October 21, 2012

     How many times have we seen our children latch on to some instrument, sport, or other activity only to abandon it a few months later? It has happened to all of us. There's the child who insists that he or she is going to play the trombone forever, picks up the instrument, faithfully goes to lessons, and just after mom and dad finally make the outlay on a brand new instrument, the child decides that music is not an interest anymore. Or there's the son or daughter who is intensely interested in soccer, but a year after joining the special teams' league decides soccer isn't that important. A parent could go mad, until we realize that childhood is exactly for this kind of experimentation, finding out what fits and what doesn't.
     In some ways this weekend's Gospel is a bit like this. James and John come to Jesus much like the child who asks for the new drum set because he is absolutely going to practice every day! James and John want their reward for walking all over Galilee and Judea with Jesus. When he asks them if they are ready to endure what will come, they answer like the child who says to the parent, "Oh yes, of course. I will practice (piano, basketball, swimming, saxophone-choose one) every single day!" Jesus tells James and John that they will have the hard work and the tribulation, but the reward is given by the Father.
     Our children discover over time what the things of value they want to work towards are, and what talents they want to develop. Jesus points out to his disciples that one value is being a servant. A life lesson that we can impart to our sons and daughters as they grow up is one that comes from our faith: how we act toward others and how we care for those in need are important, more important than playing trombone or soccer well.
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     This Sunday is World Mission Sunday. We pray for missionaries, religious and lay, who have left homes, culture and families to preach the Word of Christ. The second collection is to support local churches, especially those that are newly founded. This collection will take place during the preparation of the gifts. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

     Please note that distribution of any election-related materials on church property is not permitted. Posting fliers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields, are prohibited. We appreciate your compliance with this policy.

     Why is October 28, Priesthood Sunday, an important celebration for our Catholic community?
     Priesthood Sunday is important for a variety of reasons. The selfless dedication and commitment of our priests is something that needs to be highlighted and recognized. 
     The sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Church has really challenged the morale of all priests. It is important to recognize that the overwhelming majority of priests are not abusers and need to be affirmed and supported in their work.
     This Sunday is an ideal time to do that. Take the time to send a card, e-mail, text message, or offer some verbal affirmation to your parish priest. Hold your parish priest in your prayers, and pray for his continued dedication and commitment to the people of God.
     While this affirmation is important, we cannot forget that priests are human beings. They, like all of us, have the same vocation, the same call to holiness in committing themselves to take on the mind and heart of Jesus. Just as we struggle with all of life's issues, so do they. Simply because they are ordained does not remove them from the human condition.  We should not be surprised or shocked when they reveal themselves as weak, vulnerable, or even sinful. It is essential to remember that we all walk the same human journey, continually in need of God's help, support, guidance and healing touch. Find a special way to affirm your parish priest today.

     Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 1st. The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish join them for a visit to Mount Alvernia, the Franciscan motherhouse in Millvale.  St. Scholastica Parish has had an 85-year relationship with this Franciscan community, as they were the religious sisters who taught at our parish school when it opened in 1925. Besides a tour of the 100-year-old building, the day will include a special presentation on icons by Sister Rosaire Kopczenski, OSF, a professional artist who has spent five years training with leading American iconographer Peter Pearson and who writes about icons on a regular basis. We will be there from approximately 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and the outing will include lunch. More details will follow in next Sunday's bulletin.

     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 is in need of clean sheets and bath towels (new or used) for her work with poor and homeless people. She also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves. These are useful in the time before the weather turns cold.
· Nancy also requests canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best). Any kind of packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking is also useful.
· If you are able to lift items and walk steps and are willing to lift and carry donated items on Monday morning after Mass, please send your contact information to Andy Bechman at stewardship@saintscholastica.com. Thanks!
· All items for Nancy may be placed in the bins in the church vestibule. Please use clean plastic garbage bags for large items, and place all items in bags—loose items are difficult to transport. Thank you!
Focus On . . . Music Ministry
     Music Ministers are adults, teens and children who enhance the quality of prayer and worship at our liturgies by leading the assembly in song and by encouraging full participation. Opportunities for adults and teens include: cantor, the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, the 11 a.m. SATB Choir, and instrumentalists. If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at 412-781-0186, ext. 17 or by e-mail: patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com.

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, October 21st.  A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

     The next Youth Mass is Saturday, November 3rd at 5:00 pm.  Any youth wishing to join the choir should report at 3:30 pm.  We will have the Rite of Enrollment for our confirmation candidates at this mass.

     Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style.
     We will view the fifth episode this Thursday evening, October 25th, at 7:30 pm the Pastoral Center. The episode is on "Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure."  The video lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish. We will show the remaining five episodes after the winter holidays.
     Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can! There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs.

     The annual Fall Fling benefit, "Good Things are Happening at CDTCA", is quickly approaching and we don't want you to miss the opportunity to participate in our raffle during the evening of November 9, 2012.
     10x YOUR MONEY envelopes will be distributed and collected after all Sunday Masses on October 28, 2012 and November 4, 2012.  For your convenience, envelopes can also be deposited at Mass during the Church collection. You are able to include cash or check (made payable to CDTCA) in your envelope for any value between $10-$50. For instance, If you enclose $25, and your envelope is pulled-you would win $250. There will be 1 winner and the winner does not need to be present.
     ALL of the proceeds go to our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. The children thank you for your support! Any questions, please contact: Dani Folino (412) 287-6197 or Luci Massaro (412) 559-0478.

     I want to give you an update on our school. The GREAT news is that our school population is now at 153 students! Three years ago it was 121. Our parish has the most students (85), St. Joseph's is in second place (17), St. Maria Goretti in Bloomfield is in third place (9). There are a total of 21 parishes represented in our school of 103 families with transportation provided by eight school districts. We have ten full-time teachers with three part-time teachers (K-8) and one part-time teacher for our Pre-K. Sister Dorothy in her third year as administrator has been doing a wonderful job, as well as our teachers and administrative staff. I am grateful to them and to our parents who have entrusted their children into our care for a Catholic Education.  Fr. Ken

Sunday: Is 53:10-11/Heb 4:14-16/Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45
Monday: Eph 2:1-10/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: Eph 2:12-22/Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21/Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Eph 4:1-6/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52

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

     On Sunday, October 21st, the St. Scholastica Hope For Haiti Committee will hold a celebration and fellowship event for Pittsburgh-based groups who share the goal of bringing real hope, assistance and change to Haiti and people wishing to learn more about progress in Haiti.  The site is the St. Scholastica Pastoral Center.  The time is noon to 2:30 pm.  There will be an informal luncheon, fellowship and an opportunity to learn about our city's efforts to help Haiti and her people.  We welcome everyone.

     There will be a check in for all Homestudy Religious Education Student on Sunday, October 21st, from  10:30 am-11:15 am in the new school building.

     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, November 5th, at 7:30  pm 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. It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have already baptized children are also welcome. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date.

     Saturday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph's Church in O'Hara.  Cost is $10 per student.  Adults are free.  Please RSVP to Jamie Dillon by October 22nd.

     Please pray for the repose of the souls of Stephen Miketic and Cay Hamilton.

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 20
   5:00 pm  Matthew Elder (Connie Donnelly)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 21
   7:30 am  John C. Sheedy (Maureen S. O'Brien)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Respect Life
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Carmela Ferraro (Gerard & Carole Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 22
   8:30 am  Paul Slomer (Joan Slomer)

Tuesday, weekday, October 23
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Sam & Barb Spencer)

Wednesday, weekday, October 24
   8:30 am  Francis "Mike" Driscoll (Carl Macino)

Thursday, weekday, October 25
    8:30 am  Irma Bandi (Gonzalez Family)

Friday, weekday,  October 26
    8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday,  October 27
   9:00 am  Margaret Trout (Gonzalez Family)   

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 27
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 28
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elijah C. Straw (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Bernard Garvey (Garvey Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat. 9:00 a.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, Th, 8:00 a.m.; W, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F, 9:00 a.m.; W, 7:00 p.m.
     Eucharistic Adoration, W, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
St. Juan Diego (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: http://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