April 21, 2013

      Studies done at the Université de Montréal in Canada in 2010 and at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2012, show amazing correlations of voice processing and the understanding of maternal speech in infants. The Canadian study showed that newborns distinctly process their mother's voice differently from the voice of strangers. The Hungarian study provided evidence for understanding of a mother's speech in an infant even before vocabulary was being formed. Along with other investigations, researchers are uncovering information about the strong connection between mother and child, a bond that allows a child to recognize his or her mother long before the identification is made through words and concepts.
      In the Gospel, Jesus says, "My sheep hear my voice" (Jn 10:27). Medieval theologians and mystics like St. Anselm of Canterbury or Julian of Norwich would speak about the generative and nurturing qualities of Christ who brought forth life in his people through the power of his resurrection and keeps them close to himself as a mother cherishes her child. As the Gospel this weekend relates, the shepherd gives the sheep eternal life and no one can take them from the shepherd's hand.
      The scientific studies on infants and mothers keep coming back to the close connection that exists between those who bear children and bring them forth into the world. In this Easter season, when we celebrate the new birth given to each of us through the waters of baptism, we recognize that we have been joined to Christ in a sacramental way. The font is both tomb and womb where we die to sin and are born anew in Christ. Because he brings us forth as newborn sons and daughters of God, it only makes sense that we would "hear his voice," because he has been speaking to us from the moment we were born in him. Christ nurtures us in our life of grace and helps us mature in him.
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      We are now accepting registrations for the 2013/2014 Religious Education year. Registrations received before May 10th will receive a discount. Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

      Saturday, April 27th, at Hartwood Acres at 10:00 am. Please come (and bring your friends!) to our annual Family Fun Run/Walk. Stroller and Pets welcome. All proceeds benefit our mission trip. $15 per person, $30 per family. Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

      Youth Ministry is selling hoagies for $7.50. Orders are due Sunday, April 28th. Turkey and Italian are available. Pick up is May 4th & 5th after Mass. Email Jamie Dillon to order, jamiedillon@comcast.net.

      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, April 21st. 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 Aspinwall Presbyterian Performing Arts Series would like to invite you to two upcoming performances.
      Sunday, April 28th at 4:00 pm at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 299 Center Avenue. Pittsburgh Gospel Choir with Dr. Herbert Jones, director.
      Friday, May 10th at 7:00 pm at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, Freya String Quartet with, Jason Neukom, violin, Ashley Buckley, violin, Jason Hohn, viola and Katya Janpoladyan, cello.
      Free will offering. Handicapped Accessible and free parking. For more information go to aspinwallchurch.org.

      The parish would like to support you in your role as parents, the primary models of Christian living for your children. We have obtained copies of a short, paperback book called Praying with Your Children: A Guide for Families, by Pat Fossarelli, a pediatrician who also has a doctorate in ministry. If you would like a copy of the book, please notify Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com or leave a voicemail that includes your name (clearly please) at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18. We will make a copy available at church for you to pick up. There is no charge to you--the parish would like to make this an Easter gift to you and your family.

      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 duffel bags, adult-sized backpacks, men's jeans or casual pants, sizes 46-60, large bath towels and washcloths, ladies' large bras (size 42 and up) and Zone 1 bus tickets (available at Giant Eagle).
      · Food items that are needed include canned fruit (approximately 15 oz. cans are best), canned chili or other similar meals, boxed meals such as Hamburger Helper, and cereal.

Focus On . . . The Aquinas Guild
      The woman's organization of the parish, the Aquinas Guild has been a vital part of St. Scholastica's for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to participate in group activities and local events, to make new friends, and to enrich their spiritual lives. The Guild holds an annual benefit luncheon, The Autumn Song, to help fund parish and community programs and activities. It also sponsors a Lenten Day of Reflection that is open to both men and woman of the parish. Monthly meetings are held between September and May, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. To learn more or join, contact Tina Petrusic-Cooper at: aquinasguild@saintscholastica.com.

      Today is the 50th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which was instituted by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council. The entire Church and all Her members are charged with the work of fostering priestly and religious vocations. Please pray that young people, especially those from our parish, will be open to God's call in their lives. For information about priestly vocations or to contact Fr. Joe Freedy, the Vocation Director, please visit pghpriest.com.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Margaret Connolly, mother of Peggy Connolly, and Mary Bechman, mother of Andrew Bechman.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, April 29th, 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.

      Patricia McElligott, author of the pictorial history, Irish Pittsburgh, will address the Catholic Historical Society on Sunday, April 28th, at 2:00 pm at O'Connor Hall at St. Paul Seminary located at 2900 Noblestown Road in the Crafton area. McElligott's presentation will emphasize the role of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Mercy Hospital in the survival of the Irish immigrants who moved from starvation-level poverty in the 19th century to middle class prosperity in the 20th century. This talk will include dozens of pictures depicting every aspect of Irish life in years after the Famine. McElligott's lecture is sponsored by the Catholic Historical Society of Western PA, an organization that promotes the teaching and dissemination of the history of the Catholic Church in Western PA.
      This talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 412.921.4421.

Sunday: Acts 13:14, 43-52/Rv 7:9, 14b-17/Jn 10:27-30
Monday: Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30
Wednesday: Acts 12:24--13:5a/Jn 12:44-50
Thursday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14/Mk 16:15-20
Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14
Next Sunday: Acts 14:21-27/Rv 21:1-5a/Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

      We are celebrating the Confirmation of a group of our young people this weekend. In the bulletin over the next few weeks, we will take a look at the history and meaning of the sacrament.
       It seems that what we call Confirmation was originally a part of the early Christian rite for initiation into the community, that is, Baptism. The celebration of Christian initiation varied from place to place and time to time, but usually involved these elements:
      · celebration at the Easter Vigil as the local community gathered with its leader, the bishop;
      · a triple immersion in water (baptism) and initial anointing [this part of the rite were the responsibility of the presbyter (priest) and a male or female deacon];
      · on rejoining the assembly, the newly baptized would be anointed with holy oil (chrism) by the bishop and greeted with a kiss of peace.
      As the Church grew and dioceses became larger, it was impossible for the bishop to be present at the Easter initiation celebration for everyone. In the Eastern Christian churches, the anointing was done by whomever presided at the Easter rites (often a priest). In the West, Pope Innocent I in 412 A.D. reserved the anointing to the bishop, so that Confirmation became separated from Baptism.
      Over time, Confirmation gradually became more separated from Baptism, and was often administered with First Communion at around age fourteen. Early in the 20th century, Pope Pius X lowered the age of First Communion, and Confirmation was left on its own.

      Tee up for education and play where the pros play . . . CDTCA 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.

      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.

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 20
   5:00 pm  Richard & Margaret Cullinan (Joyce Dailey)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 21
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Gerald Urish (Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Anniv., Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

   1:00 pm Confirmation Mass

      Presider: Bishop William Waltersheid

Monday, Easter Weekday, April 22
   8:30 am  Edward Williams (Wehrle Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, April 23
   8:30 am  Robert Styslinger (Styslinger & Urish Families)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, April 24
   8:30 am  Roy Childs (Fleming Family)

Thursday, St. Mark, evangelist, April 25
   8:30 am  Robert Boley (children)

Friday, Easter Weekday, April 26
   8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, April 27
   9:00 am  Lucille Slates (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 27
   5:00 pm  Noonan Family (Marjorie N. Ladley)
      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28
   7:30 am Edward P. Williams (Rosemary & Mark Studer)
      Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am Thomas Maher (Wehrle Family)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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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