February 10, 2013

       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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      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.

      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.

      · 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.

      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.

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

       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.

      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.

       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.

       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.

      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.

      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.

      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 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.

      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.

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

       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.

      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.

      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.

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

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

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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

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Amy Condosta
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Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927