October 13, 2013

         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.
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         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.

         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!

         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 .

         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.

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,
(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!

            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.

            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.

            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.

            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

            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.

            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.

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

            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.

            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.

            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.

            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.

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

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda 

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

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