March 17, 2013

      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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      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 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.

      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 or 412-781-0186 x17.

      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:

      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:

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

      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!

      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.

      "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 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 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 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: 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

      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 12:30 pm.  Invitations will be mailed this week.

      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 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  Get updates on programming at  Don't miss a moment of one of the most exciting times in the history of Catholicism.

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

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
   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

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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