August 5, 2012

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

     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.

     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! or 412-781-0186 x17.

     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

     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 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:

     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.

     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  and the Cincinnati Museum Center 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.

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

     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:


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

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

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