Why the name?

"Holy Conversation" does sound like an exceptionally pious name, even for a parish blog. And we can't guarantee that everything here will meet the high standard the name implies. But the phrase comes from the story of our patron saint, and we think it fits. Here's why.

St. Scholastica was a sixth-century abbess who, according to the Dialogues of Pope Gregory I, used to meet once a year with her brother, St. Benedict. On the last occasion they were together, they spent their time "satisfying each other's hunger for holy conversation about the spiritual life."

We hope that this blog can become a place where the members of our parish can find a taste of the companionship and conversation that Scholastica and Benedict enjoyed so much. Welcome!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cate-Carnival 2016!

Our first Cate-Carnival to kick of the fall education season was a great success!  There were hotdogs, popcorn, and sno-cones; face-painting, games and crafts; and information and sign-ups for our elementary religious education program as well as adult faith enrichment resources.

Thanks to all who participated and to the religious education catechists who led the activities!

One of the most popular features was photos with Pope Francis and the newly canonized St. Teresa of Kolkata.  See some samples below.

Watch out for the hotdog man!

Finding Our Place in Creation

On September 15, about 15 parish members and guests welcomed Prof. Daniel P. Scheid of Duquesne University to St. Scholastica.  Dan spoke to us about Pope Francis's encyclical letter Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si')  as well as on his own recently published book, The Cosmic Common Good.  St. Scholastica staff member Andrew Bechman took part in the conversation, as did several of the parish members present.
Dan Scheid

If you would like to listen to the evening's conversation, you can find Part 1 here (+) and Part 2 here (+) on SoundCloud.

You can also join us during October in reading Pope Francis's letter.  Copies will be available at church during the month, and groups of parish members will be reading and discussing a condensed plain-language version of the document.  More information is available here.

We encourage you to read and reflect upon this challenging and trenchant letter!
Dan's book

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Camp Helping Hand 2016

Our service camp for middle school students met this week.  The participants undertook a variety of projects, including building a fence and a retaining wall!

Appalachia Mission Trip 2016

During the last week of June,  our parish team of teens and adults ventured into West Virginia to work in an area that was recently flooded.  Their work there earned them a visit and commendation from the WV secretary of state, Natalie Tennant.

Secretary Tennant on the scene with our parish crew.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Appalachia Warm-up!

New members of the Appalachia Mission group warmed up last weekend by helping in our own community.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spaghetti Dinner!

The Appalachia Mission trip crew hosted a spaghetti dinner in the CDTCA cafeteria on Sunday, April 3.  Thanks to Jamie Dillon for sending the pictures below!

Living Stations

Members of our youth ministry enacted Living Stations at noon on Good Friday.  Their presentation was as prayerful and moving as those we remember from past years.  Thanks to all the young parish members who participated, and to the adults who aided them!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Third Grade Christmas Play

Children in our third grade religious education class performed a Christmas play on Sunday!

There they went a-caroling . . .

Members of our youth ministry sang carols at the VA after the youth liturgy on December 12.

Parish Members Visit Haiti!

During the first week of December two members of our Hope for Haiti Committee--Maureen O'Brien and John Cravotta--were able to visit Haiti and the schools that we support there.  They traveled with Dr. Rodrigue Mortel, the founder of the Good Samaritans School and James Stine College in St. Marc, Haiti.

Maureen and John were able to meet the students we sponsor and to participate in the Good Samaritans School fifteenth anniversary celebration!  They hope to present more of their experience to the parish, perhaps during Lent.  Thanks to all who have supported our outreach to the people of Haiti!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fr. James Martin on the Synod of Bishops

You may have heard of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life that just concluded.  I'm still learning about what happened there.  There is a short video by James Martin, SJ, on what he sees as the synod's top five accomplishments on YouTube here (+).  It's worth looking at to begin to appreciate the meaning of the synod.

First Grade Religious Education

First-graders make "lost sheep" in their religious education class.

Youth Ministry Halloween Party

Creatures dressed in black gathered at the Ministry Center on October 23 to 
celebrate Halloween!

Thanks, as usual, to Mrs. Dillon for the pictures!