July 3, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   When you think of a king coming before his people, the image of someone riding on a donkey does not come to mind.  If the Lone Ranger had Silver and Roy Rogers had Trigger, a similar white stallion would seem most fitting for a king.  Not an ass, even a purebred one.  But this image from the prophet Zechariah is one that must have planted itself in the imagination of  Jesus, for that is how he made his great entrance into Jerusalem and was greeted as the Messiah.  It was not the entrance of a powerful warrior, but of a gentle king whose rule would bring peace to the nations.
    I have sometimes regretted the loss of St. Christopher from the calendar of saints.  That legendary saint, whose name means "Christ-bearer", signaled that the risen Lord had now chosen to be carried by his disciples. We bear him in our bodies, minds and hearts.  We bring him to the world when we work to bring peace and healing and knowledge of the Father.
    This necessitates being willing to take on the yoke of Jesus.  I remember once hearing that the yokes Jesus made in the carpenter shop under Joseph's guidance rode easily on the shoulders of the animals, distributing evenly the weight they pulled.  The yoke Jesus offers us is his teaching about the kingdom of heaven and how to live in it while in the world.  This means putting on his attitude and spirit of attentive listening for the will of the Father-home schooling in the best sense.

Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.
July 3, 2011
 
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THE HUMAN FACE OF IMMIGRATION
 "Catholic Conversations" is a series that aims for informative, lively, and interactive talk on subjects related to faith.  Join us on Thursday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center as we welcome Sr. Janice Vanderneck, CSJ, to St. Scholastica.  Sr. Janice has served as director of social service ministry to the Latino Catholic Community in Pittsburgh.  We will talk with her about her life and ministry, and about the experience of Latino immigrants in the Pittsburgh area. Adults and teens are welcome to attend.  There is no registration or fee. 

BIBLE STUDY CONTINUES
Our summer drop-in Bible study continues this week.  There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  We meet on Tuesday evening, July 5, from 7:30 to 8:45 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center or on Thursday morning, July 7, from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. We will provide materials on the next Sunday's Scripture readings. No registration is necessary.  Questions?  Contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

CATHOLIC YOUTH DAY
Catholic Youth Day at Kennywood is July 7th!  Any middle school or high school youth wishing to attend should contact Jamie Dillon asap.  Tickets are $22.50.

CAMP HELPING HAND
Camp Helping Hand is July 13-15.  This Camp is geared towards middle school youth.  The day is from 9-2 and we will work with Habitat for Humanity.  Adult chaperones are needed.  Contact Jamie Dillon asap.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Foundation of Hope, established by Christian Associates, is looking for volunteers from the faith-based community to help with the inmate mentoring program at Allegheny County Jail. For more information please contact Tony Richardson at (412) 321-3343.

HAITI COMMITTEE
There will be no meeting on July 6.  Please join us for the next meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.

WOMEN'S CHOICE NETWORK HELP NEEDED
The Women's Choice Network is currently seeking volunteers for vital roles in our five area locations.  Nurses are needed to help staff our two growing clinics. We provide all the training you'll need to serve needy women in a ministry that saves lives everyday.  Positions on our Medical Advisory Board are also open.  These volunteer positions allow you to use your gifts for the glory of God in a professional Christ-centered ministry. Find out more www.mypregnancycenter.org or email us at partnerservices@womenschoicenetwork.com

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) school office will be closed June 30th for summer vacation and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd. Our first day of school for the 2011-2012 school year will be Wed. August 24th. Have a great summer!

RETROUVAILLE
2 weeks to Sign up for Retrouvaille – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? This program has helped over 10,000 couples experiencing marital difficulty at all levels including disillusionment and deep misery. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on July 15, 2011, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or 3041@retrouvaille.org.  More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com.

GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION
The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who have been married for 50 years.  This year's celebration will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2011 beginning with a mass at 2:00pm at St. Paul Cathedral.  Bishop Zubik will be the celebrant.  A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral.  If you are a parishioner celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary in 2011 and would be interested in attending the celebration along with the other jubilarian couples, please call the rectory or drop a note in the weekly collection basket no later than August 7, 2011.  Invitations will be sent out after responses have been received.

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the following students from our parish for achieving Honor Roll status at Central Catholic High School.  High Honors—Clayton Gentilcore, Griffith Gentilcore, Grant Hettinger, Theodore Larkin, John Leech and Mark Petraglia. Honors—Alexander Butler, Kyle Ciccone, Phillip Ferguson, Patrick Leech, William Maher, Patrick Rielly and William Rielly.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 2
  5:00 pm   James J. Kelly (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 3
    7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  Edward A. Vitunac, P.E. Air Force (Capt. Frances V. Vitunac, Air Patrol)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
   11:00 am   Frank Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, July 4
   9:00 am   Anniv., Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, weekday, July 5
   8:30 am   Alfonso LoPardo (Antionetta Costa)

Wednesday, weekday, July 6
   8:30 am   Daniel Fleming (Family)

Thursday, weekday, July 7
    8:30 am   Bernard Teriago (Frank & Ann)
   
Friday, weekday, July 8
    8:30 am   Birthday, Steven Steinkirchner (Veronica Steinkirchner)

Saturday, weekday, July 9
   9:00 am   Helen Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 9
  5:00 pm   Senator James Romanelli (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 10
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am   Anniv., Irene Kurkiewicz (Children)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am   Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)
       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 pastor at least 6 weeks prior to the desired date.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC? Contact Andy Bechman for more information--see Parish Contact below.

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 Parish
309 Brilliant Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone Number:  412-781-0186

Parish Office Monday–Thursday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 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.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T.   Ext. 20
Director of Catholic Youth Ministry & Religious Education
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education
gmusser1@yahoo.com

Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 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 (Monday–Thursday) 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.