June 5, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD

There are moments of life that we call "glorious", special times beyond ordinary experience, that give us a hint of transcendence, a glimpse of glory, whether it is a "glorious day" in spring or a "glorious occasion" like a wedding.  Such times lift our spirits and hearts and we feel transported to a different level of awareness and know a joy beyond words.  Such are moments of glory.

We hear the words "glory" and "glorify" five times in the opening verses of  today's Gospel as Jesus prays to his Father.  In John's Gospel this is the last recorded prayer of Jesus, since John does not have Jesus praying in the garden.

Jesus begins his prayer by telling the Father the "hour" has come, that is, the hour of revelation, the time when the Father will give glory to the Son and the Son will glorify the Father.  It is the moment when the Son is "lifted up" which refers to both the lifting up on the cross and the Resurrection.  Jesus has said: "And when I am lifted up, I will draw all things to myself." (John 12:32).

This mutual glorifying that characterizes the relationship between the Father and the Son also embraces the disciples.   Jesus says at the end of today's reading that he prays "for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine and I have been glorified in them." (John 17:10).

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

June 5, 2011
 
SUNDAY, May 29, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,266.01
Amount Needed:
$12,096.29
Surplus:
$169.72

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is in need of teenage volunteers for its summer youth program, June 20 - July 22, which helps teenagers who are blind or vision impaired prepare for college or a career. Teenage volunteers accompany students to places like Kennywood, Pirate baseball games, Sandcastle and camping or just spend time with them in the evening. Volunteer schedules are flexible, and training is provided. BVRS also is in need of adult volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Schepis, volunteer coordinator, 412-368-4400 or nschepis@pghvis.org.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION
A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, June 6, 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 and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him (see the staff contact information in this bulletin).  Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the parish secretary at least two weeks before your desired date.

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY
Join us this summer for a drop-in Bible study. There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  You can join other parishioners in a relaxed summer setting, become more comfortable with reading the Scriptures, and prepare yourself for Mass on Sunday. Initially, we will use the next Sunday's Scripture readings as our focus. Each week, you can choose between a Tuesday evening meeting from 7:30 to 8:45 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center OR a Thursday morning meeting from 10:00-11:15 in the north room (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. Tuesday sessions will meet on June 21 & 28 and July 5 & 12; Thursday sessions on June 23 & 30 and July 7 & 14. If interest warrants, we will continue the study further into the summer. We will provide study materials. No registration is necessary and there is no fee, although we will accept contributions toward the materials and toward refreshments.  Questions? Contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

PENTECOST OPEN HOUSE
Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses on Pentecost Sunday.  We especially invite all new parishioners.  Coffee, tea, juice and breakfast foods will be served.  Please stop by to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of our parish!

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the members of our parish who are graduating from Oakland Catholic High School:  Courtney Dailey, Erin Fowler, Olivia Massaro, Katherine Pilewski, Allyson Strahler & Margaret Thomasmeyer.

CDTCA NEWS
Exciting news from CDTCA (our school). Starting in the fall of 2011, the school will be offering after school care for any child (K- up) on a regular or as needed basis. You must be a student at the school to use this care. It will be $5.00 an hour.  Currently we have student openings in all grades for the fall of 2011. Tours available through June. Please call the school at 412.781.7927 for more information.

SAVE THE DATE & REQUEST FOR HELP
Please save Sunday, September 18thfor this year's Parish Picnic.  We will be having the picnic at Squaw Valley Park. Please watch the bulletin for further announcements and details.  In addition, I would like to ask for your help in preparing for the picnic.  This is great way to get involved!  We will have meetings about once a month in May, June, July and August to start preparing and stay on track to be ready for the picnic. Then, in September, we may have a couple of meetings as the picnic date approaches.  There will be a variety of opportunities to help organize and prepare for the picnic that will fit into any schedule.  I invite you to come to our first Picnic Planning meeting on Wed, May 25th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center to learn what opportunities there are to help. If you are interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please call Elaine DuVall at 412-781-6941.

HOAGIES
Our youth group is selling Hoagies!  Choices are turkey or Italian.  They are fresh and only cost $7.00.  Order forms are available at the church doors or you may email Mike Troyan at mtroyan102@aol.com or jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com by June 5th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Vacation Bible School starts Monday June 13th!  If you have not registered your child please do so!  We are looking forward to a great week filled with faith and fun! jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com.

FESTIVAL OF PRAISE
Thursday, June 23rdat Sts. John and Paul Parish in Wexford from 7:30-9PM.  Join us for an evening of Eucharistic Adoration with Bishop Zubik and music by nationally recognized musical artists Kelly Pease Lombardi and Bob Lesnefsky.  Celebrate the Church Alive!, the feast of Corpus Christi, and the upcoming ordination of 4 new priests.  The evening is sponsored by the Office of Vocations, for more info contact jfreedy@diopitt.org.

GENESIS
Thanks to all who gave so generously to the Mother's Day collection for Genesis.  We collected $543. Your gift will help pregnant women choose life for their baby.

PARISH OFFICE HOURS
Beginning the week of June 13th 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.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter,  June 4
   5:00 pm  Joseph Contosta (Andy & Juanita Vitulla)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter,  June 5
   7:30 am  Birthday, Joan Farina (Bill & Jean Eckert)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White 
   9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Buckley Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan  
   11:00 am  Holly Herman Thillet (Kapp Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Easter Weekday, June 6
   9:00 am  Norma A. Parks (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 31
    8:30 am  Birthday, Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, June 7
   8:30 am Living & Deceased Members of Ziegler Family
Thursday, Easter Weekday, June 8
    8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Rita Ponticello)
   
Friday, Easter Weekday, June 10
   8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James & Vickie Cavanaugh)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, June 11
   9:00 am  Special Intentions (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost,  June 11
   5:00 pm  Violet Muller (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Pentecost,  June 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  G. Terry Horne (Horne 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 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
Summer Hours (starting June 13) 
Monday - Wednesday 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
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.