March 16, 2014

      Mark your calendar for the April 6 Spaghetti Dinner!

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now taking registrations for the 2014-2015 school year.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the school at 412-781-7927.

      Bible, Rosary and Jewelry Sale after all Masses the weekend of March 22, 23.  This is a very convenient way to get Catholic gift items.

      Please welcome Dr. Rodrigue Mortel—physician, deacon and founder of the Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti—to our parish this weekend.  Dr. Mortel will speak at each mass and a second collection will be taken up to benefit the Good Samaritans School.  Our parish is proud to currently sponsor six students at the School; individual parishioners or families sponsor a number of other students.  Meet Dr. Mortel following the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this Sunday, March 16, at a Coffee House in the Pastoral Center.  This event is sponsored by the Hope for Haiti Committee and the Pastoral Council.

      This weekend, at the 5:00 pm Saturday and 11:00 am Sunday masses respectively, we will celebrate Rites of Sending for Jeffrey Witte, a catechumen, and Mara Baginski, a candidate for the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  This Sunday afternoon, they will travel to St. Paul Cathedral to celebrate a Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion with Bishop Zubik.
      During Lent, Jeffrey and Mara enter the third phase of the RCIA process, the "period of purification and enlightenment."  This time is centered on spiritual preparation for the Easter sacraments.  Jeffrey will celebrate three rites called the Scrutinies, beginning at the 5:00 pm Mass next Saturday.
      The season of Lent owes its origins to the efforts of early Christian communities to support their catechumens by joining them in prayer, fasting and penitence.  This Lent, may Mara and Jeffrey's presence among us inspire us all to deeper conversion of life!

      The baptism preparation session which was originally scheduled for March 24 has been moved to Monday evening, April 7, at 7:30 pm in the parish office. If you wish to have an infant baptized, please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date.

      Living Stations for our Parish will be Tuesday Evening, March 25 at 6:30 pm.  We extend a special invitation to all of our Religious Education families.  Rehearsal for any youth interested in taking part will be Monday, March 24, at 6:30 pm.

      Our fundraiser continues this week.  You will notice a house in the back of the church with envelopes.  Please consider supporting our mission trip this June.
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.                                  --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:
      It takes a village and one amazing God!  On Monday night with temperatures hovering near zero, we had a young married couple and their 3-year-old child waiting hours until near midnight for food and any help we could give them.  Though both parents are actively seeking employment, they have absolutely no income and they were placed through Section 8 in an apartment in the projects in East Hills.
      Their only possessions were a blow-up mattress, a tiny toy car for their son, Wahid, and some clothes.  They received $50 in food stamps and were feeding the boy mainly ramen noodles because "it was the least expensive food item" they could find at the dollar store.
      We spent a major part of our week gathering food from meats and dairy products to breads and non-perishables, clothes, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, microwave, coffee pot, TV, toys, full bed, twin bed, sofa, end tables, lamps, a rug, 16 bus passes (for trips to the doctor and job interviews), 15 McDonald's giftcards, a picture of Jesus and a wall-hanging of our Blessed Mother.
      This took the involvement of ten households and your parish coming together in a very short period of time.  Food, furnishings and clothing were delivered Sunday, and the furniture will be delivered this week.
      Having never had toys of his own, when Wahid received his new toys including a "talking" riding car, he refused to let go of it.  So when his daddy picked him up to hug him, Wahid squeezed his skinny little legs around his riding car, and up it came with him!  His parents are full of tears and prayers.
      Thank you to everyone who helped on this one!
                                                              Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      •  washcloths and big towels;
      •  adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags;
      •  white Tubesocks.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  canned vegetables and canned beans—red, black or baked;
      •  canned fruit;
      •  canned beef stew.
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!

      On Saturday, April 12, the 9th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will take place at the A.J. Palumbo Center.  Pre-registration is $40 and event day registration is $50.  College or high school student registration is $10. See promotional items in the back of the church. Completed registrations can be placed in the collection basket. For further information contact Eric at 724-766-6116.

      Now through April 13th.  Recognizing that "with God, all things are possible," our parish community is joining with hundreds of other cities for this spring's global 40 Days for Life-the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.  40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful-and proven effective-pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 8,245 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 88 abortion workers, and seen 44 abortion facilities close. 40 Days for Life features three components: Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and a 40-Day Peaceful Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, every Day from March 5 to April 13 (7 am-7 pm).  We encourage everyone to say a daily prayer for the babies during Lent and those able to join us for our turn at the vigil please call Mary Catherine Scanlon 412.781.6550.

      The Tribunal Office will be providing a 45-minute presentation in each of the four Vicariates of the diocese.  The purpose of the talk is to provide information about the nullity process and help those wanting to begin the process to do so by receiving the initial paperwork.  The talk is directed toward those who have a desire for adult education regarding this often misunderstood subject.  People involved in RCIA as teachers or directors may have a special interest in attending this talk.  Registration is not required, but to plan for chairs and refreshments please let us know that you are coming at or call 412-456-3033.  Presentations at other parishes throughout the diocese are scheduled as follows:  March 18, Saint Camillus, New Castle; March 25, Ascension, Ingram; March 31, Saint Fidelis, Meridian; April 2, Saint Thomas More, Bethel Park; April 3, Saint Athanasius, West View; April 8, North American Martyrs, Monroeville; April 10, Ave Maria, Bentleyville. All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free.

      Vincentian Academy will hold its Spring Open House on Wednesday, March 19, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Parent/Student Information Session will take place at 8:00 pm, that same evening in the cafeteria.  Register at for the Entrance Exam that will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 am.

      The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to a Movie & Meal on Wednesday, March 26.  Meet at Waterworks Cinema at 11:30 am for a 12:05 pm showing of "Son of God" then to Panera Bread afterwards for discussion and a bite to eat. Movie ticket is $6.50 and food is on your own.  Movie run time is 2 hours 25 minutes.  Please RSVP to Sherry Schaffer at (412) 728-5983.

Sunday: Gn 12:1-4a/2 Tm 1:8b-10/Mt 17:1-9
Monday: Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38
Tuesday: Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12
Wednesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Thursday: Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31
Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
Next Sunday: Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

      A prayer service for the women of our parish will be held on the first day of Spring, Thursday, March 20, beginning at 7:00 pm in the church. Please join us to renew, reflect and refresh as we listen to readings and prayers that focus on women. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the Pastoral Center. Bring a family member, friend, or neighbor to enjoy this event with you.

      The Silver Ring Thing Catholic Edition is  Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22!  This is open to all students in grades 8-12.  Visit for ticket information.

      Our last Sunday for Religious Education is March 23.  Our last Tuesday is March 25.  We express our deepest gratitude to our catechists and small group leaders.

      "BEYOND GOOD FRIDAY:  Fasting from Fear and Other  Habits  that Crowd Christ Out" is the theme of our 2014 parish retreat.  The two-session program will allow all to pause and examine your relationship with Christ.  Is it being weakened by everyday habits such as worrying, controlling, judging oneself and others, holding onto hurts . . . ?  We can all probably add to this list.  Join counselor and retreat facilitator Eileen Colianni, M. S. Ed., on Thursdays, April 3 and 10, to learn how to heal such habits, thereby clearing the inner space they consume and enabling us to move into closer communion with the Resurrected Christ.  All are welcome  and there is no fee.  Reservations are not required.  The sessions begin at 7  pm in the Duch Pastoral Center.

      Are you prepared to save a life?  Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to potentially save a loved one's life.  Help parishioner Ian Gillespie, EMT, earn his CPR Instructor certification by attending this accredited American Heart Association course.  Monitor will be present.  Sunday, April 13 at 12:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Preregistration required-limited number of seats, $30 fee payable at time of course.  Allow 2 ½ hours.  Register by contacting Ian Gillespie at or 412.973.3268.

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent, March 15
   5:00 pm  Robert Tunno (Tunno Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, March 16
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Pamela McCorkle (Giuffre Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Helen McAuliffe (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Patrick, March 17
   8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Dr. & Mrs. Michael Shaughnessy)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 18
   8:30 am  Owen Pieper (George & Donna Wehrle)

Wednesday, St. Joseph, March 19
   8:30 am  Francis Daily (Daily Family)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday,  March 20

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 21
   8:30 am  Robert Hall (Newell Family)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 22
   9:00 am  Hattie Komorowski (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent, March 22
   5:00 pm  Mary Dee Maloney (Patty Maloney)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 23
   7:30 am  Birthday, Robert Dudas (Mother, Laura & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Mary Legath (Jim & Lillian Ranii)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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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