January 12, 2014

      "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.
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      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 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.

      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. 

        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.

      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.

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,

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! 

       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.

      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.)

      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.

      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.

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

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 . . .
   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
     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.

      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.

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

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

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

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