August 11, 2013

      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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      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

      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.

      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'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.

      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.

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

      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 -

      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.

      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!

      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.

      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 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.

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 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

      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!

      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 Video testimonials can be found by clicking on "Testimonials and Stories" at the web site.

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

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.

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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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