June 27, 2010


Today Jesus is teaching his disciples what it means to follow him. For one thing it means renouncing the way of violence, that is, of responding to the violence of others by our own form of violence, whether in word or deed. The hatred between Jews and Samaritans shows itself here in the Samaritans' refusal to let Jesus and his disciples pass through their town on their way to Jerusalem. When James and John want to call down fire on them, Jesus rebukes them.

Following Jesus on the way does not allow for repaying contempt or unkindness in kind, much less with escalated violence. Jesus goes on to teach what it means to be his disciple: being willing to put the kingdom of God above everything else—possessions, family, even one's security. It means putting the kingdom of God first.

As a further example, in today's first reading we see Elisha responding to the call to be a prophet when Elijah throws his cloak over him. Not only does Elisha burn his bridges behind him, he burns his plow and slaughters twelve oxen. One wonders how his family felt about this.

Jesus asks much but gives even more in response to our generosity. "For freedom Christ set us free," Paul writes to the Galatians, "so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1). Following Christ gives us freedom from being enslaved by our anger, our desire for vengeance, our being held captive to anything other than Christ. In him is our freedom; in him, the life of the Spirit.

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

June 27, 2010




This weekend, June 26-27, the ANNUAL PETER'S PENCE COLLECTION will be taken. This annual collection enables the Holy Father to respond with emergency financial assistance to those throughout the world who suffer from war, oppression, disease and natural disasters. This annual collection is a powerful way for Catholics around the world to shed the light of Christ on those who are most in need. Please be as generous as your circumstances allow.


The baptism preparation session that was originally scheduled for August 9 has been rescheduled for Monday, August 2. 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.


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.


Camp Helping Hand runs from July 19-21 from 9-2. This service camp targets middle school youth. We will work with Habitat for Humanity. It is a great way for your child to reach out into the community while learning about a super organization. RSVP by July 10 jamiedillon@ comcast.net.


Our parish elementary religious education program is looking to reach out to students with developmental disorders that would make learning via "traditional" methods very difficult. If you are interested please contact jamiedillon@comcast.net. We hope to initialize this program in the fall but will need input from families.


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.


This past week we have installed door openers for the double doors at the front right doors of the church. This is a great leap forward especially for those who are in wheel chairs, use walkers or anyone with a disability. These doors open gradually and will remain fully open for about 7 seconds- the timing can be adjusted if necessary. If you do not have need for doors to open automatically, we ask you to continue to open the doors by pulling or pushing the doors. This will save "wear and tear" on the openers.


THE JESUIT GUIDE TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING – A Spirituality for Real Life, by James Martin, S.J. (HarperOne. 432p $26>99) Fr. Martin's most popular work was the best-selling memoir, MY LIFE WITH THE SAINTS, is now translated into several languages. Janice Farnham reviewed this book in America magazine and wrote: ". . . The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything has been hailed for its accessibility, humor, relevance and authenticity. He does not intend it to be an exhaustive or scholarly presentation of 'all things Jesuit.' Rather, he hopes it can serve both devout believer and doubtful seeker alike as a descriptive introduction to ways of proceeding that have come to be identified as Ignatian spirituality."


Summer Boys Basketball Camp at Fox Chapel H.S; March Madness always begins in June and July at the Top Camp in the Allegheny Valley. At our camp we focus on the FUNdamentals of the game while learning sportsmanship and improving basic skills. Pre K to 3rd Grade 9-10:30 am, 4th -9th 11:30 -2pm. First session begins June 28 – July 1 Second Session July 12-15. Contact Coach Zach Skrinjar at 412-519-5957 or zachskrinjar @yahoo.com


Special thanks to all of the adults and teens who helped with FAITH ROCKS Vacation Bible School. This was our biggest year ever!


Congratulations to Brian and Nina Hotkowski on the baptism of their son, Samuel this Sunday and to Matthew and Leslie Paat on the baptism of their son, Elliott, this Sunday. We celebrate the lives of these two wonderful boys and welcome them into our community.


Saturday, Vigil of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 26

2:30 pm Wedding, Lauren Kowalski & Sean Vaksman

5:00 pm Walter & Dolores Stypula (Mr.& Mrs. Ronald Stypula)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 27

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Ann & Frank Slavish (Slavish Family)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

11:00 am Anniv.,Thomas Quinlan (Bob McGuiness Family)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, St. Irenaeus, bishop & martyr, June 28

8:30 am Pauline Egan (St. Monica Society)

Tuesday, St. Peter & St. Paul, apostles, June 29

8:30 am Richard Rigatti (Wife)

Wednesday, weekday, June 30

8:30 am Robert Young (Kathleen Welsh)

Thursday, weekday, July 1

8:30 am Mary C & Frank Larkin Sr. (Mary Larkin)

Friday, weekday, July 2

8:30 am Birthday, Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)

Saturday, St. Thomas, apostle, July 3

9:00 am Anniv., Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn)

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. Robert Duch

9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Samuel Pace (Angela Kamin)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White


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.

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..

Fr. Ken or Sr. Pat.


St. Scholastica Church

309 Brilliant Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Phone Number: 412-781-0186


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


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

Director of Music/Bereavement


Mr. Thom Bercik 412-390-3748

Organist/Wedding Contact

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed. 18

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


Mrs. Gina Musser 21

Program Director for Religious Education


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

Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education


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

Coordinator of pastoral care to Catholic Patients at St. Margaret


Mrs. Chrissy Morton 24

Staff Accountant


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.