August 19, 2012

     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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     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.  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.

     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.

     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 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

     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!
     · 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 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

     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.

     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.

     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 if you are interested.

     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.

     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!

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

     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.

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

     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 or 412-781-0186 (x17).

     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.

     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.

     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 or contact Mary Wilson at 412.963.1931.  To register, send check payable to Mary Wilson at 104 Foxtop Drive, Pittsburgh 15238.


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

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

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
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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