Sales, bishop & doctor of the church, January 24
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, January 25
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, Sts. Timothy & Titus, bishops, January 26
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, January 27
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Thomas Aquinas, priest & doctor of the church, January 28
    9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 28
   5:00 pm  Barbara Zuccaro (Regis Legath) 
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  January 29
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Clara Anzelmo & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Frank Donnelly (Patricia Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Thomas Manion

St. Francis, Harmar  8:00 am mass
Madonna of Jerusalem,  Sharpsburg  7:30am mass
St. Joseph,  O'Hara  9:00am mass

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