August 28, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD
   The prophets often spoke bluntly, whether addressing the people or even God.  Take Jeremiah today.  He accuses God of seducing and overpowering him, making him speak a word that has led to his ridicule and persecution.  He was even thrown down a cistern and left to die because of his preaching!  Jeremiah confesses he has no choice in the matter.  When he refuses to speak God's word, he experiences a fire burning in his heart, consuming his very bones.
   The cost of drawing near to the living God can take us down a path we would rather not go.  Peter saw this coming when Jesus began to speak of the suffering that lay ahead, instead of being the powerful Messiah people had been waiting for, who would cast down their enemies and restore Israel to the glory days of King David.  Instead, Jesus spoke about taking up the cross, losing one's life, or in Paul's words to the Romans, becoming "a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God."
   God's plan for us is the transformation and renewal of our minds according to the pattern of God's Son Jesus.  This transformation comes about when we "offer [our] bodies as a living sacrifice," seeking to discern and do God's will as Jesus did.  Such self-offering may lead to our following Jesus on the way: finding life by losing it for the sake of others, and coming to know the living God as purifying fire, life-giving water, and nourishing food for our spirit.

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

August 28, 2011

SUNDAY, August 21, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,849.50
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$76.50

ST. MONICA SOCIETY
The St. Monica Society is dedicated to praying for family and friends who no longer worship in the Catholic Church.  We meet once a month on Saturday morning for coffee, fellowship and prayer.  Everyone is welcome.  You can pray with us one day or join us every month.  Please join us for our first meeting of the school year, Saturday, Sept. 3, at 9:40am in the Pastoral Center.  God bless you.

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY CONCLUDES
Our summer Thursday morning drop-in Bible study has concluded.  Thank you to all participants!  Watch the bulletin for fall Bible study opportunities.

PARISH OFFICE NEWS
Starting the week of September 4th the parish office will be open Monday thru Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm. (We will not be open on Labor Day).  We still have week day masses available for 2011. For your convenience we have a "Will-Call" mail box outside of the parish office. This box can be used for masses, flowers, sacrament and sponsor certificates etc.  Altar flowers are a nice way to honor someone (birthday, wedding, anniversary, date of death, etc.).  A donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates please call the parish office 412-781-0186, ext. 10.

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY
Please join us for an in-depth study of  The Gospel Of  Matthew that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3pm in the Duch Pastoral center at St. Scholastica. The first class will be Tuesday, September 6.  Any women  (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcomed to join this group. In addition to learning so much about Our Lord and His Church, you will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with other women in our community. The registration fee is $55 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course. That's less than a cup of coffee each week!  For more information please visit the website  www.catholicscripturestudy.com or contact Mary Wilson at 412-963- 1931.To register send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Dr., 15238.

RETROUVAILLE
Are you feeling helpless because you think your marriage is heading downhill?  Don't despair. Retrouvaille (French for Rediscovery and pronounced Re-tro-vi) is a proven and effective program that is helping hurting marriages rebuild their trust and renew their communication.  For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on September 23, 2011, please contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 3041@retrouvaille.org.  More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com

PARISH PICNIC
The St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 18th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The schedule for the picnic will be: 3:00 pm Kids' Games, 4:00 pm Parish People Scavenger Hunt Game, 4:30 pm Dinner, 5:30 pm regular Bingo and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bounce House for the kids.
We will also have a 50/50 that will have a cash prize and also some additional prizes available as well. Please remember to sign up.  There are signup sheets if you would like to Volunteer for a specific activity (like set up, clean up, help with children's games, face painting etc).  There are also signup sheets so you can let us know if you plan on attending the picnic. This will give us a better idea on how much food to order. Chicken, hot dogs, corn and drinks will be provided.  The cost for the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum per family of $20.  If you are able to bring a side dish or a dessert, you can also indicate that on the signup sheets.
Please bring side dishes and desserts in disposable containers.  It is advisable to bring a chair as seating in the pavilion is limited.  The next picnic planning meeting will be Tuesday August 30th at 7:00 in the Ministry Center.  The last picnic planning meeting will be held on Monday September 12th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education begins September 18th!  Please register your child as soon as possible.  Forms are available online or in the pastoral center.

ST. BONAVENTURE BREAVEMENT MINISTRY
St. Bonaventure Bereavement Ministry is offering a seven-week grief support group this fall.  We invite anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one to join us for this free series.  A morning Grief Support Group will be held at 11am-12:30pm beginning Friday, September 9th– Friday, October 21, 2011.  For more information or to register call the St. Bonaventure Parish Center at 412-486-2606 x101.  All are welcome.  If this time is not convenient, we will also offer a Support Group in the spring.

SHARPSBURG CATHOLIC SCHOOL ALUMNI
All alumni of St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Mary Elementary School, St. Mary High School, St. John Cantius Elementary School, and Madonna of Jerusalem Elementary School (and their spouses and guests) are cordially invited to a reunion on Sunday, September 25.  A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m.in St. Mary Church.  Dinner and dancing will follow at the Chadwick in Wexford from 3-8 p.m.  Reservations will be taken after June 1.  For more information, please visit www.cathalumsharpsburg.com.

HELP FOR GRIEVING SINGLES
Widowed, divorced or separated? Beginning Experience offers help to hurting "single again" folks. The weekend and optional post weekend sessions focus on a personal inward journey to begin a new life with renewed courage and hope. There are others walking this hard road. We know the pain. Come to a safe place.  Travel from heartache to hope. The next weekend will be held October 14-16, 2011 at the Gilmary Center in Moon Twp, PA.  Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available.  For more information, www.Beginning Experience.org or make a confidential call to Lyn at 412-448-9019 or Steve Smith at 412-367-4948.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 27
   5:00 pm   William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 28
    7:30 am   Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am   Hattie Komorowski (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, August 29
   8:30 am   Paul Schultz (wife, Rita)

Tuesday, weekday, August 30
   8:30 am   Giuseppe LoPardo (Antonetta Costa)

Wednesday, weekday, August 31
    8:30 am  Thomas & Helen Quinlan (Bob McGuinness Family)

Thursday, weekday, September 1
    8:30 am   Anniv., Francis Clifford (Wife)

Friday, weekday, September 2
    8:30 am   Catherine Childs (Fleming Family)

Saturday, St. Gregory the Great, pope & doctor, September 3
   9:00 am   Rose LaGrotto (Lisa & Gene & Katie Gadient)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 3
   5:00 pm   Gino Marsico (Buckley Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 4
    7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am   Frances Maher, Elizabeth William & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am   Birthday, Terry Paulick (Pavlick 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.

August 28, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   Certain questions change lives, depending on our answer: "Do you take this person to be your husband/wife?" "Do you want this job?" "Can you forgive me?"  The question Jesus asks today is one that certainly changes lives.  Our response is not simply an academic exercise, a matter of knowing the right answer we learned from a book.  Our answer must lead to a commitment that is to be lived out each day of our lives.
   Peter's answer certainly changed the course of his life.  Jesus recognized that it was not Peter's innate knowledge, or that of any other person, that had given Peter his response: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God".  It was the Father.  And so Jesus declares that Peter will be the one to lead the other disciples and all who would come after.  Simon, son of John, fisherman, husband, brother—and one who would deny he ever knew Christ! - he was to be the rock on which Jesus would build the church.  His response was life-changing.
   Peter's answer was not a perfect one, as we shall see next week.  Even so, Jesus accepts it as an indication that his Father is at work in those called to be with him who would continue his work.  The Father chose to work in fallible human beings.  We may not think of ourselves as rocks, but the future of the church depends on how well each one of us lives out the answer to this question, "Who do you say that I am?"
 
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

August 21, 2011

SUNDAY, August 14, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,842.25
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$2,083.75

 SECOND COLLECTION – SOMALIA AND EASTERN AFRICA
Bishop David Zubik has requested that each parish have a second collection this weekend.  All of are aware of the famine and violence that is consuming hundreds of thousands, especially young mothers and their children.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is already on the ground providing as much aid as they can with current resources.  All money from this second collection will go to CRS and will be used to feed thousands and provide clean water, shelter and life-saving support.  We will be blessed in being able to make a difference to our brothers and sisters.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Children's Liturgy of the Word, in which children ages 4-10 join our kid-friendly interpretation of  the Scriptures, resumes at 9 a.m. mass after Labor Day.  We're seeking additional volunteer leaders for the upcoming year. Adults and older teens interested in helping approximately once every six weeks should contact Natalie Gillespie (natalie@brilliantave.com or 412-782-3943).

DIOCESAN CHOIR AUDITIONS
Auditions for the 2011-2012 Diocesan Choir season will soon be held.  The Choir, under the direction of Fr. Jim Chepponis, Music Director for the Diocese of  Pittsburgh, sings for the major Diocesan events at St. Paul's Cathedral throughout the year.  Currently there are openings in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections.  In addition to being good singers, potential members must be capable sight-readers due to a limited rehearsal schedule, and at least 18 years of age.  Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair.  Audition times may be scheduled by calling Doris Anne in the Diocesan Music Office, 412-456-3042) before August 24.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education begins September 18th!  Please register your child as soon as possible.  Forms are available online or in the pastoral center.

HELP NEEDED
We are looking for a teacher or a team of teachers for the 5th grade class on Sunday.  We also need Small Group Leaders for our expanding middle school religious education program. Please give this prayerful consideration.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested or would like more information.

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY
Join us as we read, discuss, and pray the Sunday Scriptures at our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study, which continues this week on August 25th from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Pastoral Center.  We provide materials on the next Sunday's Scripture readings.  No registration is necessary.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Arlene Probst at 412- 781 -2337or email scanlonk@juno.com.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Are you looking for a way to stay connected with your faith?  Then consider being a volunteer for our religious education program on Sunday morning OR Tuesday night!  Contact Jamie Dillon.
 
INVITATION TO JOIN CHOIR
The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition.  Contact Sr. Pat by August 23.

BACK TO SCHOOL
It's "Back to School" on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (CDTCA) 205 Brilliant Ave. Aspinwall, PA 15215. We offer a PreK-8th environment with Catholic values integrated throughout the curriculum, high academic standards and a variety of extracurricular activities. We still have openings in most of our classes. Please don't allow tuition to stand in the way of making a great educational choice for your child. Tuition assistance is available to qualified candidates. Contact us at the above address or call 412.781.7927. More information is available on the website www.cdtca.org.

PARISH PICNIC
   The St. Scholastica Parish Picnic will be at Squaw Valley Park on Sunday, September 18th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. The schedule for the picnic will be: 3:00 pm Kids' Games, 4:00 pm Parish People Scavenger Hunt Game, 4:30 pm Dinner, 5:30 pm regular Bingo and 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Bounce House for the kids.  
    We will also have a 50/50 that will have a cash prize and also some additional prized available as well. Please remember to signup.  There are signup sheets if you would like to Volunteer for a specific activity (like set up, clean up, help with children's games, face painting etc).   There are also signup sheets so you can let us know if you plan on attending the picnic. This will give us a better idea on how much food to order. Chicken, hot dogs, corn and drinks will be provided.  The cost for the picnic will be $5 per person with a maximum per family of $20.   If you are able to bring a side dish or a dessert, you can also indicate that on the signup sheets.
    Please bring side dishes and desserts in disposable containers.  It is advisable to bring a chair as seating in the pavilion is limited.  The next picnic planning meeting will be Tuesday August 30th at 7:00 in the Ministry Center.  The last picnic planning meeting will be held on Monday September 12th at 7:00 in the Pastoral Center.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20
  5:00 pm   Anniv., Stephen Novick (wife, Shelley & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 21
    7:30 am   Ann Colangelo (Husband)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am   Anniv., Marion E. Gimber (Sisters)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
    8:30 am   Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, weekday, August 23
    8:30 am   Ruth Scholl (Family)

Wednesday, St. Bartholomew, apostle, August 24
    8:30 am   John Marmarella (Wife & Children)

Thursday, weekday, August 25
    8:30 am   Macino & Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)

Friday, weekday, August 26
    8:30 am   Anniv., Robert Boley (Children)

Saturday, St. Monica, August 27
    9:00 am   Deceased Members of Certo Family (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 27
    5:00 pm   William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 28
     7:30 am   Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
     9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
     11:00 am   Hattie Komorowski (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.

August 14, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   A woman has a daughter tormented by a demon.  She hears about Jesus, seeks him out, and pleads with him to pity her child.  Who could turn away?  Yet Jesus dismisses her, saying dogs do not get the children's food. Is Jesus really comparing her to a dog begging at the table?  Is he turning away because his mission to the house of Israel limits who benefits from his healing power?  What was Jesus thinking?
   Three things can be said here.
   First of all, it is probable he was not literally calling her a dog any more than we are when we say about someone, "Every dog has its day".
   Second, it is possible that at this time Jesus understood his mission as taking care of his own people first.  We are told he grew in wisdom.  Would this not include a growth in fully understanding his Father's will and how far it went?
   Third, is it not even possible that this was a moment of growth, that the woman's faith pushed him further along in widening his mission and in recognizing that everyone was welcome at the table of the kingdom, and that his work was to respond wherever he found faith?
   Isaiah reminds his Jewish listeners that God will bring the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord to his holy mountain, where they will worship.  Paul reminds his Gentile listeners that God's gifts and call to the Jews are irreversible.  In a word, everyone has a place at the table.
 
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

August 14, 2011
SUNDAY, August 7, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$10,454.00
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$2,472.00

RECOMMENDED READING
An old wisdom saying has it:  "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own Truth"!   In today's world it is ever more important to be an informed Catholic: to be aware of the ancient traditions of the Church, as well as modern day teachings on justice and ethics.  AMERICA, is the national Catholic weekly published by Jesuits of the United States.  A typical issue has two major articles, as well as columns, Scripture reflections on the Sunday readings, Editorials, book reviews, current news, etc.  I have been reading America (as well as National Catholic Reporter) for over 45 years.  In these changing times, none of us should be merely "opinionated Catholics", but "informed and formed Catholics".  A subscription is $56 a year at 1-800-627-9533 or visit www.americamagazine.org.  Fr. Ken

ENCOUNTERING ISLAM
Respected Catholic journalist John L. Allen, Jr. notes that "Islam has replaced Judaism as the most important interfaith relationship for the Catholic Church," yet many Catholics are unacquainted with Islam and Muslims in a personal way.  Join us on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center as we welcome Karen Hussaini to St. Scholastica.  Mrs. Hussaini is the President of the SFH Islamic Interfaith Network, which works to build understanding and respect between faith communities through dialogue, activity and education. Through conversation with Mrs. Hussaini, we hope to reach a better personal understanding of Muslims and their faith.  There is no registration or fee for this event.
 
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR CHILDREN'S LITURGY
Children's Liturgy of the Word, in which children ages 4-10 join our kid-friendly interpretation of  the Scriptures, resumes at 9 a.m. mass after Labor Day.  We're seeking additional volunteer leaders for the upcoming year.  Adults and older teens interested in helping approximately once every six weeks should contact Natalie Gillespie (natalie@brilliantave.com or 412-782-3943).

DIOCESAN CHOIR AUDITIONS
Auditions for the 2011-2012 Diocesan Choir season will soon be held.  The Choir, under the direction of Fr. Jim Chepponis, Music Director for the Diocese of  Pittsburgh, sings for the major Diocesan events at St. Paul's Cathedral throughout the year.  Currently there are openings in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections.  In addition to being good singers, potential members must be capable sight-readers due to a limited rehearsal schedule, and at least 18 years of age.  Rehearsals are held at St. John Capistran Church in Upper St. Clair.  Audition times may be scheduled by calling Doris Anne in the Diocesan Music Office, 412-456-3042) before August 24.

MINISTRY OF PRAISE
In preparation for a new Ministry of Praise prayer list, please put prayer requests in the boxes in the vestibule of the church or call Arlene Probst at 412- 781 -2337or email scanlonk@juno.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses on Sunday, August 21st. 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.

INVITATION TO JOIN CHOIR
The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition. Contact Sr. Pat by August 23.

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Monday, August 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This year since it falls on a Monday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  We will have one scheduled morning Mass at 8:30am.

 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education begins September 18th!  Please register your child as soon as possible.  Forms are available online or in the pastoral center.

HELP NEEDED
We are looking for a teacher or a team of teachers for the 5th grade class on Sunday.  We also need Small Group Leaders  for our expanding middle school religious education program.  Please give this prayerful consideration.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested or would like more information.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Are you looking for a way to stay connected with your faith?  Then consider being a volunteer for our religious education program on Sunday morning OR Tuesday night!  Contact Jamie Dillon.

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY
Our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study continues this week on August 18 from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  We provide materials on the next Sunday's Scripture readings. No registration is necessary. The Tuesday evening session has ended for the summer.  There will be an evening Bible study in the fall.

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.  Bishop David Zubik will be coming to the retreat for a Friday evening talk.  More information is available at 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.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13
   5:00 pm   Delfini Marsico (Niece, Rita Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 14
    7:30 am   Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am   Judy Jackworth (Ed & Kathy Rak)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
   8:30 am   Anniv., Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)

Tuesday, weekday, August 16
    8:30 am   Birthday, Marion E. Gimber (Sisters)

Wednesday, weekday, August 17
    8:30 am   Terry Pavlick (Bob & Paula Scureman)

Thursday, weekday, August 18
    8:30 am   Helen Ziegler (Family)

Friday, weekday, August 19
    8:30 am   Laverne  R. Keefer and Margaret B. Keefer (Ruth & Gary)

Saturday, St. Bernard, abbot & doctor of the Church, August 20
   9:00 am   Daniel Gallagher Sr.  (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Stephen Novick (wife, Shelley & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 21
    7:30 am   Ann Colangelo (Husband)
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    11:00 am   Anniv., Marion E. Gimber (Sisters)
       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.

August 7, 2011

REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   We all have moments of feeling "down", times of discouragement, depression, loss, fear, anxiety, (fill in the blank).  Such "moods" can descend unexpectedly or result from a particular event.  They can pass quickly or stay longer.  The three main characters in today's scriptures are having such a moment.
   After Elijah had his showdown with the prophets of Baal in Israel and led the Israelites in slaughtering them, word came that Jezebel wanted him killed, so he set out into the desert.  There, he sat down and sad to God, "Enough!  Life is unbearable.  Let me die."  But God wasn't finished with Elijah and sent an angel with some food and drink and told him to walk "forty days" to Mount Horeb (Sinai).  There, God appeared.
    Paul would go first into the synagogues to preach about Jesus as Israel's long-awaited Messiah.  But the response was not overwhelming.  Often he was run out of town, beaten, or tossed into jail.  We hear his grief today.  Still, he trusts God will work it out, and later proclaims, "God has not rejected his people...For the gifts and call of God are irrevocable." (Romans 11:2, 29).
    Perhaps Peter is the most instructive for our "sinking" occasions.  He was doing fine until he lost focus.  As long as he looked to Jesus, he walked on water.  When he focused on the wind and the waves, he sank.  When he re-focused on Jesus and cried out for help, Jesus' hand caught him.  There seems to be a lesson here.

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

August 7, 2011

SUNDAY, July 31, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,427.57
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$498.43

PRAYER FOR SERENITY :  REINHOLD NIEBUHR
God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful
world as it is, not as I would have it
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that
I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next.  Amen.

HELP NEEDED
Attention middle school parents! Please consider leading or co-leading a small group this year for religious education. Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

MEETING SCHEDULED
There will be a catechist/small group leader meeting on Tuesday August 30 at 7:00 in the pastoral center.

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
The inaugural diocesan "Catholic Women's Conference: A Caring Quilt" will take place on Saturday, October 22, at the Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh. Keynote speaker is ImmaculĂ©e Ilibagiza, survivor of the Rwandan genocide and renowned speaker on faith and forgiveness. The day includes five workshops form which to choose and concludes with Mass with Bishop Zubik. Registration opens August 8, by mail only.  The registration form will be available on the diocesan website: www.diopitt.org.  Registration brochures for the conference are also available by calling 412.456.3129.

SISTERS OF CHARITY CHOIR
The Sisters of Charity Community Choir with the Oakland Catholic High School Choir will sing the National Anthem at PNC Park for the Pirate baseball game scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  The Pirates will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 12:35 p.m. that day.  Tickets are available through August 18, 2011 at $20 for lower level seats and $12 for upper level seats.  A portion of each ticket sale will benefit the Sisters of Charity.  To purchase tickets, contact Sister Patrice Hughes at 412-343-1382 or phughes@scsh.org.

WORKSHOP
"Liturgy of the WORD with Children" for Adults or Youth who wish to be part of the opportunity we offer at one liturgy each weekend, and for catechists who lead liturgies as part of Faith Formation sessions, come Thursday, August 11, 6:00-9:00 PM to the John Paul center, Ninth Street, Sharpsburg. To register, call Marilyn Ganster at 412-781-7348.

PARISH PICNIC SAVE THE DATE
Planning meeting August 9th.  Save the date and request for help! As you know, this year's Parish Picnic is on Sunday, September 18th. Please save the date as we hope to see everyone there!!  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 a great way to get involved!  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 next Picnic Planning meeting on Tues, August 9th 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.

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, August 8, 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 (andybechman@saintscholastica.com).  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 LAST WORD
When there is an exchange of words in the Gospels, Jesus usually speaks the memorable last word.  In next weekend's gospel, though, the most unlikely character—a woman, and a Gentile to boot—has the bon mot. Join our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study as we reflect on this Gospel and the other Sunday Scriptures.  We meet on August 11 from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  We provide materials. The Tuesday evening session has ended for the summer.  There will be another evening Bible study in the fall.

ENCOUNTERING ISLAM
"Catholic Conversations" is a series that aims for informative, lively, and interactive talk on subjects related to faith.  Join us on Thursday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center as we welcome Karen Hussaini to St. Scholastica.  Mrs. Hussaini is the President of the SFH Islamic Interfaith Network which works to build understanding and respect between faith communitiesthrough dialogue, activity and education. Adults and teens are welcome to attend.  There is no registration or fee. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious education begins September 18th. If you have not yet registered your child You may do so online at the parish website. Paper registration forms are available in the pastoral center across from the office.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 6
   5:00 pm  Pauline Casile (Bruno Casile)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 7
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White     
    9:00 am  Mrs. Joan Grace Farina (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    11:00 am   Anthony Sgambati (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, St. Dominic, priest, August 8
    8:30 am   Birthday, Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, weekday, August 9
    8:30 am   Charles Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Wednesday, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, August 10
    8:30 am   Rose LaGrotto (Margaret LaGrotto)

Thursday, St. Clare, virgin, August 11
    8:30 am   Erminia Costanzo (Maria & Gaetano)
   
Friday, weekday, August 12
    8:30 am   Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, weekday, August 13
  9:00 am   Frank Donnelly  (Bob Jackworth, Bill & Bridget—Brilliant Market)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 13
  5:00 pm   Delfini Marsico (Niece, Rita Marsico)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 14
    7:30 am   Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am   Judy Jackworth (Ed & Kathy Rak)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
   11:00 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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 31, 2011

 REFLECTING ON THE WORD
    A TV series featured an English chef going into an elementary school in Huntington, West Virginia, trying to change the children's eating habits.  The resistance he first encounters is fierce.  The children choose pizza over fresh chicken, throwing the beans and salad into the trash.  Even sadder was the resistance of the adults: the women who prepare lunch, the school principal and even the food supervisor of the school system.
    We see Jesus feeding people in many ways throughout the Gospels: by his words and deeds, by his preaching, teaching and healing.  In today's account, he literally feeds a crowd of over five thousand with five loaves and two fish. This event is a sign of God's ongoing desire to meet our hungers with generosity and life-giving nourishment.
    This feeding reveals Jesus as his Father's Son, the God who calls people to come, eat and drink without paying, without cost.  God wants to feed us so we have and share life with others.  We can refuse both the food of God's word and the food of the Eucharist, even when we receive it with our ears and mouths, by not taking it into our lives.
    The word "Heed" comes twice in the first reading: "Heed me and you shall eat well…Come to me heedfully, listen that you may have life".  God cries for us to hear, to listen "that you may have life" to receive the love of God revealed in Jesus and let it nourish us into eternal life.
 
Taken from: LIVING THE WORD, Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days, Dennis Sylva and James Wallace.

July 31, 2011
 
SUNDAY, July 24, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$11,400.25
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$1525.75

CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE SECOND EDITON, EDITORS- DONALD SENIOR AND JOHN COLLINS
If you are looking for a good English translation of the Bible (New American Bible Translation), and a study guide then this Bible is for you.  Often even the best of intentions to read the Bible can be frustrated because of a lack of a study guide to keep the reader from getting "lost in the woods".  The 525-page Reading Guide gives thoughtful introductions and detailed overviews of each book of the Bible.  There are also well-researched background articles prepared by a team of Catholic scholars.  However, the Reading Guide and articles are not marinated in technical and theological language.  The Catholic Study Bible is available in hardback and paperback.  Check Amazon Books for new and used.  Fr. Ken

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 8th, 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 (andybechman@saintscholastica.com).  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.

DROP-IN BIBLE STUDY RESUMES THIS WEEK
Our Thursday morning drop-in Bible study resumes this week on August 4th from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center.  There is no need to commit for multiple sessions, just come when you can!  We provide materials on the next Sunday's Scripture readings. No registration is necessary. The Tuesday evening session has ended for the summer.  There will be another evening Bible study in the fall.

LAST CALL…DONATE BLOOD
Last Call...This Sunday is the day to save a life. Donate blood. Save lives. Get rewards. The Central Blood Bank will be in the Pastoral Center from 8 AM to 1 PM today July 31.  Summer is when donations are low. The demand for blood in our region continues to grow. There is no substitute for the generosity of someone willing to brighten the lives of others through blood donations. So please come and be blessed by giving.

PARISH PICNIC SAVE THE DATE
    Save the date and request for help! As you know, this year's Parish Picnic is on Sunday, September 18th. Please save the date as we hope to see everyone there!!  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!  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 next Picnic Planning meeting on Tues, August 9th 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.

THANK YOU
A very special thank you to all of the young people and adults who participated in Camp Helping Hand!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education begins September 18th! Please register your child as soon as possible.  Forms are available online or in the pastoral center.

HELP NEEDED
Small Group Leaders are needed for our expanding middle school religious education program. Please give this prayerful consideration.  Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested or would like more information.


HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wed., August 3rd, 7:30 PM in the Pastoral Center.  We will be discussing plans for the coming year's activities. All are welcome!

 MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 30
   5:00 pm Anniv., Rosemarie Boley (Children)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 31
   7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch     
   9:00 am  Jack Lang & Diane Loebig (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
   11:00 am  Miguel Ramos (Claudia Bermudez)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Fr. Ken is away from the parish this week, so there are no scheduled weekday Masses.  Madonna in Sharpsburg has a 7:30 morning Mass Monday through Friday.

Monday, St. Alphonsus Liguari, August 1
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, August 2
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, August 3
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, St. John Mary Vianney, priest, August 4
    8:30 am  NO MASS
   
Friday, weekday, August 5
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, August 6
   9:00 am  John G. Farina (Jim & Claire Wallace & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 6
  5:00 pm  Pauline Casile (Bruno Casile)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 7
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  Mrs. Joan Grace Farina  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
    11:00 am  Anthony Sgambati (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
 
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 24, 2011

  REFLECTING ON THE WORD

   If God were to offer you your heart's desire, what would you ask for?  Solomon did not request health or wealth.  Nor did he ask God to remove his enemies-either those inherited from his father or those acquired when he was given the crown at a very young age.  Solomon asked for wisdom, for a heart that understands or listens.  Such wisdom included the ability to judge justly and to distinguish right from wrong.  God was pleased.
    The gift of wisdom allows the heart to see; the letter to the Ephesians refers to "seeing with the eyes of the heart".  And wisdom brings the ability to hear the word of the Lord even when spoken in the sound of silence, as Elijah did.  Such seeing and hearing lie at the heart of the first two parables.  Seeing God's reign is likened to finding a treasure in a field or seeking a most valuable pearl– when one sees where it s hidden or hears where it can be found, one gives all one has to make it one's own.
    The heart can spend many years and look in many places for happiness.  We can bypass the kingdom again and again, going off into various dead ends, cul de sacs and blind alleys.  Paul reminds the Romans that all things work for good for those who look to God.   God, who has predestined us to share the image of the Son, wishes to give us the wisdom needed to discover where the kingdom is hidden.

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

July 24, 2011
 
SUNDAY, July 17, 2011 OFFERINGS:
$12,363.00
Amount Needed:
$12,926.00
Shortfall:
$563.00

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 MaryCatherine Scanlon at 412. 781.6550.

NO BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK
Our summer drop-in Bible study is taking a break this week.  The Thursday morning study will resume on August 4 from 10:00-11:15 in the north section (near the kitchen) of the Pastoral Center. The Tuesday evening session has ended for the summer.  There will be another evening Bible study in the fall.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT
Lunch, Fashions, Auctions, Bake Sale!  Please mark your calendar for another special Autumn Song luncheon, with fashions by Carabella, on Saturday, October 15, at the Pittsburgh Field Club. This annual Aquinas Guild event supports the church, the community, and CDTCA. If you have a donation for the auctions or baskets, please contact Patti McCaffrey at 412-782-5051. Tickets to sporting, theatrical, or musical events; weekend get-aways; golf experiences; and gift certificates to local shops and restaurants are especially prized. We welcome donations of hand crafted items such as knitted or crocheted sweaters, blankets or baby items and gently used treasures from your own home.

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.

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 8, 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 at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.  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.
 
DONATION OF ADDITIONAL HYMNALS
We received a generous donation of Gather Hymnals from Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Lawrenceville.  We have been short hymnals for a good while and many have  seen better days.  This was a wonderful opportunity to supplement what we have.  These donated hymnals are in perfect condition;  however, they do not have the readings in the back.  In most of the pews, though, you will find a few hymnals that do have the readings.  We will use these present hymnals for the next four months.  We have already ordered the new hymnals that will have all the mandated changes in the Mass.  We have ordered plenty of hymnals, and they will all have the readings.  We will start using this hymnal on November 27, which is when Advent begins.  
 
INVITATION FOR NEW CHOIR MEMBERS
Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens. No audition.  Contact Sr. Pat ASAP.
 
FORECLOSURE HELP
If you're worried about losing your house you may be eligible for financial assistance, including new emergency federal loans.  In fact, a whole host of programs may help you avoid foreclosure and stay in your home.  The first step is to call today because funding is available for a limited time.  Call 1-800-552-4171 now to learn more.

MASS INTENTIONS:

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

Monday, St. James, apostle, July 25
   8:30 am Regis Obringer (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, St. Joachim & St. Anne, parents of Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26
   8:30 am Anniv., Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Wednesday, weekday, July 27
   8:30 am  Daniel Gallagher Sr. (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Thursday, weekday, July 28
    8:30 am  Rocco Florio (Wife & Family)
   
Friday, St. Martha, July 29
    8:30 am  James F. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)

Saturday, weekday, July 30
   9:00 am  Louise Flinn (Son, Don Flinn)

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 30
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Rosemarie Boley (Children)
       Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 31
    7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Jack Lang & Diane Loebig (Family)
       Presider: Fr. Kenneth White   
    11:00 am  Miguel Ramos (Claudia Bermudez)
       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.