June 10, 2012 Bulletin

     For centuries, blood has been perceived as the life force in humans. While most of us garnered a rudimentary understanding of the way blood functions during high school science classes, the complexity of what blood does as it courses through our bodies is lost to most of us. We do know that heavy bleeding is bad, and the loss of too much blood can be fatal. Our bodies need blood. But we can willingly part with some blood with little consequence to our health (aside from maybe a brief feeling of wooziness) when we donate blood to a local blood bank.
     In his death on the cross, Christ made the ultimate donation of blood. He shed his blood and gave his life for our salvation. When Jesus hands the cup to his disciples at the Last Supper, he says to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many" (Mk 14:24). These words of the Lord are repeated at every Mass, reminding us that it is more than wine in the chalice we take up, and more than bread in the host we consume. Christ gives his flesh as real food, and his blood as real drink.
     As we celebrate this solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and the deep mystery that exists in that sacrament of Christ's gift to us, we realize that we are weak human beings as we stand before the power of God. In receiving the body and blood of Christ we are renewed, nourished, and healed. Like a blood transfusion for an ailing individual, the sacrament of Christ's body and blood gives us strength for our daily lives. Fortified by Christ, we can no longer be anemic in our faith. Rather, with the full vigor that comes from regularly sharing in the Eucharist we live out our lives as Christians filled with love for God and neighbor.
                                                                  ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

     This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Joe M. Bercik Sr., Helen K. Bercik and Joe M. Bercik Jr. by the Bercik family.

     La Roche College, a private, nonprofit Catholic, co-educational institution in Pittsburgh's North Hills, invites high-school sophomores and juniors to its Open House on Saturday, July 14, to explore campus and educational opportunities.  Named one of the best colleges in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" for several years, La Roche offers 50-plus majors!  The registration/ complimentary continental breakfast is scheduled from 8:30 am - 9:15 am.  College President, Sister Candace Introcaso presents at 9:15 am, followed by Admissions, a campus tour, major/department/financial aid information sessions and a complimentary lunch.  The event concludes by 12:30 pm.  Register at www.laroche.edu or call 1-800-838-4LRC or 412-536-1272 to register.  Questions?  admissions@LaRoche.edu or 412-536-1272.

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, Sunday, June 17th. 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.

     This ministry seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it. Adult education at St. Scholastica includes Bible studies, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and print and online resources. We also maintain a parish library. If you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, or organize a group retreat, contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email: adultfaith@saintscholastica.com.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Louise Brickner.

     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 here.
Good News!
The participants in this year's mission trip to Appalachia organized our parish picnic on May 27 along with the Fun Run benefit for the trip. Thanks to all who worked on the picnic and run and to all parishioners who participated in the events!
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.
· 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.
· Nancy Heil urgently requests donations of canned fruit. Other items that are still needed include: peanut butter and jelly, 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 also 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 always requests prayers for the people whom she and her coworkers serve.

     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.

     This summer we are showing 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. This week's episode concerns the teachings of Jesus.
     We meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center until 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 our reactions and thoughts.
     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.

     The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays beginning the week of June 10, 2012.

Sunday:  Ex 24:3-8/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-26
Monday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 17:7-16/Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 1 Kgs 18:20-39/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: 1 Kgs 18:41-46/Mt 5:20-26
Friday: Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9/Eph 3:8-12, 14-19/Jn 19:31-37
Saturday: 1 Kgs 19:19-21/Lk 2:41-51
Next Sunday:  Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Gentilcore Jewelers in Fox Chapel for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     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!

The Creed, or Profession of Faith, is a way for all of us to respond to God's word. We renew our faith by professing the age-old words of belief. It probably makes sense that this catalog of beliefs is reserved for special celebrations when there is an emphasis on our faith. It is surely preferable that the statement be spoken and not sung. The Creed is a theological statement not a poetic one. (For that reason it could be compared to setting the telephone directory to music—possible but not very effective.) Other litany-style settings of the Creed or questions from the Holy Saturday Liturgy of Baptism are certainly appropriate replacements. A response such as "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" allows a strong congregational response—without the necessity of a missalette.

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

Monday,  St. Barnabas, apostle, June 11
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, weekday, June 12
   8:30 am  Jane Thompson (Lynn Grove)

Wednesday, St. Anthony of Padua, priest & doctor, June 13
   8:30 am  Helen Minshull (Peggy Blume)

Thursday, weekday,  June 14
   8:30 am  Sharon L. Neal (Tom & Peggy Donley) 

Friday, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 15
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Len & Mary Ann Labriola)

Saturday, Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  June 16
   9:00 am  Bobby Marsico (Marsico Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  June 16
   5:00 pm  Elizabeth Greb (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time,  June 17
   7:30 am  William H. Labriola (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa (Antonietta Costa & 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-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