February 24, 2013

 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT
       Many of us have buried relatives or friends who have had an impact on our lives. Standing there in the funeral home or meditating at their grave, we can recall what they meant to us, how their words or actions touched us in some way, how what they did gave some shape to the person we are today. Often, it is only years later that we recognize in ourselves some of their own character.
      Every year on the Second Sunday of Lent, we hear a version of the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each describe the experience in a rather similar fashion. But Luke adds something that the others leave out. As Jesus converses with Moses and Elijah who have appeared alongside him on the mountain, Luke says that they "spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." This is pure Lucan theology. Luke constructs his Gospel in such a way that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem where he will accomplish the fulfillment of his Father's will through his death and resurrection. In doing so, he ushers in the era of the church on which the Holy Spirit is poured out, as a prelude to the triumph of the kingdom of God. For Luke, the exodus of Jesus in Jerusalem is his Passover from death to life in the glory of the Resurrection. The Transfiguration is a glimpse of that glory.
      In a way, at the top of that mountain, Peter, James, and John were already witnessing what could be the impact of this man in their lives. He was going to change everything. As he has done with us! During Lent we take some time to reflect on what the life and teaching of Jesus means to us. We don't stand at his grave, but at an empty tomb, and recall that the One who passed over from death to life holds that promise for us as well.
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LENTEN PACKET
       Last week we mailed a Lent Packet to every registered family in our parish.  This packet has a Lent Prayer booklet with daily prayers and reflections, as well as a sheet outlining Lenten liturgies, times for Confession and other Lenten activities.  If you have not received this packet, please call the Parish Office (412)781-0186, ext. 10 and we will mail you this packet.

PARISH SHARE
      The Parish Share Program began last weekend.  This Parish Share Program provides two thirds of the diocesan operating budget.  Even in these challenging times, our parishioners have always been very generous when they understand what programs and ministries the PSP funds help to support.  Our parish assessment this year is $82,685.  Please help us to make this goal.  You should have received a Parish Share mailing from the parish.  Please make a ten month pledge and send in your first pledge payment.  Thank you for your generous support not only of our parish but also of our diocese.  Thank you, Fr. Ken.

COME EARLY– LEAVE LATE
      I have noticed that sometimes when we start Mass, half the parishioners have not yet arrived.  Also, large numbers leave at Communion time!  I know we live in a "toot and scoot" culture.  We talk about "fast food" and we drive by the outdoor ATM to quickly access some cash.  Lent is a good "time out" season - to pull back and ponder the deep things of our lives: our loves and commitments, our brokenness and wounds, God's plan for our lives and our pledges to God and our Catholic Faith.  During this season of Lent I am asking YOU to have the discipline to come early and settle in before Mass and to stay until the Mass is ended.  This will benefit not only you, but it will be a wonderful witness to your family and the rest of the congregation.

PARISH RETREAT
      Mark your calendars now for Thursday, March 21st.  That will be the Annual Lenten Day of Reflection, sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.  More details will follow.  The event is open to all parishioners.

PARENT INFORMATION MEETING
      Catholic Vision of Love 6th grade parent information meeting is on Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  Our diocesan program has been revised.  Please come and join us for a one hour meeting in order that we may better meet the needs of our young Catholics.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
      Saturday, March 2nd, Habitat for Humanity in New Kensington from 8:45 am-2:00 pm.  Rsvp by Thursday, February 21st.  All adults and teens are welcome.

STEWARDSHIP
      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 urgently requests donations of adult-sized backpacks and bath towels. Warm, size XL men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best), good XL to 6XL very warm winter jackets for men, men's jeans and casual pants in waist sizes from 46-60, and duffel bags are also needed.
      · Please leave donations in the bins in the back of church. They will go to poor and homeless people. Thank you for your generosity!
Good News!
      The Pastoral Council has received a dozen self-nominations from parishioners, and another fifteen parishioners were nominated by others. Present members are contacting the nominees to invite them to sessions to learn more about the Council and its work. Nominees who decide to continue with the process will be interviewed by Pastoral Council members. Thanks to all who participated in nominating new Council members!
Focus On . . . Music Ministry
      Music Ministers are adults, teens and children who enhance the quality of prayer and worship at our liturgies by leading the assembly in song and by encouraging full participation. Opportunities for adults and teens include: cantor, the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, the 11 a.m. SATB Choir, and instrumentalists. If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at 412-781-0186, ext. 17 or by e-mail: music@saintscholastica.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, February 24th. 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.

YOUTH MASS
      Saturday, March 9th, is Youth Mass at 5:00 pm.  After Mass we will feature "The Dirty Dozen":  a discussion of the 12 worst songs of the year and why.  Donation $3.00 for pizza.  12 and over only, adults welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
       Stations of the Cross are on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm, except for Good Friday when there are no evening Stations of the Cross.

RITE OF SENDING
      Please pray for Carol Fuller as she prepares to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Carol will travel to the Cathedral next Sunday afternoon at Bishop Zubik's invitation to participate in a Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. At the 11:00 Mass next Sunday, we will celebrate a Rite of Sending. The rite offers the parish "the opportunity to express its joy in the candidates' decision and to send them forth to the celebration of recognition assured of the parish's care and support."
      During Lent, Carol will enter the third phase of the RCIA process, the "period of purification and enlightenment." This time is centered on deepening her conversion to Christ as she prepares for the Easter sacraments. The season of Lent owes its origins to the efforts of Christian communities to support their catechumens and candidates by joining them in prayer, fasting and penitence. This Lent, may our candidate's presence among us inspire us all to deeper conversion of life!

THE ABCS OF ANNULMENTS
      A marriage separation and divorce is one of the most painful experiences of life. The Annulment Process is a way forward to a new life and new beginnings. This Monday, February 25th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center, Fr. Ken will give an outline of Church Law and the process that can lead to an official Declaration of Nullity. After this evening with its general presentation, Fr. Ken can meet individually with those who might like to begin a canonical process.

SPIRITUALITY OF THE GOSPELS
      It's not too late to join our Bible study on the four gospels and their distinctive spiritual approaches to Jesus.The study is offered on Thursday evenings at 7:30, from this Thursday, February 28th, to April 18th (excluding Holy Thursday, March 28). We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the first session, and registration is necessary. 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.

MEGA MEETING
      There will be a Mega Meeting for all of our confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor on Sunday, March 3rd after the 11:00 am Mass.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 24TH
Sunday: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18/Phil 3:17--4:1 or 3:20--4:1/Lk 9:28b-36
Monday: Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28
Thursday: Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31
Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Next Sunday:  Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15/1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12/Lk 13:1-9
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FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 24
       40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful - and proven effective - pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 6,717 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 75 abortion workers and seen 26 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features three components.
      1. Prayer & Fasting: join with other believers for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
      2. Peaceful Vigil: stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside of Planned Parenthood located at 933 Liberty Avenue, where 2,353 abortions took place in 2011.
      3. Community Outreach: bring a positive pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, March 4th, 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. The next baptism preparation session will take place on April 29th.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING LENTEN SEASON
      There is an ongoing need for hospice volunteers who can make a friendly visit, provide a pet therapy visit or play music as therapy.  Even if you just have time to stay and pray or talk, your time would be invaluable for their emotional, physical and spiritual well being.  For more information, please contact Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or email Bill.Backa@cchnet.net.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent, February 23
   5:00 pm Rita Secola (Angelo & Patricia Pittore)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, February 24
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Eleanor Pantone (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Thomas Maher (Ed & Audrey Ifft)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, February 25
   8:30 am  Lillian McBride (Daughters Linda McBride & Kathi Bauerle)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, February 26
   8:30 am  Mary McCaffrey (Ruth McDonald)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, February 27
   8:30 am  Anniv., Mary Misejka (Daughter Judy)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, February 28
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 1
    8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)
    7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday,  March 2
   9:00 am  Msgr. D. Kraus (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent, March 2
   5:00 pm  Paulette Jean Finnerty, mother of Michelle Hettinger (Luci & David Massaro)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 3
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Patsy Jordan Kearns (Mary Ellen & Tom Klingensmith)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com
Office Manager/Parish Accountant

Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com
Facilities Manager

Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                            

February 17, 2013

1ST SUNDAY OF LENT
       In negotiating with Shylock for a loan of three thousand ducats in Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, the merchant Antonio turns to his friend Bassanio and says, "Mark you this, Bassanio, / The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose" (Act 1, Scene 3). Antonio's intent is to show that, while Shylock is a smooth talker, his words possess an underlying evil intent. As the play unfolds, this becomes clearer when Shylock demands the penalty for Antonio's default on the debt: a pound of his flesh. We all know the clever manner in which Antonio is freed from the bond of his payment.
      The words Shakespeare puts on Antonio's lips owe much to today's Gospel. The first popular English translation of the Bible was published just some sixty years before The Merchant of Venice was written, and so a version of the text we hear from Luke this Sunday was still relatively new to people's ears. When Jesus quotes Scripture to the devil in the temptation scene, the devil himself takes up the challenge and quotes it back in a kind of tit for tat. "The devil can cite Scripture for his own purpose."
      As we enter into Lent, those words might serve as a reminder to us to be rigorous about the examination we undertake of ourselves during these forty days. If the devil can turn good to his own evil ends, how easy can it be for us to let evil and wickedness creep into our lives? But the goodness of God is stronger than any darkness that may lurk in our hearts. To cast out that darkness, we must bring it into the light and acknowledge that we sin. Whether our sinfulness is grave, or merely miniscule, this Lent is the time for us to turn back to God with all our hearts. We cannot let ourselves be fooled. Goodness alone is what we seek.
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ALTAR FLOWERS
       Altar flowers were placed in memory of Dr. Raimund Rueger by the Rueger Family.

LENTEN PACKET
       Last week we mailed a Lent Packet to every registered family in our parish.  This packet has a Lent Prayer booklet with daily prayers and reflections, as well as a sheet outlining Lenten liturgies, times for Confession and other Lent activities.  If you have not received this packet, please call the Parish Office (412)781-0186, ext. 10 and we will mail you this packet.

PARISH SHARE
      The Parish Share Program begins this weekend.  This Parish Share Program provides two thirds of the diocesan operating budget.  Even in these challenging times, our parishioners have always been very generous when they understand what programs and ministries the PSP funds help to support.  Our parish assessment this year is $82,685.  Please help us to make this goal.  This week you will be receiving a Parish Share mailing from the parish.  Please make a ten month pledge and send in your first pledge payment this week.  Thank you for your generous support not only of our parish but also of our diocese.  Thank you, Fr. Ken.

COME EARLY– LEAVE LATE
      I have noticed that sometimes when we start Mass, half the parishioners have not yet arrived.  Also, large numbers leave at Communion time!  I know we live in a "toot and scoot" culture.  We talk about "fast food" and we drive by the outdoor ATM to quickly access some cash.  Lent is a good "time out" season - to pull back and ponder the deep things of our lives: our loves and commitments, our brokenness and wounds, God's plan for our lives and our pledges to God and our Catholic Faith.  During this season of Lent I am asking YOU to have the discipline to come early and settle in before Mass and to stay until the Mass is ended.  This will benefit not only you, but it will be a wonderful witness to your family and the rest of the congregation.

2013 MASS INTENTIONS
      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.

YOUTH MASS
Saturday, March 9th is Youth Mass at 5:00 pm.  After Mass we will feature "The Dirty Dozen" or a discussion of the 12 worst songs of the year and why.  Donation $3.00 for pizza.  12 and over only, adults welcome.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
             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, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best), adult-sized backpacks, and hand can-openers with rubber grips.
      · Zone 1 bus tickets are available at Giant Eagle and serve a real need, as do McDonald's gift certificates. Gift certificates are ideal from McDonald's, but if they are unavailable, gift cards in a $5 denomination are second best.
      · Often, families need items to help them set up a household. Bath towels are needed for this purpose now, as well as microwave ovens.
      · 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 . . . Adult Religious Education
      This ministry seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it. Adult education at St. Scholastica includes Bible studies, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and print resources. We also maintain a parish library. If you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, or organize a group retreat, contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email: adultfaith@saintscholastica.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, February 24th. 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.

HELPING CHILDREN WITH LENT
      How can we help our children, especially young children, to enter into the spirit of Lent? You can find some suggestions on the "Praying Lent" website of Creighton University's Online Ministries here: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/children.html.

SPIRITUALITY OF THE GOSPELS
       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). We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the first session. 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. Register by February 19 to receive your materials at the first session.

TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO MASS DAY
      Sunday, February 24th at the 9:00 am Mass for all Religious Education Students.  Please join us after mass in the Pastoral Center for pot luck brunch & bring a dish to share.  All students much check in with catechist for credit.

LADIES ONLY BIBLE STUDY
      Wednesday, February 20th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Ministry Center.  All teens and their moms welcome.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING COURSE
      Natural Family Planning Course starts 7:00 pm February 20th.  NFP is a safe, healthy and effective way of postponing or achieving a pregnancy.  By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.  The cost of the class series is $135 which covers all materials.  No one is turned away for financial reasons. For details, call or email Laura Hall at 412-229-8652 or 8halls@gmail.com.

FISH FRIES
      Mark your calendars, CDTCA will be holding 2 Fish Fries this Lenten season on Friday, February 22nd & Friday, March 15th.  Lunch will be available for take out orders only from 11 am - 1 pm and dinner will be available by either take out or dine in from 4 pm - 7 pm.  Flyers and order forms are available in the back of the church.

HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED DURING LENTEN SEASON
      There is an ongoing need for hospice volunteers who can make a friendly visit, provide a pet therapy visit or play music as therapy.  Even if you just have time to stay and pray or talk, your time would be invaluable for their emotional, physical and spiritual well being.  For more information, please contact Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or email Bill.Backa@cchnet.net.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
      Stations of the Cross are on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm, except for Good Friday when there are no evening Stations of the Cross.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 17TH
Sunday: Dt 26:4-10/Rom 10:8-13/Lk 4:1-13
Monday: Lv 19:1-2, 11-18/Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday: Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32
Thursday: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12
Friday: 1 Pt 5:1-4/Mt 16:13-19
Saturday: Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48
Next Sunday: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18/Phil 3:17--4:1 or 3:20--4:1/Lk 9:28b-36

THE ABCs OF ANNULMENTS
       A marriage separation and divorce is one of the most painful experiences of life. The Annulment Process is a way forward to a new life and new beginnings. On Monday, February 25th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center, Fr. Ken will give an outline of Church Law and the process that can lead to an official Declaration of Nullity. After this evening with its general presentation, Fr. Ken can meet individually with those who might like to begin a canonical process.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 24
      40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful - and proven effective - pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 6,717 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 75 abortion workers and seen 26 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features three components:
      1. Prayer & Fasting--join with other believers for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
      2. Peaceful Vigil--stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside of Planned Parenthood located at 933 Liberty Avenue, where 2,353 abortions took place in 2011.
      3. Community Outreach--bring a positive pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
      Saturday, March 2nd, Habitat for Humanity in New Kensington from 8:45am-2:00pm.  RSVP by Thursday, February 21st.  All adults and teens are welcome.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, March 4th, 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. The next baptism preparation session will take place on April 29th.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, February 16
   5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Angelo & Patricia Pittore)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, February 17
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Sr. Mary Agnella (Sr. Mary Jaskel) (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Mr. Michael Kroner (Kartsonas Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, February 18
   8:30 am  Andrea Certo (Certo Family)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, February 19
   8:30 am  Birthday, Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, February 20
   8:30 am  Bernadette McMahon (Patricia Snyder)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, February 21
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, The Chair of St. Peter, apostle, February 22
    8:30 am  For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Ann Nerze (Sharon Doherty & Children Sean, Ryan & Erin)
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, February 23
   9:00 am  Thomas Maher (Constance Donnelly)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent, February 23
   5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Angelo & Patricia Pittore)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, February 24
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Eleanor Pantone (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Thomas Maher (Ed & Audrey Ifft)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                            

February 10, 2013

 5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
       We're just a few days from the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday is this week, and with it we will enter into forty days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Catholic parishes do all sorts of things to make Lent a special time. There's Bible study, days of reflection, and retreats. There are faith-sharing groups and Stations of the Cross, extra times for prayer and the celebration of the sacrament of penance. During Lent we try to empty ourselves of sin and evil and make room in our hearts so that we can be filled with the love of God and our neighbor.
      This Sunday's Gospel is a perfect pre-Lenten text. After all, how many parishes host fish fries or meatless dinners on the Fridays of Lent? All those fish have to come from somewhere! Of course, the great catch of fish in the Gospel is not about our Lenten fasting and abstaining from meat on Friday. Simon and James and John had no idea that there would ever be a season called Lent. They were fishermen going about their daily tasks. As Jesus makes clear, the miracle of the great number of fish is a metaphor about the growth of the community of believers.
      That is what Lent is all about too. During Lent we pray strenuously for those who will plunge into the waters of baptism at the Easter Vigil. These men and women are the concrete signs of the growth of our community. But our penitential disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are not for ourselves alone. Through our actions others should be able to see how much we love God and love our neighbor. In that way, what we do during Lent acts as the net that we cast out into the sea of the world, bringing others closer to Christ because they are caught up in God's love by the example we share. Lent is a time to cast out into the deep.
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JANUARY OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS
Actual: $57,305.04
Budget: $46,648.79
Surplus: $10,656.25

2013 MASS INTENTIONS
      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.

BAKE SALE
      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.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY NEWS
      · CTDCA has added some photos to the main hallway of the school. There are pictures from as far back as the 1940's to the present day. CDTCA would like to thank Aspinwall Custom Framing for framing the photos. Gary Wiant is the owner of the shop and his children went to St. Scholastica school and he is a member of St. Scholastica parish.
      · CDTCA has been blessed this semester and last with a few Foreign Exchange students. Alliete, is from France and was in the 8th grade this past semester. Gladys, from Guatemala, was in our 4th grade class. And we are happy to have Tomas in our 7th grade class. Tomas is here from Argentina. Having children from different parts of the world has been a wonderful experience for our students.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      Thank you to all who helped support our trip to Washington for The March For Life. Our bus held 51 seats and every one was full. We had members of the Youth Groups from St. Irenaeus, St. Maria Goretti, St. Mary, St. Pio, Word and Worship, and St. Joseph and St. Scholastica parishioners plus some family members who drove down from Cleveland to join us. The most awesome moments were Mass with Cardinal Wuerl in the Verizon Center and marching up Constitution Ave with people from all over the country. God bless you for helping us speak up for the babies.

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

STEWARDSHIP
       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, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and good XL to 6XL very warm winter jackets for men.
      · Nancy requests donations of tuna and cereal as well as macaroni and cheese and other packaged meals.
      · Zone 1 bus tickets are available at Giant Eagle and serve a real need, as do McDonald's gift certificates.
      · Often, families need items to help them set up a household. Bath towels are needed for this purpose now, as well as toasters, coffeepots, and microwave ovens.
      · 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 Respect Life Committee
      The committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C. The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches. If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: respectlife@saintscholastica.com.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE:  FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 24
      40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful - and proven effective - pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 6,717 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 75 abortion workers and seen 26 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features three components.  1. Prayer & Fasting; join with other believers for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  2. Peaceful Vigil; stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside of Planned Parenthood located at 933 Liberty Avenue, where 2,353 abortions took place in 2011.  3. Community Outreach; bring a positive pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility.

YOUTH MINISTRY SKI TRIP
       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.

FAMILY HOUSE MEAL
       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.

SPIRITUALITY OF THE GOSPELS
      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 pm, from February 28 to April 18 (excluding Holy Thursday, March 28). There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the first session. 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.  Register by February 19th to receive your materials at the first session.

TAKE YOUR PARENTS TO MASS DAY
      Sunday, February 24th at the 9:00 am Mass for all Religious Education Students.  Please join us after mass in the Pastoral Center for pot luck brunch.  Please bring a dish to share.

LADIES ONLY BIBLE STUDY
      Wednesday, February 20th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Ministry Center.  All teens and their moms are welcome.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING COURSE
       Natural Family Planning Course starts 7:00 pm February 20th.  NFP is a safe, healthy and effective way of postponing or achieving a pregnancy.  By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife.  The cost of the class series is $135 which covers all materials.  No one is turned away for financial reasons. For details, call or email Laura Hall at 412-229-8652 or 8halls@gmail.com.

FISH FRIES
      Mark your calendars, CDTCA will be holding 2 Fish Fries this Lenten season on Friday, February 22nd & Friday, March 15th.  Lunch will be available for take out orders only from 11am - 1pm and dinner will be available by either take out or dine in from 4pm - 7pm.  Flyers and order forms are available in the back of the church.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 10TH
Sunday:  Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11
Monday:  Gn 1:1-19/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday:  Gn 1:20--2:4a/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday:  Jl 2:12-18/2 Cor 5:20--6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday:  Dt 30:15-20/Lk 9:22-25
Friday:  Is 58:1-9a/Mt 9:14-15
Saturday:  Is 58:9b-14/Lk 5:27-32
Next Sunday:  Dt 26:4-10/Rom 10:8-13/Lk 4:1-13

AQUINAS GUILD MEETING
       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.

ASH WEDNESDAY
      The ashes we use are the burnt palms from last year's celebration of Passion Sunday. We begin our Lenten journey aware of where we are going. We want to enter more fully into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. That is the purpose of our journey. It is why we mark our heads with his cross. It is why we fast today and abstain from meat.
      Our Lenten program is not an effort to save ourselves. We have been saved by his sacrifice. Our self-denial helps us, in the darkness that surrounds us, to prepare ourselves to receive his light. For this is a journey to the Easter font, where we will renew the promises of our Baptism, remembering that in dying with him in the waters of Baptism, we are re-born with him to everlasting life.
Taken from the Praying Lent pages of Creighton University's Online Ministries website: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html. Used with Permission.

THE ABCs OF ANNULMENTS
      A marriage separation and divorce is one of the most painful experiences of life. The Annulment Process is a way forward to a new life and new beginnings. On Monday, February 25th, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center, Fr. Ken will give an outline of Church Law and the process that can lead to an official Declaration of Nullity. After this evening with its general presentation, Fr. Ken can meet individually with those who might like to begin a canonical process.

MASS INTENTIONS
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

Monday, Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11
   8:30 am  Driscoll & Macino Families (Carl Macino)

Tuesday, weekday, February 12
   8:30 am  In Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus

Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, February 13
   8:30 am  Anthony Sgambati (Family)
   Noon  Scripture Service & Distribution of Ashes
   7:00 pm  Respect Life (Respect Life Committee)

Thursday, weekday, February 14
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Friday After Ash Wednesday, February 15
    8:30 am  Tim Maher (Peggy Friday)
    7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Saturday After Ash Wednesday,  February 16
   9:00 am  Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, February 16
   5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Angelo & Patricia Pittore)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, February 17
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Sr. Mary Agnella (Sr. Mary Jaskel) (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Mr. Michael Kroner (Kartsonas Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org