July 19, 2009

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

              Most newspapers and even some magazines have personal ads with their ISO ("in search of...") pleas. Some can be quite poignant: "Young man in search of companionship.. ." "Young woman looking for someone to share thoughts and dinner and hiking. . ." People turn to a newspaper column to help resolve their loneliness and desire for intimacy, hoping to find someone who will care and make their lives. more meaningful. It is not only individuals who are searching for something more. Sometimes it can be a community, a country, even most of the world.

    Jesus has taken his apostles off to a quiet place so they can "rest a while" (Mark 6:31). But even "a deserted place" provides no getaway from the needs of the people who search them out, Jesus' response to them gives us an insight into what he was like. The Gospel tells us "his heart was moved with pity for them" (6:34). The word in Greek for "moved with pity" has its roots in the word for "womb" or "loins," the innermost part of a person, where life begins.

What evokes this response is their being "like sheep without a shepherd" (6:34). Sheep without a shepherd would be likely to wander off and get lost, vulnerable to being picked off by wolves, or just starve to death. The kings of Israel and Judah and the religious leaders were called to shepherd God's people. They were to govern, guide, and guard them. Often they did a poor job. Today we hear the Lord castigate these shepherds through the words of the prophet Jeremiah. God promises to appoint new shepherds.

    The need for good shepherds continues in our day, for men and women who will care for the ones most vulnerable in our society. This is not just a matter for those in obvious positions of power, whether church or state, but for all those who have the capacity to reach out to any in physical need, to any searching for deeper meaning, to those looking for signs of the presence of God.

 

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

 

July 19, 2009


Sunday July 5, 2009 Offerings:
$11,772.00

 

LOSE YOUR ILLUSIONS!

 As we go from day to day, we are in danger of living on the surface of life, or living by illusions that will bring us to grief.  How can we break through and live more authentically?  Ironically, one way that we can come to terms with reality is through fiction.  Good writers use their made-up stories to take us to the heart of things.  Join us on Thursday evening, August 6, at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center for "Reaching for Reality through Fiction."  Mary Ann Labriola, Ph.D., and Andy Bechman will read excerpts from two short stories.  We will have a roundtable discussion of  the stories, and of how their themes are significant for our own lives.  There is no fee and no registration is necessary. 

 

4 year old preschool

Due to the overwhelming response to our Pre-school program for the '09-10 school year, we are opening a four-year old afternoon class starting at 12:15 pm and ending at 2:45 pm on M-W-F. If this additional time slot fits into your schedule please contact the school at 412.781.7927 or email eransom@nauticom.net. See our school website for more details www.cdtcatholicacadmy.org.

 

WALKING WITH WORD

Beginning Wednesday July 29 at 7:00pm we will begin Walking with Word at FCHS track. This is for adults who would like to enrich their faith life, enjoy the fellowship of other adults and enhance their fitness (all at the same time!)  We will discuss scripture as we walk!  No RSVP required.  We will begin promptly at 7:00 pm

 

BLOOD DRIVE

This Sunday, July 19, 8am to 1pm, is the St. Scholastica Summer Blood Drive. We need your help to make this a successful Blood Drive for little Joy Laurenson.  Paula Hiteshew's little granddaughter and the niece of Mary Beth Indovina has already had several blood transfusions and will need more.  Please stop in the Pastoral Center and see if you are able to help Joy.

SANDCASTLE

Anyone wanting to go to Sandcastle on Thursday July 23 should contact the youth ministry office by July 20.


FESTIVAL OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP

 On Saturday, August 1, 2009 at St. Edward Church (450 Walnut Street, Blawnox), we will have our first Festival of Praise at 6:30 PM with music being provided by the seminarians from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. It will be a time of Praise and Worship and will include some time for Eucharistic Adoration. Please come and worship the Lord with our seminarians!

 

BIBLE STUDY UNDER THE STARS

Calling all Senior High Youth!  Join us Monday July 27th for this favorite summer event.  We will discuss scripture, it's impact on you and enjoy a wonderful summer evening (did I mention that there is a pool?)  8:30-10:00 at the McGrath's house on W. Waldheim.  No RSVP required.

 

HAITIAN CULTURE, GEOGRAPHY AND CHALLENGES

Haiti currently holds the dubious distinction of being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with a majority of its people living in subhuman conditions. St. Scholastica parish is taking an active role in opening our hearts and our wallets to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  We would like your help.  Over the course of the next several months we will print a series of articles to help acquaint you with Haiti and the efforts to relieve the pain of so many people.

Despite their vast and dire economic challenges, Haitians are a proud people.  After leading the only successful slave rebellion in the early 19th century, Haiti established itself as the first black republic in modern times and has been able to maintain its independence.  Music, art and dance are abundant in Haiti, an amalgamation of the varying occupational influences, as well as that of African culture Haiti's geography is a mix of beautiful beaches and rugged mountainous terrain The richness of Haiti's culture and the beauty of its beaches can't mask the destitution that so many of its people have come to know as a way of life.  Decades of political corruption, autocracies, tyranny, deforestation and economic mismanagement have pillaged Haiti's living conditions.  Half of the population is illiterate and lacks drinkable water, less than ten percent has electricity and Haiti has the highest percentage of people living with AIDS/HIV in the western hemisphere.

Is there hope?  More information is available on the St. Scholastica website at: http://www.saintscholastica.com/haiti.shtml


Saturday, Vigil of  the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, July 18

    5:00 pm          Milton Squiller (Sandy Romanelli)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 19

    7:30 am          George Counihan (Glacken Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    9:00 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am 40th Wedding Anniversary

Gerard & Carole Werries

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Weekday, July 20

8:30 am birthday, Damiano Marsico

(Peter & RoseAnn)

Tuesday, Weekday July 21

8:30 am Nancy K. Bellinger

(Mark & Catherine Bellinger)

Wednesday, Mary Magdalene July 22

8:30 am Gregory Goetz (Gary & Coreen Goetz)

Thursday, Weekday, July 23

    8:30 am Gerard Souser (Wife)

Friday, Weekday, July 24

8:30 am Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, James, apostle, July 25

9:00 am Frank & Sofie Skowron (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Saturday, Vigil of  the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, July 25

5:00 pm Walter Stypula (Herb & Alice Goetz)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 26

7:30 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Paul Gibson (The Richard White Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Eugene LeDonne (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

SACRAMENTS

INFANT BAPTISM is celebrated at noon on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  Please make arrangements with the parish secretary at least 2 weeks prior to the desired date.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? R.C.I.A. is the process which enables adults to become initiated into the Church.  Call the pastor for information.

 

RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) is celebrated at
St. Scholastica Parish on Saturdays after 9:00 a.m. Mass. For your convenience, the parishes in our cluster have the following opportunities for reconciliation:

St. Joseph Parish has Sat. reconciliation from 3:30-4:00.

Madonna of Jerusalem has reconciliation on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:45 and Saturday from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

 

HOLY EUCHARIST is available for those who are sick and confined to home.  Call Sister Marilyn for assistance.

 

NEW PARISHIONERS ARE MOST WELCOME! Please call
Fr. Ken or Sr. Pat.

 

PARISH CONTACTS

St. Scholastica Church

309 Brilliant Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone Number:  412-781-0186

      Extension

Parish Office MondayFriday 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. 10

Website Address: www.saintscholastica.com

E-mail address: parish@saintscholastica.com

Fax Number: 412-781-4316

Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

 

Rev. Kenneth White Pastor, M.Th., M.Ed.    14

frken@saintscholastica.com

 

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P. 17

Director of Music/Bereavement

Patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

 

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed. 18

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

abechman@verizon.net

 

Mrs. Gina Musser 21

Program Director for Religious Education

gmusser1@yahoo.com

 

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T. 20

Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education

 jamiedillon@comcast.net

 

Sr. Marilyn Hoeing, O.S.F. 22

Coordinator of pastoral care to Catholic Patients at St. Margaret 

Marilynhoeingosf@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Chrissy Morton 24

Bookkeeper

financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

 

Mrs. Mary Swindal 412-781-0186 Extension 10

Coordinator of The Protection of Children

Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

 

Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy 412-781-7927

Sister Dorothy Dolak S.C.N. - Principal

E-mail address: CDTCA@consolidated.net

 

To schedule use of pastoral facilities, call the Parish Office (MondayFriday) 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.