June 23, 2013

      Self-discovery is part of every person's life. To a greater or lesser extent, individuals learn about themselves as they go through various stages of maturing. Adolescence is an early period of self-understanding, when teenagers begin individualizing themselves, sometimes rebelling against parental values, sometimes integrating them into their own lives. College years and young adulthood are another period when men and women begin to uncover more about their own place in the world. A traumatic experience in middle age-job loss, divorce, serious illness-may also provoke a time of self-reflection, during which a person may question what the meaning of his or her own life is.
      The story in Luke's Gospel this weekend (like many of the Gospel stories) can be read in several different ways. Is the human nature of Jesus seeking an understanding of who he is, uncovering the mystery of his divine nature during his time of prayer? Or is the story written by the disciples many years later in their own quest to understand who Jesus was even as he walked among them? Or is this an account of the inspirational action of the Holy Spirit, giving Peter the insight to speak accurately about who Jesus is? Or is this a teaching of Luke the Gospel writer, putting the death and resurrection of Jesus in a context that unites the day-to-day experience of a believer with the final act of Jesus? Or is it all of these, and more, at one and the same time? Biblical scholars can give us a lot on which to reflect.
      As the Gospel points out, for believers, the quest of self-discovery includes an identification with Christ. As he says in the Gospel, a follower "must deny himself and take up his cross daily . . . whoever loses his life for my sake will save it" (Lk 9:23-24). Here is the true path to self-discovery for the Christian. It is revealed in our connection to the death and resurrection of Christ.
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          Next weekend, June 29 30, we will take up a Second Collection for Peter's Pence. The monies collected will be forwarded and used by our Holy Father to be distributed to many needy peoples of the world, especially those afflicted by natural disasters and civil wars. Thank you for your generosity.

      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 prayers are with our young people and the adults who are going on a work week in Appalachia this week. There are about 70 people who will be working on projects for a week, building community, offering service and coming to a greater awareness of poverty that afflicts many people in the Unites States. We will prayerfully send them off to mission at the 7:30 am Mass this Sunday, and celebrate their return at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, June 29th. Thank you to so many of you who have supported this mission by the thousands of dollars you have donated!!

      Our next Youth Mass is Saturday, June 29th at 5:00 pm.

      Many thanks to everyone who helped make faith Island our Vacation Bible School, a success.  We had 70 youth participate!

      You recall that the Little Sisters of the Poor were here asking for donations at the doors after Mass. I received a letter from Sister Margaret Mary reporting that you contributed $3,021.68 for their mission to the elderly. She wrote: "Thanks to the generosity of your parishioners, we are able to continue to provide for the needs of our Residents as we care for them with respect, dignity and love."  May God bless each of you for your kindness and support.  Fr. Ken

      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. Nancy reports that "The numbers are unbelievable. . . . There are so many people living under the bridge!"  She requests donations of:
  • "blankets, blankets, blankets" (Nancy took 85 of these last week and three people at the end of the line went without);
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30, 32, and 34;
  • men's summer shorts, all sizes, especially 36;
  • adult-sized backpacks.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • hamburger helper;
  • instant potatoes;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • canned chili;
  • canned meat;
  • tuna.
      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. Also, if you leave donations in bags, please try not to make them too heavy. Thank you!
Focus on . . . Adult Religious Education
      This ministry seeks to promote our growth as a Catholic Christian community by reflecting together on our faith and how we practice it. Adult education at St. Scholastica includes Bible studies, Baptism preparation for parents, support for adults leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word, and occasional print resources. We also maintain a parish library. If you would like to form a book club, discussion group, prayer or support group, or organize a group retreat, contact Andy Bechman at (412) 781-0186, ext. 18, or by email: adultfaith@saintscholastica.com.

      In early June, Heather Underwood, a member of our RCIA team, and Andy Bechman, our RCIA director, attended a three-day "Institute" at St. Paul Seminary called "The Initiation Experience: Beginnings." The Institute was presented by members of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a network of scholars and ministers who help parishes implement the RCIA. Sadly, the Forum is dissolving after thirty years of high quality work. Apparently, slashed diocesan budgets all over the country seldom allow any longer for the expense of sending people to conferences such as this. The Pittsburgh Institute was the next-to-last that the Forum would offer. Heather offers some reflections on her experience:
      The Institute was an extraordinary experience for me. I went through RCIA myself as a candidate, coming into the Church in 2010. There were many in attendance from all over the country including RCIA team members from Cleveland, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and Erie. There was an almost immediate sense of community amongst the attendees that everyone I talked to commented on. In two and a half days, I made new friends, acquired the nickname Heather Awesome, and became noted for my welcoming smiles. I was very humbled that I was unknowingly touching the hearts of other participants. I will certainly bring what I learned to help enrich the experience of future Catechumens and Candidates at St. Scholastica.

      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.

      Bishop Zubik will celebrate Holy Mass at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 4th at St. Mary of Mercy, Downtown, to close this year's Fortnight for Freedom.  Light refreshments will be served afterward in Lawless Hall.  All are welcome.

Sunday: Zec 12:10-11; 13:1/Gal 3:26-29/Lk 9:18-24
Monday Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17
              Day: Is 49:1-6/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80
Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18/Mt 7:6, 12-14  
Wednesday: Gn 15:1-12, 17-18/Mt 7:15-20
Thursday: Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 or 16:6b-12, 15-16/Mt 7:21-29
Friday: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Mt 8:1-4
Saturday Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19
               Day: Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/Mt 16:13-19
Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21/Gal 5:1, 13-18/Lk 9:51-62

      Please note the Parish Office will be closed Fridays during the summer.

      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/.

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

Monday, Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24
   8:30 am  Anniv., Celementine Tamburo (Evelyn Tamburo)

Tuesday, weekday, June 25
   8:30 am  William Ladley (Marjorie N. Ladley)

Wednesday, weekday, June 26
   8:30 am  Frank & Sophie Skowron (Family)

Thursday, weekday,  June 27

Friday, St. Irenaeus, June 28
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Saturday, Sts. Peter & Paul, apostles, June 29
   9:00 am  Virginia Baer (Karen & John Staley)

Saturday, Vigil of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 29
   5:00 pm  Angela Marsiglio
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 30
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Don Flinn (St. Scholastica Choirs)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Samuel Pace (Father of Angela Kamin & Marie Pace)
       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-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