November 11, 2012

     We all know the maxim, "Actions speak louder than words." It is part of our cultural heritage. It is one of those truisms that we accept. We all know that there are plenty of words that lead to action. Words themselves have their own power. If they didn't, people wouldn't be writing essays, blogs, diatribes, commentaries, or advertisements. Very often, we use words to get people to take action. How many times have we seen a splashy ad with the words "Buy now!" prominently displayed in an overlay. Advertisers look to include a call to action to seal the deal. So in some ways words are just as important as the actions themselves. Actions by the British government and inflammatory words by pamphleteers push the Continental Congress to write the Declaration of Independence, words that became a call to action on the part of the populace.
     This weekend's Gospel is a combination of words and actions. In the first half Jesus is teaching about the dangers of religious hypocrisy. He warns his followers to make sure that their daily actions conform to their religious beliefs. In the second half of the Gospel, Jesus praises the widow who makes a donation to the Temple treasury. Her simple act of kindness spoke volumes about her own devotion and religious convictions. To quote another proverb, she "gave until it hurt."
     The life of a Christian is always a balance between words and actions. The words of faith-the doctrine, the preaching, the Bible study, the prayers-give the foundation to who we are as Christians. Without those words, our identity gets muddied. It's one reason we proclaim one of the creeds each Sunday. However, our actions in the world give firm expression to our faith. Without them no one would ever see what Christianity really is: the love of Christ made visible in the world by his followers today.
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     Next weekend, we will be taking up a special collection for the retired religious brothers and sisters. These retired religious are the ones who taught us and served in our parishes many years ago. Now that they are retired they need our support in their elder years. Please be generous.

     Once again this year as part of our Advent preparation we have our Christmas Sharing Tree project. Next weekend, November 17th-18th, we will invite you to come forward during Mass to take a tag or envelope from the tree. Each tag represents a gift for a needy person; the envelope represents a money donation to educate a child in Haiti or Kenya. All gifts and money donations are to be returned the weekend of December 8th-9th. Thank you for participating in this wonderful way to "prepare the way for the Lord."   Fr.Ken

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

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, November 18th. 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.

     Advent begin the weekend of December 1st and 2nd this year.  It is time again to volunteer to light the Advent Wreath candles at each of the weekend Masses for the four weekends prior to Christmas.  Sign the sheet found in the back of church to volunteer for the Mass of your choice.  Please sign up by November 22nd.

     Pie orders are due today.  Pick up will be after all masses next weekend.

     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: Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil sponsors a Thanksgiving program for poor families. Coldwell Banker donates a number of turkeys. Others who wish to donate a frozen turkey may do so only on Monday, November 19, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. During those hours, you may leave frozen turkeys only on the front porch at 318 Third St. Please do not deliver turkeys to the church.
· In addition, Nancy encourages donations of stuffing mix and large, heavy throwaway aluminum roasting pans. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church.
· Nancy also requests pairs of inexpensive "one size fits all" black stretch gloves as well as warm winter gloves for men. You may also donate canned fruit (medium size, 13-20 oz. cans are best), and any kind of packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . .The Committee for Persons with Disabilities
The Committee works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at:

     Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rita Secola, wife of Orlando (Earl) Secola.

     The St. Scholastica Pastoral Council would like the members of the parish to be aware of the Council, what it is doing, and who its members are. We will be publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members over the next several weeks. In addition, you can look at the slideshow on the message screen in the back of the church to see a picture of the "Council member of the week" so that you can put a face together with the information here. Please feel free to approach Pastoral Council members with your hopes and concerns for our parish.
Elaine DuVall (Facilitator)
     Elaine currently serves in the role as Facilitator for the Pastoral Council. She has been a member of the Council since January of 2006 and a member of the parish since 1999. She received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from California University of Pennsylvania. Elaine serves in a number of ministries within the parish which include Welcome Committee, Community Committee, Picnic Committee and also lectors. You can contact Elaine at:

     Our annual celebration of All Saints and All Souls has passed, but that doesn't mean that we can't continue to cultivate our relationship with the saints. At the morning Mass on All Saints Day, Fr. Duch recommended Fr. James Martin's book, My Life with the Saints as one place to start. Here are some other resources.
     Robert Ellsberg, editor-in-chief of Orbis Books, has written several books on the saints. His first was All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time. Mr. Ellsberg's book was well-received, but he received some criticism that it did not include enough of the many holy women who have inspired believers, so he followed up with Blessed Among All Women. Ellsberg's books include many saints on the Church's official list, but also include other inspiring persons who have not been canonized. In between those works, Ellsberg published The Saints' Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit based on the lives and writings of the saints.
     If you would like to learn about saints online, one place to start is with the "Saint of the Day" feature on, the website of Franciscan Media. Look for the icon on the right side of the home page. The feature can also be sent to your email inbox or to your iPhone.

     The next Home Study check-in is next Sunday, November 18th from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

     High school students join us for the Big Event this evening (Sunday) in the Parish Center at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome!

Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
Monday: Ti 1:1-9/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ti 3:1-7/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Phlm 7-20/Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday:  Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32

     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.

     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

     Please join us at Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, PA for the following events.  All performances begin at 7:00pm.
     Friday, November 16th - St. Mary Church - Amanda Plazek, Vocalist
     Friday, November 30th - St. Mary Church - Jeff Donnelly, Organist
     Friday, December 7th - Madonna of Jerusalem Church - Chaz Bowers, Organist
     Friday, December 14th -Madonna of Jerusalem Church - Musical Program
     Friday, December 21st - St. Mary Church - Christmas Music Through the Ages, Featuring instrumentalists and vocalists

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 10
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 11
   7:30 am Leona Marcone (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Helen Minshull (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Welsh (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Josaphat, bishop & martyr, November 12
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Strittmatter)

Tuesday, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin, November 13
   8:30 am  John Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Wednesday, weekday, November 14
   8:30 am  Leona Venn (Rita Schultz)

Thursday, weekday, November 15
    8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Ernest & Diana Sirianni)

Friday, weekday,  November 16
    8:30 am  Anniv., Evelyn & John Lovey (JoAnn & Jack Lovey)

Saturday, St. Elizabeth of Hungary,  November 17
   9:00 am Vincent & Dorothy Taravella (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 17
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Judy Jackworth (Robert Jackworth)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio 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.

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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