October 28, 2012

     Sometimes we can't see the things that are right in front of us. It's not that we're blind. Instead, we are distracted. That's one reason so many states or municipalities have outlawed texting while driving. It is said that drivers that are texting are taking their eyes off the road for a minimum of five seconds. Most do it for a longer time. At highway speeds a car will travel four-hundred-forty feet, almost one-and-a-half times the length of a football field. A lot can happen in that distance, including a crash. Of course, one doesn't have to be texting while driving to run into something while distracted. Running into someone can happen almost anywhere.
     It just so happened that blind Bartimaeus was in the right location to run into Jesus. Well, he didn't actually "run" into him. Bartimaeus was sitting on the side of the road and the crowds passed him by, and when he heard what all the hubbub was about, Bartimaeus called out to Jesus asking to be healed. The noise of the crowd provoked Bartimaeus, and in turn, the cries of Bartimaeus broke through the noise to catch the attention of Jesus.
     Sometimes things happen in our own lives that break through the distractions that may surround us every day. Illness is one of those times that changes how we interact with the world. Our routine is broken. We're no longer on cruise control. We have to reassess where we're at. One of the things that we can do when we're sick is ask to celebrate the sacrament of anointing of the sick. This prayer for healing can bring family and friends together to ask for comfort and hope in a time of trial and distress. The sacrament doesn't guarantee full health. But it is our Catholic prayer, asking God to restore us to the community of faith and to make us whole again so that we can serve others.
                                                ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

     This Thursday, November 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Feast Of All Saints. On that day we have two scheduled Masses: 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. For your convenience here are some scheduled Masses in our neighboring parishes:

St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Vigil Oct. 31  6:30pm  St. Francis (Harmarville)
         Nov. 1   8:00am  St. Francis (Harmarville)
         Nov. 1 12:00pm  St. Edwards (Blawnox)
         Nov. 1   6:30pm  St. Edwards (Blawnox)

St. Juan Diego
Vigil Oct. 31  4:00pm  St. Mary's (Sharpsburg)
         Nov. 1   7:30pm  Madonna (Sharpsburg)
         Nov. 1   6:30pm  Madonna (Sharpsburg)

     Coffee/Doughnut House- Please join us after the 9 am Mass for our monthly parish social. This month's social is being hosted by Mr. Romango's 8th grade CCD group. Special thank you to them for volunteering!

     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to join them on Thursday, November 1st, 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 125-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. Sister Rosaire will discuss the development of iconography, which is closely linked with Eastern Rites, the spirituality of creating an icon, and the symbolism depicted in this artwork. As a special treat, Sister Carol Troesch, who taught generations of first graders at our parish school, will be our guide for the tour of the motherhouse, its chapel and beautiful artwork.
     Reservations are required; cost will be $10 which will include lunch. To reserve your place, please call Bernadine Bonessa at 412-963-0198; reservation deadline is Monday, October 29. If you are driving on your own, please plan to arrive at Mount Alvernia by 10:15 a.m. For those wishing to carpool, we will meet in the Duch Pastoral Center at 9:30 am and then proceed to Millvale. We will be at Mount Alvernia from approximately 10:15 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please call 412-963-0198 with any questions.

O God our Father,
in Jesus you call all Christian families and homes
to be signs of living faith.
By the light of the Holy Spirit,
lead us to be thankful for the gift of faith,
and by that gift
may we grow in our relationship with Jesus, your Son,
and be confident witnesses to Christian hope and joy
to all we meet.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
--from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

     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 desperate need of men's shoes, clean and in good condition, sizes 10-15, for her work with poor and homeless people. Shoes that are comfortable for walking are best. She also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves as well as warm winter gloves for men.
     · 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.
     · 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!
Good News!
     Our Hope for Haiti Committee's celebration of the people and culture of Haiti last weekend attracted parishioners and members of various local groups that work with people in Haiti. The participants enjoyed conversation over Haitian-inspired foods prepared by members of our committee. Representatives from six Pittsburgh-area groups or programs gave short descriptions of their work and appreciated the chance to talk with and support each other in their common goal of fostering the growth of the Haitian people.

     Thanks to Mr. Romango's 8th grade religious education group for sponsoring our parish social after the 9 a.m. Mass this Sunday!

Focus On . . . Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
     These parishioners distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

     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.

     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.

     Have you ever given thought to making a weekend retreat? Maybe this is the moment to pull back (retreat) and STOP LOOK LISTEN- !! St. Scholastica's Men's Retreat begins on Friday of next week, November 9th and ends on Sunday, November 11th at Noon. It will be held at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center at their beautiful South Side grounds overlooking the city of Pittsburgh. The suggested offering is $185.99 (less if you cannot afford it!). For details, please call Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147. If not now . . . when?

     The Aquinas Guild would like to thank the following patrons for their generous contributions to the Autumn Song Luncheon Benefit: The Bernard Family, Clare Byrnes, Veronica Constantakis, Harriett Edmonds, Eileen Faison, Jane Finley, Frank B. Fuhrer, III, W. Preston Germain, Grace Ghoshhajra, Traci Guiffre, Judy Hannon, Patricia Helsel, Mary Henry, Francis Hurite, the Katarincic Family, Leonard and Mary Ann Labriola, Carolyn Haas-Leeper, Debra Longhini, Karyn Lynch, Thomas Lynch, Mary Ellen Maher, Lucine Marous, Mildred Marsico, Dr. and Mrs. Louis Martone, Denise McCarthy, Sybil McKeegan, Harry McLaughlin Jr., Barbara McMahon, Karen Lally Meck, Bashie B. Meyer, Leroy and Patricia Moore, Joan Novogradac, Maureen O'Brien, Patty Orringer, Shelley Peconi, Sandy Rhoden, Susan Riley, Sandy Romanelli, Dolores Rueger, the Ruff Family, Peggy Santelli, Joseph Schmitt, Carole Shaughnessy, John and Judy Stafford, Anne Thomasmeyer, and also anyone who contributed anonymously.

     Our annual All Souls Memorial Service will be this Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m.  Please consider setting aside time to come to prayerfully remember deceased parishioners, family members and friends.  We particularly invite anyone who has buried a loved one since last November 1, be that from our parish or elsewhere, to attend this Memorial Service.  Let us gather in faith with all who have walked the path of sorrow and loss.  Refreshments will be served in the Pastoral Center after the service. Also, please take time during the month of November to write the names of your deceased loved ones in the Book of Life which will be located in the church vestibule throughout November.

Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52
Monday: Eph 4:32---5:8/Lk 13:10-17
Tuesday: Eph 5:21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32/Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Eph 6:1-9/Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a
Friday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40
Saturday: Phil 1:18b-26/Lk 14:1, 7-11
 Next Sunday: Dt 6:2-6/Heb 7:23-28/Mk 12:28b-34

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

     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.

     Experience a different culture from your very own home! Holy Family International College Preparatory Program is looking for Home Stay Families to have English-speaking international high school students live in their home while they attend local Catholic high schools during the Spring semester of the 2012-13 school year, starting in January of 2013. Home Stay Families will be paid to care for international students. For more information, contact Lynn Guerra at 412-766-9020 x304 or Guerra.lynn@hfi-pgh.org.

     Our fall viewing of the video series Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith has concluded. We plan to show the final five episodes beginning in January.

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

Monday, weekday, October 29
   8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Dr. & Mrs. Michael Shaughnessy)

Tuesday, weekday, October 30
   8:30 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

Wednesday, weekday, October 31
   8:30 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Parish Community)

Thursday, All Saints Day, November 1
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Theresa Siwicki)
   7:00 pm  John Marous (Donnelly Family)

Friday, The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed,  November 2
   8:30 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa)
   7:30 pm  All Souls Scripture Service

Saturday, weekday,  November 3
   9:00 am Mary Certo (Family)   

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 3
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4
   7:30 am  James McCaffrey (John & Dolores Gentilcore & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Kevin D. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Deceased Members of the Trapp & Gimber Families (Daughters)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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