December 30, 2012

      Every parent knows the trials of raising children. There is the wonder of watching someone grow and learn and discover new things. There is satisfaction as a child takes to heart the morals and values that a parent seeks to share. There is sadness, and even grief, when some difficult problem or illness besets a son or daughter. There may even be anger or despair if, as a child grows, he or she rejects what a parent holds dear. Needless to say, family life is complicated, never perfect, sometimes full of joy, sometimes crowded with pain.
      Today's Gospel gives a hint that the life of the Holy Family was not always the perfect example we might imagine. Trials and struggles were a part of their life too. As the Gospel story relates today, Jesus basically skipped out on Mary and Joseph, not an unusual practice for an adolescent. But also not the kind of thing we would typically associate with a well-behaved teenager. In other words, the Holy Family is exhibiting the traits and behaviors that are part of the dynamic of ordinary family life.
      And that is good! It serves as a reminder to all of us that their example is that of a family not so different from our own. On this feast the church lifts up the Holy Family for us to imitate. The prayer for the day asks God to help us be like them "in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity." No matter the structure of our family household, we are called to put into practice the eternal love of God, first revealed in the mystery of the family of the Trinity, and then lived out concretely in human life in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It is the bond of charity that holds any family together, a love that penetrates deep into our souls and abides in our hearts no matter the joys or sorrows that life brings.
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      Not yet!  "It is easy to forget that Christmas Time is a season within the liturgical year, not one day alone.  There is a religious value to these days after Christmas which we can give ourselves to with simply a little focus."
      Would you like to read more? Visit the Creighton University Online Ministries website at: or just Google "Letting Christmas Become a Season" and look for the Creighton link. And may the rest of your Christmas Time be full of blessings!

      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 source for thermal underwear has run out! So she is in urgent need of men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes L and XL. There is also a continuing need for large, warm, men's winter gloves.
Good News!—and Bad
      The bad news is that the need is so great. Nancy and her coworkers held their "Christmas in the Streets" on December 17 in the pouring rain. They set up seven tents, and more than two hundred people stood in the rain for hours, waiting for the chance to get wrapped gifts for a child or family member. They included children and a mother who is due to give birth in two weeks. A Catholic priest and a Presbyterian minister led a prayer service. One little boy fell asleep in the early hours of the morning as he sat against a building in the rain, a hood pulled over his head. "But he got a toy for Christmas," Nancy says.
      That's the good news.  Nancy is amazed at how the efforts of so many people came together to make the gift program possible. St. Louise de Marillac Parish donated a thousand dollars of McDonald's gift certificates; children from St. Mary's School on Middle Road wrote Christmas cards; and our parishioners donated many gifts. "People have been absolutely wonderful!" Nancy says.
      As a result, not only did the people receive gifts on Monday, but at least thirty-four families received gifts and other goods in the days that followed (as of Dec. 19, as this notice goes to press). "Think of what you've done!" Nancy says to everyone who took part, "Think of the food in their stomachs and the clothing on their bodies!"  We truly live the Christmas message when we care for Christ in the bodies—and hearts!—of his poor.
Focus On . . . The Children's Liturgy of the Word
      Leaders of the Children's Liturgy of the Word proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. The goal is not so much to explain the Scriptures to the children as to listen with them for the good news that God is sharing with all of us. It is a great opportunity for creative adults and teens who are comfortable with children and who want to see the Scriptures through new eyes! For more  information, please contact Natalie Gillespie 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.

      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.

      The Annual Respect Life Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held Sunday, January 13th in the school cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is our only fundraiser. The proceeds supplement the cost of the bus to the March For Life in Washington on January 25th, as well as other pro-life activities throughout the year. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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
Monday: 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18
Tuesday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34
Friday: 1 Jn 3:   7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Saturday: 1 Jn 3:11-21/Jn 1:43-51
Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

      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.

      The Haiti Committee would like to thank all those who gave so generously to the Christmas Project.  Because of your generosity, Rosalineda, Louis-Pierre, Carline, Rosemagene and Lorvensky will have their tuition at the Good Samaritan School covered for another year.  Not only their tuition is covered for another year but we are able to help a sixth student.  God bless you all.  You are contributing to solving the problems of Haiti!

      There is a need for volunteers at Healthsouth Harmarville on Guys Run Road. Anyone who could offer two hours or more please call Nancy Fazio at 412-826-4929.  New Volunteers would start in January.

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

Monday, The Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 31
   8:30 am  Patrick Fleming Sr. (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1
   10:00 am  Bernice Gimber (sister, Lorraine)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White     

Wednesday, Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, bishops & doctors, January 2
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Pierce  & Maureen Elder)

Thursday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  Betty Connolly (Aquinas Guild)

Friday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious, January 4

Saturday, St. John Neumann, bishop,  January 5
   9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE      

Saturday, Vigil of The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
   5:00 pm  Ralph Friday (wife)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Epiphany of the Lord, January 6
   7:30 am  Anniv., Alex Buccieri (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Anniv., Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

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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
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Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

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Amy Condosta
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Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927