April 29, 2012

   Many working breeds of dogs were developed to exhibit specific traits that were valuable assets for their owners. The powerful hind legs of a Rottweiler gave it strength to pull butcher carts. The thick coat of a Saint Bernard helped it survive in mountain snows. And the herding behavior of an Australian Shepherd made it ideal for ranch work in the western United States. When a suburban household or city dweller acquires one of these types of dogs, they need to be aware of what they're getting. It's not uncommon for that energetic Australian Shepherd to start herding the family's children, along with some quick nips at their legs to make sure the herd stays together, a behavior that is not necessarily welcomed by its recipients.
   Shepherding isn't always an easy, gentle task. In the Gospel, Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd who is ready to lay down his life for his sheep. The shepherd risks his life, because the sheep won't always listen. Sometimes we are not ready to heed the Shepherd's voice. We have other ideas about the path that we should take, and the Shepherd has to call us back in order to protect us and keep us safe.
   On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we acknowledge that the church is in need of shepherds who will act like the Good Shepherd himself. The human shortcomings of some shepherds and the grievous sins of others should not deter us from encouraging young people to consider a life of service in the church. Every flock needs a shepherd to guide it and to help hold it together. We believe that God calls people to service and gives them the grace to be faithful in it. As we pray that God will increase the number of shepherds for the flock, we must also take concrete steps to invite some in our midst to consider a life of service in the name of Christ.
                                                                 ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

   This weekend, April 28th & 29th, there will be a second collection for Hekima Place. Hekima Place is a home in Kenya for girls orphaned primarily by HIV/AIDS. The name "Hekima" was chosen for its Kiswahili meaning: "Wisdom." Founded in 2005 by Kate Fletcher, a parishioner of St. Thomas More in the South Hills, Hekima Place is now home to 60 girls. The girls are given a loving, faith-based home with nutritious meals, health care, and very importantly, an education to enable them to succeed on their own once schooling is complete.
   Kate will be speaking at all the Masses and making her appeal for your support. Please make checks payable to "Hekima Place." Thank you for your support that will make all the difference for those 60 girls and young women.

Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses on Sunday, May 6th to meet our newest parishioners. Coffee, tea, juice and refreshments will be served.

Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012! NEW TIME: 12:30-4:00 pm, Squaw Valley Park, the Parish Picnic and Appalachia Fun Run in one event! Food, bingo, games, 3-on-3 basketball, the Fun Run to support CYM's Annual Appalachia Mission Trip and much more. Parishioners, please bring side dishes in disposable containers. See you there!

Dear Parishioners, There are still several slots available to have your picture taken for our new pictorial directory on Saturday, May 5th beginning at 10:45 am. To schedule an appointment please call Olan Mills at 1-800-866-2263. See you in the new directory!

We are now accepting registrations for the fall.  Early registrations receive a discount so don't delay!

We are going to pilot a Family Catechesis Program for Religious Education this fall.  This is a family based approach to religious education in which the family would work together but join with other families in our parish on a monthly basis for a meal and faith sharing.  This is under the guidance and support of our religious education staff and curriculum.  If your family is interested please contact Jamie Dillon jamiedillon@comcast.net.

   Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website: http://www.saintscholastica.com. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
Help Needed!
· Our Catholic Youth Ministry is in need of additional adults for the Mission Trip to Appalachia the week of July 24-30. Adults on the trip guide and work alongside our young people as they do home repair projects in Elkview, W. Va. The experience combines work, prayer, song, recreation and camaraderie among adults and youth. Please consider it! In addition, adults are needed to help with Vacation Bible School here at St. Scholastica the week of June 11-15 and to act as chaperones and drivers for the middle-school Camp Helping Hand from July 11-13. Please contact Jamie Dillon (contact info below).
· Nancy Heil and her coworkers urgently request blankets. Please help if you can! Please note that Nancy has found a supplier for toilet paper, so that toilet paper donations are not needed for the time being.
· Nancy also requests donations of: fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration. The food will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh. Nancy always and especially requests prayers for the people whom she and her coworkers serve.
Focus On . . . Ministry of Praise
Parishioners in the Ministry of Praise volunteer to pray at home for Parish needs and parishioner requests. A list is sent to them every two months. If you would like to join this group, or have a prayer request, please contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.

   Register your 5-9 year old now for Transformers: God's Love Changes Everything!  Vacation Bible School begins the week of June 11th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Contact Jamie at jamiedillon@comcast.net
   There is a meeting Monday, April 30th for any adult or teen wishing to help with Vacation Bible School.  The meeting will be at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center.

   The MUM's Bible Study Group is in need of parish volunteers to help with the free babysitting provided for small children of group members. 
   The Bible Study meets Monday mornings from 9:30am - 11:00am in the Parish Pastoral Center. 
   MUM's in in need of help for the following Mondays: April 30th and May 7th.  If you are able to help with this ministry for one or more of the above dates please contact Ann Pawlikowski at 412-782-0433.

Is holding its annual Golf Outing on Monday, May 21, 2012 at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Kelly DiNatale at 412-779-5328 or CDTCAgolf@gmail.com.

Help save a life and give back to your organization in the process!  Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at St. Scholastica on Friday, May 25, 2012.  Through ultrasound we evaluate the carotid arteries for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package by adding your name to the sign-up sheet provided.  By signing up for this life-saving event, not only will you be able to receive $10 off any package of $139 or more, but St. Scholastica will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends the Life Line Screening event. The Stroke Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral  arterial disease and atrial fibrillation.  To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer, please sign up on the sheet provided by St. Scholastica.  Join in the fight against vascular disease!

A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, April 30, 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 and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him (see the staff contact information in this bulletin). Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the pastor at least six weeks before your desired date. The next baptism preparation session will be on June 18th.

Our next Appalachia meeting is Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

Sunday:  Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18
Monday: Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30 or Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58
Wednesday: Acts 12:24--13:5a/Jn 12:44-50
Thursday: 1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14
Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14
Next Sunday:  Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8

All Saints Ladies of Charity welcome women of the parish to an Evening of Reflection with Fr. Scott Seethaler, OFM, Cap, on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in the All Saints Activity Building, 19 Wilson Street, Etna, at 7:00pm.  Fr. Scott will reflect on the Blessed Mother's influence in our lives.  Light refreshments will be served.  No charge to attend - however, if attending, please RSVP to Amy Streit at 412-784-8722 by May 11, 2012.

The final Aquinas Guild meeting of the year will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Wednesday, May 16th at noon. Chef Stephen Grottenthaler will share his cooking skills with us as he demonstrates the dishes we'll enjoy for lunch. All women of the parish are encouraged and welcome to attend. Cost of the lunch is $25.00. Please RSVP by sending a check for $25.00 made out to the "Aquinas Guild" to Karyn Lynch, 127 Pheasant Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Kindly RSVP by Friday, May 11th. Questions, please call Mary Ellen Maher 412-767-5863.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Lance Snyder.

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Dr. Robert DeFazio, D.M.D. for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see his ad on the back page.

Catechists and small group leaders are needed for the fall.  We are hoping to create a situation where the teaching is shared by 2 or 3 catechists per grade level.  If you would be interested please contact Jamie at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

Saturday, Vigil of the 4th Sunday of Easter,  April 28
   5:00 pm  Tommaso Sbarra (Sbarra Family)
        Presider:  Fr. Walt Rydzon

Sunday, 4th Sunday of Easter, April 29
   7:30 am  Deceased Members of Veltri/Powers Families (Pat & Sissy)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Martha F. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Florence Palminteri (Dennis & Bernadine Bonessa)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   1:00 pm  Confirmation Mass
       Presider:  Bishop David Zubik

Monday, Easter Weekday, April 30
   8:30 am  Helen Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 1
   8:30 am  Paul Schultz (Rita Ponticello)

Wednesday, St. Athanasius, bishop & doctor, May 2
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Hugo & Carmello Esposito & Family)

Thursday, Sts. Philip & James, apostles,  May 3
   8:30 am  Franklin C. Snyder (Patricia G. Snyder)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 4
   8:30 am  Anniv., Ann M. Egan

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  May 5
   9:00 am  Marion Borosa (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the 5th Sunday of Easter,  May 5
   5:00 pm  Rosanne Donaghue Grogan (Katarincic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, 5th Sunday of Easter, May 6
   7:30 am  Paul L. Balonick Sr. (Balonick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Hilda Friday Weiss (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, Harmar: T, Th 8:00 a.m.; W 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th 9:00 a.m.; W, F 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, T, W, F 7:30 a.m.
St. John Cantius, Sharpsburg: Th 7:00 p.m.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th.M.Ed………..…Ext. 14

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

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

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

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

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927