October 27, 2013

      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!
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      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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,
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.

      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.

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

      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!

      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.

      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!!!

      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.

      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.

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
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      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.

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

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

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