February 16, 2014

6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      "But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment." In today's Gospel, Jesus takes the Ten Commandments to a deeper level. Instead of focusing merely on external actions, like murder or adultery, Jesus wants us to examine what is in our hearts, like anger or lust. These internal dispositions are the root cause of the outward sins. Jesus is teaching us to take responsibility for our attitudes as well as our actions.
      Some may say that we cannot control our internal thoughts and feelings, or that it's unrealistic to expect us to eliminate anger and lust from our inner selves. But, as Saint Thérèse of Lisieux put it, Christ would not command the impossible. So it must be possible to purify our hearts and control our thoughts. But we don't have to do this on our own power. Jesus expects great things of us, but he doesn't expect us to do them alone! Through the presence of his Spirit in our hearts, we have divine assistance to accomplish this task.
      When we pray to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit, he responds by filling our hearts with the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit-wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. When these wonderful things are present within us, the bad things have nowhere to settle. Thus we can be transformed into people who don't just live the commandments, but who love them as well.
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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.

PILGRIM PEOPLE BIBLE STUDY
      When he first appeared in public as pope, Pope Francis used the image of "journey" four times in referring to the venture he was setting out upon as Bishop of Rome with the people of the city. Pope Francis has placed special emphasis on the image of a "Pilgrim Church" that was so important in the writings of the Second Vatican Council.  This Lent, we will explore the biblical roots of these images using materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study. In the process, we hope for new insights into our own journey of faith.
      The study will meet in Marsico Library on five Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, from March 12 to April 9. There is a materials fee of $20, payable at the first session. For more information or to register, see the flyers at the church entrances, the Adult Faith Formation page on our website, or contact Andrew Bechman at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 or by e-mail at: andybechman@saintscholastica.com.  Register by March 2 to receive your materials at the first session.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate for about twenty minutes.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
      Habitat for Humanity Work Day Saturday, February 22, 8:30 am-2:00 pm.  All teens and adults welcome.  Please Rsvp by Thursday.  We are also looking for someone to provide lunch.

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!
      Girl Scout cookies will be sold after all Masses next  weekend, February 22 & 23.  Stock up for yourself, or donate a box to our homeless ministry, Aspinwall Meals on Wheels, or our brave men and women serving in the military.  Thank you in advance for your support!
                                  CDTCA Girl Scout Troops 55134 and 50844 

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Holiness doesn't mean doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things with love and faith.                                                --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:
      Do you have an extra vacuum sweeper?
      On February 2, I wrote about the mother of a seven-year-old girl who needed bus passes to be able to take the child to school for two weeks at which time CYS would then provide future bus passes.  The child has severe asthma.  Having since then made a delivery to the family to help them set up household, we realized that a vacuum sweeper would be extremely helpful in keeping anything from building up on the carpet that would aggravate her asthmatic condition. (P.S. I had said that the child's name was MIRACLE and must correct this as I now know her name is AMIRACLE!)
      Also, when we learned of a young man attending post-high school classes who had to miss school on bitter cold days because he had no coat, we provided him with a warm 6XL winter jacket.  So if anyone knows of a 5XL or 6XL warm winter jacket that would be available to us, we would appreciate it.  We could also use any 5XL or 6XL winter shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts.
      Yours in Christ,

      Nancy

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
          •  adult-sized backpacks;
          • heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit);
          •  washcloths;
          •  Port Authority ConnectCards. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      Food items that are needed include:
         •  canned fruit and fruit cups;
         •  macaroni and cheese;
         •  peanut butter;
         •  oatmeal.
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. ConnectCards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins.  We appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.  Thank you for your generosity!

More Help Needed!
      During March, the St. Scholastica Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides volunteers to bring veterans from their rooms to Sunday Mass at the VA Hospital on Delafield Rd.  Volunteers need to arrive by 10 a.m. to bring the veterans to 10:30 Mass, which the volunteers can attend as well. Individuals or parents with teens are encouraged to provide this service.  If you are interested, please contact Carol Paulick at stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com.

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE
      The Respect Life Committee will meet Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  The agenda will include a review of the "March for Life" bus trip, "Forty Days for Life" and plans for a meeting with the Church Pastoral Council.  Everyone is welcome.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – EGYPT
      Friday, March 7, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Fox Chapel (1610 Powers Run Road – 11:00am Worship Service).  Adult Luncheon to follow ($8.00) payable at the door.  Reservations for lunch by February 28.  Free child care available with reservations.   Please call Barbara McQuaid for lunch/child care reservations at 412-265-4765.   Theme: Streams in the Desert.  See www.wdp-usa.org.

A REPORT CARD FOR OUR CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
      CENTRAL CATHOLIC:   High Honors: Cameron Gentilcore, Clayton Gentilcore, Matthew Pilewski, John Rielly and Gennaro Valent.  Honors: Robert Barringer, Alexander Butler, Samuel Butler, Jordan Ciccone, Joshua Malcanas and Thomas Quinlan.
      OAKLAND CATHOLIC:  Highest Honor: Olivia Martini and Christine Pilewski.  High Honor: Charlotte DelBarba and Isabella Massaro.
      CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC:  Honor Roll: Elizabeth Studebaker.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      Gift certificates are available in the school office to purchase. A wide variety is available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 16, 2014
Sunday: Sir 15:15-20/1 Cor 2:6-10/Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37
Monday: Jas 1:1-11/Mk 8:11-13
Tuesday: Jas 1:12-18/Mk 8:14-21
Wednesday: Jas 1:19-27/Mk 8:22-26
Thursday: Jas 2:1-9/Mk 8:27-33
Friday: Jas 2:14-24, 26/Mk 8:34--9:1
Saturday: 1 Pt 5:1-4/Mt 16:13-19
Next Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18/1 Cor 3:16-23/Mt 5:38-48

HELP US TO KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK!
      If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, www.saintscholastica.com. Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

MINISTRY IS FOR EVERYONE
      Baptism is the basis for it all. Baptism has incorporated us into the Body of Christ. It has given us rights and responsibilities as members of that Body. Part of our responsibility is to minister to one another. The word "ministry" can be intimidating. It may be easier to think of it as "service to God's people." Everyone has gifts and talents that can be used in service. If liturgical ministries, even those behind the scenes jobs, seem beyond us, there are other opportunities within the parish to serve the other members of the Body. We can keep our eyes and ears open and be alert for needs that are perfect for us to fill.

ST. PIO POLISH DINNER DANCE
      Celebrate Mass with Polish Music at 4:00 pm at St. Edward Church (450 Walnut Street, Blawnox) on Saturday, February 22.  Following Mass, from 5:30 pm—9:30 pm in the St. Edward Social Hall, there will be a delicious Polish dinner of pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut, ham, cabbage and noodles and cookies for dessert.  Beverage and mixers round out the menu (BYOB) and then….dancing! 
      Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Parish Office or by calling 412-828-4066.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 15
    5:00 pm  Ricky Walker (Staley Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 16
   7:30 am  Martha Jean Wolverton (Mary Labriola)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Stephen Jenca (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, February 17
   8:30 am  Irene Schnorr (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, weekday, February 18
   8:30 am  Anne Gallagher (Byrnes Family)

Wednesday, weekday, February 19
   8:30 am  Sheila J. Massalski (Massalski Family)

Thursday, weekday,  February 20
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, February 21
   8:30 am  Mary Legath (Jim & Lillian Ranii)

Saturday, The Chair of St. Peter, February 22
   9:00 am  Bernadette McMahon (Patricia Snyder)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 22
   5:00 pm  Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 23
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Anne Gallagher (Bill Wenzel)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Pamela McCorkle (Luci & David Massaro & Family)
       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