August 4, 2013

      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.
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      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 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

      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.

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:

      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 -

      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 or Andy Bechman at as soon as possible. Respond to Christ's call to serve the poor and join us if you can!

      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.

      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, and

      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!

      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 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.

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

      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 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

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

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