April 15, 2012

 SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
   We know what to expect when we crack an egg. The clear egg white and sunny yolk run out when the egg is opened ready to be cooked for a morning breakfast. Maybe you already had eggs today before you came to church, or are planning to have them as part of a Sunday brunch. Fried, scrambled, poached, or made into an omelet, eggs are a breakfast staple in this country. Easter eggs, those wonderfully colored foods in baskets at this time of year are hardboiled.
   When I was growing up, my mother would make hardboiled eggs to slice on a salad, or use for egg salad sandwiches. At ninety-four, she still makes the best deviled eggs in the family. But I remember as a child that every once in a while, Mom would get the fresh eggs and the hardboiled ones mixed up in the refrigerator. Some mornings Dad would grab a couple of eggs to fix for breakfast, and the first one he would try to crack open would be hardboiled. The mystery of an egg is that even though we know what to expect inside, we can't always tell what is in there. Fresh and hardboiled look exactly the same.
    In today's Gospel, the apostles made it clear to Thomas that they had seen the Lord now that he had risen from the tomb. But Thomas wasn't so sure. He wanted to really check things out. A bit like opening an egg, Thomas had to find out for himself if the Jesus who had come back to life was more than the appearance of some ghost. He wanted to probe the nail marks and put his hand in the wound in Jesus' side. When he finally did get the opportunity his response was, "My Lord and my God."
   Whether fresh or hardboiled we know what we'll find inside an egg. And like Thomas, we know what we'll find with Christ. 
©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

BOY SCOUT ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
The month of April marks the Boy Scout's annual "Scouting for Food" drive. Over 130,000 people throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Area will benefit from this drive - many of them children. This year CDTCA Cub Scout Pack 78 will be accepting donations before and after all masses starting April 15th. Please be generous by bringing canned products, cereals, paper products and household commodities to mass. The Scouts will be on hand to collect donations on April 15th. Boxes for collection will be available after mass for the remaining masses in April. Donations will be distributed to local food pantries. If you have questions, please contact Tim Ruff at timothyruff@hotmail.com.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER           
   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 urgently requests donations of: fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration. Donations of blankets are also needed. The donations will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh.
· Nancy especially requests prayers for the people whom she and her coworkers serve. She reports that the lines of people waiting for food and clothing are getting longer and including more and more young people. Nancy explains that as the weather gets warmer, some families "put out" children they cannot afford to support. Please pray for these families and young people!
· Please leave donations of peanut butter this weekend in the marked basket in the back of the church. They will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty.
Focus On . . . The Welcome Committee
Our purpose is to reach out to new parish members and encourage them to take an active role in the parish. Welcome receptions for new parishioners are held throughout the year. The Committee also corresponds with and provides information about St. Scholastica Parish to the new parishioners. If you are interested in our work, please contact Mary Scanlon at: welcome@saintscholastica.com.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION
A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, April 30, 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 and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him (see the staff contact information in this bulletin). Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the pastor at least six weeks before your desired date.

RESPECT LIFE
The Respect Life Meeting for April has been cancelled.

PATRON OF THE WEEK
St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS
Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and  my entire will. 
Whatever I have or hold,
You have given me; I restore it all to You
and surrender it wholly to be governed by Your will. 
Give me only Your grace
that I may love You,
and I am rich enough
and ask for nothing more.

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!

FIRST COMMUNION COMMUNICANTS:
SATURDAY APRIL 14TH AT 5:00 PM
Olivia Pelcher, Brooke Bowman, Katherine Appleman, Elia Gillespie, Finnbar Ruff, Vance Jarvie, Joseph Anania, Lucas Oria, Evan Pendergast, Louisa Burke, J.P. Dockey, Richard McSorley.
SUNDAY APRIL 15TH AT 9:00 AM
Jeffrey Reese, Katie Voigt, Caarissa Shepard, Sarah Giuffre, Madison Johnson, Alexander Rotondi, Emily Rotondi, Andrew Marous, Nathan Hallahan.
SUNDAY APRIL 15TH AT 11:00 AM
Victoria Bermudez, Autumn Casey, Iain Condron, Grace Flanagan, Samuel Luketich, Elizabeth Russell, John Tramontina, Mira Tramontina, Alex Krist, Claire Geary, Katelyn Dieckmann.

MUM'S NEEDS VOLUNTEER SITTERS
The MUM's Bible Study Group is in need of parish volunteers to help with the free babysitting provided for small children of group members. The Bible Study meets Monday mornings from 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the Parish Pastoral Center.  MUM's is in need of help for the following Mondays: April 16th, 23rd, 30th and May 7th.  If you are able to help with this ministry for one or more of the above dates please contact Ann Pawlikowski at 412-782-0433. 

REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Helen Minshull, sister of Mary Catherine Scanlon.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: APRIL 15TH
Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/1 Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Acts 4:23-31/Jn 3:1-8
Tuesday: Acts 4:32-37/Jn 3:7b-15
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts 6:1-7/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48

PARISH APPRECIATION BRUNCH
The annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for parish Staff and volunteers will be held this Sunday, April 15th, at 12:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. 

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.

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.

DISABILITY MASS
The annual Disability Mass will be Saturday, April 28th at 5:00 pm.  Fr. Walt Ryzdon and the Diocesan Deaf Choir will be with us again this year.  All parishioners are invited to join us in the Pastoral Center after Mass for a light supper and to welcome our guests.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
There will be a meeting Sunday, April 30th at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center for those that are interested in helping with Vacation Bible School.

SAVE THE DATE
May 27, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Squaw Valley Park; the combined Appalachia Fun Run and Parish Picnic! Please join us for food, the Fun Run to support CYM's Appalachia Mission Trip, bingo, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and much more.

WELCOME COFFEE
Please join your fellow parishioners for some coffee and conversation after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses next Sunday, April 22nd.  Spring is a time of renewal.  So stop by the Pastoral Center after Mass to renew old friendships and to welcome new parishioners to our parish family.  We hope to see you there!

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, Vigil of the 2nd Sunday of Easter,  April 14
   5:00 pm Edward & Ruth Sierzega (Bonessa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 15
   7:30 am Frances Maher (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Emma & Edna Kent (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Easter Weekday, April 16
    8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, April 17
   8:30 am  Judy Germain (Constance Donnelly)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, April 18
   8:30 am  Richard Westbrook (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  April 19
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Rita Ponticello)

Friday, Easter Weekday, April 20
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  April 21
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, Vigil of the 3rd Sunday of Easter,  April 21
    5:00 pm  Anniv., Joan Grace Farina (Jean Marie & Anthony Farina)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 22
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Rocco Napoli (Rocklynn &Ed DeMarco)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Linda Koch (Mary & Jim Grenen)
       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