June 9, 2013

      In the very difficult economic times of the last few years, many families found themselves relying on resources that they had never had to utilize in the past. Some households used their retirement savings or tried to sell their homes after a job loss. Others found themselves grateful for unemployment compensation even if it didn't pay all their bills. Some adult children found it necessary to move back in with their parents, while some families found help from a local food pantry or meal program-maybe one to which in better times they actually made donations.
      In Sunday's Gospel, the widow from Nain has lost her only son. In the time of Jesus, this was not only a personal loss filled with grief, but also a devastating economic event. There was no one on whom she could rely for support. With her husband gone and now her only son dead, the woman had nothing. She was in the very worst of straits. That is, until Jesus came along. Suddenly, the widow had renewed hope, as her son was raised up and restored to her. Her life could go on.
      The plight of our neighbors in need today is not so different from that of the widow of Nain. While we might want to have Jesus walk into town and give them their house or their job back, we know that isn't going to happen. But that doesn't mean that something can't happen. Indeed, something should! As the followers of Christ today, we are his presence in this world. When there are people suffering, we are the ones called upon to reach out and help. There might be one or the other among us who actually can offer someone a job, but most of us will help in other ways. It can be as simple as buying one extra item every time we go grocery shopping to donate to the local food pantry. We can all help!
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      This Saturday, June 15, is the ordination of 27 deacons for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Twenty three men will be ordained as permanent deacons. Most of them are married and will continue in their paid jobs and also be active as deacons in their parishes. They come from 21 parishes. Michael Ackerman and three other young men will be ordained as transitional deacons; they will be ordained to the priesthood in June of next year. Michael and his family have been active in our parish for many years. He is now a parishioner of St. Pio of Pietrelcina in Blawnox. He will have a summer assignment and then return to Theological College in Washington D.C. for his fourth and last year of Theology. Congratulations to Michael and his family!!  Fr. Ken

      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.

      We will be selling gift certificates after the 7:30 am and 9:00 am Masses next weekend, 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.

      I will be away on vacation the weekdays of this week (Monday, June 10th through Friday, June 14th). Time for some R and R.   ~Fr. Ken

      Mass will be celebrated (in English and Italian) at St. Raphael for the feast of St. Anthony at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 13th.  During Mass the loaves of St. Anthony's bread will be blessed and distributed, and the saint's relic will be exposed for veneration and blessing over the people.  An outdoor procession will follow Mass, after which we invite you to enjoy a light reception.  For more information please call St. Raphael Parish Office at 412-661-3100.

      This is the longest of the seasons of the church liturgical year. It is divided into two sections, the time following Advent and before the beginning of Lent, and the time following Pentecost and before the beginning of Advent. It could be called ordinary because it is not one of the high seasons of the church. But what the name really indicates is that the weeks are ordered by number or are ordinal.

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. She requests donations of:
  • sheets (any size)—3 to 4 boxes of sheets are needed each week;
  • blankets;
  • washcloths and large bath towels;
  • backpacks;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30 and 32.
      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 . . . Elementary Religious Education
      We look at Elementary Religious Education as a total parish experience involving not just the child, but also parents, families, catechists and pastoral staff. We seek: a) to lead the students to develop a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus; b) to lead the students to participate in the parish faith community and its sacramental life; c) to help students form a moral conscience rooted in discipleship; d) to support parents in their primary faith responsibilities to their children. For more information, or to help with this ministry, contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: elemreligioused@saintscholastica.com.

      We have been strongly advised that our piano in church is in need of some restoration work. After comparing bids, we have asked Michael Mezhinsky to complete that needed work.  He has assured us that this partial restoration will serve us for the next 30 years, other than the normal tunings.  Michael will begin his work the week of June 3.  Most of the work will be done inside the church.  The project should be completed within 3-4 weeks.  In the meantime, we will use our organ for accompaniment.  The cost of the restoration will be approximately $4,000.

      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.

      Please join us for doughnuts and coffee right outside of church, after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses this Sunday, June 9th.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, June 10th, at 7:30 pm 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 29th.

      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/.

      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Joe M. Bercik Sr., Helen K. Bercik and Joe M. Bercik Jr. by the Bercik Family.

      The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays beginning the week of June 9, 2013.

Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:17-24/Gal 1:11-19/Lk 7:11-17
Monday: 2 Cor 1:1-7/Mt 5:1-12
Tuesday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Mt 5:13-16
Wednesday: 2 Cor 3:4-11/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: 2 Cor 3:15--4:1, 3-6/Mt 5:20-26
 Friday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 5:27-32
 Saturday: 2 Cor 5:14-21/Mt 5:33-37
Next Sunday: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13/Gal 2:16, 19-21/Lk 7:36--8:3 or 7:36-50

      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.

      Actively seeking Eucharistic Ministers to serve at St. Margaret Hospital! This is a wonderful ministry that requires only an hour or two out of your week. If you are not able to volunteer weekly or bi-weekly, we always need subs. The St. Margaret Foundation will provide free transportation during their hours of operation if needed. The Catholic patients at St. Margaret are so appreciative of the opportunity to receive the Eucharist while they are in the hospital. The times we have available are on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please contact Mary Bernard 412-818-6636 or bernardfour@comcast.net.

      Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area and Volunteers of America's All of Us Care program are partnering to provide students without computers in the Fox Chapel Area School District with a free computer and one year of Internet access. Qualified families must have students on the free or reduced lunch National School Program and cannot currently have Comcast internet. Families will be asked to contribute $50 towards the computer. For more information call 412-782-5344, extension 208.

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. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, June 10
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, June 11
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, June 12
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, weekday,  June 13
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, June 14
    8:30 am  NO MASS
Saturday, weekday, June 15
   9:00 am  NO MASS

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

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 9:00 a.m.; W, F 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, T, W, F 7:30 a.m.
St. John Cantius, Sharpsburg: Th 7:00 p.m.

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