April 7, 2013

 2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER
       My cousins are twins. They are fraternal twins, not identical ones, so they never got to pull any of the cool "twin" stuff when they were growing up. They didn't get to confuse teachers by exchanging classes nor did they have the chance to mix up girlfriends or boyfriends by switching up on a date. As a matter of fact, since my cousins are Paul and Karen there wasn't much about them that was very twin-like except for the fact that they had the same birthday. Even though the family was close, as they grew up they chose different paths in life, going to universities in different states and even moving in opposite directions after graduating. Occasionally, they would talk about a "special" connection, but for the most part they lived their lives as any brother and sister.
      In today's Gospel, it is mentioned that Thomas is a twin. We don't know any more than that. We don't know if the other twin is a brother or sister. We don't even know if the other is still alive. The mention of Thomas being a twin is just one of those fascinating little fragments that pops up from time to time in the Scriptures that leaves a person wondering, "What is the rest of the story?"
      The "rest of the story" in this case is that physical knowledge of Jesus is just not that important. Just like it is unimportant whether Thomas' twin is there, so too it is not essential to have the physical body of Jesus standing in front of us to "prove" that he lives. We do not have to see Jesus to believe in him. As a matter of fact, believing in Jesus is seeing him not in his physical form, but in the community of believers who act as him in the world today. In effect, people should see him in us, because we act as his identical twin.
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 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 Pilgrim's 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.

APPALACHIA 5K
      The Annual Appalachia 5k Family Fun Run/Walk is at Hartwood Acres on Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 am.  Strollers and pets welcome.  Come out and get some exercise while supporting our mission trip!

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Leo Piatkowski & Dorothy Killian, wife of Ben Killian.

CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME!
      Congratulations to Carol Fuller, who was received into full communion in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Already baptized, Carol was confirmed and received the Eucharist for the first time as a Catholic. She is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Cabot, but participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at St. Scholastica because of her ties with our community through CDTCA and the participation of her daughters in our sacramental programs. Please keep Carol in your prayers, and give her a warm welcome into our faith community.

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), large bathtowels, and backpacks. All items may be new or used (in good condition). "We're down to our last bag" of winter gloves, she says.
      · Foods that are needed include cereal, rice, peanut butter, and instant potato flakes.
Focus on . . . the Finance Committee
      The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to: financecommittee@saintscholastica.com.

HELP US TO KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK!
      If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, www.saintscholastica.com. Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

CATHOLICdigest
      At the entrances to the church we have free issues of CATHOLICdigest.  We encourage you to consider becoming a subscriber.  CATHOLICdigest gives you the tools you need to feed your faith life, nurture your relationships, care for your family and bring the light of Christ to others, beginning with those you love in your own home, family and community.

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
      Girls Only Bible Study Tuesday April 9th 7:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Ministry Center. All teens welcome.

BOY SCOUT'S ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
      The month of April marks the Boy Scout's annual "Scouting for Food" drive. Over 130,000 people throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Area will benefit from this drive--many of them children. This year CDTCA Cub Scout Pack 78 will be accepting donations before and after all masses on April 14th. Please be generous by bringing canned products, cereals, paper products and household commodities to mass. The Scouts will be on hand to collect donations and will distribute the proceeds to local food pantries. If you have questions, please contact Tim Ruff at timothyruff@hotmail.com.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE
      Do you feel called to serve God's people as a lay minister?  Do you want to grow in understanding your faith?  Learn how Duquesne University can prepare you through our Master's degrees in Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education and Theology.  Attend Duquesne's Open House on Tuesday, April 9th from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at 615 Fisher Hall.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Dr. Maureen O'Brien at obrien@duq.edu or 412.396.6528.

INTERSECTION
      Sunday, April 14th from 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center.  Light breakfast included.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: APRIL 7TH
Sunday: Acts 5:12-16/Rv 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19/Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Acts 4:32-37/Jn 3:7b-15
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts 6:1-7/Jn 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41/Rv 5:11-14/Jn 21:1-19 or 21:1-14

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.

PRAYER RESOURCE FOR PARENTS
      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. The book has brief chapters on prayer and the prayer life of parents and children. Subsequent chapters focus on the prayer life of children at different ages from infancy to older adolescence. These chapters are filled with specific suggestions of ways that you can encourage your child's natural orientation toward prayer and foster the growth of the relationship that your child already has with God.
      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.

EASTER TIME
      We know that Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until the Triduum begins on Holy Thursday evening, just over six weeks. Easter Time also is far more than a day. In fact the whole week following Easter is celebrated as though it were the day of resurrection. All those days are celebrated as solemnities. Then the season of Easter lasts until the evening of Pentecost. So keep singing those joyful alleluias!

MASS INTENTIONS:
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

Monday, Annunciation of the Lord, April 8
   8:30 am  Birthday, Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)
      
Tuesday, Easter Weekday, April 9
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. Tim Maher (Joan & Guy Hilton)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, April 10
   8:30 am  Katherine Durich (Miketic Family)
  
Thursday, St. Stanislaus, bishop & martyr,  April 11
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, Easter Weekday, April 12
   8:30 am  Birthday, Harry Gimber (L. Clifford)
 
Saturday, Easter Weekday, April 13
   9:00 am  Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter, April 13
   5:00 pm  In Memory of Lance Snyder & Thanksgiving for Francine Snyder (Mary Ann Snyder)
      Presider:  Bishop David Zubik
  
Sunday, Third Sunday of Easter, April 14
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Frances Maher (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Sheila Massalski (husband Ted & 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: 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
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org