February 2, 2014

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
      "The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him." Simeon surprised Mary and Joseph with his declaration that their baby was the long-awaited Messiah. They of course knew the truth about their son's identity and mission. But to hear someone else announce it was the amazing part. The Gospel tells us that the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon; thus he had a kind of divine revelation about the baby Jesus. God spoke through him to confirm the holy secret that Mary and Joseph already kept in their hearts. Anna too spoke about the child as "the redemption of Jerusalem," thus adding another mystical assurance that Jesus was in fact the Savior.
      These events that took place during the Presentation in the Temple can remind us about the important role of the members of the believing community. Like Simeon and Anna, we are meant to encourage one another, and to announce the Gospel to others with courage and conviction. When we are rooted in prayer, and attuned to the Holy Spirit, we too can be effective instruments of God's power. Then, amazing things can happen! We become the channels through which God's truth is proclaimed, and through which his love and healing, comfort and compassion, are given to other people.
      Indeed, when we are "righteous and devout" like Simeon, and dedicated to prayer like Anna, we prepare ourselves to become Christ's coworkers in the world.
                                                                ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc 

WOMEN OF THE PARISH - SAVE THE DATE
      A working session including a light dinner, will be hosted by The Aquinas Guild on Thursday, February 20th, in the Pastoral Center at 6:00 pm to continue the planning of spiritual, social and service related activities for the women of our parish.  Please come with researched ideas to present to the group.  We will plan the calendar for Spring and Fall.  RSVP by Monday, February 17th, to Mary Ellen Maher:  412-721-1160 or maryemaher@msn.com.   If you have an idea you would like to present, please let Mary Ellen know to place it on the agenda.  There is no charge for the dinner.

CANDLEMAS BLESSING
      On February 2, forty days after Christmas, we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord.  Echoing the Christmas festival, the feast celebrates light in darkness, especially in the prayer of Simeon, who calls the baby Jesus a "light to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel."  For centuries, Christians have blessed candles on this day which is, as a result, also called Candlemas.
      On Candlemas, gather with your household around one or more lit candles, with other unlit candles nearby.  You may use the following prayer to bless them (adapted, as is this text, from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, by the U.S. Catholic Bishops):

God of night and day,
by the light of the sun, moon, and stars
we mark our days and seasons,
by the fires of the earth we brighten the night
and bring warmth to our winter. 
In all these lights we see light: Jesus,
whose light we receive in baptism,
whose light we carry by day and by night. 
Bless these candles,
that they may remind us of the light of Christ. 
In their beauty, keep us quiet and in peace,
keep us safe and turn our hearts to you
that we may ourselves be light for our world. 
Amen.


WORLD MARRIAGE DAY: QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS
· What do I like the most about you?
· What is it that most separates us?
· What most unites us?
· I specifically need your help in . . .
· I think I should help you specifically by . . .
      If these questions intrigue you, check out the Marriage Mansion Program, an online version of Marriage Encounter.
      Valentine Day Bonus: Why not dig out the readings you used at your wedding.  In a quiet moment read them to each other again and ponder what they mean to you now. If you can't find them try 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13.
                                                                    © 2014 Susan Vogt

TAKE YOUR PARENT TO MASS DAY
      Sunday, February 9, is Take Your Parent to Mass Day!  We invite all of our Religious Education students to attend the 9:00 am Mass with their families.  After Mass we will have a potluck brunch in the Pastoral Center.  Students must check in with their catechist for credit.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.                                     --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
          Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      The challenge of decision-making in these record-breaking cold weather nights can be monumental unless one quickly learns to, "Let go and let God!"
      I've had a very sweet little seven-year-old girl and her mother in my line.  Having recently moved here from Beaver County where they were living in a homeless shelter, the mother had just learned about our ministry.  Monday afternoon the mother went to Oakland to doctors who needed to pump steroids into her child who suffers from extreme asthma.  They came directly downtown to our line where they would wait for help from us and not return home until well after midnight.
      They live on the East Hills side of Wilkinsburg and must take a PAT bus to the furthest side of Wilkinsburg (then walk six more blocks) to reach the little girl's school.
      New to the area, they have contacted CYS who has agreed to issue them a bus pass starting Feb. 2.  The problem was the mother needed bus passes for three days last week and four days this week (the school had the other days scheduled off).  A relative from out of state was sending her $10, but it wasn't going to arrive for a couple of days.
      Trying to decide if I should give her twelve bus passes for the first week and sixteen for the second week (the mother needed four a day to get her daughter back and forth to school) involved balancing it with the need to get homeless people to doctor's appointments, new jobs, or simply home from our line.  However, when I received an envelope with exactly twelve passes in it, I knew what God wanted, and as quickly as that happened, a volunteer gave me sixteen more passes she was willing to share.
      So to the anonymous parishioner who donated the twelve passes, Miracle (yes, that is this darling seven-year-old's real name), her mother and I say thank you.
                                                            Yours in Christ,
                                                            Nancy

 Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle. There is a special need for ConnectCards.
      ConnectCards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the collection bins in the vestibule of the church.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  canned vegetables;
      •  canned beef stew;
      •  canned fruit and fruit cups.
      These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Please refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.
      Thank you for your generosity! 

YEAR OF WELCOMING KICKS OFF WITH GREETERS
      As part of the "Year of Welcoming" initiative announced by Father Ken several weeks ago, members of Pastoral Council have been greeting weekend Mass goers at the entrances to our church for the past two months.  Feedback regarding this program has been very positive and we are now ready to expand our membership.  If you are interested in learning more about our newest ministry, please complete the sign-up card in the pew and drop it in the offertory basket or at the Parish Office.  Sign-up sheets will also be available in the back of church after each Mass this weekend, or you can indicate your interest by emailing us at pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com.  Please let us know of your interest by Sunday, February 9.  We hope you will consider being part of the warm and personal face of our parish as we begin each liturgy. Thank you!    

CHURCH ALIVE: WE DID IT!!!!
        I am more than delighted to report to you the results of our recent Church Alive Financial Campaign.  Our target was $1,225,000 and our total of cash and pledges is $1,644,310!!!   What you have pledged to the diocese and parish is 134% of our target!!!   Recall that we will receive 40% of the $1,225,000, but will receive 60% of what is over that amount.  Thank you for your generosity and know that your donations will enhance the ministries of both the diocese and our parish so that we can truly be "Church Alive" for the future generations!"    Gratefully,   Fr. Ken

RCIA RITE OF WELCOMING
      With joy we announce that Mara Baginski is preparing to enter the Catholic Church through the RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) this year. Mara is a baptized Christian who has been attending mass at St. Scholastica with her husband Jason, a Catholic.  Mara has been a member of one of our choirs for more than a year and serves as a cantor as well. She has decided to become a candidate for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The parish will recognize her decision in a Rite of Welcoming the Candidate that will be held during the 11 a.m. Mass next Sunday, February 9. Please pray for Mara, her sponsor, Patti McCaffrey, and the RCIA Team.

CDTCA VALENTINE'S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA
      CDTCA is holding its Annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale after all masses February 8th and 9th.  Be sure to stop by for all of your Valentine's Day treats -- we have something for everyone!
In addition to the ever popular 6-inch cakes, we have homemade cookies, muffins and mini-coffee cakes, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate drizzled popcorn. There are even treats for your favorite pup! All proceeds benefit your parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

SPAGHETTI DINNER
      Spaghetti dinner Sunday, February 9 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  $10 for all-you-can-eat, includes salad and dessert.  $30 for a family.  Wine will also be available for purchase for the adults.  Proceeds benefit the Appalachia mission trip.

YOUTH MASS
      Saturday, February 8 is Youth Mass at 5:00 pm!

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 2, 2014
Sunday: Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32     
Monday: 2 Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Mk 5:1-20
Tuesday: 2 Sm 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30--19:3/Mk 5:21-43
Wednesday: 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17/Mk 6:1-6
Thursday: 1 Kgs 2:1-4, 10-12/Mk 6:7-13
Friday: Sir 47:2-11/Mk 6:14-29
Saturday: 1 Kgs 3:4-13/Mk 6:30-34
Next Sunday: Is 58:7-10/1 Cor 2:1-5/Mt 5:13-16

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY
      World Marriage Day is celebrated this year on the weekend of February 8-9, 2014. The annual Diocesan Celebration of World Marriage Day will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Thomas More Parish, in South Hills. The event will begin with Mass at 5:00 pm with Bishop David A. Zubik as the Presider and homilist. Immediately following Mass there will be a reception in the St. Thomas More Family Life Center. A reflection by Beth and Michael Brucker, from St. Maurice Parish, will follow. All engaged and married couples are invited to attend. Donation is $10.00/couple. To register please call the Office for Faith Formation, 412-456-3160.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESENTS...
      Join us Saturday, February 15 for Saint Luke Society Retreat from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at Saint Paul Cathedral Basement/Social Hall, Oakland.  The topic for reflection is "The New Evangelization", RSVP requested but not required.  Contact info@cathmedpittsburgh.org.  Refreshments to be served.
      On Sunday February 16 at 12:00 pm join us for the Annual White Mass for healthcare workers, with Celebrant Most Rev. David A. Zubik, D.D. at Saint Paul Cathedral.  Reception with Light Refreshments to follow in Cathedral Social Hall/Basement.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
      Natural Family Planning Course starts February 12 at 7:00 pm.  For details, call or email Laura Hall at 412– 229-8652 or 8halls@gmail.com.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT
      Saturday, February 8 is our Confirmation Retreat from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please keep our candidates in your prayers as they prepare for the reception of this sacrament. 

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Stanley Marsico  +25th Anniversary by Tish Marsico.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Presentation of the Lord, February 1
   5:00 pm  Antonia Vilvaldi Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Presentation of the Lord,  February 2
   7:30 am Carol Lou Wolcott (Mary Labriola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Frank Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, February 3
   8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, February 4
   8:30 am  Jeffrey Heryford (Dominic Stelitan)

Wednesday, St. Agatha, February 5
   8:30 am  Celia Mancini (Family)

Thursday, St. Paul Miki & Companions,  February 6
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, February 7
   8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Ernest & Diana Sirianni)

Saturday, weekday, February 8
   9:00 am  John Marous Jr. (Gunnell Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 8
   5:00 pm  Earl Simanek (Helen Simanek)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 9
   7:30 am  Edward Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Dr. Raimund Rueger (Dolores K. Rueger & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

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

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                            

January 26, 2014

3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      "He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him." James and his brother John dropped everything to follow Christ. In leaving their boat, they also left their livelihood. In leaving their father, they said farewell to the comforts of home and family. They embarked on this unknown journey with Jesus, traveling "around all of Galilee," with neither stability nor security. All they had was trust. How remarkable this is! They had such great faith in this man who "called them" on the seashore. Clearly, their encounter with Christ was life-changing, even before they knew the full truth of who Jesus was.
      We, on the other hand, already know. We have the benefit of being on the other side of Christ's life. We know about his miracles, his resurrection, and the whole history of Christian faith. In a sense, it should be easier for us to "leave our nets" than it was for the sets of brothers in today's Gospel. We have so many reasons to believe that Jesus was truly the Son of God. But yet how often do we resist the call to surrender our lives to Christ? How attached we are to our regular routines and our predictable plans. Yet, where would we be today if the apostles had tried to part-time it with the Lord? What if they had only followed him on the weekends? Would the Christian message have spread at all? So much was accomplished through the sincere faith of these humble fishermen. What could we accomplish if we trusted in Jesus as they did?
                                                           ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc
FR. KEN'S RETIREMENT
      Many of you saw the announcement of my retirement in last week's Pittsburgh Catholic.  However, I will not be retiring until a week or two after Easter- over three months from now.   I have been thinking about this for the past year or so and came to the conclusion four or five months ago that this was the moment for me to retire: I was 71 in November; I am now completing the sixth and final year of my term as pastor; I want to lay aside the managerial/administrative responsibilities of being a pastor (but not the liturgical ministry of being a priest), and I want to make this transition while I am still relatively healthy and relatively sane!!!
       The best moment in the week for me as a priest is at Sunday Mass!!!  Why??  Because after six years of being with you and sharing so many moments of joy and sorrow, and many liturgical seasons of grace, I have come to know you and love you.  When I preside at Mass I look out at you, the congregation, and see you each of you individually . . .  and I am deeply moved!  My soul is stirred by your often silent witness of your faith and faithfulness.  This experience increases both my faith and joy and I am renewed as a priest.  I am then reminded of the saying: "Shepherds don't make shepherds, sheep make shepherds"!!
      So, this is not the time to say farewell.  The original date of my retirement was Monday, April 28th.  I hope to have that pushed back to Monday, May 5th.  The reason being that on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th we have scheduled three First Holy Communion Masses and Confirmation with Bishop Zubik.  So, I contacted the diocese about this and will let you know what is the official date.  Meanwhile we prepare for Ash Wednesday (March 5th), Spring, and the great feast of Easter (April 20th).   God bless.   Fr. Ken

WOMEN OF THE PARISH - SAVE THE DATE
      A working session including a light dinner, will be hosted by The Aquinas Guild on Thursday, February 20th in the Pastoral Center at 6:00 pm to continue the planning of spiritual, social and service related activities for the women of our parish.  Please come with researched ideas to present to the group.  We will plan the calendar for Spring and Fall.  RSVP by Monday, February 17th to Mary Ellen Maher:  412-721-1160 or maryemaher@msn.com.   If you have an idea you would like to present, please let Mary Ellen know to place it on the agenda.  There is no charge for the dinner.

SONG OF SIMEON
      Have you experienced a loss of your baby due to a miscarriage or infant death?
      "Song of Simeon" is a program to support parents who have experienced a loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.  Join us for an afternoon of information, reflection, and healing at St. Joseph Parish, O'Hara Township on Sunday, February 2, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. This free program will provide a sacred space where you can share your loss with others and celebrate the life of your baby. Childcare arrangements during the program are available. To register for this afternoon event or for more information call Lisa Barton at 412-801-1009 or email songofsimeon@verizon.net.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
To live charitably means not looking out for our own interests, but carrying the burdens of the weakest and poorest among us.                        --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She requests the following items:
      • men's warm winter socks and men's tubesocks;
      • 2XL and larger new or gently used men's sweatpants;
      • adult-sized backpacks;
      • new or gently used washcloths;
      Instead of McDonald's giftcards, Nancy asks that people donate Port Authority ConnectCards. In the bitter cold weather, people need to be able to ride a bus. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle. ConnectCards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the collection bins in the vestibule of the church.
      Food items that are needed include:   
      • macaroni and cheese;
      • oatmeal: either boxed single-serve (8 - 12 serving bags per box)  or small-sized round "traditional" containers;
      • canned chicken or stew;
      • cereal bars;
      • fruit and pudding cups.
      These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. We appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.
      Thank you for your generosity!

RCIA UPDATE
      The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults enter the Catholic Church.  With joy we announce that two people have decided to join our community through the RCIA this year.  Jeffrey Witte will enter the order of catechumens as he prepares for baptism, and Mara Baginski, a baptized Christian, is preparing to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  This Sunday at the 11 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate a Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens for Jeffrey.  On February 9, also at the 11 a.m. Mass, we will celebrate a Rite of Welcoming for Mara.  Please pray for Jeffrey, Mara, their sponsors, and our RCIA team.

2013 STATEMENTS
      Contribution statements for the year 2013 will be available after January 10, 2014.  Please contact the parish office at 412-781-0186 ext. 24 or email Chrissy at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com.

2ND GRADE RECONCILIATION RETREAT
      The Reconciliation Retreat is Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Pastoral Center.  This is for all second graders and a parent.  We ask that parents please be prompt so that we may start exactly at 10:00 am.

YEAR OF WELCOMING
      "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
      Is there anything that lifts us up faster than a hearty welcome? Anything better than knowing that the people around you are happy that you're there?
      Wherever people get that feeling, they want to stay.  And when it is time to leave, they want to come back again.
      What if every person who walked into our church or any parish event felt that way?  Whether having grown up in the neighborhood or recently arrived, what if everything she or he experienced said, "Come in, you belong here."
      To further enhance the vibrancy and richness of our parish life together, the Pastoral Council is working on events that will be fun and help us all to get to know each other better.  In addition, we can actively enliven the ways in which we welcome visitors and new members of our parish family. That is why, during the Liturgical Year that runs from the First Sunday of Advent-2013 until the feast of Christ the King-2014, we are celebrating the "Year of Welcoming"at St. Scholastica Parish.
      Programs, activities, worship services, and outreach efforts during this special year will be grounded on the goal of building a wider, deeper, and more inclusive spirit of a welcoming community among all parishioners.
      Look for more information on opportunities to share your smiles, warmth, and ideas as together we celebrate the Year of Welcoming at St. Scholastica.
      For, as Jesus said: "Whoever welcomes [a] child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. (Mk 9:37)

IT'S A COFFEE HOUSE SUNDAY!
      Coffee and doughnuts will be served today after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses in the Pastoral Center. Please join us for a warm cup of coffee, a delicious doughnut and best of all, fellowship with your fellow parishioners. As Catholic Schools Week gets underway, representatives from our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, will be on hand to pour coffee and answer questions about enrollment. We hope you will stop in!

CHURCH ALIVE: WE DID IT!!!!
        I am more than delighted to report to you the results of our recent Church Alive Financial Campaign.  Our target was $1,225,000 and our total of cash and pledges is $1,644,310!!!   What you have pledged to the diocese and parish is 134% of our target!!!   Recall that we will receive 40% of the $1,225,000, but will receive 60% of what is over that amount.  Thank you for your generosity and know that your donations will enhance the ministries of both the diocese and our parish so that we can truly be Church Alive for the future generations!  Gratefully, Fr. Ken

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
      Natural Family Planning Course starts February 12 at 7:00 pm.  For details, call or email Laura Hall at 412-229-8652 or 8halls@gmail.com.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 26, 2014 
Sunday: Is 8:23--9:3/1 Cor 1:10-13, 17/Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17
Monday: 2 Sm 5:1-7, 10/Mk 3:22-30
Tuesday: 2 Sm 6:12b-15, 17-19/Mk 3:31-35
Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:4-17/Mk 4:1-20
Thursday: 2 Sm 7:18-19, 24-29/Mk 4:21-25
Friday: 2 Sm 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17/Mk 4:26-34
Saturday: 2 Sm 12:1-7a, 10-17/Mk 4:35-41
Next Sunday: Mal 3:1-4/Heb 2:14-18/Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

PET THERAPY
      Join us for Pet Therapy on Tuesday, January 28 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Contact the Youth Ministry office for more information.

SPAGHETTI DINNER
      Spaghetti dinner Sunday, February 9, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  $10 for all-you-can-eat, includes salad and dessert.  $30 for a family.  Wine will also be available for purchase for the adults.  Proceeds benefit the Appalachia mission trip.

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY
      World Marriage Day is celebrated this year on the weekend of February 8-9, 2014. The annual Diocesan Celebration of World Marriage Day will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at St. Thomas More Parish, in South Hills. The event will begin with Mass at 5:00 pm with Bishop David A. Zubik as the Presider and homilist. Immediately following Mass there will be a reception in the St. Thomas More Family Life Center. A reflection by Beth and Michael Brucker, from St. Maurice Parish, will follow. All engaged and married couples are invited to attend. Donation is $10.00/couple. To register please call the Office for Faith Formation, 412-456-3160.

INTERSECTION
      We will have Intersection on Sunday, February 2 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Ministry Center.  All students in grades 8-12 are invited for this lively discussion of the gospel.

CATECHIST & SMALL GROUP LEADER MEETING
      There will be a Catechist and Small Group Leader meeting on Monday, January 27 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Alumni Event on Thursday, January 30.  All alumni of St. Scholastica are invited.  Our boys varsity basketball team is playing a game at 7:45 pm and a reception will follow in the cafeteria after the game.  Please contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 if you plan to attend.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 25
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Wendy Pease (Tonja & Alex Condron)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert Styslinger (Styslinger & Urish Families)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, January 27
   8:30 am  Birthday, Helen Brandl (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, St. Thomas Aquinas, January 28
   8:30 am  Mary Vollmer (Edna Jenca)

Wednesday, weekday, January 29
   8:30 am  Anne Bonidie (Cindy & Dave Giovannitti)

Thursday, weekday,  January 30
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, St. John Bosco, January 31
   8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (Jim & Vicki Cavanaugh)

Saturday, weekday, February 1
   9:00 am  Andrea Certo (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Presentation of the Lord, February 1
   5:00 pm  Antonia Vilvaldi Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Presentation of the Lord,  February 2
   7:30 am  Carol Lou Wolcott (Mary Labriola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Frank Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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

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                 

January 19, 2014

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." This was an unusual greeting, to say the least. John the Baptist's underlying message, however, would have been crystal clear to the audience who heard it. The Jews were used to the idea of sacrificing a lamb in a ritual of atonement. Now, John was declaring that this man walking towards him, Jesus, was in fact the new lamb, the sacrificial offering that would atone for the sins not just of one person, but of all people. The sins of the whole world are forgiven in Christ.
      The whole world, of course, means everybody. No one is excluded from the gift of salvation. Sadly, not all people accept the gift, but it is available to them nonetheless.
      Today we might ask ourselves where we stand on this spectrum. Do we believe that Jesus' death has saved us? Do we believe that our sins are washed away through the sacrifice of this most spotless victim? To take it a step further, do we accept that God can forgive even the sins of our enemies, of those who have hurt and mistreated us? Can we forgive them too, as God has done through his Son, or do we fall short in this regard?
      When we struggle to forgive someone, we can pray for the grace to love that person as Jesus has loved us. Today, may we put to death our grudges and resentments in imitation of the Lamb who sacrificed his life on our behalf.
                                                                  ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY
      There will be a second collection at all the Masses this weekend for St. Anthony School Programs and the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.  Thank you for supporting these outstanding programs for our young people.

OPEN HOUSE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education.  Reservations are requested, but not required.  Contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 with any questions.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
      Many thanks to all who joined us for the Pancake Breakfast last Sunday.  Someone wrote CDTCA on their 50/50 raffle ticket so our school won the $62 prize money.  Thanks to all who gave us donations for the bus and/or products to use at the breakfast.  We couldn't take youth to the March For Life in Washington without your help.  God bless you.

CONSIDER ONLINE GIVING!
      Our parish has been using an Online Giving system that is strengthening stewardship as well as making it easier for members to support our parish. We currently have 19 families signed up with Online Giving that have contributed $26,000.00 over the past year.  There are many benefits for the parish and for parishioners that choose to give online. Some of the benefits for the parishioner include: no need to write checks; you can give even if you are unable to attend services; and your contribution amount can easily be adjusted.
      Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit www.saintscholastica.wegather.com.If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, don't hesitate to call Chrissy Morton at 412-781-0186 ext. 24.
      "Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."--Luke 6:38

WOMEN OF THE PARISH - SAVE THE DATE
      A working session including a light dinner, will be hosted by The Aquinas Guild on Thursday, February 20, in the Pastoral Center at 6:00 pm to continue the planning of spiritual, social and service related activities for the women of our parish.  Details to follow. 

2013 STATEMENTS
      Contribution statements for the year 2013 will be available after January 10, 2014.  Please contact the parish office at 412-781-0186 ext. 24 or email Chrissy at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
If we see someone who needs help, do we stop? There is so much suffering and poverty, and a great need for good Samaritans.                                        --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
               Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      I often have people express to me their total dismay at the thought of anyone willing to work in the streets with "homeless people." So I am passing along an email one of my "regular" street volunteers received from her friend regarding this matter.
      This friend was in Pittsburgh on a business trip the first week of December and spent a Monday night on the streets with us.  That night, a smile never left her face.
      Just this week our "guest-worker" sent this email to our Monday-night regular: "Every day I try to remember the feelings that stirred in me that night.  I do not want to forget that night. EVER."
      What a lovely tribute to our kind, loving, appreciative brothers and sisters who differ from us only in their present needs.  The truth is we who work in the streets get so much more in return than we ever give.
          Yours in Christ,
        Nancy 


Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle. There is a special need for ConnectCards.
      •  McDonald's gift cards;
      •  men's thermal underwear (most especially size XL);
      •  heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit).
      ConnectCards and McDonald's gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the collection bins in the vestibule of the church.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  hamburger helper and similar prepared meals.
      These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      We appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St. Please leave donated items in the bins in the church vestibule.
      Thank you for your generosity!  

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Alumni Event on Thursday, January 30.  All alumni of St. Scholastica are invited.  Our boys varsity basketball team is playing a game at 7:45 pm and a reception will follow in the cafeteria after the game.  Please contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 if you plan to attend.

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There will be a bus leaving St. Scholastica Church, Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall, on Wednesday, January 22, to go to the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington D.C. The bus (Anderson Tour coach) will leave at 12:10 am in order to attend the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally at the Verizon Center.  Following Mass at the Youth Rally, participants will attend the National Pro Life Rally on the Mall and then participate in the March up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building.  There will be Meetings with our legislators before leaving Washington at 5 pm This trip is considered a legitimate reason for being excused from school.  The bus fee is $30 for adults and $20 for students.  There is also a reduced rate for families attending.  Breakfast is provided.  Participants will need to bring money for dinner.  For reservations or more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

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, January 27, at 7:30pm 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 March 24.

HELP WANTED
      Housekeeper needed at religious retreat center located in the North Hills.  Part-time; 15 hours per week.  If interested, please call Sr. Marilyn at 724-444-8055.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Tim Powers, brother of Patrick (Sissy) Powers and Mary Legath, sister of Lillian Ranii and Joe Zuccaro, Randall Russell, father of Randall (Lori) Russell and Anne Kintner Gallagher, mother of Shawn Butler and Samuel Kintner III.

2ND GRADE RECONCILIATION RETREAT
      The Reconciliation Retreat is Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  This is for all second graders and a parent.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 19, 2014
Sunday: Is 49:3, 5-6/1 Cor 1:1-3/Jn 1:29-34
Monday: 1 Sm 15:16-23/Mk 2:18-22
Tuesday: 1 Sm 16:1-13/Mk 2:23-28
Wednesday: 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Mk 3:1-6
Thursday: 1 Sm 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Mk 3:7-12
Friday: 1 Sm 24:3-21/Mk 3:13-19
Saturday:  Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22/Mk 16:15-18
Next Sunday:  Is 8:23--9:3/1 Cor 1:10-13, 17/Mt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

PART-TIME POSITION FOR ORGANIST/PIANIST
St. Scholastica Parish, Aspinwall, PA  15215
Works directly with the Director of Music:
   5 p.m. Saturday Liturgy / 11 a.m. Sunday Liturgy with SATB Choir
   Wednesday evening rehearsals with SATB Choir
   Holy Days/Special Liturgical Celebrations / Funerals  (if available)
   Meets regularly with Director of Music  (Immediate Supervisor):
Fully responsible for Weddings:
   Works directly with Pastor
   Meets with couples to plan
   Communicates plans with all involved
   Rehearses with cantor, musicians…
Skills:
   Proficient on both organ and piano
   Developed classical / sacred music repertoire for organ
   Personal Qualities:  cooperative / able to work well with     others /able to follow direction / respectful / encouraging with volunteers
Instruments:
     Allen Organ / Renaissance Quantum /  Quad-Suite / Two   - Manual Console / 35 Stop /
     140 Voice / Plus Smart Recorder  (Purchased 2005)
     August Forster  (Handmade German) Concert Grand   (1980 / Reconditioned 2013)
Salary to be negotiated with Pastor based on experience and Diocesan Guidelines. Safe Environment Clearances, as mandated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
For more information: Contact Sr. Pat Baker, CDP at 412-781-0186  (x17)
Send resume/references to: patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com.

PET THERAPY
      Join us for Pet Therapy on Tuesday, January 28 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Contact the Youth Ministry office for more information.

SPAGHETTI DINNER
      Spaghetti dinner Sunday, February 9 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.  $10 for all-you-can-eat, includes salad and dessert.  $30 for a family.  Wine will also be available for purchase for the adults.  Proceeds benefit the Appalachia mission trip.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      There are no Religious Education classes on January 19 or 21 for the Martin Luther King holiday.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 18
   5:00 pm   Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Children)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Respect Life Committee
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, January 20
   8:30 am  Dr. George Magovern (Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, St. Agnes, January 21
   8:30 am  Anniv., Marion Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Wednesday, weekday, January 22
   8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret B. Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Thursday, weekday,  January 23
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, January 24
   8:30 am  John Marous Jr. (Guhnell Family)

Saturday, Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, January 25
   9:00 am  Birthday, John Marmarella (Wife & Children)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 25
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Wendy Pease (Tonja & Alex Condron)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Robert Styslinger (Styslinger & Vrish Families)
       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

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                                 

January 12, 2014

BAPTISM OF THE LORD
      "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" Jesus didn't need to be washed clean of any sin, and John the Baptist knew it. But nonetheless, Jesus was humble enough to be baptized like the rest of us. This humility is at the heart of Jesus' mission on earth. As Saint Paul says, Jesus "emptied himself...coming in human likeness...he humbled himself" (Phil 2:7-8). He did not need to become human, to be born of a woman into a poor family, or to suffer and die on the cross. Rather, Jesus freely chose to do all of these things out of love for us. And in the process, he gave us a model to follow.
      By being baptized, Jesus emphasized the importance of participating in this sacred action. And later in his ministry, he confirmed the significance of baptism when he instructed his apostles to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:19).
      Through baptism, we become disciples of Jesus. As baptized Christians, we are both called and equipped to be Christ's followers, his pupils, and his friends. Today, we might ask ourselves if we are embracing this calling wholeheartedly. Do we follow Jesus' example of love for God and neighbor? Do we study his word and live by his teaching? Do we nurture our relationship with him, as we would with any friend? Jesus humbled himself for our sake. Let us show our gratitude by being his faithful disciples today and every day.
                                                              ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

ST. SCHOLASTICA PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST
      A Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held in the St. Scholastica School Cafeteria (entrance on Third Street), this Sunday, January 12, from 8 am to 1 pm.  A regular serving is $5 and a small serving is $4.  No reservation needed.  All are welcome.  The proceeds will be used to help pay for the January 22 bus to Washington for the annual MARCH FOR LIFE.  Please attend and help students travel to the Youth Rally with Bishop Wuerl and the March For Life.                      

ST. SCHOLASTICA CHURCH ART EXHIBIT
      St. Scholastica Church will have an art display of the "Divine Mercy Jesus" in the main Church Vestibule through this Sunday January 12.  The portrait of Jesus is created by local artist, Nikki Bruni.  The picture is created from 2,470 squares, cut out of linoleum.  Each square represents a baby aborted at Planned Parenthood, Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, in 2012.  There are 14 gold stars around the head of Jesus representing babies saved by prolife counselors who carry on a vigil outside the abortion facility.  A book is placed near the portrait for those who wish to name the unnamed babies represented by the 2,470 squares.  The public is welcome to view the art work.

OUR MINISTRY AT MASS—HOSPITALITY
      Each baptized Christian has a role to play—a ministry—during the Mass. As members of the assembly part of our ministry is to greet and welcome others who celebrate liturgy with us. Although we come to Mass as individuals or individual families, as members of the Body of Christ we are to be welcoming to those around us. This is, in fact, part of what forms us into the Body of Christ. Feeling welcomed helps to make it possible for people, especially visitors, to participate freely. If we know someone near us is a newcomer or visiting, we should make it a point to help them feel comfortable and to invite them back. As members of the parish, we reach out to others we do not know. Even if they are already parishioners our friendliness can assist them in feeling more comfortable at Mass. 

BAPTISM OF THE LORD
        This is the last day of Christmas Time, formerly called the Christmas Season. The Monday following the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is Monday of the first week of Ordinary Time. The feast is usually celebrated on the Sunday following January 6th.

OPEN HOUSE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education.  Reservations are requested, but not required.  Contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 with any questions.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear.                          --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      As we face these record-breaking cold spells, our need for men's thermal underwear (most especially size XL), heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit), McDonald's gift cards and Port Authority ConnectCards becomes absolutely critical.
      The media often cover the fact that there is an emergency cold shelter that opens up in times of extreme cold and we all breathe a sigh of relief!  What they don't cover are some very important details regarding the shelter such as the homeless are not allowed in until 7:00 in the evening and must leave the shelter by 6:30 in the morning. . . . And you won't hear about the lovely gentleman we found freezing on the ground in Oakland Saturday night, who had been turned away from a year-round shelter because they said it was too crowded. "There was no room at the inn."
      Instead of using a McDonald's gift card for breakfast or lunch, many individuals use them to order coffee through the day so that they will be permitted inside to warm up.
           Yours in Christ,
          Nancy

  
Help Needed!
      If you purchase ConnectCards, please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      ConnectCards and McDonald's gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the collection bins in the vestibule of the church.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  hamburger helper and similar prepared meals.
      These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Once again, we appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.
      Thank you for your generosity! 

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
       Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Alumni Event on Thursday, January 30.  All alumni of St. Scholastica are invited.  Our boys varsity basketball team is playing a game at 7:45 pm and a reception will follow in the cafeteria after the game.  Please contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 if you plan to attend.

PRAYER SERVICE TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING
      The public is invited to a prayer service on Thursday, January 16, at 7 pm in the Sisters of Divine Providence Auditorium, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills.  Join with others in prayer to end the evil of human sex and labor trafficking. For information, call 412.635.5426. (Sponsored by the PATH to Justice Committee of the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council.)

MARCH FOR LIFE
      There will be a bus leaving St. Scholastica Church, Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall on Wednesday, January 22, to go to the MARCH FOR LIFE in Washington D.C. The bus (Anderson Tour coach) will leave at 12:10 am in order to attend the Washington Diocesan Youth Rally at the Verizon Center.  Following Mass at the Youth Rally, participants will attend the National Pro Life Rally on the Mall and then participate in the March up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court Building.  There will be meetings with our legislators before leaving Washington at 5 pm. This trip is considered a legitimate reason for being excused from school.  The bus fee is $30 for adults and $20 for students.  There is also a reduced rate for families attending.  Breakfast is provided.  Participants will need to bring money for dinner.  For reservations or more information please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

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, January 27, at 7:30 pm 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 March 24.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 12, 2014
Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7/Acts 10:34-38/Mt 3:13-17
Monday: 1 Sm 1:1-8/Mk 1:14-20
Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:9-20/Mk 1:21-28
Wednesday: 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19-20/Mk 1:29-39
Thursday: 1 Sm 4:1-11/Mk 1:40-45
Friday: 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a/Mk 2:1-12
Saturday: 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1/Mk 2:13-17
Next Sunday: Is 49:3, 5-6/1 Cor 1:1-3/Jn 1:29-34

PART-TIME POSITION FOR ORGANIST/PIANIST
St. Scholastica Parish, Aspinwall, PA  15215
Works directly with the Director of Music:
   5 p.m. Saturday Liturgy / 11 a.m. Sunday Liturgy with SATB Choir
   Wednesday evening rehearsals with SATB Choir
   Holy Days/Special Liturgical Celebrations / Funerals  (if available)
   Meets regularly with Director of Music  (Immediate Supervisor):
Fully responsible for Weddings:
   Works directly with Pastor
   Meets with couples to plan
   Communicates plans with all involved
   Rehearses with cantor, musicians . . .
Skills:
   Proficient on both organ and piano
   Developed classical / sacred music repertoire for organ
   Personal Qualities:  cooperative / able to work well with others /able to follow direction / respectful / encouraging with volunteers
Instruments:
     Allen Organ / Renaissance Quantum /  Quad-Suite / Two- Manual Console / 35 Stop /
     140 Voice / Plus Smart Recorder  (Purchased 2005)
     August Forster  (Handmade German) Concert Grand  (1980 / Reconditioned 2013)
Salary to be negotiated with Pastor based on experience and Diocesan Guidelines. Safe Environment Clearances, as mandated by the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
For more information: Contact Sr. Pat Baker, CDP at 412-781-0186  (x17) Send resume/references to:  patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com.

2013 STATEMENTS
      Contribution statements for the year 2013 will be available after January 10, 2014.  Please contact the parish office at 412-781-0160 ext. 24 or email Chrissy at financeoffice@saintscholastica.com.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, January 11
   5:00 pm  Paul A. Shultz (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Baptism of the Lord, January 12
   7:30 am  Birthday, Dr. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Sebastian & Mary Sette (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, January 13
   8:30 am  Lawrence Macino (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, weekday, January 14
   8:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Wednesday, weekday, January 15
   8:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Thursday, weekday,  January 16
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, January 17
   8:30 am  Driscoll & Macino Families (Carl V. Macino)

Saturday, weekday, January 18
   9:00 am  Breandon Fay (Carole & Manuel Gonzalez)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 18
   5:00 pm  Barbara Zuccaro (Joe & Children)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 19
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Respect Life Committee
       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

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                                        

January 5, 2013

4 STAGES OF MARRIAGE
      The 4 stages of marriage are: (1) Romance, (2) Disillusionment, (3) Misery, and (4) Awakening. Many marriages experience the first 3 Stages. Marriages that end in divorce never make it to the 4th Stage of Awakening. Don't give up without learning about the 4th Stage of Awakening. If your marriage suffers from Disillusionment or Misery please contact Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i).  For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on January 17-19, 2014, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or 3041@retrouvaille.org.  More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com.

PARISH OFFICE
      The Parish Office will reopen on January 6, 2014.

APPALACHIA MEETING
      The Appalachia meeting is Tuesday, January 7 in the Pastoral Center.  All youth must bring a parent.

CATECHISTS & SMALL GROUP LEADERS
      There will be a meeting for Catechists and Small Group Leaders on Monday, January 6 at 6:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  We will provide snacks.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
      Saturday, January 11, from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, we will be working with Habitat for Humanity.  All teens (and adults) are welcome.  Lunch is provided.  RSVP by Wednesday, January 8.

MEGA MEETING
      MEGA meeting for all Confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor on Sunday, January 12 after the 11:00 am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

THANK YOU!
      Thank you for Haiti Donations!  Through your generous donations to Christmas Gift Tags in December, a total of $1,620 was contributed to Good Samaritans School in Haiti.  This will allow for continued funding of our six students for 2014-15.  The parish Hope for Haiti Committee and the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation are very grateful for this support.  To learn more about Good Samaritans School, visit www.highhopesforhaiti.com.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The love of God is not generic. God looks with love upon every man and woman, calling them by name.                                         --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
       Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      As we start the new year we are in need of men's thermal underwear, specifically size Large bottoms and XL and XXL tops and bottoms—of  these, the XL are the most critical size to the ministry.
      Thank you for all your kind words, prayers and support this past year.  May you have a very blessed and healthy new year!
              Yours in Christ,
              Nancy


Help Needed!
      In addition to the thermal underwear mentioned above, Nancy requests 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.
These cards may be left in the small blue gift bag in the vestibule of the church.
      Thank you for your generosity!

Focus on . . .  Music Ministry
      Music Ministers are adults, teens and children who enhance the quality of prayer and worship at our liturgies by leading the assembly in song and by encouraging full participation.  Opportunities for adults and teens include:  cantor, the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, the 11 a.m. SATB Choir, and instrumentalists.  If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at 412-781-0186, ext. 17 or by e-mail: music@saintscholastica.com.

MEDITATION RESOLUTION?
      Are you looking for a new practice of prayer for the new year?  If so, please consider joining us for Christian meditation 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.

CALLING ALL ALUMNI!
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Alumni Event on Thursday, January 30.  All alumni of St. Scholastica are invited.  Our boys varsity basketball team is playing a game at 7:45 pm and a reception will follow in the cafeteria after the game.  Please contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 if you plan to attend.

RACHEL'S VINEYARD
      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 www.ccpgh.org.

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
      "They prostrated themselves and did him homage." The Magi were men of great faith. Their worldly position and power could have made them scoff at the sight of this humble infant. Their treasury of wealth could have blinded them to the true value of this child king. But instead these men placed themselves at the feet of Jesus in a gesture of complete submission. Then, as a sign of their devotion, they "opened their treasures" and offered this baby costly and precious gifts. Only a deep and sincere faith could justify such a surprising scene.
      Real faith often runs contrary to worldly wisdom. Without the firm belief that Jesus was the Messiah, it would seem absurd to travel all those miles and part with all that gold, much less to bow down in the presence of a poor child. But the eyes of faith can see much more than the eyes of the world alone. The Magi understood that all the prestige and possessions of the earth are nothing in comparison to the kingdom of heaven. They wanted to use their worldly wealth to give glory to the King of Kings, rather than for their own glory.
      Taking the Three Kings as models, we can examine our own lives. Are we willing to "travel" for our faith, leaving our comfort zone for the sake of the Gospel? Are we willing to share our "wealth" to glorify God? Are we willing to submit our desires and plans to the authority of Christ? As we begin the journey of this New Year, let us resolve to follow in the faithful footsteps of the Magi.
                                               ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JANUARY 5, 2014
Sunday: Is 60:1-6/Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6/Mt 2:1-12
Monday: 1 Jn 3:22--4:6/Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
Tuesday: 1 Jn 4:7-10/Mk 6:34-44
Wednesday: 1 Jn 4:11-18/Mk 6:45-52
Thursday: 1 Jn 4:19--5:4/Lk 4:14-22a
Friday: 1 Jn 5:5-13/Lk 5:12-16
Saturday: 1 Jn 5:14-21/Jn 3:22-30
Next Sunday: Is 42:1-4, 6-7/Acts 10:34-38/Mt 3:13-17

YEAR OF WELCOMING BEGINS
       Is there anything that lifts us up faster than a hearty welcome?  Anything better than knowing that the people around you are happy that you're there?
       What if every person who walked into our church felt that way?
       That is why, during the Liturgical Year that runs until the feast of Christ the King in November 2014, the Pastoral Council has decided to celebrate a "Year of Welcoming" at St. Scholastica Parish.
      Programs, activities, worship services, and outreach efforts during this special year will be grounded on the goal of building a wider, deeper, and more inclusive spirit of welcoming community among all parishioners.
      Look for more information on opportunities to share your smiles, warmth, and ideas as together we celebrate the Year of Welcoming at St. Scholastica.

OPEN HOUSE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is having an Open House on Saturday, January 25 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education.  Reservations are requested, but not required.  Contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 with any questions. 

EPIPHANY BLESSING OF THE HOME
Lord God of heaven and earth,
you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation
by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house
and all who inhabit it.
Fill us with the light of Christ,
that our concern for others may reflect your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord, January 4
   5:00 pm  Donna M. Wolfe (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Bruce Morrison (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Christopher Paul (Scanlon Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Christmas Weekday, January 6
   8:30 am  Anniv., Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, Christmas Weekday, January 7
   8:30 am  Michele Cilinti (Mr. & Mrs. August Costa)

Wednesday, Christmas Weekday, January 8
   8:30 am  Francis A. Marsico (Donnelly Family)

Thursday, Christmas Weekday,  January 9
   8:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Friday, Christmas Weekday, January 10
   8:30 am  Frank Flynn (Ines &  Norberto Rodrigues)

Saturday, Christmas Weekday, January 11
   9:00 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord, January 11
   5:00 pm  Paul A. Shultz (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Baptism of the Lord, January 12
   7:30 am  Birthday, Dr. William Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Sebastian & Mary Sette (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

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

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