June 24, 2012

     When politicians decide whether to enter a race for office, one thing that they take into account is name recognition. It is generally pretty easy to win an election for school board or town supervisor without everyone knowing you because there is little competition for those posts. But entering a statewide race such as one for governor or senator requires that the candidate be readily recognizable to voters either through previous service in public office or through a high-profile career. A person has to have "made a name for himself" as the saying goes. It also doesn't hurt to be a name dropper along the campaign trail. Republicans will wrap themselves in the mantle of Ronald Reagan or Abraham Lincoln, while Democrats will lift up Franklin D. Roosevelt.
     As we celebrate the birth of St. John the Baptist this weekend we hear the story of his naming. The tradition of passing a name on in the family was much stronger in the Near East than it is in present day America. A string of names helped identify a person's tribe as well as his relationship within the group. When Elizabeth and Zechariah wanted to give their child the name "John," their neighbors and relatives immediately pointed out that none of their other relatives had that name.
     In Luke's Gospel, what happens to John precedes-and in some ways foretells-what will happen to Jesus. There is the announcement of a miraculous conception. There is some hesitation on the part of the husband. A name is given to each child by an angel. There is a prediction of what this child will be. The fact that John's name (as well as Jesus') was divinely selected points to a greater reality at work. God has something to do with the direction of these lives. We, who carry the name Christian, should also recognize that God has something to do with the direction of our lives as well.
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Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understand, and my entire will.
Whatever I have or hold,
You have given me;
I restore it all to You and surrender it wholly to be governed by Your will.
Give me only your grace
that I may love you,
and I am rich enough and
ask for nothing more.

     Our apologies to the Gallagher Family; last week's Altar flowers were placed in memory of Charles & Martha Flynn and Dan & Helen Gallagher by the Gallagher Family.

     This weekend there is a second collection for Peter's Pence. Your offerings give our Holy Father the opportunity to extend material support to the Body of Christ throughout the world. Your gift will help strengthen dioceses, religious orders, and struggling communities of faith. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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 Mary, the Mother of God.
     We meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center until August 15th (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 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 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!
     · 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.
     · Nancy Heil's ministry to homeless people urgently requires casual pants and jeans, sizes 30-34, and 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!
     Seventy three teens and adults from our parish are in Elkview, WV this week on our Appalachian mission trip. They will repair and paint houses for people who cannot afford to pay for such work. They will also sing and pray together, share meals and experiences and in all of these things learn the meaning of Christian mission and community. Please pray for their health and safety, and that the week may bring all of the participants closer to the Lord, to each other, and to the people they serve.
Focus On...Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
     These parishioners distribute Holy Communion at weekend masses, holyday masses and daily mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

     Catholic Fortnight for Freedom. Bishop Zubik joins his brother Bishops in asking the faithful of our diocese to pray for religious liberty, to learn about this issue and 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." 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. Visit http://www.diopitt.org/ for additional resources and 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 http://www.helpourmarriage.com/

We are blessed this year to have three Priestly Ordinations in our diocese! In preparation and to support the men being ordained, Bishop Zubik welcomes you to join him at the Festival of Praise at St. Paul Seminary on Thursday, June 28th at 7:30 pm. Bishop Zubik will be presiding and preaching, seminarians will be providing music, and there is a reception following. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the Church Alive! No RSVP needed. For more info contact jfreedy@diopitt.org.

There will be a Blood Drive at St. Scholastica's on Sunday, July 29th. Please save the date.  Central Blood Bank has a new program and our Church can receive $1500 for one of our charities if we have enough donors. Please keep the date free for donating for the St. Scholastica Drive.

We congratulate these parents on the baptism of their children this past Sunday: Jeffrey and Eva George on the baptism of their daughter Olivia Maria; Conard and Connie Mattox on the baptism of their son, Conard Blount.

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.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's Vacation Bible School such a big success!

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
Monday:   2 Kgs 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18/Mt 7:1-5
Tuesday:  2 Kgs 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36/Mt 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday:  2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3/Mt 7:15-20
Thursday:  2 Kgs 24:8-17/Mt 7:21-29
Friday:  Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19
              Day: Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/Mt 16:13-19
Saturday: Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19/Mt 8:5-17
Next 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

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

     The controversy that has arisen regarding the Department of Health and Human Services' decision 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."

Our prayers and sympathy are with Laura Scotty because of the death of her son, Robert Dudas, who died this past weekend.

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

Monday,  weekday, June 25
   8:30 am  Robert C. Styslinger (Dr. & Mrs. Robert C. Block)

Tuesday, weekday, June 26
   8:30 am  Ruth Streiff (Kathy Nedrow)

Wednesday, weekday, June 27
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Thursday, St. Irenaeus, Bishop,  June 28
   8:30 am  Mary Lou Brickner (Bill & Jean Eckert) 

Friday, Sts. Peter & Paul, apostles, June 29
   8:30 am  G. Terry Horne (Family)

Saturday, weekday,  June 30
   9:00 am  Robert Marsico (Tish Marsico)

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

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