July 22, 2012

     With Labor Day just six weeks away we are in the middle of summer vacation time for most school systems. Some folks plan a significant trip for vacation, traveling some distance to visit relatives or see sights or take in events. Others work out a number of "staycation" activities that include day trips to places like the zoo, the museum, a local beach, or a nearby hiking trail. Statistics tell us that Americans work nearly 180 hours more a year than employees in many other countries. While the US labor force is at the top in productivity per employee, we are not substantially ahead of the workforce in some places with more liberal vacation policies.
     This weekend's Gospel offers the same dilemma that most business owners face. The disciples reported back to Jesus what they had accomplished. He recognized their need for some quiet and rest. But they could not get away from the crowds who were continually after them. It's like the company that launches a new product or service that suddenly becomes a massive hit. The entrepreneur is faced with the problem of how quickly to expand while not over-extending the company in the market and at the same time providing for the legitimate needs of the partners and employees.
     If you will, the Christian "franchise" faces some of the same problems in the world today. There is rapid expansion in some places (Africa, Asia, South America) while there is still a need to maintain "business" operations in the original markets (Europe, North America). At the same time we want to put out a quality product-if we can even talk about the message of Christ in that way. You see how the analogy breaks down very quickly. But Jesus knew that his followers needed some quiet each day to be able to show his love to others. Prayer and reflection are essential if we are ever going to be "productive" Christians.
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     Our summer blood drive will benefit Haiti students and 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.

     The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  This year's celebration will begin with mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm (note time change).  Bishop Zubik will be the celebrant.  A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral.
     If you are one of the couples celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2012 and would like to receive an invitation to this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than August 5th, 2012.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of James McCaffrey (husband of Mary McCaffrey) & Genina Paese (sister of Elena Patitucci & Louis and Guy Costanco).

     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 urgently requires men's sweatpants or jogging pants, size M to 3XL and men's short pants in any size. Clean pots and pans will go to people in poverty who are trying to get started living in apartments. Comforter sets in all sizes except King will also help these persons and families. Nancy also requests donations of canned fruit, cereal, and canned spaghetti sauce. These items may be placed in the bins in the church vestibule. Nancy also especially requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
· 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.
Good News!
· Nancy continues to be grateful for the parish's renewed support of her work with poor people through the Stewardship Corner: "It's been a huge help!"
· Many thanks to the 23 middle school students and seven adults who participated in last week's Camp Helping Hand. During camp we helped at Habitat for Humanity, picked up litter, baked at Family House and did a pet therapy visit at the veterans' hospital. We also organized teaching materials for next year's religious education classes.
Focus on . . . Elementary Religious Education
We look at Elementary Religious Education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. Registration is now open for the fall and is available online at our website. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: elemreled@saintscholastica.com.

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

We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday  Masses this 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.

     [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 examine every dimension of parish life
Under the direction of the pastor, the parish pastoral council examines every aspect of the parish's pastoral ministry: worship and spirituality, most especially Sunday Eucharist; catechesis and formation of adults, teens and children; evangelization and outreach; and stewardship and service in charity and justice.
Parish pastoral councils listen to the parish in a variety of ways
Parish pastoral councils depend on parish assemblies, focus groups, appreciative interviews and surveys to gather information about parishioners' needs and aspirations. Participating in these forums is essential for helping the council to draw the right conclusions and recommend the right course of action to the pastor.

Congratulations to the following students of who have achieved honor roll status for the fourth quarter, 2011/2012 school year:
Oakland Catholic High School
Honor:  Molly Fallon & Elizabeth Martini
High Honor: Angela Barringer, Charlotte DelBarba, Elizabeth DelBarba & Allison Nedrow.
Highest Honor:  Christine Pilewski, Mary Thomasmeyer & Megan Wasson.
Central Catholic High School
Honor: Timothy Livingston, William Maher & Michael Pompeo

Probably most of us have old glasses that we haven't used for many years.  We usually put them in a drawer somewhere and forget them.  In the vestibule of the church, you will see a small wooden yellow box.  Please bring your old glasses and hearing aids and put them in that yellow box so they can be refurbished and used by others.  Thank you.

Sunday:    Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34
Monday:    Mi 6:1-4, 6-8/Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday:    Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday:    2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 20:20-28
Thursday:   Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13/Mt 13:10-17
Friday:   Jer 3:14-17/Mt 13:18-23
Saturday:   Jer 7:1-11/Mt 13:24-30
Next Sunday:   2 Kgs 4:42-44/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15

     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank Sheerer Law in Sharpsburg for their support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

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).

     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 25th, from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center (we start with some social time at 9:00). This week's episode is titled "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Church's Sacraments and Worship."
     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.

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 22
   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

Monday, weekday, July 23
   8:30 am Birthday, Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti))

Tuesday, weekday, July 24
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Betty Metrovich)

Wednesday, St. James, apostle, July 25
   8:30 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Thursday, Sts. Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26
   8:30 am  James F. Larkin (Mary H. Larkin)

Friday, weekday, July 27

Saturday, weekday,  July 28
   9:00 am  Birthday, Rocco Florio (Wife & Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 28
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
        Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 29
   7:30 am  Esterina  Marsico (Peter & Rose Ann Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Werries-Hudak Families
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Bernadette McMahon (Patricia Snyder)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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 (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 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
office@cdtca.org           '