April 27, 2014

      It is pretty likely that while growing up many of us knew a set of twins. In North America roughly one out of every eighty live births is a set of twins. And we are familiar with the similarities and differences between identical and fraternal twins. Social scientists and medical researchers love to study twins because they can ferret out key data with fewer variables that need explanation. What is often most intriguing to researchers is the parallelism that may occur in following a set of twins until a certain event or experience sets the individuals off on different paths. Twin studies have proved valuable over the years in areas such as drug dependence, learning disabilities, geriatric medicine, and depression.
      We may miss it in the reading of today's Gospel, but Thomas, the protagonist of the story, is a twin. The Greek word "Didymus" and the Aramaic "Thomas" both mean twin. So where is the other half? We are never introduced to Thomas' brother (or sister for that matter) in John's Gospel. Did he (or she) die? Was he (or she) a follower of Jesus? The fact is, we just don't know.
      What is clear in the Thomas story is that the appearance of Jesus after his resurrection shows the two faces of believers, categories that are a matched set just like a pair of twins. There are the believers who have seen the risen Lord: Mary of Magdala, Simon Peter and the rest of the Twelve, and of course, Thomas. And then, like Thomas' unknown twin, there are all the rest of the believers who have never seen the risen Lord. We, and every generation of Christians since the apostles, fall into that group. We have not seen, but we still believe. And, according to Jesus, we are just as blessed and just as much a part of the family as those who have seen and touched the One who is risen from the dead.
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       Recently it was reported to me that two "elderly" ladies were looking at my picture and the caption that announced that I am retiring this Monday, April 28th.  One of these ladies (looking at my picture) said;  "Well, he is getting on in years!". . . . and so I am, but I still am relatively healthy and relatively sane!  Now that I have completed my six year term here at St. Scholastica, it seemed that this was the opportune time to let go of the role of pastor and remain active as a priest.
      The best moment for me in the week is Sunday Mass.  Because after six years of being with you and sharing so many moments of joy and sorrow, and many liturgical seasons of grace, I have come to know you and love you.  When I preside at Mass I look out at you, the congregation, and see each of you individually . . . and I am deeply moved!  My soul is often stirred by your often silent witness of faith and faithfulness.  This experience increases both my faith and joy as I am renewed as a priest. I am then reminded of the saying:  "Shepherds don't make shepherds.  Sheep make shepherds!"
      I know you will warmly welcome Fr. Jim Torquato as our new pastor.  I am especially grateful to our professional, administrative and clerical staff for their immense commitment to our parish community.  I am also grateful to so many of you who are the "gears" that make our parish "run"!!  I will keep you in my prayers and heart!  Fr. Ken

      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.

      Confirmation Pep Rally is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

      Confirmation is Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 pm.  We ask all candidates and their sponsor to report to the Pastoral Center by 1:00 pm.  Please keep our candidates in your prayers.

Jesus teaches us to not be ashamed of touching human misery, of touching his flesh in our brothers and sisters who suffer.                         --Pope Francis

Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Twenty years ago I was both blessed and humbled to be asked by God to be a part of a homeless ministry He was establishing . . . and make no mistake, it would be one run entirely by Our Lord.  As time went on, he called many individual volunteers and churches, both Catholic and non-Catholic, from all over the Greater Pittsburgh area to come on board.  Many individuals from St. Scholastica's have been with us for many years.
      However, about two and a half years ago we were approached by Andy Bechman, on behalf of the Pastoral Council, to work on a program that would have St. Scholastica as a church community work with us.  With the start of the Stewardship column in the weekly bulletin, information published online at the parish website and three large bins in the back of the church, and, most of all, with the blessing of Father Ken, it quickly became a reality.  None of us could have imagined how important a part your contribution would play in "His" ministry.
      Because of your zealous efforts and the church's proximity to our headquarters, our needs, which can dramatically come about or change within hours, can be, and generally are, met so quickly that the dynamics have to please God as much as it pleases us.
      Thank you, Andy and the Pastoral Council, for listening to Our Lord's call.  Thank you, Father Ken, for the kind of support that a ministry like this must have from the pastor if it is to blossom.  Our ministry will certainly miss you but wishes you all the blessings you deserve in your retirement.  Finally, thank you, dear parishioners of Saint Scholastica for playing such a vital part in our efforts.
                                                            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:
      • canned chicken;
      • canned vegetables;
      • 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! 

      There will be a meeting for anyone interested in helping with Vacation Bible School (which is the week of June 9) on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:00 pm in the Ministry Center.

      Congratulations to Mara Baginski, who was received into full communion in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.  Already baptized, Mara was confirmed and received the Eucharist for the first time as a Catholic.  Patti McCaffrey is her sponsor.
      Congratulations as well to Jeffrey Witte, who was baptized, confirmed, and received Eucharist at the Vigil.  He was sponsored by his wife, Sandy.
      Now the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process turns to the period of mystagogy, when the RCIA team will accompany Jeffrey and Mara as they reflect more deeply on what they have experienced in the sacraments.
      Thank you to all who were present at the Vigil, and to all who have supported Mara and Jeffrey through your words of encouragement and prayers!

      Help us to send Fr. Ken into his retirement with thanks and good wishes from his St. Scholastica parish family!
      After the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday this weekend there will be a reception with light refreshments in the Pastoral Center. Although anyone is welcome, this event is intended more for adults.  This Sunday, after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses, there will also be receptions with coffee and cake/doughnuts in the Pastoral Center.
      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 souls of Frank Myers and Carol Spohn.

Sunday: Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31
Monday: Acts 4:23-31/Jn 3:1-8
Tuesday: Acts 4:32-37/Jn 3:7b-15
Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21
Thursday: Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36 or Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58
Friday: Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15
Saturday: 1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14
Next Sunday:Acts 2:14, 22-33/1 Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35

       St. Joseph  Church of Coraopolis will host a workshop on substance addiction ministry on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.  The workshop is designed to help participants discern whether they wish to become involved in this ministry.  There is no charge for the workshop, but  it is necessary to register by May 9: Lwagner@diopitt.org or 412-456-3157.
      Many of us deny the presence of the problem or the magnitude of addiction's effects. Substance addiction ministry helps people face the challenges that accompany addiction. The mission of the Substance Addiction Ministry Parish Team is:
         · Increase awareness of addiction through education to various ministries and groups within the parish family and the community at large;
         · Provide a safe, confidential place for parishioners to call for help and receive appropriate referral and support.
      Visit http://nccatoday.org/substance-addiction-ministry-sam/ for more information.

      We know that Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until the Triduum begins on Holy Thursday evening, just over six weeks. Easter Time also is far more than a day. In fact the whole week following Easter is celebrated as though it were the day of resurrection. All those days are celebrated as solemnities. Then the season of Easter lasts until the evening of Pentecost. So keep singing those joyful alleluias!

      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.

      There is still room for students who want to be a part of the 2014-15 school year at the new site in Cranberry.  Freshmen and transfers are welcome.  Information may be obtained on the school website, cwnchs.org, or 412-321-4823.

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter, April 26
   5:00 pm  Alfreda Kopec (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)
      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

Monday, Easter Weekday, April 28
   8:30 am  Scripture Service

Tuesday, St. Catherine of Siena, April 29
   8:30 am  Frank Flynn (Ines & Roberto Rodriguez)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, April 30
   8:30 am  Melba Housel (Brenda & Joe Calihan)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 1
    8:30 am  John Stafford (Rita & Frank Ruscetti)

Friday, St. Athanasius, May 2
   8:30 am  Francis A. Marsico (Marsico Family)
Saturday, Sts. Philip & James,  May 3
   9:00 am  Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia Snyder & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter, May 3
   5:00 pm  Deceased Members of the Childs & McManus Families (Fleming Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Third Sunday of Easter, May 4
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Mary Bozik (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  John Vollmer (Edna Jenca)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

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