March 25, 2012

   Every year farmers go through the same cycle in an effort to reap a harvest. They prepare the ground, plant the seed, work to prevent weeds from overcoming the crop, do what they can to nurture the plants, and reap a harvest at the end of the growing season. Even for the few months that the ground lies fallow, farmers work to complete the sale of what the earth has produced and to prepare for the new season. Farmers in the field and scientists who support the work of agriculture know intimately the truth of Jesus' words in today's Gospel, "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit."
    In the last half century there has been a transformation in agriculture. Often called the "green revolution," the series of initiatives to breed high-yielding seeds, intensively use fertilizers, and channel irrigation to crops has helped to alleviate, though not eradicate, world hunger. The green revolution also has its critics, who contend that the long-term effects will be more destructive rather than helpful. Despite this criticism, modern farming practices seem firmly entrenched on producing the highest yield possible from the acreage that is planted.
    Whatever one's view on long-term sustainability of contemporary agriculture, the desire for a "high yield" in the spiritual life is what we are after in this Lenten season. The seed of fasting is that dying to self that we plant at the beginning of Lent. We nurture the growth of our life in Christ with the prayer that we actively pursue throughout the forty days. And we bring forth a spiritual harvest through the almsgiving that characterizes our love of neighbor. Like the farmers who year after year till the soil, plant the seed, and reap the harvest, Lent is our growing season. Will we be ready to reap an abundant harvest on Easter?
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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 pm (no evening Stations on Good Friday). 
     Reconciliation (Confessions) this week: Saturday, 9:30 am at St. Scholastica.
     Penance Service: Padre Pio Parish (St. Edward's Church), Blawnox on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm and St. Joseph's Church, O'Hara, Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm.

A few 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

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

All middle school and high school youth are invited to share in our living stations tradition this Good Friday.  Contact Meredith Troyan at meredithtroyan102@

   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!

Our Appalachia house fundraiser is drawing to a close.  Envelopes are still available at the church entrance.

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!
· Remember our Appalachia Mission Trip fundraiser! Envelopes are still available on the "house" in the church vestibule.
· Nancy Heil is organizing an Easter Egg hunt for 300 children and seniors. If you can assist her ministry with a candy donation for the eggs, it would be greatly appreciated. Please leave your donations in the bins in the back of church. The event will be held on March 31, 2012 (and they will need time to fill the eggs).
· 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.
Good News!
We collected ten boxes of instant mashed potatoes last weekend for the food pantry of the East End Cooperative Ministry. Thanks to all who contributed to this and to our other collections!
Focus On . . . the Finance Committee
The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to:

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 $15.00. 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.

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

   Congratulations to the Forensics Team at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy for tying for 1st place in the final diocesan tournament.  Twenty one schools throughout the diocese participated.  Forensics is a middle school speech and debate activity that develops a student's essential life skills and values.  CDTCA's team is comprised of students in 5th - 8th grades.  Great job!
    Also, congratulations to the boys basketball team for winning the Diocesan Championship this past weekend.  The boys were undefeated in their section and had an outstanding year.  Go Panthers!

   Almsgiving has always been an important part of Lent. Lent begins with the powerful Isaiah 58, on the Friday and Saturday after Ash Wednesday. It is important to give ourselves the experience of fasting from being un-generous. Generosity is not simply giving my excess clothes to a place where poor people might purchase them. It's not even writing a "generous" check at the time a collection is taken up for a cause that benefits the poor. These are wonderful practices. Generosity is an attitude. It is a sense that no matter how much I have, all that I have is gift, and given to me to be shared. It means that sharing with others in need is one of my personal priorities. That is quite different from assessing all of my needs first, and then giving away what is left over. A spirit of self-less giving means that one of my needs is to share what I have with others. Lent is a wonderful time to practice self-less giving, because it takes practice. This kind of self-sacrificing generosity is a religious experience. It places us in solidarity with the poor who share with each other, without having any excess. It also joins us with Jesus, who gave himself completely, for us. Establishing new patterns of giving will give real life and joy to Lent.
Taken from the Praying Lent pages of Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: Used with Permission.

   Dear Parishoners, 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!

If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Judy Germain.

        Sunday:      Jer 31:31-34/Heb 5:7-9/Jn 12:20-33
       Monday:      Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
       Tuesday:     Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30
  Wednesday:     Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Jn 8:31-42
     Thursday:      Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59
          Friday:      Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42
      Saturday:      Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56
Next Sunday:     Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16 /Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1--15:47 or 15:1-39

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Informed Financial Solutions for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

March 25th and 27th are our last days of Religious Education for this academic year.  We have well exceeded our diocesan requirements for class time!  We extend our deepest gratitude to all of our catechists, small group leaders and teen helpers for making this year a successful one.  Please consider enrolling your child for Vacation Bible School or Camp Helping Hand this summer.  Registration for the 2012/2013 academic year is now open.

Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the noon Mass, Friday, March 30th at St. Mary of Mercy Church in downtown Pittsburgh.  His homily will center on the need to safeguard the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom against any infringement by the government.  The Bishops of Pennsylvania are requesting all of us to pray, fast and abstain on Friday, March 30th.  We will join with the over 3 million Catholics in Pennsylvania to mark this day of prayer, fasting and abstinence for religious liberty.

The Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 pm.  We welcome new members.

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 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.

We wish to thank all of our catechists, small group leaders and helpers for another successful catechetical year.  Please take a moment to register online for the fall.


Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent,  March 24
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 25
   7:30 am  Gino Marsico (Buckey Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bobby Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard F. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Rosa Currieri (Suzanne Eckert Burton & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, The Annunciation of the Lord, March 26
    8:30 am  Magdalyn Lane (Family)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 27
    8:30 am  Bruce Morrison (Constance Donnelly)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 28
   8:30 am  Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 29
    8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Jean & Gene Kaufman)

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 30
    8:30 am  Russell Gibbons (Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Pfendler, Jr.)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 31
   9:00 am  Robert Marsico (St. Monica Society)

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

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