February 23, 2014

7TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      "Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow." At first glance, we might think this instruction refers only to money or possessions. Jesus would surely want us to be generous with our finances, and in the spirit of today's Gospel, to give without seeking to receive. However, the principle also applies to our time and our talents.
      Most likely, some of the people God has placed in our lives are "asking" for our time: children in need of care; elderly parents; neighbors or friends experiencing sickness, etcetera. Often, the needs of others do not coincide perfectly with our own plans. Rather, serving our families and communities frequently requires a change in our normal program of life. When such interruptions occur, do we share our time and attention freely, handing over our "cloak" as well without a grumble or a grudge?
      And what about the use of our God-given talents? We have all been blessed in different ways with gifts that can strengthen our communities. When our abilities could be useful to others, are we willing to share them without seeking recompense? Gifts of organization or artistry, culinary or mechanical skills, musical or ministerial talents...what we have received can be a blessing to those in our parish, our workplace, our neighborhood, and our family. Rather than being stingy with the treasures God has given us, may we be willing to follow the Lord's command to go the extra mile.
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THE LIGHT IS STILL ON FOR YOU!
      "The Light is Still On for You!" is an initiative of the Diocese of Pittsburgh to encourage Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Confession is a wonderful opportunity to set aside our sinful ways to draw closer to our Lord.  Confession will be available on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in every Catholic parish in the Diocese.

FAT TUESDAY LENTEN BREAKFAST
      Join the Sisters of Divine Providence on Tuesday, March 4, from 7-9 a.m. for our fifth annual "Fat Tuesday" Lenten Breakfast and a presentation by speaker Anne Kertz Kernion, artist and owner of Cards by Anne, titled "Letting Go: A Spirituality of Imperfection" at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills. $30 includes breakfast and presentation. Register by calling 412.635.5437 or at www.cdpsisters.org.

WHAT CAN I DO BEFORE LENT BEGINS?
Anything worth doing is worth preparing for.
      Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we've experienced.  Imagine that there will be many graces offered me this year.  Let's even imagine that God is going to help transform our lives, with greater freedom, greater joy, deeper desires for love and service.

If we want it, we will choose it.
      Lent will be this wonderful season of grace for us if we give ourselves to it.  And we will give ourselves to it to the degree we really want it badly.  So, in these days before Lent, we need to prepare our hearts.  We need to prepare by realizing how much we want to grow in freedom, how much we need to lighten our spirits and experience some real joy, and how much some parts of our lives really need changing.   

      Would you like to read more?  Visit the Praying Lent website of Creighton University Online Ministries at: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/.  Or just search for "Praying Lent 2014."  You will find a variety of resources for opening yourself to God's grace during the coming season of Lent.  The rest of the above reflection is under "Preparing for Lent."

HOMESTUDY CHECK IN SUNDAY
      There is a Home Study check in Sunday, February 23 in the cafeteria.

YOUTH MASS
      Youth Mass is Saturday, March 1.  After Mass, in the Blue Room, we will have our annual discussion of the "dirty dozen".  Please bring a snack to share.  This is for youth in grades 8-12.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The secret of Christian living is love. Only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.        
--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 have related before that at the cold shelter the homeless are awakened at 5:30 a.m. and put outside at 6:30 a.m.  What I didn't know then and have since learned is that they are not given anything to eat in the morning—only a cup of coffee.
      So on a couple of nights last week, we brought a number of cases of pastries for them to enjoy with their morning coffee.  The first night I had only frozen pastries which I knew would thaw out by morning.  As I was taking the boxes out of the trunk a young man still outside the shelter wearing only a sweatshirt for outerwear saw me and begged for a pastry.  Dinner was over at the shelter, and he had nothing to eat all day.  I told him he was welcome to the pastries but that they were still frozen.  He said it didn't matter.  When I also handed him a couple of McDonald's cards, he immediately took off running down the middle of Smithfield St. elatedly yelling, "I'm going to McDonald's!"
      The whole scene left me both joyful and broken-hearted at the same time.  For this reason, for the next two weeks I would be grateful for any donations of McDonald's gift cards.
        Yours in Christ,
            Nancy


Help Needed!
      Nancy also requests the following items:
      •  adult-sized backpacks;
      •  blankets;
      • heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit);
      •  washcloths.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  canned fruit and fruit cups;
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  canned vegetables and beans (kidney or black);
      •  prepared meals (such as hamburger helper).
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. Gift cards 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.

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 wdp-usa.org.

PILGRIM PEOPLE BIBLE STUDY
      God's people have always been sojourners, pilgrims on a journey, open to God's call and direction. This study explores the major events and characters of the Bible that exemplify God's call to be pilgrims who are "looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God" (Heb 11:10).  Among the biblical pilgrims and sojourners we will encounter in the study are Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the people of the Exodus, the Jews of the Babylonian exile, the Holy Family and Christ's first disciples.  In the process, we hope for new insights into our own journey of faith.
      The study is offered on  five Wednesday evenings at 7:30, from March 12 to April 9. We will meet in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center and use materials from Little Rock Scripture Study.  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.

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Sheila Massalski by the Massalski Family.

PARISH LENTEN RETREAT
      Please mark your calendars for 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 3 and 10.  Our parish Lenten Retreat will be held on those dates.  More details will follow.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Owen Pieper. 

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: FEBRUARY 23, 2014
Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18/1 Cor 3:16-23/Mt 5:38-48
Monday: Jas 3:13-18/Mk 9:14-29
Tuesday: Jas 4:1-10/Mk 9:30-37
Wednesday: Jas 4:13-17/Mk 9:38-40
Thursday: Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:41-50
Friday: Jas 5:9-12/Mk 10:1-12
Saturday: Jas 5:13-20/Mk 10:13-16
Next Sunday: Is 49:14-15/1 Cor 4:1-5/Mt 6:24-34

INDIVIDUALS OR A COMMUNITY?
      Some ethnic groups or cultures view themselves as a united group. The Jewish people of the Old Testament considered themselves in relationship to God as a group, not as individuals. In the modern world, especially in the United States with its "rugged individualism," we tend to see ourselves as individuals who come together for our religious observance rather than as an assembly, a body called together as a whole by God. If we listen to the wording of the prayers in the Mass, we will be formed into this Body, for all the official texts come from this perspective. We are saved as a people of God. We respond to God as this united people.

PARISH ORIENTATION
      Where does our communal religious observance take us? Do we hear the words of the dismissal at the end of Mass enjoining us to serve one another? As a parish are we focused inwardly towards our own needs? Or are we outward-oriented, seeing the words of the dismissal sending us out to take our faith and good works into the world, to witness to the gospel through our service to others, especially those in need? Is the world of our faith and religious practice larger than our own parish, friends, and family? Who needs the assistance we can give as individuals or as a parish?

IT'S GIRL SCOUT COOKIE TIME!
      Girl Scout cookies will be sold after all Masses this 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

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
      Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a tune-up for your marriage!  The March weekend is coming up fast!  Apply now!  Get the info by calling 412-635-7775 or visit YourMarriageIsWorthIt.org.

MASS INTENTIONS
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

Monday, weekday, February 24
   8:30 am  Rita Dailey (Dailey Family)

Tuesday, weekday, February 25
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Rita & Frank Ruscetti)

Wednesday, weekday, February 26
   8:30 am  Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)

Thursday, weekday,  February 27
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, February 28
   8:30 am  Dr. Bruno A. Casile (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Saturday, weekday, March 1
   9:00 am  Helen McAuliffe (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 1
   5:00 pm  Peter J. Defilippi (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 2
   7:30 am  Birthday, Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Ann Kitner Gallagher (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