July 8, 2012

     Opinion polls tell us that the public's view of Congress in the United States is at an all-time low. The division between the parties has led to gridlock on legislation and affected the way most citizens view the work of government. Even the oft benighted car salesman gets a much better performance review in public polling, racking up double-digit approval rating over the collective view of members of Congress. Yet for the most part constituents reelect their own Representatives and Senators again and again. This is a situation that many commentators attribute to the redistricting process that has made many districts "safe" for incumbents by configuring the boundaries in such a way that only the most like-minded residents are constituents for a seat held by one party or the other.
     There was no Gallup poll in Galilee in Jesus' time. But Mark's Gospel this weekend gives us a pretty clear indication of what his fellow townsfolk thought of him. Instead of a hero's welcome as "the kid that made good" he is treated as the "the kid who has gotten too big for his britches." The townspeople's lack of faith actually impacted the ability of Jesus to be the mighty prophet in his native place. Mark writes: "He was not able to perform any mighty deed there."
     The Gospel story is not about the importance of good poll numbers. Politicians are concerned about that-at least if they want to get reelected. Rather, the story is about the dynamic of faith in our relationship with God. We often "want" a lot of things from God, most notably answers to our prayers. But we need to "give" to the Lord, and for us that means a response to God's invitation to believe. We must acknowledge our utter dependence upon God, placing all our trust in him. We will then recognize the actions of God that take place each day for the mighty deeds that they are: God at work in our hearts!
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     Our summer blood drive will be Sunday morning, July 29th. The residents of the Pittsburgh area are the beneficiaries of a first-rate healthcare system that relies on an adequate blood supply.  Central Blood Bank supplies blood, blood products and transfusion related services to approximately 40 hospitals in Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio.  Our Parish has been dedicated to helping supply blood for these health needs.  A core of faithful donors come regularly but some have circumstances where they can no longer donate.  We need new donors.  Would you please consider filling this need.  Call 412-781-6550 to sign up.

     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 21stCentury" 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."

     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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of  Joseph Montarti.

     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 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 who need it in 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.
Good News!
Seventy-three adult and teen members of our parish returned last weekend from their mission trip to Elkview, West Virginia. They worked on eighteen houses--painting, building access ramps, and repairing lots of roofs. They also braved triple-digit temperatures at the end of the week and a storm with a damaging microburst on their last evening. Congratulations to the teens for their good work on behalf of our community! Thanks to the adults for their commitment to the work and to our young people, and special congratulations to Jamie Dillon for leading another successful trip!

FOCUS ON . . . The St. Monica Society
     The Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: stmonica@saintscholastica.com.

The series resumes this week on Wednesday morning, July 11, from 9:15 to 10:45 in the Pastoral Center (we start with some social time at 9:00). This week's episode concerns "Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure."
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.

     On Wednesday this week, we celebrate the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia, brother of St. Scholastica. The only source we have for either Benedict or Scholastica is the Dialogues of Pope St. Gregory the Great, written about sixty years after Benedict's life. In the Dialogues, Pope Gregory focused mainly on Benedict as a wonderworker, but reported other stories about his life.
     Benedict was born in central Italy around 480 A.D., studied in Rome, and took up the life of a hermit at Subiaco. Others gathered around him and he began a career of experimentation in the monastic life. His first attempt to lead a monastery reportedly ended with the other monks, put off by his high standards, trying to poison him! In another experiment, he founded twelve small monasteries near Subiaco before finally founding a single large monastery at Monte Cassino near Naples.
    A monastic rule attributed to him describes itself as a rule for beginners, a "school of the Lord's service, in which we hope to order nothing harsh or rigorous." (Perhaps he had learned from his first attempt to lead a monastery!) The rule promoted a balanced life of common prayer, study and manual labor, lived in community under an abbot. The number of monasteries living under the rule grew slowly during the centuries following Benedict, until centralizing efforts under Charlemagne made his rule the dominant one in Western Europe. The Rule of St. Benedict is still in use in many monasteries today, and Christians continue to mine it for spiritual insights.
When Benedict died among his monks around the year 547, he was buried in the same grave as his sister Scholastica.

Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a
Monday: Hos 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22/Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Hos 8:4-7, 11-13/Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12/Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Hos 11:1-4, 8c-9/Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Is 6:1-8/Mt 10:24-33
Next Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13
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     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.

     On Sunday, July 8th, a free spaghetti with meat sauce dinner will be given for each paid admission to the Madonna of Jerusalem Bingo.  Bingo is held each Sunday at the John Paul I Pastoral Center, 9th and Clay Streets, Sharpsburg.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.  Early birds begin at 6:45 p.m.  A $1,000 must-go jackpot is given away each Sunday.  Come and enjoy an evening of fun and good food!!!

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.

     The Façade Window at St. Scholastica's recalls our unity with the Divine - God's plan for us.  This directs the theme. 
     Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, was seen ascending (soul in the form of a dove) to a complete union with Christ in eternity.  From this family of Christ (wedding rings) the gift of wisdom (lamp) is manifested to all the people.  These children of God (like the seed of Abraham numbered as the stars) enlighten the world.  We are reminded to reflect Christ's likeness in our lives (moon).

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  July 7
   5:00 pm  Ann Gregorczyk (Carol & Vince Alvino)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 8
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Deceased Members of the Beggy Family (Mariclare Beggy)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday,weekday, July 9
   8:30 am  Certo Family

Tuesday, weekday, July 10
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Vey Family (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey))

Wednesday, St. Benedict, abbot, July 11
   8:30 am  Ruth Streiff (Louis & Jacqueline Alsery)

Thursday, weekday, July 12

Friday, weekday, July 13

Saturday, weekday,  July 14
   9:00 am  Charles W. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

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

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
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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