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.