January 27, 2013

      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.
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       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.

      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.

      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.

       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.

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

       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.

      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.

      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 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.

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

       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.

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

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

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