August 2. 2009

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

              Do you remember Wonder® Bread? The ad campaign from decades ago trumpeted the claim that it "helped build strong bodies twelve ways." I can't remember exactly how it did this, but the claim stays with me. What stays with me is not that it tasted good or bad, but that it was rather bland. But when you are hungry...

The people in today's readings are hungry, both the grumbling crowd that Moses faced out in the desert, and the crowd that Jesus filled when he fed them up on the mountain, who tracked him down the next day, going by boat to the lakeside town of Capernaum. In both cases, the people wanted more food.

In both cases God acted to feed the people. For the Israelites in the desert, God provided manna (a word that literally means "what is it?"), which most likely was the juice secreted by certain desert insects after eating the desert bushes-a form of "bug juice," sweet, but short-lived. God provided this for Israel during their entire time in the desert. Not much variety, it would seem, but no one starved either.

When the crowd comes to Jesus looking for another course of barley bread, Jesus directs their attention to a deeper hunger that can be satisfied only by the "true bread from heaven" (John 6:32), himself: "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger" (6:35). Paul calls on us to put on a new self, one "created in God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth" (Ephesians 4:24). This deep inner growth into a new  self will demand more than "bug juice"; only bread from heaven that gives eternal life will do.

 

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

August 2, 2009


Sunday July 19, 2009 Offerings:
$10,981.00

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Confirmation news- There will be a meeting Sunday Sept. 27th at noon (after the 11:00 mass) for all confirmation candidates and their parents in the pastoral center.

 Our first MEGA meeting will Sunday Oct. 4th in the pastoral center from 12:15-1:30.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION RESUMES SUNDAY SEPT. 20TH

There will be a meeting for all home study families Sunday Sept. 13th after the 9:00 mass in the pastoral center.

Small group orientation will be Sunday Sept. 13th after the 11:00 mass in the pastoral center.

The Methods course for interested catechists will begin Aug. 4th 5-9 at community swim club. Children and families are welcome.

 

YOUTH MINISTRY

YOUTH MASS Aug. 1st will "send off" our recent graduates.  IF you know a recent grad please encourage them to attend the 5:00 mass in their honor.  RSVP's to the youth ministry office are appreciated.

Walking with Word begins this Wed. at 7:00 pm at the FCHS track.  All HS students and adults are welcome.

 

IRISH ENTERTAINER

Cahal Dunne will perform August 22, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, corner of Fox Chapel & Field Club Roads. His concert is a benefit for the Ethiopian Missions under care of Father Vincent Stegman, CSSp. Father Vince will be present and the evening will include refreshments and silent auction items. For details or tickets at $15.00 each, call Theresa Goeller,412-487-1870 or Rose Stegman,412-781-2838.

 

MARRIAGE MOMENTS

"Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality." (Hebrews 13:1) The love you share is a gift that will grow bigger and deeper if you share it with others. Don't hoard your love. Think of ways you can open your hoe to those in need of a bed, some food, or a listening ear.


RCIA UPDATE--HEATHER FULLER

Although the Easter Vigil is now more than three months in the past, our initiates continue to find their places within our parish community.  Many parishioners have witnessed and participated in the RCIA rituals.  We would like to introduce you more deeply to our adult initiates and to let you know the impact that you have had on them.

Heather Marie Fuller lives in the Sharps Hill neighborhood of Shaler with her husband Jason Fuller.  They were married last October at St. Scholastica.  Heather works at Highmark as a quality reviewer.

Heather was born and raised in Chicago.  Although baptized in a Methodist church, Heather had little religious formation as she grew up.  She says that she always felt as if she were a Catholic:  "My grandmother used to take me to Catholic Church when I was little and I always had the feeling that I belonged there and at some point in my life I would become Catholic."  When she started dating Jason, who is Catholic, she decided that it was time to look into joining the Church herself.  "My decision was solidified," she says, "when during a hard time, my five-year-old Catholic nephew just naturally knew to pray for the recovery of his grandmother.  I wanted that natural feeling that even a little kid could find comfort in prayer." (to be continued next week)

 

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING

Please join us on Wed., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center .  Our committee is working on several projects for supporting the Good Samaritans School in St. Marc , Haiti .  New members are always welcome!

 

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

  And so is a good short story—one that can both entertain us and challenge us to see our lives from a new point of view.  Join us this Tuesday evening, August 4, at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center for the first session of  "Reaching for Reality through Fiction." We will hear excerpts from Flannery O'Connor's short story "A Good Man is Hard to Find," and consider the insights it can offer for our lives of faith. The next Tuesday evening, August 11, we will discuss "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. Mary Ann Labriola, Ph.D., and Andy Bechman will lead the sessions.  There is no fee and no registration is necessary.  It is also not necessary to read the stories before the sessions.

 

Saturday, Vigil of  the Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 1

    5:00 pm          Gilda Gentile (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

 

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 2

    7:30 am          For the People of St. Scholastica

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

    9:00 am          birthday, Raymond A. Jurewicz

(Daughter, Peggy Santelli)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Margaret Fleming (Family)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

   

Monday, Weekday, August 3

8:30 am Walter Stypula

 (Mr. & Mrs. John  Marmarella)

 

Tuesday, John Mary Vianney, priest, August 4

8:30 am Martha Habay (Angeline Asturi)

 

Wednesday, Weekday, August 5

8:30 am Raymond Smith & Francis Clifford

(Wives, Mary and Lorraine)

 

Thursday, Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6

    8:30 am annv. Rosemarie Boley (Children)

 

Friday, Weekday, August 7

8:30 am Petra Suda-Montel (Parents)

 

Saturday, Dominic, priest, August 8

9:00 am birthday, Douglas Arturo (Family)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

2:30 pm Wedding: Megan Popooic & Derek Arangos

 

Saturday, Vigil of  the Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 8

5:00 pm birthday, Edward L. Gursky

(Wife & Daughter)

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Nineteen Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 9

7:30 am George Counihan (Glacken Family)

    Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Charles W. Flynn (Gallagher Family)

    Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am For the People of St. Scholastica

    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.