July 17, 2011

 
REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   Our experience of the world is often an experience of opposites: truth and lies, goodness and evil, beauty and ugliness.  They are found in intimate proximity, often on the same page of the newspaper or in the same half-hour news report and intertwined in the same human heart.  Their existence is connected to human freedom as well as to the power of sin and evil in our world.
   Jesus tells a parable that makes the same point as the author of Wisdom: God's exercise of power is tempered by leniency and mercy; God's justice is balanced by loving-kindness.  Our desire to pull up and destroy the weeds prematurely could destroy the good wheat.  While the interpretation in the Gospel applies this image to different groups in a community, we can also hear this parable as referring to the weeds and wheat, the evil and goodness residing in the heart.
   Jesus says God's active presence in the world is something as small as a mustard seed and as fragile as a pinch of yeast, yet each contains a power that, when released, will bring about growth and expansion. In the meantime, the challenge is being as patient with others as God is, while working with God to purify our own hearts.  Last week Jesus warned about the sluggish heart; today he pictures a contaminated heart, good interpenetrated by evil.  But the power of God is stronger than the power of evil and death.  Be patient and remain open to the workings of God's grace.

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

July 17, 2011
 
SUNDAY, July 10, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,638.50
Amount Needed:
$12,960.00
Shortfall:
$321.50

ST. JUAN DIEGO PARISH FESTIVAL OF PRAISE
Madonna of Jerusalem Church, 9th and Clay Streets, Sharpsburg, Friday, July 22, 2011 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Come join us for adoration, confession, prayer through contemporary Christian music, silence with our Eucharist Lord, and Benediction. Father Tony Gargotta of St. Bernadette Parish will lead us in proclaiming through word and song the greatness of God.  Parish prayer groups, youth, young adults and adults of all ages are invited to participate in this uplifting spiritual event.  

OUTDOOR MEN'S RETREAT
The Catholic Men's Fellowship of Pittsburgh and The King's Men of Philadelphia are sponsoring a retreat for men called "Into the  Wild" at Raccoon Creek State Park from September 8 – 11, 2011.  This experiential weekend features fishing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, archery, and faith presented in a masculine modality.  Bishop David Zubik will be coming to the retreat for a Friday evening talk.  No experience is necessary and space is limited.  "Into the Wild" is excellent for single or married men as well as fathers and sons.  More  information is available at www.intothewildweekend.com or call Damian Wargo at 215-906-8878 or Jim Zern at 412-818-3226.  A 15% discount is being given with the mention of this bulletin announcement. Financial aid is also available based on need.

ST. MARY'S FOOTBALL REGISTRATION
To all boys in grades 3 through 8, please consider joining the St. Mary's Condor's Football Team for its 44th year of grade school football.  Please contact Sam Commendatore at 412.486.7737 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE
On Sunday, July 31st, Central Blood Bank will be holding it semi-annual Blood Drive in the Pastoral Center after masses from 8:00 AM until 1 PM.  Blood is the "gift of life."  Please be generous and sign up for a time to give "life" by calling JoAnn Liebert at 412.767.4248 or Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412. 781.6550.

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!  This week we meet on Tuesday evening, July 19,  from 7:30 to 8:45 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center or on Thursday morning, July 21,  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.  Please note that neither study will meet during the last week of July.  The Thursday morning study will resume in August because of strong attendance.  The Tuesday evening study's fate will be announced in next week's bulletin.  Questions?  Contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

THANK YOU!
Last week 68 teens, young adults and adults traveled to Appalachia.  While we were there we worked on 16 homes.  Our repairs ranged from painting, to repairing underpinning, flooring, gutters, roofs and building wheel chair ramps for those in need.   All of this was made possible by your generous support and prayers.

YOUTH MINISTRY TRIATHALON
First ever, Youth Ministry Triathalon!   July 18th, 19th & 20th from 11:00am-1:00pm, come for all or part.  Monday- Biking on the North Shore.  Meet in Milvale at 11:00  Call Jamie if you need a ride.  Tuesday- Kayaking at Kayak PGH downtown by PNC.  $15.00 per person.  Meet us there at 11.  Call Jamie if you need a ride.  Wednesday- Hiking at Beechwood Farms.  Meet us there at 11. Call Jamie if you need a ride. Prizes awarded daily.    RSVP required for all events.

WORLD YOUTH DAY BENEFIT CONCERT
Tuesday, July 19th, from 7:00pm-8:30 pm.  Jamie Dillon, the Director of Youth Ministry & Religious Education from Saint Scholastica Parish, has been invited to speak at World Youth Day in Madrid this August!  Weather permitting the concert will be near the grotto.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will bein the pastoral center.  Although the concert is free any one wishing to make a donation may do so.  All donations will be directly applied to expenses involved with travel to WYD.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY BINGO
Sunday, July 24th, at John Paul I Pastoral Center, 201 9th Street, Sharpsburg, PA.  Special prizes given after each regular game.  Early birds start at 6:45 p.m.  20 regular games, 5 specials, 1 must-go jackpot of $1,000.  Come beat the heat and celebrate with us!

 MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16
   5:00 pm  Milton Squiller (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 17
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan 
   9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Rose Ann & Peter)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Holly Herman Thillet (Kapp Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, July 18
   8:30 am  Joseph L. Schultz (Parents)

Tuesday, weekday, July 19
   8:30 am  Ann Magovern (Jim & Karyn Lynch)

Wednesday, weekday, July 20
    8:30 am  Birthday, Damiano Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann)

Thursday, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest & doctor, July 21
    8:30 am  Nancy D. Bellinger (Catherine & Mark Bellinger)
   
Friday, St. Mary Magdalene, July 22
    8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (John & Susie Parran)

Saturday, weekday, July 23
   9:00 am  Birthday, Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23
   5:00 pm  Delfina Marsico (Buckey Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 24

    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ann Romanovich (Eileen Turiak)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan   
   11:00 am  Joan Farina (Milo & Joanne Milburn)
       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.

July 10, 2011

  REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   Some words we welcome into our hearts; some we don't.  Consider how the heart responds differently to "I love you" or "I have no time for you".  But our reaction to words depends not only on what is said but also on who is saying it and for what purpose.  When God speaks, the goal is to bring life. The power of God's word is like the rain and snow watering and making the earth fertile and fruitful, bringing life and nourishment. God says, "My word shall do my will".  Yet when Jesus came preaching God's word, many rejected it.  "They look but do not see" says Jesus, "listen but do not hear...Sluggish indeed is this people's heart". 
   In Jesus' Israel, the land was first plowed and turned over.  Then the sower went forth scattering seed generously, tossing it with abandon.  That is why it lands all over the place-on the footpath, on rocky ground, among weeds, and on fertile land.
   A sluggish heart can be lazy, weary or sick.  Every heart can bear different crops or no crops at all.  I used to ask, "What kind of field is my heart?" as if the answer were restricted to only one possibility.  Now I think my heart is all four places mentioned.  Some parts of God's word I have missed completely, some I have heard but they have not taken root, some I responded to at one time, but then other things got my attention and then there are those too few words of Jesus that I have embraced wholeheartedly.

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

July 10, 2011
 
SUNDAY, July 3, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,560.00
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$2,366.00
 
LUNCHEON -  CARD PARTY
On Saturday, August 20that 11:30am, at the Highland Country Club, there will be a luncheon to benefit our Pittsburgh Diocesan seminarians.  It is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Diocesan Committee of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Donation is $25.00 with reservations by August 13th. Reservations: please call Lisa at 412-824-1032.

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!  This week we meet on Tuesday evening, July 5,  from 7:30 to 8:45 in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center or onThursday 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.

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.

DESPERATELY SEEKING BALANCE?
The Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center is offering an ongoing series of "22 Hour Retreats" for men or women.  According to the Center, "this 22-Hour Retreat will help you discover new ways of looking at and balancing your overbooked calendar. Many have walked away from the ancient practice of keeping Sabbath. We'll give Sabbath a 21st century look and help you develop your own personal plan for a healthy, sane, and spiritually enriching use of the gift of time."  Among the summer retreat dates are July 29-30 and August 26-27 for women, and July 22-23 and August 12-13 for men.  The Center is located in Villa Maria, PA, off Route 422 between New Castle and Youngstown.  For more information, visit the Center's website at http://www.vmesc.org/.  Or go directly to a description of the retreat at the Center's blog:
http://vmesc-adult.blogspot.com/2008/05/22-hour-retreats.html.

RETROUVAILLE
1 week 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.

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.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses on Sunday, July 17th. 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.

OAKLAND CATHOLIC HONOR ROLL STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following students from our parish who obtained honor roll status at Oakland Catholic.  Highest Honors: Allison Nedrow, Christine Pilewski, Katherine Pilewski, Allyson Strahler, Mary Thomasmeyer, & Megan Wasson.  High Honor:  Angela Barringer, Courtney Dailey & Margaret Thomasmeyer.  Honor:  Erica Fowler & Marta Massaro.

AQUINAS ACADEMY HONOR ROLL STUDENTS
Congratulations to the following students from our parish who obtained honor roll status at Aquinas Academy; Sophia Kartsonas with Highest Honors, Caroline Henry with High Honors and Marile Schraut with High Honors.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, St. Benedict, abbot, July 11
   8:30 am  Deceased members of the Vey Family (Dr. Kenneth Vey)

Tuesday, weekday, July 12
   8:30 am  G. Terry Horne (Regis & Mary Louise Wessell)

Wednesday, weekday, July 13
   8:30 am  Anniv., Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, weekday, July 14
   8:30 am  Charles Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
   
Friday, St. Bonaventure, bishop, July 15
   8:30 am  Joe Costa (Antoinetta Costa & Family)

Saturday, weekday, July 16
   9:00 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16
  5:00 pm  Milton Squiller (Sandy)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 17
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Rose Ann & Peter)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    11:00 am  Holly Herman Thillet (Kapp 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
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.