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?
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   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.

   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.

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.

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.

   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 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.

   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

· 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.

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.

   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.

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.

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.

        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

    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.


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

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

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.

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


Rev. Kenneth White, 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……………………………...………....Ext. 22

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