January 19, 2014

      "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.
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      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.

      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.

      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.

      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

      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. 

      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.

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,

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!  

      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.

      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 7:30pm 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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

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

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.

      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 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.

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

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

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

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