December 16, 2012

Christmas Eve Masses:
4:00 pm (Children's Mass), 7:00 pm, & 10:00 pm
Christmas Day Mass
10:00 am
There are no other morning Masses on Christmas Day.

      There will be a 2nd collection at all the Christmas Masses.  This collection is for Christmas Charities for Children and Youth.  These donations will be used for the youth and child caring ministries of the diocese.

      A special thank-you to all of our parishioners who donated to Hekima Place or the Mortel Family Charity, together we raised over $2,000.00 for each charity!

      We have ordered 700 copies of the book: Rediscover Catholicism: a Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose, by Matthew Kelly. These books are available free of charge in the vestibule of the church. My thanks to the Aquinas Guild for sponsoring this outreach. Many Catholics are disillusioned and question their faith. Many others have walked away from the Church and the Sacraments because of scandals in the Church or doubts about the relevance of Catholicism in the modern world. Many others are adrift without ever having had the benefit of a solid grounding in their Catholic Faith.
      Matthew Kelly in this book deals with important life questions: Are you happy? Are you living an authentic life? How would you like your life to change? What is God's dream for your life? Why have so many people rejected Catholicism? Is Jesus still relevant?
      Please feel free to take a book home with you to deepen your Catholic Faith. If there is someone you know who has not been active in their Catholic Faith, give them this book and encourage them to read it! We are reaching out to those who are not engaged in their faith. You know who they are because they are family members and good friends. Give them this book before Christmas so they can take a second look at their faith. Advent and Christmas is about new beginnings and new birth. Invite someone you know to read this book and Come Home for Christmas.

      Join us in the March For Life, Friday, January 25th, Washington DC, on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's infamous Roe v Wade decision. We will petition Congress and the President to protect the right to life of every born and pre-born human being. To reserve a seat/more information, please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.          
      The 49th Annual Medallion Ball was held at the Wyndham Grand in Downtown Pittsburgh on November 23, 2012. Five young women from our parish, who did a minimum of 150 hours of community service, were presented to Bishop David Zubik. Those awarded the Joan of Arc Medallion were: Lauren Ajak, Natalie Bonaroti, Molly Fallon, Kate Hardiman, Mary Clare Thomasmeyer, & Genevieve Sims.

      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.
Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil's ministry is in urgent need of large, warm, men's winter gloves, extra heavy men's winter socks, and men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes M, L and XL.
Good News!
      Nancy is particularly grateful for the quickness with which our parishioners have responded to her requests. "With our operation being as big as it is," she says, "our needs change very quickly. All I do is put out a request, and they meet it." Of our parish connection with her work, Nancy says happily: "It's working. It's working like crazy!"  Thanks to all who are responding so quickly and with such generosity. How wonderful it is to see Christ working in us to care for people who need help!
Focus on . . . the Hope for Haiti Committee
      The committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, and guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at:

      Thanks for your generosity! Thank you to those who participated in St. Scholastica's Christmas Sharing Tree Project.  Generous donations from our parishioners will help make Christmas more hopeful for many less fortunate children in our area and for children in Haiti and Kenya.  Your donations are appreciated very much!

      There are confessions this Tuesday evening at St. Edward's Parish (Blawnox) at 7:00 pm.  Here at St. Scholastica's we have confessions this Saturday morning at 9:30 am.

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary McCaffrey.

      This weekend's altar flowers were donated by Barbara C. McMahon & Josephine Oria in memory of Beatrice G. Caminos.

      Last weekend, we introduced WeShare, our new online giving program. Here are answers to some questions you may have. To learn more, visit our website and click "How to Donate" in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page and most other pages.
Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: WeShare has the ability to accept contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, or major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled with WeShare can elect to receive receipts via e-mail.
Q: What if parishioners feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A: We provide a printable form that can be put into the collection basket that says,"We lovingly made our donation through WeShare."
Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. WeShare is certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions.

      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 are publishing brief biographies of the Pastoral Council members. 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.
Tina Petrusic-Cooper
      Tina has been a member of the parish since 2003 and became a member of the Pastoral Council in 2010. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music; she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in policy, research and analysis. Tina participates in several ministries within the parish: Community Committee, Welcoming Committee, Aquinas Guild and Music ministry, where she serves as a cantor and member of the SATB and Resurrection choirs. You can contact Tina at:

If you missed getting your gift tag for Haiti dropped off last Sunday, you can place it in the collection basket or leave it in the Church Office.  Pictures of the Haitian students whom we are supporting can be seen in the Church Vestibule.  Thank you for your help.

      We received word last week that Confirmation in our parish will be on Sunday, April 21st, at a 1:00 pm Mass.  This year we welcome Bishop William Waltersheid, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh, who will be officiating at the Confirmation Mass.

Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18
Monday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17
Tuesday: Jer 23:5-8/Mt 1:18-25
Wednesday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25
Thursday: Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38
Friday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45
Saturday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/Lk 1:46-56
Next Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
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      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, December 16th. 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.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be selling Lottery Calendars after all Masses this weekend, December 15th and 16th.  Cost of the calendars is $25 and proceeds go to the school. Lottery calendars make great Christmas gifts!

      Our week begins with "Gaudete Sunday."  Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin. It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near." This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath, which is rose colored, and the rose colored vestments often used at the Eucharist.
      The second part of Advent begins on December 17th each year - this year, in 2012, it is Monday of the Third Week of Advent. For the last eight days before Christmas, the plan of the daily Scripture readings changes. The first readings are still from the prophets, but now the gospels are from the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke. We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation. We enter into the story of how Jesus' life began. These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us. Faith and generosity overcome impossibility. Poverty and persecution reveal glory.
Taken from "Praying Advent," on Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: Used with permission.

There will be a Blood Drive at St. Scholastica Church on Sunday, January 6th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your lifesaving appointment. 

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Parents & Brother)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 16
   7:30 am  Bobbie Marsico (Eleanor Liberatore)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Beatrice G. Caminos (Barbara C. McMahon & Josephine Oria)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 17
   8:30 am  Vincent & Dorothy Travella (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 18
   8:30 am  Mr. McKeegan, father of Kevin & Sybil McKeegan (Gallagher Family)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 19
   8:30 am  Harry & Geneva Gimber (Daughters)

Thursday, Advent Weekday, December 20
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Bozik Family (Miketic Family)

Friday, Advent Weekday, December 21
    8:30 am Wedding Anniv., Anthony Michael & Joan Grace Farina (Children)

Saturday, Advent Weekday,  December 22
   9:00 am  Pat Shaner (George & Rose Dice)      

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   5:00 pm  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23
   7:30 am Dr. & Mrs. Wm. H. Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Paul Bubnash (Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish
       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