July 21, 2013

      In any household with more than one child, parents have to deal with sibling rivalry. The more benign forms find expression in simple competition, in which one child strives to do better than another in contests or sports. At other times, the rivalry shows itself in a negative light, offering up comments on who's not doing what, whether that is schoolwork or household chores. The supposedly aggrieved child has a heightened sense of justice, often proclaiming that the other child seems to get away with doing less.
      It almost seems as though this is what is playing out in the Gospel story today between Martha and Mary. Martha wants Jesus to be the arbiter of the dispute, much as if she would be running to Mom or Dad. Mary seems to have found the sweet spot, sitting at the Teacher's feet. Plenty of German-inspired stained glass windows show exactly that, portraying Mary with an almost beatific quality to her face, while Martha stands in the background with a rather sour grimace. Jesus sits between them as though he is the referee between the two feuding sisters.
      Since the time of Augustine the story of Martha and Mary has often been interpreted as a commentary on the difference between the active and contemplative life-with the contemplative winning out. It's hard to imagine that a Gospel such as Luke's, so filled with stories of compassion and assistance, would profess that view. It is Luke's Gospel that includes the story of the good Samaritan, the classic example of active love of neighbor. Maybe a better way for us to understand the story of Martha and Mary is this: Mary's example is a reminder that we must clearly hear what Jesus is teaching. We cannot just run about acting as we always have. Rather, we need to take his teaching to heart, and in that way ensure that our actions are based on his commands.
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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.

      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!

      The Diocese of Pittsburgh is once again planning its annual Golden Wedding Celebration for the couples who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  This year's event will begin with Mass at St. Paul Cathedral on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.  Bishop Zubik will be the main celebrant.  A reception will follow in the lower hall at the Cathedral. Cathedral and hall are both accessible.
      If you are one of the couples celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2013, and would like to receive an invitation to this event, please call the rectory or drop a note in the collection basket no later than August 11, 2013.

      Many thanks to all of the adults who assisted with last week's camp Helping Hand.  This mini service camp is for ages 10-14 and we had 26 participants!  During the week we worked at Habitat for Humanity, Family House, Catholic Relief Services and the Aspinwall VA Hospital in addition to preparing Religious Education material for the fall.

      Congratulations to the following students for achieving Honor Roll Status: Charlotte DelBarba, Elizabeth Martini & Jessica Snyder.  High Honor Status: Molly Fallon & Allison Nedrow.  Highest Honors: Elizabeth DelBarba, Laurel Hettinger Christine Pilewski, Mary Thomasmeyer & Megan Wasson.

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.
                                                                                --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:
· pillows (bed & throw);
· a small apartment refrigerator for a woman living in a shelter to store her insulin;
· good men's walking shoes of all sizes;
· sheets of all sizes;
· men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-36 and 40-60;
· men's jogging pants, size 2XL;
· men's summer shorts, all sizes;
· 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
· adult-sized backpacks.
Food items that are needed include:
· canned fruit
· canned vegetables
· pasta
· rice
· peanut butter
· canned chicken.
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 St. Monica Society
      The St. Monica Society was formed to pray for and reach out to families and parishioners who no longer worship with us. The group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 9:30 am to pray to the Holy Spirit, ask for the intercession of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, and to study and discuss ways to reach out to and welcome others. For more information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon at: stmonica@saintscholastica.com.

      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!

      Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fred C. Goodwin, father of Charlie Goodwin.

      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, July 29, 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.

      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, beginning this week. In order to make our prayer sessions available to people with conventional work schedules, we will meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center, beginning this Wednesday, July 24. After a brief time to gather, we will meditate for twenty minutes. When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to 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!

      Religious Education begins September 15th and we need teachers for grades 3 & 5 as well as small group leaders for grades 6-8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested - jamiedillon@comcast.net.

Sunday: Gn 18:1-10a/Col 1:24-28/Lk 10:38-42
Monday: Ex 14:5-18/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Tuesday: Ex 14:21--15:1/Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15/Mt 13:1-9
Thursday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 20:20-28
Friday: Ex 20:1-17/Mt 13:18-23
Saturday: Ex 24:3-8/Mt 13:24-30
Next Sunday:   Gn 18:20-32/Col 2:12-14/Lk 11:1-13

      There will be a Blood Drive on Sunday, July 28th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the St. Scholastica Pastoral Center. If you are 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and are in good health, then you are most likely eligible to give blood.  In about an hour (the actual donation only takes 10 minutes) you will save a life.  Blood cannot be manufactured and it is perishable.  Please give blood and ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for area patients.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550 or scanlonk@juno.com to schedule your live-saving appointment.

      We are in the process of planning and organizing the Parish Picnic. The picnic will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at Squaw Valley Park. Our first planning meeting will be on Monday July 22nd in the Library of the Ministry Center at 7:00pm. We would appreciate all volunteers who might be able to help us with this event (even if you have never been involved before). There are many opportunities to help with the picnic that have different levels of time commitment. If you are interested in helping, please attend and we will find the right fit for you. If you are interested in helping, but cannot make the meeting, please call Elaine DuVall at 412-781-6941.

      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!

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 amSr. Roseanne Dorinsky (Friends of Lighthouse Point)
       Presider:  Fr. Jeremiah O'Shea
   11:00 amNancy D. Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
       Presider:  Fr. Jeremiah O'Shea

Monday, weekday, July 22
   8:30 am  Richard Larsen (Mary Alice Price)

Tuesday, weekday, July 23
   8:30 am  Birthday, Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, weekday, July 24
   8:30 am  Alda Srebrnjak (Miketic Family)

Thursday, St. James, Apostle,  July 25
    8:30 am  Nancy McSorley (Connie Donnelly)

Friday, weekday, July 26

Saturday, weekday, July 27
   9:00 am  Anniv., Bernice Gimber (Sister)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 27
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 28
   7:30 am  Parishioners of  St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Ervin Domzal (Jan & Dave Domzal, Daughter & Son)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Anniv., Rosemarie Boley (Children)
       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