July 26,2009

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

              It's easy to misread a sign, sometimes to humorous effect. I was driving through a little town in Vermont when I saw a sign that I read as "Guilt Festival." I did a double take and then discovered it read "Quilt Festival." We can easily misread signs as we are moving along through life, sometimes with a more serious result. We watch someone do something and we interpret it one way, then later discover this "reading" was really off the mark, and that we had misjudged or rashly judged that person.

In today's Gospel, signs are being misread several times. The people following after Jesus were reading the sign of his healings as indicating that someone special was among them. After he feeds them, they interpret this action as a sign that the Prophet who was to come had arrived (which was correct), but then they want to make him king (which was not God's plan). The apostles read the sign of a hungry crowd as impossible to feed with limited resources. But they had forgotten the example of Elisha the prophet, who fed a hundred people with only twenty barley loaves. Jesus did one better, feeding five thousand men, not to say how many women and children were there, with only five barley loaves and two fish, and having twelve baskets of leftovers. (An interesting note is that barley was the food of the poor.)

The Prophet foretold by Moses had indeed come into the world, but not to be king. What he came for will be revealed in the coming weeks. But as a start, we can reflect on how he came to be a sign of the generosity of the Father who sent him out of love for the world to feed the children of the world.

 

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

 

 

 

July 26, 2009

 

Sunday July 12, 2009 Offerings:
$10268.00

 

CATECHISTS NEEDED!

We still need a few catechists and small group leaders for our religious education program.  Perhaps you, or someone you know would be well suited to help our young parishioners grow in their faith this year.  Please contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net or ext. 20.

 

THE BEST-LAID SCHEMES

Gang aft a-gley, and ours have, too!  "Reaching for Reality through Fiction" has been rescheduled, and has grown to two sessions.  On Tuesday evening, August 4, we will consider Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."  The next Tuesday evening, August 11, we will discuss "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"  by Joyce Carol Oates.  On each evening, we will hear excerpts from the story and consider the insights it can offer for our lives in faith.  Mary Ann Labriola, Ph.D., and Andy Bechman will lead the sessions, which begin at 7:30 in the Pastoral Center.  There is no fee and no registration is necessary.  It is also not necessary to read the stories before the sessions.

 

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 THE WORD

A great way  for adults to mix faith formation with exercise and fellowship! Join Jamie Dillon and Andy Bechman at Fox Chapel High School Track on Wednesdays beginning July 29th at 7:00 pm.  Come every week or come when you can. No RSVP required.

BIBLE STUDY UNDER THE STARS

All senior high youth are invited to join us for the infamous "BIBLE STUDY UNDER THE STARS" on Monday July 27th from 8:30-10:30 at the McGrath's house on W. Waldheim.  Bring a bathing suit, enjoy the evening, enjoy the pool and nurture your faith!

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE

              St. Edward Church on Saturday August 1st- 6:30PM-8PM. 450 Walnut Street Blawnox, PA 15238 Give glory to God with contemporary music performed by our band. Confessions available during Festival. For Directions and to RSVP, please call St. Edward Rectory at 412-828-4066. Or E-mail us at:st.edward@comcast.net

 

MAGNIFICAT PITTSBURGH

Ladies, Magnificat Pittsburgh is honored to present Bishop David A. Zubik as the speaker at our joy filled Prayer Breakfast on August 22  from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Sheraton Four Points in Cranberry Township.  Born in Sewickley, he grew up in Ambridge and is the fifth native son to lead the Diocese of Pittsburgh.  A man of many accomplishments, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the 12th Bishop of Pittsburgh in 2007. He will talk about his roots and the presence of God throughout His life, especially in his call to the priesthood.  Hear also about Bishop Zubik's special devotion to the Blessed Mother whose discipleship inspires him in his obedience to the Will of God.  The cost of the breakfast is $18.00. Registration deadline is August  14. For more information, call Kay at 724-772-6749 or Pam at 412-461-8906 or see www.magnificatpittsburgh.org


PARISH PICNIC PLANNING MEETING

The Saint Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on September 20th.  Volunteers are needed to help organize the picnic.  Please consider attending the planning meeting at 7:00pm in the Pastoral Center on Thursday, July 30th.
Watch the Bulletin for picnic details as the planning proceeds and SAVE THE DATE in your calendar.  The Moon Bounce has already  been reserved for the kids!


BLOOD DRIVE

Many thanks to the 39 people who stopped last Sunday and made our blood drive for Joy Laurenson a success.  A total of 37 products were donated.

 

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING

70 YEARS OF THE AQUINAS GUILD

Event: Luncheon/Fashion Show Place: The Pittsburgh Field Club Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009 More details will be forthcoming.


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

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

    Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

Sunday, Seventeenth 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

 

Monday, Weekday, July 27

8:30 am annv. Douglas Arturo (Family)

 

Tuesday, Weekday July 28

8:30 am Rocco Florio (Wife & Family)

 

Wednesday, Mary Magdalene July 29

8:30 am Louise Flinn (Don Flinn)

 

Thursday, Weekday, July 30

    8:30 am annv. Rosemarie Boley (Children)

 

Friday, Sharbel Makhluf, priest, July 31

8:30 am Terri Esser (Ben & Dorothy Killian)

 

Saturday, James, apostle, August 1

9:00 am birthday, Frederick C. Duffy MD (Rick)

      Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

 

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

   

 

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.