April 8, 2012

The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom is read on Easter morning in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. An excerpt follows:

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. 
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast. 
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. 
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. 
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. 
For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. 
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward. 
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! 
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! 
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! 
The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! 
The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith. 
Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.

   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!

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.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has suggested the following prayer be said for Religious Liberty. 
   O GOD OUR CREATOR, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.  Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. 
    We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.  Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
    Grant, we pray, O Heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome--for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us--this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Tommaso Sbarra and Gene Dunlap, father of Terry (Mary Jo) Dunlap.

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 toilet paper and blankets are also needed. The donations will go for distribution 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!
· We are also seeking donations of peanut butter on the weekend of April 14 & 15. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.
Good News!
We had two wonderful Coffee House gatherings after the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses on March 18. Thanks to Christine Ferguson, Mary Lee Gannon, Melissa Johnson, Mary Humphrey and Sharon Doherty for the fine food and beautiful flowers!
Focus On . . . The Hope for Haiti Committee
Easter is our great holiday of hope. It is a wonderful time to bring hope to those in need. The Hope for Haiti Committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

The Welcome Committee will meet Tuesday, April 10th in the Pastoral Center at 7:00 pm.  Any parishioners interested in this ministry are invited to attend.  Call Mary Scanlon, 412-781-6550 with any questions. 

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.

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.

Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mk 16:1-7 or Lk 24:13-35
Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Acts 4:32-35/1 Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31

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.

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.

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.

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 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.

The annual Parish Appreciation Brunch for parish volunteers and staff will be held next Sunday, April 15th at 12:30 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Kindly RSVP to Kathy Jerich by Monday. Her e-mail address is cjerich@comcast.net.

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.

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

Saturday, Vigil of Easter,  April 7
   8:30 pm  Denise Donnelly (Family)
       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

Monday, Monday within the Octave of Easter, April 9
   8:30 am Birthday, Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter, April 10
   8:30 am Margaret Weis (Dr. George & Donna Wehrle)

Wednesday, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, April 11
    8:30 am Robert Marsico (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, Thursday within the Octave of Easter,  April 12
   8:30 am Birthday, Harry L. Gimber (Daughters)

Friday, Friday within the Octave of Easter, April 13
    8:30 am Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Saturday, Saturday within the Octave of Easter, April 14
    9:00 am Virginia Robertshaw (Evelyn Conflenti)

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

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, 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