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
 
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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..