December 23, 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 second collection for the Annual Christmas Collection for Children and Youth. The proceeds from this collection are used to support a number of programs in our diocese, which serve many children and young people who depend on our generosity and our loving concern for them.

      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.

      Our bus group will be attending the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally before the March For Life on January 25th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 for a reservation.     

      The Parish Office will be closed the week of December 24th. We will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd.

      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 NEW men's winter socks, and men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes M, L and XL. There is also a need for heavy men's winter jackets in sizes L to 5XL.
      · You may have read about Navada Pociernicki's work making clothes for needy children in the Nov. 23 Pittsburgh Catholic. Nancy is also requesting fabrics for Navada's work. Please donate the following kinds of fabric: cotton prints suitable for children, cotton T-shirt knit, flannel prints suitable for children, and denim. Fabrics and other items may be left in the donation bins in the back of church.
Good News!
      Nancy celebrated "Christmas on the Streets" last Monday night, using gifts supplied by our parishioners among many others. During the rest of the week, she and her coworkers prepared to take gifts to struggling families who could not come to them. It is still possible to donate NEW gift items for last-minute requests that come in about other families in need.
Focus on . . . the Aquinas Guild
      The Aquinas Guild, the women's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica's for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to make new friends, and to enrich their spiritual lives. The Guild holds an annual benefit luncheon, "The Autumn Song," to help fund parish and community programs and activities. It also sponsors a Lenten Day of Reflection that is open to both men and woman of the parish. Monthly meetings are held between September and May, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. To learn more or join, contact Tina Petrusic-Cooper at:

      There is always a shortage of blood during the holidays.  Please sign up for the St. Scholastica Blood Drive, Sunday, January 6th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your appointment. 

      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.

      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. 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. This is the last in our series of brief biographies of the council members.
Anne Docimo
      Anne moved to the Pittsburgh area from Baltimore, Maryland, in 2000 and has been a member of the parish since that time. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her medical degree she also has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Anne has served on the pastoral council since 2009. She has been involved in several ministries at the parish including 4th grade CCD teacher for one year and 10 years as a member of the SATB choir. You can contact Anne at:

All make the sign of the cross as the leader says:
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R/. Who made heaven and earth.

One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example, Luke 2:1 (lines 1-8) or Isaiah 7:10 (lines 10-15, the birth of Emmanuel).
Reader: The Gospel of the Lord.
R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The leader prays:
God of every nation and people,
from the very beginning of creation
you have made manifest your love:
when our need for a Savior was great
you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.
To our lives he brings joy and peace,
justice, mercy, and love.
bless all who look upon this manger;
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,
and raise our thoughts to him,
who is God-with-us and Savior of all,
and who lives and reigns forever and ever.
R/. Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

Sunday:  Mi 5:1-4a/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
Monday:  Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Lk 1:67-79
Tuesday:  Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
     Night:   Is 9:1-6/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
     Dawn:  Is 62:11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
     Day:  Is 52:7-10/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
 Wednesday:  Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Mt 10:17-22
 Thursday:  1 Jn 1:1-4/Jn 20:1a, 2-8
 Friday:  1 Jn 1:5--2:2/Mt 2:13-18
 Saturday:  1 Jn 2:3-11/Lk 2:22-35
 Next Sunday:  Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17 or 1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24/Lk 2:41-52

      Our parish now uses an Online Giving system called WeShare. This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check each week. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment, allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view complete, accurate financial records at any time. It saves all of us time and is a win-win for you and our parish!
      Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit  or visit our website and click the Donate button in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page. When you reach the St. Scholastica Online Giving page, click Sign Up in the upper right hand corner of the window. You can then set up a one-time or recurring donation by clicking one of the donation options on the page. Making a donation online automatically enters your name and email address in our new online parish directory.

      Looking for a new way to meet people and have some fun?  Check out the Catholic Alumni Club.  We offer a variety of different activities including parties, picnics, hiking, sports leagues, dinners, trips, community service and many other great events.  For more information, visit our website:, check out our Facebook page or call 412.341.4070.  Give yourself a Christmas present and join today.  We think you'll be glad you did.

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

Monday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White  
   7:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica Parish
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Stritt Matter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Tuesday, Christmas, December 25
   10:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clark (Antonietta Costa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White     

Wednesday, St. Stephen, The First Martyr, December 26
   8:30 am  Louis Hren (Miketic Family)

Thursday, St. John, Apostle, December 27
   8:30 am  Deceased Miketic Family (Miketic Family)

Friday, The Holy Innocents, December 28

Saturday, The Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord,  December 29
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE      

Saturday, Vigil of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph,  December 29
   5:00 pm  Mrs. Paula O'Keeffe (Mr. & Mrs. Kartsonas)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bernice Gimber (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert J.Dudas (Santarcangelo Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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