February 9, 2014

      "You are the salt of the earth...you are the light of the world." Being Christian is not supposed to be boring! On the contrary, Jesus gave us the mission to bring flavor to the world, and to brighten things up when they seem dark and dismal. What a misunderstanding it is to think that following Christ would ever mean abandoning "the good life" or becoming dull servants of a rigid master. No, we are meant to be like the salt that brings a delicious meal to perfection. We are called to be the light that enables energy and activity. An authentic Christian is filled with life in the truest sense, filled with the One who is "the way and the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6).
      Joy and gratitude are really meant to be at the heart of the Christian experience. Our loving Father has given us the gift of salvation and the hope of heaven as free gifts. Because Christ has conquered sin and death, we can exult with Easter joy all year long! This is the good news we proclaim. It's not news that's meant to be whispered in a private corner. Jesus tells us to be a like a city set on a mountain, and a lamp radiating light from a lamp stand. We have a mission to invigorate the world with the hope, the happiness, and the fulfillment found in Christ.
      Jesus said that we are in fact salt and light. The question is only whether we will "lose our taste." That of course is up to us. If we let our faith in the good news fade, we are bound to grow dull. But when we remain rooted in Christ, we will truly be able to let our light shine.
                                               ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

      This weekend our prayers are for those of you who are married . . . and those engaged who are preparing for marriage.  The sacredness of marriage is underscored by the Church naming marriage as a Sacrament.  Being a Sacrament means that those who are married are a "sign" and a "manifestation" of the love of God in this world.  Marriage partners are called to be ministers of this Sacrament to one another – they reflect and make real the presence and grace of God by the love and nurturing they share with each other and with their children.
      Clearly, it is a major challenge to maintain a healthy and nurturing marriage year by year.  Sadly, many couples end up in divorce or stay together living a life of grim resignation.  All married couples live out the Paschal Mystery in their own lives: they share in the dying and rising of Christ over and over again.  The older ritual of marriage contained this admonition to the couple as they prepared to exchange their vows: sacrifice is difficult, but we sacrifice to the extent that we love.  Continually couples die to their own needs so that the other may live more fully.  The pathway in life for all of us is a steep and narrow climb and the gate to life is narrow.  So, we should not be surprised when we become discouraged and experience a period of misery or disillusionment.  Hence the need to be renewed in the Sacrament you entered years or decades ago.
      I would like to recommend the book: Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, by Gary Chapman (author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The 5 Love Languages).  This is a "holistic" book in that it offers rich insights and wisdom from psychological and spiritual sources.  Some of the chapter headings: I wish I had known; that romantic love has two stages; how to solve disagreements without arguing; that forgiveness is not a feeling; that toilets are not self-cleaning!  If you are married or engaged I urge you to buy this book, read the chapters together and then dialogue.  This book is a good Winter read and a good way to prepare for Spring: that you may have a new Springtime in your relationship!  Fr. Ken

      The Spaghetti dinner scheduled for this Sunday, February 9, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible. [Note: The print bulletin went to press before the postponement.  This online notice is more current.]

      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.

This week's altar flowers were donated by Dolores Rueger and family in memory of Dr. Raimund Rueger.

It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.                                  --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
       Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She 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.
      •  heavy adult Thinsulate tossle caps (the ones with a turned-up cuff are best for fit);
      •  washcloths and bathtowels;
      •  adult-sized backpacks.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  canned vegetables and beans (such as kidney or black beans);
      •  canned chicken;
      •  canned beef stew;
      •  canned fruit and fruit cups;
      •  peanut butter.
      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!
Focus on . . .  the Children's Liturgy of the Word 
      Leaders of the Children's Liturgy proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. The goal is not so much to explain the Scriptures to the children as to listen with them for the good news that God is sharing with all of us. It is a great opportunity for creative adults and teens who are comfortable with children and who want to see the Scriptures through new eyes! For more information, please contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

      CDTCA is holding its Annual Valentine's Day Bake Sale after all masses this weekend, February 8th and 9th.  Be sure to stop by for all of your Valentine's Day treats -- we have something for everyone!
      In addition to the ever popular 6-inch cakes, we have homemade cookies, muffins and mini-coffee cakes, cake pops, chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate drizzled popcorn. There are even treats for your favorite pup! All proceeds benefit your parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

      Last weekend, members of Pastoral Council invited parishioners to sign up to greet people before our weekend Masses.  If you are interested in learning more about our newest ministry, please complete the sign-up card in the pew and drop it in the offertory basket or in the Pastoral Council mailbox in the back hallway of the Pastoral Center.  You can also indicate your interest by emailing us at pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com.  Please let us know of your interest this weekend.  We hope you will consider being part of the warm and personal face of our parish as we begin each liturgy. Thank you!

       In the ancient church, only fully initiated members of the community remained for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Catechumens—essentially new members in training—were sent out from the assembly after the Liturgy of the Word.  This practice of dismissing the catechumens continues in the revived catechumenate (RCIA) of the present day.  Every weekend from now until Easter our catechumen, Jeffrey Witte, will be sent out after the homily with the blessing and prayers of the congregation so that he can join a member of our RCIA team in reflecting on the Scriptures that he has just heard. This weekend, he will be dismissed from the 9 a.m. Sunday mass. Please pray for Jeffrey as he prepares for baptism at the Easter Vigil.

      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 twenty minutes.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

      Natural Family Planning Course starts February 12 at 7:00 pm.  For details, call or email Laura Hall at 412– 229-8652 or 8halls@gmail.com.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Helen McAuliffeand Dr. Bruno Casile.

Sunday: Is 58:7-10/1 Cor 2:1-5/Mt 5:13-16
Monday: 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 10:1-10/Mk 7:14-23
Thursday: 1 Kgs 11:4-13/Mk 7:24-30
Friday: 1 Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19/Mk 7:31-37
Saturday: 1 Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33-34/Mk 8:1-10
Next Sunday:    Sir 15:15-20/1 Cor 2:6-10/Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37

      · What do I like the most about you?
      · What is it that most separates us?
      · What most unites us?
      · I specifically need your help in ...
      · I think I should help you specifically by . . .
      If these questions intrigue you, check out the Marriage Mansion Program, an online version of Marriage Encounter.
      Valentine Day Bonus: Why not dig out the readings you used at your wedding.  In a quiet moment read them to each other again and ponder what they mean to you now. If you can't find them try 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13.
                                                       © 2014 Susan Vogt

      Join us Saturday, February 15 for Saint Luke Society Retreat from 8:00am - 12:00pm at Saint Paul Cathedral Basement/Social Hall, Oakland.  The topic for reflection is "The New Evangelization", RSVP requested but not required.  Contact info@cathmedpittsburgh.org.  Refreshments to be served.
      On Sunday February 16 at 12:00pm join us for the Annual White Mass for healthcare workers, with Celebrant Most Rev. David A. Zubik, D.D. at Saint Paul Cathedral.  Reception with Light Refreshments to follow in Cathedral Social Hall/Basement.

      The 24th Annual Love Walk for the Poor will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014.  Youth and families are invited to celebrate liturgy with Bishop Zubik and guest speaker Susan Rauscher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 310 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  Upon sending forth from Mass (fulfills Sunday obligation), all participants will walk their donations of baby wipes and/or diapers for Catholic Charities and/or non-perishable food items for East End Cooperative Ministries (EECM) to the newly renovated EECM Community House of Pittsburgh at 250 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206.  For more information, visit www.diopitt.org/lovewalk.

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 8
   5:00 pm  Earl Simanek (Helen Simanek)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  February 9
   7:30 am  Edward Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am…Dr. Raimund Rueger (Dolores K. Rueger & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Scholastica, February 10
   8:30 am  Irene Schnorr (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, weekday, February 11
   8:30 am  Patricia O'Donnell (Byrnes Family)

Wednesday, weekday, February 12
   8:30 am  Mary Navarro (Yuiska Family)

Thursday, weekday,  February 13

Friday, Sts. Cyril & Methodius, February 14
   8:30 am  Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)

Saturday, weekday, February 15
   9:00 am  Helen McAuliffe (Lorraine Clifford)

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

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