November 25, 2012

     The HBO series Game of Thrones is a critical and ratings success. It has now completed two seasons and a third is on its way in the spring. The genre show has gained wide appeal, something that doesn't always happen in the convoluted world of fantasy genre. Since the beginning, fan sites have sprung up alongside the official HBO website to help new viewers keep track of the characters. The HBO site even includes a family tree so that viewers can remember who is connected to whom. The basic plot of the show involves the struggle to hold on to power in a kingdom that is threatened by internal strife and natural disaster. Various heirs and other nobles form and reform alliances in an attempt to stay alive. The court intrigue is shown in all its bloody detail.
     The Gospel on this feast of Christ the King gives an entirely different picture of kingship. We only have a small snippet from John's Passion narrative, but it is enough to remind of the entire story that we hear on Good Friday. In John's Gospel, Jesus is completely in charge. He is no victim of the crowds. He willingly lays down his life and he takes it up again. Unlike the characters in Game of Thrones, the members of Christ's family are not scheming for power behind the back of the ruler, because his kingdom is not of this world. He reigns beyond the power of any foe to depose him.
Being an attendant of Christ (to use the word from the Gospel) is to listen to the voice of the King. As our prayers tell us today, he rules over "a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace." So many television viewers are enamored of Game of Thrones. Hopefully our example will invite others to be a part of the kingdom of Christ.
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     Thank you to all of the parishioners who came to support the Fall Fling, November 9, 2012 at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The event was a HUGE success . . . raising over $40,000 for our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy! Your commitment to supporting CDTCA is truly appreciated by many, but especially the children at our school who benefit from our Catholic educational program.
     The winner of the "10x your Money" envelope was drawn by our school's principal, Sister Dorothy Dolak. We are delighted to announce that the winning envelope belonged to Ann Scanlon, a St. Scholastica parishioner.  There was $50 in her envelope . . . making her the grand winner of $500!!  Congratulations and best wishes to Ann and many, many thanks to all of you who participated in this raffle to support Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

     Fr. Ken's Sunday homilies are recorded and on our website:  Go to the Home Page and on the "Quick Links" you will see listed "The Parish Blog and Fr. Ken's Homilies."

     Youth Mass will be December 8th at the 5:00 pm mass. All singers and musicians should report at 3:30 pm. After mass we will be Christmas Caroling at the VA Hospital until 8 pm. All Middle School and High School Students are welcome.

     Celebrate the season with dinner, dancing, friends. Monday, December 3rd, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Duquesne University Union Ballroom, Social for adults with special needs, $15 per person (including caregivers). No registration at the door. Please send your check to St. Bede Church, 509 S. Dallas Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 by November 26th.

     We are organizing a stewardship opportunity for families with children in Elementary school this Advent Season to assist with Nancy Heil's ministry. On Sunday, December 16th from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm we will meet in the CDTCA cafeteria to assemble winter care packages for the needy. Please bring knit gloves, Chapstick, small packages of Kleenex, or hand sanitizer. We will wrap these gifts and label them. If you cannot attend this time, but would like to donate these items, please bring them to the back of the church on December 16th.

     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.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil's food pantry is in urgent need of pasta and large cans of spaghetti sauce. They also need canned fruit and canned vegetables of any kind. These items may be left in the usual donation area in the back of the church. Thanks to all who have contributed Thanksgiving items!
     · Nancy asked us to print the following message about one of her Christmas giving programs. Note: this is different than our parish Sharing Tree program.
     "Our Christmas gift program is now underway. We accept any NEW items that would make good Christmas gifts—clothing, jewelry, toys, purses, socks and similar items. Please, only NEW items, and please leave the store tags attached. We use these gifts not only for homeless people, but for many needy families as well."
     "Judy Ostrosky has headed this program for many years, and I would like to thank her for the endless hours she has devoted to helping make Christmas brighter for those in need. Judy's deadline for the NEW items is December 7."
     · Finally, the Heils appeal to all: please do not leave items on their porch or in the space between their house and the one next door. They are physically unable to deal with donations left in these areas. If you cannot leave a donation in our church bins, please contact Nancy's volunteers to arrange a delivery. There is contact information in signs on the Heils' porch and on the side basement door of the house next door.
Good News!
Thanks to Christine Ferguson and her associates—including Mary Lee Gannon, Mary Humphrey and Elaine DuVall--for their preparations for last Sunday's Coffee House gatherings and celebrations of Fr. Ken's birthday. The atmosphere for the gatherings was both elegant and friendly.

     Advent begins next Sunday. The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of the Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.
     When the blessing is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
he is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

     We look at elementary religious education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail:

     The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the New Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site, or click here.

     The Respect Life Committee is selling Christmas Cards to help People Concerned For The Unborn Child. The card depicts Jesus with Mary and Joseph. The cost is $6 for a packet of 10 cards. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

Sunday:  Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
Monday:  Rv 14:1-3, 4b-5/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday:  Rv 14:14-19/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday:  Rv 15:1-4/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday:  Rv 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a/Lk 21:20-28
Friday:  Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Saturday:  Rv 22:1-7/Lk 21:34-36
Next Sunday:  Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12---4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for their continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     Dear Parishioners, We recently switched our banking from PNC to S&T Bank. If you currently have contributions withdrawn from your account monthly you will notice the change this month. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chrissy Morton in the Parish Office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24.

     The Saint Scholastica 2012 Directories are here!  If you had your picture taken for our new directory during the past year, your copy of the directory will be available for pickup following all masses this weekend in the Pastoral Center.

     The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to its annual Christmas Party at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, starting at 12 noon. The cost of the luncheon is $25; as an entrée you can select either English-style tilapia or cannelloni pasta stuffed with ground veal and a blend of Italian cheeses. If you wish to attend, please send a check payable to the Aquinas Guild to: Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh 15238. Be sure to specify your entrée selection on the check. Reservation deadline is November 30th.
     Once again, we will collect new baby clothes (sizes newborn to 12 months) for mothers at the Rosalia Center. If you wish to participate, please wrap your gift and mark it with size and gender. There will also be a box in the back of the church for parishioners wishing to participate. If you have questions, please call 412-963-0198.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 24
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 25
   7:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaston Jalbert (Ronald & Nancy Jalbert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, November 26
   8:30 am  James J. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Tuesday, weekday, November 27
   8:30 am  Mary A. Vollmer (Edna Vollmer Jenca)

Wednesday, weekday, November 28
   8:30 am  Mary Teresa Auray (Robert Auray Jr.)

Thursday, weekday, November 29
    8:30 am  Marie Gearrusso (Constance Donnelly)

Friday, St. Andrew, apostle,  November 30

Saturday, weekday,  December 1
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE   

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent,  December 1
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim and Karyn Lynch)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 2
   7:30 am  Mary Pochapsky (Gene & Debbie Pochapsky)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am…Elizabeth Garonzi (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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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