February 19, 2012

   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!

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   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).

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

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.                                 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

   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.

    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.

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.

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  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.

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.

        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

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!

    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.

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.


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

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

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
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
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