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.
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   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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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
    · 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

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.

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.

        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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   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.

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!

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.

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

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.


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

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

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.

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