August 18, 2013

      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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      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

      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'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 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.

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:

      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 -

      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 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.

      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.

      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.

      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 or Luci Massaro

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 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

      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

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

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