April 20, 2014

       The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom is read on Easter morning in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. An excerpt follows:

If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.

If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay.
For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry!

Let all partake of the feast of faith.
Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.

      There will be a Respect Life Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

      Jesus Night for our 2nd graders and a parent is Tuesday, April 22.  Students wishing to be in the group photo should arrive at 6:00 pm in their Communion outfit.  They may change afterwards.  Jesus night will begin at 6:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.

      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 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 & 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.

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Toole, wife of Walter (Bud) Toole.

May we never get used to the poverty and decay around us. A Christian must act.                         --Pope Francis

Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      The Easter egg hunt held last Saturday in North Side was great fun for all.  The stuffed animal collection was so successful that, even after we put some new ones away for Christmas gifts, we sent 257 stuffed animals and 265 beanie babies to the event.  The Ladies of Charity of Saint Alexis Parish, our North Hills headquarters (Saint Louise de Marillac is our South Hills headquarters), generously provided 618 dyed eggs and 465 plastic eggs filled with candy or money.
      The sight of West Park covered in beautiful pastel colored eggs was only to be topped by watching how quickly children of all ages and some "seniors" (including a man with a shaggy white beard and using a walker) were able to find them.  After the egg hunt a little dinner was provided.
      Some women prepared a few dishes from donated ingredients.  Given left-overs from Saint Scholastica's fish fry, we gave the fish to clients for a late Friday meal and sent the side dishes, breads and desserts to enhance the "hunt dinner."  In addition, Eat 'n' Park donated 300 individually packaged smiley bunny cookies.
      One memory we will always carry with us was seeing a handsome fifteen-year-old, Oscar, wander into the park and ask a volunteer what was going on.  When told it was an Easter egg hunt, he politely asked, "Can I play, too?"  After participating in the hunt, he came alone inside for dinner, then waited in line with the children and excitedly selected two stuffed animals which he planned to give to his nieces.  Oscar may be developmentally delayed, but there are no limitations on his big heart!
      Happy Easter!
                                                            Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      •  McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      •  men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10 and up;
      •  washcloths and large bath towels;
      •  adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  hearty soups with protein in large (18+ oz.) pull tab cans (NOT condensed soups);
      •  crackers (such as Ritz);
      •  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.
      Thank you for your generosity!

More Help Needed!
      We are looking for one or more good amateur photographers who are willing to take pictures at Fr. Ken's farewell events next weekend.  We are looking particularly for a photographer for the Saturday evening event (after the 5 p.m. Mass).  If you are willing to take pictures at either the Saturday event or one of the Sunday events (after the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses), please contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Thank you!

      As you may 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.

      Remember to register your 5-9 year olds for Vacation Bible School June 9 - 13.  This year's theme is Gold Medal Faith: Winning for Christ.  Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

      The Appalachia 5K Family Run/Walk is Saturday, April 26 at 10:00am at Hartwood Acres on Middle Road.  Cost is $10 per participant in advance; $15 on the day of the race.  Strollers and pets are welcome!  Prizes for top finishers.  All proceeds benefit our mission trip.

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         Monday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/Mt 28:8-15
Tuesday: Acts 2:36-41/Jn 20:11-18
Wednesday: Acts 3:1-10/Lk 24:13-35
 Thursday: Acts 3:11-26/Lk 24:35-48
 Friday: Acts 4:1-12/Jn 21:1-14
 Saturday: Acts 4:13-21/Mk 16:9-15
 Next Sunday: Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31

      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.

      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 here.  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!

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

Monday within the Octave of Easter, April 21
   8:30 am  Anniv., Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter, April 22
   8:30 am  Dr. Bruno Casile (Jean DiGregory)

Wednesday within the Octave of Easter, April 23
   8:30 am  Robert Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Thursday within the Octave of Easter, April 24

Friday within the Octave of Easter, April 25

Saturday within the Octave of Easter, April 26

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 26
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Easter, April 27
   7:30 am  Noonan Family (Marjorie Ladley)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Mary Bozik (Miketic 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