February 3, 2013

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

       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.                              

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

       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.

      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.

      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.

      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 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.

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

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

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

      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 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.

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

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

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

Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22

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

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

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

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

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