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