January 20, 2013 Bulletin

      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

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

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 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.

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

      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.

      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.

      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 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.

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

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

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

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