December 15, 2013

      Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 (there is no Midnight Mass); one Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 am.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be selling lottery calendars after all Masses this weekend.  Calendars are $25 and are based on the 3 digit Pennsylvania EVENING drawing.  Calendars make great Christmas gifts!

Fr. Kenneth White, members of the Pastoral Staff, and all parishioners:
      I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support, kindness and generosity to me over these past many years. For almost nineteen years I have had the honor of serving as organist, pianist and member of the music ministry of our parish. I have decided to move on to a new position and have accepted an offer as Director of Music in a parish in the Diocese of Richmond,Virginia.
      I wish to thank especially the benefactors who contributed to the organ and the donation of the church piano. I have also been privileged to work with a large number of talented cantors, instrumentalists and the SATB, Contemporary, and Resurrection Choirs under the direction of Sr. Pat Baker.
      I am sorry that I cannot say good-bye in person, but I need to be at my new parish as soon as possible. You shall always hold a very special place in my memory and heart.
      Until we once again sing the praise of the Lord together. I remain,
               Thom M. Bercik.

      Our Christian meditation group will meet this Wednesday morning at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. We will not meet on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.  We will resume in the new year on Wednesday, January 8. You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

      The Pittsburgh Foundation is sponsoring an appeal to help the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Westmoreland County Food Bank together with neighborhood pantries that are struggling to meet an unprecedented upsurge in demand. In some local neighborhoods demand has increased by up to 40 percent compared with 2012, and the number of new households seeking food assistance is averaging 3,200 per month.
      The Foundation has created a matching fund initially of $100,000 and all contributions between now and year-end will be matched dollar-for-dollar. You can donate with a credit card online at

We cannot give up in the face of evil.  God is Love and he has defeated evil through Christ's death and resurrection.                                                  --Pope Francis

Good News!
        Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Our ministry is deep in the throes of four major Christmas programs for homeless and needy families who depend on us on a weekly basis for food and clothing.  Two of the programs culminate on Monday, December 16, when we will celebrate "Christmas in the Streets."  Rev. Don Bolls, pastor of Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, will once again conduct a beautiful service as we display a nativity set where "the line" will be able to come and pay homage.  Then we will distribute hams, toys, and other gifts to our wonderful brothers and sisters.
      Having just experienced a much greater need for turkeys than we had anticipated, we will accept donations of hams.  They can be brought to 318 Third St. in Aspinwall on that Monday—December 16.
      We would like to thank Rob Strohm and his associates at Coldwell Banker for their wonderful donation of 50 turkeys.  They played a MAJOR part in our serving 70 families for Thanksgiving.
      Because of limitations in volunteer staffing over the holidays, we again ask that (other than the hams) you leave no material donations of food, clothing, or similar items until further notice after the holidays.  We will still be able to accept McDonald's and Port Authority cards.
 Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Until further notice,Nancy is able to accept only the following items:
· 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.
· Cooked hams of any type.  If you are unable to deliver hams to 318 Third St. on Dec. 16, you may leave them in the refrigerator in the serving area of the Pastoral Center before that date. Please, no hams after Dec. 16!
      Thank you for your generosity!

      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.

      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,, or contact Traci Giuffre at the school, 412-781-7927.

      Children's Liturgy is looking for adults or teenagers to help bring the Word Alive to children during 9:00 am Mass.  Volunteer monthly as a liturgist (leading) or assistant (helping keep order).  Details: Natalie Gillespie,

      Snow tubing December 30!  If any middle or high school student and their family would like to attend, please contact Jamie Dillon by December 15.  We will tube from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Seven Springs.

      There will be rehearsal for the Christmas Eve Children's Choir on Sunday, Dec. 15,  from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held January 24-26, 2014 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at

      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 8:30am - 2:30pm.  Gift certificates will be sold again after the Masses in January.

Sunday: Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11
Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Mt 21:23-27
Tuesday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Mt 1:1-17
Wednesday: Jer 23:5-8/Mt 1:18-25
Thursday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Lk 1:5-25
Friday: Is 7:10-14/Lk 1:26-38
Saturday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Lk 1:39-45
Next Sunday: Is 7:10-14/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24

      The Divorced and Separated support group jointly sponsored by Sts. John & Paul, St. Richard and St. John Neumann Parishes will begin its next 13 week cycle of meetings on Monday, January 6, 2014.  This group provides caring support to anyone who is experiencing the pain of separation or divorce.
      Meetings are on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm-8:45 pm and will be held at St. John Neumann Church in Room A of the Religious Education Hall.
       Anyone who has questions or would like more information should contact Ralph Joy (412-741-5456 or
       St. John Neumann Church is located at 2334 Rochester Rd. in Franklin Park. For directions please contact Ralph Joy or visit the St. John Neumann website

      Home study check in Sunday from 10:00am - 11:00am!

God of all creation,
we praise you for this tree
which brings beauty and memories and the promise of life to our home.
May your blessing be upon all who gather around this tree,
all who keep the Christmas festival by its lights.
We wait for the coming of the Christ,
the days of everlasting justice and of peace.
You are our God, living and reigning, for ever and ever.
R.    Amen.
      From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent,  December 14
   5:00 pm  Adeline & Ron Alvino (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent, December 15
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinksy (Friends of Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Lawrence Levy, father of Julie Podgorski (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Advent Weekday, December 16
   8:30 am  Robert J. Dudas (Mother, Laura Scotty)

Tuesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 17
   8:30 am  Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, Late Advent Weekday, December 18
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Rita & Frank Ruscetti)

Thursday, Late Advent Weekday,  December 19

Friday, Late Advent Weekday, December 20
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Judy Feuer Stewart)

Saturday, Late Advent Weekday, December 21
   9:00 amWedding Anniversary, Anthony Michael & Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  John Stafford (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am  Deceased Members of the Donnelly & Shanahan Families
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

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

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