August 26, 2012


21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     The words of the well-known hymn, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus," are attributed to a man from the Indian state of Assam. He is said to have made this confession of faith when faced with the prospect of martyrdom by the village elders who did not accept his Christianity. After the title line which forms the first verse, the words of the hymn go on to say, "Tho' no one join me, still I will follow" and, "The world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back, no turning back!"
     At the moment of the Gospel this weekend, the Twelve may only have the smallest inkling of what it might mean to follow Jesus. When Simon Peter answers for them, "Master, to whom shall we go?" he may not have understood the implications of his commitment. In the end, for the Twelve, following Jesus meant persecution and, with the exception of John, death as a martyr. Judas, the betrayer, gave it all up at the end, but for the others, there was "no turning back, no turning back."
     The words of the Christian martyr from Assam have found their way into revivals and church services. But like Simon Peter, the true implications of the commitment may sometimes elude us. Our response to God's invitation to faith is much more than choosing what to have for dinner tonight or what to watch on television. It is a commitment to a way of life that influences the way we act each and every day. We are called to choose life, to choose love, to avoid evil, and to give up our own selfishness and instead embrace selflessness. Like Simon Peter and the rest of the Twelve we may not be exactly sure where the road will lead us. But like them, if we are truly committed to Jesus, there is "no turning back, no turning back!"
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MISSION APPEAL
     Next weekend, Sept. 1st and 2nd, we will have a second collection for the Missions. Fr. Titus Migwi will be preaching at all the Masses next weekend. He is from the Diocese of Nakuru in northern Kenya. The greatest need of the diocese is to support the hundreds of thousands of Kenyans who have been ravaged by the drought there. There are reports of human and livestock deaths, acute food shortage and increased migration by the pastoralist communities due to depletion of pasture and water for livestock. The Nakuru Diocese is working to ease the burden of the people impacted by malnutrition and starvation. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.

ALL ARE WELCOME! 
Come celebrate the wonder of gifts and miracle of life for the past 25 years of ministry with the Department for Persons with Disabilities: 
· Conference on Monday, September 17th,  at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. William Gaventa, MDiv, Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth Boggs Center, internationally known expert and advocate for inclusion in faith, worship, life and education.
· Celebration of Gifts Liturgy on Sunday, September 30th, at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop David A. Zubik.
Both events will be held at the O'Connor Hall Building at St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Rd., (Crafton), Pittsburgh, PA 15205.  Events are free of charge and open to everyone!  To inquire further, request accommodations, or register for events:  please call 412-456-3119 (Voice); 412-456-3122 (TTY); or email:  disabilities@diopitt.org

CORRECTION
The next baptismal preparation session for parents. will be held on Monday evening, October 1st.

ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO--AUGUST 28TH
     There are few saints whose lives have been considered from more angles than St. Augustine's. I was reminded recently of one aspect of Augustine's legacy—his enormous influence on Christian theology. I’ve been (very slowly) working my way through Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. (The title’s not a misprint, by the way—MacCulloch begins the story of Christianity with an exploration of Greek culture and of the story of the Jews, both of which are rooted in times long before the appearance of Jesus on the scene.)
     MacCulloch notes that beginning in 1490, the first scholarly edition of St. Augustine's works was published in Basel. St. Augustine himself had died over a millennium before, but this was a time in which the combination of a new approach to learning (that we call humanism) and the development of printing led to widespread new consideration of ancient texts. In the decades that followed, theologians mined Augustine's thought. The saint's writings are so vast in scope, and his thought at times so paradoxical (if not self-contradictory) that the new thinkers tended not to be able to hold together all that Augustine seems to have held together in his own mind.
     MacCulloch quotes B. B. Warfield, a historian of theology: "The Reformation, inwardly considered, was just the ultimate triumph of Augustine's doctrine of grace over Augustine's doctrine of the Church."  Martin Luther and the reformers followed the bishop of Hippo's insistence on God's grace as the sole font of our salvation; Catholic theologians emphasized the need to be connected to the Church. "From one perspective," MacCulloch concludes, "a century or more of turmoil in the Western Church from 1517 was a debate in the mind of the long-dead Augustine."
      For another angle on Augustine, see our parish blog, "Holy Conversation at http://stscholastica.blogspot.com/.
                                                                  - Andy Bechman
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.
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil's work for poor and homeless people urgently requires sheets and blankets. Other needed items include pillows (bed and throw) and bath towels. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, any nonperishable foods, McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please, not plastic gift cards) and Zone 1 bus passes (available at Giant Eagle). She always requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
· All items for Nancy 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!
· If you live near the church and are willing to be on call to lift and carry donated items for Nancy and Ralph Heil, please send your contact information to Andy Bechman at stewardship@saintscholastica.com. Thanks!
· 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 Kindergarten and 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 Aquinas Guild
     The Aquinas Guild, the woman's organization of the parish, has been a vital part of St. Scholastica's for more than 70 years. Members come together to hear interesting speakers, to participate in group activities and local events, to make new friends, and to enrich their spiritual lives. The Guild holds an annual benefit luncheon, The Autumn Song, to help fund parish and community programs and activities. It also sponsors a Lenten Day of Reflection that is open to both men and woman of the parish. Monthly meetings are held between September and May, generally on the third Wednesday of the month. To learn more or join, contact Tina Petrusic-Cooper at: aquinasguild@saintscholastica. com.

RESPECT LIFE MEETING
The Respect Life Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center on Tuesday, August 28th. New members are welcome.

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

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
     How do you know "It's not for you" unless you try it? Attend a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend while your marriage is still running smoothly. WWME makes good marriages great. Our next weekend is September 21st -23rd 2012 at The Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport. Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site http://www.yourmarriageisworthit.org/.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT LUNCHEON
     Mark your calendar now for what will be a wonderful fall afternoon.  Plan to enjoy good food, gorgeous fashions and fun auctions in the company of good friends at the Aquinas Guild's annual Autumn Song Benefit.  The date is Saturday, October 20th.  Hope to see you there!

SMALL GROUP LEADERS & CATECHISTS
     There will be a meeting for Small Group Leaders and Catechists on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

YOUTH MASS
     Saturday, September 15th at 5:00 pm is our first Youth Mass of the year.  If you would like to sing or play an instrument, contact Jamie Dillon ASAP.  We extend a special invitation to our home study Religious Education families and ask that they pick up their materials after mass.  We will have an outdoor movie & picnic after mass.  All teens and their families are welcome.

REST IN PEACE
     Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Andreaggi, (mother of Laura Andreaggi, Anna Hartle & Gina Keys).

VOTER REGISTRATION
     September 8th and 9th will be voter registration time at St. Scholastica Parish. The Presidential Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. To vote you must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 years old by Nov. 6th, and be a resident in your election district for at least 30 days before the election. Voter registration applications will be available for new voters, for those who have moved into the district, and for those who have not voted in the past two years. Absentee voter applications will also be available for students who will be away at college and for those who will be absent from the district on Nov. 6th.

ST. MONICA SOCIETY
     The St. Monica Society meets to pray specifically for family, parishioners and friends who no longer worship with us.  We also send greeting cards to shut-ins. The first meeting will be Saturday morning, September 1st at 9:40 a.m. in the Pastoral Center. New members are most welcome to come for coffee and prayers.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 26TH
Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69
Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12/Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17/Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 2 Thes 3:6-10, 16-18 /Mk 6:17-29
Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9/Mt 24:42-51
Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25/Mt 25:1-13
Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31/Mt 25:14-30
Next Sunday:Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

ACT NOW!  JOIN CHOIR!
     The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition. Contact Sr. Pat by the end of August at patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 (x17).

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     Religious Education Begins Sunday September 16th. Don't forget to register!  You may register online on the parish website. 

BENEFIT FOR PITTSBURGH DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS
     Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Comfort Inn in RIDC Park.  Luncheon, door prizes, raffles, Chinese Auction and gamers and card players, if you're so inclined.  Requested donation is $25 and doors open at 10:00 am for players and gamers, 11:00 am is general admittance.  Lunch served at noon.  26th year benefit being sponsored by Pittsburgh Diocesan Committee of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Please join us!  Reservations by September 2, 2012, contact Lisa 412.824.1032.  Donations in kind also being accepted.

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY
     Please join us for a study of the Old Testament Books (Joshua, Judges and Ruth) that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica.  The first class will be Tuesday, September 18th.  Any women (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcomed to join this group.  This year will be our sixth year of gathering together to learn about Our Lord and His Church.  You will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with other women in our community.  The registration fee is $55 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course.  That's less than the price of a cup of coffee each week!
     For more information on this Catholic based scripture study, you can visit their website catholicscripturestudy.com or contact Mary Wilson at 412.963.1931.  To register, send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Drive, Pittsburgh 15238.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 25
   5:00 pm  Macino & Driscoll Families
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Bobbie Marsico (Jennifer Palazzo)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  John A. Marmarella (Lillian & Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Monica, August 27
   8:30 am  William T. Garvey (Patricia G. Snyder)

Tuesday, St. Augustine, bishop & doctor, August 28
   8:30 am  John C. Sheedy, Jr. (Maureen S. O'Brien)

Wednesday, Passion of St. John the Baptist, August 29
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. Sam Nicotra (Bob Bauer)

Thursday, weekday, August 30
   8:30 am  Genina Paese (Peter & Rose Ann Marsico)

Friday, weekday, August 31
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE
   10:30 am  Opening School Mass  Stephen & Margaret Dolak (Sr. Dorothy)

Saturday, weekday,  September 1
     9:00 am  Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time,  September 1
   5:00 pm  Louis Kopec (Bonessa Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 2
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Elizabeth Williams, Frances Maher & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
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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 (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                       

August 19, 2012


20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     Unless one would want to live exclusively on milk (cow, sheep, or goat), we humans kill what we eat. We pick living things off of plants and trees: green beans, cobs of corn, apples, peaches. We eat the plants themselves: lettuce, cabbage, herbs like parsley and basil. We even eat the seeds themselves, consuming that which could produce more: almonds, peas, wheat, which is crushed and ground to make bread. Our omnivore appetite does not stop there. We haul fish from the sea; we process poultry by the millions; and we slaughter livestock to nourish us and keep us healthy. But we should recognize that to provide for our well-being, we kill and consume what God has placed here for our use. That may seem like a pretty harsh description of how we live, but it is how we relate to food. What was once living sustains our lives.
     In this weekend's Gospel Jesus is very direct about what gives us life. He says, "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you." Because Jesus sacrificed himself for our sake upon the cross, we humans can admit that we do indeed kill what we eat. Taking our sins upon himself, Jesus died for us, and as uncomfortable as it may be, we cannot avoid that reality. He died an agonizing death upon the cross, so that we might be freed from the power of sin and death. But he did not stay dead. He rose to life.
     When we eat his flesh and drink his blood in the Communion that we share, we have life because of him. What looks and tastes like bread and wine is the body and blood of Christ, and we eat and drink to be nourished with his life. In our Communion, we trust in his promise that we will live forever.
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GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses this Sunday, August 19th. 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.

Q&A
     Q.  Does the church really have all the answers about morality? Is there some place where these things are written down?
     A.  The short answer is yes and no! Morality judges human activity and behavior as good or not, insofar as it leads us closer to, or further from, Jesus Christ. There is no one book or document that is a simple listing of every known human action as either good or evil. To be certain that an act is moral some judgments require a context to understand the act fully, while others rely on circumstance. Instead of a single book or document, the church outlines a wealth of information in church documents, papal encyclicals, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, on the many principles of morality that guide our decisions, judgments, and actions.
     Principles of morality are based upon the Gospels, the Ten Commandments, and the lived experience and tradition of the church. The purpose of morality is to help us conform ourselves more closely to Christ so that we will be joined to him forever in heaven. If Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life," then moral decision-making measures how well we apply our faith to our life and our choices.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
     A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, August 20th, at 7:30 in the parish office. The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him (see the staff contact information in this bulletin). Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with the pastor at least six weeks before your desired date. The next baptism preparation session will be on October 1st.

PRAYING AND BLOGGING
     After we watch the Catholicism video on Wednesday mornings, we usually stay to talk about the episode and the topics it raises for us. On August 8th, the topic was prayer. We spent some time talking about our own practice of prayer, and how it has changed over our lives. The video highlighted a strong strain of the Catholic spiritual tradition that holds that we must put aside the things of this world in order to approach God. Is that the way it works for you? Or do you approach God through the "things of this world"?
     We know that many people are unable to join our gatherings, but we would like you to be able to join the conversation! For that and other reasons, we have begun experimenting with a parish blog. Its name is "Holy Conversation," and you can find it online at http://stscholastica.blogspot.com/. Check out the entry "Hummingbirds and the Approach to God" and leave a comment if you wish.
     If there is something you would like to see posted on the blog, please send it to Andy Bechman at blog@saintscholastica.com.

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.
Help Needed!
     · Nancy Heil's work for poor and homeless people urgently requires bath towels. Other needed items include pillows(bed and throw); blankets; men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10, 10½, 13 and 14; men's belts, sizes 32-36;and men's walking shorts, sizes 32-36. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please, not plastic gift cards) and Zone 1 bus passes (available at Giant Eagle). She always requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
     · All items for Nancy 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!
     · If you live near the church and are willing to be on call to lift and carry donated items for Nancy and Ralph Heil, please send your contact information to Andy Bechman at stewardship@saintscholastica.com. Thanks!
Focus On . . . the Children's Liturgy of the Word
Leaders of the Children's Liturgy proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. The goal is not so much to explain the Scriptures to the children as to listen with them for the good news that God is sharing with all of us. It is a great opportunity for creative adults and teens who are comfortable with children and who want to see the Scriptures through new eyes! For more information, please contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

OUR PARISH
     We welcome as our newest members the two infants we baptized on Sunday, August 12th: Elijah Joseph Pollard, son of Stephen and Rachel, and Samuel Edward Ivory, son of Michael and Margaret.
     We commend to the Lord those who have died in August: Thomas Monteverde and Maria Andreaggi. We trust in the Lord's love and fidelity to raise them up . . . and give comfort and Easter Peace to their families.

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

HELP NEEDED
     We are need of Small group leaders for grades 6, 7 and 8 and catechists for Kindergarten on Tuesday and Sunday. We could also use some additional teen assistants. Please give this important ministry prayerful consideration. Contact jamiedillon@comcast.net if you are interested.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
     How do you know "It's not for you" unless you try it? Attend a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend while your marriage is still running smoothly.  WWME makes good marriages great. Our next weekend is September 21st -23rd 2012 at The Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport. Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site http://www.yourmarriageisworthit.org/.

SAVE THE DATE
     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents "Good Things are Happening" featuring live entertainment by Bill Deasy.  The Annual Fall Fling Benefit will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Friday, November 9, 2012.  Dinner, dancing, silent/live auction.  Questions? Please contact Dani Folino 412.287.6197 or Luci Massaro 412.559.0478.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's first day of school is Wednesday, August 22nd.  Registration is still open for most grades. CDTCA is looking for additional substitute teachers.  Please contact the school 412.781.7927 if interested.

AUTUMN SONG BENEFIT LUNCHEON
     Mark your calendar now for what will be a wonderful fall afternoon.  Plan to enjoy good food, gorgeous fashions and fun auctions in the company of good friends at the Aquinas Guild's annual Autumn Song Benefit.  The date is Saturday, October 20th.  Hope to see you there!

SMALL GROUP LEADERS & CATECHISTS
     There will be a meeting for Small Group Leaders and Catechists on Tuesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

YOUTH MASS
     Saturday, September 15th at 5:00 pm is our first Youth Mass of the year.  If you would like to sing or play an instrument, contact Jamie Dillon ASAP.  We extend a special invitation to our home study Religious Education families and ask that they pick up their materials after mass.  We will have an outdoor movie & picnic after mass.  All teens and their families are welcome.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 19TH
Sunday: Prv 9:1-6/Eph 5:15-20/Jn 6:51-58
Monday: Ez 24:15-24/Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday: Ez 28:1-10/Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ez 34:1-11/Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Ez 36:23-28/Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Rv 21:9b-14/Jn 1:45-51
Saturday: Ez 43:1-7b/Mt 23:1-12
Next Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69

ACT NOW!  JOIN CHOIR!
     The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition. Contact Sr. Pat by the end of August at patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 (x17).

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     Religious Education begins Sunday September 16th.  Don't forget to register!  You may register online on the parish website.  We are still in need of adults to assist with teaching or leading.  If you can contribute, please contact Jamie Dillon.

BENEFIT FOR PITTSBURGH DIOCESAN SEMINARIANS
     Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Comfort Inn in RIDC Park.  Luncheon, door prizes, raffles, Chinese Auction and gamers and card players, if you're so inclined.  Requested donation is $25 and doors open at 10:00 am for players and gamers, 11:00 am is general admittance.  Lunch served at noon.  26th year benefit being sponsored by Pittsburgh Diocesan Committee of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  Please join us!  Reservations by September 2, 2012, contact Lisa 412.824.1032.  Donations in kind also being accepted.

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY
     Please join us for a study of the Old Testament Books (Joshua, Judges and Ruth) that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica.  The first class will be Tuesday, September 18th.  Any women (you don't have to be Catholic) is welcomed to join this group.  This year will be our sixth year of gathering together to learn about Our Lord and His Church.  You will also have a great opportunity for fellowship with other women in our community.  The registration fee is $55 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course.  That's less than the price of a cup of coffee each week!
     For more information on this Catholic based scripture study, you can visit their website catholicscripturestudy.com or contact Mary Wilson at 412.963.1931.  To register, send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Drive, Pittsburgh 15238.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 18
   5:00 pm  Ed & Verne Stabile (Kijanka Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 19
   7:30 am  Celia Mancini (Strahler Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Paul Bubnash, Father of Cathy & Rick Pieper (David & Cindy)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, St. Bernard, abbot & doctor, August 20
   8:30 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)

Tuesday, St. Pius X, pope, August 21
   8:30 am  Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
   8:30 am  Dan Gallagher (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Thursday, weekday, August 23
   8:30 am  Celia Mancini (Wehrle Family)

Friday, St. Bartholomew, apostle, August 24
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, weekday,  August 25
   9:00 am  Marion E. Gimber (Sisters)   

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 25
   5:00 pm  Macino & Driscoll Families
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 26
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Bobbie Marsico (Jennifer Palazzo)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  John A. Marmarella (Lillian & Children)
       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 (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

ST. SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                         

August 12, 2012


19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     Every group has its complainers. While these people might exasperate the "let's all go forward together" crowd, the complainers sometimes serve a useful function. Because they may point out the weakness in a position, or raise objections that might otherwise be overlooked, oftentimes the complainers actually help strengthen the overall final resolution by forcing proponents to refine their thoughts in ways that can reasonably counter opposition.
     In John's Gospel the dialogue between Jesus and those who object to what he says (whether it be his followers, the Jews, the crowd, or someone such as Nicodemus) advance the theological concepts that John has Jesus expounding. Every time someone raises an objection in a discourse in John, Jesus counters with a deeper exposition of his thought. Last week the crowd thought that Jesus was going to give them free bread, like the manna that was given by Moses in the desert. In this week's Gospel, when he says that he is the bread that came down from heaven, the Jews object, saying that they know who he is: the son of Joseph. This gives Jesus the opportunity to deepen the meaning by stating that instead of being the son of Joseph, his Father is God. In accepting Jesus, who comes from the Father, one accepts God, and so has eternal life.
     Our church community may not be perfect (indeed, it never will be while we are on earth). There will always be complainers. But as a community of faith we must recognize that we have but one Father who is revealed to us by the Son. As Jesus tells us in the Gospel, when we see the Son we have seen the Father. And we see the Son in those who believe, those who have accepted Christ along with us. Maybe we're a complainer, or may we're the one who is often complained about. Either way, we should be able to find Christ in the other.
                                          ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION
     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 2:30pm (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 ot this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than August 13th, 2012.

THIS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15TH IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
This Wednesday is the Feast of the Assumption Of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also a Holy Day of Obligation. We have two scheduled Masses this Wednesday: 8:30 in the morning and 7:00 in the evening.  If these times do not work for you, here are the Holy Day Mass Schedules for our neighboring parishes:
St. Pio of Pietrelcina:
August 14th 6:30 pm at St. Edward, Blawnox
August 15th 8:00 am at St. Francis, Harmar
August 15th Noon at St. Edward
August 15th 6:30 pm at St. Francis
St. Joseph, OHara Township:
August 14th 7:00 pm
August 15th 7:00 pm
St. Juan Diego, Sharpsburg
August 15th 7:30 am at Madonna of Jerusalem
August 15th 7:00 pm at St. Mary's

CELEBRATING THE ASSUMPTION
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the Holy Days that honors Mary, the mother of God in Jesus Christ. We look for Mary to be our advocate to her son, and relate to her as a privileged member of our human race. We remember that all honor goes to her as a result of her special relationship to her son.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
     We will be selling gift certificates after all Masses next Sunday, August 19th. 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.

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.
Help Needed!
  • We are in need of Small group leaders for grades 6, 7 and 8 and catechists for Kindergarten on Tuesday and Sunday. We could also use some additional teen assistants. Please give this important ministry prayerful consideration. Contact jamiedillon@comcast.net if you are interested.
  • Nancy Heil's work for poor and homeless people requires pillows (bed and throw); blankets; bath towels; men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10, 10½, 13 and 14;  men's belts, sizes 32-36; and men's walking shorts, sizes 32-36. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please, not plastic gift cards) and Zone 1 bus passes (available at Giant Eagle). Nancy says that last Monday, there were thirty to fifty more people in her line than she has seen on any evening in eighteen years of doing this work. She always requests prayers for the people she and her coworkers serve.
  • All items for Nancy 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!
  • If you live near the church and are willing to be on call to lift and carry donated items for Nancy and Ralph (especially if you happen to be young and strong!), please send your contact information to Andy Bechman at stewardship@saintscholastica.com. Thanks! 
Good News!
The blood drive on the last weekend in July resulted in the donation of 25 units of blood (ten more than the last blood drive). Thanks to all who offered to donate and to everyone who helped promote the drive!
Focus On . . . the Hope for Haiti Committee
The Hope for Haiti Committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

PATRON OF THE WEEK
     St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank McCabe Bros. Inc. Funeral Homes in Shadyside & Bloomfield for their support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.

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, August 15th, (after the holyday mass) 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 "World Without End: The Last Things." It is, appropriately enough, the final episode of the series. You can benefit from it even if you have not been able to attend previous episodes.
     There is no fee or registration, although donations will be accepted to cover costs. Questions? Contact Andy Bechman at: andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
     How do you know "It's not for you" unless you try it? Attend a World Wide Marriage Encounter Weekend while your marriage is still running smoothly. WWME makes good marriages great. Our next weekend is September 21st-23rd 2012 at The Four Points Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport.  Call 412-635-7775 for more info or visit our new web-site  http://www.yourmarriageisworthit.org/.

SAVE THE DATE
     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents "Good Things are Happening" featuring live entertainment by Bill Deasy.  The Annual Fall Fling Benefit will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Friday, November 9, 2012.  Dinner, dancing, silent/live auction.  Questions? Please contact Dani Folino 412.287.6197 or Luci Massaro 412.559.0478.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
     Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's first day of school is Wednesday, August 22nd.  Registration is still open for most grades. CDTCA is looking for additional substitute teachers.  Please contact the school 412.781.7927 if interested.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 12TH
Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:4-8/Eph 4:30--5:2/Jn 6:41-51         
Monday:  Ez 1:2-5, 24-28c/Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday:  Ez 2:8--3:4/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28
                     Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
Thursday:  Ez 12:1-12/Mt 18:21--19:1
Friday:  Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63/Mt 19:3-12
Saturday:  Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32/Mt 19:13-15
Next Sunday:  Prv 9:1-6/Eph 5:15-20/Jn 6:51-58

ACT NOW!  JOIN CHOIR!
     The two Sunday Choirs will begin rehearsals the first week of September.  We'd love to have new members!  Why not consider joining either the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir or the 11 a.m. SATB  (4-Part) Choir?  Now is the time to act!  Both choirs are open to adults and teens.  No audition. Contact Sr. Pat this week at patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com or 412-781-0186 (x17).

YOUTH MINISTRY
     The Youth Ministry Pool Party is Tuesday, August 14th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Community Swim Club.  Cost is $3.00 per person.  All are welcome!  Let's celebrate a wonderful summer! Leadership team will meet at 5:00pm.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
     Religious Education Begins Sunday September 15th! Don't forget to register! You may register online on the parish website.

DID YOU KNOW . . . PRESIDER'S CHAIR
     Although not as important a liturgical symbol as the altar, ambo, or baptismal font, the presider's chair is nonetheless important as it is the place from which the priest leads much of the community's prayer. No location is mandated for it, but it should be situated so that the presider can easily be seen and heard by the assembly.

MASS INTENTIONS:

Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 11
   5:00 pm  Paul Schultz (David & Lucy Thomas)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 12
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Florence & Arthur Nichsolson (Beggy Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Nicholas James Marhefka (Parents, Georgia & T.J. Marhefka)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, August 13
   8:30 amBill McCarthy (Joan Slomer)

Tuesday, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest & martyr, August 14
   8:30 am  Marion Gimber & Bernice Gimber

Wednesday, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15
   8:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   7:00 pm  Thomas P. Styslinger (Styslinger Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Thursday, weekday, August 16
   8:30 am  Matthew T. Elder (Katarincic Family)

Friday, weekday, August 17
    8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, weekday,  August 18
     9:00 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 18
   5:00 pm  Ed & Verne Stabile (Kijanka Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20
   7:30 am  Celia Mancini (Strahler Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Paul Bubnash, Father of Cathy & Rick Pieper (David & Cindy)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                      

August 5, 2012


18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
     In the last few years there has been much concern over the job market. While some states are still dealing with significant unemployment percentages, others, such as North Dakota with its booming energy industry, are at nearly a record low.  Commentators have been saying for months that the unemployment statistics will weigh heavily in this fall's presidential election.  Since Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical Rerum Novarum in 1891, the church has emphasized the dignity of labor as one of the keystones of a just society and a well-ordered economy. Unbridled capitalism has never been an accepted goal in a theology that always seeks to uphold the common good.
     In the Gospel for today, Jesus is asked by the crowd, "What can we do to accomplish the works of God?" after he tells them not to work for food that will perish. His response is that the work of God is to believe in the One God sent.
     The workplace of today is vastly different from that of the past. Many businesses and employers have restrictions on what an employee can even have at his or her workstation. But there may be times when it is possible to bear witness to the faith even in the most restrictive of environments. Something as simple as wearing a discreet religious emblem, or sharing a story from church on Sunday, can gently open up a conversation about belief. That can lead to an opportunity to share more or even the chance to invite someone to come to church with you. A simple response like, "I'm blessed today," to the question of, "How are you?" can help frame one's understanding of life in reference to God. It is then easier share that approach to life in a non-threatening way with others. We don't necessarily need big signs in daily life to promote our faith in Christ. But it is our work to do so in any way that we can.
                                                       ©2012 Liturgical Publications Inc

CONTRIBUTIONS
Actual July Donations: $49,905.38
Budgeted July Donations: $46,931.61
Surplus: $2,973.77

GOLDEN WEDDING CELEBRATION
     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 ot this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than August 5th, 2012.

APPEAL FOR NEW CHOIR MEMBERS
     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.

SUMMERTIME SPIRITUALITY
     Looking for a spiritual boost before summer ends? St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "Meet-the-Father" Retreat from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Mrs. Eileen George will lead the retreat. According to the St. Paul promotional materials, Mrs. George's mission is "to give us a deeper understanding of the Father's love so that Jesus may draw us to his Father."  The retreat costs $185 (with other options for commuters and Saturday participants). Register by August 17 by calling the Retreat Center at 412-381-7676.
     If you don't mind going further afield (in more than one sense), travel to Villa Maria, PA for a retreat called"The Spirit of the Land" from August 14 to 18. According to the materials of the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center: "In a contemplative spirit, explore the Villa grounds as God's gift. Learn more about the history of the land and the health of soil for healthy food. Experience connections between humus and humility. Presentations, discussion, land tours, personal reflection, and ritual are included." The presenters are Sr. Barbara O'Donnell and Frank Romeo, the Director Emeritus of Land Management at Villa Maria. The cost is $275 overnight and $165 for commuters. Contact the Center at 724-964-8886 or through its website at http://www.villaprograms.org/.

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.
Help Needed!
· Nancy Heil's work with poor and homeless persons requires blankets, bath towels, men's belts, sizes 32-36, and men's walking shorts, sizes 32-36. Nancy also requests donations of crackers, McDonald's gift certificates (the $5 booklets of paper certificates, please; not plastic gift cards) and Zone 1 bus passes (available at Giant Eagle). 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.
· 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 Heil notes that one of the homeless men she works with has started a job and recently made his first confession in thirty years: "He feels like a new man!"
Focus On . . . the Finance Committee
The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to Linn Swanson at: financecommittee@saintscholastica.com.

ATTENTION BUSINESS LEADERS & OWNERS
     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.

WHAT ARE THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS?
     The Dead Sea Scrolls themselves are a collection of fragmentary manuscripts in several languages that were found in the mid-20th century in caves near the Dead Sea. They appear to have come from the community library of a Jewish group that settled at Qmran near the Dead Sea. They include some materials common to many Jewish groups at the time, including our oldest copies of some biblical texts, such as a complete scroll of the book of Isaiah. Other materials were peculiar to the Qmran community, which saw itself as a pure Israel in exile from a corrupt Temple establishment, and awaited the apocalyptic intervention of God to set things right. Qmran appears to have been the center of a larger Jewish movement known as the Essenes.
     Although the scrolls were produced in the two centuries before and the century after the life of Jesus, there is no specific mention of Jesus or link to Christianity in them. They do, however, provide a glimpse into the robust and varied life of Palestinian Judaism at the time of Jesus.
     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 16th to April 14, 2013.  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.

PATRON OF THE WEEK
St. Scholastica Parish would like to thank McCabe Bros. Inc. Funeral Homes in Shadyside & Bloomfield for their support of the St. Scholastica Bulletin.  Please see their ad on the back page.


READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 5TH
Sunday:  Ex 16:2-4, 12-15/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35
Monday:  Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mk 9:2-10
Tuesday:  Jer 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22/Mt 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday:  Jer 31:1-7/Mt 15:21-28
Thursday:  Jer 31:31-34/Mt 16:13-23
Friday:  2 Cor 9:6-10/Jn 12:24-26
Saturday:  Hb 1:12--2:4/Mt 17:14-20
Next Sunday:1 Kgs 19:4-8/Eph 4:30--5:2/Jn 6:41-51


CATHOLICISMVIDEO 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, August 8th, 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 "The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit."
     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 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

Monday,  The Transfiguration of the Lord, August 6
   8:30 am  Margaret Mercurio (Nancy White)

Tuesday, weekday, August 7
   8:30 am  Linda Rose Robelo (Byrnes Family)

Wednesday, St. Dominic, priest, August 8
   8:30 am  Anniv. & Birthday, Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)

Thursday, weekday, August 9
   8:30 am  Joan Ploeger (Katarincic Family)

Friday, St. Lawrence, deacon & martyr, August 10
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, St. Clare, virgin,  August 11
   9:00 am  Gerard & Carole Werries Wedding Anniversary

Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,  August 11
   5:00 pm  Paul Schultz (David & Lucy Thomas)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 12
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Florence & Arthur Nichsolson (Beggy Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Birthday, Nicholas James Marhefka (Parents, Georgia & T.J. Marhefka)
       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 (Madonna) Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F, 7:30 a.m.; T, 6:30 p.m.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org