February 26, 2012

 1st Sunday of Lent
  It was just two months ago that we celebrated Christmas. Remember back to that holiday season? Festive lights, glorious decorations, glittering trees, colorful poinsettias, family meals, joyous celebrations, Christmas gifts. Somewhere in all of that mix, it was likely that there was also a Christmas Nativity scene. Maybe it was a family heirloom carefully set up in a corner so that it wouldn't be disturbed. Or possibly your family Nativity scene last Christmas was hand-drawn artwork by one of your school children that was proudly displayed on the refrigerator. (Maybe it's even still there!)
   Wait a minute! Isn't this the First Sunday of Lent? Why all the talk about Christmas? Because like Christmas itself, the First Sunday of Lent always has a Gospel that reminds us that Jesus is truly human! With all the stories of the past few weeks (healings of Peter's mother-in-law, a leper, a paralytic, and the casting out of a demon) we could begin to think of Jesus only as some kind of miracle-worker. To do that would remove him from a clear and concrete association with us. For centuries, the church has clearly taught that Jesus is completely and thoroughly human just as he is completely and thoroughly divine.
   Today's Gospel reminds us that Jesus was tempted, just like we are tempted. He had the opportunity to accede to the wiles of Satan. Instead, he emerged from the desert to proclaim a Gospel of repentance. We hear this story of Jesus' humanity as we begin Lent to give us encouragement for the next forty days. We often begin Lent with a lot of enthusiasm. We are ready to change our lives. But changing how we live is difficult, and temptations are rampant. The Gospel tells us that angels came and ministered to Jesus while he was being tempted. Start Lent by asking a friend or a family member to be an angel for you in the next forty days, to ask you occasionally how your Lent is going.
©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

LENT WEEK ONE:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH—SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD
   Weekday Mass Schedule: Please consult our Mass Schedule (after the list of our schedule, we have listed the times of our neighboring parishes). 
    Stations of the Cross:  Fridays in Lent at 7:30 p.m. (no evening Stations on Good Friday). 
    Confessions this week: Saturday morning at 9:30.

LENTEN EVENINGS OF PRAYER
Are you hoping to grow closer to God this Lent? We can do so through prayer, not only as individuals, but as a community. We invite you to participate in one of two parish evenings of prayer, on Monday, March 5, or Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The service, which is the same on both evenings, includes song, Scripture passages, and a homily. We especially invite liturgical ministers and catechists to attend one of the evenings and, after the prayer service, to participate in workshops designed to aid you in your ministry.

COLLECTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY:
$67,311.86
BUDGETED:
$56,012.67
SURPLUS:
$11,299.19
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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
It's Girl Scout Cookie time! Girl Scout Cookies will be available after all masses this weekend. Girl Scout cookies are only available once a year so stock up now! You may also purchase a box to donate as part of the Girl Scout "Gift of Caring."  Donated boxes can be sent to our US Troops, Aspinwall Meals on Wheels and the homeless ministry. Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts!

GATHER HYMN BOOKS
Want to honor a loved one?  We still have some Gather books that can be dedicated to family or friends.  If you're interested in doing so, please call the Parish Office at 412-781-0186 ext. 10.

APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP
The deadline for registering for this year's Appalachia Mission Trip the week of June 24th is Tuesday, March 6th. 

ST. VINCENT DePAUL FOOD PANTRY
Come in to la Cappella on Sunday, February 26th, from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. at the Waterworks Mall and 20% of your tab goes directly to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Make sure to mention this ad to your server. The St. Vincent DePaul Pantry serves  the entire Fox Chapel Area School District and is located in the basement of St. Mary's Church in Sharpsburg.

STEWARDSHIP:
Lent is an ideal time to deepen our practice of stewardship by sharing our time and our goods 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!
    · We are looking for a group or family to sponsor our April Coffee House. We hope to hold the gathering on a Sunday in April after the 9:00 or 11:00 Mass; the particular date is negotiable. We estimate a time commitment of an hour in advance to organize or purchase paper products, doughnuts, etc., and one and a half hours on the day of the Coffee House to set up and clean up. A list of instructions will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family, parish group, or religious education small group to contribute to a spirit of togetherness in our parish community! To sign up or get more information, please contact Boo Benckart at boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.
    · Nancy Heil has requested donations of the following non-food items: toilet paper,white tube socks, and small microwave ovens.  In general, Nancy can accept gently-used items as well as new ones.  Our ongoing collection of food items now includes canned chicken and tuna, canned fruit, breakfast cereal, and prepared food mixes (such as macaroni and cheese and hamburger helper).  Please place donations in the bins in the church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity!

Good News!
We collected 41 cans of tuna last weekend for the food pantry at East End Cooperative Ministry. Thanks to all who donated and to Geoff Tolge for arranging delivery of the tuna to EECM in East Liberty.

Focus On:  The Committee for Persons with Disabilities
This group works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at: advocate@saintscholastica.com.

2012 MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions are still available for 2012.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each.  For information, and available dates, please call the Parish Office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10. 

FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
   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.

What Does the Church Say About Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square? Key Themes
    · Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Economic justice calls for decent work at fair, living wages, opportunities for legal status for immigrant workers, and the opportunity for all people to work together for the common good through their work, ownership, enterprise, investment, participation in unions, and other forms of economic activity.
    · Solidarity
We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Our Catholic commitment to solidarity requires that we pursue justice, eliminate racism, end human trafficking, protect human rights, seek peace, and avoid the use of force except as a necessary last resort.
    · Caring for God's Creation
Care for the earth is a duty of our Catholic faith. We all are called to be careful stewards of God's creation and to ensure a safe and hospitable environment for vulnerable human beings now and in the future.
    · Conclusion
In light of Catholic teaching, as bishops we vigorously repeat our call for a renewed politics that focuses on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good. This kind of political participation reflects the social teaching of our Church and the best traditions of our nation.

   For a wide range of educational and other resources to help share Faithful Citizenship, go to www.faithfulcitizenship.org.
The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship was developed by the chairmen, in consultation with the membership, of the Committees on Domestic Policy, International Policy, Pro-Life Activities, Communications, Doctrine, Education, and Migration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was approved for publication by the full body of bishops at its November 2007 General Meeting and has been authorized for publication by the undersigned. Msgr. David J. Malloy, STD General Secretary, USCCB

YOUTH MASS
Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00 p.m.  All youth interested in singing should arrive for rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.  After mass we will have a Hawaiian themed gathering featuring the acclaimed movie "Soul Surfer in the Pastoral Center.  Please bring a beach chair.

INTERSECTION
On Sunday, March 11th, we will have a very special Intersection.  Our topic will be Theology of the Body.  All students grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend.  We will meet in the Ministry Center from 10am-11 a.m.  A light breakfast will be provided.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 26TH
        Sunday:      Gn 9:8-15/1 Pt 3:18-22/Mk 1:12-15
       Monday:      Lv 19:1-2, 11-18/Mt 25:31-46
       Tuesday:     Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15
  Wednesday:     Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32
     Thursday:      Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12
          Friday:      Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26
      Saturday:      Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48
Next Sunday:     Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10
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HAITI COMMITTEE
   The Haiti Committee is holding an interactive educational event for CCD and CDTCA students at various times on February 26th, 27th & 28th. Parishioners are welcome to view the display after the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, Feb. 26, and after the morning Masses on Feb. 27 and 28. The display will feature a Haitian dwelling replica, PowerPoint slideshow, crafts, and many photos. 
   Through your generosity, St. Scholastica Parish has been able to support the education of 7 students at Good Samaritans School in Haiti. To provide continued support for the same students in 2012, we are seeking some additional donations. If you were unable to contribute through the Christmas Tag Program in December, or if you'd just like to make a contribution now, it's not too late.  Please write a check to the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation and return it to the parish office or bring it with you to the display. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

DID YOU KNOW…
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's Boys Varsity and Girls JV Basketball teams won their section. Both teams were undefeated in the section and will be playing in the Diocesan playoffs. The Girls Varsity basketball team also qualified for the Diocesan playoffs. Go Panthers!

REGISTRATIONS NEEDED FOR BIBLE STUDY
We have had few registrations to date for our Bible study, "The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus."  If you are interested in participating, please notify Andy Bechman by Monday, February 27, so that we will know whether we have sufficient numbers to pursue the study.
    The study is offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, beginning on February 29, and on Thursday mornings at 10:00, beginning on March 1. There is a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances or consult the Adult Faith Formation page on our website.

VOTER REGISTRATION
In anticipation of the April Primary Election we will have Voter Registration next weekend, March 3rd & 4th, after all the Masses.

PATRON OF THE WEEK
St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Frank LeDonne of Hartwood Chiropractic for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, February 25
   5:00 pm  Jane Thompson (Ruth & Gary Keefer) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, February 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Cathleen Davlin (Gail & John Wood)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Daniel Gribben (Celeste Callahan)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, February 27
   8:30 am  For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Matthew T. Elder (Charlena Cunningham & Pam York)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, February 28
    8:30 am Russell Gibbons (Judy Micher)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, February 29
    8:30 am  Robert Chambers (Ann Marie Kiszka)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 1
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 2
    8:30 am  Mrs. Lelia Totten (Jimmy & Ve Ruggeri &Family)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 3
    9:00 am  Msgr. D. Kraus (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent,  March 3
   5:00 pm  William Underwood (Heather Underwood) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, March 4
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  65th Wedding Anniversary, Jack & Rhodora Donahue (Ed & Audrey Ifft)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th 9:00 a.m.; W, F 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, T, W, F 7:30 a.m.
St. John Cantius, Sharpsburg: Th 7:00 p.m.

 ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: 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
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                              

February 19, 2012

 7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
   It's astonishing to some people that we Catholics will spend time talking to a priest about our deepest faults. Confession of sins and being assured of God's forgiveness is not something that everyone readily understands. But when we take the time to really acknowledge our sinfulness, to admit to ourselves, to God, and to another person (the priest) what we have done wrong, we can experience the healing that comes from the confession of our sins.
    The Gospel today explicitly reminds us that the forgiveness of sins is connected to healing. When we confess our sins, make an act of contrition, and receive absolution we are healed in that sacrament. The paralyzed man who was dropped through the roof in front of Jesus by his friends had his sins forgiven. Much to the astonishment of the crowd, the paralytic got up, rolled up his mat, and walked out the door. It was that easy.
    There is a lot of misconception about the sacrament of penance. Once a person gets over the hurdle of fear or shame though, it really is as easy as the actions of the paralyzed man. There was a lot of work on the part of others to get him in front of Jesus. They had to carry him there, open the roof, and lower him down. And before we go to confession, there is some work we have to do. We have to examine our conscience, and be willing to be honest with ourselves and with God. But after that it's easy. We sit down, tell the priest our sins, receive a penance, pray a prayer of contrition, receive absolution, and then go on our way.
    It is the work of reconciliation that takes much longer, sometimes even a lifetime. Because sin fractures relationships, confession really is the easy part. It is what we do afterwards to heal the wounds that is the most demanding. It is a good thing Lent begins on Wednesday!

©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

ASH WEDNESDAY—THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND
   We begin the Penitential Season of Lent this Wednesday.  We have two scheduled Masses on Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  We also have a Scripture Service at 12:00 noon.  Imposition of ashes will take place within the Masses and Scripture Service.
   If you are a registered parishioner, you should have received a Lenten mailing containing a Lenten Prayer Book and a sheet detailing all the Lenten Services: Holy Week Services, times for Confession and Stations of the Cross, etc.  If you did not receive this mailing, please call the Parish Office and we will be happy to send the Lenten packet to you.
    Stations of the Cross are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during Lent (except Good Friday).

ALTAR FLOWERS
This weekend's altar flowers were donated by Ted Massalski & Children in loving memory of Sheila J. Massalski.

ALTAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we always have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the parish office:  412-781-0186, ext. 10.                                 

RECONCILIATION RETREAT
The Reconciliation Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 25th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  This is for all 2nd grade students and a parent.  We are looking forward to a wonderful morning.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
It's Girl Scout Cookie time! Girl Scouts from CDTCA will be selling Girl Scout cookies after all Masses on February 25th and 26th and March 3rd and 4th.

GATHER HYMN BOOKS
Want to honor a loved one?  We still have some Gather books that can be dedicated to family or friends.  If you're interested in doing so, please call the Parish Office at 412-781-0186 ext. 10.

SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOP
Instead of going to Habitat for Humanity this Saturday, we will be hosting a skill building workshop for all teens interested in going to Appalachia or working with Habitat; Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Please meet us in the Ministry Center.

APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP
The deadline for registering for this year's Appalachia Mission Trip the week of June 24th is Tuesday, March 6th.  There will be an Appalachia meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center on March 6th.

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. 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 has added boxes of breakfast cereal to the list of items she is requesting for distribution to homeless persons and needy families in Pittsburgh. She also requests your prayers for these families and persons in need.
· We are collecting cans of tuna this weekend. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Please place cans in the basket in the rear of the church.
· We are looking for a group or family to sponsor our April Coffee House. We hope to hold the gathering on a Sunday in April after the 9:00 or 11:00 Mass; the particular date is negotiable. We estimate a time commitment of an hour in advance to organize or purchase paper products, doughnuts, etc., and one and a half hours on the day of the Coffee House to set up and clean up. A list of instructions will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family, parish group, or religious education small group to contribute to a spirit of togetherness in our parish community! To sign up or get more information, please contact Boo Benckart at boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.
Good News!
Thanks to Leigh Friday for sponsoring the Coffee House that took place after the 9:00 Mass last Sunday. Hot coffee, fresh doughnuts and warm company were just the thing to buck up our spirits on a cold winter morning!
Focus On . . . Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These parishioners distribute Holy Communion at weekend masses, holyday masses and daily mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken

REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Robert Marsico and Jill Milan.

2012 MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions are still available for 2012.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each.  For information, and available dates, please call the Parish Office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10. 

FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
   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.

What Does the Church Say About Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square?— Key Themes
· Call to Family, Community, and Participation
The family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, is the fundamental unit of society. This sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children must not be redefined, undermined, or neglected. Supporting families should be a priority for economic and social policies. How our society is organized—in economics and politics, in law and public policy—affects the well-being of individuals and of society. Every person and association has a right and a duty to participate in shaping society to promote the well-being of individuals and the common good.
· Rights and Responsibilities
Every human being has a right to life, the fundamental right that makes all other rights possible. Each of us has a right to religious freedom, which enables us to live and act in accord with our God-given dignity, as well as a right to access to those things required for human decency—food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities—to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.
· Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
While the common good embraces all, those who are in greatest need deserve preferential concern. A moral test for society is how we treat the weakest among us—the unborn, those dealing with disabilities or terminal illness, the poor and marginalized.

PASSION & RESURRECTION NARRATIVES OF JESUS
    There are no Scripture texts closer to the heart of our faith than those that recount the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord. In this seven-week Bible study, beginning in Lent and extending into the Easter season, we will look at these stories in each of the four Gospels. Through them, we hope to gain insights into how the pain of the cross and the joy and hope of the Resurrection are present in our daily living.
   The study is offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, beginning on February 29, and on Thursday mornings at 10:00, beginning on March 1. There is a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances or consult the Adult Faith Formation page on our website. Please respond by February 20 in order to receive your materials at the first meeting.

YOUTH MASS
Saturday, March 3rd at 5:00 p.m.  All youth interested in singing should arrive for rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.  Musicians should contact Jamie Dillon ASAP.  After mass we will host a Hawaiian Luau for all youth featuring the movie "Soul Surfer" in the Pastoral Center.  Please bring a beach chair.

DID YOU KNOW…
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Openings are available for most grades, pre-K through 8. Please contact the school for a tour 412.781.7927. Financial aid is available.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after  Sunday Masses this weekend, February 19th. 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.

FISH FRY
CDTCA will be holding its first Fish Fry on Friday, February 24th.Take out orders only for lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dinner eat in or take out will be served from 4-7 p.m.  Information on ordering will be available in the back of church beginning Saturday, February 18.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 19TH
        Sunday:      Is 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25/2 Cor 1:18-22/Mk 2:1-12
       Monday:      Jas 3:13-18/Mk 9:14-29
       Tuesday:      Jas 4:1-10/Mk 9:30-37
  Wednesday:     Jl 2:12-18/2 Cor 5:20--6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
      Thursday:     Dt 30:15-20/Lk 9:22-25
           Friday:     Is 58:1-9a/Mt 9:14-15
       Saturday:     Is 58:9b-14/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday:     Gn 9:8-15/1 Pt 3:18-22/Mk 1:12-15

THANK YOU
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy would like to thank all fo the parishioners who supported the Valentine's Day Bake Sale last weekend.  Thanks to your generosity, it was a huge success.  We hope you enjoyed eating our treats as much as we CDTCA moms enjoyed making them especially for you!

HAITI COMMITTEE
    The Haiti Committee is holding an interactive educational event for CCD and CDTCA students at various times on February 26th, 27th & 28th. Parishioners are welcome to view the display after the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, Feb. 26, and after the morning Masses on Feb. 27 and 28. The display will feature a Haitian dwelling replica, PowerPoint slideshow, crafts, and many photos.
   Through your generosity, St. Scholastica Parish has been able to support the education of 7 students at Good Samaritans School in Haiti. To provide continued support for the same students in 2012, we are seeking some additional donations. If you were unable to contribute through the Christmas Tag Program in December, or if you'd just like to make a contribution now, it's not too late.  Please write a check to the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation and return it to the parish office or bring it with you to the display. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

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.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 18
   5:00 pm  Sjef Sterrenberg (Carfagna Family) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 19
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, February 20
    8:30 am  Anne Balestrino (Joe & Karen Staley)

Tuesday, weekday, February 21
   8:30 am  In Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 22
   8:30 am  John Warburton (Sal & Kathleen Risanti)
   Noon  Lenten Service
   7:00 pm  For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Mr. & Mrs. John Donahue (Jamie Brush & James Scott)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, February 23
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Lenten Weekday, February 24
    8:30 am  Rick Westbrook (Mr. & Mrs. Bill Kiszka)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, February 25
    9:00 am  Carl Tustin (John Staley)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent,  February 25
   5:00 pm  Jane Thompson (Ruth & Gary Keefer) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, February 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Cathleen Davlin (Gail & Josh Wood))
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Daniel Gribben (Celeste Callahan)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F 9:00 a.m.; W 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M-F, 7:30 a.m.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: 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
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                              

February 12, 2012

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
              
   A friend of mine had been out of work for over a year. He spent a good deal of time each week contacting businesses, sending out résumés, and filling out applications. In the first few months he was pretty hopeful, but then after a while I could start to see how the lack of securing a new position was beginning to weigh on him. As a household, they had come to rely solely on his wife's income. When the unemployment ran out and they began to dip into savings, my friend's confidence was shaken. When he landed a new job he was overjoyed, and even though it was not as prestigious as his previous employment, my friend couldn't wait to tell others about his good fortune.
   In some ways my friend was a bit like the leper in the Gospel today. He lost what he once had. In my friend's case it was a job; for the leper it was his health. They both ended up in a situation that made them feel isolated, cut off from ordinary life. Despite that, neither of them gave up. My friend kept looking for work; the leper took the initiative to seek out Jesus. And both of them ended up with something they were looking for and they had to tell others.
   Often when we have good news, we like to share it, especially if it impacts how others might view us. For the leper, bragging about his cure meant that he would be welcomed back into society. For my friend, sharing the good news about his new job helped to validate his self-worth at a time he was struggling. Being saved by Jesus is the best thing that has happened to any of us. We don't have to go around telling that story every minute of every day. But it's not a story we should keep secret either. Is there someone with whom you can share the good news?
                                                                                                            ©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

ALTAR FLOWERS
   This weekend's altar flowers were donated by Dolores Rueger and family in memory of Dr. Raimund Rueger.
   Our apologies to the Paulick Family.  Last week's altar flowers were in memory of George Paulick, donated by the Paulick Family.

DISPATCH FROM THE BIBLE STUDY--A MAN OF INTEGRITY
   What do you know about St. Joseph?  In some ways, he can seem like a superfluous character in the Christmas story. The baby Jesus and his mother Mary seem to be the important ones, while Joseph plays a supporting role at best—he's not even the "real" father of Jesus. In the classic Christmas icon, Mary and Jesus are at the center, while Joseph mopes off in a corner.
    In the second week of our Bible study, however, we found that Joseph is the central character in Matthew's story of the birth of Christ. It is Joseph who provides the critical link in the genealogy that connects Jesus with his ancestors Abraham and, especially, King David. This is the case because, by accepting Jesus and naming him, Joseph becomes Jesus' father in the eyes of the Jewish Law.
    As we considered Joseph's role in Matthew's gospel, we were impressed with his integrity. Matthew describes Joseph as a righteous man—meaning one who valued and followed God's law. He was also a compassionate man, as his treatment of Mary makes clear. Joseph's young betrothed was found to be pregnant before they were together—surely a source of shame for him in a society where preserving honor and avoiding shame were so important. Joseph could have turned his shame into anger at Mary, subjecting her to a public inquiry. Instead, he decided to "divorce her quietly "and spare her that.
    Then came an angel's message in a dream, and Joseph learns the truth about Mary and their son. [The statue in our sanctuary portraying the annunciation to Joseph is one of the few representations of this moment in Christian art.] For the rest of the story, the pattern is the same. God communicates to Joseph through dreams and Joseph gets up and goes into action: taking Mary into his home and taking Jesus as his own son, leading his family away from Herod's bloodthirstiness into Egypt, and bringing them to Nazareth when it was safe to do so. Joseph's example challenges us to attune our inner ear to God's voice and to take action on the basis of what we hear.

RECONCILIATION RETREAT
The Reconciliation Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 25th, from 9:30 a.m. - noon in the Pastoral Center.  This is for all 2nd grade students and a parent.  We are looking forward to a wonderful morning.

SKI TRIP
The Youth Ministry Ski Trip is scheduled for Friday, February 17th, at Hidden Valley.  All teens are welcome.  We also need drivers and chaperones.  Please contact Jamie Dillon for more information.

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. 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!
· We are looking for a group or family to sponsor our April Coffee House. We hope to hold the gathering on a Sunday in April after the 9:00 or 11:00 Mass; the particular date is negotiable. We estimate a time commitment of an hour in advance to organize or purchase paper products, doughnuts, etc., and one and a half hours on the day of the Coffee House to set up and clean up. A list of instructions will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family, parish group, or religious education small group to contribute to a spirit of togetherness in our parish community! To sign up or get more information, please contact Boo Benckart at boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.

· Please bring cans of tuna on the weekend of February 18 and 19. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.

Focus On . . . The Worship Committee
The Worship Committee aims to promote a welcoming community spirit and active participation of all in the worship, sacramental and prayer experiences of our parish. The Committee meets five or six times a year and is responsible for scheduling and organizing liturgical events such as the Advent wreath lighting, Lenten observances, Holy Thursday foot-washing, Eucharistic adoration, the Marian Service in May, and Mass at Pentecost. The committee also promotes the formation of liturgical ministers. If you are interested, contact Sr. Pat Baker at: worship@saintscholastica.com.

CDTCA'S VALENTINE'S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
CDTCA is holding its Annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale after all masses this weekend, February 11th and 12th.  Be sure to stop by for all of your Valentine's Day treats.  We have something for everyone.  In addition to the ever popular 6-inch cakes, we have gourmet truffles, homemade cookies, muffins and mini-coffee cakes, cake pops and chocolate-covered pretzels and popcorn.  There are even treats for your favorite pup!  All proceeds benefit your parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
   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.

What Does the Church Say About Catholic Social Teaching in the Public Square?— Key Themes
    A consistent ethic of life should guide all Catholic engagement in political life. This Catholic ethic neither treats all issues as morally equivalent nor reduces Catholic teaching to one or two issues. It anchors the Catholic commitment to defend human life and other human rights, from conception until natural death, in the fundamental obligation to respect the dignity of every human being as a child of God.
    Catholic voters should use Catholic teaching to examine candidates' positions on issues and should consider candidates' integrity, philosophy, and performance. It is important for all citizens "to see beyond party politics, to analyze campaign rhetoric critically, and to choose their political leaders according to principle, not party affiliation or mere self-interest" (USCCB, Living the Gospel of Life, no. 33). The following themes of Catholic social teaching provide a moral framework for decisions in public life. [These themes are drawn from a rich tradition more fully described in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005). For more information on these seven themes, see www.faithfulcitizenship.org. For information on how we bishops of the United States have applied Catholic social teaching to policy issues, see
www.faithfulcitizenship.org.]

· The Right to Life and the Dignity of the Human Person
Human life is sacred. Direct attacks on innocent human beings are never morally acceptable. Within our society, life is under direct attack from abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, and destruction of human embryos for research. These intrinsic evils must always be opposed. This teaching also compels us as Catholics to oppose genocide, torture, unjust war, and the use of the death penalty, as well as to pursue peace and help overcome poverty, racism, and other conditions that demean human life.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
There are no Scripture texts closer to the heart of our faith than those that recount the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord. In this seven-week study, beginning in Lent and extending into the Easter season, we will look at these stories in each of the four Gospels. Through them, we hope to gain insights into how the pain of the cross and the joy and hope of the Resurrection are present in our daily living. The study is offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, beginning on February 29, and on Thursday mornings at 10:00, beginning on March 1. There is a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances or consult the Adult Faith Formation page on our website. Please respond by February 20 in order to receive your materials at the first meeting.

DID YOU KNOW…
   Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Openings are available for most grades, pre-K through 8. Please contact the school for a tour 412.781.7927. Financial aid is available.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after  Masses next weekend, Sunday, February 19th. 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.

FISH FRY
CDTCA will be holding its first Fish Fry on Friday, February 24th.  Take out orders only for lunch from 11am - 1pm.  Dinner eat in or take out will be served from 4-7pm.  Information on ordering will be available in the back of church beginning Saturday, February 18.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 12TH
        Sunday:      Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/1 Cor 10:31--11:1/Mk 1:40-45
       Monday:      Jas 1:1-11/Mk 8:11-13
       Tuesday:      Jas 1:12-18/Mk 8:14-21
  Wednesday:     Jas 1:19-27/Mk 8:22-26
      Thursday:     Jas 2:1-9/Mk 8:27-33
          Friday:     Jas 2:14-24, 26/Mk 8:34--9:1
       Saturday:     Jas 3:1-10 /Mk 9:2-13
Next Sunday:     Is 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25/2 Cor 1:18-22/Mk 2:1-12

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
    Please consider taking part in the up-coming 40 Days for Life campaign! This national, ecumenical movement to end abortion calls for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting, neighborhood outreach and peaceful vigil held at the abortion clinics all across our nation. Over 4,000 babies have been saved during these 40 day campaigns! This 40 days will run during the Lenten season, Feb 22-April 1st.
   In Pittsburgh we will once again strive to maintain a peaceful prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown. The vigil will be held every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.40daysforlife.com/pittsburgh/.  Kickoff-Sunday, Feb. 19th, at 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 320 Sixth Avenue, Downtown, Pittsburgh.  Come join us for an inspiring time of motivation speakers and music by INTENT, followed by a candlelit procession to Planned Parenthood.
   Youth and Young Adult Rally - Sun. Feb. 12th, 7 to 9 p.m. at Word of God Church, Swissvale.  Calling all young people! Come for an inspiring time of pro-life unity to prepare for the up-coming 40 days! Find out how YOU can participate in saving lives! The band INTENT will provide amazing worship music! For more information contact: Tom 412 601-1534 tvison@aol.com.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 11
   5:00 pm  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 12
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Patricia Washensky (Sharon Doherty)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Birthday, Raimund G. Rueger (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, February 13
   8:30 am  Lisa Martin (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Tuesday, Sts. Cyril & Methodius, February 14
    8:30 am  William Katarincic (Katarincic Family)

Wednesday, weekday, February 15
   8:30 am  Mr. Joseph Contosta (Deborah Drummond)

Thursday, weekday, February 16
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, February 17
    8:30 am  Lucille & Leon Cavazza (Sal & Phylus Tagliarino)

Saturday, weekday, February 18
    9:00 am  Alionse Carilo (Joe & Kathleen DeMartino)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 18
   5:00 pm  Sjef Sterrenberg (Carfagna Family) 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 19
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F 9:00 a.m.; W 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M-F, 7:30 a.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: 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
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                                

February 5, 2012

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   It was a year ago that I was in the hospital for the first time in my life. The minor surgery meant that I had to stay overnight. When it came time for the dressing change the next day, I thought that I was going to die from the intense pain. Of course my brief experience of pain was nothing compared to the chronic conditions or acute illnesses that so many people suffer each and every day. When you think of all the people in hospitals or nursing homes, and the countless others around the world who endure without any medical care, the enormity of suffering seems overwhelming.
    It is no wonder then that in Jesus' time once the crowds had heard that he cured Simon's mother-in-law, they raced to bring to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. If someone could alleviate the pain, cure the sick, and cast out demons this was definitely an opportunity of which to take advantage.
    While modern medicine may help us with our physical illness and psychological pain, there is still a spiritual dimension to sickness that we should not ignore. Sickness separates us. It makes us question our faith. Illness strikes at our heart as well as our body. That is why the church offers the sacrament of the anointing of the sick for any who are ill. When we are sick, we are also alone. We need the support of the community of faith. And we need their prayers.
    When a loved one is ill-or if you are sick yourself-don't hesitate to request the sacrament of anointing. If your illness confines you for a longer time, ask to receive Communion regularly to nurture you spiritually even as you seek to be strengthened physically. People sought out Jesus in this weekend's Gospel. When we or a loved one is ill, we can seek him out today.
©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
The Aquinas Guild will have Cheryl Bagley, Nutritional Therapist and Healing Foods Specialist, speak at the February 15th meeting. Cheryl will take the mystery out of making homemade chicken stock. She will also share her expertise on nutrition and offer food advice when grocery shopping. A light lunch will follow the meeting. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pastoral Center. There is no charge for the lunch, but a reservation is necessary.  Contact Mary Ellen Maher by Monday, February 12th to make a reservation 412-767-5863 or maryemaher@msn.com

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE
    World Day for Consecrated Life was celebrated in the Catholic Church on February 2, but is observed this Sunday in parishes. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the consecrated life in this way (#915, 916):
    "Christ proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great variety, to every disciple. The perfection of charity, to which all the faithful are called, entails for those who freely follow the call to consecrated life the obligation of practicing chastity in celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom, poverty and obedience. It is the profession of these counsels, within a permanent state of life recognized by the Church, that characterizes the life consecrated to God."
    "The state of consecrated life is thus one way of experiencing a 'more intimate' consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God. In the consecrated life, Christ's faithful, moved by the Holy Spirit, propose to follow Christ more nearly, to give themselves to God who is loved above all and, pursuing the perfection of charity in the service of the Kingdom, to signify and proclaim in the Church the glory of the world to come."
    Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

MARCH FOR LIFE
Midnight, January 22, the St. Scholastica bus with 39 people (16 adults and 23 young people) headed to the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington, D.C. We had a breakfast stop at St. Mark Parish in Vienna, VA and then headed to the Youth Rally and Mass where we saw Cardinal Wuerl, Bishop Zubik, Bishop Waltersheid, and several Pittsburgh priests. After Mass we attended the Rally on the Mall and then joined 500,000 pro life people in a march to the Supreme Court. Our day ended with an hour meeting with Senator Casey and a short time browsing over pro-life literature at the March headquarters hotel.
A drizzly rainy day did not dampen our spirits or lessen our zeal to march in memorial for the 54 million babies who have died in the U.S. through legal abortion. The Respect Life Committee would like to thank all those who made the trip possible with their participation in the Pancake Breakfast and/or direct support for our bus expenses.
PS: Gerry Werries was the winner of the Pancake Breakfast 50/50 raffle.

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!
· We are looking for a group or family to sponsor our April Coffee House. We hope to hold the gathering on a Sunday in April after the 9:00 or 11:00 Mass; the particular date is negotiable. We estimate a time commitment of an hour in advance to organize or purchase paper products, doughnuts, etc., and one and a half hours on the day of the Coffee House to set up and clean up. A list of instructions will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family, parish group, or religious education small group to contribute to a spirit of togetherness in our parish community! To sign up or get more information, please contact Boo Benckart at boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.

· 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 and stamps as needed, and 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 at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com for details.

· We continue to collect men's heavy winter jackets, size L 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. Nancy also asks for our prayers for homeless persons and for needy families.

· We will also continue to accept donationsof 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!

Focus On . . . The Aquinas Guild
The Aquinas Guild, the woman'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 participate in group activities and local events, 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 Mary Ann Labriola at: aquinasguild@saintscholastica.com.

FAITHFUL CITIZENSHIP
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.

How Does the Church Help Catholics to Address Political and Social Questions?
· Making Moral Choices
    Difficult political decisions require the exercise of a well-formed conscience aided by prudence. This exercise of conscience begins with always opposing policies that violate human life or weaken its protection. "Those who formulate law therefore have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good" (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops [USCCB], Catholics in Political Life).
   When morally flawed laws already exist, prudential judgment is needed to determine how to do what is possible to restore justice—even if partially or gradually—without ever abandoning a moral commitment to full protection for all human life from conception to natural death (see Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, no. 73).
    Prudential judgment is also needed to determine the best way to promote the common good in areas such as housing, health care, and immigration. When Church leaders make judgments about how to apply Catholic teaching to specific policies, this may not carry the same binding authority as universal moral principles but cannot be dismissed as one political opinion among others. These moral applications should inform the consciences and guide the actions of Catholics.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
    There are no Scripture texts closer to the heart of our faith than those that recount the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord. In this seven-week study, beginning in Lent and extending into the Easter season, we will look at these stories in each of the four Gospels. Through them, we hope to gain insights into how the pain of the cross and the joy and hope of the Resurrection are present in our daily living.
    The study is offered on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, beginning on February 29, and on Thursday mornings at 10:00, beginning on March 1. There is a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances, consult the Adult Faith Formation page on our website, or contact Andy Bechman. Please respond by February 20 in order to receive your materials at the first meeting.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
Saturday, February 11th is our Confirmation Retreat from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Please keep all of our candidates in your prayers.

LOVE WALK
February 12th is the Love Walk for the poor.  It begins with 2:00 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart.  Interested students should contact the youth ministry office.

ARE YOU A FAITHFUL CITIZEN?
   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 this Monday, February 6, 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 as soon as possible 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.

DID YOU KNOW…
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Openings are available for most grades, pre-k through 8. Please contact the school for a tour 412.781.7927. Financial aid is available.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 5TH

Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39
Monday: 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 10:1-10/Mk 7:14-23
Thursday: 1 Kgs 11:4-13/Mk 7:24-30
Friday: 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19/Mk 7:31-37
Saturday: 1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34/Mk 8:1-10
Next Sunday: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/1 Cor 10:31--11:1/Mk 1:40-45

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

CATHOLIC VISION OF LOVE
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 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center. No Rsvp needed, contact Jamie Dillon with questions.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 4
   5:00 pm George R. Paulick (Paulick Family) 
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr.  Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Celia Mancini (Children)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  William H. Stewart (Jeanne & Kathy Murray)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Paul Miki & Companions, February 6
   8:30 am  Vincent & Amelia Kopec (Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, weekday, February 7
    8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)

Wednesday, weekday, February 8
    8:30 am  John A. Marmarella (Lillian & Children)

Thursday, weekday, Febuary 9
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, St. Scholastica, virgin, February 10
    8:30 am  Leslie Carlson (Styslinger Family)

Saturday, weekday, February 11
   9:00 am  Vincent & Dorothy Taravella  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 11
    5:00 pm  Regis Obringer (St. Monica Society) 

Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 12
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
   9:00 am  Patricia Washensky (Sharon Doherty)
   11:00 am  Birthday, Raimund G. Rueger (Family)

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F 9:00 a.m.; W 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M-F, 7:30 a.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316

parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Rev. Kenneth White, Pastor, 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
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org