April 13, 2014

      Confessions this week are on Saturday morning at 9:30 am.  Consider participating at a weekday Mass.  Check this bulletin for Mass Schedule.  there are no Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.

      This Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion. It is the beginning of Holy Week, which ends with the Sacred Triduum.  "Triduum" comes from the Latin for "three days." The days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Each of the days begins at sunset on the night before, as the most important liturgical feasts do.  They feature the three most solemn liturgies of the church year:  the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, and the Easter Vigil during the night of Holy Saturday. Plan to be part of these liturgies and immerse yourself in this holy time. Don't let them pass by without you.  Creighton University's Online Ministries has guides available to help you prepare for the Holy Week liturgies.  Find them here: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/holyweek2.html.

      Help us to send Fr. Ken into his retirement with thanks and good wishes from his St. Scholastica parish family!  We are planning several events on Fr. Ken's last weekend, April 26-27. They will be--at Fr. Ken's request--simple affairs.
      After the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, April 26, there will be a reception with light refreshments in the Pastoral Center. Although anyone is welcome, this event is intended more for adults.  If you wish to attend the Saturday reception, please inform parish secretary Pat Wolfson at 412-781-0186 ext. 10 or by email here by Easter Monday, April 21, so that we have an idea how many people will attend.
      On Sunday, April 27, after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses, there will be receptions with coffee and cake/doughnuts in the Pastoral Center. Although anyone is welcome, these events would be especially appropriate for families with young children. No response is necessary for the Sunday events.
      If you would like to share thoughts and wishes with Fr. Ken, there will be a card box available in the Pastoral Center at each of the events.

      In recent weeks, Mara Baginski has continued her preparation to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.  In mid-March, she was sent from our parish to be received by Bishop Zubik at a Rite of Continuing Conversion at St. Paul Cathedral.  More recently, she has participated in the parish retreat with her sponsor, Patti McCaffrey.  Mara will be received into full communion at the Easter Vigil.  She will make a profession of faith, be confirmed, and receive Eucharist for the first time.
      Jeffrey Witte, meanwhile, has continued his preparation for baptism.  He has, with his wife and sponsor Sandy, met with the RCIA team, participated in the retreat, and taken part in a number of other preparatory rituals this Lent.  He will be baptized and confirmed at the Vigil, and receive Eucharist along with Mara.
      Please pray for Mara, Jeffrey and their sponsors and be present, if you can, to welcome them into our Catholic community at the Vigil on Holy Saturday evening.

Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty.                            --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:
      A short time ago I wrote about a young couple and their three-year-old boy Wahid. Having no furniture, no furnishings, no food and no money, though diligently seeking employment, they came to our line and waited until near midnight when I was able to speak with them.  With God at the helm and the efforts of ten families, a week and a half later we were able to transform a barren apartment into their first real home.
      I had related the fact that, with the exception of one tiny toy, Wahid never had toys of his own.  So when I gave him toys, including a "talking" riding car, purchased by a generous volunteer, his excitement was something we will never forget, and we would like to share that moment with you by letting you view a couple of pictures which you will find online at the parish blog here and in the back of the church by our bins.  This week I will let Wahid's pictures express our gratitude to all who continue to support our efforts.
      Weekly we bring a van full of groceries downtown to help families who have only sufficient funds to pay for their rent and utilities, but have nothing left for food.  The majority of these people are single moms who have walked to our line from great distances but, without a bus pass, would have to walk home carrying two heavy bags of groceries. (Generally, these mothers have their children with them.) So we, quite often, help them with a bus pass.
      With the warmer weather, our lines are quickly growing.  The result is a much greater need for Port Authority ConnectCards.  Thank you.
                                                            Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
         • Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
         • men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10 and up;
         • washcloths and large bath towels;
         • men's underwear, size S;
         • adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.
      Food items that are needed include:
         • spaghetti;
         • canned stew or chili;
         • macaroni and cheese;
         • hamburger helper;
         • breakfast bars;
         • fruit or pudding cups.
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. Please do not overload bags.

      The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to see "Noah" at the Waterworks Cinema on Monday, April 14 at 3:00 pm.  $5 plus free popcorn.  Movie runs 2 hours and 25 minutes.  Join us afterwards, for dinner and discussion if you wish.  Dinner place TBD that day.  Please RSVP to Sherry Schaffer 412-728-5983.   We hope to see you and all newcomers for Lenten fellowship!

      As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we usually have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the parish office: 412-781-0186, ext. 10.                          

      Mass Intentions are still available for 2014.  Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times.  The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

      The Youth Ministry is planning a trip to Sky Zone on Tuesday, April 15.  All teens are welcome.  RSVP to jamiedillon@comcast.net.

      Saturday, April 26 is our annual 5k Family Fun Run/Walk at Hartwood Acres.  It begins at 10:00 am.  Cost is $15 per person.  Strollers and pets welcome.  Food and Prizes!  All proceeds benefit our mission trip.

      This is not a time to rush or be efficient. This is our time on Good Friday to be present to the moment and to put our heart into our adoration of the wood on which Christ died for our salvation. We express our love and gratitude by touching the cross, kissing it, or bowing to it, whatever best expresses our devotion.

Sunday: Mt 21:1-11/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Mt 26:14--27:66 or 27:11-54
Monday: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11
Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25
Thursday--Chrism Mass: Is 61:1-3ab, 6a, 8b-9/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
                 Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1  Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
Friday: Is 52:13--53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/Jn 18:1--19:42
Saturday--Easter Vigil: Gn 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Gn 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Ex 14:15--15:1/Is 54:5-14/Is 55:1-11/Bar 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Ez 36:16-17a, 18-28/Rom 6:3-11/Mt 28:1-10
Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9 or Mt 28:1-10 or Lk 24:13-35

      The Parish Office will be closed Holy Week, April 14-20. 2014

      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  Click on single application, upper right corner.  Once you create a user name and password you are permanently  registered.  Apply as a for profit entity.  Once you submit, a new application will come up for EITC or OSTC.  You can apply for either. Right now you can apply for OSTC since there is $20,000,000 available.  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

     On Palm Sunday and Good Friday this year, we hear the Passion accounts of Matthew and John.  As it happens, these two Gospels contain passages that have caused a great deal of trouble in relations between Christians and Jews.  For a brief discussion of how these passages came to be written, their terrible consequences, and what we can learn from them as we interpret the Scriptures, see our parish blog, "Holy Conversation," available here.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Betty Gloeckler, Gloria Greco and Kathleen Toole.

Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 12
   5:00 pm  Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 13
   7:30 am  Frances Maher (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Stephen Miketic (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Monday of Holy Week, April 14
   8:30 am  Rev. Henry McAnulty C.S.S.P. (Carol & Manny Gonzalez)

Tuesday, Tuesday of Holy Week, April 15
   8:30 am  Randall Russell Sr. (Newell Family)

Wednesday, Wednesday of Holy Week, April 16
   8:30 am  Joshua Akanowicz (Akanowicz Family)

Thursday, Thursday of Holy Week,  April 17
   7:30 pm  Mass of the Lord's Supper

Friday, Friday of the Passion of the Lord, April 18
   Noon  Prayerful Silence
   1:30 pm  Good Friday Service

Saturday, Vigil of Easter, April 19
   8:30 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, April 20
   7:30 am  Tom & Alice Kotchey (Strahler Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Caarol Kline (Son, Christopher Kline)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
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