October 7, 2012

     About one-third of marriages end in divorce in the United States. The reasons for such an outcome are as varied as the individuals involved. Few of those who do divorce experience the high-profile questioning and scrutiny that public figures like celebrities or politicians do when they go through a divorce. Recent events in the past few months show that the private lives of public figures are never really private.
     The Gospel this weekend tackles the closest of human relationships: the marriage of a man and a woman. In Mark's story, Jesus quotes the Book of Genesis, pushing together verses from the first and second chapters. In the first chapter of Genesis, humankind is created male and female in the divine image. In the second story of creation in chapter 2, the creation of woman is described as coming out of man, which is why the man now clings to his wife and the two become one.
     In reflecting this biblical understanding of marriage, the church expects that a sacramental marriage between a man and a woman is permanent, a sign of the union between Christ and his people. At the same time, for a variety of reasons, the church recognizes that not every marriage may be a full and complete sacramental union. Sometimes the love that was professed on the wedding day was not a full and freely given consent to be joined together as one. That is why after a divorce, one or the other party may seek an annulment through the church, recognizing that the first union was not the full and complete sign of unity that is an example of Christ's complete love for us. If you, or someone you know, are divorced, please be a part of Sunday worship with the community of faith. If you've not yet spoken with a priest about your situation call the parish office to make a confidential appointment. As the Gospel suggests, Christ wants to embrace all his children.
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     Next week we will have the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, October 14th. We invite all who are ill, facing an operation, in frail health, undergoing chemotherapy, and those weighed down with addictions or emotional distress to be anointed next week. You remember that we used to call this anointing the "Last Rites". After Vatican Council II this Sacrament was renamed the "Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick" to include all who are weighed down in body, mind or spirit. So join us next Sunday at the 11:00 am Mass.

     Ladies, it is almost time to pull out your aprons, and think about the delicious baked goods that add so much to the Autumn Song Luncheon! Everyone loves to take home a sweet reminder of the fun day, such as, cakes, pies, cookies, breads, gourmet nuts, snack mixes, candies, or whatever your specialty is! If you would like to donate to this great cause, items can be dropped off all day, Friday, October 19th, at Lorraine Maslaney's house at 218 Tenth Street, Aspinwall. Baked goods can also be brought to the Pittsburgh Field Club the day of the luncheon. Please call Lorraine at 412-781-1964 if you have any questions.

     Sunday October 7th is National Life Chain Sunday. Life Chain is a peaceful prayer time where people stand on a public sidewalk for one hour praying and holding signs that say abortion kills babies and pray to end abortion. The local chain will take place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Etna on Butler St. (Rt 8) from Kitanning St. to Grant St.  Signs available at Grant St.  Parking at lot on Catherine St. (across from Grant St.) Young and old, all are welcome to join in this hour of prayer for the unborn babies. Bring a lawn chair if standing is difficult.

     October 6th is our next youth mass at 5:00 pm.   Any middle or high school youth who would like to sing with us should report at 3:30 pm.  After mass we will have a scavenger hunt to benefit the homeless ministry.  We will need adult drivers to make this event a success!

     On Saturday, October 13th, 8:45 am-2:00 pm, our Youth Ministry will again partner with Catholic Charities to provide help to the needy.  If you would like to help, contact the Youth Ministry Office.

     Our parish blog is open!  The name of the blog is "Holy Conversation." It can be found at http://stscholastica.blogspot.com. We plan to post all kinds of things on the blog--notices of parish events, pictures, observations, and reflections. Audio recordings of several of Fr. Ken's homilies are there now. We hope that the blog becomes a place where we can talk to each other about our parish life and our faith in these days when schedules make it so hard to meet face to face. So check it out, and leave a comment to let us know what you think!

     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 Youth Ministry needs adult drivers and chaperones for Saturday, October 13 (8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), when our young people do some scrubbing and painting at the St. Joseph House of Hospitality in Butler. Please contact Jamie Dillon if you can help!
· Last week, Nancy Heil and her associates had so many poor and homeless persons in their line that they ran out of blankets. They are also in desperate need of sheets and pillowcases. As the weather cools, outdoor sleeping bags designed for low temperatures become important. Clean afghans and bedspreads are also helpful. Please continue to donate these items if you can. The need is great!
· Nancy also requests bath towels, very warm large men's gloves, and poptop canned soup that is not condensed (the people Nancy gives the soup to have little access to water or heat).
· 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!
Nancy asked us to extend her gratitude this week to Sr. Dorothy and to the children and parents at CDTCA who help her in her work. Mrs. Yaksich's 4th graders open plastic bags, members of Girl Scout Troop 50844 transport items and many others help as well. Nancy says "The children know they are doing something real, something that isn't make-believe. It really plants the seeds."
Focus On . . . The Respect Life Committee
The Respect Life Committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C. The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches. If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: respectlife@saintscholastica.com.

     Fr. Kenneth White will bless our pets on Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 pm in front of the church.  All animals, pets and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

     October 20th will be here before you know it! Don't forget to make your reservations for a date with your friends at the Autumn Song Luncheon to dine, watch the wonderful fashion show by Carabella, win one of the wonderful auction items, and take home dessert for later! Karyn Lynch can be reached at 412-963-9399 to make those reservations.  Also; everyone could use $1000.00; so send those raffle tickets in, and you may get lucky! We are still looking for donations, which are a huge part of making this benefit a success. Please contact Ursula Meyers at 412-782-4408 or ursula@meyerfamilia.com, if you have anything to donate to this great cause. If you have not yet received an invitation, not to worry. Call Mary Bernard at 412-818-6636 and she will make certain to save a seat for you! Tickets are $40.00.

     The annual Fall Fling fundraiser to benefit CDTCA is quickly approaching. Mark you calendars for Friday, November 9, 2012 and send in your RSVP as soon as you can! Tables are filling up quickly! Remember to pre-order your Mystery Boxes on your response card too.  It promises to be a fun-filled evening with a featured live musical performance by Bill Deasy, great auction items, and delicious food stations. You should have received your invitation, however, if needed there are extra invites in the school office as well as the Church vestibule. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro at massaro6@verizon.net.

     Students in the 4th grade and above are invited to join us for an Altar Server training session. As an Altar Server, responsibilities include assisting the priest in celebrating Mass, and serving at the altar is an excellent way to learn more about Church teaching and traditions. A session will be held after the 11 a.m. Mass on  October 14th. To register and receive the required study materials, please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com.

     The University of Notre Dame's 70 voice men's Glee Club will be sharing their repertoire of classical, spiritual, folk, and barbershop tunes here at St. Scholastica Parish at 7:30 pm on Sunday, October 14th. St. Scholastica alumnus and Notre Dame student Will Docimo is a member of the Glee Club and will conclude the concert by conducting traditional Notre Dame songs. The concert will be enjoyable for families and music-lovers alike. If you are willing to host two or more ND Glee Club men overnight after the concert, please contact Doug Keverline (dkeverline@alumni.nd.edu) or talk to parishioner Anne Docimo, docimoab@upmc.edu. For more information, see gleeclub.nd.edu.

     Our first MEGA meeting for our confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor will be Sunday, October 14th at 12:15 pm in the Pastoral Center.

Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
Monday: Gal 1:6-12/Lk 10:25-37
Tuesday: Gal 1:13-24/Lk 10:38-42
Wednesday: Gal 2:1-2, 7-14/Lk 11:1-4
Thursday: Gal 3:1-5/Lk 11:5-13
Friday: Gal 3:7-14/Lk 11:15-26
Saturday: Gal 3:22-29/Lk 11:27-28
Next Sunday:Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
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     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Frank LeDonne of Hartwood Chiropractic for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     With his Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. The first day of the Year of Faith is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.
     The upcoming Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
[Text slightly adapted from the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/index.cfm. Check out the site for more resources related to the Year of Faith.]

     Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? If you missed our summer showings, you can join us this fall 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 first five episodes on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Pastoral Center until October 25.  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.

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 6
   5:00 pm  Anne Tuladzieck (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 7
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bernard & Joseph Reese (Reese Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Rita Ober (Catherine Fabian)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 8
   8:30 am  Don Kennedy Jr., Donald Kennedy & Dorothy Madzelonka (Kennedy-Madzelonka Family)

Tuesday, weekday, October 9
   8:30 am  Msgr. D. Kraus (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Wednesday, weekday, October 10
   8:30 am  James F. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)

Thursday, weekday, October 11
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Joan Slomer)

Friday, weekday, October 12
   8:30 am  Frank & Rose Donaghue (Katarincic Family)

Saturday, weekday,  October 13
   9:00 am Andrea Certo (Family)   

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  October 13
   5:00 pm  Joseph Yasinsky (John & Marlene Yasinksky)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 14
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Bobbie Marsico (Jean Rusch)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Adeline Alvino (Family)
       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