October 20, 2013

      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.
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      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.

      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!

      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 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!

      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!

      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.

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.

      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 http://www.cmfbutler.org/

      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.

      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!

      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.

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

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

      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.

     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.

      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.

      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.

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

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.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: http://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