July 28, 2013

 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Big cities can have a special attraction. The commercial areas can be alive with such hustle and bustle. Walking past store windows and sidewalk restaurants can enliven one's spirit as the great mass of humanity seems to be undulating with all the excitement of commerce and exchange. In large cities one can often hear multiple languages just by walking a few blocks as people from different parts of the world mix together on the sidewalks of America. Walk a few blocks in any big city and it is likely that you will come upon someone begging or panhandling on the street. In some places the beggars are very discreet, just sitting on a bench or a sidewalk with a paper cup in their hand that may have a few coins in it so as not to attract the attention of the police. In other places, the begging may be more aggressive with requests hurled at passersby. In a big city, every beggar has his regulars who give him something when they see him. But there are also the hundreds who will pass by. And then there are the occasional visitors who are unsure whether to heed the beggars' pleas or not.
      In the Gospel this weekend, the disciples of Jesus ask him to teach them how to pray. He then goes on to describe for them the nature of prayer. He reminds the disciples not to give up. They must be persistent in their prayer, asking for what is needed.
      Most of us probably can't ever conceive of ourselves as beggars sitting on the street corner of some large city, even though it is likely that at some point in our lives we have seen them (and maybe even given them something!). But that is exactly what we are every time we pray the Lord's Prayer. After all, we pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." You can't be much more of a beggar than that!
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50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
      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 50thanniversary 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.

APPALACHIA MISSION
      On Friday, August 2, we are hosting an Appalachia Mission Team reunion party.  It will be from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Community Swim Club.  Please RSVP to Jamie Dillon by July 30.  Please bring a side dish, desert or salad to share.
      Even though our annual mission trip is 11 months away, we are still thinking about it!  We would like to gather some additional tools, particularly drills, cordless screwdrivers, weed whackers and saws all.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you have any that you would like to donate.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES MASTERS PACKAGE RAFFLE
      Win a Masters package for four and enjoy one of golf's most prestigious tournaments. Tickets cost $250 each or 5 tickets for $1,000. Only 500 tickets will be sold. This dream vacation package includes: two rooms, 4 night accommodations at the Marriott Augusta, April 9 -13; breakfast daily at the hotel; Wednesday through Sunday rounds of the Masters; access to the Executive Club, Thursday through Sunday; "Welcome Dinner" with celebrity guest speaker on Wednesday; official Masters souvenir; hotel transportation to and from Augusta National, Wednesday through Sunday.
      For tickets, call or email: 412-456-6695 HCCgolf@ccpgh.org. Winning ticket drawn at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center Golf Classic on Monday, September 9. Winner need not be present. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center, providing free medical and dental care to the uninsured, regardless of religious affiliation. Since opening our doors in 2007, more than 13,000 individuals have received quality, medical and dental care at no cost to them, during more than 30,000 patient visits.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.
                                                                      --Pope Francis
Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She did receive a small refrigerator for the woman who needs it to store insulin. She also sends a special thank-you this week to the person who donated ten Port Authority ConnectCards. These cards allow her to give people access to work or to the help they need.
      In gratitude for all of the donations that our parishioners are sending, Nancy asked that we print the following letter from a couple who hope to move this week from living under the 9th St. Bridge to an apartment in Duquesne.

Dear Miss Nancy,
We Would like to thank You And All Of Your Members who Never Tire From Coming Out and Helping Us Through the Winter Cold, and Feed us, Cloth Us, And Keep Us Warm And safe, We Bless You all for Your Prayers And All The Hard work And Time You Give To Us the Unfortunate. We Love You For all that You Have Done for each And everyone Of Us. God Bless you and your family here on earth and our eternal families around us. As The Lord Touches Down And Blesses You, You Spread that Love To All Of Us.
WE THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR THE LOVE AND DEVOTION THAT YOU ALWAYS GIVE TO THOSE WHO ARE "HOMELESS NOT HELPLESS  
And You Give Us The Courage To Start To Build A New Life For Ourselves.
Thank You, and LOVE ALWAYS,
Dennis and DiAnna
Help Needed!
      Nancy requests donations of the same items as last week (see the Stewardship Corner online here for details), especially:
  • McDonald's gift certificates;
  • Port Authority ConnectCards. Please have only $2.50 of value loaded onto each card. The cards are available at Giant Eagle.
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 . . . Lectors
Adult and teen lectors proclaim the Scriptures at our liturgies. If you would like to explore this ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at: lectors@saintscholastica.com.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HELP NEEDED!
      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.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION UNDERWAY
      Our Christian meditation group has begun to meet! Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace.
      In order to make our prayer sessions available to people with conventional work schedules, we meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty minutes. When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay can discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 7:30.
      You may join us at any session—don't worry about ones you have missed. 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!

RCIA INQUIRY GROUP
      Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? Have you been attending Mass with your spouse and want to investigate taking the next step? Are you feeling called to live your life as a Catholic?
      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 beginning an inquiry group this week. 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.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKING ICE HOCKEY
      The Central Catholic Viking Hockey Club is holding open skates for middle school ice hockey players, age 12-13 & 14, who are interested in attending Central Catholic High School.  The skates are free of charge and will be held on August 5th, 12th and 19th at 5:30 pm. Please contact Coach Kirk Freyvogel if interested at jkirkfreyvogel@gmail.com or 412-621-1665. Thanks and Go Vikings!

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of  Mary Bennett, former parishioner.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JULY 28TH
Sunday: Gn 18:20-32/Col 2:12-14/Lk 11:1-13
Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28/Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35/Mt 13:44-46
Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38/Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37/Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17/Mt 14:1-12
Next Sunday: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23/Col 3:1-5, 9-11/Lk 12:13-21

BLOOD DRIVE
      This Sunday is our annual Summer Blood Drive from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Church blood donors make up 25% of the community blood supply.  We are needed to ensure that patient treatment goes uninterrupted.  Please stop in the Pastoral Center and find out if you are eligible to give blood.

DISABILITY MASS
      Next Saturday, August 3, Fr. Walt Rydzon will celebrate the 5:00 pm Mass.  Jamie Heiry and the Diocesan Deaf Choir will lead the congregation in musical worship.  This Mass will be signed.  We invite the Parish to attend the Mass to welcome all our special guests and join us afterwards for a light supper in the Pastoral Center.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this 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 had previous 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. The next baptismal preparation session will be held on September 9.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR ADULTS
      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!

MASS INTENTIONS:
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

Monday, St. Martha, July 29
   8:30 am  Elaine Pavlik (Patricia Berg)

Tuesday, weekday, July 30
   8:30 am  Matthew Elder (Pierce & Maureen Elder)

Wednesday, St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31
   8:30 am  Nancy McSorley (Gallagher Family)

Thursday, St. Alphonsus Liguori,  August 1
   8:30 am  Margaret Fleming (Fleming Family)

Friday, weekday, August 2
   8:30 am  COMMUNION SERVICE

Saturday, weekday, August 3
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 3
   5:00 pm……Guiseppe Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Walt Rydzon

Sunday, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 4
   7:30 am  Dorothy Killian (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Margaret Mercurio (Mercurio Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Parishioners of  St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE FOR NEIGHBORING PARISHES
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, F 9:00 a.m.; W 7:00 p.m.
Madonna of Jerusalem, Sharpsburg: M, W, Th, F 7:30 a.m.; T 6:30 p.m.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: http://www.saintscholastica.com/
Parish Office:  Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14
frken@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Organist/Wedding Contact
Thom Bercik……………………………...………....Ext. 22
berciktm@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
http://www.cdtca.org/
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org