March 31, 2013

EASTER JOY!
      The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom is read on Easter morning in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. An excerpt follows:
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you!
 

The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith.
Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.


 SPIRITUALITY OF AGING
      Mark your calendars to attend the Spirituality of Aging program with Father Scott Seethaler, OFM, Cap at St. Susanna Parish, 200 Stotler Road, Penn Hills, PA  15235 on Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 pm.  It is an opportunity for senior adults and their family members to reflect on how God works through the different seasons of our lives and will focus on spirituality and humor.  Persons of all faiths are welcome.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP to Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or St. Susanna Parish at 412-798-5596, or E-mail Bill.backa@cchnet.net.

PURSUER OF PEACE PRESENTATION
      A renewed commitment to building bridges of understanding to all faiths has been evident in the Catholic Church at all levels. In 2010 a group of Jewish and Catholic leaders from the Pittsburgh area traveled to Rome and Israel. Led by Bishop David Zubik and Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation, the purpose of the pilgrimage was to grow in understanding and to share knowledge of each other's religious traditions. In Rome, the Pilgrims visited the Jewish Ghetto, the Great Synagogue of Rome and the Vatican. In Israel, they traveled to Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.  
      Come and travel to these sites with Helene Paharik, Director of the Diocese's Department for Human Life & Dignity, who will relate in words and pictures the Pilgrims' story. All parishioners are welcome to her presentation on Thursday evening, April 11th at 7:00 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center. The event is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild. No reservations are required. Call
Bernadine Bonessa, 412-963-0198 with questions.

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.
Good News!
A Letter from Nancy Heil
Dear Parishioners of St. Scholastica,
      Almost a year and a half ago, when Andy Bechman inquired about how the parish could work with us in our ministry, we were very pleased to have the extra support. We had no idea that it would become so successful. You have donated everything from food, clothing, bus tickets and McDonald's certificates to stuffed animals and dyed Easter eggs. For this, the needy and homeless children of God thank you.
      (To the generous parishioner who last week donated a book of ten bus tickets, I gave them to a fine young man who had just gotten a job so he could go back and forth to work until he would get his first paycheck. He thanks you.)
      I have had numerous parishioners tell me how pleased they are to be told very specific ways they can help our needy and homeless brothers and sisters. This is precisely what our beloved Pope Francis has called us to do.
Thank you Fr. White, Andy Bechman and generous parishioners of St. Scholastica.
Yours in Christ,
Nancy

Focus on . . . Lectors
Adult and teen lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: lectors@saintscholastica.com.

PARISH SHARE
      Several weeks ago you received in the mail a pledge card and information on our Parish Share Campaign. Our parish has an assessment of $82,000 to support our diocese. We ask that you make a ten month pledge of $25.00 a month for a total pledge of $250.00 for the ten months. Help us to make our goal with your "fair share" pledge. Thank you

UKULELE GROUP
      Ukulele Group is scheduled for Monday, April 1st from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Ministry Center.

PET THERAPY
      Pet Therapy at the VA is Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  RSVP to Jamie Dillon by April 1st.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412-781-7927. Financial aid is available.

ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
      Tee up for education and play where the pros play . . . Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having its Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. The day includes, lunch, golfing and a dinner with awards and prizes. For more information, please contact Taylor Abbett 412-281-1442 or taylor@tailoredmarketing.com.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
      Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month to help staff assist pregnant and parenting moms at Catholic Charities offices in downtown Pittsburgh. If you have a heart for service, are comfortable communicating with others, and have general office skills, contact Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Rolison: 412-456-6696 or brolis@ccpgh.org. Act 33/34 clearances required. Training provided onsite.

BIBLE STUDY
      Guys Only Bible Study Sunday, April 7th, 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center. All teens welcome. 
      Girls Only Bible Study Tuesday, April 9th, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Ministry Center. All teens welcome.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      There will be a Haiti Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7:30 pm.  Contact Maureen at obrien@duq.edu for location.

WIDOWED, SEPARATED OR DIVORCED?
      How do you cope with the grief, loss, and pain? A Beginning Experience Weekend offers support & understanding from others suffering the same. Find an opportunity for healing one's loss in a caring atmosphere. The next Weekend will be held April 5-7, 2013, at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp., PA. For info http://www.beginningexperience.org or call Mary at 412-523-2405 or Steve at 412-367-4948

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MARCH 31ST
Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 or Lk 24:13-35
Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Acts 5:12-16/Rv 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19/Jn 20:19-31

8TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30 pm.  If you are currently a volunteer in the Parish and did not receive an invitation, please contact Pat Wolfson in the Parish Office, 412-781-0186 x10.

EASTER BLESSING OF THE FAMILIES
      This afternoon, Bishops David Zubik, William Waltersheid and William Winter will welcome families of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to their annual Blessing of Families at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
      As they greet and bless your family personally, they affirm and support you as a household of love and witnesses to The Faith.
      Come and experience the Bishops' expression of appreciation for the gift that you are, and the gifts that you bring to our Diocese. Each family attending will receive a special memento to take home and the children will receive a sweet treat.
      May the Risen Christ bless you always!

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 30
   8:30 pm  Edward P. Williams (Sally Hughes)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31
   7:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Steve Miketic (Mr. Lanie &John Baraniak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Monday within the Octave of Easter, April 1
   8:30 am  Tommaso Sbarra (wife & daughters)

Tuesday, Tuesday within the Octave of Easter, April 2
   8:30 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, April 3
   8:30 am  Stephen Miketic (Leona Schmidt)

Thursday, Thursday within the Octave of Easter,  April 4
   8:30 am  Robert Boley (children)

Friday, Friday within the Octave of Easter, April 5
    8:30 am  Margaret Garvey & son, Peter J. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, Saturday within the Octave of Easter, April 6
   9:00 am  Virginia Robertshaw (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 6
   5:00 pm  Lillian McBride (Linda McBride & Kathi Bauerle)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter, April 7
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Martin Sheerer (Shin Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT 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                                      

March 24, 2013

 PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
      It's a long Mass today. Palms and Passion all rolled into one. We rejoice and we become somber as we recall some of the most important events of our faith. Remember back in January when we read from the very beginning of Luke's Gospel. This is what he said: "Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you" (Lk 1:1-3).
      Luke's orderly account has Jesus slowly making his journey to Jerusalem. Today's Mass brings that journey to an end, at least as far as our reading of Luke is concerned. To the acclaim of crowds, Jesus enters the city on a colt. But his journey eventually leads him to the Mount of Olives and then to Golgotha and finally to a rock-hewn tomb. We know that this is not the end of the story. There are still other events to be fulfilled. But we will have to wait until we get to Pentecost for that final chapter of Luke's narrative.
      Like the Mass this weekend, our own journey through life can have its ups and downs. We can be filled with joy one moment and saddled with grief at another. Our Lord and Savior experienced the same. As a human person like us he had joyous times and sad ones as well. The same holds true for those eyewitnesses who Luke speaks of in the introduction to his Gospel. The ones who were with Jesus from the beginning also knew both sorrow and joy. They persisted in the faith, handing down the story of Christ to our day. And in our joys and in our sorrows we pass on the faith as well.
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LAST CHANCE FOR CONFESSIONS
      This week the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be at St. Joseph Church in O'Hara at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 27th.

PARISH SHARE
      Six weeks ago you received in the mail a pledge card and information on our Parish Share Campaign. Our parish has an assessment of $82,000 to support our diocese. We ask that you make a ten month pledge of $25.00 a month for a total pledge of $250.00 for the ten months. Help us to make our goal with your "fair share" pledge. Thank you

POSTCARD CAMPAIGN
      Thanks to all who took the time to sign a postcard for the Bishops Campaign to support Religious Freedom and Respect for Life. We sent a total of 259 postcards to Senators Casey and Toomey and Representatives Keith Rothfus and Mike Doyle. God bless everyone.

ST. JUAN DIEGO PARISH PRESENTATION ON ADDICTION
      St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg proudly announces a presentation on addiction and its impact on the individual and those who love them.  Residents of "Michael's Place" (a post-incarceration recovery living facility) will be here on Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 pm in the John Paul I Center, 201 9th Street, Sharpsburg. This presentation is free and open to the entire community.

HOLY THURSDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
      We are in need of 12 volunteers for the Foot Washing Ritual that is a part of Holy Thursday's liturgy on March 28th at 7:30 pm.  This is an ancient ritual that reminds us of Jesus' command to serve others in humility.  It is an act of love and humility for both those who wash feet and those whose feet are washed.  Please sign the volunteer sheet in the back of church or contact Sr. Pat Baker at patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x17.

SPIRITUALITY OF AGING
      Mark your calendars to attend the Spirituality of Aging program with Father Scott Seethaler, OFM Cap. at St. Susanna Parish, 200 Stotler Road, Penn Hills, PA  15235 on Thursday, April 11th at 1:00 pm.  It is an opportunity for senior adults and their family members to reflect on how God works through the different seasons of our lives and will focus on spirituality and humor.  Persons of all faiths are welcome.  Space is limited.  Please Rsvp to Compassionate Care Hospice at 412-241-8240 or St. Susanna Parish at 412-798-5596, or E-mail: Bill.backa@cchnet.net.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Elaine Pavlik, sister of Frances Flannagan.

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) and large bath towels.
      · Food items that are needed include cereal, rice, peanut butter, and dried potato flakes.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She would appreciate donations of dyed hardboiled Easter eggs in cartons to be left on Good Friday, March 29, only.
      · 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!
      Nancy Heil continues to be grateful for your support. "It's been very effective," she says of our parish connection to her work; "They're right on it when I make a request."  Nancy also gets surprises—she recently received thirteen beautiful Easter baskets for poor children when she had expected one or two!
More Good News!
      On March 10th and 12th, our Hope for Haiti Committee introduced our middle school religious education students to the culture of Haiti. The students saw Haitian crafts and art, learned about Haitian foods, and played games in the gymnasium that were inspired by the games or activities of Haitian children. For example, they made soccer balls out of plastic bags and duct tape, made rubber band chains, and practiced balancing baskets on their heads and carrying jugs of water. They also learned about Good Samaritans School in St. Marc. Thanks to the Committee for their work and to the small group leaders who supported the program!
Focus On . . . The St. Monica Society
      The Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: stmonica@saintscholastica.com.

APPALACHIA FUNDRAISER
      A special "Thank You" to everyone who supported our "house" fundraiser for our Appalachia Mission Trip.  If you have not yet returned your envelope, you may still do so via the collection basket.

UKULELE GROUP
      Ukulele Group is scheduled for Monday, April 1st from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in the Ministry Center.

PET THERAPY
      Pet Therapy at the VA is Wednesday, April 3rd from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Rsvp to Jamie Dillon by April 1st.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412-781-7927. Financial aid is available.

RCIA UPDATE
      In recent weeks, Carol Fuller has continued her preparation to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at Easter. Early this month, she was sent from our parish to be received by Bishop Zubik at a Rite of Continuing Conversion at St. Paul Cathedral. More recently, she participated in a Penitential Rite at the 9 a.m. Mass, and received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. She has continued to meet with the RCIA team and her sponsor, Heather Fuller, to reflect on the Scriptures and on the meaning of the step she is taking into the Catholic Church.
      Carol will be received into full communion at the Easter Vigil. She will make a profession of faith, be confirmed, and receive the Eucharist for the first time. Please pray for Carol and for Heather and be present, if you can, to welcome Carol into our Catholic community at the Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.

ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
      Tee up for education and play where the pros play . . . Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having its Annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. The day includes, lunch, golfing and a dinner with awards and prizes. For more information, please contact Taylor Abbett 412-281-1442 or taylor@tailoredmarketing.com

CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
      Volunteers are needed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month to help staff assist pregnant and parenting moms at Catholic Charities offices in downtown Pittsburgh. If you have a heart for service, are comfortable communicating with others, and have general office skills, contact Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Rolison: 412-456-6696 or brolis@ccpgh.org. Act 33/34 clearances required. Training provided onsite.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MARCH 24TH
Sunday: Lk 19:28-40/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Lk 22:14--23:56 or 23:1-49
Monday: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25
Thursday: Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
                Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
Friday: Is 52:13--53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1--19:42
Saturday: Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ex 14:15--15:1/Is 54:5-14/Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/Rom 6:3-11/Lk 24:1-12
Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Lk 24:1-12 or Lk 24:13-35

8TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30 pm.  If you are currently a volunteer in the Parish and did not receive an invitation, please contact Pat Wolfson in the Parish Office, 412-781-0186 x10.

EASTER BLESSING OF THE FAMILIES
      On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, Bishops David Zubik, William Waltersheid and William Winter will welcome families of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to their Annual Blessing of Families at St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland beginning at 2:00 p.m.
      As they greet and bless your family personally, they affirm and support you as a household of love and witnesses to The Faith.  Come and experience the Bishops' expression of appreciation for the gift that you are and the gifts that you bring to our Diocese. Each family attending will receive a special memento to take home and the children will receive a sweet treat.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 23
    5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Mr. & Mrs. John Pastor)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 24
   7:30 am  Leo Schultz (Wife, Irene)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Anthony M. Greco (Wife, Tina & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday of Holy Week, March 25
   8:30 am  Edward & Ruth Sierzega (Bonessa Family)

Tuesday of Holy Week, March 26
   8:30 am  Thomas Maher (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday of Holy Week, March 27
   8:30 am  Melissa Kratsa Orie (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Thursday, Holy Thursday,  March 28
   8:30 am  NO MASS
   7:30 pm  Anniv., Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Friday, Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord, March 29
   1:30 pm  Good Friday Liturgy  

Saturday, Holy Saturday,  March 30
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 30
   8:30 pm  Edward P. Williams (Sally Hughes)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, March 31
   7:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Steve Miketic (Mr. Lanie & John Baraniak)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT 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                                       

March 17, 2013

5TH SUNDAY OF LENT
      In the 2012 film Smashed, which won the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Independent Film Producing at the Sundance Film Festival, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Kate, a young wife who struggles to get sober. She and her husband (played by Aaron Paul) like having a good time. But when her partying spirals downward, Kate fears that her job as an elementary school teacher is at risk and she needs to deal with her alcoholism. The film chronicles Kate's (and her husband's) attempts to achieve sobriety, even as she discovers that her past can deeply affect her future.
      The woman in the Gospel is unexpectedly brought before Jesus today. She is exposed in front of everyone. Here she is, being confronted with shame, and sin, and all the condemnation that the indignant elders could heap upon her. Jesus points out to her accusers their own shortcomings, and in light of that, they all fade away. She is left before him alone, and he admonishes her to avoid sin in the future.
      While alcoholism is understood to be a disease and not so much a moral failing, there is human suffering that can be fallout from such an affliction. That's why one of the Twelve Steps in Alcoholics Anonymous is to be willing to make amends to all persons that have been harmed. Making amends is also part of the sacrament of penance. When confessing our sins, there is the expectation that we will have to make some sort of restitution. That's what real penance is: an amendment, that is, a correction of one's life. We've spent part of Lent examining our lives and assessing where we have failed in living according to God's will. Like Kate in the movie, maybe we've had a sudden moment of insight. Or maybe we've just come to the realization of what we need to correct. Now is the time for us to confess, to do penance, and to be reconciled to God and neighbor.
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POSTCARDS
      President Obama's Health Care Mandate forces health coverage to include sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, even when employers and employees have moral or religious objections. Our US Bishops have asked us to contact our Senators and Representatives and urge them to support legislation to protect the rights of conscience in health care with 'must-pass' bills to fund the federal government. Government must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs on respect for life when they provide health care or purchase health coverage. Postcards are supplied in Church today and we ask everyone to take a few minutes to sign them. Please drop them in the baskets at the Church doors and they will be mailed to our Senators and your Representative. Thank you for participating in this important campaign.

ST. JUAN DIEGO PARISH PRESENTATION ON ADDICTION
      St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg proudly announces a presentation on addiction and its impact on the individual and those who love them.  Residents of "Michael's Place" (a post-incarceration recovery living facility) will be here on Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 pm in the John Paul I Center, 201 9th Street, Sharpsburg. This presentation is free and open to the entire community.

HOLY THURSDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
      We are in need of 12 volunteers for the Foot Washing Ritual that is a part of Holy Thursday's liturgy on March 28th at 7:30 pm.  This is an ancient ritual that reminds us of Jesus' command to serve others in humility.  It is an act of love and humility for both those who wash feet and those whose feet are washed.  Please sign the volunteer sheet in the back of church or contact Sr. Pat Baker at patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x17.

THE SACRED TRIDUUM
      Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. This is the beginning of Holy Week, which ends with the Sacred Triduum. "Triduum"comes from the Latin for "three days.The days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each of the days begins at sunset on the night before, as the most important liturgical feasts do. They feature the three most important liturgies of the church year: the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, and the Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday. Plan to be part of these liturgies and immerse yourself in this holy time. Don't let them pass by without you. Creighton University's Online Ministries has guides available to help you prepare for the Holy Week liturgies. Find them here: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/holyweek2.html.

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. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
      · Nancy Heil continues to request donations of warm, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and men's jeans and casual pants in waist sizes from 46-60, duffel bags, and adult-sized backpacks. Other clothing items needed are men's boxers or briefs, sizes 50-60; ladies' bras sizes 30 and 32 only; ladies' jeans and casual slacks, sizes 18-28.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She requests donations of small or large new (or like new) stuffed animals. Please leave stuffed animals by Thursday, March 21.
      · 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 . . . Committee for Persons with Disabilities
      The committee works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at: advocate@saintscholastica.com.

THANK YOU
      As we close the catechetical year, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our catechists, small group leaders and helpers.

LENT THIS WEEK
      Please consult the Mass Schedule in this bulletin and consider participating in one of the weekday Masses!  One of the last times for Confessions is this Monday, March 18th at 7:00 pm in our church.  The Aquinas Guild is sponsoring a Lenten Day of Reflection this Thursday.  Stations of the Cross are on Friday at 7:00pm.  There are also Confessions this Saturday at 9:30am.  Easter is only 2 weeks away!  This week is the time to prepare for the Great Mysteries of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter!

APPALACHIA FUNDRAISER
      Just a reminder that our "house" fundraiser for Appalachia continues this week.  With 70 participants this trip requires that we raise over $15,000 . . . so we need your help!  Please consider taking an envelope from the "house" at the back of the church to support this endeavor.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION
      "7 x 70: How to Forgive Yourself and Others"  This is the theme of the Parish's Lenten retreat which will take place on Thursday, March 21st, in the Duch Pastoral Center. Leading the retreat will be Eileen Colianni. M. S. Ed.
      Ms. Colianni is a counselor, lecturer, and retreat facilitator who blends psychological and spiritual insights into her program. Her background includes 25 years in a private counseling practice, a decade as adjunct faculty at Carlow University's psychology department and five years serving as the founding director of Carlow's on-campus Counseling Center. She has conducted retreats in churches, retreat centers and other venues.
      The retreat program will begin at 10:00 am and run until 2:00 pm. The day will include an opening meditative session and presentation, Mass, a light lunch and a concluding presentation. All parishioners are welcome and there is no charge for the event. Reservations are not required, but
would be appreciated so that we can insure sufficient food. You can make a reservation by contacting Bernadine Bonessa at lentenday@saintscholastica.com or call 412-963-0198. The retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412.781.7927. Financial aid is available.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, March 17th. 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.

THE BIG EVENT
      The Big Event for Senior High only is this Sunday, March 17th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  It's like a Mega Meeting, but better.  Please wear green and bring a green snack to share.

LIVING STATIONS
      Living Stations will be on Tuesday March 19th at 6:30 pm instead of Good Friday.  All religious education families are encouraged to attend.  Everyone is welcome.  Practice for living stations will be Sunday March 10th at noon.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MARCH 17TH
Sunday: Is 43:16-21/Phil 3:8-14/Jn 8:1-11
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Jn 8:12-20
Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56
Next Sunday: Lk 19:28-40/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Lk 22:14--23:56 or 23:1-49

8TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30 pm.  Invitations will be mailed this week.

WELCOME NEW PARISHIONERS
      Please join us as we greet our newest parishioners at the Welcome Breakfast after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this Sunday.  We ask all new parishioners to stop by the Pastoral Center to enjoy good food and friendly company.  Everyone in the parish is invited.

EWTN
      EWTN is airing extensive coverage of historic Papal events.  If you want to know what is happening in Rome during this historic time, there is no better, more authoritative source than the EWTN Global Catholic Network.  The Network is available everywhere you are: TV, radio, online, print and via your mobile phone.  Find out how to access these resources at ewtn.com/everwhere.  Get updates on programming at ewtn.com.  Don't miss a moment of one of the most exciting times in the history of Catholicism.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Christopher Paul, son of Stanley and Valerie Paul.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 16
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17
   7:30 am  Anniv., Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Karl Grant McGhee Jr. (Mann Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Richard Matthews (Jean & Ed McCague)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 18
   8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret B. Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Tuesday, St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 19
   8:30 am  Edward P. Williams (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 20
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Strittmatter)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 21
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE
   11:00 am  Deceased Members of the Aquinas Guild

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 22
   8:30 am  Robert Terry (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)  
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday,  March 23
   9:00 am  Robert J. Dudas (Pete & Maria Ferraro)

Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 23
   5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Mr. & Mrs. John Pastor)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, March 24
   7:30 am  Leo Schultz (Wife, Irene)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am…Birthday, Anthony M. Greco (Wife, Tina & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

SAINT 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                                        

March 10, 2013

4TH SUNDAY OF LENT
       Last October forecasts were predicting higher pork prices in the spring and summer, based on a larger than normal sow slaughter in the fall. Market analysts viewed the trend with some trepidation. They saw the greater than average weekly slaughter as a sign of some herd liquidation, a result attributed to the higher feed prices brought about by last summer's drought. With pork producers unwilling to foot the bill for the increased cost of feeding, there was a surge in animals brought to market. While consumers realized an initial benefit with lower prices in the fall and winter, the lack of feeder animals in the production pipeline means higher prices at the grocery store this spring. The Easter ham may be a little more expensive this year.
      This weekend's Gospel is so familiar that most of us could probably relay the events the parable recounts by heart. The younger son ends up hiring himself out to a hog farmer, a particularly despicable trade in the cultural context of Jesus' time, since swine were considered unclean according to Jewish law. In his suffering the young man longed to eat the food that he was feeding to the pigs. He finally came to his senses, realizing that he needed to change his life. His profligate spending and former life of excess had brought him to a low point from which he needed to recover.
      The economic situation of the past few years might serve as a reminder to all of us that life is more than a healthy bank account. A year ago spring, it looked like farmers would have a bumper crop. Then the drought came, affecting food prices and a lot more. Even when we think we have it all, we are still dependent. In the Gospel, the younger son turned back to his father in his need. The older son needed to turn back to his father because he had forgotten that he was always there.
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SECOND COLLECTION
       This weekend, March 9 and 10, there will be a second collection for: CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL which supports the home missions in places like Appalachia, the Deep South and the Southwest; NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR BLACK AND INDIAN MISSIONS which assists evangelization of African American, Native American, Eskimo and Aleut communities; CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT which supports low-income people as they work together to advance education opportunities, create jobs and improve access to services for the disabled.  Please be as generous as possible. Thank you!

POSTCARDS
      President Obama's Health Care Mandate forces health coverage to include sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, even when employers and employees have moral or religious objections. Our US Bishops have asked us to contact our Senators and Representatives and urge them to support legislation to protect the rights of conscience in health care with 'must-pass' bills to fund the federal government. Government must not force Americans to violate their religious and moral beliefs on respect for life when they provide health care or purchase health coverage. Postcards are supplied in Church today and we ask everyone to take a few minutes to sign them. Please drop them in the baskets at the Church doors and they will be mailed to our Senators and your Representative. Thank you for participating in this important campaign.

LENTEN SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEEK
      Please check this bulletin for Sunday and weekday Masses. Confessions this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:00 pm. Confessions on Saturday at 9:30 am.

FISH FRY
      Mark your calendars, CDTCA will be holding its  2nd Fish Fry this Lenten season on 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.

THE MIDDLE OF LENT
      "What if I'm at the midpoint of Lent and not much is going on? I began with the best of intentions, but I am not sure what I'm doing or what I want to be doing. Can my Lent be 'rescued'? Can a six week journey be completed in the remaining next two or three weeks - waiting for my heart to be open? Of course, the answer is 'yes.It doesn't take long for God, when we are ready."
      Would you like to read more? Find the rest of this reflection on the "Praying Lent" website of the Creighton University Online Ministries: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/Lent-Newsletter8.pdf.

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 continues to request donations of warm, size extra large men's winter gloves(gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and men's jeans and casual pants in waist sizes from 46-60, duffel bags, and adult-sized backpacks.
      · Food items that are needed include canned vegetables (mixed vegetables, beans, peas, corn and potatoes), pasta, rice, dried mashed potato mix, cereal, and canned chicken and tuna.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She requests donations of small or large new (or like new) stuffed animals.  Please leave stuffed animals by Thursday, March 21.
      · 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!
Nancy appreciates that we are paying attention to the items that she needs: "It's wonderful that people check," she says.
Focus On . . . Parish Pastoral Council
      The Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact Elaine DuVall at pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com.

ST. JUAN DIEGO PARISH PRESENTATION ON ADDICTION
      St. Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg proudly announces a presentation on addiction and its impact on the individual and those who love them.  Residents of "Michael's Place" (a post-incarceration recovery living facility) will be here on Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 pm in the John Paul I Center, 201 9th Street, Sharpsburg. This presentation is free and open to the entire community.

APPALACHIA FUNDRAISER
       Just a reminder that our "housefundraiser for Appalachia continues this week.  With 70 participants this trip requires that we raise over $15,000…so we need your help!  Please consider taking an envelope from the "house" at the back of the church to support this endeavor.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION
       "7 x 70: How to Forgive Yourself and Others" This is the theme of the Parish's Lenten retreat which will take place on Thursday, March 21st, in the Duch Pastoral Center. Leading the retreat will be Eileen Colianni. M. S. Ed. Ms. Colianni is a counselor, lecturer, and retreat facilitator who blends psychological and spiritual insights into her program. Her background includes 25 years in a private counseling practice, a decade as adjunct faculty at Carlow University's psychology department and five years serving as the founding director of Carlow's on-campus Counseling Center. She has conducted retreats in churches, retreat centers and other venues.
      The retreat program will begin at 10:00 am and run until 2:00 pm. The day will include an opening meditative session and presentation, Mass, a light lunch and a concluding presentation. All parishioners are welcome and there is no charge for the event. Reservations are not required, but
would be appreciated so that we can insure sufficient food. You can make a reservation by contacting Bernadine Bonessa at lentenday@saintscholastica.com or call 412-963-0198. The retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 school year. Openings are available in most grades. Please contact the school if interested in a tour at 412.781.7927. Financial aid is available.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, March 17th. 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.

THE BIG EVENT
      The Big Event for Senior High only is Sunday March 17th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  It's like a Mega Meeting, but better.  Please wear green and bring a green snack to share.

LIVING STATIONS
      Living Stations will be on Tuesday, March 19th, at 6:30 pm instead of Good Friday.  All religious education families are encouraged to attend.  Everyone is welcome.  Practice for living stations will be Sunday March 10th at noon.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MARCH 10TH
Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38
Monday: Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54
Tuesday: Ez 47:1-9, 12/Jn 5:1-16
Wednesday: Is 49:8-15/Jn 5:17-30
Thursday: Ex 32:7-14/Jn 5:31-47
Friday: Wis 2:1a, 12-22/Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Saturday:   Jer 11:18-20/Jn 7:40-53
Next Sunday: Ez 37:12-14/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
       Forty Days For Life is already saving lives. The Campaign is half way through. St. Scholastica Parishioners are scheduled to pray at Planned Parenthood for an hour tomorrow, Monday, March 11th, in the afternoon. Anyone who can join us please call 412-781-6550.

8TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14th at 12:30pm.  Invitations will be mailed in mid-March.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOME STUDY
      Home Study check in is today.

DID YOU KNOW? ROSE VESTMENTS
      Only two Sundays a year suggest the wearing of rose-colored vestments. These two days are the Fourth Sunday of Lent, which we call Laetare Sunday, and the third Sunday of Advent, called Gaudete Sunday. Both of these Latin words mean rejoice, and so the color lightens for that brief time in the season to encourage us in our waiting for the feast of Easter or Christmas.

WELCOME BREAKFAST SUNDAY MARCH 17th
      Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses on Sunday, March 17th. Join us as we welcome our newest parishioners. Coffee, tea, juice and refreshments will be served.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 9
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ervin A. Domzal (Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Zottola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 11
   8:30 am  Edward Williams (Connie Donnelly)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 12
   8:30 am  Richard Cullinan (Cordaro Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 13
   8:30 am  Nancy McSorley (Paula & Casey Cosgrove)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 14
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 15
   8:30 am  Birthday, Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday,  March 16
   9:00 am  Leona Venn (John Schultz)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 16
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 17
   7:30 am  Anniv., Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Karl Grant McGhee Jr. (Mann Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Richard Matthews (Jean & Ed McCague)
       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                                   

March 3, 2013

 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT
       A few years ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Bill was a good man, very kind and generous with his time and his talents. And although he didn't have a lot of money (he was a teacher by profession) he was always ready to help out in any way that he could. As a middle-aged man, Bill was fairly healthy otherwise, and his diagnosis came as a shock to his family and friends. Most of us were left asking, "Why should such a cruel thing happen to such a kind man?"
      This is the very question Jesus confronts in the Gospel this weekend when he deals with tragic events in his time. A tower collapses and eighteen people are killed. Is this punishment because they were the most evil people in Jerusalem? Some Galileans are slaughtered while offering sacrifice. Have they somehow offended God, and so are now being called to account for their wickedness? Jesus says that the evil that befell them makes them no guiltier than anyone else. And, by implication, makes the rest of us no less guilty!
      Our sense of justice likes to have the punishment fit the crime. We expect that there will be specific consequences for individual actions, each wrongful act punished on its own merits. But the problem of evil is much greater than personal sinfulness. While we each have responsibility for our individual sins, we also carry the weight of human sinfulness. As Catholics, we call that original sin, but whatever title it is given, it is the recognition that there is at work in the world a greater sin than that which each of us may be personally guilty of. It is the sin of our race. Bill did not get cancer because he was a bad man. But illness, war, hatred, and every other evil are the things from which we seek deliverance. It is good that God is patient with us, like the gardener with the fig tree.
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OFFERINGS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY:
Actual: $44,572.88
Budget: $51,646.88
Shortage: ($7,074.00)

SECOND COLLECTION
       Next weekend, March 9th and 10th, there will be a second collection for: CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL which supports the home missions in places like Appalachia, the Deep South and the Southwest; NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR BLACK AND INDIAN MISSIONS which assists evangelization of African American, Native American, Eskimo and Aleute communities; CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT which supports low-income people as they work together to advance education opportunities, create jobs and improve access to services for the disabled. Please be as generous as possible. Thank you!

THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU!!
      Lent is not only a personal time for renewal and conversion, but it is also the season for our whole church to be re-evangelized and reconciled. This Wednesday, March 6th, every parish in our diocese will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. In order to encourage you to approach the Sacrament of Confession, each and every church in our diocese will participate in "The Light Is on for You"!! So, we will have a Penance Service at 6:00 pm this Wednesday, followed by private confessions until 9:00 pm. Please prepare for Easter by participating this Wednesday evening. If not now . . . when?????

THIS WEEK'S LENTEN SCHEDULE
      Please check the bulletin for Sunday and weekday Masses.  St. Edward Church will have confessions on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm. "The Light is on for You"  Confessions on Wednesday, March 6th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Stations of the Cross Friday at 7:00 pm. Confessions on Saturday at 9:30 am.

A LOCAL MAUSOLEUM
      Assumption Cemetery on Middle Road, adjacent to the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption, is now in the process of constructing a mausoleum where constant care will be provided by its permanent cemetery workers.  Burial in one of the crypts or niches would be such a great advantage to those who live in the surrounding areas.  At the present time, the cemetery staff is offering a reduced rate for those who purchase crypts or niches during this preconstruction stage.  Those who might have an interest in more information may call the office at 412-486-4100 during regular working hours.  For a view of the final phase, you may take a ride through the cemetery and look for the large side placard that has been created on the future site of the mausoleum.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office.  All 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 warm, size extra large men's winter gloves (gloves with Thinsulate™ are best) and men's jeans and casual pants in waist sizes from 46-60. Duffel bags, adult-sized backpacks, cereal and canned vegetables are also needed.
      · Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She requests donations of small or large new (or like new) stuffed animals. Please leave stuffed animals by Thursday, March 21.
      · 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 . . . Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
      Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

APPALACHIA FUNDRAISER
      Our Appalachia Mission Trip is scheduled for the week of June 23rd.  This weekend we start our biggest fundraiser . . . "The House."  In the back of church you will find a large house with envelopes marked with dollar amounts pinned to it.  Please consider taking an envelope to support our trip.  In order to sustain this trip, we need to raise $15,000.  Your generosity makes this possible.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Nancy McSorley, wife of Arthur McSorley; Martin "Marty" Napper, cousin of Frances Steele; Edward P. Williams, father of Mary Ellen Maher; and Katherine Matthews, sister of Peggy Friday and Jean McCague.

POST CARD CAMPAIGN
       Next Sunday, March 10th, the Parish will conduct a Post Card Campaign. The Federal Human Health Mandate forces health coverage to include sterilization and contraceptives, including drugs that can cause an abortion, even when employers and employees have moral or religious objections. Post cards addressed to our legislators will be available for signing. We urge everyone to take a few minutes next Sunday to help with this campaign.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION
      "7 x 70: How to Forgive Yourself and Others"   This is the theme of the Parish's Lenten retreat which will take place on Thursday, March 21, in the Duch Pastoral Center. Leading the retreat will be Eileen Colianni. M. S. Ed. Ms. Colianni is a counselor, lecturer, and retreat facilitator who blends psychological and spiritual insights into her program. Her background includes 25 years in a private counseling practice, a decade as adjunct faculty at Carlow University's psychology department and five years serving as the founding director of Carlow's on-campus Counseling Center. She has conducted retreats in churches, retreat centers and other venues.
      The retreat program will begin at 10 am until 2 pm The day will include an opening meditative session, Mass, a light lunch and a concluding presentation. All parishioners are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be appreciated so that we can insure sufficient food. You can make a reservation by contacting Bernadine Bonessa at lentenday@saintscholastica.com.  The retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on this 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.

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.

WELCOME COMMITTEE
      The Welcome Committee will meet on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center to plan the upcoming year.  Anyone wishing to join the committee is invited to attend.  Call Mary T. Scanlon with any questions 412-781-6550.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MARCH 3RD
Sunday: Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15b/Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14
Next Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE: FEBRUARY 13 TO MARCH 24
       The Forty Days For Life Campaign calls for prayer, fasting and public witness to end abortion. The public witness consists of a prayer vigil from 7 am to 7 pm in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary at 933 Liberty Ave.  St. Scholastica parishioners will join St. Joseph parishioners to spend one hour there in prayer on Monday afternoon, March 11th.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for more information. All are welcome to join the prayer vigil.

8TH ANNUAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
      Men of our parish are encouraged to attend the 8th annual Gathering of Catholic Men to be held at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The event serves to raise awareness among Catholic men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches. Interested men can contact Eric Edmondston at (724) 766-6116 for additional information and registration.

PARISH VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH
      The Annual Parish Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Sunday, April 14that 12:30 pm.  Invitations will be mailed in mid-March.

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 pm, to April 18th (excluding Holy Thursday, March 28th). We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. There is a materials fee of $20, payable at your 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.

LIVING STATIONS
      Living Stations will be Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.  We are practicing at noon on March 19th.  Any interested teens should contact Jamie Dillon.

MASS INTENTIONS:
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. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 4
   8:30 am  Birthday, Francis Clifford (Wife)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 5
   8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 6
   8:30 am  Sophie Skowron (Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday, March 7
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 8
   8:30 am  Kathryn Massimi (Joan & Guy Hilton)
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Lenten Weekday,  March 9
   9:00 am  Birthday, Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 9
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 10
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ervin A. Domzal (Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Zottola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anna Mae Anania (McGhee Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

SAINT 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