May 12, 2013

      Parents of young children spend a lot of time teaching them manners. It is part of the socialization process in which three-, four-, and five-year-olds learn to come outside of themselves. They begin to recognize that there are others in the world, and that unlike in their infancy when all attention was focused on them, they now discover that they must interact with others who also have a claim on the social order. By teaching young children not only the words, but also the concepts of "please" and "thank you," parents assist their youngsters in finding a place in society. Children learn that they need to share, that not everything belongs to them. They discover that they must interact with others to get things to work properly. "Please" and "thank you" acknowledges that outsiders also have rights.
      All this brings us to Sunday's Gospel. There are only a few places in the New Testament in which we actually hear Jesus pray. The Gospel today is one of those. As he addresses the Father he prays not only for the disciples gathered with him at the Last Supper, but he also prays for us. He asks that we may be one and that we may be brought to perfection. Across two thousand years of time, Jesus is asking his Father to take care of us today!
      "Please" and "thank you" are key words in prayer. They are actually part of three of the four traditional forms of prayer. Petition (asking for ourselves) and Intercession (asking on behalf of others) are "please." A prayer of thanksgiving is, of course, "thank you." The fourth type of prayer is adoration or praise. In his prayer, Jesus is interceding for us with his Father. It is the kind of prayer we can emulate, getting us out of ourselves as we ask God to be attentive to the needs of so many others in this world.
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       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

      We are now accepting registrations for the 2013/2014 Religious Education year.  Registrations received before May 10th will receive a discount.  Contact Jamie Dillon at

      Camp Helping Hand is in our 17th year! This is a 3 day community service camp for our youth in grades 5-8.  It is July 9, 10 & 11 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  We will work with Habitat for Humanity and provide other needed service in our area.  Register by contacting .

      As we celebrate Mother's Day, here is a prayer written by a mother who struggles to find space for prayer in her overflowing life. For other prayers by and for mothers, visit the Creighton University Online Ministries website at:

My Loving Creator,
      You know how really tired I am. On days when things are really frantic, I consider how you made the world in seven days—and then I try to remember that you aren't asking me to re-create that feat.
      Please help me to remain a loving mother to my children and to keep some balance in my life. Help me to remember that you are with me in every packed hour of every day. As I am finishing a work project or planning dinner or buying the kids shoes, (sometimes all at the same time) help me to remember your loving care for me and let me sometimes stop for a moment and just wallow in that.
      Most of all, my caring Father, let me remember to ask for help and to rely on you for strength when I have none left; for patience when mine is so often gone; and for the wisdom and endless well of compassion and love I need in my job as mother.

      Taken from the "Mothers' Prayers" page on the Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: Used with permission.

      Register your 5-9 year old for Faith Island Vacation Bible School the week of June 10th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.  This is a great way to start off the summer.  Contact Jamie Dillon at to register.

       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!
      · 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: duffel bags and adult-sized backpacks; washcloths and large bath towels; Port Authority ConnectCards with $2.50 stored on each. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
      · Food items that are needed include: canned fruit (approximately 15 oz. cans are best); canned vegetables; macaroni and cheese; boxed meals such as hamburger or tuna helper.
      · Thank you for your generosity! 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!

Good News!
      Thanks to the person who gave Nancy a Port Authority ConnectCard with $25 loaded onto it. The card will go to a young lady who commutes from East Hills to the North Side for a new job. It will make it possible for her to get to work and get home until she receives her first paycheck on the 21st.
      Nancy also sends thanks to the people who gave clothes for newborns. They went to three little girls and two boys.

Focus On . . . Youth Ministry
      The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter or visit Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail:

       Next weekend, May 18th and 19th, there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services, and for the Church in Latin America, Africa and Central Europe. We are reading about the natural disasters and civil wars in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East. Many Christians also are persecuted in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Catholic Relief Services is one of the largest of the international relief agencies. We are rightly proud of the good works that CRS does in the name of Jesus and the Church. Thank you for your generosity.

      On Saturday, May 18th, I will be celebrating my 45th anniversary of ordination. There were 18 of us ordained on that day by Bishop John Wright. I am grateful for all these years of priesthood and the gift of being your pastor here at St. Scholastica for the past five years. I will begin my sixth year in July. Thank you for your continuing prayers and your dedication to your Catholic Faith and to our parish community. By way of footnote: now that Summer is approaching and our schedules are more relaxed, I invite you to have a conversation with me. I am open for any issues you would like to talk about: personal issues, concerns you have about the Church/parish, criticism, advice or suggestions. You may make an appointment either by email ( or by phone- 412-781-0186, Ext. 14. God bless you!!

      Come celebrate spring and join other parish women in friendship at the Aquinas Guild end-of-year luncheon. All women of the parish are invited to attend a luncheon at the Fox Chapel Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15th, starting at 12 noon. Guest speaker will be Sister Marian Senish, C.D.P., who leads many retreats in our area. Her topic is "Laughter Is the Best Medicine." Cost of the lunch is $25. To make a reservation, please send a $25 check payable to the Aquinas Guild to Bernadine Bonessa, 111 Hickory Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Please specify your entrée choice, either Sole Veronique or Lemon Chicken. Reservation deadline is noon Monday, May 13th. Call 412-963-0198 with any questions.

      This weekend, church members will be collecting monetary donations after mass in honor of Mother's Day.  Funds will assist Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc., an alternative to abortion agency, which provides comprehensive pregnancy support, caring and adoption services.  Your contributions will be directly used to support these programs.  Our aim is to support the birthmother and guarantee the unborn a future whether through responsible parenting or placement for adoption.  If you know of anyone who may need their services, please tell them to call 412-766-2693.

      Glow in the dark ultimate frisbee, Tuesday, May 20th at 8:30 pm at the Aspinwall field.  All teens are welcome.

Sunday: Acts 7:55-60/Rv 22:12-14, 16-17, 20/Jn 17:20-26
Monday: Acts 19:1-8/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Jn 15:9-17
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
      Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Ez 37:1-14/Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
      Day: Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17/Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 14:15-16, 23b-26

       Save the date!  Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is holding a fundraiser at Max & Erma's in Fox Chapel on Thursday, May 16th from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.  You must present a ticket to your server and 20% of your bill will be credited to the school.  This offer will also be accepted on take-out orders.  Tickets will be located at the back of the church next weekend.  Thank you for supporting our school!

      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, May 19th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

      Our next Uke Group will be Wednesday, May 15th at 5:00 pm in the Ministry Center.

      Altar flowers are placed in memory of Theresa Marsico (Anniversary) by Tish Marsico.

      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

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 11
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 12
   7:30 am  Deceased Veltri/Powers Family Members (Sissy & Pat)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Rosemarie Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Celia Mancini (Mancini Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 13
   8:30 am  Mary Certo (Certo Family)

Tuesday, St. Matthias, apostle, May 14
   8:30 am  Patricia O'Donnell (McMaster Family)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 15
   8:30 am  Dorothy Killian (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 16
   8:30 am  55th Anniv., Tom & Millie Wenzel (Family)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 17
    8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)

Saturday, Easter Weekday, May 18
   9:00 am  Birthday, Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost, May 18
   5:00 pm  Linda Lucchino (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Pentecost, May 19
   7:30 am  Tom & Alice Kotchey (Strahler Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Anniv., Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   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:
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