June 16, 2013

      A lot was made in the last election about the two parties' differing appeals to women voters. Since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, women have had the right to vote in every election. No candidate can afford to ignore more than half the population. Often the press will cite certain issues as being of particular concern to women (things like health care, violence, workplace equality, food security) as opposed to topics that the media would label as of more concern to men (defense, terrorism, banking and finance law). While legislators may find themselves attuned at one time to one part of the population, and then the other, in the end, they must respond to all of their constituents and be concerned with the common good.
      The Gospel this weekend gives us an insight into the band of believers who followed Jesus in his ministry. Luke paints a portrait of a mixed group of followers. There were the Twelve, that is the apostles, but there were also a number of women, some of whom were influential people. We know from the letters of St. Paul that in the early church men and women worked together to build up the kingdom of God by spreading the message of Christ.
      In forgiving the sinful woman in the Gospel, Jesus outlines a path to be taken in achieving the common good, a path of forgiveness and healing. These are not easy virtues to exercise in the political world, which is often a cutthroat, winner-take-all type of endeavor. As Christians, it is our duty to influence our legislators on the issues that will promote the common good of all rather than the personal good of some. As Luke's writings in his Gospel and in Acts of the Apostles points out, Christianity is a religion of community. In both our private and our public lives we profess our faith in Christ and we care for our neighbor.
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      This week's altar flowers are placed in honor of the Flynn and Gallagher families by the Gallagher family.

      We will be selling gift certificates after the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Masses this Sunday, June 16th. 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.

      Fr. Ken will be away this week Monday-Friday on retreat. So, there will be no weekday morning Masses this week Monday through Saturday.

      Quo Vadis is Latin for: "Where are you going?  Where are you headed"? QV Days is a time of recreation, fellowship and formation in Christian manhood that seeks to help young men in high school explore our Lord's call in their lives. The event will be held from July 7th through July 10th at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Coraopolis. For more information or to register, visit http://www.pghpriest.com/.

Prayer for a father who has died
      Father of Life, I thank you for my father. He was such a blessing to me while he was still with us. I still miss him so much. I thank you for what he left me as gifts of love and faith. I pray that he has enjoyed your embrace and that the relationship he and I have now might someday be renewed with you in heaven. Until then, I entrust him to your love and ask you to let him look out for me and to assist me to stay on the path to you. Amen.
For a loving husband
      Lord, you know my husband and you have blessed him. I thank you for his gifts and for his love for me and for our children. I love him so much. And, I worry about him so much. Keep him in your care and help us to stay close. Help us face the difficulties we must face together. Help us live a long life together, if that is your will. I ask you this, in Jesus' name. Amen
For more, visit the Creighton University Online Ministries page here, and click on "Prayers for Fathers & Husbands."

      The RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults prayerfully reflect on their journey, in order to discern whether they are called to full initiation into the Catholic faith community. We are planning to begin an inquiry group this summer. Perhaps the Lord is calling you to take this step now! If you are interested in exploring the process, please contact Andy Bechman as soon as possible at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

      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!
      · Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. Her only request this week is for cereal. Supplies are very low.  But see her message below.
Thank You!
      1) The adult leaders of the Children's Liturgy of the Word would like to offer some belated acknowledgement to Michael Feeney, one of the ushers at the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass. Every week, Mike dropped in to let us know when the homily was over so that we were better prepared to send the children back at the appropriate time. Thanks, Mike!
      2) Nancy Heil writes:
      Thank you for your wonderful participation in our ministry as we serve our homeless and needy brothers and sisters. They truly are appreciative of your efforts, and though you may never encounter any one you have helped, please know how grateful they are for your generosity.
      So often we are handed letters on rolled up paper that they have written to us. Though the letters may not use proper grammar or correct spelling, their words come directly from their hearts.
      In gratitude, here is one letter we would like to share with you.

Dear Mrs. Nancy, (and family)
      You don't understand how greatful and blessed that you took the time to help out someone like me.  I been threw so much and I was always told "You need to do things on your own" but that's not always the case. Everyone needs help Everyone!  There were times were I wanted to give up and end it all because my life is not the greatest but it could have been worse.  I lost so much in my life so much (my 2 uncles, best friend, 2 of cousins, my mother, and my nephew) and things started to fall.  But I always kept my head held high, and never gave the devil my attenten.
      You dont understand how greatful I really am I want to cry but im all cryed out but dont ever think that I am not greatful because I really am. God Bless All of You!
      I ran out of words to say but I thank you so much! So much . . .
Thank You.
Thank You, God Bless.

      You may have heard Fr. Ken's homily last weekend on the "anawim"—the little ones of God—widows, orphans, strangers in the land, the poor. [If you missed the homily, you can find it on our website blog here.]
      Fr. Ken told of his experience of shopping for cargo shorts, only to discover that they were made in Bangladesh. He wondered if any of the 1100 women who were killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh on April 24 had stitched those shorts.
      The Bangladesh disaster raises the question of the moral significance of our involvement in an economic system that supplies cheap goods to the West at great human cost here and abroad. It is certainly a huge and complicated question. There is a danger that we will see it as so big and our own potential contribution as so small that we do nothing. In doing so, we risk turning our backs on the anawim—the very ones our Lord calls us to serve.
      We may not be able to do a great deal, but we can do something. If you have an Internet connection, you have the means to make a difference. Here are some places you might start: The Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to "improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries.You can find them online here.
      One of the principles of Catholic doctrine in relation to the economy is that people who work deserve—by their God-given human dignity—to be paid a just wage, a wage that supplies what is needed for a decent life. You can learn about efforts to support a living wage for Asian factory workers by checking out the YouTube video "Asia Floor Wage—the animated story" or by visiting the Asia Floor Wage site here.
      One of the main ways that workers around the world try to improve their condition is through unions. Catholic doctrine supports these efforts.  LabourStart is an excellent British site where you can learn about and support the efforts of workers all over the world to defend their human right to join unions and gain fair wages and better working conditions.
      If you would like to learn how all of these efforts are related to our Catholic faith, visit the site of the Human Life and Dignity page of the website of the United States bishops.  The links on that page will take you to information on many areas including "Economic Justice."
      The U.S. bishops also sponsor an organization called Catholics Confront Global Poverty that focuses more on issues of trade, international aid, and migration than on workers' rights.
      If you are interested in joining with others at St. Scholastica who want to make a difference for the anawim of our day, please send me your email address. No meetings (unless we want to later on)—just trading information and support. We can, by the grace of God, be the hands of Christ reaching out today—even through our computer keyboards!
                --Andy Bechman (andybechman@saintscholastica.org)

Sunday:  2 Sm 12:7-10, 13/Gal 2:16, 19-21/Lk 7:36-8:3 or 7:36-50
Monday:  2 Cor 6:1-10/Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday:  2 Cor 8:1-9/Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday:  2 Cor 9:6-11/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday:  2 Cor 11:1-11/Mt 6:7-15
Friday:  2 Cor 11:18, 21-30/Mt 6:19-23
Saturday:  2 Cor 12:1-10/Mt 6:24-34
Next Sunday:  Zec 12:10-11; 13:1/Gal 3:26-29/Lk 9:18-24

      Thanks to all who contacted their State Senator and/or prayed for the passage of HB 818. There was an attempt to nullify the Bill with weakening amendments. The amendments were defeated and on June 4th HB 818 passed 31 to 19. The Affordable Care Act allows PA to opt out of permitting health insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in the exchange within the state. People can still get abortion coverage with insurance companies outside the exchange but they will not be covered by tax money. Senator Jim Ferlo voted for the weakening amendments and then voted no for the passage of the Bill. He represents Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, and O'Hara Township. If you wish to express your opinion, Senator Ferlo can be reached at 412-621-3006 or ferlo@pasenate.com.

      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  Click on single application, upper right corner.  Once you create a user name and password you are permanently  registered.  Apply as a for profit entity.  Once you submit, a new application will come up for EITC or OSTC.  You can apply for either.  The critical date coming up for new applications is July 1, 2013.  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

      The U.S. Bishops have announced a two-week effort of prayer, study, catechesis and public action to emphasize both our Catholic and American heritage of religious liberty.  Bishop Zubik is asking the faithful of our diocese to pray for religious liberty, to learn about his issue and to act to promote for the protection of religious freedom.  On Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 pm, the Diocese will sponsor a panel discussion entitled  "The Implications of Redefining Marriage" in Bishop McDowell Auditorium, St. Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road.  There is no charge for this event.  See diopitt.org for more information.

NOTE:  The Parish Office will be closed Fridays during the summer.

Saturday, Vigil of the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 15
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 16
   7:30 am  William Labriola (Labriola Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Flynn & Gallagher Families (Gallagher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, weekday, June 17
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, June 18
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, June 19
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, weekday,  June 20
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, June 21
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, June 22
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 22
   5:00 pm  50th Wedding Anniversary, Donna & Rich Oxley
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 23
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
    9:00 am  Francis Karas (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Gaetano Costanzo (Scanlon Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

St. Edward, Blawnox: M, W, F, Sat 9:00 a.m.; Th 6:30 p.m.
St. Francis, 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.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F 7:30 a.m.; T 6:30 p.m.
Note:  A different version of these times was published in the print bulletin.  We believe the times here are correct.

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-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