June 3, 2012

     In the armed forces commissioned officers derives their authority directly from a sovereign power. They have command authority because of the commission that they have received. By virtue of their commission they exercise both responsibility for and control of those under their command. "Commission" can refer both to the granting of duties as well as the actual execution of those duties (although we often only think of the latter in a negative way as in the "commission" of a crime).
     The Gospel for this weekend comes from the very end of St. Matthew's Gospel. It is often described as the "Great Commission." After his resurrection, Jesus gathers his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. He gives them a commission. They are to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that he has commanded. That is the word that Jesus uses in this passage from Matthew: to teach what he has commanded. Like a commissioned officer in the armed forces, the commission of a follower of Jesus is derived from a sovereign power, except that in this case, it is the ultimate sovereign power-the Son of God.
     The Gospel command is not limited to eleven fishermen standing on a Galilean hillside. The Gospels remains in force today. The commission applies to us as well. And since this commission is given in the context of Matthew's Gospel, it is important to recall that part of what Jesus commanded was the care of our brothers and sisters. Matthew's Gospel contains the story that reminds us that the Son of Man is seen in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the ill, and the imprisoned. And it is he who commands us to be attentive to them. A commissioned officer is ultimately responsible to the commander-in-chief. In our case, that means that we are ultimately responsible to Christ.
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     The homily is one way of understanding the Scripture passages of the day. But it is only one way. There are probably as many ways to reflect on the meaning of the day's Scripture as there are preachers. Usually you can tell after a sentence or two whether the homilist has worked really hard to prepare the homily. His task is to study the history and background of the readings and then try to connect that to the needs of the assembly. If you were to see the many homily resources that are available, the variety would become very obvious. Is what the preacher says his opinion? Certainly.  Perhaps more importantly is the fact that each and every one of us are supposed to listen to the word and then ask the question, "What do these readings say to me?  What would I talk about if I were giving the homily?" Perhaps the greatest task at any Mass is listening. How well am I listening? Do I listen only to judge the effectiveness of the preacher, or do I ask how God's word is trying to move my heart? 

      Do you want to deepen your grasp of the Christian message and your appreciation of how the Church reaches out through time and across nations and cultures? Join us this summer for Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, a ten-part video series that presents the foundations of the Catholic faith in a visually arresting style. The series was filmed in more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries and is hosted by Fr. Robert Barron.
     We will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center from June 6 to August 15 (no meeting on July 4).  Each session will begin with some refreshments and social time after morning Mass, followed by an episode from the series and about half an hour to share your reactions and thoughts if you wish.
     There is no need to commit to the whole series! Although watching all of the episodes is ideal, you can benefit from any of them. Come when you can. There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs. Questions? Contact Andy Bechman at: andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

     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.
Help Needed!
· Our Catholic Youth Ministry is in need of adult chaperones and drivers for the middle-school Camp Helping Hand from July 11-13. Please contact Jamie Dillon.
· Nancy Heil urgently requests donations of new or used sheets (any size) and pillowcases. Backpacks and duffel bags are also needed. These items may be placed in the marked bins in the church vestibule.
· Nancy also urgently requests donations of: peanut butter (especially) and jelly and canned fruit. Other items that are still needed include: fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, crackers with cheese or peanut butter, and 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 . . . Music Ministry
Music Ministers are adults and teens who enhance the quality of prayer and worship at our liturgies by leading the assembly in song and by encouraging full participation. Opportunities include: cantor, the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, the 11 a.m. SATB Choir, and instrumentalists. If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at 412-781-0186, ext. 17 or by e-mail: music@saintscholastica.com.

     The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

     On the 25th of May in 1936, an assistant priest at St. Scholastica was named "vicar econome," or administrator, of the parish. This able man remained until 1941 and sponsored the formation of the Aquinas Guild. He would later become the first pastor of St. Maurice Parish, the first auxiliary bishop of Pittsburgh, and the first bishop (and later archbishop) of Miami. Do you know his name?
     You can find out in our parish history! Published in 2008, it is now available at a special summer sale price of $5. Copies are available from the parish office. We urge you to take some summer reading time to get acquainted with our forebears at St. Scholastica.

     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 June 14 – 17, 2012. This experiential weekend features fishing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, archery, and faith presented in a masculine modality. No experience is necessary and space is limited. "Into the Wild" is excellent for single or married men as well as fathers and sons. More information is available at www.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.

     · CDTCA's 7th and 8th graders participated in the English Festival at Duquesne University with 450 other students.  We are proud to announce that CDTCA had three winners at the festival: Ariana Burns for her writing portfolio and Katie Kiszka and Veronica Manning for their Art Portfolio.  Congratulations to them and their teacher, Mrs. Sue Wood.
     · CDTCA had five students travel to Penn State for the State Finals of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science.  Matthew Pilewski, Veronica Manning and Laurel Hettinger were awarded 1st place.  Katie Kiszka and Hannah Pignoli were awarded 2nd place.  Congratulations to them and to their teacher, Mrs. Christine Salvi.

Sunday:  Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Rom 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20
Monday:  2 Pt 1:2-7/Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday:  2 Pt 3:12-15a, 17-18/Mk 12:13-17
Wednesday:  2 Tm 1:1-3, 6-12/Mk 12:18-27
Thursday:  2 Tm 2:8-15/Mk 12:28-34
Friday:  2 Tm 3:10-17/Mk 12:35-37
Saturday:  2 Tm 4:1-8/Mk 12:38-44
Next Sunday:  Ex 24:3-8/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tri-State Orthopaedics for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form here on our website. Please help us keep up to date, as we cannot provide pastoral care for our people if we do not know they are in one of these situations!

     Huge indoor rummage sale June 15th and 16th at Aquinas Academy, 2308 West Hardies Rd. Gibsonia. Doors open to all at 8am. High quality yet low prices!

Saturday, Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity,  June 2
   5:00 pm  Marion Borosa (Scanlon Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Most Holy Trinity,  June 3
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Manley Family (Welsh Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  George Peter Simons (Patricia G. Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday,  weekday, June 4
   8:30 am  Florence & Ed Fairley (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, St. Boniface, bishop & martyr, June 5
   8:30 am  Birthday, Joan Grace Farina (Jean Marie & Anthony Farina)

Wednesday, weekday, June 6
   8:30 am  Lucille Domzal (Domzal Family)

Thursday, weekday,  June 7
   8:30 am  Living & Deceased Members of the Ziegler Families (Family) 

Friday, weekday, June 8
    8:30 am Birthday, Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, weekday,  June 9
   9:00 am  Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ,  June 9
   5:00 pm  Ronald Alvino (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ,  June 10
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert  Duch
   11:00 am  Anniv., George & Catherine Paulick (Paulick 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