June 17, 2012

     Growing season is in full swing in most of the country. And while my uncle in the Florida panhandle will regale us northerners with enticing stories of picking fresh tomatoes for the past two months, most gardeners are only now seeing the earliest fruits of their labors come to pass: spinach, asparagus, and lettuce. Spinach and lettuce tolerate the cool weather of spring, but a good bed of asparagus takes years to develop. Patience is rewarded with a harvest of crunchy stalks whose flavor surpasses that of any store-bought produce. Aside from corn, beans, and peas-vegetables whose seeds we actually eat-most seeds are tiny specks that belie the immense growth that is contained in their potential.
     It is no wonder then that Jesus would use the image of a sprouting seed to describe the kingdom of God. After his death and resurrection, a few followers began spreading the good news about this man who offered salvation. The message sprouted in small communities around the Mediterranean and those adherents to the Way soon began to attract others. Even in the midst of bitter persecution the followers of Christ would refuse to abandon their faith. Like a stubborn, persistent plant, the believers refused to give up. The kingdom would continue to grow.
     Even though the message of Jesus is two thousand years old, the kingdom of God still has a lot of room for growth. Like any plant, it needs to be nurtured, watered, and fertilized. That is our work as men and women who believe in Christ. We have to act on the teachings of Jesus in our lives each day. But also like any plant, it is God who gives the growth. We should not be so presumptuous as to think that if we just care for enough poor or preach enough sermons or teach enough children, that the kingdom of God will come about. It will come to fulfillment, but in God's good time.
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     This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Charles & Martha Flynn and Dan & Eileen Gallagher by the Gallagher family.

     There will be a second collection next weekend for Peter's Pence.  This collection is for the Holy Father's charitable works throughout the world and also to support the Vatican's institutions.

     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 mystery of God.
     We meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center until August 15 (no meeting on July 4).
     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.

     June 18th: Hunger Games Bible Parallels 8:00-9:30 pm on the Ministry Center Lawn (High School Students)  This popular series is filled with themes of Christian living. Come and explore!
     June 24th-30th: Appalachia Mission Trip
     June 30th: YOUTH MASS 5:00 pm.
     July 6th: Pirate Game! $21 per person, infield seats and Clemente Jersey! RSVP by June 30.
     July 11th -13th: Camp Helping Hand (Middle School Students) RSVP by July 1.
     July 22nd: A Night of Praise and Worship at 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.
     And lastly: Our Appalachia Mission Trip begins this week! Please keep us in your prayers!

     Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bernice Gimber.

     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!
· 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's ministry to homeless people urgently requires casual pants and jeans, sizes 30-34, and men's walking shoes of any type, sizes 11½ to 15. The ministry also still needs new or used sheets (any size) and pillowcases, backpacks and duffel bags. 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.
· Nancy also requests donations of canned fruit. Other food items that are still needed include: crackers with cheese or peanut butter, fruit cups, pudding cups, breakfast bars, chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration, and peanut butter and jelly. The food will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh.
Good News!
     It is good news that so many in our parish community continue to generously contribute a variety of goods to the ministry to homeless persons. When we meet the needs of the poor, we act as the living hands of Christ in the world today. We fulfill our mission as a parish to "continue the work of Christ together"! Thanks to all who have given!
     We collected about 26 pounds of rice products during May for the food pantry of East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Thanks to all who contributed!

     The U.S. Bishops have announced a two-week effort of prayer, study, catechesis and public action to emphasize both our Catholic and American heritage of religious liberty. Bishop Zubik is asking the faithful of our diocese to pray for religious liberty, to learn about this issue and to display publicly our gratitude for the blessing of religious freedom which, as Pope Benedict XVI has reminded us, is "our first and most cherished liberty".  This "Fortnight for Freedom runs from June 21st - July 4th. 
· On Monday, June 18th at 7:30 pm the Diocese will sponsor a lecture entitled "Catholic Foundations of Religious Liberty" presented by Dr. Michel Therrien at the Bishop McDowell Auditorium, St. Paul Seminary, Noblestown Road.  All are welcome.
· Window signs, showing support for Religious Liberty are included in this week's Pittsburgh Catholic.  Everyone is encouraged to place the sign in a window at home to keep the flame of religious liberty burning brightly.  Bishop Zubik will begin our diocesan "Fortnight for Freedom with Mass at St. Mary of Mercy downtown on Friday, June 22nd at noon.  All are welcome.  Visit www.diopitt.org for more information.

     If your relationship has grown cold and distant, if you are separated or thinking about separation or divorce -- We believe that Retrouvaille (French for Rediscovery) can help.
     Retrouvaille is designed to help hurting couples mend and heal their brokenness. For confidential information about or to register for the program beginning with a weekend on July 13, 2012, contact Retrouvaille at 412-277-3434 or e-mail 3041@retrouvaille.org. More information is available at www.helpourmarriage.com

DID YOU KNOW? The Sign at the Gospel
When the Presider begins the Gospel proclamation he says, "A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark. Then all of us make a small sign of the cross with our right thumb or finger on our forehead, our lips, and our heart. There is a silent prayer that goes with that blessing: "May the Lord be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts." As we listen to the Gospel we ask the Lord that we may not just hear the word with our ears, but that we may make that word something we understand ourselves, something that we share with others, and something that touches the deepest core of our being.

Sunday: Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34
Monday: 1 Kgs 21:1-16/Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 21:17-29/Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14 /Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Sir 48:1-14/Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20/Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Chr 24:17-25/Mt 6:24-34
Next Sunday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17
  Day: Is 49:1-6/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Beer Nutz Bottle Shoppe & Grille in Fox Chapel for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

     Little Sister of the Poor will once again have a Rock a Thon event this July.  Sister Judith, Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor, invites you to join them during their 140 year celebration of serving the elderly of Pittsburgh for a fun filled afternoon on Saturday July 28, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm as they host their annual Rock-A-Thon at their Home along 1028 Benton Avenue , Brighton Heights . Similar to a walk-a-thon where walkers solicit donations for each mile walked, all Rockers will solicit sponsors for specified increments of rocking chair rocking.
     Rockers of all ages are welcome. The funds raised from this event will be used to help purchase a much needed handicapped accessible van for the transportation of their elderly poor residents to appointments and social outings. For additional information, to register as a Rock-A-Thon participant or to sponsor a rocker please contact Kathleen Bowser at (412) 307-1268 or adevpittsburgh@littlesistersofthepoor.org or visit www.littlesistersofthepoorpittsburgh.org.

     We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this 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.

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

Monday, weekday, June 18
   8:30 am  Anniv., Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, weekday, June 19
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Dr. Ronald D'Altorio)

Wednesday, weekday, June 20
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Mr. & Mrs. G.K. Hilton)

Thursday, St. Aloysius Gonzaga,  June 21
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. James A. Cush Sr. (son, Dan Cush) 

Friday, weekday, June 22
    8:30 am  James A. Cush Jr. (brother, Dan Cush)

Saturday, weekday,  June 23
    9:00 am  Anniv., Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist,  June 23
   5:00 pm  Kevin Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)
 Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Nativity of St. John the Baptist,  June 24
   7:30 am  Frank Curcio (wife & children)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  John & Ellen Horan (Mary H. Larkin)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       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
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