June 30, 2013

      We all have our disappointments in life. They can range from the inconsequential (the store is out of the brand of laundry soap that I have a coupon for) to the very significant (a diagnosis of cancer or another serious illness). And we all deal with disappointments in different ways. Young children are very good at "catastrophizing" a disappointment. Mom's refusal to get that wanted candy bar in the grocery checkout line can lead to a tantrum. But as any mother knows, not giving in to a child's tantrum is teaching a lesson on how to deal with the inevitable disappointments that are part of each person's life.
      In this weekend's Gospel, James and John certainly weren't happy that a Samaritan village was not very welcoming to Jesus and his band of disciples. Recall that Samaritans believed that the place to worship God was on Mt. Gerizim, and because Jesus and his disciples were on the way to Jerusalem, the Samaritans were not interested in aiding his mission. Almost like five-year-olds at the candy display in the grocery checkout line, James and John were ready to call down fire from heaven to wipe out the Samaritans. Jesus did not hesitate to rebuke them for their outburst. On the other hand, even Jesus seemed to express his own sense of disappointment when he says in the Gospel to someone who wants to follow him, "The Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head" (Lk 9:58).
      How we deal with disappointment is a sign of maturity. Jesus makes the point in the Gospel that we have to move forward. Letting go of regrets and looking to the future is wholesome everyday advice. But putting those ideas into the realm of faith means that we confess our sins and seek absolution (the letting go) and direct our lives to God's kingdom. It is looking toward our ultimate future, which is eternal life in heaven.
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      This weekend, June 29 and 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.

      Do you have a desire to deepen your relationship with God? Join other people who have the same desire as we explore Christian meditation together. In order to make our prayer sessions available to people with conventional work schedules, we are planning to meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center, beginning on July 24. You do not need any previous experience with meditation, although we welcome people who have such experience. Let's support each other as we grow through prayer!

      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.

      St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish will be hosting a Protecting God's Children Workshop on Tuesday, July 23rd, at the St. Edward social hall in Blawnox.  It will begin at 6:30 pm and will last approximately 3 hours.  This workshop is mandatory for all volunteers and employees of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and it is also highly recommended for parents, grandparents and all those who work with children.  There is no charge to attend.  To register, please call 412-828-4066.

      Congratulations to the following students of our parish who achieved High Honors at Central Catholic High School:  Jordan Ciccone, Clayton Gentilcore, Grant Hettinger, Matthew Pilewski, and Gennaro Valant. Congratulations to the following students who achieved Honor status: Robert Barringer & Alexander Butler.

       Let us keep a place for Christ in our lives, let us care for one another and let us be loving custodians of creation.
                                                                                        --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She requests donations of:
  • Port Authority ConnectCards. Because of a Port Authority rule, please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. 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.
      While Nancy is very grateful for your donations, large donations can be difficult for her to handle. If you have a large donation, please bring it to the side middle door of 316 Third St. on Monday or Thursday morning at 10:00. At these times, volunteers are available to process the donated goods. Also, please remember that clean plastic bags are much easier to handle than boxes, and Nancy and her volunteers appreciate it if the bags are not too heavy.
      Thank you for your generosity! Please remember to leave normal 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!
Focus on . . . Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
      These ministers distribute Holy Communion at weekend Masses, Holyday Masses and daily Mass. Some of the ministers take communion to homebound parishioners and parishioners in hospitals and nursing homes. If you are an active Catholic and you feel you may be called to this ministry, please contact Fr. Ken.

      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.

      Congratulations to Sophia Kartsonas for obtaining High Honors at Aquinas Academy and Clare Mortenson for achieving Honor status.

      Saint Juan Diego Parish is sponsoring a two-day trip, "Catholic Maryland."  The trip is hosted by Father Michael Decewicz and will take place on October 16 and 17.  Highlights include the Inner Harbor, the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Jude Shrine, St. Joseph Valley, Mount St. Mary's Seminary and more.  The tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, one night lodging, two meals, all sightseeing and shrine donations, daily Mass and prayer and a professional tour manager.  The cost is $279 per person based on double occupancy, $349 per person for single occupancy and $275 per person for triple occupancy.  A deposit of $50 is due by June 28.  To register or for more information, please call 412-784-8700.

      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/.

Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21/Gal 5:1, 13-18/Lk 9:51-62
Monday: Gn 18:16-33/Mt 8:18-22
Tuesday: Gn 19:15-29/Mt 8:23-27
Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22/Jn 20:24-29
Thursday: Gn 22:1b-19/Mt 9:1-8
Friday: Gn 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67/Mt 9:9-13
Saturday: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29/Mt 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Is 66:10-14c/Gal 6:14-18/Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

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

      Gift Certificates will not be sold during the month of July.  They will be sold next on Sunday, August 18th.

      The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked Catholics to support current legislation for justice for immigrants. We are all one family under God.
      Take action by sending electronic postcards to the U. S. Senate and Congress asking that they pass immigration reform. Go to http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/. Also, post cards are available in the vestibule of the church.

      As we celebrate the birthday of our country, we invite you to come to the 9:00 am Mass on July 4th to pray for our country. We pray for our elected officials that they be men and women of integrity and be dedicated to the common good. We also pray that they make all their decisions/voting based on the sanctity of the human person from conception to natural death. We also pray that they will protect the religious freedoms of all citizens. In a special way we also salute our military men and women and their families. They are less than 1% of our population, but bear the heavy burden of defending our country. We pray that our service men and women may return home safely and be welcomed back home by all citizens. We are grateful to all veterans for the great sacrifices they have make for the security and peace of our nation. Fr. Ken

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

Monday, weekday, July 1
   8:30 am  Rosemarie Boley (Children)

Tuesday, weekday, July 2
   8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. John Thompson (Daughter, Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren)

Wednesday, St. Thomas, apostle, July 3
   8:30 am  Daniel Fleming (Fleming Family)

Thursday, Independence Day,  July 4
   9:00 am  Anniv., Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, weekday, July 5
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, July 6
   9:00 am  Frank Skowron (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 6
   5:00 pm  Alfonso Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 7
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Leo Piatkowski (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Virgilio Ferraro (Ferraro Family)
       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