December 29, 2013

4 STAGES OF MARRIAGE
      The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, and (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Don't give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery please contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i).  For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 17-19, 2014, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or 3041@retrouvaille.org.  More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com.

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will be closed 2 weeks beginning December 23, 2013.  We will reopen on January 6, 2014.

THANK YOU
      On behalf of the needy of the Parish, the Society of Vincent de Paul would like to thank the Parishioners of St. Scholastica for their contributions to the poor boxes during the year of 2013. Without your support we could not continue to help the people of our parish who are in need. Please continue your support.  Thank you!

THE HOLY FAMILY
      "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt." What a dream! Or was it a nightmare? To be commanded to take flight like refugees in the night, to have a newborn baby and no time to pack or plan, all this must have been frightening to say the least.
      Joseph was no stranger to life-changing dreams though. He had already been told in a dream to take Mary as his wife, even though she was with child. He had planned to divorce her, but the dream completely changed his course. And now God was asking him to change course again, to relocate his family and live as aliens in a foreign land, under the shadow of Herod's headhunt for their son. But Joseph accepted these trials, placing his trust in God.
      Although few of us have dreams like Joseph did, we do share with him the challenge of reconciling our plans with the hard facts of reality. When things don't go our way, we can respond with bitterness, or like the Holy Family, we can recognize an opportunity to deepen our faith in God's providence.
      The holiness of this family did not prevent them from suffering. Rather, their holiness kept the suffering from overwhelming them. Even with the twists and turns in their path, they never got lost. Their faith in God was like a spiritual compass that kept them oriented in the most unfamiliar circumstances. When we too are called to change course in life, may we remember to let God show us the way.
                                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel!                                                                    --Pope Francis

A Letter from Nancy
       Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Thanks be to God, we have completed another successful Christmas for our grateful clients.  Two of our programs provided gifts and toys, all of which were delivered to their homes, for 48 families, comprised of 54 adults and 175 children.  We also provided a musical program and gifts for 222 patients in two nursing homes.
      Then on December 16, as the snow started blanketing Pittsburgh, Rev. Don Bolls accompanied a couple of volunteers and me to the temporary cold shelter which had opened for the night.  With small Christmas tree and creche in hand, we provided a religious program and gifts.  For many, this was Christmas!
      Then we were joined by others, and thirty-two volunteers went to our regular stop on the Boulevard of the Allies where over 200 people, many with their children (even one- and two-year-old babies) waited up to four hours or more for us to help them have a Christmas.  Some of these precious brothers and sisters were there until after midnight when they left . . . wet, cold, but happy!
      In addition, we provided 100 hams to families who could not afford a real Christmas dinner.
      Thanks to one and all for whatever part you played in our four major Christmas programs. Special thanks to Judy Ostrosky and Mary Ellen Maher for heading up the "Christmas in the Streets" program, which involved over 1,000 gifts.
                                                            Yours in Christ,
                                                            Nancy

Help Needed!
      Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that you leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items until further notice after the holidays.
      Until further notice, Nancy is able to accept only the following items:
      •  McDonald's gift cards;
      • Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
These cards may be left in the small blue gift bag in the vestibule of the church.
      Thank you for your generosity!  

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
       Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you, or someone you know, attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier.
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

RACHEL'S VINEYARD
      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 24-26, 2014 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at www.ccpgh.org.

FROM A HIGH SCHOOL PARISHIONER:
      Hi my name is Alison Arnone and I recently attended the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, IN.  The experience was incredible. I met High School students who are Catholic from places like Hawaii and Alaska but also met some from Pittsburgh!  The conference included a convention center event with music, games and food, and then a Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium with 24,000 other Catholic youth.  It was amazing and I am so grateful to Jamie Dillon for making it happen.  The next NCYC is in 2015 and I highly encourage youth in our parish to go.  Thank you.

IS CHRISTMAS OVER?
      Not yet!  It is easy to forget that Christmas Time is a season within the liturgical year, not one day alone.  Creighton University's Online Ministries website has a reflection that begins this way: "So often Christmas day seems to come and go very quickly, and with it, the spirit of the Christmas season can be lost in the process of cleaning up, finishing left-overs, traveling or returning gifts. 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 website at: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/Christmas-as-Season.html 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!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 29, 2013     
Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
Monday: 1 Jn 2:12-17/Lk 2:36-40
Tuesday: 1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18
Wednesday: Nm 6:22-27/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
Thursday: 1 Jn 2:22-28/Jn 1:19-28
Friday: 1 Jn 2:29--3:6/Jn 1:29-34
Saturday: 1 Jn 3:7-10/Jn 1:35-42
Next Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12

DIVORCED & SEPARATED SUPPORT GROUP
      The Divorced and Separated support group jointly sponsored by Sts. John & Paul, St. Richard and St. John Neumann Parishes will begin its next 13 week cycle of meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014.  This group provides caring support to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.
      Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:45 pm and will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Room A of the Religious Education Hall.
      Anyone who has questions or would like more information should contact Ralph Joy (412-741-5456 or rjoy205@verizon.net)  St. John Neumann Church is located at 2334 Rochester Rd. in Franklin Park. For directions please contact Ralph Joy or visit the St. John Neumann website www.stjohnneumannpgh.org.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SCHEDULE
      Our Wednesday Christian meditation group will not meet on New Year's Day.  We will resume on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.

A BLESSING OF THE NEW YEAR
God of time and eternity,
     with Christmas joy we praise you
     for the year gone by
     and for the year we have begun.
Your Son comes among us
     to bring glad tidings to the poor
     and to proclaim a year acceptable in your sight.
Knit us in harmony and love,
     we who are flesh of his flesh.
Fill this new year
     with mercy and compassion,
     with prosperity and accord,
     as we join the angels in proclaiming your praise:
Glory in heaven and peace on earth, now and forever.
Amen.
—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 28
   5:00 pm  Robert Caswell (Eve Ferraro)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 29
   7:30 am  Rita Daily (Daily Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Edwin Fairley (daughter, Kathleen Piper)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 30
   8:30 am  Ruth Cleary (daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)

Tuesday, Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, December 31
   8:30 am  Patrick McNally (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1
   10:00 am  Eleanor Pantone (husband, Joseph & Joey, David, Marilyn & Children)

Thursday, Sts. Basil & Gregory Nazianzen,  January 2
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 3
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, January 4
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 4
   5:00 pm  Donna M. Wolfe (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bruce Morrison (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am…Christopher Paul (Scanlon Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                     

December 22, 2013

JESUS  =  "GOD-WITH-SKIN-ON"
      I heard a long time ago a priest describing Jesus as "God with skin on"!!  This was such a powerful description of the meaning of Christmas.  In fancy "theological speak" we name Christmas: the Feast of the Incarnation meaning "Jesus in the flesh"!!  Our God is no longer "above and beyond" or "distant and untouchable", but in Christ Jesus he is our brother and savior.  After the Resurrection of Jesus the disciples witnessed that they TOUCHED him, SAW him, and ATE with him.  In our own time we experience the Lord Jesus especially in the Sacraments of the Church: earthly elements containing the divine.  This is particularly so in the Sacrament of the Eucharist in which we share in the Sacred Meal of the Mass and are in communion with the Lord Jesus.  I encourage all of us to draw closer to Mass in this coming year that we may be encouraged and strengthened by the presence of Christ in Holy Communion.
       My thanks to you, our parishioners, who have been the bedrock of our parish community.  We welcome all "newcomers" and all who are "seekers," we pray that you find a home with us.  My thanks this Christmas also goes to the hundreds of you who are involved in the many ministries of our parish--you are the motor of our community.  Finally, I am so grateful to the Professional Staff and the Administrative Staff who are so committed and loyal.  Thank you all!!   Fr. Ken

COME EARLY!
      Please come early to our Christmas Masses . . . our St. Scholastica's Music Ministers have prepared 30 minutes of Prelude Music for each Mass! Prelude Music for Christmas Eve  begins at:
3:30 p.m.   Children's Christmas Choir
6:30 p.m.   Contemporary Choir
9:30 p.m.   SATB Choir
Prelude Music on Christmas Day begins at:
9:30 a.m.   Cantor Ronald Jalbert

4 STAGES OF MARRIAGE
    The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, and (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Don't give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery please contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i).  For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 17-19, 2014, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or 3041@retrouvaille.org.  More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com.

SNOW TUBING
      Snow tubing December 30!  If any middle or high school student and their family would like to attend, please contact Jamie Dillon by December 22.  We will tube from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Seven Springs.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.                                         --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that you leave no material donations of food, clothing or similar items until further notice after the holidays.
      Until further notice, Nancy is able to accept only the following items:
      · McDonalds gift cards;
      · Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card.  The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
These cards may be left in the small blue gift bag in the vestibule of the church.  Thank you for your generosity!

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 childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

THANK YOU
      Thank you to the Women of the Parish and the Aquinas Guild!  We collected over 80 dozen homemade cookies for the individuals and families supported by the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  The variety was wonderful-- from traditional favorites to fancy confections.  Your generosity is much appreciated.

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will be closed 2 weeks beginning December 23, 2013.  We will reopen on January 6, 2014.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you, or someone you know, attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier. 
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

RACHEL'S VINEYARD
      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 24-26, 2014 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at www.ccpgh.org.

FROM A HIGH SCHOOL PARISHIONER:
      Hi, my name is Alison Arnone and I recently attended the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, IN.  The experience was incredible. I met High School students who are Catholic from places like Hawaii and Alaska but also met some from Pittsburgh!  The conference included a convention center event with music, games and food, and then a Mass at Lucas Oil Stadium with 24,000 other Catholic youth. It was amazing and I am so grateful to Jamie Dillon for making it happen.  The next NCYC is in 2015 and I highly encourage youth in our parish to go.  Thank you.

WELCOMING AT CHRISTMAS
      You may have received a card as you entered church this weekend announcing the Year of Welcoming at St. Scholastica Parish.  The Pastoral Council has dedicated the parish to spend the year looking at how we can become an even more welcoming community, as befits disciples of Jesus.        
      What better time to practice virtues of welcoming and hospitality than Christmas!  Everyone knows that people come to join us in worship at Christmas who may not be here at other times.  What is crucial is the attitude of those of us who consider ourselves "regulars."  Will we welcome unfamiliar faces with true Christmas joy?
      There are many ways we can do this, of course.  Smiling at people near us and greeting them.  Making room in the pew cheerfully.  Perhaps even parking a little further away if we arrive early so there are more spaces in the street close to church for others.  Let's make sure that everyone who looks for Christ among us this Christmas finds his smile of welcome on our faces!

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary F. Lanzino, mother of Mary Lou Kozlowski.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 22, 2013
Sunday: Is 7:10-14/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24
Monday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Lk 1:57-66
Tuesday: Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Lk 1:67-79
Wednesday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
             Midnight: 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
Thursday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Mt 10:17-22
Friday: 1 Jn 1:1-4/Jn 20:1a and 2-8
Saturday: 1 Jn 1:5--2:2/Mt 2:13-18
Next Sunday: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

DIVORCED & SEPARATED SUPPORT GROUP
      The Divorced and Separated support group jointly sponsored by Sts. John & Paul, St. Richard and St. John Neumann Parishes will begin its next 13 week cycle of meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014.  This group provides caring support to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.
      Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:45 pm and will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Room A of the Religious Education Hall.  Anyone who has questions or would like more information should contact Ralph Joy (412-741-5456 or rjoy205@verizon.net)  St. John Neumann Church is located at 2334 Rochester Rd. in Franklin Park. For directions please contact Ralph Joy or visit the St. John Neumann website www.stjohnneumannpgh.org.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SCHEDULE
      Our Wednesday Christian meditation group will not meet on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.  We will resume in the new year on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.

BLESSING OF A NATIVITY SCENE
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.
Lord,
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

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  John Stafford (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Deceased Members of the Donnelly & Shanahan Families
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 23
   8:30 am  Joseph Maffeo (Carol Freedline)

Tuesday, Vigil of Christmas, December 24
   4:00 pm  Sarah Kristen Own (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   7:00 pm  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   10:00 pm Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Wednesday, Christmas, December 25
   10:00 am  Celia Mancini (Mancini Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Thursday, St. Stephen,  December 26
    8:30 am  Bruce Morrison (Family)

Friday, St. John, December 27
   8:30 am  Robert Caswell (Eve Ferraro)

Saturday, The Holy Innocents, December 28
   9:00 am  McKay Family (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 28
   5:00 pm  Robert Caswell (Eve Ferraro)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, December 29
    7:30 am  Rita Daily (Daily Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Edwin Fairley (daughter, Kathleen Piper)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
    11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                 

December 15, 2013

 CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
      Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 (there is no Midnight Mass); one Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 am.

LOTTERY CALENDARS
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be selling lottery calendars after all Masses this weekend.  Calendars are $25 and are based on the 3 digit Pennsylvania EVENING drawing.  Calendars make great Christmas gifts!

LETTER FROM THOM BERCIK
Fr. Kenneth White, members of the Pastoral Staff, and all parishioners:
      I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support, kindness and generosity to me over these past many years. For almost nineteen years I have had the honor of serving as organist, pianist and member of the music ministry of our parish. I have decided to move on to a new position and have accepted an offer as Director of Music in a parish in the Diocese of Richmond,Virginia.
      I wish to thank especially the benefactors who contributed to the organ and the donation of the church piano. I have also been privileged to work with a large number of talented cantors, instrumentalists and the SATB, Contemporary, and Resurrection Choirs under the direction of Sr. Pat Baker.
      I am sorry that I cannot say good-bye in person, but I need to be at my new parish as soon as possible. You shall always hold a very special place in my memory and heart.
      Until we once again sing the praise of the Lord together. I remain,
               Thom M. Bercik.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SCHEDULE
      Our Christian meditation group will meet this Wednesday morning at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.  We will resume in the new year on Wednesday, January 8. You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

FOOD BANK MATCHING APPEAL
      The Pittsburgh Foundation is sponsoring an appeal to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Westmoreland County Food Bank together with neighborhood pantries that are struggling to meet an unprecedented upsurge in demand. In some local neighborhoods demand has increased by up to 40 percent compared with 2012, and the number of new households seeking food assistance is averaging 3,200 per month.
      The Foundation has created a matching fund initially of $100,000 and all contributions between now and year-end will be matched dollar-for-dollar. You can donate with a credit card online at www.pittsburghgives.org.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
We cannot give up in the face of evil.  God is Love and he has defeated evil through Christ's death and resurrection.                                                  --Pope Francis

Good News!
        Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Our ministry is deep in the throes of four major Christmas programs for homeless and needy families who depend on us on a weekly basis for food and clothing.  Two of the programs culminate on Monday, December 16, when we will celebrate "Christmas in the Streets."  Rev. Don Bolls, pastor of Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, will once again conduct a beautiful service as we display a nativity set where "the line" will be able to come and pay homage.  Then we will distribute hams, toys, and other gifts to our wonderful brothers and sisters.
      Having just experienced a much greater need for turkeys than we had anticipated, we will accept donations of hams.  They can be brought to 318 Third St. in Aspinwall on that Monday—December 16.
      We would like to thank Rob Strohm and his associates at Coldwell Banker for their wonderful donation of 50 turkeys.  They played a MAJOR part in our serving 70 families for Thanksgiving.
      Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, we again ask that (other than the hams) you leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items until further notice after the holidays.  We will still be able to accept McDonald's and Port Authority cards.
 Yours in Christ,
  Nancy


Help Needed!
      Until further notice,Nancy is able to accept only the following items:
· McDonald's gift cards;
· Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
· Cooked hams of any type.  If you are unable to deliver hams to 318 Third St. on Dec. 16, you may leave them in the refrigerator in the serving area of the Pastoral Center before that date. Please, no hams after Dec. 16!
      Thank you for your generosity!

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee members are selling Christmas Cards.  The sale benefits People Concerned for the Unborn Child.  The cards have a Nativity Scene on the cover and a message inside.  A packet of ten cards costs $6.00.  Contact any member or call 412-781-6550.  Your purchase will help the pro-life movement. God bless you.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you, or someone you know, attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier. 
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

JOIN THE CHILDREN'S LITURGY
      Children's Liturgy is looking for adults or teenagers to help bring the Word Alive to children during 9:00 am Mass.  Volunteer monthly as a liturgist (leading) or assistant (helping keep order).  Details: Natalie Gillespie, Gillespie@brilliantave.com.

SNOW TUBING
      Snow tubing December 30!  If any middle or high school student and their family would like to attend, please contact Jamie Dillon by December 15.  We will tube from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Seven Springs.

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S CHOIR
      There will be rehearsal for the Christmas Eve Children's Choir on Sunday, Dec. 15,  from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

RACHEL'S VINEYARD
      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 24-26, 2014 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at www.ccpgh.org.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      Please note, gift certificates will not be sold during the months of November & December.  They will be available in the school office Monday thru Friday from 8:30am - 2:30pm.  Gift certificates will be sold again after the Masses in January.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 15, 2013    
Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11
Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17
Wednesday: Jer 23:5-8/Mt 1:18-25
Thursday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25
Friday: Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38
Saturday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45
Next Sunday: Is 7:10-14/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24

DIVORCED & SEPARATED SUPPORT GROUP
      The Divorced and Separated support group jointly sponsored by Sts. John & Paul, St. Richard and St. John Neumann Parishes will begin its next 13 week cycle of meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014.  This group provides caring support to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.
      Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:45 pm and will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Room A of the Religious Education Hall.
       Anyone who has questions or would like more information should contact Ralph Joy (412-741-5456 or rjoy205@verizon.net)
       St. John Neumann Church is located at 2334 Rochester Rd. in Franklin Park. For directions please contact Ralph Joy or visit the St. John Neumann website www.stjohnneumannpgh.org.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      Home study check in Sunday from 10:00am - 11:00am!

BLESSING FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE
God of all creation,
we praise you for this tree
which brings beauty and memories and the promise of life to our home.
May your blessing be upon all who gather around this tree,
all who keep the Christmas festival by its lights.
We wait for the coming of the Christ,
the days of everlasting justice and of peace.
You are our God, living and reigning, for ever and ever.
R.    Amen.
      From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

MASS INTENTIONS 
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent,  December 14
   5:00 pm  Adeline & Ron Alvino (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinksy (Friends of Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Lawrence Levy, father of Julie Podgorski (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 16
   8:30 am  Robert J. Dudas (Mother, Laura Scotty)

Tuesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 17
   8:30 am  Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 18
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Rita & Frank Ruscetti)

Thursday, Late Advent Weekday,  December 19
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Late Advent Weekday, December 20
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Judy Feuer Stewart)

Saturday, Late Advent Weekday, December 21
   9:00 amWedding Anniversary, Anthony Michael & Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  John Stafford (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am  Deceased Members of the Donnelly & Shanahan Families
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                 

December 8, 2013

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
      This year the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday, December 9.  It is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.  We have one scheduled Mass at 8:30 am.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      Please remember to return the envelopes or wrapped presents (with the tag on the outside) this weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thank you for being God's kindly light in the dark and challenging world!

WOMEN OF THE PARISH . . .
      Women of the Parish, please plan to bake extra Christmas cookies!  As part of our December outreach we will be collecting homemade cookies in the Pastoral Center on December 15 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. 
      The cookies will be supplied to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  We're serving over 130 families so please be generous.  Please use disposable containers.  Thank you very much!

THE LIGHTS ARE ON FOR YOU
      This Wednesday, December 11, each of the 210 parishes of the diocese will offer an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.  This is the moment for you to make a good confession and prepare your heart for the Christmas Mass.  Confessions will be here at St. Scholastica this Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.  Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!!

ADULT VOLLEYBALL
      Anyone interested in playing adult co-ed volleyball, meet at the school gym at 7:00 pm this Sunday.  Call Sissy at 412-916-4924 for details.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      "Christian meditation helps me rest in God," one participant says.  "Having it on my schedule on a weekly basis helps me create space and time to foster a relationship with the source of our lives.  It helps to bring about a new perspective on my life."
      During Advent, we open ourselves to the coming of Jesus.  Christian meditation is one of the most direct ways to do this.
      We meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay can discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:00.
      Please consider making Christian meditation part of your Advent practice!

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
      Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 (there is no Midnight Mass); One Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 am.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being loved.                                                                   --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She reports that she and her coworkers were able to give 70 turkey dinners to poor families at Thanksgiving.  Thanks to all who contributed to these meals!

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests donations of:
      · men's winter gloves.  This is an urgent need; please donate gloves as soon as possible! "We have had people lose fingers and toes to frostbite," Nancy says.
      · blankets and comforters of all kinds.  This is another urgent need.  108 blankets or sleeping bags were given away last Monday. If you have no more to donate, please ask friends or family members whether they can help.
      · sleeping bags and backpacks;
      · McDonald's gift cards;
      · Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle;
      · artificial Christmas trees of any size (please inform Andy Bechman if you have one of these to donate).
      Food items that are needed include:
      · macaroni and cheese;
      · cooked hams of any type.  Please drop hams off to the large refrigerator in the kitchen area of the Pastoral Center by Dec. 12.
      Thank you for your generosity!
      N.B.  Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that we leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items after December 12 until further notice after the holidays.  She will still be able to accept McDonald's and Port Authority cards.

GREET THE GREETERS!
      Have you been greeted at church by a parishioner with a nametag the last couple of weekends?  As part of a plan to highlight the importance of practicing hospitality, the members of our parish Pastoral Council have been greeting people as they enter for Mass.  So say "hi" to the greeters and let's come together for worship with a good feeling of community!

PET THERAPY
      Pet Therapy at the VA Hospital on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee members are selling Christmas Cards.  The sale benefits People Concerned for the Unborn Child.  The cards have a Nativity Scene on the cover and a message inside.  A packet of ten cards costs $6.00.  Contact any member or call 412-781-6550.  Your purchase will help the pro-life movement. God bless you.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you, or someone you know, attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier. 
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

MEGA MEETING
      There will be a MEGA Meeting on December 15 at noon in the Pastoral Center for all confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor.

FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT
      Motet Choir from the University of Chicago offers a free concert at 8:00 pm on Saturday, December 14 at Calvary Episcopal Church (315 Shady Ave). The festive program features songs for Advent and Christmas framed by settings of the "O" Antiphons, traditional chants for the last days before Christmas. The Fox Chapel Area High School Madrigal Singers will also perform. For more information, call Philip McGrath at 773.998.1451 or visit http://motet.uchicago.edu.

ST. MONICA SOCIETY MEETING REMINDER
      The St. Monica Society December meeting has been moved to Saturday, December 14 at 9:30 am in the Pastoral Center.  Come join us as we send Christmas cards to nursing homes and pray for those who no longer worship with us.  All are welcome.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP IS ALMOST HERE!
      This weekend after Masses on December 7th and 8th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center.  This annual event for CDTCA students will once again be expanded and open to parishioners to enhance your holiday shopping.  A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts and inexpensive gift items will be available for purchase.  Many items were very popular last year and are back by request.  You may just find the perfect gift for someone on your list.

JOIN THE CHILDREN'S LITURGY
      Children's Liturgy is looking for adults or teenagers to help bring the Word Alive to children during 9:00 am Mass.  Volunteer monthly as a liturgist (leading) or assistant (helping keep order).  Details: Natalie Gillespie, Gillespie@brilliantave.com

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 8, 2013
Sunday: Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12
Monday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Is 40:1-11/Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday: Is 40:25-31/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Friday: Is 48:17-19/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S CHOIR 
      Any child in grades 3-8 wishing to participate in the Christmas Eve Children's Choir for the 4:00 pm Mass should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.  There will be one rehearsal at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 15.

CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
      Any child in grades K-2 wishing to be an angel or shepherd at the Christmas Eve Children's Liturgy should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com before December 15.

JOB OPENING AT SISTERS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE
      Finance Administrative Assistant, PT (18-20 hours/week).  Minimum 5 years experience.  Responsibilities include: data entry, filing, project management.  Must be proficient in Excel and Word.  Submit resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: Controller, Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101 or divprovsrs@gmail.com.  No phone calls please.

PRAYER FOR LIGHTING AN ADVENT WREATH
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 and Prayers

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 7
    5:00 pm Mary A. Massarelli (Bill & Jean Eckert)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Samuel Calderone (Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Granato)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 9
   8:30 am  Edna R. Logero (Ruth & Gary Keefer)

Tuesday, Advent Weekday, December 10
   8:30 am  Floyd Ganassi (Jack Monteverde)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 11
   8:30 am  Anniv., Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, Our Lady of Guadalupe,  December 12
    8:30 am  Frank Sabolich (Dobbelstein Family)

Friday, St. Lucy, December 13
   8:30 am  Frank Flynn (Ines & Norberto Rodriguez)

Saturday, St. John of the Cross, December 14
   9:00 am  Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent, December 14
   5:00 pm  Adeline & Ron Aluino (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinksy (Friends of Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
     11:00 am  Lawrence Levy, father of Julie Podgorski (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                     

December 1, 2013

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
      The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this year on Monday, December 9.  It is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  We have one scheduled Mass at 8:30 am.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      Last weekend we began our annual Christmas Sharing Tree project.  On the trees are two different colored envelopes: one set supports Haitian children's education and the other set supports the education of Kenyan children.  In addition, there are tags representing children and adults from West Virginia for whom we will buy and wrap gifts.  We invite you to choose one of the envelopes or tags.  We ask that you return these envelopes or wrapped presents (with the tag on the outside) on the weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thank you for being God's kindly light in the dark and challenging world!

WOMEN OF THE PARISH . . .
      Women of the Parish, please plan to bake extra Christmas cookies!  As part of our December outreach we will be collecting homemade cookies in the Pastoral Center on December 15 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. 
      The cookies will be supplied to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  We're serving over 130 families so please be generous.  Please use disposable containers.  Thank you very much!

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, December 5 & Friday, December 6.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP IS ALMOST HERE!
      Next weekend after Masses on December 7th and 8th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center.  This annual event for CDTCA students will once again be expanded and open to parishioners to enhance your holiday shopping.  A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts and inexpensive gift items will be available for purchase.  Many items were very popular last year and are back by request.  You may just find the perfect gift for someone on your list.

MEDITATION DURING ADVENT
      During Advent, we open ourselves to the coming of Jesus.  Christian meditation is one of the most direct ways to do this.
      We meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:00.
      One participant says, "Christian meditation is a peaceful, prayerful time to begin my day!  There is a wonderful sense of community!  It is another way to let God into my life."
      Please consider making Christian meditation part of your Advent practice!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
                                                                         --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
       •  McDonald's gift cards;
       • Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
       • Artificial Christmas trees of any size (please inform Andy Bechman if you have one of these to donate).
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  hamburger helper and similar prepared meals;
      •  packaged foods such as tuna and chicken that do not require refrigeration.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
       Thank you for your generosity!
   
      N.B.  Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that we leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items after December 12 until further notice after the holidays.  She will still be able to accept McDonald's and Port Authority cards.

Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes: The following letter was addressed to me, but it is obviously meant for you, the generous people who donated coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.
Dear Ms. Nancy,

I want to thank you for all of the coats that you have donated to Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8.  You have been a great help in providing our needy students with the essential things that they need.  You have been a blessing to our school and put smiles on the faces of the students and parents who have benefitted from your help.  The teachers and staff enjoy seeing the students get things that they need to be successful in our school.  We really appreciate all of the help that you have given and continue to provide.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth A. DeLawder
Administrative Office/Instructional Lead Teacher
Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8


CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee members are selling Christmas Cards.  The sale benefits People Concerned for the Unborn Child.  The cards have a Nativity Scene on the cover and a message inside.  A packet of ten cards costs $6.00.  Contact any member or call 412-781-6550.  Your purchase will help the pro-life movement. God bless you.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, December 2, at 7:30 in the church.  Please use the entrance nearest the grotto on the Fourth St. side of the Pastoral Center. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
      If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptismal preparation session will be held on January 27.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
      The American Legion Post 77 is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the American Legion Post 77 Social Hall.  Children ages 2 to 12 are $6.00, Adults $10.00.  Call 412-772-1626 for reservations.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you or someone you know attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier. 
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 1, 2013
Sunday: Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44
Monday: Is 4:2-6/Mt8:5-11
Tuesday: Is11:1-10/Lk10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Mt15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24/Mt9:27-31
Saturday: Is 30:19-21,23-26/Mt9:35--10:1,5a, 6-8
Next Sunday:  Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Youth Ministry will be meeting on Monday, December 2 in the Pastoral Center from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm to view and discuss "The Case for Christ."

YOUTH MASS
      The Youth Mass is Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 pm.  After Mass we will be caroling at the VA Hospital.

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S CHOIR 
      Any child in grades 3-8 wishing to participate in the Christmas Eve Children's Choir for the 4:00 pm Mass should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.  There will be one rehearsal at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 15.

PET THERAPY
      Pet Therapy at the VA Hospital on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
      Any child in grades K-2 wishing to be an angel or shepherd at the Christmas Eve Children's Liturgy should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com before December 15.

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office (please enter the building by the rear door).  All are welcome.

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
      Advent, the first season of the church year, begins this weekend.  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 Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 30
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Alfreda Kopec (Bonessa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Elizabeth Garonzi (Grandmother of Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 2
   8:30 am  Martha F. Flynn (Gallagher Family)

Tuesday, St. Francis Xavier, December 3
   8:30 am  Geneva Gimber (L. Clifford)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 4
   8:30 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)

Thursday, Advent Weekday,  December 5
   8:30 am  Helen Duffy (John Staley)

Friday, St. Nicholas, December 6
   8:30 am  Anniv., Harry & Geneva Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)

Saturday, St. Ambrose, December 7
   9:00 am  Louis Certo (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 7
   5:00 pm  Mary A. Massarelli (Bill & Jean Eckert)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Samuel Calderone (Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Granato)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                           

November 24, 2013

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
      Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day this Thursday. This week will be one of the busiest for travel. Local news channels will broadcast stories about Thanksgiving meals and also about the poor who will be served by others. The president will pardon a turkey. Stores will gear up for Black Friday sales and a big shopping weekend. Financial markets in the United States will be closed down Thursday and have shortened hours on Friday. The collision of sentiments of gratitude and crass commercialism on a single weekend can make for a certain incongruence in one's experience of these few days.
      As we celebrate the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we are presented with a seemingly huge incongruity in the Gospel that is proclaimed this year. We celebrate a great King, and in our human experience when we hear of a king we think of fine robes, sumptuous feasts, grand castles, and scores of courtiers and servants. The Gospel today gives us a broken man, abandoned by his friends, condemned, reviled by a criminal, and hanging on a cross. This is the King we honor today.
      Thank God that we can live with a certain amount of dissonance in our lives. It is what allows us to hold in balance seemingly contradictory notions, like the fact that a crucified man is our Lord and King. One of the criminals crucified with Jesus asks that he be remembered when Jesus comes into his kingdom. That plea, uttered near the moment of his death, has become a prayer for Christians through the centuries, because we believe that the death of Jesus was not the end. We believe that his death was just the beginning, ushering in a new kingdom, and promising a new life that can be ours if we submit ourselves to the rule of this universal King. The promise Christ makes to the repentant thief is the promise he makes to us: we will be with him in paradise.
                                                        ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
      Bishop Zubik has requested that all the parishes of the diocese take up a collection for those devastated by the typhoon in the Philippines.  So, our second collection will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services and the Bishops' Conference in the Philippines. 

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      Last weekend we began our annual Christmas Sharing Tree project.  On the trees are two different colored envelopes: one set to support Haitian children's education, and the other set to support the education of Kenyan children.  In addition, there are tags representing children and adults from West Virginia for whom we will buy and wrap gifts.  We invite you to choose one of the envelopes or tags.  We ask that you return these envelopes or wrapped presents (with the tag on the outside) on the weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thank you for being God's kindly light in the dark and challenging world!

BOOK FAIR
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having a book fair at the Barnes & Noble Waterworks store.  The fair is this Sunday, November 24 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Our students will be performing at 1:00 pm and a story time for younger children will begin at 1:45 pm.  Come have a coffee, sandwich or treat.  Enjoy the performance and start on your Christmas shopping!

PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC
      There are no copies of the Pittsburgh Catholic in church today because they were mailed to all our homes.  If you did not receive a Pittsburgh Catholic, please contact the Parish Office so we can put you on the list for the next mailing in Lent.

FR. PHILIP FARRELL
      This Sunday we welcome Fr. Phil Farrell as the presider at the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses.  Fr. Phil is the Episcopal Vicar for our area - Region Four.  His primary responsibility is to be Bishop Zubik's representative to the parishes in Region Four.  Last month he made a pastoral visit to meet with me, the professional staff, the Pastoral Council, the Financial Council and to check the Sacramental Registers.  I invited him to officiate at our Sunday Masses so he could have a better "feel" for our parish community and also give you a chance to get to know him.

WOMEN OF THE PARISH . . .
      Women of the Parish, please plan to bake extra Christmas cookies!  As part of our December outreach we will be collecting homemade cookies in the Pastoral Center on December 15 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. 
      The cookies will be supplied to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  We're serving over 130 families so please be generous.  Please use disposable containers.  Thank you very much!

STEWARDSHIP
There are many people in need in today's world.  Am I self-absorbed in my own concerns or am I aware of those who need help?                --Pope Francis 

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
      · McDonald's gift cards;
      · Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
Nancy notes that these items are especially important as the weather turns colder.
      Food items that are needed include:
      · macaroni and cheese;
      · hamburger helper and similar prepared meals;
      · packaged foods such as tuna and chicken that do not require refrigeration.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Thank you for your generosity!

Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes:
      Our plea for outerwear for the children of John Morrow School in the North Side of Pittsburgh resulted in a collection of 87 children's coats and all the hats, gloves, and scarves that they needed.
      The principal, in amazement at what was achieved in two weeks, asked, "How in God's name were you able to do this?"  Our reply was, "You just answered your own question.  In God's name it was done."
      Everyone involved called it nothing short of a miracle.  Thank you, Fr. Ken, Sr. Dorothy, and Andy Bechman for supporting us in our emergency plea . . . and we thank each and every one of you who donated these beautiful coats, gloves, and scarves.  This is the "Church Alive" in action!
                                                                   Yours in Christ,
                                                                    Nancy

BLOOD DRIVE
      This Sunday, November 24, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm is our Blood Drive in the Pastoral Center.  Everyday is a challenge to see enough blood donors to meet local needs.  If you think, "other people are giving enough blood" you are wrong.  Although over 50% of the population is eligible to give blood, only about 5% actually do.  New donors are needed every day in order to maintain regional blood supplies.  Please give blood this weekend.

CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee members are selling Christmas Cards.  The sale benefits People Concerned for the Unborn Child.  The cards have a Nativity Scene on the cover and a message inside.  A packet of ten cards costs $6.00.  Contact any member or call 412-781-6550.  Your purchase will help the pro-life movement. God bless you.

MEN'S RETREAT SUCCESSFUL
      Seven men from St. Scholastica participated in a retreat last weekend at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side slopes.  One of the retreatants, Jerry Werries, reports: "I was skeptical about going on the retreat when first asked by a fellow parishioner because of many retreats that I was expected to make in high school while discerning my vocation.  But after a few hours at the retreat center, I realized what I missed over the past 50 years.  I was in a spiritual vacuum, just treading water and not advancing in my spiritual life.  The weekend caused movement for which I am very grateful."
      Thanks to Jim Fanning and Bob Auray for promoting the retreat at our parish.  We are looking to make this an annual event.  Last year, Jim and Bob attended; this year, we had seven; next year, we hope that an even larger group of men will take advantage of this opportunity to take a break from our busy lives and, in the words of one of the retreat leaders, "let our souls catch up to our bodies".

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, December 2, at 7:30 in the church.  Please use the entrance nearest the grotto on the Fourth St. side of the Pastoral Center. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
      If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptismal preparation session will be held on January 27.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
      The American Legion Post 77 is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the American Legion Post 77 Social Hall.  Children ages 2 to 12 are $6.00, Adults $10.00.  Call 412-772-1626 for reservations.

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will have shortened office hours on November 26.  The office will be open from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  The Parish Office will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Sunday: 2 Sm 5:1-3/Col 1:12-20/Lk 23:35-43
Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4
Tuesday:  Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11
Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk 21:12-19
Thursday: Dn 6:12-28/Lk 21:20-28
Friday: Dn 7:2-14/Lk 21:29-33
Saturday: Rom 10:9-18/Mt 4:18-22
Next Sunday: Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44

THANKSGIVING MASS
      Please join us for Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 am.

THANKSGIVING PIES
      Please remember to pick up your Thanksgiving pies on November 23 and 24 after all masses.

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Youth Ministry will be meeting on Monday, December 2, in the Pastoral Center from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm to view and discuss "The Case for Christ".

BEGINNING ADVENT NEXT WEEKEND
What are the key first steps to enter into Advent?
      We can all slow down. We can all breathe more deeply. We can all begin to trust that this will be a blessed time. Then, when we let ourselves be who we are, and hear the Scriptures, we can begin to quietly pray, "Come, Lord, Jesus." We might expand that prayer, in quiet moments of our days ahead, "Come into my life. I trust you don't mind if it is still messy. I believe you love me, because I need your love. I don't fear you can't find the way to my heart. Come and fill me with peace and the love only you can give." Some of us will want to open our hands on our laps or hold up our arms in the privacy of our rooms and say out loud, "Come, Lord, Jesus, come into this house, into my family, into our struggles. Come and heal us, and give us joy again. Come and unite us and let us experience, each in our own way, a bit of the joy you are offering me now." And, before a single decoration goes up, we have prepared for Christmas's message with the foundation of faith, with the mystery of Advent's gift. God wants to be with us. Advent is letting God's will be done in our hearts and in our everyday lives.
      Taken from Praying Advent, on Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html  Used with permission.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      There will be no Religious Education classes on November 27 and December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 23
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 24
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Philip Farrell
   11:00 am  Anniv., Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Philip Farrell

Monday, weekday, November 25
   8:30 am  Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)

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

Wednesday, weekday, November 27
   8:30 am  Holly & Nancy McSorley (Arthur McSorley)

Thursday, weekday Thanksgiving, November 28
   9:00 am  Michael Fadool (John Staley)

Friday, weekday, November 29
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Andrew, apostle, November 30
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 30
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Alfreda Kopec (Bonessa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am Elizabeth Garonzi (Grandmother of Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org