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