December 1, 2013

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
      The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this year on Monday, December 9.  It is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  We have one scheduled Mass at 8:30 am.

CHRISTMAS SHARING TREE
      Last weekend we began our annual Christmas Sharing Tree project.  On the trees are two different colored envelopes: one set supports Haitian children's education and the other set supports the education of Kenyan children.  In addition, there are tags representing children and adults from West Virginia for whom we will buy and wrap gifts.  We invite you to choose one of the envelopes or tags.  We ask that you return these envelopes or wrapped presents (with the tag on the outside) on the weekend of December 7 and 8.  Thank you for being God's kindly light in the dark and challenging world!

WOMEN OF THE PARISH . . .
      Women of the Parish, please plan to bake extra Christmas cookies!  As part of our December outreach we will be collecting homemade cookies in the Pastoral Center on December 15 between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. 
      The cookies will be supplied to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  We're serving over 130 families so please be generous.  Please use disposable containers.  Thank you very much!

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, December 5 & Friday, December 6.

SANTA'S WORKSHOP IS ALMOST HERE!
      Next weekend after Masses on December 7th and 8th, Santa's Workshop will be open in the Pastoral Center.  This annual event for CDTCA students will once again be expanded and open to parishioners to enhance your holiday shopping.  A variety of decorative items, handmade crafts and inexpensive gift items will be available for purchase.  Many items were very popular last year and are back by request.  You may just find the perfect gift for someone on your list.

MEDITATION DURING ADVENT
      During Advent, we open ourselves to the coming of Jesus.  Christian meditation is one of the most direct ways to do this.
      We meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:00.
      One participant says, "Christian meditation is a peaceful, prayerful time to begin my day!  There is a wonderful sense of community!  It is another way to let God into my life."
      Please consider making Christian meditation part of your Advent practice!

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
                                                                         --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests donations of:
       •  McDonald's gift cards;
       • Port Authority ConnectCards.  Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
       • Artificial Christmas trees of any size (please inform Andy Bechman if you have one of these to donate).
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  hamburger helper and similar prepared meals;
      •  packaged foods such as tuna and chicken that do not require refrigeration.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
       Thank you for your generosity!
   
      N.B.  Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, Nancy asks that we leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items after December 12 until further notice after the holidays.  She will still be able to accept McDonald's and Port Authority cards.

Good News!
      Nancy Heil writes: The following letter was addressed to me, but it is obviously meant for you, the generous people who donated coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.
Dear Ms. Nancy,

I want to thank you for all of the coats that you have donated to Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8.  You have been a great help in providing our needy students with the essential things that they need.  You have been a blessing to our school and put smiles on the faces of the students and parents who have benefitted from your help.  The teachers and staff enjoy seeing the students get things that they need to be successful in our school.  We really appreciate all of the help that you have given and continue to provide.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth A. DeLawder
Administrative Office/Instructional Lead Teacher
Pittsburgh Morrow PreK-8


CHRISTMAS CARDS
      The Respect Life Committee members are selling Christmas Cards.  The sale benefits People Concerned for the Unborn Child.  The cards have a Nativity Scene on the cover and a message inside.  A packet of ten cards costs $6.00.  Contact any member or call 412-781-6550.  Your purchase will help the pro-life movement. God bless you.

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, December 2, at 7:30 in the church.  Please use the entrance nearest the grotto on the Fourth St. side of 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 January 27.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
      The American Legion Post 77 is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the American Legion Post 77 Social Hall.  Children ages 2 to 12 are $6.00, Adults $10.00.  Call 412-772-1626 for reservations.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy/St. Scholastica, is searching for all alumni of the school!  If you or someone you know attended our school, we want to keep in touch!  The introduction of our school's new website has made  collecting data much easier. 
      Please either fill out the contact info under the Alumni tab on our website, cdtca.org, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 1, 2013
Sunday: Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44
Monday: Is 4:2-6/Mt8:5-11
Tuesday: Is11:1-10/Lk10:21-24
Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Mt15:29-37
Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday: Is 29:17-24/Mt9:27-31
Saturday: Is 30:19-21,23-26/Mt9:35--10:1,5a, 6-8
Next Sunday:  Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Youth Ministry will be meeting on Monday, December 2 in the Pastoral Center from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm to view and discuss "The Case for Christ."

YOUTH MASS
      The Youth Mass is Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 pm.  After Mass we will be caroling at the VA Hospital.

CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDREN'S CHOIR 
      Any child in grades 3-8 wishing to participate in the Christmas Eve Children's Choir for the 4:00 pm Mass should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.  There will be one rehearsal at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 15.

PET THERAPY
      Pet Therapy at the VA Hospital on Tuesday, December 10 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY
      Any child in grades K-2 wishing to be an angel or shepherd at the Christmas Eve Children's Liturgy should contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com before December 15.

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office (please enter the building by the rear door).  All are welcome.

RESOURCES FOR ENTERING ADVENT WELL
      Advent, the first season of the church year, begins this weekend.  The "Praying Advent" website offers many helpful resources for individuals and families who want some help to begin the season of Advent and move through it well. There are a great variety of pages which will address the issues almost anyone is facing. In common sense language the site helps us pray through Advent as we may never have done before. In addition, there is a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the prayers of the Roman Missal. Just Google "Praying Advent" to find the site on the Creighton University Online Ministries web site.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Advent, November 30
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Advent, December 1
   7:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am Alfreda Kopec (Bonessa Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Elizabeth Garonzi (Grandmother of Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 2
   8:30 am  Martha F. Flynn (Gallagher Family)

Tuesday, St. Francis Xavier, December 3
   8:30 am  Geneva Gimber (L. Clifford)

Wednesday, Advent Weekday, December 4
   8:30 am  Msgr. Ralph Hayes (Parish Community)

Thursday, Advent Weekday,  December 5
   8:30 am  Helen Duffy (John Staley)

Friday, St. Nicholas, December 6
   8:30 am  Anniv., Harry & Geneva Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)

Saturday, St. Ambrose, December 7
   9:00 am  Louis Certo (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent, December 7
   5:00 pm  Mary A. Massarelli (Bill & Jean Eckert)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent, December 8
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Birthday, Craig Shondeck (Mother, Father & Brother)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Samuel Calderone (Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Granato)
       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