July 15, 2012

15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

     The human history of religious experience is filled with holy men and women who have left everything to seek a life that unites them more closely with the divine. We can admire and even applaud people like Francis of Assisi, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, or certain Hindu holy men. Many religious traditions have people who take up a mission, which takes precedence over any personal concern for fame or success. And while many of us might revere individuals that are so committed to their mission (and we might even contribute to the support of their work), very few of us would really leave all that we have right now to emulate someone like St. Francis or Mother Teresa, even though such a thing is clearly possible through the religious orders that have sprung up following their inspiration.
     The Gospel this weekend describes the clear mission that Jesus gives to the Twelve. They went forth to preach repentance, drive out demons, and cure the sick. These were their tasks. The end of today's Gospel story tells us that they did have some success in what they were to do. Demons were expelled and many of the sick were cured. (We'll get a follow-up report in next week's Gospel.)
     We may be reluctant to consider that the mission of the Twelve is our mission as well. After all, who doesn't want to have a second tunic (or, to put it in the clothing options of today, a second pair of pants or another dress)? But the mission isn't really about seeing how much we can live without. Rather, it is accepting the authority that Jesus gives to his followers. For most of us, that rests in sharing the good news of what Jesus means to us, being attentive to the sick and their needs, and reaching out to those who are afflicted by demons of loneliness, despair, fear, and anxiety. Christ's mission is ours.

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ST. SCHOLASTICA BLOOD DRIVE AND HAITI STUDENTS BENEFIT
     Our summer blood drive will be Sunday morning, July 29th, 8:00 am -1:00 pm. We need both "new" and "old" donors from our parish. The summer is an important time to donate, as many student donors are away from school and not able to contribute. Central Blood Bank supplies blood, blood products and transfusion related services to approximately 40 hospitals in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. If we receive at least 30 units of blood donations at each of our drives in the coming year, the Blood Bank will contribute $500 to help support our parish's sponsored students at Good Samaritans School in Haiti. Please consider being a donor! Call 412-781-6550 to sign up.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY RESOURCES
     The controversy that has arisen regarding the Department of Health and Human Servicesdecision 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/ click "C21 Webcasts on Demand" in the menu on the top left. When you reach the archive, look under "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition."

YOUTH MINISTRY SUMMER CALENDAR
     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.
     July 30th: Sandcastle Water Park $20 per person. RSVP by July 22nd: All teens welcome.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER:
     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.  N.B.  See the online Stewardship Corner for the most recent updates!
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil's ministry to homeless people urgently requires pillows. New or used bed pillows or throw pillows are fine! The ministry also still needs men's casual pants and jeans, sizes 30-34, men's walking shoes of any type, sizes 11½ to 15, new or used sheets (any size) and pillowcases. These items may be placed in the bins in the church vestibule.
· This week, Nancy also requests donations of canned fruit, cereal, and canned spaghetti sauce. Other food items that are still needed include: pudding cups, breakfast bars, and chicken or tuna that do not need refrigeration. The food will go to people living in the streets of Pittsburgh.
· Nancy also especially requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
· 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.

Focus On...The Parish Pastoral Council
     The Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This spring, the Council, after consulting with the parish, developed a Pastoral Plan. The plan is available on our website, on the Ministries and Organizations page. For more information, please contact Elaine DuVall at pastoralcouncil@scholastica.com.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next weekend, Sunday, July 22nd. 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.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
     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.

WHAT DO PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS DO?
[The following reflection was produced by the diocesan Department for Envisioning Ministry. We are adapting it very slightly and presenting it in the bulletin in serial form.]
     Parish pastoral councils are central to Bishop Zubik's vision of The Church Alive! Based on years of research, consultation and pastoral practice, the Diocese of Pittsburgh has established guidelines for parish pastoral councils. Our parish is committed to implementing those guidelines to advance the mission of Christ and His Church.
     Pastoral planning is the core responsibility of parish pastoral councils. This activity moves the parish forward into God's design for our future as we become The Church Alive!

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS AFFIRM THE IMPORTANCE OF PARISH LIFE
     A parish is the primary means for providing pastoral resources for individuals and families, to experience Christian Community and to live out the mission of the Church. The particularities of each parish constitute both its identity and its relationships with others. For this reason, parish pastoral councils pursue their work with a deep sense of responsibility.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS CULTIVATE POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS FOR MISSION
     Parish pastoral councils cultivate relationships and commit to healthy communication with the parish finance council, parish staff, administrative personnel, lay ecclesial ministers and parishioners as a whole. They also commit to form positive relationships with other parishes, their regional vicar and the diocese for the sake of the mission of Christ.

REST IN PEACE
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Robert Dudas, son of Laura Scotty.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JULY 15TH
Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
Monday: Is 1:10-17/Mt 10:34--11:1
Tuesday: Is 7:1-9/Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16/Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19/Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8/Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Mi 2:1-5/Mt 12:14-21
Next Sunday: Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34

PATRON OF THE WEEK
St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Pittsburgh Vein Center in Monroeville for continued support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin. Please see their ad on the back page.

DID YOU KNOW…
The windows at St. Scholastica are not only beautiful but filled with symbolism and visual images of our faith. The Sanctuary window represents Christ in the breaking of bread. The Eucharistic gift is emphasized in color, with the cup and host as opposed to the monochromatic figure of Christ which suggest this mystery and the union with Christ in this sacrament of love. To those who follow Christ and seek the greater gifts of life, they are fulfilled with His blessing (5 loaves and 2 fishes). The members of the Body of Christ each has their function to perform (wheat-grapes).

CATHOLICISM VIDEO SERIES
     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.
     We meet this week on Wednesday morning, July 18th, from 9:15 am to 10:45 am in the Pastoral Center (we start with some social time at 9:00 am). This week's episode is titled "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church."
     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.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14
5:00 pm  Helen Yasinsky (John & Marlene Yasinsky)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 15
7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
9:00 am  John Vollmer (Edna Vollmer Jenca)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am  Joseph Costa (Antonietta Costa & Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, July 16
8:30 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Tuesday, weekday, July 17
8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Dan McKaveney)

Wednesday, weekday, July 18
8:30 am  Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Thursday, weekday, July 19
8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Friday, weekday, July 20
8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, July 21
9:00 am  Nancy Bellinger
(Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 21
5:00 pm  Ron & Pat Washensky (Buckey Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23
7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
9:00 am  Lisa Martin (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
11:00 am  Robert Marsico (Rita Quinlan)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat. 9:00 a.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Harmar: T, Th, 8:00 a.m.; W, 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph, O'Hara: M,T, Th, F, 9:00 a.m.; W, 7:00 p.m.
St. Juan Diego, Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:00 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.