November 3, 2013

31ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Children have such great expectations. They often show an eagerness that marvels adults. They can't wait to get at the Christmas gifts. They race off to explore new vistas. They dive into new things with an energy that seems beyond imagining. This exuberant curiosity that characterizes childhood gets channeled over time into an exploration of one's place in the world as teenagers or young adults discover their own selves and decide what they want to do with their lives. Sometimes, the intense eagerness of childhood is restrained by the reality of the adult world in which real limitations are made manifest. Not everything is a game to explore anymore.
      In this weekend's Gospel, we have a story of a man who had to face his own limitations. Zacchaeus was a short guy. He couldn't see above the crowd. But he used his own ingenuity in his attempt to see Jesus. He climbed up a sycamore tree and sat in its branches because he wanted to catch a glimpse of this prophet who had come to Jericho. Jesus in turn stops at the sycamore and invites Zacchaeus to come down. Whatever limitations Zacchaeus had because of his height, it didn't seem to affect his business acumen, for the Gospel tells us that he was a wealthy man. The people of Jericho seem to think that not all of his wealth was acquired legitimately. But Zacchaeus stands his ground, promising to over-compensate anyone whom he may have harmed.
      As we move on in life, we may find ourselves at the point of having lost some of the enthusiasm for what got us to where we are. Our day-to-day experiences can sometimes feel like a rut that consumes our energy. The story of Zacchaeus reminds us that there can be a renewal of grace that enlivens us once again. We might consider where Jesus is walking by in our life, and if we have the eagerness to see him.
                                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND
      We are all aware of the sacrifices that our Catholic brothers and sisters make who serve in the United States Military.  While many are home with their families in the wake of troop withdrawals from the Middle East, others remain on the front lines to face a scattered but determined enemy.  Next weekend November 9th and 10th, we are taking up a second collection to support the Archdiocese for the Military Services.  These funds will help provide pastoral services to the men and women in uniform as well as their families and patients in the nation's VA Medical Centers.  Thank you for supporting these pastoral ministries to our service men and women.

OCTOBER COUNT
      For the past twenty five years every parish in the diocese has taken up the "October Count" so that parishes are able to evaluate changes in Mass attendance.  For October of this year we averaged 842 people who attended our four weekend Masses – this represents about 23% of our parishioners.  The Saturday, 5:00 pm Mass averaged 199 people; the Sunday 7:30 am Mass averaged 119 people; the 9:00 am Mass averaged 231; and the 11:00 am Mass averaged 293.  (Our church building can accommodate about 600 people).
        In the year 2009 1,042 people (28.9%) attended Mass each weekend; in 2010 971 (27%); in 2011 929 (25.8%); in 2012 889 (24.7%).  Sadly, these decreases are also being reported in most of our parishes.  Our Pastoral Council will be reviewing these numbers and will discuss the "Why" of the decrease, and also the "How" to re-evangelize our parish/Church.  Fr. Ken

FR. DUCH BOOK FOR SALE
      Fr. Robert Duch has written and published a book: God, What Do You Think Of Me?  A Practical Way To Live Daily With God!  Be A Disciple And Make A Difference!  The book is on sale at Saint Scholastica Parish after weekend Masses and Thursday morning Masses.  You may also purchase the book by emailing: RGDHickory@comcast.net or at Merhaut Religious Store on Route 8.

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

STEWARDSHIP
Accept the risen Jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards him: he awaits you with open arms.                                      --Pope Francis

A Letter from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      This past Friday, twelve FedEx employees spent their working day wrapping Christmas gifts for us.  When they learned about a family (mother, father, and son) we have been helping for about ten years with food, blankets and Christmas gifts—a family that has been living in the woods of North Side for over twelve years and is now INSIDE for the first time—they were deeply moved.  When they found out that the 13-year-old son wanted a bike for Christmas, a gift we could not provide, the FedEx employees said they were going to buy "Derek" a beautiful new bicycle.  At the end of the day these gracious volunteers said they would like to make the "gift-wrapping" an annual event.
      On Saturday, with short notice, two nursing professors from CCAC and their students came to spend the day wrapping more gifts.  They were more than happy to help wrap the gifts for families who would otherwise not have any presents.
      We will be collecting toys through November, and the nurses have promised to help with that wrapping as well.
      Both the FedEx workers and the nurses have taken many boxes of gifts back to wrap.  Our God is amazing!
      We are in dire need of men's warm winter jackets, size XL and larger.  We would also appreciate McDonald's certificates and Port Authority ConnectCards.  Thank you.
         Yours in Christ,
         Nancy


Help Needed!
      Food items that are needed for Nancy's work include: canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, and peanut butter for poor families, and individual fruit and pudding cups and single serve snacks suitable for use by people in shelters.
      If you purchase ConnectCards, please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      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 . . .  Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
      Parishioners who distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes.  If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      Please note, gift certificates will not be sold during the months of November & December.  They will be available in the school office Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Gift certificates will be sold again after the Masses in January.

CDTCA FUNDRAISER
      Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is holding a fundraiser at Max & Erma's in Fox Chapel on Monday, November 4, 2013 between 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. You must present a ticket and 20% of your bill will be credited to the school.  This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders. Tickets are available in the back of church. Hope to see you there!

ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
      Monday, November 4,  7:30 p.m.
      Please consider coming to our annual All Souls Memorial Service this Monday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. We especially urge you to attend if you have lost a loved one this past year or in recent years.  Come to pray in compassion and solidarity with those who are presently making their way through recent loss, sorrow and grief. 

WOMEN, HELP US RE-ENERGIZE OUR WOMEN'S GROUP!
      All women of St. Scholastica Parish  are invited to come and continue the conversation to re-energize the Aquinas Guild, the parish's woman's organization.  The Guild will host a light dinner followed by a working session to plan future service, spiritual and social activities.
      The Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2013
      The Place: Duch Pastoral Center
      The Time:  6:00 p.m.
      Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your  presence and input is important as it  will help us to fashion an organization that will meet your needs.    Please RSVP to Karyn Lynch by Monday, November 11th, 412-963-9399 or jimkynl@comcast.net  There is no charge for this event.

MINISTRY RECOGNITION
      St. Paul wrote: "There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.  To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit." (1 Cor 12:4-7)  At St. Scholastica Parish, many of our members show that the Spirit is alive among us by undertaking various ministries on behalf of the community.
      On the weekend of November 9-10 we will recognize and pray for these parishioners at all of the Masses.  Please join us in prayer for our ministers, thank them for their service, and consider whether the Spirit might be prompting you to undertake some work for the good of our community and for the sake of our mission.

 READINGS FOR THE WEEK: NOVEMBER 3, 2013         
 Sunday: Wis 11:22--12:2/2 Thes 1:11--2:2/Lk 19:1-10
 Monday: Rom 11:29-36/Lk 14:12-14
 Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24
 Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33
 Thursday: Rom 14:7-12/Lk 15:1-10
 Friday: Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8
 Saturday:    Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
 Next Sunday:2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14/2 Thes 2:16--3:5/Lk 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38

NOVEMBER MEN'S RETREAT
      This is the opportunity for the men of our parish to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer.  The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside.  The retreat is from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 15th  through 12:00 (Noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Walking with Jesus-Empowered by the Holy Spirit".  Contact Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147 or jim.fanning@NM.com or Bob Auray at 412-406-8800 or Robert.Auray@Genco.com.

BLOOD DRIVE
      The Blood Drive is Sunday, November 24, in the Fr. Duch Pastoral Center.  If you are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are in good health, then you are most likely eligible to give blood.  In about an hour (the actual donation only takes 10 minutes) you will save a life.  Blood cannot be manufactured and it is perishable.  Please give blood and ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for area patients  Please give blood.  Please call or email Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) (scanlonk@juno.com) to schedule your lifesaving appointment.

ASPINWALL FIRE DEPARTMENT LUMINARY CANDLE FUNDRAISER
      $10/dozen, $5/4 Luminaries.  Orders will be taken until November 15th.  Delivery to Aspinwall residents only for orders of a dozen or more.  Delivery must be requested.  Orders will be ready for pick up at the Aspinwall Fire Department during the Light Up the Wall event.  Order forms available at the Aspinwall Fire Station on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
      This Sunday, November 3, is the last day for the Fall Forty Days For Life.  Nineteen countries participated in Forty Days this Fall.  We have knowledge of 371 babies whose mothers rejected abortion during this Forty Days.  Thank you to all who participated in this campaign by prayer, fasting, and/or a prayerful presence at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.  God bless you.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 2
   5:00 pm  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 3
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Elaine Pavlik (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Alfreda Kopec (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Charles Borromeo, November 4
   8:30 am  Frances Vitunac (Miketic Family)
   7:30 pm  All Souls Memorial Service

Tuesday, weekday, November 5
   8:30 am  Anniv., Byron Degnan (Daughter, Judy)

Wednesday, weekday, November 6
   8:30 am  Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Thursday, weekday,  November 7
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, November 8
   8:30 am  Arthur Bauer (Son, Bob Bauer)

Saturday, Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, November 9
   9:00 am  Birthday, Sr. Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 9
   5:00 pm  John & Ann Gregorczyk (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Thirty-Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 10
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Mr. John Stafford (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am  Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & 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                                          

October 27, 2013

30TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Many people will be celebrating Halloween this week, often with costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating. This holy evening the night before All Saints' Day is a time to cast out evil and to frighten away the darkness. The light of the jack-o'-lanterns with their scary faces is meant to intimidate the evil that lurks around in the night as we march into the day celebrating the saints triumphant. While some people may get caught up in the exuberance of a holiday, reveling without a thought to the holy day that follows, Halloween is by virtue of its very name, a sacred night. The saints whom we honor are people who threw aside darkness so that they could live as sons and daughters of light, who never pretended to be anything other than children of God.
      The parable that Jesus tells in the Gospel today presents us with two men, a Pharisee and a tax collector. The Pharisee is so convinced of his own righteousness that he doesn't hesitate to tell God how good a man he thinks himself to be. In the meantime, it is the tax collector who is aware of his own need for God's mercy because of his recognition of his own faults before God. Jesus points out that the man who acknowledged his sinfulness was the man who went home justified.
      They didn't celebrate Halloween in the days of the Pharisee and the tax collector. But the Pharisee seemed ready to dress himself up in all kinds of virtue in an attempt to show his supposed righteousness. We may dress up on Halloween in some outlandish costume just for fun. But in our lives each day we really need to put on Christ. Like the saints, we wear our dignity as sons and daughters of God, acknowledging our faults, seeking God's help, and abandoning any evil that lures us away from holiness. Then we'll have a real Hallowed Evening!
                                                     ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

FR. DUCH BOOK FOR SALE
      Fr. Robert Duch has written and published a book: God, What Do You Think Of Me?  A Practical Way To Live Daily With God!  Be A Disciple And Make A Difference!          
      The book is on sale at Saint Scholastica Parish after weekend Masses and Thursday morning Masses.  You may also purchase the book by emailing: RGDHickory@Comcast.net or at Merhaut Religious Store on Route 8.

WOMEN, HELP US RE-ENERGIZE OUR WOMEN'S GROUP!
      All women of St. Scholastica Parish  are invited to come and continue the conversation to re-energize the Aquinas Guild, the parish's woman's organization.  The Guild will host a light dinner followed by a working session to plan future service, spiritual and social activities.
      The Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2013
      The Place: Duch Pastoral Center
      The Time:  6:00 p.m.
      Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your  presence and input is important as it  will help us to fashion an organization that will meet your needs.    Please RSVP to Karyn Lynch by Monday, November 11th, 412-963-9399 or jimkynl@comcast.net  There is no charge for this event.

BLOOD DRIVE
      Help area patients, give blood on Sunday, November 24, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  If you know someone who has cancer,  has been in an accident, has had surgery or has been burned, then you probably know someone who has used blood.  Please give blood and help ensure that it is there when members of our community need it.  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your life saving appointment.

PARENT GROUP
      Are you a parent of young children?  Would you like to connect with other parents for mutual encouragement and support, especially in fostering your children's faith?  We have some parents who are doing just that!
      Our new group had its initial meeting on Saturday, October 5. The parents planned to continue meeting as families (that is, children included) on one Saturday afternoon each month.  If you would like to participate, and especially if you are willing to host a November meeting, please contact Monica Dobbelstein at familyfaith@saintscholastica.com.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
We cannot be Christians part-time.  If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all we do.                                                                 --Pope Francis

A Letter from Nancy
               Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
             This week we had ten students from St. Vincent College who were in Pittsburgh for a short fall break and wanted to come with us on Monday night.  This was an extraordinarily busy week with many difficult situations.  The first was a homeless young girl having a full-blown panic attack and the last at almost one o'clock in the morning involved an elderly little woman who was a victim of domestic abuse. She had spent the day signing up for a bed at a women's shelter only to go there that evening and be told they had accidentally given her bed to someone else.  They wouldn't take her in for the night.  She was scared and had nowhere to go.  We had someone drive her to a small co-ed shelter that we felt would take her in for the night.  The students from St. Vincent's have sent us a card expressing what a wonderful experience it was for them to meet these beautiful brothers and sisters and to get an idea of just how difficult life-in-the-street can be.
      This week we are asking for extra large and larger warm men's winter jackets.  We have none in stock.  We would also appreciate McDonald's certificates and Port Authority ConnectCards.  Thank you.
                                                               Yours in Christ,
                                                               Nancy
More Help Needed!
      Spaghetti sauce is also needed.  If you purchase ConnectCards, please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      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 . . .  Adult Religious Education
      Adult Religious Education seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it. Adult education at St. Scholastica includes a Lenten Bible study, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and print resources. If you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email:  adultfaith@saintscholastica.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses, this week, October 27th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.
      Please note, gift certificates will not be sold during the months of November & December.  They will be available in the school office Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Gift certificates will be sold again after the Masses in January.

YOUTH MASS
      Our next Youth Mass is Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 pm.  This will be the Rite of Enrollment for all confirmation candidates.

CDTCA FUNDRAISER
      Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is holding a fundraiser at Max & Erma's in Fox Chapel on Monday, November 4, 2013 between 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. You must present a ticket and 20% of your bill will be credited to the school.  This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders. Tickets are available in the back of church. Hope to see you there!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. 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.

RITE OF ENROLLMENT
      The Rite of Enrollment for all eighth-grade Confirmation Candidates will be at the 5 o'clock Mass on Saturday, November 2. This is also a Youth Mass so we invite all teens to join us in this special celebration.
      After mass we will have the annual Halloween party in the ministry center please wear black and bring a snack to share!!!

LOVE & LOGIC PARENTING COURSE
      Do you wish kids came with an instruction manual? Here it is: Love and Logic is a five-week parenting course developed to make parenting fun and rewarding. In five weeks during Sunday CCD, gain practical tools and techniques to help you raise respectful and responsible kids. Please commit to attending all five classes: November 3, 10, 17, 24 and December 8; 10:15am to 11:25am.  To sign up, please contact Natalie ASAP at loveandlogic@saintscholastica.com.

CORRECTION TO CDTCA FINANCIAL REPORT
      Generous donors underwrote the purchase and installment of the lockers at the school. It was incorrectly listed as Capital improvements in the financial report of CDTCA.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: OCTOBER 27, 2013     
Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14
Monday: Eph 2:19-22/Lk 6:12-16
Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25/Lk 13:18-21
Wednesday: Rom 8:26-30/Lk 13:22-30
Thursday: Rom 8:31b-39/Lk 13:31-35
Friday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a
Saturday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40
Next Sunday:  Wis 11:22--12:2/2 Thes 1:11--2:2/Lk 19:1-10
                                                                 ©Liturgical Publications Inc

NOVEMBER MEN'S RETREAT
      This is the opportunity for the men of our parish to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer.  The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside.  The retreat is from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 15th  through 12:00 (Noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Walking with Jesus-Empowered by the Holy Spirit."  Contact Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147 or jim.fanning@NM.com or Bob Auray at 412-406-8800 or Robert.Auray@Genco.com.

ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
      Our annual All Souls Memorial Service will be on Monday, November 4 at 7:30 pm.  Please consider setting aside time to come to prayerfully remember deceased family, friends and parishioners.  If you have lost a loved one since last November 1, we especially urge you to attend.  Refreshments will be served after the service.
      Also, the Book of Life will be available in the church vestibule during the month of November.  Take time to write the names of your deceased loved one in the book.

VINCENTIAN ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE
      Vincentian Academy will hold its first Open House of the season on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come and visit with current students and faculty members, while learning more about the new technological upgrades, with every student receiving a Chromebook. Plus meet our esteemed faculty, student body and learn more about the numerous clubs, extracurricular activities, arts & musical opportunities and many competitive sports teams that Vincentian Academy offers!

THANK YOU!
      CDTCA raised $8,650 before matching on the Day of Giving. Thank you to all the parishioners for your support of Catholic education.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 26
    5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirtieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 27
   7:30 am  Mike Driscoll (Carl Macino)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Sts. Simon & Jude, October 28
    8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Certo Family

Tuesday, weekday, October 29
   8:30 am  The Nurses at St. Margaret's Hospital (Mr. & Mrs. Ted Phillips)

Wednesday, weekday, October 30
   8:30 am  Florence Fairley (Daughter, Kathleen Piper)

Thursday, weekday,  October 31
   8:30 am  George Grune (Janet & Bill Donahue)

Friday, All Saints, November 1
   8:30 am  John Marous & Ish McLaughlin (Mr. & Mrs. James Lally)
   7:00 pm  Diane Sacco (Farrell Family) 

Saturday, The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day), November 2
   9:00 am  Mary Certo (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 2
   5:00 pm  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 3
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica 
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elaine Pavlik (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Alfreda Kopec (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
       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

October 20, 2013

29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      We have witnessed plenty of tragic events in our country's history. Very recent events, like the attacks on 9/11; Hurricane Katrina; the tornado through Joplin, Missouri; Super Storm Sandy; and plenty of other tragedies have affected wide swaths of the public. These events are so far-reaching, that almost everyone feels the impact. But these shattering events are no more devastating in their effects on the lives of individuals than the adversities that befall people each day: a diagnosis of cancer, a violent death in the family, a horrible accident, the loss of a job. Life's traumas can break into our own lives, or the lives of people we know, at any moment.
      Jesus uses a curious example in the Gospel today. An unjust judge renders a helpful decision because of the incessant pestering of a widow. In the time of Jesus, widows were without recourse. They had no man to stand for them, so they were left to their own devices. The widow wears down the judge, who becomes fearful for his own well-being, unless he provides a just outcome.
      We have seen it over and over again in our lives: when tragic events happen, people respond out of the goodness of their hearts. Whether it is a large-scale response as in the case of hurricanes or storms, or the compassionate outreach of a small group of neighbors and friends, in a time of need, it seems as though there is always someone who steps up to help. God is there too. We may not always be aware of God's presence, but he is with us in the darkest moments of life. Our prayer to God is not so much pestering an unjust judge (for God can never be unjust) as it is reminding ourselves that God is near to us. In the dark and difficult moments of our existence, God is there, and our prayer keeps us close to him.
                                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
      This weekend we will have a second collection for the missions for World Mission Sunday.  During this weekend we will pray for missionaries, religious and lay, who preach the Gospel by their word and actions.  Many missionaries and Christian churches are being persecuted, especially in the Middle East, India and the Far East.  So we pray for their strength—aware that some of them will be modern-day martyrs.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
      This Sunday we will have the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:00 am Mass.  The anointing is for those struggling with physical, spiritual, mental or emotional wounds that the one anointed will be healed and have their sins forgiven.  If you know of anyone who could benefit from this Sacrament of the Sick, please call them and bring them to this Anointing Mass.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ANOINTING MASS WILL BE LONGER THAN AN ORDINARY SUNDAY MASS!

WOMEN, HELP US RE-ENERGIZE OUR WOMEN'S GROUP!
      All women of St. Scholastica Parish  are invited to come and continue the conversation to re-energize the Aquinas Guild, the parish's woman's organization.  The Guild will host a light dinner followed by a working session to plan future service, spiritual and social activities.
   The Date:  Thursday, November 14, 2013
   The Place:  Duch Pastoral Center
   The Time:  6:00 p.m.
      Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  Your  presence and input is important as it  will help us to fashion an organization that will meet your needs.  More details on the evening will follow.

VINCENTIAN ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE
      Vincentian Academy will hold its first Open House of the season on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come and visit with current students and faculty members, while learning more about the new technological upgrades, with every student receiving a Chromebook. Plus meet our esteemed faculty, student body and learn more about the numerous clubs, extracurricular activities, arts & musical opportunities and many competitive sports teams that Vincentian Academy offers!

CDTCA FUNDRAISER
      Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is holding a fundraiser at Max & Erma's in Fox Chapel on Monday, November 4, 2013 between 11:00 am and 10:00 pm. You must present a ticket and 20% of your bill will be credited to the school.  This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders. Tickets are available in the back of church. Hope to see you there!

BLOOD DRIVE
      Help area patients; give blood on Sunday, November 24 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  If you know someone who has cancer, has been in an accident, has had surgery or has been burned, then you probably know someone who has used blood.  Please give blood and help ensure that it is there when members of our community need it..  Please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 to schedule your life saving appointment.

STEWARDSHIP
To follow Jesus means to share his merciful love for every human being.
                                                                      --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil and her coworkers distribute new, unused gifts, clothing and toys to the homeless and poor of Pittsburgh for Christmas.  A local business has volunteered to wrap gifts on October 25th.  The ministry is requesting new gift items by October 23rd, but will continue to collect gifts until December 6th.  Gifts can be left in the bins provided in the back of church.  Christmas wrapping paper is also needed. Please call Mary Ellen Maher with questions:  412-721-1160.
    
      Nancy also requests donations of:
      •  McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 certificates are best);
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
    
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  spaghetti sauce;
      •  macaroni and cheese
      •  prepared mixes such as hamburger helper.
    
      Last week, we asked for help in carrying items from the bins in the back of church.  We are grateful that people seem to have taken up the task informally.  We would like to clarify, however, that items cannot be left on Nancy's front porch or on the porch of the house next door. If you would like to undertake this service, even informally, please contact Andy Bechman so that you can learn how to take items to the proper places for sorting.
    
      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 . . .  Respect Life Committee
      The committee meets monthly, serving the parish through education, projects and services on issues relating to the sanctity of human life. An annual bus is sponsored to the January March for Life in Washington, D.C.  The committee cooperates with the Diocesan Social Awareness Office and is part of a Pro-Life Cluster of local churches.  If you would like to join in our work, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: respectlife@saintscholastica.com.

DIVORCED, WIDOWED OR SEPARATED?
      The loss of a spouse through separation, divorce or death is a most traumatic experience.  Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of them selves and uncertain about heir future.  The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help widowed, divorced, separated people who would like to pass through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives.  Come to a safe place.  Travel from heartache to hope. 
      The next weekend will be held October 25-27, 2013 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp., PA.  Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available.  For more information, beginningexperience.org or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-3405 or Steve Smith 412-367-4948.

MEN'S MINI-CONFERENCE
      Catholic Men's Fellowship of Butler will be hosting the 2nd annual "Gather the Logs-Rekindle the Fire" Men's Mini-conference on Saturday, October 26, from 8:00 am – noon.  The conference will conclude with Mass at noon.   Location is St. Fidelis Church hall.  Free admission.  Free donuts and coffee in the morning. 
      We are very pleased to announce that our two speakers are former members of St. Fidelis, Fr. David Cupps, currently a pastor in the diocese of Richmond VA, and our second speaker is Retired Army Colonel, Allen Schmidt.  The theme of this year's conference is "Putting On The Armor Of God".  MEN: do you know what you can do to help your children succeed in school, sports, and life?  Draw closer to God!  Kick-start the process by attending this conference.  For more information visit http://www.cmfbutler.org/

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses, next week on October 27th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

CDTCA NEW WEBSITE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy has launched a new website!  Please visit us at http://www.cdtca.org/ to see all the goings on at our school!  Thank you to Taylor Abbett and his staff at Tailored Marketing for their creativity and patience!

FAMILY HOUSE MEAL
      Wednesday, October 30 we will be cooking dinner at Family House.  We will meet at 4:15 pm at the Ministry Center.  Please RSVP by Sunday.

YOUTH MASS
      Our next Youth Mass is Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 pm.  This will be the Rite of Enrollment for all confirmation candidates.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: OCTOBER 20, 2013
Sunday: Ex 17:8-13/2 Tm 3:14--4:2/Lk 18:1-8
Monday: Rom 4:20-25/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday: Rom 6:12-18/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Rom 6:19-23/Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Rom 7:18-25a/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Rom 8:1-11/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday:Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14

NOVEMBER MEN'S RETREAT
      This is the opportunity for the men of our parish to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer.  The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside.  The retreat is from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 15th  through 12:00 (Noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17th.  The theme of this year's retreat is "Walking with Jesus-Empowered by the Holy Spirit".  Contact Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147 or jim.fanning@NM.com or Bob Auray at 412-406-8800 or Robert.Auray@Genco.com.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, October 21, at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.  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 had previous children baptized 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 December 2.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. 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.

INTERSECTION
      For all high school and 8th grade students, we will have Intersection on Sunday, October 27 from 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center.  Light breakfast will be provided.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 19
   5:00 pm  Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Ninth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Werries & Hudak Families (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Grandchildren)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Don Flinn (Carol Paulick)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 21
   8:30 am  Stephen McCloskey (Kohler Family)

Tuesday, weekday, October 22
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, October 23
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, weekday,  October 24
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, October 25
   8:30 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday, October 26
   9:00 am  John Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 26
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirtieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 27
   7:30 am  Mike Driscoll (Carl Macino)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
All Saints, Etna: T, W, Th 8:00 a.m.
St. Irenaeus, Oakmont: T, W, 8:00 a.m.; Th, 8:30 a.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: W, 9:00 a.m., Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, 8:00 a.m. W, 6:30 p.m., Th, 8:00 a.m.

St. 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                                                           

October 13, 2013

28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
         It seems that there is always an exception. The rules for a game are to be observed, except when certain conditions arise that make for a new rule. While much of the game is the same, the rules in baseball or football have adapted to different situations over time. The NFL did not allow a two-point conversion after a touchdown while the AFL did. After the leagues merged, the two-point conversion was abandoned. It would return twenty-five years later when the NFL adopted the two-point conversion rule in 1994. The exception that the AFL had in its ten years of existence eventually became the rule in league play. For most fans this nearly twenty year-old play is just part of the game, although some purists still debate the wisdom of the move.
         In the Gospel today, Jesus tells the ten lepers to go and show themselves to the priests who are the ones who can certify that the leprosy with which they were each afflicted has been cleansed. This was the statute prescribed in the law of Moses, and after an examination by the priests, a leper who was healed could then return to the community. Nine of these lepers follow the rules. One of them breaks away after he realizes that he has been cleansed and returns to thank Jesus.
         The action of the leper who returned to give thanks has become the exception that proves the rule. The law of Moses required that anyone cleansed of leprosy would offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to Lord for the divine intervention. When the Samaritan returned to thank Jesus, he was implicitly signaling that the Lord was present in our midst. Like the Samaritan leper, we can recognize that the Lord has been at work in our lives, and we can offer thanks. It's a good rule to put in place for our entire life, and not just an occasional exception.
                                                                             ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEKEND
         Next weekend we will have a second collection for the missions for World Mission Sunday. During this weekend we will pray for missionaries, religious and lay, who preach the Gospel by their word and actions. Many missionaries and Christian churches are being persecuted, especially in the Middle East, India and the Far East. So we pray for their strength—aware that some of them will be modern-day martyrs.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
         Next Sunday we will have the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:00 am Mass. The anointing is for those struggling with physical, spiritual, mental or emotional wounds that the one anointed will be healed and have their sins forgiven. If you know of anyone who could benefit from this Sacrament of the Sick, please call them and bring them to this Anointing Mass. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ANOINTING MASS WILL BE LONGER THANK AN ORDINARY SUNDAY MASS!

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 .

PARISH CONNECTION UPDATE
         The St. Scholastica Parish Connection is a simple, closed social networking site linked to our parish website.
         It appears that the directory settings are once again working correctly. If you received a welcome email in September, we encourage you to log in with your temporary 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. The online directory will be available only to registered users.
         If you did not receive a login email, 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 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.
         A couple of hints for using the Parish Connection: 1) The first time you log in, please use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a mobile device; 2) Apple users may find that the site does not fully support Safari or iOS7. The site provider recommends that Apple users browse the site using Chrome or Firefox.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil and selfishness.                                     --Pope Francis

Good News! (and some Help Needed!)
            Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She asked us to publish this letter:

            Last weekend the youth group, headed by Jamie Dillon and some of their parents, had a scavenger hunt for our ministry. They directed their efforts in specific areas of which we were in need, and in one night put us over the top in every item. To each and every one of you, we “thank you” on behalf of the many beautiful people who will benefit from your kindness. You did an awesome job!
            We have been contacted by some employees of FedEx, one of whom went into the streets with us, who are collecting needed items for us until the end of October. Then on Friday, Oct. 25, some of these employees selected our ministry for their “day of volunteering.” They will be coming to Aspinwall to wrap Christmas gifts we have already acquired.
            If you have any NEW items in your homes that you don’t want, we would appreciate them. Anyone wanting to purchase items for our Christmas gifts, please note that we are always short on gifts for teenage boys and girls and TOYS of any kind. Again, what we get by Oct. 25, FedEx employees will wrap for us.
            For this program, we would appreciate any Christmas wrapping paper or Christmas bags you may be willing to share with us. Finally, we are in serious need of Port Authority ConnectCards and McDonald’s gift certificates.
                                                            Yours in Christ,
                                                            Nancy
(More) Help Needed!
            We are looking for parishioners who would be willing to check the donation bins on their way out from Mass on Saturday and Sunday, and carry items across the street if the bins are full. If we get several volunteers for each Mass, we should be well covered. If you are willing to do this work, please contact Andy Bechman. Thank you!

INTERSECTION
            All High School youth and Eighth-Graders are invited to join us for Intersection on Sunday, October 13 from 10:00 am-11:00 am in the Ministry Center. This is a Bible Study and question and answer time for teens.

PASTORAL VISIT BY REGIONAL VICAR
            Our Regional Vicar, Father Philip N. Farrell, VE, has, as one of his responsibilities, the regular visitation of parishes in his vicariate every 18 months. Father Farrell will be visiting our parish on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The purpose of the visit is to encourage and assist the priest(s), deacon(s), parish staff, and pastoral and finance councils of the parish as well as to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the parish pastoral plan, pastoral programs and services of the parish.
            If you wish to contact the Regional Vicar in advance of the parish visitation or at any time, feel free to contact him at 412-456-5649 or by email at vicariate4@diopitt.org.

DIVORCED, WIDOWED OR SEPARATED?
            The loss of a spouse through separation, divorce or death is a most traumatic experience. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of them selves and uncertain about heir future. The Beginning Experience weekend is intended to help widowed, divorced, separated people who would like to pass through the grief and begin to move forward with their lives. Come to a safe place. Travel from heartache to hope.
            The next weekend will be held October 25-27, 2013 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp., PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, beginningexperience.org or make a confidential call to Mary at 412-523-3405 or Steve Smith 412-367-4948.

MEN’S MINI-CONFERENCE
            Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Butler will be hosting the 2nd annual "Gather the Logs--Rekindle the Fire" Men's Mini-conference on Saturday, October 26, from 8:00 am – Noon. The conference will conclude with Mass at noon. Location is St. Fidelis Church hall. Free admission. Free donuts and coffee in the morning. We are very pleased to announce that our two speakers are former members of St. Fidelis, Fr. David Cupps, currently a pastor in the diocese of Richmond VA, and our second speaker is Retired Army Colonel, Allen Schmidt. The theme of this year’s conference is “Putting On The Armor Of God”. MEN: do you know what you can do to help your children succeed in school, sports, and life? Draw closer to God! Kick-start the process by attending this conference. For more information visit www.cmfbutler.org

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
            Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m. 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.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
            We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses, October 27th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola’s, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: OCTOBER 13, 2013
Sunday: 2 Kgs 5:14-17/2 Tm 2:8-13/Lk 17:11-19
Monday: Rom 1:1-7/Lk 11:29-32
Tuesday: Rom1:16-25/Lk11:37-41
Wednesday: Rom2:1-11/Lk11:42-46
Thursday: Rom 3:21-30/Lk 11:47-54
Friday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b/Lk 10:1-9
Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18/Lk 12:8-12 
Next Sunday: Ex17:8-13/2Tm3:14--4:2/Lk18:1-8

BAPTISM PREPARATION
            A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, October 21, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center (note the new location). 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 had previous children baptized 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 December 2.

NOVEMBER MEN’S RETREAT
            This is the opportunity for the men of our parish to recharge their spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, conversations, talks, Mass and prayer. The retreat is at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the Southside. The retreat is from 5:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 15th through 12:00 (Noon) on Sunday, Nov. 17th. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Walking with Jesus-Empowered by the Holy Spirit”. Contact Jim Fanning at 412-492-8147 or jim.fanning@NM.com or Bob Auray at 412-406-8800 or Robert.Auray@Genco.com.

COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS
            Please join us for coffee and doughnuts after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this weekend, October 13. Refreshments will be served outside church, weather permitting. Otherwise, we will meet in the Pastoral Center.

CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
            The first class of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School will begin their journey in Cranberry Township for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The Admissions Office is hosting a regional parent forum here at St. Scholastica in our Pastoral Center on Wednesday, October 16th, at 7:00 pm. The focus of this forum will be to inform middle school and high school age parishioners and families of our new diocesan high school. CWNCHS will offer a unique College Prep Liberal Arts Curriculum with STEMM concentration options and will be fully in place for the class of 2017 and beyond. You are all invited.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 12
   5:00 pm  John Stafford (Joan & Lawrence Ferlan)
      Presider: Fr. Don Ware

Sunday, Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 13
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Mary Bechman (Gerard E. & Carole Werries)
      Presider: Fr. Don Ware
   11:00 am Tom O’Connor (Farrell Family)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, October 14
   8:30 am  Andrea Certo (Certo Family)

Tuesday, St. Teresa of Jesus, October 15
   8:30 am  Francis Daily (Daily Family)

Wednesday, weekday, October 16
   8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Thursday, St. Ignatius of Antioch, October 17
   8:30 am  Anniv., Francis Clifford (Lorraine Clifford)

Friday, St. Luke, October 18
   8:30 am  Sarah Pellegrini (Dobbelstein Family)

Saturday, weekday, October 19
   9:00 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 19
   5:00 pm  Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Werries & Hudak Families (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Grandchildren)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Don Flinn (Carol Paulick)
      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
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.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
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

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
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

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N........................(412)781-7927