May 20, 2012

   All of us have friends. Some are mere acquaintances, people whom we casually know through work or the neighborhood, with whom we get along and can have fun at the company picnic or local block party. Then there is that closer circle of friends: people we may invite to a party, or folks with whom we golf or get together with for some other activity. Finally, there are our closest friends, the two or three individuals in whom we confide almost everything about our lives. If you are on Facebook, you may have a hundred of the first kind. Some of those you may barely know because they are really friends of friends. On the other hand, your closest friends may not be friends on your Facebook account at all.
   In the Gospel today, Jesus prays for his disciples at the Last Supper. He had just washed their feet and had finished speaking to them about the fellowship that was theirs through the gift of the Holy Spirit. He spoke about his disciples not as servants, but as his friends. And now he prays for them. In his prayer, Jesus asks his Father in heaven to protect his followers, to guard them and to keep them safe. Jesus prays that they may be united as one, just as the Father and he are one. At the Last Supper, this prayer of Jesus is a moment of deep and abiding intimacy with his disciples, bringing them to the Father in prayer.
   The prayer of Jesus for his friends raises the issue of our own experience of friendship. In what ways do we value the friendship and intimacy of those who are close to us? God has placed these individuals in our lives and has given us the opportunity to enjoy some deep relationships. This might be the time to give thanks to God for friendship, and to pray for those who are our friends.
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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.

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, 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!

Many thanks to all the parishioners who were so generous with the Genesis Collection.  You gave a total of $701.00.  The money will be a great help in promoting support and programs for young pregnant women.

There will be a Respect Life meeting on Tuesday evening, May 22nd at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  We will be discussing the Ministry of Praise, Conscience Rights, Fall Programs and a Blood Drive.  All are welcome to attend.

This is the last weekend this spring for the Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 am Mass. We will resume the Children's Liturgy in the fall.

Through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, St. Scholastica Parish welcomes adults and older children into the Catholic Church. The RCIA is intended for people who have never been baptized, for Christians who have been baptized in another denomination but would like to become Catholics, and for baptized Catholics who were not raised in the faith and have not yet received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Let us know if you are interested in joining the Church or in helping others to enter. Contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email:

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: Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.
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!
· 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 that 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 boobenckart@saintscholastica.comif you can help.
· 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.
· We are also seeking donations of rice this weekend. 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.

   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!

If you would not like your address and/or telephone number included in this year's directory, please notify the Parish Office at 412-781-0186 ext. 10 by Friday, May 25th.

   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. It 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:

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eugene Kaczynski (father of Nancy Pollock), Elijah Straw (son of Tom and Jen Straw brother of Rowan) & Dr. Howard Mitchell Sr. (father of Bryant and Wendy Mitchell).

Sunday:  Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn 17:11b-19
Monday:  Acts 19:1-8/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday:  Acts 20:17-27/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday:  Acts 20:28-38/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday:  Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday:Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or  Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Ez 37:1-14/Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
Day: Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25/Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15

St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Tudi Mechanical Systems for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

May is the traditional month to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  We invite you to come to a service in honor of Mary this Monday evening, May 21st at 7:30 pm.  This service will be evening prayer with psalms, readings, hymns and a short reflection.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Q. Does chewing gum break the fast before Communion?
A. If you look in canon law or in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there is no mention of chewing gum. I guess it does not rate the attention of the universal church! The church requires us to fast for one hour before we receive the Eucharist. Basically, we are to refrain from food and drink, not including water or medicine. There are also exceptions for people who are ill. Overall, the fast is intended for us to prepare ourselves to receive the Eucharist and, in some small way, to hunger literally as well as spiritually for what we are about to receive.
   Chewing gum, while not really food, does at least break the spirit of the fast. Besides that, it is a distraction and rude. What do you do with the gum when it is time to receive Communion? People have actually come to the altar chewing away, oblivious to what they were doing or who they were receiving. At best, it is distracting and irreverent. At worst, it adds a barrier to giving our best to receiving God's best.   
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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

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 21
   8:30 am  Frank X. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 22
   8:30 am  Lillian Allison (Dr. Paul & Sally Ineich)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 23
   8:30 am  Charles Lang (Family)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 24
   8:30 am  Margaret Weis (Jim & Susie Ryan) 

Friday, Easter Weekday,  May 25
   8:30 am  William Ladley (Marjorie Ladley)

Saturday, St. Philip Neri, priest,  May 26
   9:00 am  Louis Certo (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost,  May 26
   5:00 pm  John Gregorczyk (Carol & Vince Alvino)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Pentecost, May 27
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Delfina Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Sal Patitucci)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Donald Parker (Karen Staley)
       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.

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