February 3, 2013

 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      People who play the lottery are always hoping for that big chance to win a super jackpot. Against all odds (literally!) they imagine winning millions. After all, someone has to win. It might as well be me. It's almost contradictory that lotteries have become part of state budgeting, when many Americans believe in the values of hard work and earning a living as opposed to the gratuitous windfall that a lottery would give someone. State income from lotteries exceeds that of tobacco excise taxes, but is less than the license fees states collect on motor vehicles. Everybody who wants something for nothing is involved. For the outlay of a miniscule amount of cash, a player dreams of an immense return. And the state gets a bonus to its income without having to tax its citizens more.
      In today's Gospel, the people of Nazareth are acting a bit like lottery hopefuls, with high expectations for a significant payout with the investment of very little. They've heard about all the great things that Jesus did in Capernaum, and now they are expecting to cash in on the local boy made good. Surely he has got to work some astounding miracles here.
      But Jesus is not a lottery ticket. And faith in him is not a something for nothing proposition in which all the benefits are reaped with very little investment. As we will learn as we read from Luke's Gospel in the weeks and months ahead, Jesus is headed on a journey to Jerusalem. His destiny lies in that city where he will suffer and die, and finally, through his resurrection, he will usher in the era of the Spirit that is poured out on the church. For us, following Jesus is a lifelong journey to our own Jerusalem in which we empty ourselves in the service of others. It is no lottery that we hope to win, but a share in Christ's journey through death to resurrection.
                                                     ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of George Paulick by the Paulick Family.

 ALTAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
       As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we always have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the Parish Office:  412-781-0186, ext. 10.                              

2013 MASS INTENTIONS
      Mass Intentions are still available for 2013.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

PASTORAL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS CONTINUE
      It is time now to nominate parishioners to serve on the Pastoral Council! Please prayerfully consider nominating yourself or another parishioner to serve.
      The Pastoral Council works with Fr. Ken to discern the spiritual needs of the parish and to develop plans to meet them. They are the ones with their hands on the tiller, steering the parish into the future. It is an important and exciting ministry, and we want to be sure that the Council represents the diversity of the parish.
      Nomination cards are available in the pews and in the church vestibule and may be placed in the collection basket, returned to the Pastoral Council mailbox in the back hallway of the Pastoral Center, or given to any usher or present council member. Nominations close next weekend.
      People who are nominated will be contacted by a Pastoral Council member. They will be given a chance to learn more about the council and its role. If they decide to continue, they will be encouraged to reflect upon their own gifts and the needs of the parish. Finally, they will meet with a discernment team which will choose the new council members.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
      Saturday, February 9th from 1 pm-6 pm.  All candidates must attend.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
      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 requests donations of warm, extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with thinsulate are best) and adult-sized backpacks (used backpacks are fine).
      · Nancy requests donations of tuna as well as macaroni and cheese and other packaged meals.
      · Zone 1 bus tickets are available at Giant Eagle and serve a real need. "Many people walk to my line on Monday night," Nancy says. "It's one thing to walk down, but walking home with groceries is another." She always appreciates the opportunity to send people home on a bus.
      · McDonald's gift certificates are also useful. "People use them for coffee," Nancy says, "so that they can stay warm."
      Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . . The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
      Men and women of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the "poor boxes" located at the doors of the church. Some members also help veterans at the VA to attend chapel services. In addition, the Society stocks the pamphlet rack in the back of the church. To learn more or join, contact Carol Paulick at: stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com.

BAKE SALE
      CDTCA is holding its Annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale after all masses February 9th and 10th. Be sure to stop by for all of your Valentine's Day treats--we have something for everyone. In addition to the ever popular 6-inch cakes, we have gourmet truffles, homemade cookies, muffins and mini-coffee cakes, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels and caramel popcorn. There are even treats for your favorite pup! All proceeds benefit your parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

SPIRITUALITY OF THE GOSPELS
       All four gospels call readers to become faithful followers of Christ, but each gospel has its own approach to our Savior. Responding to any gospel's special focus promises to nourish a distinct spirituality. Join us for a Bible study to explore these spiritual approaches to Jesus. We will reflect on the gospels and on the lives of people who have been inspired by them, using materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study.
      The study is offered on Thursday evenings at 7:30, from February 28th to April 18th (excluding Holy Thursday, March 28). There is a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances, the Adult Faith Formation page on our website, or contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 or by e-mail at: andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

CATHOLICISM VIDEO SERIES
      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in an intellectually stimulating and visually arresting style. It is an excellent complement to Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism, if you are now reading that book.
      This week's episode is titled "World Without End: The Last Things." It is, appropriately enough, the final episode of the series. You can benefit from it even if you have not been able to attend previous episodes. We will meet on Thursday evening, February 7th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. The episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.

YOUTH MINISTRY SKI TRIP
      The Youth Ministry Ski Trip is Thursday, February 14th from 4 pm-11 pm at Seven Springs.  RSVP by February 7th.  All teens and their family are welcome.  Drivers needed.

FAMILY HOUSE MEAL
      Wednesday, February 13th, meet at 4:15 pm.  We will prepare the meal and serve it.  Return by 6:45 pm.  All teens welcome, drivers needed.

LOVE WALK
      Love Walk for the poor is Sunday, February 10th at 2 pm at Sacred Heart Parish.  This is a wonderful diocesan event that brings together the teens of our city in solidarity with the poor of our city.  We begin with Mass at 2 pm followed by the walk to East End Cooperative Ministries.  There we will have hot chocolate and learn about various service opportunities.  Bring non-perishable food items.  RSVP to Jamie Dillon.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 3RD
Sunday:  Jer 1:4-5, 17-19/1 Cor 12:31--13:13 or 13:4-13/Lk 4:21-30
Monday:  Heb 11:32-40/Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday:  Heb 12:1-4/Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday:  Heb 12:4-7, 11-15/Mk 6:1-6
Thursday:  Heb 12:18-19, 21-24/Mk 6:7-13
Friday:  Heb 13:1-8/Mk 6:14-29
Saturday:  Heb 13:15-17, 20-21/Mk 6:30-34
Next Sunday:  Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11

2012 END OF YEAR DONATION STATEMENTS
       Parishioners who would like a 2012 donation statement for tax purposes can contact Chrissy Morton at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x24.

YOUTH MINISTRY
       Our Youth Ministry will be hosting a Bible & Religious Jewelry and Sacramental Sale the first  two weekends of February after all the masses.

FR. KEN VACATION
      Fr. Ken will be away for a week's vacation from Monday, January 28th - Tuesday, February 5th.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
      The next meeting of the Aquinas Guild will be Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  Nancy Gannon, who has been a hospice volunteer for more than 25 years, will speak on "Breaking the Myth of Hospice." Nancy will share her experiences as a hospice volunteer and talk about the many changes that have occurred over the years.  Also on hand will be Nancy's daughter, Meghan Anderson, L.C.S.W., the community liaison with Family Hospice and Palliative Care.  She will be available to answer many financial and technical questions that relate to hospice care.
      Hospice care has become an important part of our 'end of life' medical decisions; all parishioners are welcome to attend this presentation.  With hospice care, becoming an important part of many families' medical decisions, it is important to be informed on this issue before being faced with decisions.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
      Altar Server Training will be held this Sunday,  February 3rd after the 11 am Mass.  Any child in grade 4 or above can become an altar server.  It is a wonderful way to deepen your faith and learn more about the Mass.  Please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com to express your interest and obtain the required study materials.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 2
   5:00 pm George R. Paulick (Paulick Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 3
   7:30 am  Anthony Cordisco (Aspinwall Police Department)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jerry O'Shea
   11:00 am  Celia Mancini (Mancini Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jerry O'Shea

Monday, weekday, February 4
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, February 5
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, February 6
   8:30 am  Birthday, Genina Paese (Barbara & Louis Costanzo)

Thursday, weekday, February 7
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, February 8
    8:30 am  Mary Catherine  Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cananaugh)

Saturday, weekday,  February 9
   9:00 am  Leona Venn (Robert Schultz)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 9
   5:00 pm  Earl Simanek (Helen Simanek)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 10
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  George Voyer (Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dr. Raymond Rueger (Rueger Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                              

January 27, 2013

 3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      When parents bring their children for baptism, the first thing in the ceremony that the priest or deacon asks them is, "What name have you given to your child?" Parents select the names they bestow on their children for a host of reasons: family tradition, personal meaning, a connection to admired individuals, the beauty of how it sounds, or a name's particular meaning are but a few. Even if a child later on chooses to be known by some other name, most often it will be a variation of the original given by the parents. Elizabeth can become Betty or Liza; Robert turns into Bob; Jason shortens to Jase; and Caroline can be known as Carly.
      Scripture scholars are divided on whether the person named at the beginning of Luke's Gospel is a particular individual, or whether he stands for all those who would hear the story of Jesus. His name, Theophilus, means one who loves God, so the name could be just as likely allegorical as actual. In any event, the story of Jesus that Luke organized and wrote is directed toward someone whose very name suggests a connection to the divine. The good news of Jesus is intended for one who loves God.
      That does not mean to exclude every Tom, Dick, and Harry (or Barb, Jane, and Mary for that matter). No matter what our first name actually means, as a son or daughter of God in baptism, we are all "Theophilus," that is, lovers of God. The story of Jesus-the welcome he gives to the poor and the outcast, the Spirit that is poured out on him and on his followers, the journey to Jerusalem where the fulfillment of the Father's will is accomplished-is our story. And as we listen to the Gospel from Luke in the year ahead we can pray that we become ever more lovers of God, who calls us all by name.
                                                             ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

ALTAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
       As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we always have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the Parish Office:  412-781-0186, ext. 10.                              

2013 MASS INTENTIONS
      Mass Intentions are still available for 2013.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

PASTORAL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
      This weekend we begin the process of nominating parishioners to serve on the Pastoral Council. Please prayerfully consider nominating yourself or another parishioner to serve as a council member.
      The Pastoral Council works with Fr. Ken to discern the spiritual needs of the parish and to develop plans to meet them. They are the ones with their hands on the tiller, steering the parish into the future. It is an important and exciting ministry, and we want to be sure that the Council represents the diversity of the parish.
      Nomination cards are available in the pews and in the church vestibule and may be placed in the collection basket, returned to the Pastoral Council mailbox in the back hallway of the Pastoral Center, or given to any usher or present council member. Nominations close on February 10th.
      People who are nominated will be contacted by a Pastoral Council member. They will be given a chance to learn more about the council and its role. If they decide to continue, they will be encouraged to reflect upon their own gifts and the needs of the parish. Finally, they will meet with a discernment team which will choose the new council members.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, January 27th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

 STEWARDSHIP CORNER
       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 requests donations of warm, men's winter gloves in large sizes (gloves with thinsulate are best). She also requests good XL to 6XL very warm winter jackets for men and backpacks.
      · Nancy requests donations of tuna, peanut butter, cereal, and McDonald's gift certificates,  as well as prepared foods such as Tuna Helper and macaroni and cheese.
      · Zone 1 bus tickets are available at Giant Eagle and serve a real need. Nancy says, "Many people walk to my line on Monday night. They stand for hours until 10 or 11 o'clock waiting to receive food and clothing. It is such a help to be able to offer them bus tickets so they can get home."
      Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus On . . . Bereavement Ministry
      The goal of our Bereavement Ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each bereaved family in the parish in their time of sorrow and grief. This outreach group of volunteers, along with the Director of Music and Bereavement Ministries, visits the family of the deceased, helps prepare the funeral service, and delivers a basket of food to the family. In addition to the pastor, who leads a short prayer service at the funeral home, committee members, if able, visit the funeral home and attend the funeral. Other volunteers are available to lector should the family need someone. This group of people has also formed a choir to sing at funerals, as well as hospitality ministers to be present at funeral luncheons held at the Pastoral Center. For more information or to take part, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of William O'Brien, father of Katie Sasson and grandfather of Tim Sasson.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
       The next meeting of the Aquinas Guild will be Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  Nancy Gannon, who has been a hospice volunteer for more than 25 years, will speak on "Breaking the Myth of Hospice." Nancy will share her experiences as a hospice volunteer and talk about the many changes that have occurred over the years.  Also on hand will be Nancy's daughter, Meghan Anderson, L.C.S.W., the community liaison with Family Hospice and Palliative Care.  She will be available to answer many financial and technical questions that relate to hospice care.
      Hospice care has become an important part of our 'end of life' medical decisions; all parishioners are welcome to attend this presentation.  With hospice care, becoming an important part of many families' medical decisions, it is important to be informed on this issue before faced with decisions.

CATHOLICISM VIDEO SERIES
      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in an intellectually stimulating and visually arresting style. It is an excellent complement to Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism, if you are now reading that book.
      This week's episode is titled "The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit."  We will meet on Thursday evening, January 31st, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. The episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
      There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs.

UKE GROUP IS COMING
      Our Youth Ministry is forming a ukulele group for all students in grades 6th through 12th.  We will have our first meeting on Monday, January 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Ministry Center.  Students will learn to play ukulele with the intention of playing together at nursing homes.  Students are encouraged to bring their own ukulele, baritone preferred.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
      Altar Server Training will be held this Sunday, January 27th and Sunday, February 3rd after the 11am Mass.  Any child in grade 4 or above can become an altar server.  It is a wonderful way to deepen your faith and learn more about the Mass.  Please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com to express your interest and obtain the required study materials.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 27TH
Sunday: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Monday: Heb 9:15, 24-28/Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: Heb 10:1-10/Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: Heb 10:11-18/Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: Heb 10:19-25/Mk 4:21-25
Friday: Heb 10:32-39/Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:-32
Next Sunday:Jer 1:4-5, 17-19/1 Cor 12:31--13:13 or 13:4-13/Lk 4:21-30

2012 END OF YEAR DONATION STATEMENTS
       Parishioners who would like a 2012 donation statement for tax purposes can contact Chrissy Morton at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x24.

YOUTH MINISTRY
       Our Youth Ministry will be hosting a Bible & Religious Jewelry and Sacramental Sale the first  two weekends of February after all the masses.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: LIFE AND DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
      The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
          Copyright 2010, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

CONGRATULATIONS
      Congratulations to the CDTCA Forensics Team for placing 1st in a recent competition at East Catholic.  Students in grades 6 through 8 competed against 14 other schools in the diocese.

FR. KEN VACATION
      Fr. Ken will be away for a week's vacation from Monday, January 28th - Tuesday, February 5th.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 27
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Jean & Bill Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  George Voyer (Lisa & Tom Perry)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Steve Miketic (Melanie & John Baraniak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Thomas Aquinas, January 28
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, January 29
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, January 30
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, St. John Bosco, January 31
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, February 1
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, weekday,  February 2
    9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 2
   5:00 pm  George R. Paulick (Paulick Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 3
   7:30 am  Anthony Cordisco (Aspinwall Police Department)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jerry O'Shea
   11:00 am  Celia Mancini (Mancini Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jerry O'Shea

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                 

January 20, 2013 Bulletin

 2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Occasionally we hear someone speak about experiencing a miracle. Usually it involves rescue from some accident or health crisis. "It was a miracle that car didn't hit me, the way they were driving" or "It was a miracle they were able to save her leg, the way that it was smashed." We even talk about "miracle" drugs, a reference to the amazing properties of life-saving antibiotics, antivirals, and certain other compounds. Miracles have a character of the unexplained to them. While scientists can describe in great detail the action of "miracle" drugs, to the rest of us they seem just amazing. Doctors can illuminate the process by which someone is healed through surgery and therapy, but again, it seems almost unbelievable when we see the results. Engineers can detail why a collision never happened, but to those who escape harm, it seems like a miracle indeed!
      The miracle at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee is the third aspect of what comprises the manifestation of Christ known as the Epiphany mystery. (The appearance of the Magi and the baptism at the Jordan are the other two.) In his Gospel, John describes the action by Jesus at Cana as a "sign" that reveals his glory. It is the revelation of his glory that causes the disciples to believe in him. Jesus is made manifest, and so people come to believe. It is what happened to the Magi; it is what happened to the crowds gathered at the Jordan; it is what happens to the disciples who are with him at the wedding feast.
      The wonder of God's glory is not reserved to spectacular miracles that take place only at rare intervals. It is a wonder that a drug can cure someone, or that a surgeon can work so skillfully, or that for whatever reason, accidents are avoided. Seeing the manifestation of God's action each day is the sign of one who believes that the Word is made flesh and dwells among us.
                                                 ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
      The Pittsburgh Diocese is home to two nationally recognized educational programs for children with special needs: DePaul School for Hearing and Speech (formerly known as DePaul Institute) and St. Anthony School programs. A special collection to benefit these two organizations will be taken up this weekend.
      DePaul School for Hearing and Speech provides Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Without the use of sign language, DePaul students learn to listen and speak and successfully transition to their neighborhood schools with their peers.
      St. Anthony School Programs provides Catholic special education to children with development delays and autism in five elementary/intermediate classrooms, two secondary classrooms and two college-age programs located on the campuses of Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. St. Anthony's has also partnered with Carlow University to add an academic component to the curriculum for qualified post-secondary students. Your generosity will help these organizations forever improve the lives of their students and families.

ALTAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
      As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we always have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the Parish Office:  412-781-0186, ext. 10.                             

2013 MASS INTENTIONS
      Mass Intentions are still available for 2013.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
      The next meeting of the Aquinas Guild will be Tuesday, February 12th, at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  Nancy Gannon, who has been a hospice volunteer for more than 25 years, will speak on "Breaking the Myth of Hospice."  Nancy will share her experiences as a hospice volunteer and talk about the many changes that have occurred over the years.  Also on hand will be Nancy's daughter, Meghan Anderson, L.C.S.W., the community liaison with Family Hospice and Palliative Care.  She will be available to answer many financial and technical questions that relate to hospice care.             
      Hospice care has become an important part of our 'end of life' medical decisions; all parishioners are welcome to attend this presentation.  With hospice care becoming an important part of many families' medical decisions, it is important to be informed on this issue before being faced with decisions.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      No Religious Education classes on January 20th or 22nd.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
      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!
      · Pastoral Council members will address the parish at next weekend's masses in order to begin recruiting new members for the council. The Pastoral Council works with Fr. Ken to discern the spiritual needs of the parish and to develop plans to meet them. They are the ones with their hands on the tiller, steering the parish through new challenges and toward new opportunities. In a time when more and more parishes will be sharing pastors and ministries, this is an important and exciting task!    
      The only pre-requisites to serving on the Pastoral Council are membership in the parish and a commitment to the St. Scholastica community. Please consider nominating yourself or another parishioner to serve as a council member. Nomination forms will be available next weekend.
      · Nancy Heil requests donations of warm, men's winter gloves in large sizes (gloves with thinsulate are best). She says: "We need all the gloves we can get!"  She also requests donations of tuna, peanut butter, and cereal, prepared foods such as Tuna Helper and macaroni and cheese as well as Zone 1 bus tickets (available at Giant Eagle) and McDonald's gift certificates.  Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus on . . . RCIA
      Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, St. Scholastica Parish welcomes adults and older children into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is intended for people who have never been baptized, for Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and for baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Church or in helping others to enter. Contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email: rcia@saintscholastica.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, January 27th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

FOR LADIES ONLY
      A Bible Study for teenage girls (and their moms), Wed., January 23rd, from 7-8:30 pm, Ministry Center.

PARISHIONER JOANNE SAUNDERS TO RECEIVE "MANIFESTING THE KINGDOM" AWARD
      Congratulations to Joanne Saunders for receiving the Manifesting the Kingdom Award. The Manifesting the Kingdom award is given by Bishop Zubik to laywomen and laymen and to consecrated women and men who demonstrate the presence of Jesus in their lives and have participated in an exceptional service to the Church reflected in so many different ways in the lives, ministry and work of those who receive it. Joanne will be receiving this award at a special Mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
      Joanne has been a parishioner of St. Scholastica since 2006 and a parent of children at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy since 1999. She has devoted herself to the betterment of CDTCA. Joanne is the current PTG Board President and has been president for the last 5 years. She has co-chaired many of the school's major fundraisers and you can find her every spring in the kitchen for CDTCA's fish frys.
      Sister Dorothy Dolak, principal of CDTCA, said "Pope John Paul II once stated that Catholic school is the best way to pass on the Catholic faith. Through Joanne's efforts, our school has remained financially stable, therefore allowing our students to have their faith nurtured because faith is an integral part of our curriculum."
      "Fr. Ken, in one of his recent homilies, spoke of how we have people around us in our lives who are like the people in the bible. I see Joanne as a 'Mary' of our time. She always says yes, as Mary did to God. And she is so humble, pondering in her heart, the good that has come from her works", says Traci Giuffre, a parishioner and parent of CDTCA children.
      When asked about Joanne, Anne Pilewski, who is also a parishioner and parent of children past and present at CDTCA, said, "How appropriate that Joanne is receiving this award on January 27th, which is the kickoff weekend for Catholic Schools Week. Giving selflessly of her time is second nature to Joanne. She is a role model to all as she exhibits passion and determination while inspiring those around her to join in a ministry of passing along the faith."
      Joanne and her husband Bob have three children: Margaret, who is a freshman at Oberlin University; Will, who is a junior at Fox Chapel High School; and John, who is a 7th grader at CDTCA. Her children have learned from Joanne how to serve others in being servers and lectors at Mass.

THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video documentary series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in an intellectually stimulating and visually arresting style. The series is an excellent complement to Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism, if you are now reading that book.
      This week's episode is titled "A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints." We will meet on Thursday evening, January 24th, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. The episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
      There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 20TH
Sunday:  Is 62:1-5/1 Cor 12:4-11/Jn 2:1-11
Monday:  Heb 5:1-10/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday:  Heb 6:10-20/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday:  Heb 7:1-3, 15-17/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday:  Heb 7:25--8:6/Mk 3:7-12
Friday:  Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22/Mk 16:15-18
Saturday:  2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5/Mk 3:20-21
Next Sunday: Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Saturday, January 26th, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education! Financial aid is available. Any questions please contact Traci Giuffre 412.781.7927.

2012 END OF YEAR DONATION STATEMENTS
      Parishioners who would like a 2012 donation statement for tax purposes can contact Chrissy Morton at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x24.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There are still a few seats left on the bus to the March For Life in Washington D.C., this Friday, January 25th.  It will be an outstanding experience and a day you will never forget.  We need to make the trip to Washington to make sure this country remembers the babies who have been killed in the name of convenience.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon for information or a reservation, 412-781-6550.

BLOOD DRIVE
      A big thanks to the fifteen people who came out during the busy holiday season to donate blood.  We were able to supply 12 units for Central Blood Bank.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      The respect Life Committee would like to thank all who attended the Pancake Breakfast and supported our fundraiser.  A special thanks to the many helpers who did such a good job cooking and serving and Michael who provided us with a spotless cafeteria.  Congratulations to Bob Allen, winner of the 50/50 raffle.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
      Altar Server Training will be held on Sunday, January 27th, and Sunday, February 3rd, after the 11 am Mass.  Any child in grade 4 or above can become an altar server.  It is a wonderful way to deepen your faith and learn more about the Mass.  Please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com to express your interest and obtain the required study materials.

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Our Youth Ministry will be hosting a Bible & Religious Jewelry and Sacramental Sale the first two weekends of February after all the masses.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19
   5:00 pm  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 20
   7:30 am  William Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Henry & Barbara Egger (daughter, Catherine Fabian)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, St. Agnes, January 21
   8:30 am  Stephen Miketic (Theresa Zunic)

Tuesday, weekday, January 22
   8:30 am  Anniv., Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Wednesday, weekday, January 23
   8:30 am  Paula O'Keeffe (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)

Thursday, St. Francis de Sales, January 24
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, January 25
   8:30 am  Anniv., Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, Sts. Timothy & Titus,  January 26
   9:00 am  John Marmarella (Wife & Children)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 27
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Jean & Bill Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  George Voyer (Lisa & Tom Perry)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Steve Miketic (Melanie & John Baraniak)
       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: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                               

January 13, 2013

 THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
      By the end of next weekend we will know the two teams that will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII. When the NFL draft took place during the last weekend of April many fans watched in eager anticipation to see whom their favorite team would select. When the draft was over, some of those same fans began an analysis of their team's picks trying to predict whether the new players would help their team develop into a winning combination. While seasoned players are often the ones who lead the way, the newest members of the team can be called on at a moment's notice to perform at the highest level of the sport. Fans and coaches alike were filled with expectations for these new recruits. And at this point in the season, near the end of the playoffs, we know whether those expectations were fulfilled or whether they were misplaced.
      Early in his Gospel, St. Luke describes a similar situation in reference to John the Baptist. Of course, in first-century Palestine there was no "prophet draft" to see who could make the cut as best proclaimer of the word of God. We know that there were any number of people at the time of Jesus who exercised prophetic ministry. Some even claimed to be the Messiah who would throw off the yoke of a foreign oppressor, the Romans. John never claimed that.
      Today's feast honors the second of three mysteries that are celebrated as the manifestation of Christ. Last week it was the Magi who bore witness. This week it is John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descending as a dove. Next week it will be the miracle at Cana that testifies that Jesus is the Christ, the anointed One of God. Unlike some of the rookie players who were drafted last spring, we can acknowledge that Jesus has met every expectation and fulfilled all that we had hoped for.
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CATHOLICISM VIDEO SERIES
      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. It would be an excellent complement to Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism, if you are now reading that book.
      This week's episode is titled "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist."  We will meet on Thursday evening, January 17th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center. The episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
      There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
      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 requests donations of warm, men's winter gloves in large sizes (gloves with thinsulate are best) and men's winter caps (tossle caps to you native Pittsburghers), also with thinsulate.
      · She also requests donations of packets of tuna, chicken or other packaged food which does not need refrigeration and can be eaten without cooking.
      · Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Focus on . . . Youth Ministry
      The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit http://www.stscholasticayouth.org/. Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: youthministry@saintscholastica.com.

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Pet Therapy at the Aspinwall VA Hospital is Tuesday, January 15th from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  RSVP by Monday.  Space is very limited but this is a very meaningful way to serve.
      Family House Meal is Wednesday, January 16th.  Meet at 4:00 pm.  Car Pool to Oakland.  RSVP by Monday.  Even if you can't cook, it's a lot of fun!
      Silver Ring Thing is Friday, January 18th at Seton LaSalle High School from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm.  RSVP silverringthing.com.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      · Homestudy Religious Education check in is today!
      · No Religious Education classes on January 20th or 22nd.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall, for the March For Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, January 25th. We have tickets for the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally in the morning and will attend the MARCH in the afternoon. It is 40 years since the Supreme Court decided it was legal to kill unborn babies. 55,000,000 babies have been legally killed since then. We need to be in Washington on the 25th to speak up for those babies and future babies and their Mothers. Please consider joining us and bringing your students. They will witness the Church Alive. The cost is $25 and $20 for a student. Call Mary Catherine Scanlon, (412-781-6550) for more information or to make a reservation.

ONLINE GIVING FAQ
      Last month, we introduced WeShare, our new online giving program. Here are answers to some questions you may have. To learn more, visit our website, www.saintscholastica.com and click "How to Donate" in the "Ways to Help" box on the home page and most other pages.

Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: WeShare has the ability to accept contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, or major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Q: Do parishioners receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, all contributors enrolled with WeShare can elect to receive receipts via e-mail.

Q: What if parishioners feel uncomfortable not having something to physically drop into the collection basket?
A: We provide a printable form that can be put into the collection basket that says, "We lovingly made our donation through WeShare."

Q: Is WeShare safe?
A: Yes. WeShare is certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider. We implement the safest security standards for online transactions.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      The St. Scholastica Respect Life Committee is having a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, January 13th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. It will be held in the school cafeteria, please use the Third Street door. Proceeds support our bus to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Regular Serving $5, Small Serving $4.

2012 END OF YEAR DONATION STATEMENTS
      Parishioners who would like a 2012 donation statement for tax purposes can contact Chrissy Morton at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x24.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Saturday, January 26th, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.  Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education! Financial aid is available. Any questions please contact Traci Giuffre 412.781.7927.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 13TH
Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Acts 10:34-38 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7/Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Monday: Heb 1:1-6/Mk 1:14-20
Tuesday: Heb 2:5-12/Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday: Heb 2:14-18/Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: Heb 3:7-14/Mk 1:40-45
Friday: Heb 4:1-5, 11/Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: Heb 4:12-16/Mk 2:13-17
Next Sunday: Is 62:1-5/1 Cor 12:4-11/Jn 2:1-11

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
      Aquinas Guild monthly meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00am and on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00pm.  The Aquinas Guild would also like to invite all parishioners to mark their calendar for the Parish's Lenten Day of Reflection which will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 am.  Details on all events to follow.

RCIA RITE OF WELCOMING
      With joy we announce that Carol Fuller is preparing to enter the Catholic Church through the RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) this year. Carol is a baptized Christian who has decided to become a candidate for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The parish will recognize her decision in a Rite of Welcoming the Candidate that will be held during the 11a.m. Mass this Sunday. During the Rite, Carol will declare her intention to enter more deeply into the life of the Catholic Church, and we will welcome her. Please pray for Carol, the RCIA team, and her sponsor, Heather Fuller, who entered the Church through our RCIA in 2009.

WORLD WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
      Was your New Years resolution to take your ho-hum marriage to wow?  It wasn't?  Why not?!  The next two World Wide Marriage Encounter weekends are February 8th-10th at Quality Inn, Exit 18 off of I-90 or February 22nd-24th, at Gilmary Retreat Center, Pittsburgh.  Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit YourMarriageIsWorthIt.org.

REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Donald Flinn;  Ervin Domzal, father of Janis Domzal;  and Eleanor (Ellie) Pantone, wife of Joe Pantone.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Baptism of the Lord, January 13
   7:30 am  Frank Curcio (Wife & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Victoria Mitchell (The 9am Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Lawrence & Madeline Yeasted (Bill & Kathleen Gavlak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, January 14
   8:30 am  Lance Snyder (Judy Micher)

Tuesday, weekday, January 15
   10:00 am  Jeffrey Heryford (Dominic Stelitano)

Wednesday, weekday, January 16
  8:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)

Thursday, St. Anothony, abbot, January 17
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, January 18
   8:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Family)

Saturday, weekday,  January 19
    9:00 am  Anthony Cordisco (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19
   5:00 pm  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 20
   7:30 am  William Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Henry & Barbara Egger (daughter, Catherine Fabian)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                      

January 6, 2013

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
      When people in the entertainment industry reach a top level of fame and expertise in their profession, we talk about them as having a lot of star power. These are the men and women who eclipse lesser lights in the entertainment constellation. No matter the generation, there are always names like Monroe, Taylor, Burton, Olivier, McCartney, Springsteen, Madonna, Hanks, Streep, or Sarandon who will shine brighter than others who will also have their name inscribed on the Walk of Fame. Stars at this level of their craft can basically ask for whatever they want because they are sought after by just about everyone. Their performances, whether a live concert or on the screen, have the ability to unite people in a common experience.
      The real "star" of Matthew's Gospel today is not the one that appears in the sky to the Magi. Yes, that star is an important sign--it led the Magi from the east to Jerusalem where they learned of the prophecy about Bethlehem. That star led them to the home of the Child they would worship. This Child is the real star of the Gospel story. He comes into the world. In the midst of conflict and division, exemplified by Herod's distrust and fear, Jesus comes as the newborn king to save his people from their sins. As Matthew tells it, Jesus is the One who unites faithful Jew and believing Gentile bringing together all those who would seek the truth and follow his teaching.
      The feast of the Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the world. His revelation means that people must choose whether to follow him or not. Herod had that choice. So did the Magi. Men and women from every race and nation come to Christ. Once they choose to follow Christ, they become brothers and sisters of one another. Christ unites all believers in a common experience, his call to love. That's star power beyond imagining!
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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, January 7th, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office. 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 already baptized children 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.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      Next Sunday is the annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast sponsored by the Parish Respect Life Committee.  It will be held in the school cafeteria; please use the Third Street door.  Your patronage enables the committee to send a bus to Washington for the March For Life, hold an annual Mass and supper for people with disabilities, make a presentation at Parish Baptisms, sponsor Blood Drives, etc.

STEWARDSHIP
      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!
      "The wrath of winter is upon us!" Nancy Heil says. She requests donations of large, warm, men's winter gloves; men's thermal underwear (tops and bottoms) in sizes L and XL; and extra heavy, NEW men's winter socks.
      · Also, please continue donations of fabric for Navada Pociernicki's work making clothes for needy children: 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.
Bad News—and Good
      Nancy reports that a man named Rick whom she had known for years died recently on the streets, and another nicknamed Doc lost all of his toes and half of a foot. The donations we make really do matter, and Nancy says that our help is greatly appreciated by poor people in our area.
      Two pieces of good news. Through our efforts and those of all of Nancy's other workers, she was able to provide two or three gifts to each member of fifty-three families (243 persons all together). This was in addition to the hundreds who stood in line for her "Christmas in the Streets." And Nancy recently got a note from a young man who is discerning a vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New Jersey. He recalled working with Nancy when he was a student at North Allegheny H.S., and he credits his experience of her love for the poor as a significant moment in his spiritual growth.
Focus on . . . the Ministry of Praise
      Parishioners in the Ministry of Praise volunteer to pray at home for Parish needs and parishioner requests. A list is sent to them every two months. If you would like to join this group, or have a prayer request, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.

HEALTHSOUTH  HARMARVILLE
      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.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Haiti Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There will be a bus leaving from St. Scholastica Church for the March For Life in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 25th.  We have tickets for the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally in the morning and will attend the March in the afternoon.  It is 40 years since the Supreme Court decided it was legal to kill unborn babies.  55,000,000 babies have been legally killed since then.  We need to be in Washington on the 25th to speak up for those babies and future babies and their Mothers.  Please consider joining us and bringing your students.  They will witness the Church Alive.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon, 412-781-6550, for a reservation.

CATHOLICISM VIDEO SERIES RESUMES THIS WEEK
      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message? Join us for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. It would be an excellent complement to Matthew Kelly's Rediscover Catholicism, if you are now reading that book.
      We will view the last five episodes in the series on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Pastoral Center from January 10 to February 7. Each episode lasts about an hour. After viewing, there will be half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
      There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs.

LENT,  ASH WEDNESDAY & BAPTISMS
      On Wednesday, February 13th, we begin the Season of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Please note: WE DO NOT CELEBRATE BAPTISMS IN THE SEASON OF LENT. The reason for this is that in Lent we prepare for the Easter Mysteries of the death and resurrection of Christ. . . and baptism is the Easter Sacrament of New Life in Christ. So, on Sunday, February 10th, will be our last baptism until Easter Season.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 6TH
Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12
Monday: 1 Jn 3:22--4:6/Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10/Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18/Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19--5:4/Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13/Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21/Jn 3:22-30
Next Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Acts 10:34-38 or Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7/Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

SAVE TIME AND DONATE ONLINE!
      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 https://saintscholastica.weshareonline.org/  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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
      Aquinas Guild monthly meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00 am and on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 pm.  The Aquinas Guild would also like to invite all parishioners to mark their calendar for the Parish's Lenten Day of Reflection which will be held on Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 am.  Details on all events to follow.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Virginia Zambrano, mother of Myra Jeanne McGoldrick and Thomas D. Maher, father of Dr. Thomas (Dr. Yvonne) and Dr. John "Jack" (Mary Ellen) Maher.

BLOOD DRIVE
      Today is the St. Scholastica Blood Drive, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Please stop in the Pastoral Center after Mass and check if you are eligible to help.  This is a time of year when it is difficult to get enough blood for the needs of local hospitals.  Please consider being the donor that may save a life this week.

MASS INTENTIONS:
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

Monday, Christmas Weekday, January 7
   8:30 am  Pat Shaner (Gary & Ruth Keefer)

Tuesday, Christmas Weekday, January 8
   10:00 am  Roberta Cettin (Patricia Rigatti)

Wednesday, Christmas Weekday, January 9
   8:30 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Thursday, Christmas Weekday, January 10
   8:30 am  Anniv., Paul Schultz (Family)

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 11
   8:30 am  Birthday, Colin Fischer (Sturgis & Morton Family)

Saturday, Christmas Weekday,  January 12
   9:00 am  Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, January 12
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Baptism of the Lord, January 13
   7:30 am  Frank Curcio (Wife & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am Victoria Mitchell (The 9 am Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Lawrence & Madeline Yeasted (Bill & Kathleen Gavlak)
       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: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org