July 18, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

Our readings pair up the story of Jesus coming to dine at Martha and Mary's house with God coming to dine with Abraham and Sarah. And just as Abraham turned to Sarah for help in preparing the meal, Martha turns to her sister for a hand. After all, why should one person bear the burden of serving the Lord?

But Mary does not come into the kitchen, even after hearing her sister banging things around in there, perhaps a little more loudly than usual. Instead, she stays sitting at the foot of the Lord, listening to him. Martha, not one to keep her thoughts to herself, addresses directly the cause of her sister's prolonged delay: "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?" (Luke 10:40).

As a matter of fact, Jesus didn't care. What he did care about was that Martha was all "anxious and worried about many things" (10:41). Jesus did not care about busy Martha but about worried and anxious Martha. Even more simply, what he cared about was Martha. Not the meal, not the table, not the time they ate or whatever else was bothering her. He just cared about Martha-and Mary too, of course. But he didn't have to worry as much about Mary.

Perhaps we could consider this simply a story about Jesus visiting two very dear friends and wanting some time with them both, together. And if that was true then, why wouldn't it be true now? If you find yourself worried and anxious these days, give yourself some time with the Lord.

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

July 18, 2010

SUNDAY July 11, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$9,699.00

ALTER FLOWERS:

This weekends' altar flowers are in honor of Manuel and Carole Gonzales 40th Anniversary

.INVITATION FROM FR. KEN

Now that we are in the "dog days" of summer and the pace of life is not as hectic, I would like to invite you to have a conversation with me. Now that I have completed two years as pastor, this is a good time for "listening sessions". You hear me talk to you during my Sunday homilies, now I would like the "view from the pews". I invite you to share with me on any issue that is of concern to you, whether it is a personal issue, or one that relates to parish life or issues that face the church in general. I envision these conversations to be about a half hour in length and in the privacy of my office in the Pastoral Center. Just email me or call me at (412)781-0186, extension 14 and we can set up a time that works for the both of us. Fr. Ken

THE HOLY LONGING – THE SEARCH FOR A CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY, BY FR. RONALD ROLHEISER

I was blessed to be on a June retreat that was given by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser who is now a seminary rectory of a theologate in Texas. He is a sought-after speaker, writer and retreat director. He has written about seven or eight books and the Holy Longing is his most well known. This book is for anyone who is searching to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives. His writing is at once learned and clear, not only warming the heart but also giving light to the mind and guidance to feet stumbling amidst the complexities and ambiguities of our age. This would be good summer reading – not too dense but compelling with anecdotes and personal examples. Fr. Ken

BLOOD DRIVE

Reminder: Mark your calendars! The bi-annual blood drive is Sunday, July 25, 8 am to 1 pm in the Pastoral Center. Blood is the gift of life. Please consider giving 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.

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.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this weekend, July 17th and July 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community Market and Panera. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

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.

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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious education begins September 19 , please consider becoming a teacher or an assistant.

YOUTH MASS

August 7th is youth mass & pirate game with sky blast rsvp for game required.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, weekday, July 19

8:30 am Deceased of the Huda & Werries Famililies

Tuesday, weekday, July 20

8:30 am birthday, Damiano Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Wednesday, weekday, July 21

8:30 am Nancy K. Bellinger (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)

Thursday, St. Mary Magdalene, July 22

8:30 am William Jacob (Scanlon Family)

Friday, weekday, July 23

8:30 am birthday, Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, weekday, July 24

9:00 am Angie Obringer (Jack O'Brien)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24

5:00 pm Frederick Mitsch Sr. (Mrs. Eva Chojnicki)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 25

7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Robert Duch

9:00 am For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Dan McKeegan (Grandparents)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am Mrs. Margaret Mary Coleman (Mrs. Lawrence X. Sullivan)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

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.