January 8, 2012

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

Please join us in the Pastoral Center on Sunday, January 15th to welcome new members who have joined the parish. The open house and breakfast buffet will be after the 9am and 11am Masses. All parishioners are invited to attend.

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, January 9, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him if possible. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the pastor at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptism preparation session is scheduled for March 19.

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

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

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!
Nancy Heil has made an urgent request for men's winter jackets, size XL or larger, and for packs of toilet paper.  Please leave these items in the non-food bin in the back of the church. 

 Please bring donations of Rice-a-Roni (or similar mixes) on the weekend of January 14 and 15. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.

Focus On . . . Bereavement Ministry
The goal of this ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each bereaved family in the parish in their time of sorrow and grief. This outreach group of volunteers, along with the Director of Music and Bereavement Ministries, visits the family of the deceased, helps prepare the funeral service, and delivers a basket of food to the family. In addition to the pastor, who leads a short prayer service at the funeral home, committee members, if able, visit the funeral home and attend the funeral. Other volunteeers are available to lector should the family need someone. This group of people has also formed a choir to sing at funerals, as well as hospitality ministers to be present at funeral luncheons held at the Pastoral Center. For more information or to take part, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: bereavement@saintscholastica.com.

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

The Reconciliation retreat for our second graders and their parent is Saturday January 21st from 9:30 am-12:00 pm in the pastoral center.


Sunday January 22nd  is our annual "Take Your Parents to Mass Day."  The 9:00 am mass will be a special youth mass followed by a potluck brunch in the pastoral center.                .

    With the presidential campaign entering the primary season, we are faced again with choices about our political participation. While it is all too easy on the one hand to become disillusioned and cynical or, on the other hand, to give ourselves over to a political ideology, Catholics are called to responsible participation in the political process.
    During February, we will host a speaker from the Diocese on these themes. In the meantime, we will present in the bulletin 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.

The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
    This brief document is a summary of the United States bishops' reflection Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (www.faithfulcitizenship.org). It complements the teaching of bishops in dioceses and states.
    Our nation faces political challenges that demand urgent moral choices. We are a nation at war, with all of its human costs; a country often divided by race and ethnicity; a nation of immigrants struggling with immigration. We are an affluent society where too many live in poverty; part of a global community confronting terrorism and facing urgent threats to our environment; a culture built on families, where some now question the value of marriage and family life. We pride ourselves on supporting human rights, but we fail even to protect the fundamental right to life, especially for unborn children.
    We bishops seek to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with the truth, so they can make sound moral choices in addressing these challenges. We do not tell Catholics how to vote. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience. (To be continued)

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.

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

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

Join us today for a delicious breakfast in the school cafeteria, Third Street entrance. We are serving this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Regular serving is $4 and a Small serving is $3. All proceeds help fund the bus to the March For Life in Washington, D. C. and other Pro-Life programs. This is the yearly fund raiser for the Respect Life Committee.

There will be a catechism meeting on Monday, January 9th, from 7 pm-9 pm in the pastoral center.

There will be an Appalachia meeting on Tuesday, January 10th,  at 7:30 pm in the pastoral center.

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

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

Monday, The Baptism of the Lord, January 9
    8:30 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)
Tuesday, weekday, January 10
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Family)
Wednesday, weekday, January 11
    8:30 am  Colin Fischer Jr. (Morton & Sturgis Families)
Thursday, weekday, January 12
    8:30 am  John & Angela Sadlo (Bonessa Family)
Friday, weekday, January 13
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (John & Deborah Schultz)
Saturday, weekday, January 14
    9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

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

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