March 11, 2012

   A lot can happen in three days. From the issuance of mandatory evacuation orders on August 28, until its dissipation on August 30, Hurricane Katrina wrought unimaginable destruction on New Orleans and surrounding regions of the Gulf Coast. Six-and-a-half years later, recovery efforts continue because of the enduring effects of those three horrific days in August 2005. This year, it is a different kind of three days that will occupy the city of New Orleans as the Final Four of the NCAA Basketball Tournament takes place. March 31 through April 2 will be a time of celebration and agonizing defeat as the last remaining teams pursue the championship in Division 1 college basketball. A lot can happen in three days!
   While the cleansing of the Temple offers a dramatic scene-and is the subject of many an artistic representation-the actual event is less important than Jesus' discourse about it. "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up," he says in response to the objections of the onlookers. John, the Gospel writer, makes it clear that Jesus is talking about the temple of his body. Like last week's Transfiguration story, we are once again directed to the Resurrection of the Lord. In the new dispensation under Jesus, the religious identification of a single place is no longer important. Worship, and an awareness of the presence of God, can take place anywhere.
    The presence of the risen Lord can be experienced at any place and time. In just a few weeks we will hear how Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection despite locked doors. That the risen Lord can be anywhere is a key insight of early Christianity. Through baptism, the presence of Christ through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is made manifest in each Christian. The three days of the Lord's Passion, death, and Resurrection have made all the difference. A lot can happen in three days!
©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

             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 pm (no evening Stations on Good Friday). 
             Reconciliation (Confessions) this week: Monday evening, March 12th at 7:30 pm at St. Scholastica and Saturday morning, March 17th at 9:30 am at St. Scholastica.

Two weeks ago you received a mailing from the parish inviting you to participate in the annual Parish Share Campaign. We are requesting that you pledge $25.00 a month for ten months. We ask that you use the yellow envelopes in your monthly packet to make these monthly payments. Our assessment this year is $84,000.00. We can make this goal if YOU do your fair share for Parish Share. Thank you for supporting not only the parish, but also the diocese. Fr. Ken

The second collection next week is for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development as well as Catholic Home Missions Appeal and National Collection for Black and Indian Missions.  There is an insert in today's bulletin with more information.  There may be some confusion about this collection since the envelope in your packet is marked for today, March 11th and not March 18th.  Thank you.

In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Arlene Probst at 412-781-2337or email

Students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for one of our upcoming Altar Server training sessions. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass, and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. Sessions will be held at the church on Sunday, March 18th after the 11 am Mass and Sunday, March 25th after the 9 am Mass. To reserve a spot and receive the required study materials, please contact Peggy Santelli at

We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, March 18th. 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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rosa Currieri.

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: Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.

Help Needed!
· Please bring boxes of instant mashed potatoes on the weekend of March 17 and 18. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty.
· 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). All of these items go to homeless persons and needy families in Pittsburgh. Please place donations in the bins in the church vestibule. Thank you for your generosity!

Focus On . . . The St. Monica Society
The Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at:

Save the date for the annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for all current staff and volunteers of the parish.  The brunch will be held on April 15th at 12:30 pm at The Pittsburgh Field Club.  Invitations will be mailed in a few weeks.

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be holding a Fish Fry on Friday, March 16th in the school cafeteria. Take out orders for lunch from 11 am to 1 pm. Eat in or take out dinner is served from 4-7 pm. Flyers will be available in the back of church.

The Aquinas Guild is pleased to sponsor the Reverend Justin Matro, O.S.B. of St. Vincent Seminary as its Lenten Speaker.  Father Matro will speak in the church on Sunday, March 18th at 7 pm.  All are welcome free of charge.

   Are you looking for some peace and quiet in your life? St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "desert day" on March 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. A desert day is a quiet, reflective time in a supportive environment where one listens to God. Mental and spiritual refreshment is achieved through the elements of private prayer, silence, walking in the garden, scripture reading, music, and rest. Eucharist will be celebrated at 3 pm.
   The day will begin with a presentation by Fran Tarkett on a Lenten theme. An opportunity for a private conference with a priest or the sacrament of reconciliation is available upon request. The suggested offering is $20.00 (lunch will be provided). Please register by calling the Retreat Center 412-381-7676.

Divorced, Widowed, or Separated? Beginning Experience offers help to hurting "single again" folks. The weekend program and optional post weekend sessions focus on a personal inward journey to begin a new life with renewed courage and hope. Grief, regrets, confusion, self doubt? You don't have to go through this alone. This program is presented by a team of people who have each suffered the loss of a spouse through death, divorce or separation, and are willing to share their own experience to help others. Come to a safe place. Travel from heartache to hope. The next weekend will be held March 23-25, 2012 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp, PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, or make a confidential call to Lyn at 412-448-9019 or Steve Smith at 412-367-4948 or 412-720-8694.

St. Ursula Parish Support for Grieving Families Ministry is offering a seven week grief support program - share with others who are grieving a loss of a loved one in an atmosphere of trust and caring compassion. Your shared experience of loss may be of help to another and, in turn, their experience may bring you a sense of comfort and peace. This free series runs seven consecutive Mondays beginning March 19, 2012, to April 30 at 7:00 pm. Sessions will meet in the Saint Ursula Parish Social Hall. For more information or to register call Sister Janice 412-486-6700 ext. 7.

Our Appalachia Fundraiser continues this week!  Please consider supporting this memorable mission trip for our teens.  The donation house is the vestibule.

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

The half way for Forty Days of Prayer for Life is coming up Saturday.  There will be a Prayer Gathering at Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave., at 11 am on Saturday, March 17th.  Afterwards we will walk to the Catholic Charities Office for more prayers and songs.  Everyone is welcome.

         Sunday:     Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
        Monday:     2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Lk 4:24-30
        Tuesday:     Dn 3:25, 34-43/Mt 18:21-35
   Wednesday:    Dt 4:1, 5-9/Mt 5:17-19
       Thursday:    Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23
            Friday:    Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34
        Saturday:    Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14
 Next Sunday:1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
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St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home & Crematory Ltd.for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

Do you spend a lot of time in front of a computer? Here are some online resources you can explore to aid you in your journey through Lent.
· The text of the New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE) is available at the U.S. bishops' website: The site has resources for Lent:
· Creighton University's Online Ministries feature daily readings and reflections, guides for prayer during Advent and Lent, and a 39-week Online Retreat, all in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuit religious order):  Creighton's"Praying Lent" page is here:

There is still time to register before the April election.  Anyone who is an American citizen and has lived in the district at least 30 days before the April 24th election may register and be able to vote in the Primary.  Young people who will be 18 years of age before or on April 24th may register and vote in the April election.  Registration forms and Absentee Application Requests are available in the Church vestibule.

Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, and we are celebrating infant baptisms during Lent. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date. The next preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, March 19, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent,  March 10
   5:00 pm Lisa Martin (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Barbara Veltri (Veltri Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  William Stewart (Jeanne & Kathy Murray))
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 12
    8:30 am  Mrs. Patsy Monteverde (Jimmy & Ve Ruggeri & Family)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 13
   8:30 am  Patricia Washensky (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 14
   8:30 am  Richard Cullinan (Cordaro Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 15
   8:30 am Birthday, Anthony Michael Farina (Jean Marie & Anthony Farina)

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 16
    8:30 am  Mr. Larry Mignogna (Ann Marie Kiszka)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 17
    9:00 am  Birthday, Anthony M. Greco (Wife Tina, Carol & Jasmine)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent,  March 17
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Margaret Weis (Jim & Susie Ryan)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Francis P. Clifford (Wife)
       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
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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