March 10, 2013

       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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       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!

      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.

      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.

      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.

      "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:

       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

      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.

       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.

       "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 or call 412-963-0198. The retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.

      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.

      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 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 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.

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 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.

      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.

      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.

      Home Study check in is today.

      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.

      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.

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

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

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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