April 1, 2012

 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
   You can bet that whatever team wins the NCAA title on Monday night will be honored with a parade. Victory on the basketball court ensures that the members of the team are treated as heroes by the school from which they hail. A marching band, a motorcade, and a street lined with cheering fans will recognize the effort and celebrate the prowess of college athletes who bring home the crown. Some of those who won the championship will likely consider careers in the NBA. Others will follow another path, and find their own personal victory in whatever degree they obtain upon graduation. The cheers for the athletes will be exciting and well-deserved for the few days that they last, but not one of the players will be able to build a life on the fact that they won this one game.
    The hosannas in today's Gospel pretty much reflect the same reality in the life of Jesus. As Messiah and Son of David, Jesus is not out to build a life based on the cheers of the crowd. Their adulation will soon enough turn to jeers of "Crucify him," as we hear in the Passion story proclaimed today as well. Jesus' ultimate victory comes not from a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but from his conquest over sin and death through his own passion, death, and resurrection. By offering his life on the altar of the cross, Christ promises new life to all.
    An NCAA victory will certainly give new life to the winning institution. Everyone on campus will be excited and elated for a few days. But for the vast majority of students being a winning school does not ultimately affect their lives in the way their classes and their degree will. For Christians, the waving of palms is a joyous act this day, but the real meaning lies in what comes next: what the death and Resurrection of the Lord does to our lives.
                                                     ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:
Palm Sunday Masses:  regular Sunday schedule.
Weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 am.
Holy Thursday: No morning Mass.  Evening Mass of the Lord's Super is at 7:30 pm.
Good Friday:  No morning Mass.  Living Stations at 12:30 pm.  Good Friday Liturgy at 1:30 pm, no Stations of the Cross.
Holy Saturday:  No morning Mass.  Confessions are at 9:30 am.  No 5:00 pm Mass, the Easter Vigil Mass is at 8:30 pm.
Easter Day:  Masses are 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

COLLECTIONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH:
$50,240.41
BUDGETED:
$56,012.66
SHORTFALL:
$5,772.26

ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Ultimate Frisbee for all teens is 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 3rd in the gym.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC  ACADEMY
Is holding its annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kelly DiNatale at 412-779-5328 or CDTCAgolf@gmail.com.

HELP SAVE LIVES
    Help save a life and give back to your organization in the process!  Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at St. Scholastica on Friday, May 25, 2012.  Through ultrasound we evaluate the carotid arteries for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke.
    Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package by adding your name to the sign-up sheet provided.  By signing up for this life-saving event, not only will you be able to receive $10 off any package of $139 or more, but St. Scholastica will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends the Life Line Screening event.  The Stroke Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral  arterial disease and atrial fibrillation.  To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer, please sign up on the sheet provided by St. Scholastica.  Join in the fight against vascular disease!

RESPECT LIFE
The Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30pm.  We welcome new members.
          
STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Holy Week 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!
Nancy Heil has requested ongoing donations of the following non-food items: toilet paper, white tube socks,used sheets and pillowcases, and small microwave ovens. 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.
Focus On . . . The Children's Liturgy of the Word
Leaders of the Children's Liturgy proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. For more information, please contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

AQUINAS GUILD APRIL OUTING
All women of the parish are invited to the Aquinas Guild outing to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, April 11th for a guided tour of the spring flower show. The cost to attend is $15. Transportation will be provided. The bus will depart at 9:45 am and return by 2 pm. Luncheon plans will be made based on the number of participants. Cost of lunch to be determined. Checks made payable to "The Aquinas Guild" for $15 can be sent to Mary Ellen Maher, 21 Pintail Dr., 15238. Please RSVP by April 4th. Questions, call Mary Ellen 412-767-5863.

RCIA UPDATE
Please pray for Luke Chilson as he prepares to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Luke is nine years old and is the son of Clark Chilson, a member of our RCIA team. One wonderful way to support Luke is by your presence at the Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday, April 7.  Another is by joining him in prayer and periods of fasting, especially between the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Vigil on Holy Saturday. The season of Lent owes its origins to the efforts of early Christian communities to support their catechumens by joining them in this "Paschal Fast". It is not a fast of repentance, but one of joyful anticipation of the Easter feast.

PARISH OFFICE
The Parish Office will be closed Holy Week, April 2nd - 6th.

PARISH DIRECTORY
Dear Parishioners, There are still several slots available to have your picture taken for our new pictorial directory on Saturday, May 5th beginning at 10:45 am. To schedule an appointment please call Olan Mills at 1-800-866-2263. See you in the new directory!

THE HOLY TRIDUUM
   Here are some excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI's reflections on the Triduum from an audience in April 2011. the full text is available at the Vatican website: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_aud_20110420_en.html.

    I therefore urge you to accept this mystery of salvation and to participate intensely in the Easter Triduum, the fulcrum of the entire Liturgical Year and a time of special grace for every Christian. I invite you in these days to seek recollection and prayer, so as to draw more deeply from this source of grace. In this regard, with a view to the forthcoming celebrations every Christian is asked to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation, a moment of special adherence to the death and Resurrection of Christ, to be able to participate more fruitfully in Holy Easter.
    Holy Thursday is the day on which the Institution of the Eucharist and of the Ministerial Priesthood is commemorated. In the morning each diocesan community, gathered round its bishop in the cathedral church, celebrates the Chrism Mass in which the sacred Chrism, the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick are blessed. Starting with the Easter Triduum and throughout the liturgical year these oils will be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, priestly and Episcopal Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick.
    On Good Friday we will commemorate the Passion and death of the Lord; we will worship the Crucified Christ, we will share in his suffering with penance and fasting. Looking "on him whom they have pierced(cf. Jn 19:37), we shall be able to draw from his pierced heart, from which blood and water flowed as from a source; from that heart from which the love of God for every human being flows, we receive his Spirit. Therefore, on Good Friday, let us too accompany Jesus on his ascent to Calvary, allowing him to guide us right to the Cross and to receive the offering of his immolated Body.
    Lastly, on the night of Holy Saturday we shall celebrate the solemn Easter Vigil during which Christ's Resurrection is proclaimed, his definitive victory over death which calls us to be new men and women in him. In participating in this holy Vigil, the central Night of the entire Liturgical Year, we shall commemorate our Baptism, in which we too were buried with Christ, to be able to rise with him and take part in the banquet of Heaven (cf. Rev 19:7-9).

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
Ministry of Praise Members: Please pick up your Spring Newsletter in the back of the church.  Envelopes are labeled with your name and address.  Spare copies will also be available for those who may want to join us in praying to God on behalf of others.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: APRIL 1ST
      Sunday:  Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 /Is 50:4-7/                                      Phil 2:6-11/Mk14:1--15:47 or 15:1-39
     Monday:  Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11
     Tuesday:  Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
     Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25
     Thursday: Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
        Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1 Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
     Friday:  Is 52:13--53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1--19:42
     Saturday:  Vigil: Gn 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ex 14:15--15:1/Is 54:5-14/Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Ez 36:16-17a,18-28/Rom 6:3-11/Mk 16:1-7
     Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7 or Lk 24:13-35

PATRON OF THE WEEK
St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Schenley Park Advisors for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

PARISH APPRECIATION BRUNCH - SAVE THE DATE
The annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for parish Staff and volunteers will be held on April 15th at 12:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations were mailed this past week.  If you did not receive an invitation and are currently a volunteer and wish to attend the brunch, please call Mary Ellen Maher at 412-767-5863.

JESUS NIGHT
Jesus night for our second graders and their parents is Tuesday, April 10th in the Pastoral Center.  Anyone wishing to have a group photograph should come dressed at 6:00 pm.  Our Jesus Night celebration will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 8:00 pm.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at Holy Spirit Parish (Millvale).  The workshop will be held in the cafeteria.  Deacon Dadowski is doing the workshop presentation.  Please call Holy Spirit Office to register, 412-821-4424.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
Due to Easter, Communions and Confirmations, we will not be selling gift certificates after masses in April.  Certificates can be purchased in the school office Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 2:30pm.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 4th at  7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome!

PARISH PICNIC
Mark your calendars!  The Parish Picnic will be Sunday, May 27th at Squaw Valley.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday,  March 31
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Palm Sunday, April 1
   7:30 am  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Margaret Garvey & Son, Peter Garvey  (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Father Duchene (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Monday of Holy Week, April 2
    8:30 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, Tuesday of Holy Week, April 3
    8:30 am  Patricia McCaffrey (Judy Micher)

Wednesday, Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4
   8:30 am Regis Obringer (Todd & Gina Orkwis)

Thursday, Holy Thursday, April 5
    7:30 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Friday, Good Friday, April 6
   12:30 pm Living Stations
   1:30 pm  Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday, Vigil of Easter,  April 7
   8:30 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter, April 8
   7:30 am  Bobbie Marsico (Marsico Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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                  "