July 14, 2013

      Lawyers don't always fare so well in popular culture. Even the television shows that exalt some aspects of the legal profession (like Law & Order or The Good Wife) also have some lawyers that are less than noble in both their personal and professional lives. Even in Shakespeare's time this ambivalence toward lawyers was evident in Henry VI, Part 2 when Dick the butcher, one of the rebels, proposes to kill all the lawyers since by their arguments they can have a man condemned as easily as freed. Still, every day people turn to lawyers seeking their help with a host of problems. The love-hate relationship continues.
      In the Gospel this weekend, the scholar of the law is looking for the way to life. His question is sincere. He is trying to understand what is required of him. He can quote the law, indeed, probably even lives by it. But the question of who is a neighbor is one of legal precision. The interpretation of the Mosaic law based the fact of one being a neighbor on a covenantal relationship. Those who worshipped the one God were considered as one's neighbor. In the time of Jesus this narrow interpretation was being reconsidered. Some religious scholars suggested that a more universal application was needed, while others held to the tradition that Samaritans, foreigners, and those outside the law were not neighbors under the law. Jesus makes his position clear, although by coming at it from the other direction. It is the Samaritan who shows himself to be a neighbor.
      Maybe that is where the argument lies for us today. We cannot define with legal precision who is going to be a neighbor to us. All we can do is decide to be neighborly toward others, that is, to show them the very love with which we love ourselves. And then rely on God's mercy that someone will be there for us as a neighbor in our time of need.
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      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.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, July 29th, at 7:30 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 previously had children baptized 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.

      Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she bears witness to God's love. Be missionaries of God's tenderness!
                                                                            --Pope Francis

Good News!
             During Vacation Bible School this summer, the children collected $534.81 for the children of Good Samaritans School in Haiti. The total included 6,051 pennies! (Yes, that's 121 rolls, plus one penny!)

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. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
  • McDonald's gift certificates;
  • pillows (bed and throw) "We are down to zero," Nancy says, "and we need two commercial size plastic bags a week."
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-36 and 40-60;
  • men's summer shorts, all sizes;
  • adult-sized backpacks.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • tuna;
  • canned chicken;
  • instant potatoes;
  • hamburger helper.
      A special request: "Please pray for our homeless brothers and sisters who are once again being uprooted, that God may lead them to safe housing."
      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!

Focus On . . . The Committee for Persons with Disabilities
      The Committee works to ensure that all persons can participate fully in the liturgy and activities of the Church. The Committee works closely with the Diocesan Department for Persons with Disabilities and provides support, information and resources for people with any type of disability. We also coordinate a special annual Mass which gives the parish an opportunity to welcome persons with a disability. To help advance this work, contact Ann Scanlon at: advocate@saintscholastica.com.

      The Parish Pastoral Council would like to expand our opportunities for adult parishioners to do Christian service. As our first endeavor, we will be preparing dinner for the residents of the Orr Compassionate Care Center in East Liberty on Sunday, August 11. The Orr Center provides shelter and nonmedical respite care in a home-like setting for up to twelve adults who are recuperating from an injury or illness.
      If you wish to join us, please contact Pastoral Council member Brian Balonick at brianbalonick@saintscholastica.com or Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com as soon as possible. Because we are new at this, we will need to do some extra planning, and it will be helpful to be in communication with each other soon. Respond to Christ's call to serve the poor and join us if you can!

      Many thanks to all of the parishioners who supported our 10th mission trip to Appalachia.  We had 70 adults, young adults and teens.  Divided in 8 work crews, we worked on 10 different homes.  One of which was for a woman who initiated this project when we first started.  She has since been diagnosed with Parkinson's, lost her husband, and the week before we arrived, lost her eldest son. For her we repaired her kitchen and bathroom and built a railing down her sidewalk so she could get the mail. We cleaned and organized her entire house.  We repaired an outside plumbing leak and totally cleaned up her yard of fallen trees, weeds and overgrown vines.  Her basement was organized as well but most of all, according to this woman, we saved her.  We showed her that someone cared.  We listened to her stories.  We cried with her and shared meals with her.  The greatest thing that we did for her, she said, was to give her hope.

      On July 27, 2013, the young people of the Diocese of Pittsburgh will gather to celebrate World Youth Day. The Pope has called young people to "Go and make disciples of all nations!" Our desire is to gather all Young Adults in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for a local celebration of World Youth Day, with a special emphasis on reuniting young adults with the mission of the Church and encouraging discipleship.
      Tickets are $15 and available at www.lwydpgh.eventbrite.com. Audience: Young Adults 18-39.
Doors Open, at St. Paul's Seminary, at 3:30 for Liturgy, Dinner, and so much more!

      "Nothing is more precious than time," wrote the author of a medieval spiritual classic. Australian monk Michael Casey writes: "Prayer is first and foremost a giving of myself, empowered by grace. In particular, it is a giving of my time." Join us as we offer our time and ourselves to God through the practice of Christian meditation.
      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. After a brief time to gather, we will meditate for twenty minutes. Afterwards, those who can stay will discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice, ending by 7:30. 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!

      Are you a parent of young children? Would you like to connect with other parents for mutual encouragement and support, especially in fostering your children's faith? We have some parents who are looking to do just that! If you are interested in joining them, please contact Monica Dobbelstein at familyfaith@saintscholastica.com.
      Perhaps parents will want to meet for common activities or social time. Perhaps they will want to share ideas and support via email or the parish website. It will be up to the parents involved. Andy Bechman will facilitate the process on behalf of the parish staff.
      The Church considers parents to be their children's first and best teachers in the faith. That teaching doesn't happen in a classroom, but in every part of your family life together. We hope that connecting with each other will support you in this great and joyful task!

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tom Kelsesky, husband of Gee Gee and father of Ellen Hayes.

Sunday: Dt 30:10-14/Col 1:15-20/Lk 10:25-37
Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22/Mt 10:34--11:1
Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a/Mt 11:20-24
Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Mt 11:25-27
Thursday: Ex 3:13-20/Mt 11:28-30
Friday: Ex 11:10--12:14/Mt 12:1-8
Saturday: Ex 12:37-42/Mt 12:14-21
Next Sunday:  Gn 18:1-10a/Col 1:24-28/Lk 10:38-42

      There will be a Blood Drive on Sunday, July 28th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the St. Scholastica Pastoral Center. You know that donating blood is good for the patient who receives it, but did you know that it is good for the donor too? Donating blood helps prevent heart disease and developing cancers. Make an appointment and help us make your experience faster and more convenient. Contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 or scanlonk@juno.com to make your lifesaving appointment.

      Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee:  Squaw Valley, 8:00 pm on Monday, July 15th.  All teens welcome!
      Uke Group: Ministry Center, Tuesday 4:30 pm-5:30 pm on Tuesday, July 16th.
      Kayaking: North Shore, 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 23rd.  All teens welcome.  Drivers needed, we should return by 2:00 pm.

Saturday, Vigil of the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 13
   5:00 pm  Rita Secola (Mr. & Mrs. John Pastor)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 14
   7:30 am  Charles W. Flynn (Gallagher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Dorothy Killian (Sharon, Mike Matt & Ryan Pontzloft)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Parishioners of  St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, St. Bonaventure, bishop & doctor, July 15
   8:30 am  Anniv., Joseph Costa (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Tuesday, weekday, July 16
   8:30 am  Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)

Wednesday, weekday, July 17
   8:30 am  Nancy McSorley (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, weekday,  July 18
   8:30 am  Birthday, Joseph L. Schultz (Family)

Friday, weekday, July 19

Saturday, weekday, July 20
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 20
   5:00 pm  44th Wedding Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 21
   7:30 am  Parishioners of  St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Sr. Roseanne Dorinsky (Friends of Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Nancy D. Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
       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