April 22, 2012

   The traditional opening of the fishing season in many places takes place between the end of April and the middle of May. Although the exact day can vary by locale, usually by May 15, everything is fair game with the exception of a few sport fish, which are heavily regulated. Much like hunters who can't wait to go after their favorite game, fishermen anxiously wait for the opportunity to cast their lines into open water. Some look forward to participating in fishing contests to try to win a prize for the largest of a particular species. But most are happy just to catch enough to enjoy some good meals of fresh fish.
   When Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection one of the things that he does, according to both Luke and John, is to eat fish in their presence. For the Gospel writers this is a way of indicating that the resurrected body, whatever it may actually be, is also a human body. The risen Lord is no ghost; he is bodily raised from the dead! This truth is at the core of our faith. As Peter states in the first reading today, "God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses."
   We are witnesses of that same truth today. The old jokes about fishermen all have exaggeration as a theme. The biggest one always gets away. Fifteen-inch fish are suddenly twenty-five inches, and five pounders end up becoming ten pounds in the telling of the story. As Christians, we have our own story to tell. But it's not a fish story. It is a story about the One who conquered sin and death through his own death and resurrection. Through our baptism we are raised to new life by the Author of life. Like Peter, who was himself a fisherman, we are called to testify to this truth in the world. It's time to go fishing!
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   Next weekend, April 28th and 29th, there will be a second collection for Hekima Place. Hekima Place is a home in Kenya for girls orphaned primarily by HIV/AIDS. The name "Hekima" was chosen for its Kiswahill meaning "Wisdom". Founded in 2005 by Kate Fletcher, a parishioner of St. Thomas More in the South Hills, Hekima Place is now home to 60 girls. The girls are given a loving, faith-based home with nutritious meals, health care, and very importantly, an education to enable them to succeed on their own once schooling is complete.
   Kate will be speaking at all the Masses next weekend and making her appeal for your support. Please make checks payable to "Hekima Place". Thank you for your support that will make all the difference for those 60 girls and young women.

Please join us at Applebee's at the Pittsburgh Mills, Tuesday, April 24th, 11:00 am until midnight. When you go to Applebee's at the Pittsburgh Mills on April 24th and present a ticket to your server, 15% of your bill will be credited to our school, Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders. Tickets are available at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support.

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Patsy Welsh Ford of Howard Hanna for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see her ad on the back page.

Please join us for the Coffee/Doughnut House this Sunday, April 22nd after both the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses. Thank you to the Aquinas Guild for being the hostesses this month!

Saturday, April 28th, the 5:00 pm Mass at St. Scholastica's will be celebrated and signed by Fr. Walt Ryzdon. The Diocesan Deaf Choir will be present. All are welcome. A light supper will be served directly after Mass for parishioners and guests.

May 27, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Squaw Valley Park for 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. 

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!

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!
· Our Catholic Youth Ministry is in need of additional adults for the Mission Trip to Appalachia the week of July 24-30. Adults on the trip guide and work alongside our young people as they do home repair projects in Elkview, W. Va. The experience combines work, prayer, song, recreation and camaraderie among adults and youths. Please consider it! In addition, adults are needed to help with Vacation Bible School here at St. Scholastica the week of June 11-15 and to act as chaperones and drivers for the middle-school Camp Helping Hand from July 11-13. Please contact Jamie Dillon (contact info below).
· Nancy Heil and her coworkers urgently request blankets. Please help if you can!
· Please note that Nancy has found a supplier for toilet paper, so that toilet paper donations are not needed for the time being.
· Nancy also requests donations of: fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration. The food will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh. Nancy always and especially requests prayers for the people whom she and her coworkers serve.
· Remember that the "Scouting for Food" drive continues through the end of April. CDTCA Cub Scout Pack 78 will be accepting donations of canned products, cereals, paper products and household commodities. See their bulletin notice for contact information.
Focus On . . . Catholic Youth Ministry
The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: youthministry@saintscholastica.com.

Callaway Champion, Kelly Powell, Dennis Lamme, Addie Piper, Oliver Cooper Smith, Kevin Johnson, Ava Vita, Gabrielle Kline, Kara Dinatale, Lucas Oria, Gabrielle Uku, Emilia Kartsonas.
Claire Hamilton, Jacob Stahl, Elliott Granes, Kevin Granes, Elizabeth Jenkins.
Isabella Geraci, Charlee Altenbaugh, Joshua Poznick, Elizabeth Massaro, Westin Carnevale, Kaylee Uribe, John Terry, Samuel Henry, Marnie McCormick, William Cooper, Tony Depasquale.

  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 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.

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.

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. Remember to register your 5-9 year old for Vacation Bible School the week of June 11!

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!

Sunday:    Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48
Monday:   Acts 6:8-15/Jn 6:22-29
Tuesday:   Acts 7:51--8:1a/Jn 6:30-35
Wednesday:   1 Pt 5:5b-14/Mk 16:15-20
Thursday:   Acts 8:26-40/Jn 6:44-51
Friday:   Acts 9:1-20/Jn 6:52-59
Saturday:   Acts 9:31-42/Jn 6:60-69
Next Sunday:   Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18

Please join your fellow parishioners for some coffee and conversation after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this 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!

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.

   At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, Luke Chilson, who is ten years old, professed his faith, was baptized and confirmed by Fr. Ken, and received Holy Communion for the first time. Congratulations to Luke on his entrance into the Church, and congratulations to his family as well.
   Luke is now considered a "neophyte" or "newly planted" member of our community. His journey to the sacraments of initiation has ended, but those sacraments open up a new journey, that of Christian life. Please welcome Luke if you see him (his picture will be on the message screen for the next couple of weeks) and pray for Luke and for all those who are helping him along his way: his family; Jamie Dillon, who has supervised his catechesis; his sponsor, Andrew Bechman; and our whole community.

The final Aquinas Guild meeting of the year will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, May 16th at noon. Chef Stephen Grottenthaler will share his cooking skills with us as he demonstrates the dishes we'll enjoy for lunch. All women of the parish are encouraged and welcome to attend. Cost of the lunch is $25.00. Please RSVP by sending a check for $25.00 made out to the "Aquinas Guild", to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Kindly RSVP by Friday, May 11th. Questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.


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

Monday, Easter Weekday , April 23
   8:30 am  Myron Kaminski (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, April 24
   8:30 am  Roy Childs (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, St. Mark, Evangelist, April 25
   8:30 am  James N. Edmonds Sr., father of Dr. James Edmonds (Dr. & Mrs. George Wehrle)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  April 26
   8:30 am  Marion Borosa (Eckert Family)

Friday, Easter Weekday, April 27
   8:30 am  Noonan Family (Marjorie Ladley)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  April 28
   9:00 am  Helen Minshull (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the 4th Sunday of Easter,  April 28
   5:00 pm  Tommaso Sbarra (Sbarra Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Walt Rydzon

Sunday, 4th Sunday of Easter, April 29
   7:30 am  Deceased Members of Veltri/Powers Families (Pat & Sissy)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Florence Palminteri (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   1:00 pm  Confirmation Mass
       Presider:  Bishop David Zubik

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, Pastor, 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