May 27, 2012

     When you speak to men and women who have served in the armed forces, one of the things that they often value about their service is the camaraderie that they shared. Those who have been in combat talk about the trust they place in fellow members of their unit, and how important it is to them that they know that someone has always got their back. When that trust breaks down, when another soldier doesn't think that he or she can count on someone else, the ability of the unit to get the job done is at risk. Commanding officers recognize the importance of unit cohesion, as they call it, and part of regular training is to develop and maintain that spirit among those who serve. That spirit, that sense of camaraderie, is always something that many members of the service say they miss when they return to civilian life.
     On Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples, and upon us! This Spirit of God fills us at our baptism, is confirmed in us at our confirmation, and is nourished and renewed every time we receive the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. This Spirit energizes us for our work in the world of spreading the good news of Christ. As Jesus tells us in today's Gospel, we will testify because we have been given the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father.
     The gift of the Holy Spirit is what develops our "unit cohesion" as the body of Christ in this world. The Spirit unites us with Christians everywhere in one communion of love, so that we can complete our mission of bringing others to Christ. That task is so important and so demanding that we cannot do it alone. The Spirit binds us together in a community of faith so that we can be strong in this work. In the Spirit, we can do it!
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     Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012, 2:30-4:00 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!

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

     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:

     Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 am mass has concluded for the season. Thanks to the many children who got closer to God's word by participating, the families who sent them, and our liturgists: Chrissy Albert, Andy Bechman, Jennifer Beggs, Jamie Dillon, Natalie Gillespie, Sue Goodwin, Allison Nedrow, Jennifer Perkins, and Melissa Scheffler. Interested in volunteering? Contact Natalie Gillespie at We will resume in September.

     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!
· 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 . . . the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
"Would you like to express your faith in a tangible manner?" asks Guy Tumolo. "There are times when a fellow human being needs some support to deal with financial problems. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is there to help emotionally and financially." Men and women of the Society provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. They also visit parishioners at home, hospitals, and nursing homes. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the "poor boxes" located at the doors of the church. To learn more or join, contact Carol Paulick at:

     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 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.

· Congratulations to the class of 2012 of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  Graduation will be held for our 19 graduates on Tuesday evening, May 29th at a special 7:00 pm Liturgy.  Following the Liturgy, there will be a reception for the graduates in the Pastoral Center.
· The last day of classes for the year for all students will be Friday, June 1st.
· Registration for next year is now in process.  Think of giving your children the best gift you can ever give them...the gift of a Catholic Education.  Please call the school office for information.  Financial aid is available.

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
Monday:  1 Pt 1:3-9/Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday:1 Pt 1:10-16/Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday:1 Pt 1:18-25/Mk 10:32-45
Thursday: Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16/Lk 1:39-56
Friday:1 Pt 4:7-13/Mk 11:11-26
Saturday:Jude 17, 20b-25/Mk 11:27-33
Next Sunday:Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Rom 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20

     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 on our website here.  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 8 am. High quality yet low prices!

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

Monday,  weekday, May 28
   9:00 am  Daniel S. Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Tuesday, weekday, May 29
   8:30 am  Msgr. Donald Kraus (St. Scholastica Parish)
   7:00 pm  Graduation for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy

Wednesday, weekday, May 30
   8:30 am  Barbara Zuccaro (James & Lillian Ranii)

Thursday, weekday,  May 31
   8:30 am  Robert Charles Styslinger (Jane & Joe Curlee) 

Friday, St. Justin, martyr, June 1
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Saturday, weekday, June 2

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

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