January 13, 2013

      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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      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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 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.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

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.

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

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

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