April 28, 2013

      It's not possible for even the most astute law enforcement official to have memorized every law he is subject to. The catalog of federal, state, and local laws is simply too great. Volumes of legal code cover everything from street parking to espionage, from hunting waterfowl to truancy, from drunk driving to emission standards. Laws and ordinances abound, yet the vast majority of us go about our business each day without much of a nod to their existence. A speed limit sign may catch our attention (especially if there are flashing lights behind us). We might also keep strict compliance with our local recycling laws because it makes us feel meritorious. But generally speaking we follow the law without actually knowing all of it.
      Today's Gospel takes place during the Last Supper. Judas had left and the other disciples were listening to Jesus. It is in this context that he gives them a new commandment: "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (Jn 13:34-35).
      There is the law that we must observe if we are to consider ourselves to be disciples, that is, followers of Jesus. We don't need to memorize the entire US Code or all the laws of the state in which we live to stay in compliance with the law. In the same way it is no longer necessary for us to remember all of the laws and ordinances in the Books of Leviticus, or Numbers, or Deuteronomy. We have a new law given to us by Christ. We are to "love one another." Those three words certainly have far reaching implications. We have guidance on how to follow Christ from the church. In our daily activities we have to act on what is the most loving thing to do.
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      Many thanks and blessings to all of you for the $4,075.00 collected for the orphan children of Hekima Place.  We are also most grateful for those who have decided to sponsor a child in school.  You may follow our progress at hekimaplace.org.  The children and I are praying for you each and every date.  ~ Kate

      The Aspinwall Presbyterian Performing Arts Series would like to invite you to two upcoming performances.
      Sunday, April 28th at 4:00pm at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 299 Center Avenue.  Pittsburgh Gospel Choir with Dr. Herbert Jones, director.
      Friday, May 10th at 7:00pm 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.

      Duquesne University's largest open house event, DuquesneFest, will be held this summer on Sunday, June 9, 2013 beginning at 8:00 am.  This exciting day is a fun way for Fall 2013 high school seniors to learn more about the University.  Register with Duquesne's Office of Admissions online at duq.edu/duquesnefest.

      We are having a work day for Catholic Charities on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am-2:00 pm.  This is open to all teens and adults.  Please RSVP by Thursday, May 2nd to Jamie Dillon.

      In the vestibule of the church we have free copies of "Give Us THIS DAY: Daily Prayer for Today's Catholic".  Some of these are even in LARGE PRINT!  Feel free to take one home with you and subscribe for a year. 

      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 women's summer tops and bottoms (in all sizes, but especially in large sizes), washcloths and large bath towels, and adult-sized backpacks.
      · Food items that are needed include rice, canned chili or stew, canned fruits (approximately 15 oz. cans are best), and canned vegetables.
Focus on . . . the Hope for Haiti Committee
The committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

      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.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, April 29th, at 7:30 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 baptismal preparation session will be held on June 10th.

      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.

      As part of my pastoral responsibility and deep concern for the welfare of all, I try to make certain that you are kept informed when any allegation of abuse of minors is made, no matter how dated.
      We recently received information that a deceased priest—Father John Wellinger—who had been removed from ministry nearly two decades ago, abused a victim when he was Parochial Vicar at Saint James Parish, Wilkinsburg, from June 1981 to July 1985.
      If you or a loved one were harmed as a minor by Father Wellinger or any person representing the Church of Pittsburgh, please contact our diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline at 1-888-808-1235. You can also call the state abuse hotline at 1-800-932-0313 or report it to local civil authorities. You need not carry this burden alone.
      Please know that I will continue to do all that is possible in addressing the tragedy of predatory abuse of minors and to keep you informed.
Grateful for our belief that "Nothing is Impossible with God," I am
Your brother in Christ,
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh

      Come celebrate spring and join other parish women in friendship at the Aquinas Guild end-of-year luncheon. All women of the parish are invited to attend a luncheon at the Fox Chapel Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Guest speaker will be Sister Marian Senish, C.D.P., who leads many retreats in our area. Her topic is "Laughter Is the Best Medicine." Cost of the lunch is $25.
      To make a reservation, please send a $25 check payable to the Aquinas Guild to Bernadine Bonessa, 111 Hickory Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please specify your entrée choice, either Sole Veronique or Lemon Chicken. Reservation deadline is May 10. Call 412-963-0198 with any questions.

Sunday: Acts 14:21-27/Rv 21:1-5a/Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35
Monday: Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8 or Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11
Friday: 1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21
Next Sunday:Acts 15:1-2, 22-29/Rv 21:10-14, 22-23/Jn 14:23-29

      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.

      Congratulations to our young people who were confirmed last weekend! This week we continue our quick look at the history of the sacrament.
      By the early 20th century, Confirmation had become separated from its original close connection with Baptism for Catholics of the Western (Latin) rite.
      The Second Vatican Council, as part of its general effort to go back to the traditions of the early church in order to renew the modern church, reaffirmed the connection of Confirmation with Baptism. The Confirmation ritual now included a renewal of baptismal vows. Candidates were encouraged to use their baptismal names and to have their godparents as Confirmation sponsors.
      In addition, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) revived the ancient catechumenate (the way that most adults entered the church) in new form. The RCIA emphasized the close connection among the three "Sacraments of Initiation:" Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. People who were baptized at the Easter Vigil would be immediately confirmed by the priest who baptized them before proceeding to receive Eucharist for the first time.
      This reconnection of the sacraments of initiation has sometimes affected the timing of Confirmation. For some years in the Greensburg Diocese, for example, second-graders were confirmed at the same time that they received their First Communion, restoring the ancient order of the sacraments. Most dioceses, including Pittsburgh, have chosen to retain celebration by a bishop at a later age.

      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 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. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch 
   11:00 am  Thomas Maher (Wehrle Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Catherine of Siena, April 29
   8:30 am  Edward P. Williams (Sally Hughes)
Tuesday, Easter Weekday, April 30
   8:30 am  Helen K. Gallagher (Gallagher Family)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 1
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Sister, Lorraine Clifford)
Thursday, St. Athanasius,  May 2
   8:30 am  Birthday, Gaetano Costanzo (Barbara & Louis Costanzo)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 3
   8:30 am  Leo Piatkowski (Bill & Jean Eckert)
Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 4
   9:00 am  James & Thomas Liberatore (Eleanor Liberatore)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 4
   5:00 pm  John Vollmer (Edna Jenca)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5
   7:30 am  Nancy McSorley (Mihm Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Franklin C. Snyder (wife, Patricia Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com

Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927