July 7, 2013

      One of the questions parents and teachers often ask children is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" For younger children the answer can change from week to week. Children may say at one time, "A basketball player," and at another, "An airplane pilot," and at another, "A zookeeper." The answer could depend on whatever story or television show caught their fancy that week. But as children mature, they start considering seriously the answer to that question. As they enter college they begin directing their lives toward what will be a particular profession in life.
      This weekend's Gospel highlights the need for workers in the harvest of the kingdom of God. Jesus sends out disciples ahead of him so that they can prepare the way for the places that he intends to visit. But the text is not only about what took place in Galilee and Judea two thousand years ago. As the living word of God, the Gospel also speaks to our lives today. The need for laborers for the harvest is just as great in 2013 as it was in AD 32. As a matter of fact, the need is even greater, since the proclamation of the Gospel goes on in so many more places than in the first century of Christianity.
      Parents and grandparents can influence what their children and grandchildren think about as appropriate life choices. We don't need a specific "Vocation Sunday" to ask the question of sons or daughters or grandchildren if they have ever considered the possibility of a religious vocation. The Holy Spirit might just be working through you if you ask. While a life of ministering to others may have its own trials and difficulties, it can also be filled with great joy and satisfaction. Is there someone you can ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" After all, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few" (Lk 10:2).
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      Have you ever had the experience of walking outside, glancing up and becoming captivated by the play of sunset colors along furrowed clouds? In such moments, we tend to become still and gaze at the beauty before us. We aren't really doing or even thinking anything at all; we are just awake and present and open to something that pulls us out of the everyday.
      While these spontaneous experiences can be a real gift and grace, it is also possible to take steps to open ourselves to a similar kind of awareness, to put ourselves in a position to receive the gift. This is the practice of Christian meditation. If you feel yourself drawn to do so, please join us 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!

      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.

      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.
      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!

      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.

Let us not forget: if we are to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, our lives must bear witness to what we preach.
                                                                                    --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.
      As each year progresses, Nancy collects donated new items for Christmas gifts for needy people. Parishioner Judy Ostrosky coordinates this effort. This year, Nancy is in particular need of storage space for boxes of these gifts. The space must be protected from water and the elements.
      If you are able to provide such space, please get in touch with Nancy. She would grateful if you can store items until late October or early November, when the gifts are sent to volunteer families for wrapping and final storage until "Christmas in the Streets."
      As always, Nancy appreciates donations of Port Authority ConnectCards (with $2.50 in value on each) and McDonald's gift certificates.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • tuna
  • canned chicken
  • peanut butter
  • canned fruit.
      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 Parish Pastoral Council
      The Parish Pastoral Council is an envisioning body of parishioners who work in collaboration with the pastor and staff to discern the mission of our parish and to plan ways to carry out that mission. The Pastoral Council seeks to articulate a vision of the parish's future, particularly as we enter into an increasingly interdependent relationship with other parishes in Vicariate 4 of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. For more information, please contact Elaine DuVall at pastoralcouncil@saintscholastica.com.

      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.

      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!

      Worldwide Marriage Encounter makes good marriages GREAT! Weekends are scheduled throughout the year and the next one is in July. Get the info by calling 412-635-7775 or visit YourMarriageIsWorthIt.org.

      In the Gospel today we see how Jesus sent his Apostles out two by two.  In this spirit, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul members "go out two by two" to visit those who are poor and needy in their homes.  It is there, in the family setting, that Vincentians listen, offer humble advice and renter assistance.
      Know that the members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul bring your gift directly to the poor and suffering.

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

Sunday: Is 66:10-14c/Gal 6:14-18/Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9
Monday: Gn 28:10-22a/Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Gn 32:23-33/Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a/Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5/Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Gn 46:1-7, 28-30/Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a/Mt 10:24-33
Next Sunday:  Dt 30:10-14/Col 1:15-20/Lk 10:25-37

      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.

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

Monday, weekday, July 8
   8:30 am  Mary Smith (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, weekday, July 9
   8:30 am  Joseph Walters (Robert C. Schultz)

Wednesday, weekday, July 10
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Vey Family (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Thursday, St. Benedict, Abbot,  July 11
    8:30 am  Richard B. & Margaret B. Cullinan (Maureen Cullinan & Bill Pelham)

Friday, weekday, July 12

Saturday, weekday, July 13
   9:00 am  Alfreda Kopec (Mark & Kathy Bellinger)

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

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