November 17, 2013

      We are nearing the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. There are many people in this country who pay little heed to this designation, which typically runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. On the other hand, there are large segments of the populace for whom hurricane season is a time to follow the weather broadcasts more closely. For those who live in the affected areas of the country, being prepared for a hurricane's arrival is part of life. Long-range preparation includes things like having an evacuation plan, knowing where important documents are, and having some emergency cash. When a storm is close at hand, vigilance heightens as people board up windows, stockpile supplies, and stay tuned to weather forecasts. Local and state governments execute their disaster preparedness plans to ensure the safety of citizens.
      In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus encounters some people who were enamored of all the beauty of the Temple. For them, this was a sign of a certain permanence and blessing rendered by God. In Luke's Gospel, written after the Jerusalem Temple had been destroyed, the Gospel writer has Jesus describing the city's doom and the Temple's destruction. Just like the citizens of hurricane areas who pay close attention to weather reports when there is an approaching storm, the people in the Gospel ask Jesus for the sign that what he describes will happen.
      Like folks who live in a hurricane zone, we need to be prepared. Our long-range preparation includes having an evacuation plan. The evacuation plan isn't about gathering up belongings and pulling out before the storm hits. The evacuation plan for a Christian is being prepared to leave this life when the time comes. That means that during our life on earth we have stayed close to God by being faithful to him and trying to live the kind of life Christ has taught us by loving our neighbor. Are you ready to go?
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      This weekend we will take up a second collection for  the Retirement Fund for Religious.  Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests spend years working in Catholic schools, hospitals, and social-service agencies, often for little, if any, pay.  Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement and elder care.  Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of elderly religious.  Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

      Advent begins the weekend of November 30. We will continue our practice of inviting parishioners/families to volunteer to light the advent wreath at each of the weekend liturgies.  A number of families have already signed up!  We still need 7 more.  The sign-up poster is located in the vestibule.  Consider participating in this parish practice during the Season of Advent.

      This Sunday, November 17, will be a School Open Forum/Open House for all school families and members of the parish.  It will be held at 5:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  This meeting will begin with some exciting plans for the future of our school.  Part of those plans relate to great improvements to the school buildings themselves, other presentations will relate to academic excellence, marketing the school, and other initiatives.  We invite you all to attend and participate by your suggestions and comments.  We are all excited about the continuing growth of our student population and the many opportunities that will bloom in the next few years.

      This weekend we begin our annual Christmas Sharing Tree project.  On the trees this weekend are two different colored envelopes; one set to support Haitian children's education and the other set is to support 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 come forward and 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!

      Youth Ministry will be meeting on Monday, December 1 in the Pastoral Center from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm to view and discuss "The Case for Christ".

Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy.                                     
                                                                                --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
                 Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She is grateful "for all your wonderful donations and for responding so quickly to our weekly needs."  However, there are continuing difficulties with some donations, so we ask you:
      · Avoid leaving ANY donations on the porches of 316 and 318 Third St.  Leave donations in the bins in the church vestibule.
      · If you have a large donation, please bring it to the side middle door of 316 Third St. on Monday or Thursday morning at 10:00. At these times, volunteers are available to process the donated goods.
      · 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.
      · If you tell anyone about Nancy's work, please also tell them about how to deliver donations properly so that the volunteers can make use of them.
      Nancy says: "You're helping in such an important way!  I love seeing people develop a personal love for our beautiful homeless and needy brothers and sisters."  Let's all keep working to deepen our parish connection with poor people through this form of service!
      Preparations for Thanksgiving are in full swing.  Nancy will need at least 50 STRONG "throw-away" aluminum foil roasting pans, a minimum of  100 boxes of stuffing and 100 cans of either turkey or chicken broth.  The final date for Thanksgiving contributions is the morning of Monday, November 25.
      Other items that are needed include: new or gently used men's warm winter coats, size XL and larger; backpacks, and washcloths.  Food items that are needed include: canned vegetables, canned chili or stew, and macaroni and cheese; and packaged foods such as tuna and chicken that require no refrigeration.
      Thank you for your generosity!

More Help Needed!
      Are you good with gizmos?  We are looking for a parishioner who would be willing to help us evaluate the audiovisual system in the Pastoral Center.  We are considering updating the system.  It would be a great help if someone who is knowledgeable would assist us. Please contact Andy Bechman if you can help.

      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.

      There will be no Religious Education classes on November 27 and December 1 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Please join us in the Pastoral Center for coffee and doughnuts after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this Sunday, November 17.

      The Respect Life Committee will meet this Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Come join us and hear about plans for our January trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  All are welcome.

      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.

      There will be a Blood Drive next Sunday, November 24 in the Pastoral Center from 8:00am - 1:00pm.  Are you the right type?  Yes!  Donors of every blood type are needed everyday so everyone has the right type.  The rarest blood is the type that is not available when it's needed.  Do you know your type A-, A+, B-, B+, O-, O+, AB-, AB+?  Come to the drive, donate blood and Central Blood Bank will send you your personal donor card with your blood type!  Please give blood.  Call 412-781-6550 to schedule your lifesaving appointment.

      $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.

      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 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.

Sunday: Mal 3:19-20a/2 Thes 3:7-12/Lk 21:5-19
Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43
Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10
Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28
Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44
Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/Lk 19:45-48
Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13/Lk 20:27-40
Next Sunday: 2 Sm 5:1-3/Col 1:12-20/Lk 23:35-43

      Philippine typhoon victims need your help!  A letter from Frederic Acevedo:

Dear Parishioners of St. Scholastica,
      My hometown was among the central islands devastated by the recent super typhoon Haiyan (named Yolanda out there).  Many lives were lost and even more have lost their homes and all their belongings except the clothes on their back.  The Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania, of which I am a member, has teamed up with Brother's Brother Foundation (based here in Pittsburgh), to raise funds that will allow them to send medical supplies and possibly other humanitarian aid to the typhoon victims.  Brother's Brother Foundation is a well respected organization and will assure that 100% of your donation will be used for relief purposes.
      Please help by donating directly to Brother's Brother Foundation.  Donations can be made via, via phone 412-321-3160 or via mail to: Brothers Brother Foundation/Philippines Relief, 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.  Make sure you specify that the donation is for PHILIPPINES RELIEF.
Many thanks,
Frederic Acevedo

      The Parish Office will have shortened office hours on November 26.  The office will be open from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  The Parish Office will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Please remember to pick up your Thanksgiving pies on November 23 and 24 after all masses.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Dr. George Magovern and Frank Marsico, father of Leonard (Mildred) Marsico.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  November 16
   5:00 pm  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
Sunday, Thirty-Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 17
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinsky (Friends at Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Ruth Cleary (Daughter Dana Poznik & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, November 18
   8:30 am  Marie Streppa (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, weekday, November 19
   8:30 am  Daniel P. Gallagher (Gallagher Family)

Wednesday, weekday, November 20
   8:30 am  Anniv., Gloria McLaughlin (Harry McLaughlin)

Thursday, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  November 21
   8:30 am  Birthday, Paul Schultz (Family)

Friday, St. Cecilia, November 22
   9:00 am  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday, November 23
   9:00 am  Patricia Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)

Saturday, Vigil of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 23
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, November 24
   7:30 am  Dr. & Mrs. William Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Philip Farrell
   11:00 am  Anniv., Sarah Kristin Owen (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Philip Farrell

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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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