February 24, 2013

       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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       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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

      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!

      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.

      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.

      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.

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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       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.

      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.

      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.

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

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

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