July 10, 2011


   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
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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.

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.

"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.

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:

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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..



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
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Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P.   Ext. 17
Director of Music/Bereavement

Mr. Thom Bercik    412-390-3748
Organist/Wedding Contact

Mr. Andrew Bechman, M.Ed.   Ext. 18
Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.

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

Mrs. Gina Musser   Ext. 21
Program Director for Religious Education

Mrs. Chrissy Morton   Ext. 24
Staff Accountant

Mrs. Mary Swindal   412-781-0186   Ext. 10
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Christ The Divine Teacher Catholic Academy   412-781-7927
Sister Dorothy Dolak S.C.N.- Principal
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