August 12, 2012

     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

     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 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

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.

     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.

     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: 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 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 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:

     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.

     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:

     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

     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'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.

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

     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 or 412-781-0186 (x17).

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

     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.


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

Saturday, weekday,  August 18

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

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web:
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