May 13, 2012

   Over the years, some of our secular celebrations have taken on immense importance. Mother's Day is one of those. Card makers and florists reap a huge benefit because of this day. Many restaurants offer special meal opportunities. Even some Major League Baseball teams conduct special promotions tied to the day. And many children go to church with their mothers to thank God and to pray with and for them. It is a day of celebration for many, honoring the women who brought them into the world.
   It just happens that today's Gospel is absolutely perfect for today's secular feast. Like Jesus, what mother would not say to her children, "Love one another as I love you"? Jesus' words to his disciples were spoken at the Last Supper as they gathered around the table after he washed their feet--an example of humble service that he gave to all his followers. His words were a lasting legacy to his disciples, expressing his desire for how they should treat one another. A mother could easily ask the same of her own children.
   Mothers know how their children can act. Sometimes they are perfect angels. At other times is seems like they are ready to tear a brother or sister to bits. In managing a household, a mother will often work to get cooperation from her children by encouraging them to care for one another. Jesus asks the same of those who follow him. We are not always ready to love one another. Sometimes we treat other people in the worst of ways. But like a mother, Jesus keeps calling us back to care for our brothers and sisters, to treat them with respect, to recognize that we all have one common Father who is the God who created us. On Mother's Day, so many children put aside differences to get along "for mom." Jesus expects us to love one another all the time.
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The proceeds of this collection will go to four causes: the Catholic Relief Services, the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, the Church in Latin America and the Church in Africa.  Your donations will assist immigration services and resettlement, support seminaries and pastoral centers and fund evangelization programs, youth ministry and support our brothers and sisters in Africa who struggle with AIDS and extreme poverty and rapid population growth.  Thank you for your generosity.

This weekend's altar flowers are placed in honor of Charles & Martha Flynn and Dan & Helen Gallagher by the Gallagher Family.

Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012! NEW TIME--12:30-4:00pm, 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, starts at 12:30 pm and food will be served at 2:00 pm. Parishioners, please bring side dishes in disposable containers. See you there!

"Tag Day" Collection – to be held May 12th and 13th. Genesis is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to providing assistance to young girls and women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Thank you for your support.

We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses  this Sunday, May 13th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

There is a benefit concert for Hekima Place that is being performed by Anne Martindale Williams, the principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, on Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 pm at the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church, 229 Center Avenue.  Tickets are $75 per person.  Please support this wonderful effort!

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.
Help Needed!
· The success of our Religious Education Program relies heavily on our volunteer catechists and small group leaders. For the upcoming academic year we hope to assign a teaching "pair" to every grade level. If you would be interested or would like more information please join our Director of Religious Education, Jamie Dillon and our Program Manager, Gina Musser, in the Ministry Center on Monday, May 21st from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. We will explain our program and answer any questions that you may have. We welcome young adults, adults and seniors! Please note that the time for this meeting has changed since last week's bulletin.
· We are looking for a pickup truck to haul tables from the gym to Squaw Valley Park before and after the parish picnic on Sunday, May 27. We have volunteers who will load the vehicle. The truck will be needed at around 10:30 am and again at around 4:00 pm for the return trip. Please contact Boo Benckart at if you can help.
· Our Catholic Youth Ministry is in need of adult chaperones and drivers for the middle-school Camp Helping Handfrom July 11-13. Please contact Jamie Dillon at
· 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.
· We are also seeking donations of rice on the weekend of May 19 & 20. Your contributions will go to the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministries in East Liberty. Please leave donations in the marked basket in the back of the church.

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

   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!

We encourage leaders of our parish ministries and organizations to use the Stewardship Corner feature in the bulletin to communicate with parishioners. Using the Corner allows you to reach parishioners through the print bulletin, the online bulletin, the Stewardship Corner webpage, and even the message screen in the back of the church. If your group needs assistance with a project or would like to recruit members, send a request for the Help Needed feature. If you want people to know about the good things your group is doing, send an item for Good News! And if you would like to add a personal touch to the group descriptions that we publish under the Focus on . . . feature, send quotations from your members about how their work with your group enriches their lives and the lives of others. Any of these items can be sent to Andy Bechman at So use the Corner, and help your group to thrive!

   Perhaps this late spring and summer you can take some extra time for spiritual growth. Here are some opportunities available in the Pittsburgh area. 
   Martina Spiritual Renewal Center in West View is offering a Novena to the Holy Spirit from May 18-27 at the Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit. The novena observances begin at 7 pm each evening from May 18-25 and at 4 pm on Saturday, May 26. The format includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a reading and talk (by presiders such as Fr. Joseph Freedy, Fr. Ben Vaghetto, Fr. Thomas Miller, and Bishop Waltersheid), and Benediction. For more information, call 412-931-9766.
   St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center is offering a silent retreat from Monday, June 11 to Sunday, June 17, with an opportunity for a directed retreat for up to eight participants. In addition, private retreats of one to several days are available within that time. To register, contact the retreat center at 412-381-7676.
   Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, PA, is offering a conference retreat called "Awakening Consciousness: Exploring Traditional Spirituality and Modern Scientific Insights," presented by Jan Novotka from June 24-29. VMESC is also offering a directed retreat from June 17-24. For information, go to or call 724-964-8886.

Sunday:  Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/1 Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
Monday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Jn 15:9-17
Tuesday:  Acts 16:22-34/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 18:1-8/Jn 16:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday:   Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Eph 1:17-23 or 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13/Mk 16:15-20
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eugene Kaczynski (father of Nancy Pollock), Elijah Straw (son of Tom and Jen Straw and  brother of Rowan) & Dr. Howard Mitchell Sr. (father of Bryant and Wendy Mitchell).

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Ltd. for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

   Khaire Nesa, a 38-year-old Afghan woman, speaks softly as she pulls up the sleeve of her young daughter. There's a mixture of pride and hopefulness on her face as she points to the baby's arm. The arm is not plump, but it's not bony either. "Now I can buy more food. My children have gained weight."
   Khaire can buy more food for her six children because she joined a women's self-help group supported by Catholic Relief Services.  In her remote village, Khaire's group began by raising chickens and selling eggs, but soon took on a larger venture. "There's no bakery in Chaghcharan," says Khaire, so the women's group decided to make one.  CRS provided two ovens housed in a domed, mud-wall hut, along with flour, cooking oil, baking powder and raisins. "We used it all up in 10 days," Khaire smiles.  After giving out free samples, the bakery quickly got an order to provide 800 pounds of baked goods every week to the local police.
   The $8-a-week profit each woman takes home goes a long way in the impoverished town.  "Three years ago we didn't have enough money for the children and house. We used to eat mainly tea and bread," says Khaire. "Now that I'm part of the self-help group, we can eat rice, yogurt, and meat."   
    Please support our special collection for Catholic Relief Services on the weekend of May 19-20 to make stories like this possible in nearly 100 countries all around the world!

Saturday, Vigil of the 6th Sunday of Easter,  May 12
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, 6th Sunday of Easter, May 13
   7:30 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Celia Mancini (Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Joseph Clarke)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Matthias, apostle, May 14
   8:30 am  Mary Certo (Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 15
   8:30 am  Mary Teresa Auray (Robert Auray Jr.)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 16
   8:30 am  Angela & Antoinette Basilone (Dr. Robert & Annette Pasqual)

Thursday, Ascension of the Lord,  May 17
   8:30 am  Marion Borosa (Betty Metrovich)
   7:00 pm  Regis Obringer (Dr. Ronald D'Altorio) 

Friday, Easter Weekday,  May 18
   8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  May 19
   9:00 am  Birthday, Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 19
   5:00 pm  Harriet Lynch (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, 7th Sunday of Easter, May 20
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Paul Wessell (Mr. & Mrs. Regis E. Wessell)
       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
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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