July 1, 2012 Bulletin

     Liberty and freedom are words that that carry significant meaning. In the past year and a half we've seen those words bandied about in a myriad of contexts. Across the Arab world young and old, men and women, have all used those two words to talk about their hopes and desires for their countries. In the United States, bishops speak about liberty in reference to the right to be free from government regulations in the practice of one's faith. In China, the words are often used in an economic context, while having little to do with other aspects of society, especially as far as politics is concerned.
     While freedom may be a concept debated by officials, for many individuals it is a concrete desire. For some people, freedom comes down to the very practical day-to-day experiences of being free from hunger, being free from oppressive labor conditions, or being free from illness. The woman with the hemorrhages in this weekend's Gospel was longing to be freed from her illness, something that she had endured for a dozen years. Freedom, for her, meant that she would no longer carry the burden of a debilitating sickness.
     A quick review of our country's involvement in the events of the Arab Spring show just how difficult it is to have any effect on the liberty of another if we are not the proximate oppressor. In the same way, we cannot easily remove the burdens of illness, homelessness, or unemployment from those around us who may suffer from these troubles. What we can do is stand with them, and offer them our support and love. In the Gospel, people from the synagogue official's house told him to give up on a cure because his daughter was dead. But Jesus told him, "Do not be afraid; just have faith." Those are words that we can use as well, as long as we are willing to support and console those who are held bound by suffering.
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     Everyone is encouraged to participate in the U.S. Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom by praying for religious liberty, learning about this issue and displaying gratitude for this our first, most cherished freedom.  Let us keep the flame of religious liberty burning brightly this Independence Day.  Visit http://www.diopitt.org/ for additional resources and information.

     Our summer blood drive will be Sunday morning, July 29th. The residents of the Pittsburgh area are the beneficiaries of a first-rate healthcare system that relies on an adequate blood supply.  Central Blood Bank supplies blood, blood products and transfusion related services to approximately 40 hospitals in Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.  Our Parish has been dedicated to helping supply blood for these health needs.  A core of faithful donors come regularly but some have circumstances where they can no longer donate.  We need new donors.  Would you please consider filling this need?  Call 412-781-6550 to sign up.

     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's office will be closed the month of July. The office will reopen on Monday, August 6, 2012.  Registration is still open for most grades. Call the school for more details or to schedule a tour 412.781.7927.

     The controversy that has arisen regarding the decision of the Department of Health and Human Services not to exempt many Catholic institutions from its mandate that health insurance plans provide contraceptive services deserves serious attention. Here are some resources for people who would like to sort it out.
     The U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty express their objection to the mandate in the document "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty." This statement and other resources can be found at the bishops' website here: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/.
     The journal Commonweal, published by lay Catholics and leaning liberal, has devoted a recent issue to perspectives on the controversy. They are available at: http://commonwealmagazine.org/bishops-religious-liberty.
     Boston College's "Church in the 21st Century" initiative includes a webcast archive. "Is Religious Liberty Under Threat in America?" is a recent addition. This 44 minute panel discussion took place on April 18, and is balanced and reasoned, although some background from the sources above may be helpful first. To find the video, go to http://www.bc.edu/church21/  and click "C21 Webcasts on Demand" in the menu on the top left. When you reach the archive, look under "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition."

     July 6th:  Pirate Game! $21 per person infield seats and Clemente Jersey! RSVP by June 30 to Jamie Dillon.
     July 11th -13th: Camp Helping Hand (Community Service for Middle School Students) RSVP by July 1.
     July 22nd: A Night of Praise and Worship Epiphany Church. Families welcome. Mass with Bishop Waltersheid at 5:00 pm. Dinner at 6:00 followed by a concert presented by Spirit and Song. RSVP by July 14th.
     July 30th: Sandcastle Water Park $20 per person. RSVP by July 22nd: All teens welcome.

     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!
· Nancy Heil's ministry to homeless people urgently requires men's casual pants and jeans, sizes 30-34, and men's walking shoes of any type, sizes 11½ to 15.  There is an urgent need for new or used bed pillows or throw pillows.  The ministry also still needs new or used sheets (any size) and pillowcases.  These items may be placed in the marked bins in the church vestibule.
· Nancy also especially requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve. In particular, this week she asks that you pray for Nelson, whose drug addiction not long ago led him to the edge of suicide. He is recovering, has a job, and is taking up again the Catholic faith of his childhood, and considering pursuing Confirmation. Please pray also for Forrest, a 21-year-old man who is attending school and would dearly love to find a job.
· Even as we welcome the summertime, it's not too early to think ahead to the fall. We would like to continue the success of our religious education program by forming teams of teachers for each grade in order to spark creativity and share the work. In order to do so, we need catechists in all grades. We have a particular need for catechists for fifth grade on Sunday or Tuesday evening, and for small group leaders for grades six, seven and eight. Please consider taking this step in order to build our church for the future! Please contact Jamie Dillon during July.
Good News!
Nancy Heil has asked the Stewardship Corner to convey how grateful she is for the generosity of our people in response to her appeals. She says that the connection between St. Scholastica and her work has been very effective and helpful. New people have been coming over to ask her questions and to become more involved in the work. "This is how we grow together and become a community," Nancy says, "We see each other doing good and we all feel good about it." Thanks to all who have taken any part, however large or small!
Focus on. . . The Committee for Persons with Disabilities
This committee works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at: advocate@saintscholastica.com.

     (Because of the sad news of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children, as well as the abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I gave the following homily on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th.).                                                     
     There has been gloom and sadness on our land these past few months because of sexual abuse of children. This past Friday evening John Sandusky was found guilty by a jury of his peers of 45 counts of sexual abuse of children. Also, last Friday in Philadelphia another jury convicted Msgr. William Lynn of child endangerment because when he was secretary of clergy, he ignored credible warning signs about a priest who later sexually assaulted a ten year old altar boy. You may have heard recent reports from New York city about abuse of children in the tightly knit community of orthodox Jews. Sadly, there have been too many disturbing reports of the abuse of children in recent years in Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and other faith communities, as well as in the Boy Scouts, in sports teams and schools throughout our country.  Sadly, many times sexual and physical abuse occurs within the intimacy of the family, as well as within the circle of trusted relatives and friends.
     Right after the jury delivered its 45 counts against Jerry Sandusky, our state's Attorney General, Linda Kelly, spoke to the crowd gathered outside the courthouse: she said: "One of the recurring themes in this case was, 'Who would believe a kid?' The answer is: we here in Bellefont would believe a kid."                                            
     All these news stories brought back for me painful memories from almost 25 years ago. In January 1988 I was appointed pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon. I was to be pastor there for 20 years until I came here to St. Scholastica four years ago. Within several months of my becoming pastor at St. Thomas More, a grand jury in the Spring of 1988 issued criminal indictments against several priests of our diocese. One of them, Fr. Robert Wolk, was the previous pastor of St. Thomas More Parish.
     You can well imagine the chaos when all the media descended upon the parish and school. No one was prepared for this! There was much pain, shock, anger, finger pointing and questions. Ultimately it raised the question of trust - can parishioners trust their priests . . .their bishop? I was grateful to our bishop at that time, Bishop Donald Wuerl, that within a few weeks he came to preside at the Sunday Masses and meet with the parishioners.
     After many months the parish re-stabilized, Robert Wolk went to prison, but life in the parish and larger community would never be the same.                  
     Here are some points I would like to make:
     First, as I read new accounts about the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I had to agree with that jury that there was a gross failure of leadership on the part of the Cardinal Archbishops of the Archdiocese. This was in contrast to the leadership exhibited by Bishop Wuerl of our diocese. In fact, there is a well-publicized report of an event that happened over 20 years ago. At that time Bishop Wuerl suspended a priest who was accused of sexual abuse of minors. This priest had appealed to Rome and the Vatican Court ordered Bishop Wuerl to re-instate the suspended priest. Bishop Wuerl immediately went to Rome to confront this Vatican Court. Ultimately and thankfully, the Vatican Court reversed its decision.
     Bishop Wuerl was one of the first bishops to establish the policy that once a "credible accusation" was brought against a priest, that priest could not function as a priest until the matter was resolved. Bishop Wuerl knew it was very important that people be able to trust their priests. So all priests went through background checks and no priest was permitted to be on assignment if there were any credible accusations made against him.
     In 2002 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops enacted the "Charter to Protect God's Children". Under this Charter there were mandates that all priests, staff and parishioners involved in ministries and organizations had to be vetted with background checks and workshops dealing with the issues of child abuse. So it is my responsibility as pastor to make sure that all staff and parishioners involved on parish life be in compliance with the Charter to Protect God's children. I assure that this is the case.  All of us adults are called to be guardians, protectors and good shepherds to all our children.
     Today is the celebration of the birth of St. John the Baptist. In our first reading from Isaiah we heard: "The Lord called me from birth, from my mother's womb He gave me my name." This is true of all children whom the Lord calls from birth and names as holy and beloved.
     We all delight in our children as they grow, thrive and prosper. Today, we rededicate ourselves to protect and shelter our children because they are holy to God- and precious gifts that we shall ever cherish.                  
                                      Fr. Kenneth White - Pastor St. Scholastica

Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43
Monday: Am 2:6-10, 13-16/Mt 8:18-22
Tuesday: Eph 2:19-22/Jn 20:24-29
Wednesday: Am 5:14-15, 21-24/Mt 8:28-34
Thursday: Am 7:10-17/Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Am 8:4-6, 9-12/Mt 9:9-13
Saturday: Am 9:11-15/Mt 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a

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On Sunday, July 8th, a free spaghetti with meat sauce dinner will be given for each paid admission to the Madonna of Jerusalem Bingo.  Bingo is held each Sunday at the John Paul I Pastoral Center, 9th and Clay Streets, Sharpsburg.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Early birds begin at 6:45 p.m.  A $1,000 must-go jackpot is given away each Sunday.  Come and enjoy an evening of fun and good food!!!

We will take a holiday break from our video series Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith this week. The series resumes on Wednesday, July 11th, at 9:15 a.m. in the Pastoral Center.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm at St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Blawnox).  The workshop will be held in the St. Edward's Church Social Hall.  Please call Marilyn Welsh at 412-828-4066 to register.

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 1
   5:00 pm  Mary C. & Frank X. Larkin, Sr. (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 1
   7:30 am  Dan Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Samuel Pace (Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday,  weekday, July 2
   8:30 am  David Janicik (Mary Janicik)

Tuesday, St. Thomas, apostle, July 3
   8:30 am For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Linda Clouse (Samuel & Elizabeth Valletta)

Wednesday, weekday, July 4
   9:00 am  Anniv., Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn)

Thursday, weekday, July 5
   8:30 am  Alfonso Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family) 

Friday, weekday, July 6

Saturday, weekday,  July 7
   9:00 am  Helen Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 7
   5:00 pm  Ann Gregorczyk (Carol & Vince Alvino)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 8
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am Deceased Members of the Beggy Family (Mariclare Beggy)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)
       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: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 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