July 29, 2012

     When I was growing up, fishing vacations were the norm. These were always "guy" trips in which my father took my brother and me along with my grandpa and great uncle to a cabin in northern Wisconsin. There were two places we would frequent, usually alternating from year to year. Both had good rivers with flowages that were created by dams originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the years of the Great Depression. On those trips, my grandfather would tell stories about how difficult the Depression days were. He would always include anecdotes about people who had to fish every day in lakes, ponds, and rivers just to be able to eat. Grandpa would always end those stories with a line like, "You had better fish today as though that is all you're going to have to eat." It was his effort to spur us on to bring in a good catch.
     If only the fishing of my youth had been as easy as the miracle in this weekend's Gospel. Here was enough fish to feed five thousand, all because a boy had two of them in a basket along with five barley loaves. Sitting in a boat with my line in the water, and the bobber floating and hook dangling, I could only imagine what it would be like to have so many fish.
     Wishing for miracles does not make them happen. We will be reading from John's Gospel until the end of August and, as we will hear in the weeks to come, the work of Jesus is much more than giving people enough bread and fish to eat. Even in these difficult economic times, we may not have to fish as if that is all we will have to eat today. But we must accomplish the work of God, which, as we will find out next week, involves bringing others to faith. Maybe we do have to go fishing, but not for fish!
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     Even if you didn't sign up, please stop by between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm this Sunday to donate blood in the Pastoral Center.  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 and give the gift of life!

     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.

     Our "Keep Smiling" Happy Hour has health benefits!  When you enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks and the sounds of "Night Star" on Aug. 1st, you'll also benefit the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center that provides free dental care to our neighbors who don't have insurance.  Join us from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Barcelona at Rivers Edge, 4616 Allegheny Boulevard, Verona 15147.  Space is limited, so call to get your tickets at $75 each, 412-456-6950.

     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 an used by others.  Thank you.

     Why not consider joining either the 9:00 am Contemporary Choir or the 11:00 am SATB Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition.  Contact Sr. Pat this week! patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 x17.

     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 requires bath towels and washcloths, men's casual pants and jeans, 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 crackers, packets of chicken and tuna that do not need refrigeration, and McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please; not plastic gift cards). These items may be placed in the bins in the church vestibule. Please do not leave donations in cardboard boxes (they are too bulky); clean plastic garbage bags are fine. Also, please do not leave donations on the porches or steps of Nancy's house or the house next door. Thank you!
· Nancy always requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve, especially this week for a couple with a newborn baby who are living under a bridge downtown.
Good News!
Nancy continues to be grateful for the parish's renewed support of her work with poor people through the Stewardship Corner. She says, "There was a great response this week. It helps a lot! It is wonderful that a connection is growing between people in the parish and people without homes. The more we close that gap, the closer we get to a time when fewer people are homeless."
Focus On . . . Ministers of the Word
Adult and teen Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: lectors@saintscholastica.com.

The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 1st at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome.

     There was an article in the Post-Gazette on July 18th that featured Msgr. Gerald Ryan of NYC. Msgr. Ryan is 92 and has been at St. Luke's Parish in NYC for 46 years of his almost 70 years as a priest. This article documented the fact that the average age of priest is rising. The average age of Roman Catholic priests in the United States rose to 63 in 2009 from 35 in 1970!!  This statistic comes from a recent study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
     This past June three young deacons were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The number of seminarians has risen in recent years but there are many more priests retiring and dying than are being replaced. Diocesan statistics also show the number of practicing Catholics in our diocese is shrinking and many of our parishes are "under water" financially. With fewer priests and fewer practicing Catholics and financially strapped parishes it is evident that major changes will affect all our parishes. No longer will it be possible for every parish to have its own priest. This process has already begun with the merging of parishes and pastors appointed to oversee several parishes.
     So pray for vocations to the priesthood and encourage young men you know to be open to God's call to the priesthood. Pray also for our Bishop, David, all our priests and Parish Pastoral Councils for wisdom and discernment in planning for the future of our diocese and parishes. Fr. Ken

     Why give the State of Pennsylvania your money when you can give a donation to Saint Scholastica or Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!
     Did you know that if you pay any of the state taxes listed below, you are eligible to make a gift to Saint Scholastica Parish or CDTCA without it costing you anything out of your pocket?
· Corporate Net Income Tax
· Capital Stock and Franchise Tax
· Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
· Title Insurance Company Shares Tax
· Insurance Premium Tax
· Mutual Thrift Institution Tax
     You can divert these taxes to a Pre-K - 12 scholarship organization and get at least 90% tax credit for your gift.  By the way, existing federal charitable deductions apply, making it a dollar-for-dollar gift in most cases.  Please contact Chrissy Morton in the finance office at 412-781-0186 x24 for more information.

Sunday:  2 Kgs 4:42-44/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15
Monday:  Jer 13:1-11/Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday:  Jer 14:17-22/Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday:  Jer 15:10, 16-21/Mt 13:44-46
Thursday:  Jer 18:1-6/Mt 13:47-53
Friday:  Jer 26:1-9/Mt 13:54-58
Saturday:  Jer 26:11-16, 24/Mt 14:1-12
Next Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35

     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.

     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, August 1st, 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 Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints."
     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.

     An exhibit of artifacts from Israel called "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times" is on tour in the United States. The exhibit is now open at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until October 14. It will show at the Cincinnati Museum Center from November 16 to April 14, 2013.
     According to promotional materials, the exhibit "features the most comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized, including one of the largest collections of the priceless 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls." Along with some of the scrolls, the objects included in the exhibit span the Biblical to Byzantine periods, and include "religious articles, weapons of war, stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics along with everyday household items such as jewelry and ceramics."
     For more information visit the websites of the Franklin Institute at http://www.fi.edu/scrolls/ and the Cincinnati Museum Center at http://www.cincymuseum.org/dead-sea-scrolls.

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

Monday,  weekday, July 30
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Teresa Siwicki)

Tuesday, St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, July 31
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Patty McAuliffe)

Wednesday, St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop & doctor, August 1
   8:30 am  Regis Obringer (Todd & Gina Orkwis)

Thursday, weekday, August 2
   8:30 am  Guiseppe Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Friday, weekday, August 3

Saturday, St. John Vianney, priest,  August 4
   9:00 am  Rosa Currieri (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 4
   5:00 pm  Regis Obringer (Ludmilla Strittmatter)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 5
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Francis P. Clifford (Wife)
       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