August 23, 2009


REFLECTING ON THE WORD

              Joshua/Jesus means "God saves." The first Joshua was the servant of Moses who ended up leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. God chose him as Moses' successor and he received the Spirit of God when Moses laid his hands on him. In today's first reading Joshua calls the people to renew their fidelity to the covenant with God. The people are united in their choice.

A choice is also made in today's Gospel. (It may be helpful to read all of chapter 6 from the Gospel of Saint John in order to appreciate what is happening here, what is being rejected or accepted.) Jesus' words that we have heard over the last few weeks now receive a mixed reaction from the disciples present. Some say, "This saying is hard. Who can accept it?" (John 6:60). We are told that many of those who had been following him "returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him" (6:66).

But for Peter and the rest of the Twelve, there is trust in Jesus and what he has been saying. Peter speaks for them all when he quickly responds to Jesus' question about whether they too are going to walk away: "Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life" (6:68). This is one time I doubt that Jesus was upset at Peter's impetuousness. In contrast to the story of Joshua, the people around Jesus are divided in their choice.

The choice needs to be made again and again over the course of a lifetime. Have you made your choice to follow our leader, Jesus, who has the words of eternal life?

 

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

August 23, 2009


Sunday August 9, 2009 Offerings:
$9622.00

 

 SCHOOL NEWS

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy begins classes on Thursday, August 27. Openings are available in every grade K-8.  There is still time to give your child the greatest gift you can...the gift of a Catholic education.  Think about it and call the school office @ 412-781-7927 for more information.

  Registration for the morning Pre-School session for 4 years old is now closed, but you can register for a smaller size class in the afternoon.  Openings are still available for the 3 year old program on Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  Pre-school begins the week of August 31.

 

PICNIC PLANNING MEETING

Volunteers are still needed to help organize the Parish Picnic.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.   Please consider offering your help. 

  As a reminder, the St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 20th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Sign-up sheets are in the vestibule for attendance, side dishes and volunteer opportunities.   Please take the time to sign up so we can estimate how much food to order.  

  If you do not have time to attend the picnic planning meetings, but want to help, please consider volunteering for one of the items listed on the volunteer sign up sheets. The volunteer activities include items such as clean up, set up, bingo, help with kids games, etc.   Your participation would be greatly appreciated!!

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We are gearing up for a terrific catechetical year and are very excited about the changes so that we can provide the best experience for your children, however we still need a catechist/catechist team for our 4th grade class on Sunday mornings.  Please contact the Religious Education office if you are will to "stretch".

 

YOUTH MINISTRY

Youth ministry is looking for a used Game Cube or Play Station system with some games for the "blue room". If you are looking to "de-clutter" and would like to donate one, please contact the youth ministry office.

September 5th is our next youth mass.  After mass we will provide a concert out by the grotto featuring acoustic music by area musicians.  Bring a blanket and a picnic basket to enjoy a fleeting summer evening.

 

 WALKING WITH THE WORD

              On the road to Emmaus, the risen Jesus discussed the Scriptures with two disciples as they walked along.  Emmaus is a long way off, but we can still walk and discuss the Sunday readings together on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Fox Chapel Area High School track.  We finish by 8:00. It's a fine way to exercise body and spirit, and as we share the Gospel message with each other, we may just find that the risen Christ is walking with us as well.  Adults and teens are welcome, with a special invitation to young adults.

 

RCIA update

  This week, we continue our profile of Gary Wiant, who was initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in April.

Gary was an active and committed participant in the RCIA, which he refers to as "a wonderful time of Christian growth".  His existing Christian convictions, his knowledge of the Bible, and his willingness to share his ideas and experiences with the group were important to everyone who took part.  Gary says that the RCIA helped him to "appreciate and understand how the Church moves in this world, and how Catholics move within the Church." 

The highlight of his experience was the Easter Vigil.  Because we were unable to document that he had been baptized previously, Gary received all three sacraments of Initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist—at the Vigil.  He will always remember how "at my Baptism, I looked upon a sea of smiling faces—young and old.  They were remembering their baptism and confirmation and welcoming me into that bond with Christ."  As a result of the process, he sees now that his relationship with Jesus "isn't just private—but a public commitment." 

Gary appreciates the support and encouragement that he has received from the people of St. Scholastica Parish. We are happy to welcome him into our church, and we ask for continuing prayers and support for Gary and the other initiates as they take their place within our parish community. As Gary says, "I am now where I belong."

If you are not Catholic, but would like to investigate the Church, please contact Fr. Ken or Andy Bechman.  If you are a member of the parish and feel drawn to the RCIA process, please contact Andy and we can discuss how you might be able to take part.  When we draw others to Christ, we truly fulfill our calling as Catholic Christians.

 

 

 

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22

    5:00 pm          Ted & Vee Kajanka (Kijanka Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 23

    7:30 am          Annv. Damiano Marsico (Peter &RoseAnn)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

    9:00 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Annv. Marion Gimber (Sisters)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Monday, Bartholomew, apostle, August 24

8:30 am Franklin & Robert Conflenti

(Evelyn Conflenti)

 

Tuesday, Weekday, August 25

8:30 am Macino-Driscoll Family (Carl Macino)

 

Wednesday, Weekday, August 26

8:30 am Annv. Robert Boley (Children)

 

Thursday, Monica, August 27

    8:30 am William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

 

Friday, Augustine, bishop & doctor, August 28

8:30 am Gilda Gentile (Family)

 

Saturday, Martyrdom of John the Baptist, August 29

9:00 am Hattie Komorowski (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 29

5:00 pm Special Intentions (Certo Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 30

7:30 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Paul Gibson (Richard White Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)

    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.

 


 


August 16, 2009

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

              We live at a time when so many hunger for the basics, when millions are threatened with famine and even the lack of such a necessity as water. It takes no large degree of empathy to feel great compassion in the face of those images of gaunt-faced adults and children with swollen bellies. This common human experience of the importance of eating and drinking has also served as an image for the necessary nourishment needed for eternal life, for our ongoing life in God.

From the beginning in Eden, God was concerned with what Adam and Eve ate--and what they should not eat. "You can eat from all the trees except this one," God told them. Nourishment came in two forms: the food of creation and the food of God's word, calling for obedience. In the journey through the desert God fed the people with manna for their bodies, then offered the Torah for their spirits.

Today we have a poetic image of God in the first reading as Lady Wisdom--or Woman Wisdom, as might be preferred-pictured as gracious figure who has prepared her meat and given attention to her wine so that the simple might be nourished, food for the spirit that offers understanding in the place of foolishness for one reason: "that you may live" (Proverbs 9:6). Forsaking foolishness and living wisely is again echoed in the letter to the Ephesians.

Jesus' words today are the most challenging of all. In place of the manna and the Torah, he calls on the crowds to eat his flesh and drink his blood, offering himself as food that will bring eternal life. While we can certainly hear in this a reference to the Eucharist, it is first of all a call to accept Jesus as the Wisdom of God, as the Revelation of God who feeds us for eternal life.


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


August 16, 2009


Sunday August 2, 2009 Offerings:
$11,801

 

DIOCESAN MISSIONARY CO-OP SUNDAY

       This weekend we welcome Fr. William Rojano who will be speaking at all the masses.   Fr. William is a Yarumal missionary.  This is a society of foreign missions of Colombia-South America, founded in 1927 in a town called Yarumai. It is an institute of brothers, lay missioners and priests, who are sent from different Latin American countries to missions in six countries in Africa,  two countries in Southeast Asia and eight countries in Latin America, especially with the indigenous people.    Fr. William was ordained in 2006 in Ecuador, South America.  He went to Kenya, East Africa, in 2004 to finish his theological studies.   Since 2006 he has been working in Tuum, Northern Kenya.   He speaks English, Spanish and two African languages. We will take up a second collection to support the Yarumal missioners.   Please make checks payable to St. Scholastica and we will forward the money.   Fr. Ken

 

 SCHOOL NEWS

Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy begins classes on Thursday, August 27. Openings are available in every grade K-8.  There is still time to give your child the greatest gift you can...the gift of a Catholic education.  Think about it and call the school office @ 412-781-7927 for more information.

  Registration for the morning Pre-School session for 4 years old is now closed, but you can register for a smaller size class in the afternoon.  Openings are still available for the 3 year old program on Tuesday & Thursday mornings.  Pre-school begins the week of August 31.

 

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE

The Respect Life Committee will meet Tuesday, August 18th, 7:30pm, in the Pastoral Center,.  We will be discussing the proposed Health Bill, 40 Days of Prayer for Life, and Life Chain Sunday.  New members are always welcome.


AQUINAS GUILD MEMBERS

Will be celebrating their 70th year beginning with 9:00 Mass on Sunday, September 20.  Brunch at Cornerstone Restaurant, 301 Freeport Road, Aspinwall will follow.  The cost of brunch is $20.00.  Please make your reservations and mail your check made out to Aquinas Guild to Shelley Peconi, 317 Hallsborough Drive, Pgh., 15238, (412-963-1607) as soon as possible.


RCIA Profile—Gary Wiant

We continue the profiles of our adult initiates who entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil.

Gary Wiant lives in Aspinwall with his wife Johanna.  They have two grown daughters, Carey and Amanda, and three grandchildren.  Gary owns and operates Aspinwall Custom Framing. 

Gary  grew up in Ohio.  His father was a Methodist, but not a frequent churchgoer, and Gary followed in that path as a youngster.  He graduated from DePauw University and served as a naval aviator in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He also attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Gary married Johanna in 1969.  Over the years, his growth in Christian faith was fostered by watching The 700 Club and by participating in a Bible study group with some Catholic men.  About twenty years ago, he began attending Mass with Johanna.  He says that he decided to pursue membership in the Catholic Church because of his favorable impression of Catholics:  "I have always found them to be wonderfully different from the general population."  When he heard of the RCIA process last fall, he decided to participate: "the RCIA is the door that the Catholic Church opens for membership.  The goodness and godliness of Catholics drew me over the threshold."  (To be continued.)

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION

  A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, August 17, at 7:30 in the parish office.  The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.   Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.  If you plan to attend the session this Monday, please contact Andy Bechman.  The next baptism preparation session will take place on October 19.

 

YOUTH NEWS

Pirate Game and Tailgate Party Friday August 21st.  It is the Diocese of Pittsburgh Catholic Youth Ministry Night! $10.00 per person includes tailgate party. Middle School and High School Youth are welcome.  RSVP by Aug. 18.


Saturday, Vigil of  the Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 15

    5:00 pm          Andrew Rosati (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 16

    7:30 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Connie Crossett (Helen Gonzales)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

Monday, Weekday, August 17

8:30 am Ed & Verna Stabile (Kijanka Family)

 

Tuesday, Weekday, August 18

8:30 am Helen Ziegler (Family)

 

Wednesday, Weekday, August 19

8:30 am Birthday LaVerne Keefer & Annv. Margaret Keefer (Ruth & Gary)

 

Thursday, Bernard, abbot & doctor, August 20

    8:30 am Patricia Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)

 

Friday, Pius X, Pope. August 21

8:30 am Annv. Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

 

Saturday, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22

9:00 am Daniel P. Gallagher (Gallagher Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Saturday, Vigil of  the Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 22

5:00 pm Ted & Vee Kajanka (Kijanka Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

 

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 23

7:30 am Annv. Damiano Marsico (Peter &RoseAnn)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Annv. Marion Gimber (Sisters)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


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.