July 11, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

Being a "good Samaritan" has entered our language as a call to be helpful to those in need, whether we know them or not. Certainly this is a wonderful thing, since we all have depended at times on the kindness of strangers. But the point of Jesus' story goes beyond the admonition to "be nice to strangers".

The setting for this story is a conversation between a lawyer, a specialist in the law of Moses and Jesus the teacher. Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem and his death that will lead to resurrection life. The lawyer asks, "[W]hat must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25). Jesus refers him to the law and its call to love God and neighbor but being pressed further about the identity of one's neighbor, he answers with a road story.

A man is left for dead on the road. Priest and Levite pass by "on the opposite side" (10:31, 32), not going near. Touching a dead man would make them unfit for temple worship according to the law. Along comes a Samaritan, a member of a group hated by the Jews, a mutual hatred centuries old. But this man is "moved with compassion" (10:33), crosses the road and not only touches but takes the man left for dead to an inn and pays for his recovery.

God's compassion moves in and through us when we cross boundaries to reach out to others in need; it burns away all hatred or indifference. And it moves us into eternal life, beginning now. To love God is to love neighbor is to love God.

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

July 11, 2010

SUNDAY July 4, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$10,170.25

PETER'S PENCE COLLECTION

$2,994.00

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.

WHAT IF I DISAGREE?

Now—more than at any time in its history—the Church addresses believers with a variety of teachings. But what if I disagree with one or several of these teachings? Join us this 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.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN

Workshop: Protecting God's Children will be held at Saint Mary's Marian Hall, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw on Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 PM The program of two short films and discussion periods is a mandatory training for all volunteers in parishes of our diocese.The program is open to any adult and teaches important strategies for preventing child sexual abuse. Call 412-486-5521 to register for the August 3 session.

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.

THANK YOU

To all our parish members who supported our Youth Ministry trip to Appalachia. We had an incredible week. We worked on 9 different homes all with a wide variety of needs. Our teens worked very hard (as did our adult volunteers) and definitely made a difference in the lives of people that we served.

CAMP HELPING HAND

Camp Helping Hand for Middle School Youth is from July 19-21, 9:00-2:00. We will work with Habitat for Humanity. Please contact Jamie if you are interested.

CONGRATULATIONS

To the following students of Central Catholic High School who have achieved honor roll status. The following students have achieved High Honor status; Griffith Gentilcore, Grant Hettinger, John Leech, Patrick Leech, William Maher, Mark Petraglia, Patrick Rielly. The following students achieved Honor status; Kyle Ciccone, Phillip Ferguson, Gregory Larkin, Theodore Larkin, Nicholas Leeper, Timothy Livingston, Ryan Martini, Lawrence Papincak and Stephen Zappala.

SAVE THE DATE

Parish Picnic and request for help. Please save Sunday, September 19th for this year's Parish Picnic. We will be having the picnic at Squaw Valley. Please watch the bulletin for further announcements and details. In addition, we will be having a Picnic Planning meeting on Wed, July 14th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center. Anyone who is willing to help with the planning, please join us at the meeting. If you are interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please call Elaine DuVall at 412-781-6941.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, weekday, July 12

8:30 am Robert Young (Carl Macino)

Tuesday, weekday, July 13

8:30 am Francis Maher (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin, July 14

8:30 am Charles W. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Thursday, St. Bonaventure, bishop and doctor of the church, July 15

8:30 am Joe Costa (Costa Family)

Friday, weekday, July 16

8:30 am Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Saturday, St. weekday, July 17

9:00 am Sarah M. Sunseri (Sunseri Family & Friendds)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 17

5:00 pm Milton Squiller (Sandy Romanelli)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 18

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am Birthday, Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

11:00 am Ann Gregorczyk (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.