June 2, 2013

      Change A Heart, the only Catholic year-long service program based in Pittsburgh, is seeking young adults desiring to directly serve poor and marginalized individuals full-time with a nonprofit organization in the fields of education, healthcare or social services.  Room and board, including rent, utilities, food and transportation is provided to members in a community house in a safe, urban neighborhood.  A monthly stipend, use of a community vehicle and health insurance are also provided.  The program also includes regular retreats, community reflections and other opportunities for spiritual growth.  For more information, and to apply, visit http://changeaheartvolunteers.org/.

      15 minutes before the Mass of your choice. If you would like to contribute to this program please contact one of these people: Meredith Troyan at meredithtroyan102@yahoo.com, Judy Klingensmith at jadk@comcast.net or Byron Falchetti at byron.falchetti@gmail.com.  All are welcome to participate in this new adventure for our parish.

      Rachel's Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held June 21-23, 2013 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel's Vineyard demonstrates God's love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion's aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at http://www.ccpgh.org/.

      We have two big weeks coming up this summer!  IF you wish to register your child or help, contact Jamie Dillon jamiedillon@comcast.net. Faith Island Vacation Bible School the week of June 9th. This is our 10th year for VBS and as always it promises to be a fun week for your 5-9 year olds. It is from 9-12 M-F. As always we need some energetic teens and adults to help! Camp Helping Hand is July 9th-11th from 9-2 pm. This service based mini camp is for middle school youth. We will work with Family House and Habitat for Humanity as well as other projects.

      "This is my body that is for you." (1 Cor 11:23) Christ gives his body to us in the Eucharist. Spouses give their bodies to each other in the marital act of intimacy. Cherish and honor each other's body. Although we don't have complete control over our health, do what is possible to keep your body healthy for your beloved.                           © 2013 Susan Vogt

             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.
Help Needed!
      · Are you good with gizmos? We are looking for a parishioner who would be willing to help us evaluate the audiovisual system in the Pastoral Center. We are considering updating the system. It would be a great help if someone who is knowledgeable would assist us. Please contact Andy Bechman if you can help.
      · Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She requests donations of:
            • blankets (these often run low in the summertime);
            • washcloths and large bath towels;
            • Port Authority Connect Cards with $2.50 stored on each. The cards are available at Giant Eagle
            • McDonald's gift certificates.
      Food items that are needed include:
            • canned fruit (approximately 15 oz. cans are best);
            • macaroni and cheese.
      Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please do not leave items on the steps or porch of Nancy's house or the house next door. Thank you for your generosity!

Focus on . . . Society of St. Vincent de Paul
      Men and women of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the "poor boxes" located at the doors of the church. In addition, the Society stocks the pamphlet rack in the back of the church. To learn more or join, contact Carol Paulick at: stvincentdepaul@saintscholastica.com.

      Duquesne University's largest open house event, DuquesneFest, will be held this summer on Sunday, June 9, 2013, beginning at 8:00 am.  This exciting day is a fun way for Fall 2013 high school seniors to learn more about the University.  Register with Duquesne's Office of Admissions online at duq.edu/duquesnefest.

      Did you know . . . Catholic Charities provides counseling services?  We have a certified gambling addiction counselor on staff and offer counseling for persons dealing with a gambling problem.  Through our Free Health Care Center, we offer free therapy for adults who have no health insurance, for depression, anxiety and life circumstance issues.  Please call eligibility at 412.456.6910 for more information or Kathleen Zamperini, Director of Counseling at 412.456.6951.  If you have a need that is beyond our scope of services, we can provide you with a qualified local referral.  Call 412.456.6951.  All calls are confidential.  For information about all Catholic Charities programs and services visit ccpgh.org.

      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Frances Huemmrich.

      Poor nutrition is a clear source of numerous ailments. Lack of vitamin C causes scurvy. A serious deficit in vitamin D can lead to weakened bones and osteoporosis. When a person does not have enough protein in his or her diet they can suffer from kwashiorkor, a wasting disease in which the body attacks its own tissues. Night vision is affected when a person is not consuming enough vitamin A. We also know that to stay healthy, we can't just eat enough food. We must eat the right kinds of foods, that is, a balanced, wholesome diet. While pizza includes several food groups (grains, dairy, meat, and sometimes even vegetables), a diet of pizza alone is not life-sustaining in the long term.
      The Gospel of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes for this feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ starts out with a curious verse. "Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured" (Lk 9:11). Luke, the writer who crafts his Gospel in such detail, weaves together the eucharistic narrative of the loaves and fishes, with the preaching of the good news and the healing of the sick. It is a signal of what our Sunday celebration is for us today.
      The Eucharist has always been a sacrament of nourishment and healing. We hear the word proclaimed at Sunday Mass and we discover Christ present among us in the breaking of the bread. The abundance of grace is always greater than we can take in, signified by the leftovers in the Gospel story. Through the Eucharist healing takes place as well. We are reconciled to God in the Eucharist, and made one with our God in the reception of Communion. And from the Mass members of the community take the healing presence of Christ to those who are sick or shut-in so that his comfort is shared. Christ is healing and nourishment for all.                   
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Sunday: Gn 14:18-20/1 Cor 11:23-26/Lk 9:11b-17
Monday: Tb 1:3; 2:1b-8/Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday: Tb 2:9-14/Mk 12:13-17
Wednesday: Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a/Mk 12:18-27
Thursday: Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a/Mk 12:28-34
Friday: Ez 34:11-16/Rom 5:5b-11/Lk 15:3-7
Saturday: Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20/Lk 2:41-51
Next Sunday:1 Kgs 17:17-24/Gal 1:11-19/Lk 7:11-17

      Wouldn't you love to divert your state taxes to a really good cause, Catholic Education?  PA's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program provides a tax credit of up to 90% for companies that donate to approved non-profit scholarship organizations in the Commonwealth. The Scholastic Opportunity Scholarship (SOS) fund raises over $3 million a year and provides an average of 5,000 plus scholarships annually. All C Corporations, S Corporations and Subchapter S Corporations can give up to $300,000 from their tax bill. Help needy families attend quality schools at no cost to you. For more information contact Ron Bowes at 412.456.3090 or rbowes@diopitt.org.

      The PA Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked everyone to contact their State Senator and ask them to vote YES on HB 818. HB 818 is the only way to safeguard Pennsylvania's long-standing policy against taxpayer funding of abortion in light of the new health insurance exchange that will be created in Pennsylvania under the Federal Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act specifically allows states to opt out of permitting health insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in the exchange within that state. At least 20 states have such opt-out laws, and Pennsylvania needs to be next.  Jim Ferlo is the State Senator representing Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, and O':Hara Township.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, June 10, 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. It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have already baptized children are also welcome. If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Ken at least six weeks before your desired date. The next baptismal preparation session will be held on July 29.

Saturday, Vigil of The Most Holy Trinity, June 1
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Mother, Antoinetta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, June 2
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Rose Bunecke (Nedrow Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Charles Lwanga & Companions, June 3
   8:30 am  Mary Smith (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, weekday, June 4
   8:30 am  Fairley Family (Kathleen Piper)

Wednesday, St. Boniface, bishop & martyr, June 5
   8:30 am  Birthday, Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Thursday, weekday,  June 6
   8:30 am  Helen Minshull (Scanlon Family)

Friday, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 7
   8:30 am  James McCaffrey (Ernest & Diana Sirianni)

Saturday, The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, June 8
   9:00 am  Birthday, Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 8
   5:00 pm  Patricia Maritto (Lynn Grove)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 9
   7:30 am  John C. Marous Jr. (Alfred & Barbara & Emily Duff)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 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