July 25, 2010

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

Prayer has always been part of the Christian heritage. The book of Psalms long ago became the prayer book of the church, along with some hymns and canticles from other books of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Among the most beautiful prayers we have are the Magnificat of Mary, the Benedictus of Zechariah and the Nunc Dimittis of Simeon, all in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55; 1:68-79; 2:29-32).

Most importantly, Jesus prayed. Think about that for a moment. Jesus, the Son of God, the Word made flesh, the only begotten Son, prayed. We know that he went off by himself to pray. He did this before some of the most important moments in his ministry, like before he chose those who would be with him. But it is safe to assume that he did it as a habit.

So when one of the disciples asked him to teach them to pray and Jesus responded with the Our Father, it deserves our attention. This prayer reveals the heart of Jesus and tells us how we should speak to the Father. The prayer has two parts: blessing the Father and calling for God’s presence in the world, then turning God for our basic needs of food, forgiveness and fidelity.

The parables that follow call us to persevere and persist in prayer because God is a Father who will give us his life-blood, in this case, the Holy Spirit, to all who ask. Continue to know, continue to ask. God will respond.

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

July 25, 2010

SUNDAY July 18, 2010 OFFERINGS:

$8,560.25

ALTER FLOWERS:

This weekends' altar flowers are in honor of Kenneth and Catherine Macek’s 50th Anniversary.

BLOOD DRIVE

Reminder: 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. See you there!

PARISH PICNIC PLANNING MEETING

We will be having a Picnic Planning meeting on Wed, July 28th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center. Anyone who is willing to help with the planning, please join us at the meeting. We are definitely in need of volunteers and would appreciate your help! If you are interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please call Elaine DuVall at 412-781-6941.

YOUTH MASS & PIRATE GAME

Saturday August 7 at 5:00pm is Youth Mass followed by a Pirate Game (with Sky Blast!). We have some seats available. Please RSVP to the youth ministry office. Cost is $17.00 per ticket.

APPALACHIA POOL PARTY

Appalachia Pool Party/Reunion Friday August 13 at Community Swim Club 6-9pm. RSVP to the youth ministry office.

CATECHIST MEETING

On Tuesday August 17th we will have a meeting for all catechists or adults interested in becoming catechists or small group leaders. The meeting will be at 7:00 in the pastoral center.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious Education begins Sunday Sept 19th.

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.

EVENING PRAYER

May He support us all the day long,

Til the shades lengthen

And the evening comes,

And the busy world is hushed,

And the fever of life is over

And our work is done

Then in his mercy

May He give us

A safe lodging

And a holy rest

And peace at the last

- Cardinal John Newman

This is a wonderful prayer for each evening of our lives, as well as for our final evening. Fr. Ken

PARISH OFFICE HOURS

Summer office hours are: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00am- 3:00pm. We will be closed on Thursday and Friday. If you need Mass cards, sacramental records, etc., please call the Parish Office (412-781-0186, ext # 10) and leave a message. We will get back to you within a day.

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.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, August 2, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session, please let Andy Bechman know (see the staff contact information in this bulletin). 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. The next baptismal preparation session will be on Monday, September 13.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to all who helped with Camp Helping Hand last week. Our middle school youth did a wonderful job helping our community!

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, St. Joachim & St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26

8:30 am........... Joshua Akanowicz (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, weekday, July 27

8:30 am................ Anniv., Douglas Arturo (Family)

Wednesday, weekday, July 28

8:30 am...................... James Larkin (Mary Larkin)

Thursday, St. Martha, July 29

8:30 am..... Birthday, Rocco Florio (Wife & Family)

Friday, St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop & doctor, July 30

8:30 am William L. Jacob, Jr. (Joe & Pat Klelderlein)

Saturday, St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, July 31

9:00 am....................... Louis Flinn (son, Don Flinn)

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31

5:00 pm...... Ray & Patty Diamond (Virginia & Jan)

Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,

August 1

7:30 am......................... Virgilio Ferraro (Family)

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

9:00 am................ Parishioners of St. Scholastica

Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

11:00 am.............. Giuseppi 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.