July 4, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

It is not often that we are invited to think of God as mother. Two occasions can be found in the book of the prophet Isaiah. First, we hear God speaking the beautiful words: "Can a mother forget her infant,/be without tenderness for the child of her womb?/Even should she forget, /I will never forget you" (Isaiah 49:15).

Then, today we hear words of comfort addressed to the exiles in Babylon, calling them to rejoice with Jerusalem, to exult with her. God will make a new Jerusalem and all her children will be nursed at her breasts. Then suddenly the image shifts from Jerusalem as mother and the peoples as nurslings to God as mother: "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you" (66:13).

Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples to bring comfort by proclaiming that "The kingdom of God is at hand for you" (Luke10:9). The first words of the disciples when they enter a house are to be "Peace to this household" (10:5). The God who comforts wishes to dwell with us in peace.

In concluding his fiery letter to the Galatians, Paul wishes peace and mercy to all who follow him in boasting in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Christ's dying on the cross a new creation is coming into being.

We are always free to reject this peace, to refuse God's comfort, to avoid entering into the dying and rising of Christ. Yet Eucharist offers us the opportunity to open our hearts once again to God doing new things in and through us.

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

July 4, 2010

SUNDAY June 27, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$8,182.25

ALTER FLOWERS:

This weekends' altar flowers are in memory of Sarah M. Sunseri donated by her family and friends.

CDCTA

Please consider the attributes of a Catholic Education. Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is still accepting students for the '10-11 school year for PreK-7th. Please call us at 412. 781.7927 for more information or to tour the school. Come hear about the benefits of a Catholic Education. Financial aid is available to qualified families.

YOUNG ADULTS

We are starting a Theology on Tap gathering for young adults over the age of 21. Our first meeting will be Wednesday July 14th at Freeport Pizza in the Fox Chapel Plaza. Spread the word and join us for an evening of fellowship, food and discussion.

BLOOD DRIVE

Mark your calendars! The bi-annual blood drive is Sunday, July 25, 8 am to 1 pm in the Pastoral Center. If you know someone who has cancer, been in accident, had surgery or has been burned, then you know someone who has had a need for blood. Blood is the gift of life. Please give your blood and help a member of our community who really needs it. Call JoAnn Liebert at 412.767.4248 to schedule your life saving appointment.

ST. VICTOR PARISH FESTIVAL

Saint Victor Parish in Bairdford (ten minutes off of Rt. 8 and Rt. 910) invites their neighboring parishes to their Annual Parish Festival on Saturday, July 10 from 5:00 p.m. until Zambelli Fireworks at 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 11 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (which will feature a Car Show on that day.) A Ginormous Flea Market will begin on Friday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m. (no early birds) until 8:00 p.m. with raffles and a food booth open to tame your munchies. The flea market will also run throughout the entire festival. We have many game booths for skill and luck, a kid's world tent, a wide variety of food items in our food tent, a bake sale and raffles such as Jamee's Lucky Dog Lottery (over 100 instant lottery tickets on a single board), Big Money Raffle (chance to win over $4000 on a single ticket) and beautiful themed baskets to be raffled. We have instant bingo and 50/50 bingo and a D.J. for entertainment. Please come on over and enjoy the fun in Bairdford. We'll be waiting to meet you!

EWTN FAMILY CELEBRATION

Make plans now to attend the EWTN Family Celebration in Mother Angelica's hometown! Free admission includes talks by Raymond Arroyo, Marcus Grodi, Dr. Ray Guarendi and Mother Assumpta Long. Children will have the opportunity to meet Brother Leo and Rob Wahl "The Roamin' Catholic" with sidekick "Pete" the penguin. A Catholic family event all ages will enjoy! For more information www.ewtn.com or call (205) 271-2989.

GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. This year's celebration will begin with mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Zubik will be the celebrant. A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral. If you are one of the couples celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2010, and would like to receive an invitation to this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than August 8, 2010.

WHAT IF I DISAGREE?

Now—more than at any time in its history—the Church addresses believers with a variety of teachings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church alone presents 2865 numbered paragraphs of teaching in almost 700 pages! This is just one of several official catechisms, and there are many other forms Church teaching takes—from homilies to bishops' articles in diocesan newspapers to papal encyclicals and documents of Church councils. But what if I disagree with one or several of the teachings I encounter in these sources? Join us on Wednesday evening, July 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Pastoral Center to address this question. We will discuss the place of Church teachings in the Christian life, the kinds of teaching and the responses they call for, and the role of conscience. This is a special session of our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) that is open to the whole parish.

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING

The committee will meet on Wednesday, July 7, at 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center . All are welcome!

CONGRATULATIONS

To the following parishioners who have attained honor roll status at Aquinas Academy. These middle and high school students include: Marile Schraut with Highest Honors, Caroline Henry with High Honors and Clare Mortenson with Honors.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3

2:30 pm Wedding, Courtney Santelli & Chad Killian

5:00 pm John & Ellen Horan (Mary Larkin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 4

7:30 am Edward A. Vitunac, P.E. Air Force (Col. Walter C. Vitunac)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Samuel Pace (Angela Kamin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, July 5

9:00 am Daniel Fleming (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, July 6

8:30 am Leona Marzec (Longhini Family)

Wednesday, weekday, July 7

8:30 am Frank Skowron (Family)

Thursday, weekday, July 8

8:30 am SCRIPTURE SERVICE

Friday, weekday, July 9

8:30 am Anniv., Irene Kurkiewicz (Kurkiewicz Children)

Saturday, St. Thomas, apostle, July 10

9:00 am Mr. & Mrs. Eugene C. Vey (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 10

2:30 pm Wedding, Michelle Choo & William Loeffler

5:00 pm Senator James Romanelli (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 11

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am Victoria Mae Zahn (Brad & Lisanne Smith)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Alfonso LoPardo (Costa 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..

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. Thom Bercik 412-390-3748

Organist/Wedding Contact

berciktm@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

Staff Accountant

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.