January 6, 2013

      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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      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

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