September 1, 2013

 22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      There is a story that has been circulating about Pope Francis. Whether all the details are accurate is not as important as the overall meaning. As it is told, after his election Pope Francis returned to live at the Vatican guesthouse, which he has now made his home. He got up early one morning and opened the door of his room to find a Swiss Guard standing at attention. The pope asked the man how long he had been there and the guard responded, "All night, Holy Father." The pope brought out a chair and told the guard to sit down because he must be tired. When the guard responded that it was against the rules, the pope responded, "I'm the pope. Please sit." The guard uncomfortably took his seat, and the pope returned to his room. A few moments later, he came out with some bread and jam for the guard and wished him "Bon app├ętit!" before closing his bedroom door.
      In this weekend's Gospel Jesus uses the example of dining with others to teach his disciples about life in the kingdom of God. He suggests that a person's sense of self-importance should not overtake the humbleness that characterizes the communal life of the kingdom. As citizens of God's realm there is only One who outranks everyone else, and that is the Lord.
      People with power often get special places. The head table at a conference, meeting, or awards' banquet always has the "big shots" filling the seats. Political fund-raisers have the highest ranking elected leaders sitting up front. In the Gospel, Jesus suggests that we be more realistic about ourselves. As the story about Pope Francis indicates, esteem comes not because we get the most revered place at table, but because we care about others. The command that Jesus gives to invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind still binds us in charity today.
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BISHOP'S EDUCATION FUND
      Next Sunday there will be a second collection for the Bishop's Education Fund. This fund issues grants to financially needy families who otherwise could not send their children to Catholic schools. These grants and other sources of aid assure that our schools are not outside the reach of the middle class or families experiencing the distress of unemployment, divorce or sickness. Many of the students in our own school receive grants from the Bishop's Education Fund. Thank you for your generosity!!

FR. KEN'S RECOVERY
      Well, this is Day 31 since my foot operation. In two weeks I hope to have my non-weight bearing boot removed and start physical therapy. Thank you for your cards, food and support this past month. I am so grateful!! In fact, many of you have shared that you too have had a foot/ankle surgery. We have more than enough people to form a support group! Fr. Ken

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Any certified teacher interested in substitute work at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, please contact the school office at 412-781-7927 for additional information.  Thank you!

CONFIRMATION MEETING
      There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 22 after the 11 am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

WOMEN WANTED!
      The Aquinas Guild, which was organized by the women of St. Scholastica's Parish in 1939 to foster an awareness of the needs of the parish and community and to encourage friendship and social contact among the members, is in the process of re-inventing itself. We want to stay a vital, contributing body of the parish while meeting the changing needs of today's women of faith. Pope Francis has professed that women are a vital part of the Catholic Church and encourages their involvement in parish life.
      We are inviting ALL WOMEN of our parish and surrounding parishes to attend an "Idea Gathering" social on September 19th at 6 pm at the Pittsburgh Field Club. The Aquinas Guild is the only women's organization of our parish and our hope is to determine our future direction in order to more actively serve the needs of the parish and the members.  It is hoped that, through open discussion and exchange of ideas, we will be able to sustain and energize the contributions of the Catholic women of our community. Please bring a friend or neighbor and join us for an information gathering evening of camaraderie on September 19th. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Kindly RSVP to Mary Ellen at 412-767-5863 or Maryemaher@msn.com

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
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. She requests donations of:
  • sheets
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60; 
  • men's walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruits and vegetables;
  • canned or dried beans;
  • tomato sauce;
  • instant potatoes;
  • canned chicken, chili, and beef stew;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • individual serving packs of fruit, pudding or jello. Nancy gives these packets to people living under the bridge who have extra difficulties and disabilities and to people living in apartments with no electricity.
      Please help us pack food for Nancy Heil's Homeless Ministry on Sunday mornings in the CDTCA cafeteria between the 7:30 am and 9 am Masses. Questions, please call Mary Ellen @ 412-767-5863.

      Thank you for your generosity! Please remember to leave donations in the bins in the back of church. Please do not leave items stored in large cardboard boxes (they are too bulky); clean plastic garbage bags are fine for large items. Please do not make any bags too heavy to carry easily. Thank you!

      The Parish Picnic is coming on September 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park. Let's all do our part to make this a great celebration of our parish community!
      Sign-up sheets for different tasks on the day of the picnic are in the vestibule of church. We have two special requests:
  • We need trucks that can carry 8-foot long rectangular tables from St. Scholastica to the park before the picnic and/or from the park back to the parish at the end. Volunteers will load the tables onto your truck. Trucks are needed at 1:00 p.m. at St. Scholastica and again at 7:00 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.
  • We need three E-Z Up-type canopies to shelter the food tables. Canopies are needed from 1:30 p.m. at Squaw Valley Park.
      Please contact the parish office or Elaine DuVall if you can help with either request.
Focus On . . . The Finance Committee
      The members of the Finance Committee are men and women of the parish who are invited to work with the pastor in developing annual parish budgets. They also advise him on the temporal affairs of the parish. If you wish to communicate with the committee, please send an email message to: financecommittee@saintscholastica.com.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      will begin  at 7 am this Wednesday.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY
      Catechetical Sunday is Sunday, September 15!  Classes for grades K-5 will begin on the 15th or Tuesday the 17th.  Small group selections for grades 6-8 will be on Sunday, September 22 after the Masses.

ST. MONICA BRUNCH
      The first Fall St. Monica meeting will be Saturday, September 7, at 9:40 a.m., in the Pastoral Center. We will open with our annual Brunch. The St. Monica Society was formed to pray for and reach out to family, friends, and parishioners who no longer worship with us. We provide Welcome Cards at the entrances of the church, send greeting cards to parishioners in nursing homes, assisted living residences or those who are confined to their homes, publicize Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter liturgical schedules, and distribute St. Monica Holy Cards. New members are most welcome. Please join us for Brunch on Sept. 7 and/or sign the St. Monica Society sign up sheet in the church vestibule or Email: stmonica@saintscholastica.com. You can also call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
      Religious Education is in need of some dedicated high school students to act as teacher's aides.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.
      We also need small group leaders for grades 6-8.  This is a fairly flexible commitment that may be shared between a pair of leaders.  If you are interested, please contact Jamie Dillon.  We are also in need of a teacher for 5th Grade on Sunday mornings.

CALLING ALL BOYS IN 4TH-8TH GRADES
      Interested in sharpening your basketball skills?  Join us for the 2013 CDTCA Basketball Basics with D.P. Harris, St. Vincent College Head Coach, along with members of the Bearcats.  Saturday, September 14th and 21st from 9 am-12 pm.  $30 a session.  Space is limited to 25 boys a session.  First come first serve!  Contact Phil McGivney at philmcgivney@gmail.com to hold your place!

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
The Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday,September 11, 7:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Center, rather than our usual first Wednesday meeting. New members are always welcome! If you'd like to learn more about the committee's work, see our information on the parish website at http://www.saintscholastica.com/ministries/haiti/index.php, or contact Maureen O'Brien at hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.

WOMEN'S CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY
      Please join us for an in depth study of Hebrews and James that will run September through May on most Tuesdays from 1-3 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica.  The first class will be Tuesday, September 3.  Any women (you don't have to be Catholic) are welcome to join the group.  This year will be our seventh year of gathering together to learn about Our Lord and His Church.  The registration fee is $60 which covers all the materials for the 30 week course.  Contact Mary Wilson 412-445-0476. Visit catholicscripturestudy.com.

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This week's altar flowers are placed in memory of Terry Paulick by the Paulick Family.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 1ST
Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Lk 14:1, 7-14
Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30
Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37
Wednesday: Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44
Thursday: Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11
Friday: Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39
Saturday: Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5
Next Sunday:Wis 9:13-18b/Phlm 9-10, 12-17/Lk 14:25-33

YOUTH MASS
      Our first Youth Mass of the catechetical year is Saturday, September 14 at 5 pm.  We especially invite all of our home study families.  After Mass we will have a potluck picnic as well as having the homeschool material available. 
      Any youth in grades 5-12 who are interested in singing or playing an instrument should contact Jamie Dillon.  Rehearsal will be Thursday, September 12 at 4:30 pm.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH CONNECTION
      We are launching a new dimension of our parish website early this fall. It is a simple social networking site that we have named the "St. Scholastica Parish Connection." It will be linked to our parish website. The Parish Connection includes an online parish directory, discussion board, and places for documents, pictures and videos. The online giving that we launched last December is also part of the site.
      The first major step in launching the site will be an import of parishioner contact information into the online directory. This import will take place on September 17, using our present database of parishioner information. Once it occurs, you will receive an email message with login information so that you can check your profile. You can add information and a photo, update information whenever something changes, and decide how much of your information you would like to make available to other parishioners.
      The online directory is only available to registered users on the Parish Connection site; it is not visible to the public. You can only be included in the online directory if the parish has an email address for you. The information that we will be including in the import is your name, main telephone number, mailing address, and email address. Adults in a family will have separate entries. If you do not wish to be included in the online directory, please notify the parish office before September 17. If you have questions, please contact Parish Connection administrators Andrew Bechman and Christine Morton. You can email them at: parishconnection@saintscholastica.com.

SAVE THE DATE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!"  Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013 and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit to be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro massaro6@verizon.net.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 31
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 1
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Frances Maher, Elizabeth Williams & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Labor Day, September 2
   9:00 am  Catherine Childs (Fleming Family)

Tuesday, St. Gregory the Great, September 3
   8:30 am  Birthday, Rose Alvin (Louis & Francesca)

Wednesday, weekday, September 4
   8:30 am  Louis Kopec (Bonessa Family)

Thursday, weekday,  September 5
   8:30 am  Birthday, Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, weekday, September 6
   8:30 am  Stephen Miketic (Sherry & Mark Fragapane)

Saturday, weekday, September 7
   9:00 am  Hank Wojciechowski (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 7
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Twenty-Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 8
   7:30 am  Jim & Mary McCaffrey (Dr. & Mrs. Michael Shaughnessy)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Birthday, Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

      The parish office will resume regular hours after Labor Day:  Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  We will not be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 2. 

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-Friday 9:00 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                                           

August 25, 2013

 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      State fairs are famous for their many contests. The best cow, the best pig, the best sheep are hailed as "Grand Champions." The best cake, the best raspberry jam, the finest pickles, and the most delectable pie are awarded blue ribbons. Cheese and butter, honey and maple syrup, fruits and vegetables, agricultural products of all kinds win prizes of distinction based on criteria for their category. Handcrafted items are also entered into competition, and ribbons won displayed on the home mantel. While almost anyone can enter one of these contests, there is only one blue ribbon, only one grand champion.
      In Sunday's Gospel we hear Jesus respond to a question posed to him about the number who will be saved. One of the tenets of our faith concerns the universal salvific will of God, that is, God wants everyone to be saved. But God has also given humankind free will, meaning that people have a choice in accepting God's invitation to salvation. For those of us who are believers, it can be difficult to comprehend that someone would not want to enjoy eternal life. But that is a choice that God offers, and the Gospel this Sunday reinforces the idea that being saved is more than just a casual acquaintance with Jesus.
      Like a competition at the state fair, there are criteria for entering the kingdom of God. They are not mysterious. There is not some secret code that we need to know. What is needed is clearly spelled out just like the rules for entering a pie or jar of canned peaches. We need to love God. We need to listen to his word. We need to be compassionate toward others. We need to love our neighbor. The difference between these criteria and entering a state fair contest is that there is always more than one grand champion in the Christian life. Everyone who follows faithfully gets a blue ribbon.
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CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Any certified teacher interested in substitute work at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, please contact the school office at 412-781-7927 for additional information.  Thank you!

CHOIRS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
      Both Sunday choirs will begin rehearsing again the first week of September.  We welcome new members!  Contact Sr. Pat by August 28 if you might be ready to take the "choir plunge".  You can contact her personally, call or email.  This is a ministry that yields more blessings that you could imagine!

CHOIR MATERIALS READY FOR PICK-UP
      Choir materials for both choirs are ready for pick-up.  They are on the table in the Pastoral Center Hallway.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace. After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty minutes. You are invited to join us at any session. You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

CONFIRMATION MEETING
      There will be a meeting for all confirmation candidates and their parents on Sunday, September 22 after the 11am Mass in the Pastoral Center.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!
                                                            --Pope Francis

Good News!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. Last Monday, eleven recent college graduates from all over the country joined the effort. The young people are donating a year of their time to service. They started their year by going out with Nancy and her co-workers. "As our new volunteers were welcomed to our line with applause," Nancy recalls, "it was very gratifying to see how quickly and easily these wonderful young adults were able to bridge the gap between our homeless brothers and sisters and themselves." The young grads are alumni of Pitt, Wheeling Jesuit, Loyola-Chicago, Wisconsin, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, St. Anselm, Virginia, Michigan State, Cincinnati and St. Benedict.

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests donations of:
  • sheets; 
  • blankets;
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60; 
  • mens' walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition; 
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • ladies' large bras.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit;
  • canned vegetables;
  • canned beans (baked or other varieties);
  • instant potatoes;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • packages of chicken salad or tuna salad from the dollar store;
  • individual serving packs of fruit, pudding or jello. Nancy gives these packets to people living under the bridge who have extra difficulties and disabilities and to people living in apartments with no electricity.
      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 . . . Youth Ministry
      The mission of St. Scholastica Catholic Youth Ministry is to help youth develop and maintain a lasting relationship with Christ. Through a variety of programs, events and outreach opportunities, we seek to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, work and mission of the parish community. For more information on events, see the Youth Ministry newsletter available in church or visit http://www.stscholasticayouth.org/. Adults who would like to support youth ministry are encouraged to contact Jamie Dillon at 412-781-0186, ext. 20 or by e-mail: jamiedillon@comcast.net.

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.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE
      Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend on September 27- 29, call 412-277-3434 or visit the web site at http://www.helpourmarriage.com/. Video testimonials can be found by clicking on "Testimonials and Stories" at the web site.

SAVE THE DATE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!" Please mark you calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013 and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit. To be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow. Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro massaro6@verizon.net.

MESSAGE FOR  CURRENT AND FUTURE ADVERTISERS
      Sue Novosel, the Regional Sales Representative from Liturgical Publications, our bulletin printers, was with us this past week securing advertisers for our bulletin.  We would like to thank all of the advertisers who have renewed their ads for the upcoming year and also to all of the new advertisers who have generously committed to the bulletin for this year.  If you would be interested in sponsoring an ad for your business or on behalf of your favorite charity/organization/in memory ad, there is still time.  Please contact Sue at 1-800-477-4574 x6318 or email snovosel@4LPi.com, cell phone 724-831-0975.
      As a reminder we ask that you use these businesses or refer them to your friend, family member or neighbor.  Also, let these businesses know we truly appreciate their loyal support of our bulletin.  It is their generosity that provides the bulletin at little cost to our Church.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY
      Catechetical Sunday is Sunday, September 15!  Classes for grades K-5 will begin on the 15th or Tuesday the 17th.  Small group selections for grades 6-8 will be on Sunday, September 22 after the Masses.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 25TH
Sunday: Is 66:18-21/Heb 12:5-7, 11-13/Lk 13:22-30
Monday: 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10/Mt 23:13-22
Tuesday: 1 Thes 2:1-8/Mt 23:23-26
Wednesday: 1 Thes 2:9-13/Mt 23:27-32
Thursday: 1 Thes 3:7-13/Mk 6:17-29
Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8/Mt 25:1-13
Saturday: 1 Thes 4:9-11/Mt 25:14-30
Next Sunday:  Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Lk 14:1, 7-14

YOUTH MASS
      Our first Youth Mass of the catechetical year is Saturday, September 14, at 5 pm.  We especially invite all of our home study families to participate and pick up their materials after Mass.  We will rehearse with singers and musicians on Thursday, September 12, at 4:30 pm.  All Middle School and High School youth as well as 5th graders are welcome.

YOUTH MINISTRY
      Youth Ministry is planning a trip on Sunday, September 1 to see the minor league baseball team the Erie Seawolves.  We will leave at noon on Sunday, visit Presque Isle then attend the 5pm game.  Cost per person is $30.  Middle School and High School students welcome.  Adult chaperones and drivers needed.  Please contact Jamie Dillon by Wednesday if you are interested.

BECOME A VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEER
      Volunteer by yourself, with your family, friends or group to make a difference in the life of a senior and discover what a difference they make in your life!  Gain new skills, meet great people and share your time and talents in meaningful ways with the long-term and personal care residents of Vincentian de Marillac in Stanton Heights.  Apply online at http://www.vcs.org/ (volunteering tab) or contact Joyce at 412-548-4060 or email jandrews@vcs.org.

ST. URSULA'S CHURCH BINGO
      Bingo every Tuesday at St. Ursula's Church, Kirk Avenue off of Duncan Avenue in Allison Park.   Doors open 5:30 pm, early bird at 7:00 pm.  1-9 card pack for 20 games, four specials for $20 donation.  Come early, eat dinner.  Play to win!  Take the Mt. Royal Blvd detour to reach Duncan Avenue traveling South on Route 8, take Elfinwild Road off Route 8N.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 24
    5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 25
   7:30 am  Macino-Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Tom O'Connor (Carolyn Funk)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Anniv., Robert Boley (Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, weekday, August 26
   8:30 am  Alfreda Kopec (Scanlon Family)

Tuesday, St. Monica, August 27
   8:30 am  William T. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)

Wednesday, St. Augustine, August 28
   8:30 am  Hattie Komorowski (Family)

Thursday, Passion of St. John the Baptist,  August 29
   8:30 am  Living & Deceased Members of The Ziegler Family (Family)

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

Saturday, weekday, August 31
   9:00 am  Leo Piatkowski (Kathy Arturo)

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 31
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 1
   7:30 am  Marietta Wolenter (Charles Wolenter)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Frances Maher, Elizabeth Williams & Helen Vincent (Maher Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Terry Paulick (Paulick Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

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                                       

August 18, 2013

 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Even one hundred and fifty years after it took place, the effects of the Civil War in the United States can still be felt. Even though the shifting population has tempered perceptions, those who work in the social sciences can still point to sections of the country where certain attitudes hold a greater sway than in others. And even though it may be unfair, there are times when a particular region will be categorized in a way that hearkens back to an earlier era. The battles of the war are still fought by teams who meticulously reenact the events in a harmless historical hobby. More nefarious are those who use code words and false ideas to resurrect an era that should be consigned to history.
      The divisions that Jesus attests to in this weekend's Gospel spring from the real experience of the early Christian community in the first century of its existence. For some, Christianity was a dangerous philosophy that needed to be eradicated. Some of its propositions threatened the security of the state, like the worship of the one God and the equality of everyone before the Lord referenced in Paul's famous words to the Galatians: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (3:28).
      The Gospel today is not an encouragement to family arguments. Jesus is not asking households to be so rigorous that our faith becomes a point of contention. But the Scripture does allude to a stress point that many of us may confront in our lives. Being a believer means that sometimes we must take a stand. We are called to proclaim clearly what we believe and to do that when it may be uncomfortable for us. We won't necessarily become a martyr, but there are times when there is a cost to our faith.
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FR. KEN ON THE MEND
      I had an operation to repair my right foot on Friday, August 2nd. This involved reconstructing my arch using plate and screws and also cutting some of the fibers on my Achilles tendon. So, this Sunday is Day 16. I go to my surgeon, Dr. Carl Hasselman, this Tuesday for my first post-op appointment. The hard cast will come off and they will give me a non-weight bearing boot for the next six weeks. So, I will be using crutches/walker well into September. I am doing fine: doing mail, email, appointments, celebrating Mass, etc. Thank you for your care, prayers and concern (not to mention the cookies and main dishes)!! Fr. Ken

MISSIONARY CO-OP SUNDAY
      Every year the Diocesan Mission Office assigns us a missionary to speak at all our Masses and to ask for our financial support. This weekend we welcome Sister Ethelyn of the Precious Blood Missionaries. Their Mother House is in Reading, PA.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's first day of school is August 22, 2013. Registration is still available in most grades and financial aid is available. Consider giving your child the gift of a Catholic education. Please contact Traci Giuffre 412.781.7927 for information.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, August 18th. 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.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ.
                                                          --Pope Francis

      Find more news in the online version of Stewardship Corner at our parish website. Look for "Stewardship Corner" in the Quick Links.

Good News!
      Seven people from St. Scholastica—including Pastoral Council members Brian Balonick and Boo Benckart—prepared and served dinner last Sunday to the guests and staff of the Orr Compassionate Care Center in East Liberty. The guests were grateful for the home-cooked meal of meat loaf, roasted potatoes, salad, and fruit, with pound cake and cookies for dessert. Thanks to all who participated!
      Look for more service opportunities for adults in the fall. Now that we know more about the Orr Center, we will be able to be more specific in offering tasks and roles for future meals.

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. She requests donations of:  
  • sheets ("We need four or five boxes of sheets a week. We have only one for next week."); 
  • men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60; 
  • mens' walking or tennis shoes of all sizes in decent condition; 
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • pillows (bed or throw)any used or new pillows are welcome;
  • ladies' large bras.
      The food shelves are becoming bare as the summer goes on. Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit; 
  • canned vegetables;
  • baked beans;
  • tomato sauce;
  • pasta;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • canned chicken;
  • packages of chicken salad or tuna salad from the dollar store;
  • individual serving packs of fruit, pudding or jello. Nancy gives these packets to people living outside with no electricity.
      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 Hope for Haiti Committee
      The committee facilitates St. Scholastica Parish's financial support of students at Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, and offers events and materials to increase our understanding of Haiti and our solidarity with the needy children of Haiti. Our activities include a Christmas gift project for Good Samaritans School, sale of Haitian craft items, guest speakers and educational articles for the parish bulletin. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. New members and new ideas are always welcome! Contact Maureen O'Brien at: hopeforhaiti@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.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      There will be a specially scheduled baptism preparation session this Monday evening, August 19, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office. The session is intended for parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish. It will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. 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.

YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE
      Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend on September 27- 29, call 412-277-3434 or visit the web site at http://www.helpourmarriage.com/. Video testimonials can be found by clicking on "Testimonials and Stories" at the web site.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace. After a brief time to gather, we meditate for twenty minutes. You are invited to join us at any session. You do not need any previous experience with meditation.

SAVE THE DATE
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy presents, "How Sweet It Is!" Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 25, 2013, and be a part of this annual Fall Fling benefit to be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club. Invitations to follow.  Any questions? Contact Dani Folino at danifolino@verizon.net or Luci Massaro massaro6@verizon.net.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 18TH
Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10/Heb 12:1-4/Lk 12:49-53
Monday: Jgs 2:11-19/Mt 19:16-22
Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a/Mt 19:23-30
Wednesday: Jgs 9:6-15/Mt 20:1-16
Thursday: Jgs 11:29-39a/Mt 22:1-14
Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Mt 22:34-40
Saturday: Rv 21:9b-14/Jn 1:45-51
Next Sunday: Is 66:18-21/Heb 12:5-7, 11-13/Lk 13:22-30

ST. PAUL RETREAT
      St. Paul of the St. Cross Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "Meet-the-Father Retreaton August 23-25. Led by Mrs. Eileen George, the theme of the weekend retreat is "Personal Holiness." This is traditionally the largest summer retreat at the Center. For more information call the Retreat Center at 412-381-7676 or visit the website stpaulsretreatcenter-pittsburgh.org/node/73.

RCIA—PERIOD OF INQUIRY
      The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process the Church uses to call adults to conversion and full membership in the Church as disciples of Jesus. The first period of the RCIA process can go by various names: the period of evangelization, the precatechumenate, or inquiry. According to the Rite, it is "a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith."
      We try to adapt the period of inquiry to the needs of the people involved. For a person who is not baptized, this would be a time to hear the story and message of the Gospel and to relate that story to his or her personal story. For a baptized Christian from another denomination, the period of inquiry is a time to reexamine one's own life as a follower of Jesus and to investigate areas of Catholic living that may be unfamiliar.
      When an inquirer has become ready to commit to the church and gives evidence of a deepening faith in attitudes and actions, it is time for the first ritual of the RCIA—the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens (for unbaptized persons) or the Rite of Welcoming the Candidates (for persons baptized in another Christian denomination).
      People can enter the inquiry process at any time of the year. We currently have one candidate who is beginning inquiry. Please pray for her and for our RCIA team. If you think you may be called to investigate entering the Catholic Church, contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 17
   5:00 pm  Elijah Straw
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Twentieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 18
   7:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   9:00 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Birthday, Carmela Ferraro (Ferraro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, weekday, August 19
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, St. Bernard, August 20
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, St. Pius X, August 21
    8:30 am  NO MASS
Thursday, Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, August 23
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Bartholomew, August 24
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 24
   5:00 pm  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Twenty-First  Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 25
   7:30 am  Macino-Driscoll Families (Carl Macino)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
    9:00 am  Tom O'Connor (Carolyn Funk)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Anniv., Robert Boley (Children)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

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                                            

August 11, 2013

 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      Consider the variety of ways we use the word "service" to describe the work of different people. Those who work in government are said to have given themselves to public service. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are all part of the armed services. Hotel and restaurant employees are said to work in the service industries, along with barbers, hair dressers, flight attendants, and entertainers, although it is a bit of a stretch to imagine folks like Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, or Stephen Colbert in the same category as the hotel housekeeping staff. Every one of these service-oriented groups also has its caricature of the lazy, inefficient provider. There's the often joked about drivers' license examiner. There's Beetle Bailey of cartoon fame. And comedy skits about airline stewardesses or hotel maids abound. Yet all of these professions continue to distinguish themselves, despite the occasional "bad apple" that may turn up.
      In the Gospel this weekend Jesus makes it clear that a servant (that is, a believer) must be constantly vigilant. Peter asked directly, "Is the parable meant for us or for everyone?" Jesus didn't answer him directly, but went on to add another parable describing the prudent, industrious servant and the lazy one.
      We do not know when the Lord will return, and so we cannot rest on our laurels as though one good deed or one proclamation of the Gospel is enough. Yes, we have our employment, our family, our personal needs that we must attend to. But we are also servants of the Lord. When we get up in the morning, while we are preparing for the day and running through in our heads the list of everything we must accomplish that day, one of the things we can ask ourselves is, "What kind of a servant of God am I going to be today?" That can give us a sense of what can guide our actions as we work though the day.
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FR. KEN'S REHAB
      My operation on Friday of last week (August 2nd) was to rehab my right foot arch. The surgeon, Dr. Carl Hasselman, and his team did a great job! I reported to UPMC Harmar at 5:45 am and was back here in Aspinwall by Noon! I will be in a hard cast until my post op appointment next week, then a non-weight bearing boot for an additional 6 weeks. At least it won't take as long as the Route 28 rehab!!
      Thank you for your care and concern this past week. Within the next week or so I hope to be "up and running" or "up and limping" and able to start celebrating Mass once again!! Fr. Ken

AUGUST 15TH- FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY
      This week on Thursday, August 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This date was chosen because August 15th was seen as the height of the Summer harvest and Mary's Assumption into Heaven is the completion of her mission on earth--the harvest of her life in service to God. This is a Holy Day of Obligation and we have two scheduled Masses on Thursday: 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.

MISSIONARY CO-OP SUNDAY
      Every year that Diocesan Mission Office assigns us a missionary to speak at all our Masses and to ask for our financial support. Next weekend we welcome Sister Ethelyn of the Precious Blood Missionaries. Their Mother House is in Reading, PA.

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy's first day of school is August 22, 2013. Registration is still available in most grades and financial aid is available. Consider giving your child the gift of a Catholic education. Please contact Traci Giuffre 412.781.7927 for information.

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, August 18th. 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.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.
                                                                           --Pope Francis
           
Good News! (and Bad)
       Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.
      The bad news is that the need is so great. On July 29, Nancy estimates that nearly 250 people waited in her line. They ran out of blankets and lunches. Nancy was grateful that she had McDonald's gift certificates to give at the end. "I usually give those to people who have just gotten jobs," she says. "Often, until they get their first paycheck, they sit with nothing to eat when the other workers have lunch. But on Monday, I needed the certificates for the people at the end of the line."
      The good news is that the people of our parish continue to respond generously to Nancy's requests. She is especially grateful to the person who donated ten new blankets, and to those who donated ConnectCards and the McDonald's gift certificates.
Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil requests donations of:
  • 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.
  • good men's walking or tennis shoes of all sizes; 
  • adult-sized backpacks;
  • bathtowels;
  • pillows (bed or throw)any used or new pillows are welcome.
      Food items that are needed include:
  • canned fruit;
  • canned kidney beans;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • hamburger helper (or similar prepared meals);
  • packets of cheese, chicken, or tuna that do not need refrigeration.  Nancy gives these packets to people living outside with no electricity for cooking or heating.
      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 Children's Liturgy of the Word
      Leaders proclaim the Scriptures and explore them with our children in a separate space during the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass from September to June. The goal is not so much to explain the Scriptures to the children as to listen with them for the good news that God is sharing with all of us. It is a great opportunity for creative adults and teens who are comfortable with children and who want to see the Scriptures through new eyes! For more information, please contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@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.

PARISH PICNIC PLANNING MEETING
      The planning meeting will be  Monday, August 12, at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  We are very much in need of additional volunteers.

CHOIRS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
      Both Sunday choirs will begin rehearsing again the first week of September. We welcome new members!  Contact Sr. Pat by August 18 if you might be ready to take the "choir plunge." You can contact her personally, call or email.  This is a ministry that yields more blessings than you could imagine!

THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS
      Is your heart moved at the idea of deepening your personal relationship with God? The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life is one way to have a transformative experience of encountering the living God who loves us personally and who invites us into an increasing awareness of that love. The Exercises can also help us to uncover and eliminate things that prevent the relationship from flourishing, and can lead us to a more purposeful life.
      This "retreat in daily life" is being offered by Sr. Catherine Higgins, CSJ, an experienced, qualified director of the Spiritual Exercises, at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside, September 19, 2013, through May, 2014. Those participating in the retreat are asked to commit to 45 minutes of personal prayer daily on Scripture suggested by the director. Participation in a weekly small group, held Thursdays, 1-2 p.m., is an important part of the retreat experience. For details on cost and exact location, please call Betty Hanigan, 412.576.7409. For those serious about entering the retreat, Sr. Catherine will give an introduction to the retreat on Thursday, August 22, 1-2 p.m. at Sacred Heart's Winter Conference Center.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      There will be a specially scheduled baptism preparation session on Monday evening, August 19, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Office. The session is intended for parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish. It will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself. 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 baptism preparation session will be held on September 9.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 11TH
Sunday: Wis 18:6-9/Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12/Lk 12:32-48 or 12:35-40
Monday: Dt 10:12-22/Mt 17:22-27
Tuesday: Dt 31:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20
Thursday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28
                 Day:  Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56
Friday: Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12
Saturday: Jos 24:14-29/Mt 19:13-15
Next Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10/Heb 12:1-4/Lk 12:49-53

ST. PAUL RETREAT
      St. Paul of the St. Cross Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "Meet-the-Father" Retreat on August 23-25. Led by Mrs. Eileen George, the theme of the weekend retreat is "Personal Holiness." This is traditionally the largest summer retreat at the Center. For more information call the Retreat Center at 412-381-7676 or visit the website stpaulsretreatcenter-pittsburgh.org/node/73.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Our Christian meditation group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. Our goal is to support each other in this practice of silent, contemplative prayer so that we may open ourselves to God's grace. 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 are invited to join us at any session. 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!

YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE
      Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. For confidential information about or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend on September 27- 29, call 412-277-3434 or visit the web site at http://www.helpourmarriage.com/. Video testimonials can be found by clicking on "Testimonials and Stories" at the web site.

MASS INTENTIONS:
Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 10
   5:00 pm  Ann Giannotti (Gary & Ruth Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Jeremiah O'Shea

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 11
   7:30 am   Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Mary Kelly Bechman (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Dorothy Killian (Chuck, Lynn, Kim & Kelly Botta)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Monday, weekday, August 12
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, weekday, August 13
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, St. Maximilian Kolbe, August 14
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  August 15
   8:30 am  Thomas Styslinger (Styslinger Family)
   7:00 pm  Alfreda Kopec (Wehrle  Family)

Friday, weekday, August 16
    8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, weekday, August 17
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 17
   5:00 pm  Elijah Straw
      Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

Sunday, Twentieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 18
   7:30 am  Helen Ziegler (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
    9:00 am  Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Birthday, Carmela Ferraro (Ferraro Family)
       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                                                    

August 4, 2013

 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
      In fiscal 2012, lottery sales in the United States averaged approximately $250 per person.  Forty-three states and the District of Columbia accounted for that $78 billion in sales. It was in March 2012 that the largest prize to date ($656 million) was split between three winners. While it is clear that many people enjoy playing the lottery recreationally, a question that is often asked is, "What does someone do with all that money?" Of course, that particular problem has not seemed to bother those who play regularly. Indeed, the largest jackpots, far from being a deterrent, end up provoking an even greater number of players, who seem intent on turning a single dollar into a large fortune.
      The Gospel this weekend offers a perspective on the material world. While possessions are needed, Jesus says, "One's life does not consist of possessions" (Lk 12:15). This comment by Jesus is not something new to any of us. We have heard this all before. But we also know that there is wisdom in storing up for ourselves. As a matter of fact, saving for the future is an act of personal responsibility. We are constantly told to save for retirement, to have a rainy-day fund, to set aside something for a vacation instead of going into debt to take one. All of these actions are so we don't become overly dependent on the social fabric and cause an undue burden on others.
      There is a difference between having a sufficiency and having an excess. When our desire for an excess outstrips our reasonableness and our need, then we are flirting with greed, the very thing that the Gospel warns against. Yes, we may work hard, and save for the future. We may even win the lottery. But when we have more than we need the Lord expects that we use it not just for ourselves but also for others. What we do with the blessings we have makes all the difference.
                                                        ©2013 Liturgical Publications Inc

 FR. KEN'S SURGERY
      This past Friday I underwent an operation on my right foot. Just as the bridges in Allegheny County are crumbling, so too the arch on my right foot has collapsed over the decades. Over the years I was able to keep moving with the help of orthotics, but it has gotten "worser" over this past year. Mobility is important for all of us, so now was the time to get my foot repaired. The one-hour outpatient operation is the beginning of my healing. I will be staying at the rectory during my recovery. I will be on the "injured reserve list" for several weeks, and then get back into the swing of things.
      I am grateful especially to Fr. Duch and Fr. Hogan for covering the Sunday Masses for me as I heal. Fr. Duch will also cover the August 15th Holy Day of the Assumption of Mary. We will have no weekday Masses until I can physically celebrate these Masses. You will notice in today's bulletin the weekday Mass schedules for our neighboring parishes.
      I will be in a hard cast for three weeks, then a non-weight bearing boot for six weeks. So, I will be using crutches during the months of August and September. After that I will be "up and running", or at least walking around and able to drive. So, this is merely a "bump in the road" of life. I anticipate to carry on with my duties as pastor as soon as I am able. Thank you for your care and prayers.
                                                                                            ~Fr. Ken

PART-TIME JOBS AVAILABLE
      Part time drivers/monitors needed for local independent monitoring program. Monitors are needed to conduct surveys regarding quality of life issues to persons with intellectual disabilities. Drivers must have current PA valid driver's license, be familiar with Allegheny County, and be comfortable driving a handicap accessible van. Drivers and monitors must both be able to work as part of a team and among a diverse population. Good observation and documentation skills required. Act 33 and 34 clearances required. Program is based out of Sharpsburg. Good hourly pay and flexible part time schedule available. For more information please contact Kelli Powers at 412-352-2116 or Kpowers1@chatham.edu.

DISABILITY MASS
      Thank you to all our special guests who helped us celebrate our annual Mass for People with Disabilities this weekend. We thank Fr. Walter Rydzon, Diocesan Chaplain for the Deaf Community, Eucharistic Minister Anthony Solomon from St. Juan Diego Parish, Karen Shepherd and the Diocesan Deaf Choir who are providing the music with our own Jamie Dillon, lectors Kathy Lang from St. Athanasius Parish and Ann Scanlon from St. Scholastica, Robert Lacher from St. Athanasius providing the Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory participants Margaret Blume from St. Margaret's and Connie Burger, and Interpreter Cheryl Kaminski.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
The Holy Spirit helps us to view others with fresh eyes, seeing them always as brothers and sisters in Jesus, to be respected and loved.
                                                                                   --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:
      · 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.
      · women's summer clothes, size L and above;
      · good men's tennis shoes of all sizes;
      · men's new or gently used jeans or casual pants, waist sizes 30-34 and 42-60;
      · adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags;
      · bathtowels;
      · pillows.
Food items that are needed include:
      · canned vegetables;
      · pasta;
      · macaroni and cheese;
      · rice;
      · canned chicken, chili, or stew;
      · packets of cheese, chicken, or tuna that do not need refrigeration.
Nancy gives these packets to people living outside with no electricity for cooking or heating. Among them right now are two pregnant women who are living outside.

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. 

Focus on . . . Music Ministry
      Our music ministers are adults, teens and children who enhance the quality of prayer and worship at our liturgies by leading the assembly in song and by encouraging full participation. Opportunities for adults and teens include: cantor, the 9 a.m. Contemporary Choir, the 11 a.m. SATB Choir, and instrumentalists. If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Sr. Pat Baker at 412-781-0186, ext. 17 or by e-mail: music@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.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR ADULTS            
      We will be preparing dinner for the residents of the Orr Compassionate Care Center in East Liberty next 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. Respond to Christ's call to serve the poor and join us if you can!

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 2:30p.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.

PIANO RESTORATION COMPLETED
      In the month of June, we had our church piano partially restored. We contracted Michael Mezhinsky to complete the needed work. We thank Michael for his expertise and diligence in completing this project for our parish.  If you might like to contract Michael's service as a piano tuner, I would highly recommend him.  Michael Mezhinsky RPT, 412-881-0883, http://www.pghpianotuning.com/ and pghpianotuning@gmail.com.

CHOIRS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
      Both Sunday choirs will begin rehearsing again the first week of September. We welcome new members!  Contact Sr. Pat by August 18 if you might be ready to take the "choir plunge." You can contact her personally, call or email. This is a ministry that yields more blessings than you could imagine!

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.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: AUGUST 4TH
Sunday: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23/Col 3:1-5, 9-11/Lk 12:13-21
Monday: Nm 11:4b-15/Mt 14:13-21
Tuesday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/2 Pt 1:16-19/Lk 9:28b-36
Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25--14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Mt15:21-28
Thursday: Nm 20:1-13/Mt 16:13-23
Friday: Dt 4:32-40/Mt 16:24-28
Saturday:2 Cor 9:6-10/Jn 12:24-26
Next Sunday:Wis 18:6-9/Heb 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12/Lk 12:32-48 or 12:35-40

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      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!

ST. PAUL RETREAT
      St. Paul of the St. Cross Retreat Center on the South Side is offering a "Meet-the-Father" Retreat on August 23-25. Led by Mrs. Eileen George, the theme of the weekend retreat is "Personal Holiness." This is traditionally the largest summer retreat at the Center. For more information call the Retreat Center at 412-381-7676 or visit the website stpaulsretreatcenter-pittsburgh.org/node/73.

MASS INTENTIONS
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

Monday, weekday, August 5
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Tuesday, Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, August 6
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Wednesday, weekday, August 7
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Thursday, St. Dominic,  August 8
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Friday, weekday, August 9
   8:30 am  NO MASS

Saturday, St. Lawrence, August 10
   9:00 am  NO MASS

Saturday, Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 10
   5:00 pm  Ann Giannotti (Gary & Ruth Keefer)
      Presider:  Fr. Jeremiah O'Shea

Sunday, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Mary Kelly Bechman (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch
   11:00 am  Dorothy Killian (Chuck, Lynn, Kim & Kelly Botta)
       Presider:  Fr. Robert Duch

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