September 29, 2013

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
      This Fall, from September 25 to November 3, our community is uniting with hundreds of other cities around the world for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history: THE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN.  Everyone is welcome to join this pro-life witness.  40 Days for Life is made up of three components: Prayer and Fasting--believers throughout our city are invited to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion; Peaceful Vigil--stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside Pittsburgh's Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown; Community Outreach--help take a positive upbeat pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy, and public visibility.

PET BLESSING
      Our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 1 pm near the church building entrance.  All pets, owners and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
      The next training session for new altar servers will held on Sunday, October 6th, after the 11 am Mass.  Any student in 4th grade or above may become an altar server.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com to reserve your spot and obtain the required study materials.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Frances Giovannitti and Harry McLaughlin and Shawn Neville, husband of Tracey Neville.

HOW SWEET IT IS!
      The Annual Fall Fling fundraiser to benefit CDTCA is quickly approaching.  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 25th, and send in your RSVP!  Remember to pre-order your Mystery Boxes on your response card too.  It promises to be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food stations.  You should have received your invitation. However, if needed there are extra invites in the school office as well as the Church Vestibule. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro at massaro6@verizon.net.

VOTER REGISTRATION
      If you will be 18 years old by Nov. 5 you can register to vote in the coming election.  If you are currently registered you do not need to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name since you last registered.  Applications for voter registration and applications for absentee ballots are in the vestibule of the Church.  All voter registrations must be in the election office by October 7th.  The last day for absentee ballots to be in the election office is October 29th.

CONFIRMATION MEGA MEETING
      Sunday, October 6th, at the Pastoral Center after the 11:00 am Mass.  This is for all confirmation candidates and their parent or sponsor. 

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome.

STEWARDSHIP
Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves.  Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.                                                                                      --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Our parish picnic was enjoyable in spite of a sometimes chilly afternoon.  Thanks to the committee who organized the effort and especially to Elaine DuVall who led the committee.  Thanks as well to everyone who pitched in to give us an afternoon of food and friendship!   

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • sheets and large bath towels;
  • men's walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition;
  • women's clothes in large sizes (2X and above).
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit;
  • canned vegetables.           
      Thank you for your generosity!  Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please, no boxes and no loose items; plastic bags are good and clean plastic garbage bags are fine for large items. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily.  Thank you!

Focus on . . . RCIA
      Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, St. Scholastica Parish welcomes adults and older children into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is intended for people who have never been baptized, for Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and for baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Church or in helping others to enter.  Contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email:  rcia@saintscholastica.com.

PARENT GROUP TO MEET
      A new group for parents with young children is meeting on Saturday, October 5, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the home of Monica and Chris Dobbelstein. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get to know one another and talk about what they would like to accomplish as a group.  They are looking to support each other in raising their children Catholic in today's environment. Thanks to the parents who have let Monica know they plan to attend.  If you would like to participate but have not yet responded, please do so by this Wednesday.  You may email Monica Dobbelstein at familyfaith@saintscholastica.com for the address.

LIFE CHAIN
      Save the Date!  On October 6th in 1,800 locations across the United States and Canada, tens of thousands of pro-life people will gather beside main streets.  They will pray silently and hold professionally-printed signs provided at the site.  They will peacefully show solidarity in the Christian community for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  They will stand in honor of the 55 million lives who have been lost to abortion.  Every year young women report deciding not to have an abortion after reading the signs and seeing the people praying.  There will be a local Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in Etna on Butler St (Rt 8) from Kittanning St to Grant St, signs available at Butler St. and Grant, parking on Catherine St across from Grant.  Young and old, all are welcome to participate.  Bring a lawn chair if standing is a problem.  See you on the 6th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MASS
      Saturday, October 5th at 5:00 pm!  All Middle School students are invited to attend.  After Mass we will have a scavenger hunt for food for the homeless.

PET THERAPY
      Tuesday, October 1st from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Aspinwall VA Hospital.  This is open to all Middle School and High School youth.  Please RSVP by Sunday as space is extremely limited.

DAY OF GIVING
      The Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving will be held on Thursday, October, 3, from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.  Up to the first $1,000 of every gift per donor will be counted towards the match pool.  Please consider supporting Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy on this Day of Giving. The minimum gift is $25. There is no limit to the amount of money you may give.  How to Give: go to http://www.pittsburghgives.org/  Only credit card of Visa and Master card donations are accepted. You will receive an email receipt for your donation. This is an exceptional way to maximize your donation! Thank you for your support of CDTCA and Catholic education.

CUB SCOUT POPCORN SALE
      Cub Scout Pack 78 will be selling popcorn after all Masses this week.  This is our only fundraiser and allows our boys to participate in activities that strengthen their character and help them grow both socially and intellectually.  We very much appreciate your support.

FREE FLU VACCINATIONS
      UPMC St. Margaret is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents on Saturday, October 5, from 9:00 am - Noon at Neil Y. Van Horn Pavilion (near hospital entrance A) for persons age 65 and older. Individuals with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease are encouraged to get the vaccine.  For people of ages 18 - 64, there will be a $15 fee.  Children under the age of 18 will not be vaccinated at this clinic.

MONTH OF THE ROSARY
      The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary.  On Monday, October 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary, the students of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be attending Mass at 8:30 and following Mass they will pray the rosary for World Peace.  They invite parishioners to join them.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 29TH      
Sunday: Am 6:1a, 4-7/1 Tm 6:11-16/Lk 16:19-31
Monday: Zec 8:1-8/Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Zec 8:20-23/Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Neh 2:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10
Thursday: Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12/Lk 10:1-12
Friday: Bar 1:15-22/Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Bar 4:5-12, 27-29/Lk 10:17-24
Next Sunday: Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4/2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14/Lk 17:5 -10

PARISH CONNECTION
       The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple social networking site linked to our parish website. It is a closed social network that enables the parish to engage our members online in a safe and secure manner.
       Last week, we imported contact information for our parishioners to the Parish Connection online directory.  If you received a welcome message in your email last week, we encourage you to log in with your temporary password and select your own password.  Click on the "Users" tab to reach the online directory, and click on your own name to access your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes. You can also decide how much of the information in your profile you would like to make available to other parishioners.  Any information that you mark as "private" will be visible only to the site administrators. The online directory will be available only to registered users.
      If you did not receive a login email, it probably means that we do not have a current email address for you.  You can visit the Parish Connection site [it is accessible through the homepage of our parish website, http://www.saintscholastica.com/] and sign up via the Login popup. Please note that you will be treated as a visitor to the site until the office approves you as a user.  Because we are not automatically notified of sign-ups, please send an email to the Parish Connection administrators [Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton] at parishconnection@saintscholastica.com, so we can confirm you as a registered user. You can also email us with any questions.
      Our goal is to have a separate user entry for each adult in the parish.  The information we used to populate the online directory often had only one email address for a married couple.  In those cases, we chose one name to enter in the directory with the email address.  If a couple would each like to be in the online directory, the other person must sign up separately with a different email address.
We hope that the Parish Connection will increase communication among parishioners and contribute to our growth as a community. Thank you for participating in it!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 28
    5:00 pm  Virginia Wrobel (Rigatti Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 29
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Rev. Robert Flaherty, O.Carm (Kathleen Piper )
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Jerome, September 30
   8:30 am  Birthday, Tommaso Sbarra (wife & daughers)

Tuesday, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, October 1
   8:30 am  Nora McNally (Fleming Family)

Wednesday, Holy Guardian Angels, October 2
   8:30 am  J. Teddy Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Thursday, weekday,  October 3
   8:30 am  Roman Kronenwetter (daughter Rose & Richard Gabbianelli)

Friday, St. Francis of Assisi, October 4
    8:30 am  Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, weekday, October 5
   9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Parish Community)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 5
   5:00 pm  John Marous & Ish McLaughlin (Gunnell Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Seventh  Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 6
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Pat Shaner (George & Rose Dice)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anthony Bozik (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

SAINTSCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                                

September 22, 2013

 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Brad and Joanna met in graduate school and married shortly after they each completed their degree work. As a young married couple they are deeply in love with each other and really work hard at being unified in their household as they raise their two young children. In so many ways they act as one. But every fall there is one thing that comes along that divides this couple: college football! You see, Joanna graduated from Ohio State, while Brad finished his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin. Most of the time, the weekend college football events are not that divisive. They can even root for each other's alma maters depending on who the opponent is. But when their schools play each other the division is intense. Their home life may be united in many things, but when it comes to their old school teams the rivalry wins out.
      In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus points out to his disciples that a person can really only devote himself to one master. Serving God and serving money are very hard to hold in balance. The dishonest steward in the Gospel parable could not hold to his ethical duty to his employer. Instead he used his position to feather his own nest, something that even his former employer gave him credit for.
      The loyalties that Brad and Joanna have toward their individual teams are commendable. They each maintain a strong devotion to their collegiate experience. But they also recognize that there is a greater master to serve in their lives: their marital union. As intense as game day may be, they realize that in the end, it is just a game, while their marriage and their family life is not. They have recognized a greater good even as they enjoy the game that divides them each fall. Our own lives can be exactly like that. We can come to an accommodation with every other thing as long as we recognize that God is the master of all.
                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
      This Fall, from September 25 to November 3, our community is uniting with hundreds of other cities around the world for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history: THE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN.  Everyone is welcome to join this pro-life witness.  40 Days for Life is made up of three components: Prayer and Fasting--Believers throughout our city are invited to join together for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  Peaceful Vigil--Stand for life during a 40 day peaceful public witness outside Pittsburgh's Planned Parenthood abortion clinic located at 933 Liberty Avenue, downtown.  Community Outreach--Help take a positive upbeat pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy, and public visibility.

M.O.P.S. MEET & GREET
      The Fox Chapel Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be holding a meet/greet playdate at Squaw Valley Park on Tuesday, September 24th and Tuesday October 8th, from 9-11 a.m. (weather permitting) to kick-off the start of the year and give interested moms a chance to find out more about the group.  Anyone who may be pregnant or has a child up to age 5 are welcome to join.  Beginning October 22, MOPS will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.  Childcare is free, and snacks and coffee are provided.  MOPS is a Christian based group that uplifts mothers through social time, book discussion, and speakers on topics related to parenting.  This year's theme, A Beautiful Mess, reminds moms that beauty can come out the grime and difficulties of mothering.  For more information, visit http://www.mops.org or contact Fox Chapel MOPS Coordinator Carol Pohl at fcpcmops@gmail.com or 412-626-1082.

PET BLESSING
      Our annual Pet Blessing will take place on Sunday, October 6, at 1 pm near the church building entrance.  All pets, owners and friends of animals are welcome to attend.

INTERSECTION
      For all High School youth and 8th grade begins Sunday, September 29 from 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center.  We will discuss current events as they relate to the gospel and you.  Light breakfast provided.

UKE GROUP
      Uke Group is back!  September 25 from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm in the Ministry Center.  Call Jamie if interested.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
      Training sessions for new altar servers will held on Sunday, September29th and Sunday, October 6th after the 11 am Mass.  Any student in 4th grade or above may become an altar server.  Serving at Mass is a wonderful way to enrich your Catholic faith.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Peggy Santelli at pssantelli@gmail.com to reserve your spot and obtain the required study materials.

REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the souls of Frances Giovannitti; Harry McLaughlin; and Shawn Neville, husband of Tracey Neville.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
      To be children of God, and brothers and sisters to one another: this is the heart of the Christian experience.                                                                   
                                                                    ~Pope Francis
Help Needed! 
      The Parish Picnicis this Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park. It's not too late to help!  We need people to load long tables onto a truck at 1:00 p.m. at the gym entrance on Maple Ave.  You can also help set up at Squaw Valley Park anytime from 1:30 onward.  And, of course, we appreciate people pitching in at the end of the picnic at 7 p.m. to clean up.  Please do what you can!
   
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
  • blankets and sheets—"This is critical—we need 85-90 blankets a week."
  • pillows;
  • washcloths and large bath towels;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-36 and 44-60;
  • men's tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition;
  • ladies' large bras
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned or dried fruits;
  • canned vegetables
      Thank you for your generosity!  Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please, no boxes and no loose items; plastic bags are good and clean plastic garbage bags are fine for large items. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily.  Thank you!
 

Stewardship News
      Nancy Heil recommends reading the front-page article on homeless young people from the Monday, Sept. 16, Post-Gazette.  Her line is briefly mentioned in the article as one resource that the young people use to survive.
      In the article, a consultant hired by the county said, "What struck me was that they all wanted to work."  Nancy agrees emphatically.  "If anyone thinks that these people want to be homeless," she says, "let them come down to my line with a job.  With ten jobs—or a hundred."
      Two weeks ago Monday, many people waited in line for hours in a drenching rain.  One volunteer wondered why anyone would do that, before reflecting, "I guess if I hadn't eaten in two or three days, I would stand in the rain for a lunch."  Nancy was amazed at the graciousness of the people in the line:  "Everyone thanked us for coming out in the rain."  And the line keeps growing longer . . .

HOW SWEET IT IS!
      The Annual Fall Fling fundraiser to benefit CDTCA is quickly approaching.  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 25th and send in your RSVP!  Remember to pre-order your Mystery Boxes on your response card too.  It promises to be a fun-filled evening! Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro at massaro6@verizon.net.

LIFE CHAIN
      Save the Date!  On October 6th in 1,800 locations across the United States and Canada, tens of thousands of pro-life people will gather beside main streets.  They will pray silently and hold professionally-printed signs provided at the site.  They will peacefully show solidarity in the Christian community for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  They will stand in honor of the 55 million lives who have been lost to abortion.  Every year young women report deciding not to have an abortion after reading the signs and seeing the people praying.  There will be a local Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in Etna on Butler St (Rt 8) from Kittanning St to Grant St, signs available at Butler St. and Grant, parking on Catherine St across from Grant.  Young and old, all are welcome to participate.  Bring a lawn chair if standing is a problem.  See you on the 6th.

2014 MASS INTENTIONS   
      Beginning Tuesday, September 24th, at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2014. Requests can also be mailed or dropped off in the Parish Office mailbox (across from the parish office).  Please be aware that we have about 1,400 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish.  So we are setting the limit of  4  Masses per year for each deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be placed on a reserved list, and be celebrated when Mass times are available.  Special requests will be welcomed for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling.

PARISH PICNIC!
      The Parish picnic takes place this Sunday, Sept. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.  Thanks to all who signed up to attend!  Please remember that seating is limited, so it is a good idea to bring your own chair.  Also, please bring your side dish or dessert in a disposable container.  We will have ice tables set up for items that need to be kept cold.  We will supply  drinks, hotdogs, chicken and corn. The donation request for admission is $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family. Please see the Stewardship article for other ways to help the picnic succeed.
      This is a great way to spend time together and get to know each other a little better.  We're really looking forward to seeing everyone!

PARENT GROUP TO MEET  
      A new group of parents with young children is meeting on Saturday, October 5, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the home of Monica and Chris Dobbelstein. Parents may bring their children. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get to know one another and talk about what they would like to accomplish as a group.  Most of the parents have young children, although some have older children as well.  They are looking to support each other in raising their children Catholic in today's environment. 
      If you would like to take part in this first meeting, please email Monica Dobbelstein at familyfaith@saintscholastica.com by September 27.  She will send you their address. You may also leave a message on Andy Bechman's voicemail at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 with your contact information and the number of people attending. Communication by email is preferred. 

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 22ND
Sunday: Am 8:4-7/1 Tm 2:1-8/Lk 16:1-13 or 16:10-13
Monday: Ezr 1:1-6/Lk 8:16-18
Tuesday: Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20/Lk 8:19-21
Wednesday: Ezr 9:5-9/Lk 9:1-6
Thursday: Hg 1:1-8/Lk 9:7-9
Friday: Hg 2:1-9/Lk 9:18-22
Saturday:   Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a/Lk 9:43b-45
Next Sunday:  Am 6:1a, 4-7/1 Tm 6:11-16/Lk 16:19-31
                                                                 ©Liturgical Publications Inc

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
      There is a service opportunity for Middle School and High School students.  Harmar Village is having a harvest party on Saturday, September 28 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  We are in need of 6-12 volunteers.  If you are interested in helping with games and snacks for this event, contact Jamie Dillon.

PARISH CONNECTION
       The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple social networking site linked to our parish website. It is a closed social network that enables the parish to engage our members online in a safe and secure manner.
      On September 17, we imported contact information for our parishioners to the Parish Connection online directory.  If you are registered in the parish and we have your email address, you should have received an email message with login information. We encourage you to login with your temporary password and select your own password.  Click on the "Users" tab to reach the online directory, and click on your own name to access your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes. You can also decide how much of the information in your profile you would like to make available to other parishioners.  Any information that you mark as "private" will be visible only to the site administrators. The online directory will be available only to registered users.
      If you did not receive a login email, it probably means that we do not have a current email address for you.  You can visit the Parish Connection site [it is accessible through the homepage of our parish website, www.saintscholastica.com] and sign up via the Login popup. Please note that you will be treated as a visitor to the site until the office approves you as a user.  Because we are not automatically notified of sign-ups, please send an email to the Parish Connection administrators [Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton] at parishconnection@saintscholastica.com, so we can confirm you as a registered user. You can also email us with any questions.
      We hope that the Parish Connection will increase communication among parishioners and contribute to our growth as a community. Thank you for participating in it!

CUB SCOUT POPCORN SALE
      Cub scout Pack 78 will be selling popcorn after all Masses next week to help fund their pack activities. This is your chance to support scouting and enjoy some tasty treats!

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, September 22nd. 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 support.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 21
    5:00 pm  Richard Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 22
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Anniv., Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Thomas O'Connor (Truter Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Pio, Priest of Pietrelcina, September 23
   8:30 am  Elaine Pavilik (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 24
   8:30 am  Rose McCloskey (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, weekday, September 25
   8:30 am  Birthday, Bernice Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)

Thursday, weekday,  September 26
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, St. Vincent de Paul, September 27
    8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday, September 28
   9:00 am  Orland Veltri (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 28
   5:00 pm  Virginia Wrobel (Rigatti Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Sixth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 29
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Anniv., Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Thomas O'Connor (Truter 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: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                        

September 15, 2013

 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      "Found" is a great word! It can have so many levels of meaning. Obviously it means having recovered something that was misplaced or lost. My aged mother is forever "finding" her glasses, even though they are usually on the table under the mail or the newspaper. Found can also mean to begin something or to set something up. The parish I worship at, like the one you belong to, had a founding pastor who organized the beginning of community in response to the bishop's request or the call of the people in the area. Anyone who works with molten material also knows that to found means casting that metal or glass object in a place called (of course!) a foundry.
      Jesus tells the story today of a woman who has ten coins and lost one. All three meanings of the word "found" are part of parable. The coin was found (that is cast) by a treasury, either the emperor's or that of a local realm. Having lost the coin, the woman found (that is recovered) it after searching the whole house. The recovery of the coin occasioned the founding (that is the initiation) of her rejoicing. The parable of the lost coin is truly about founding.
      Like that coin, we may be lost at times, but God finds us. He recovers us from whatever has separated us from him, whether that is sin, the distractions of life, or the fragility of our faith. In finding us, God renews us. He remolds us and forms us more and more into people with a lively faith. Like that molten metal that is founded into a coin, the love of God purifies us and remakes us anew, casting us into the image of Christ. By asking God's forgiveness and by praying for a renewal of faith, we gain a new foundation and so can begin again, living the way Christ has taught us, filled with the love of God and love for our brothers and sisters.
                                                          ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

GUN SAFETY IN A FREE SOCIETY
      An Allegheny County Conversation - October 6, 2013, 1-5pm, Oakland
      There are 90 guns per 100 Americans, more accidents than deaths, more suicides than homicides. Please register for small group moderated discussions, and help find a solution.  Organized by the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh in association with the Program for Deliberative Democracy at CMU.  Register at http://pittsburgh.palwv.org/ or by calling 412.261.4284.

M.O.P.S. MEET & GREET
      The Fox Chapel Area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) will be holding a meet/greet playdate at Squaw Valley Park on Tuesday, September 24th and Tuesday October 8th, from 9-11 a.m. (weather permitting) to kick-off the start of the year and give interested moms a chance to find out more about the group.  Anyone who may be pregnant or has a child up to age 5 are welcome to join.  Beginning October 22, MOPS will meet on the 2ndand 4th Tuesday of each month from 9-11 a.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.  Childcare is free, and snacks and coffee are provided. 
      MOPS is a Christian based group that uplifts mothers through social time, book discussion, and speakers on topics related to parenting.  This year's theme, A Beautiful Mess, reminds moms that beauty can come out the grime and difficulties of mothering.  For more information, visit http://www.mops.org/ or contact Fox Chapel MOPS Coordinator Carol Pohl at fcpcmops@gmail.com or 412-626-1082.

RESPECT LIFE MEETING
      There will be a Respect Life Meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center.  This will be the first Meeting since Spring.  We will be discussing Life Chain, Forty Days For Life, and a bus for the January March for Life.  Any parishioners who would like to come and join us for this Meeting would be most welcome.

SAVE THE DATE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!" Please mark you calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013 and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit. To be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro at massaro6@verizon.net.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.                                                                           --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She asked to publish this letter to the parish:

      Our ministry is always in need of adult backpacks for the use of our homeless brothers and sisters.  However, I would like to send a special "thank you" to the parishioner who donated three NEW backpacks about two weeks ago and to let you know how God chose to use them.
      We received a call regarding a single mother of six children, four of whom were in school and in need of backpacks.  No less than six charitable agencies and one of our three major TV stations were contacted and refused to help her for all manner of "red tape" reasons such as—"she didn't sign up in time"—though there was no sign anywhere giving the sign-up dates.
      She came to us.  We gave her your three backpacks and bought one more plus $50 worth of school supplies: notebooks, pencils, etc.  This lovely mother is very grateful to you.
      This is just one small example of what God's people "in need" must deal with on a daily basis.  Thank you, Saint Scholastica, for your prayers, generous contributions and general support.  God bless you.
                                                                        Yours in Christ,
                                                                        Nancy
P.S.  Our needs this week are men's tennis shoes! tennis shoes! tennis shoes!


Help Needed!
      Aside from the sneakers, Nancy Heil requests donations of:
         ·canned or dried fruits;
         ·canned vegetables;
         ·canned chicken, chili or stew
.
      Thank you for your generosity!  Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please, no boxes and no loose items; plastic bags are good and clean plastic garbage bags are fine for large items. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily.  Thank you!
   
      The Parish Picnic is coming on September 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.  Let's all do our part to make this a great celebration of our parish community! Sign-up sheets for different tasks on the day of the picnic are in the vestibule of church.  Please do what you can!

Focus On . . . Bereavement Ministry
            The goal of our Bereavement Ministry is to provide a compassionate and consistent outreach to each bereaved family in the parish in their time of sorrow and grief. This outreach group of volunteers, along with the Director of Music and Bereavement Ministries, visits the family of the deceased, helps prepare the funeral service, and delivers a basket of food to the family.  In addition to the pastor, who leads a short prayer service at the funeral home, committee members, if able, visit the funeral home and attend the funeral.  Other volunteers are available to lector should the family need someone. This group of people has also formed a choir to sing at funerals, as well as hospitality ministers to be present at funeral luncheons held at the Pastoral Center.  For more information or to take part, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: bereavement@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty minutes.
      You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

CALLING ALL BOYS IN 4TH-8TH GRADES
      Interested in sharpening your basketball skills?  Join us for the 2013 CDTCA Basketball Basics with D.P. Harris, St. Vincent College Head Coach, along with members of the Bearcats.  Saturday, September 14th and 21st, from 9 am-12 pm.  $30 a session.  Space is limited to 25 boys a session.  First come first serve!  Contact Phil McGivney at philmcgivney@gmail.com to hold your place!

PARENT GROUP TO MEET
      A new group of parents with young children is meeting on Saturday, October 5, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the home of Monica and Chris Dobbelstein. Parents may bring their children. The purpose of this initial meeting is to get to know one another and talk about what they would like to accomplish as a group.  Most of the parents have young children, although some have older children as well.  They are looking to support each other in raising their children Catholic in today's environment.
      If you would like to take part in this first meeting, please email Monica Dobbelstein at familyfaith@saintscholastica.com by September 27.  She will send you their address. You may also leave a message on Andy Bechman's voicemail at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 with your contact information and the number of people attending. Communication by email is preferred.

LIFE CHAIN
      Save the Date!  On October 6th in 1,800 locations across the United States and Canada, tens of thousands of pro-life people will gather beside main streets.  They will pray silently and hold professionally-printed signs provided at the site.  They will peacefully show solidarity in the Christian community for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  They will stand in honor of the 55 million lives who have been lost to abortion,  Every year young women report deciding not to have an abortion after reading the signs and seeing the people praying.  There will be a local Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in Etna on Butler St (Rt 8) from Kittanning St to Grant St, signs available at Butler St. and Grant, parking on Catherine St across from Grant.  Young and old, all are welcome to participate.  Bring a lawn chair if standing is a problem.  See you on the 6th.

2014 MASS INTENTIONS    
      Beginning Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m., Masses will be accepted for 2014. Requests can also be mailed or dropped off in the Parish Office mailbox (across from the parish office).  Please be aware that we have about 1,400 registered families/individuals in our parish. We celebrate about 500 Masses a year in the parish.  So we are setting the limit of  4  Masses per year for each deceased person. Additional Masses for a deceased person will be placed on a reserved list, and be celebrated when Mass times are available.  Special requests will be welcomed for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. Payment is expected at the time of scheduling.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY
      Today is Catechetical Sunday!  Please keep all of our catechists, school teachers and small group leaders in your prayers.

SMALL GROUPS
       Selections for specific small groups for grades 6-8 will take place on Sunday, September 22 after the 11:00 am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

YOUTH MINISTRY
       Harmar Village is having a harvest party on Saturday, September 28th from 1 pm-4 pm.  Youth volunteers are needed to help!  Please contact Jamie Dillon.

CONFIRMATION MEETING
      There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 22 after the 11am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 15TH
Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/1 Tm 1:12-17/Lk 15:1-32 or 15:1-10
Monday: 1 Tm 2:1-8/Lk 7:1-10
Tuesday: 1 Tm 3:1-13/Lk 7:11-17
Wednesday: 1 Tm 3:14-16/Lk 7:31-35
Thursday: 1 Tm 4:12-16/Lk 7:36-50
Friday: 1 Tm 6:2c-12/Lk 8:1-3
Saturday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Mt 9:9-13
Next Sunday: Am 8:4-7/1 Tm 2:1-8/Lk 16:1-13 or 16:10-13

GET CONNECTED!
      The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple social networking site linked to our parish website. It is a closed social network that enables the parish to engage our members online in a safe and secure manner.
      On September 17, we will import contact information for our parishioners to the Parish Connection online directory.  If you are registered in the parish and we have your email address, you will receive an email message with login information so that you can check your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes. The online directory will be available only to registered users, and you will be able to control how much of the information in your profile is made available even to other parishioners.
      Participating in the Parish Connection makes your information updates immediately available to any parish group you belong to.  You will have access to the online directory, easy access to important documents, and you can see photos and videos that are posted on the site.  You will have access to a parish discussion board that you can use to connect with other parishioners.  And you will be able to sign up easily for online giving so that you no longer have to write checks for the collection basket.
      The parish benefits because we will have a more up-to-date database of parishioner information without having to use much support staff time to maintain it.  We hope that increased communication among parishioners will contribute to our growth as a community.
      If you do not wish to have your contact information (name, main telephone number, mailing address and email address) included in the import to the online directory, please notify the parish office before September 17. If you have questions, please contact Parish Connection administrators Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton. You can email them at: parishconnection@saintscholastica.com.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 14
   5:00 pm  Louise Sindrich (Farrell Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth  Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Rose Bunecke (Nedrow Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Amodeo (Shirley & Samuel Amodeo)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian, September 16
   8:30 am  Alfreda Kopec (Gallagher Family)

Tuesday, weekday, September 17
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Maureen O'Brien)

Wednesday, weekday, September 18
   8:30 am  Thomas G. O'Connor (Donnelly Family)

Thursday, weekday,  September 19
    8:30 am  Martin Trichtinger (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Friday, Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon & Paul Chong Ha-sang, September 20
    8:30 am  Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, St. Matthew, September 21
   9:00 am  Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 21
   5:00 pm  Richard Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fifth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 22
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Anniv., Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Thomas O'Connor (Truter 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: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                    

September 8, 2013

 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      In the midst of the Great Recession many construction plans were abandoned. Back in February, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released a report analyzing the effect of the restrained construction environment on the economy. From a peak of 400,000 housing starts per quarter to just over 100,000 in the final quarter of 2012, the total industry (construction and real estate), which once accounted for ten million jobs, lost 2.5 million of its workers over five years. Data used by the Fed showed that employment was on a growth trend if you excluded the construction industry. Add that industry into the picture, and employment in the past few years continues its downward march. The report also points to the fact that construction has a large indirect effect on the economy as well, since more building increases demand for things like furniture and banking and legal services.
      In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus uses the example of calculating the cost to build a tower as a way of inviting those who heard him to consider what it means to become one of his followers. The life of the Gospel is more than just a quick acceptance of Jesus into one's life. There are costs associated with becoming a disciple. Jesus puts it rather bluntly at the end of this week's text when he states, "Anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple."
      The Great Recession certainly saw many people losing all of their possessions. Jobs were lost, retirement savings were used up, homes were foreclosed, and plans for college were abandoned. But this kind of imposed loss is not what Jesus is speaking of. He is inviting those who have--and there are still many of us that fall into that category--to not become overly attached to all of our possessions. Love of material things can keep us from seeing Christ, most especially from seeing Christ in our brothers and sisters in need.
                                                ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

BISHOP'S EDUCATION FUND
      This Sunday there will be a second collection for the Bishop's Education Fund. This fund issues grants to financially needy families who otherwise could not send their children to Catholic schools. These grants and other sources of aid assure that our schools are not outside the reach of the middle class or families experiencing the distress of unemployment, divorce or sickness. Many of the students in our own school receive grants from the Bishop's Education Fund. Thank you for your generosity!!

WOMEN WANTED!
      The Aquinas Guild, which was organized by the women of St. Scholastica's Parish in 1939 to foster an awareness of the needs of the parish and community and to encourage friendship and social contact among the members, is in the process of re-inventing itself. We want to stay a vital, contributing body of the parish while meeting the changing needs of today's women of faith. Pope Francis has professed that women are a vital part of the Catholic Church and encourages their involvement in parish life.
      We are inviting ALL WOMEN of our parish and surrounding parishes to attend an "Idea Gathering" social on September 19th at 6 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The Aquinas Guild is the only women's organization of our parish and our hope is to determine our future direction in order to more actively serve the needs of the parish and the members.  Please bring a friend or neighbor and join us for an information gathering evening of camaraderie on September 19th.
       RSVP to Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863 or Maryemaher@msn.com

LABOR DAY STATEMENT
      Each year, the bishops of the United States issue a Labor Day statement. This year's message, written by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, is particularly pertinent. Bishop Blaire begins with the basics: "Every human being enjoys a basic right to be respected, not because of any title, position, prestige, or accomplishment but first of all because we are created in the image and likeness of God." As Pope Francis has noted, "Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. . . . It gives one the ability to maintain oneself, one's family, to contribute to the growth of one's own nation."
      Unfortunately, Bishop Blaire continues, in the U.S. "the economy still has not improved the standard of living for many people, especially for the poor and the working poor, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed. . . . Half of the jobs in this country pay less than $27,000 per year. More than 46 million people live in poverty, including 16 million children. The economy is not creating an adequate number of jobs that allow workers to provide for themselves and their families."
      However, the "current imbalances are not inevitable, but demand boldness in promoting a just economy that reduces inequality by creating jobs that pay a living wage and share with workers some profits of the company. It also requires ensuring a strong safety net for jobless workers and their families and those who are incapable of work." Unions are part of the solution: "Catholic teaching has consistently affirmed the right of workers to choose to form a union. The rise in income inequality has mirrored a decline in union membership." Responsible businesses are as well: "Whenever possible we should support businesses and enterprises that protect human life and dignity, pay just wages, and protect workers' rights."
      For the rest of Bishop Blaire's message, see the USCCB website: usccb.org.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she bears witness to God's love. Be missionaries of God's tenderness!
                                                               --Pope Francis

Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. Her coworkers come from all over the region. One young man named Eric joined other members of his family in the effort. The work he did and an essay he wrote about it helped win him a college scholarship. Here are excerpts from what he wrote about his experience.
      Working with the homeless in downtown Pittsburgh has been my most rewarding community service experience. It brings me joy as I take nothing for granted anymore, and it also creates more stable living conditions for less fortunate people in our community.
      Every Monday night a group of volunteers, led by Mrs. Nancy Heil, meet on the Boulevard of the Allies to distribute blankets, food, clothing, and other basic necessities to the homeless. As they operate under no official organization, their supplies come from churches and the goodness of people's hearts. . . . When I am performing this community service, there is honestly no place I would rather be. The joy in the faces of the people I am helping is truly heart-warming. . . .
      The people we help are extremely gracious and told us how much they benefited from our works. I have never met a group of more thankful and faithful people in my life than the homeless and volunteers I have met on Monday nights downtown.


Help Needed!
      The Parish Picnic is coming on September 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park. Let's all do our part to make this a great celebration of our parish community!
      Sign-up sheets for different tasks on the day of the picnic are in the vestibule of church. In the meantime, we have three special requests.
  • We need trucks that can carry 8-foot long rectangular tables from St. Scholastica to the park at 1:00 p.m. and/or from the park back to the parish at 7:00 p.m. Volunteers will load the tables onto your truck.
  • We need three E-Z Up-type canopies to shelter the food tables from 1:30 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.
  • If you have a cooler you can lend, please bring it to the park as close to 1:30 as you can.
      Please contact the parish office or Elaine DuVall if you can help with picnic items.

      Please help us pack food for Nancy Heil's Homeless Ministry on Sunday mornings in the CDTCA cafeteria between the 7:30 am and 9 am Masses. Questions, please call Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863.

      Nancy Heil requests donations of McDonald's gift certificates and Port Authority ConnectCards. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      For other needed items, see the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links. Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily. Thank you!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      Catechetical Sunday is Sunday, September 15!  Classes for grades K-5 will begin on the 15th or Tuesday the 17th.  Small group selections for grades 6-8 will be on Sunday, September 22 after the Masses.

CALLING ALL BOYS IN 4TH-8TH GRADES
      Interested in sharpening your basketball skills?  Join us for the 2013 CDTCA Basketball Basics with D.P. Harris, St. Vincent College Head Coach, along with members of the Bearcats.  Saturday, September 14th and 21st from 9 am-12 pm.  $30 a session.  Space is limited to 25 boys a session.  First come first serve!  Contact Phil McGivney at philmcgivney@gmail.com to hold your place!

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 11, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center, rather than our usual first Wednesday meeting. New members are always welcome! If you'd like to learn more about the committee's work, see our information on the parish website at http://www.saintscholastica.com/ministries/haiti/index.php, or contact Maureen O'Brien at hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

CAMCI: ADVANCING THE USE OF COMPUTERIZED SCREENING IN HEALTHCARE
      We are looking for reasonably healthy people aged 60 and older to be subjects in a research study. Participants will help us to develop a test of memory and thinking abilities (CAMCI) that could be administered easily on a computer in a doctor's office. You do not need to have computer experience to help. The results of this study may help identify early signs of memory problems in older individuals, or other uses for computerized screening tools.
      Study 1.The test involves two sessions. Session 1 will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and Session 2 will take about 30 minutes to complete. Both can be taken at the offices of Psychology Software Tools, by appointment. Participants are compensated $50 for completion of both sessions.
      Study 2. The session will take approximately 105 minutes to complete. It can be taken at your center, or at the offices of Psychology Software Tools, by appointment. Participants are compensated $90 for completion of the session.
      If you are interested in participating or have questions, you may speak with a representative by calling: Psychology Software Tools 412-449-0078 ext. 1513.

PARISH OFFICE NEWS
      The Parish Office is now open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

YOUTH MASS
      Our first Youth Mass of the catechetical year is Saturday, September 14 at 5 pm.  We especially invite all of our home study families.  After Mass we will have a potluck picnic as well as having the homeschool material available. 
      Any youth in grades 5-12 who are interested in singing or playing an instrument should contact Jamie Dillon.  Rehearsal will be Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30 pm.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Blakely Patrick ("Pat") Landell, uncle of Austin Henry.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 8TH
Sunday: Wis 9:13-18b/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33
Monday: Col 1:24--2:3/Lk 6:6-11
Tuesday: Col 2:6-15/Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: Col 3:1-11/Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: Col 3:12-17/Lk 6:27-38
Friday: 1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14/Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: Nm 21:4b-9/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17
Next Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14/1 Tm 1:12-17/Lk 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

GET CONNECTED
       The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple social networking site linked to our parish website. It includes an online parish directory, discussion board, and places for documents, pictures and videos.
      On September 17, we will import contact information for our parishioners to the online directory. If you are registered in the parish and we have your email address, you will receive an email message with login information so that you can check your profile. You can add information and a photo, and update your information whenever something changes.
      Participating in the Parish Connection allows you to update your own information, and it makes those updates immediately available to any parish group you belong to. You will have access to the online directory, easy access to important documents, and you can see photos and videos that are posted on the site. You will have access to a parish discussion board that you can use to connect with other parishioners. And you will be able to sign up easily for online giving so that you no longer have to write checks for the collection basket.
      The parish benefits because we will have a more up-to-date database of parishioner information without having to use much support staff time to maintain it. We hope that increased communication among parishioners will contribute to our growth as a community.
      If you do not wish to have your contact information (name, main telephone number, mailing address and email address) included in the import to the online directory, please notify the parish office before September 17. The online directory will only be available to registered users, and you will be able to control how much of the information in your profile is made available even to other parishioners.

SAVE THE DATE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!". Please mark you calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013 and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit. To be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow.  Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro at massaro6@verizon.net.

CONFIRMATION MEETING
      There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 22 after the 11am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 7
   5:00 pm   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 8
   7:30 am  Jim & Mary McCaffrey (Dr. & Mrs. Michael Shaughnessy)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Birthday, Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Peter Claver, September 9
   8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret B. Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Tuesday, weekday, September 10
   8:30 am  Nancy & Holly McSorley (Arthur McSorley)

Wednesday, weekday, September 11
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, Most Holy Name of Mary,  September 12
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, St. John Chrysostom, September 13
    8:30 am  John Stafford (Students CDTCA)

Saturday, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14
   9:00 am  Deceased Members of the Certo Family

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 14
   5:00 pm  Louise Sindrich (Farrell Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Fourth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  Rose Bunecke (Nedrow Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Thomas Amodeo (Shirley & Samuel Amodeo)
       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: http://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
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org