June 24, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Saint John the Baptist doesn’t receive much attention from most Christians in this 21st century, but he played a most important role in the arrival of the Lord Jesus and the beginning of the Christian dispensation.  While Saint John the Baptist largely goes unrecognized compared to past centuries of Christian history, he will always be tremendously important in the faith and the history of the Catholic Church!
    As we celebrate his birthday today, Saint John the Baptist is remembered for being the final prophet of Israel and the Hebrew Testament as well as the first prophet of the Church and the New Testament!   John was chosen by God to announce the plan of salvation that would be offered by Jesus during his own ministry.  Then John gave witness to the plan of God and to the identity of Jesus before accepting martyrdom for his message of faithfulness and holiness rejected by King Herod.
    May we be very grateful for the faith and witness of Saint John the Baptist and all our ancestors in the Church!  May we continue to follow their guidance to the Lord Jesus.  May we honor Saint John and all the saints as we look forward to joining them in the glory, the final Kingdom, and the eternal life of Jesus.  God bless!
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

OUR COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY FATHER’S CHARITABLE WORK
    As we honor Saint Peter and Saint Paul this June 29, the Church in every land will take up the annual Collection to help Pope Francis with his charitable efforts around the world.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!  Many thanks!

CLERGY AND PARISH CHANGES IN OCTOBER
    On Monday, October 15,  the priests coming here to this parish grouping will be Father Dale DeNinno as the administrator, and Father Paul Merkovsky as a Senior Parochial Vicar.   Also, Father Michael Decewicz and Deacon Robert Wertz, both of Saint Juan Diego Parish, will both remain here.
    In these months, the four parishes will begin collaborating with one another, and before 2022, these four parishes will become officially unified into one parish community.  Best wishes to all as we continue being the Church Alive!

Lead us, O Lord, to the company of all the Saints!

REVISITING THE  PAST ONCE AGAIN
     As you know from recent media reports, the State Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Joshua Shapiro, will issue a report on the cases and allegations of sexual crimes against minors during the past 75 years in the Catholic Church of Pennsylvania. 
    While Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro has reviewed the cases of six Catholic Dioceses in our state, it isn't known when he will review cases within any other churches, other religious groups, government agencies, public organizations, public school districts, other schools, private organizations, and children’s associations or services.
    While this report may once again shake the faith of some Catholic Christians, it will primarily contain information that has been known for two decades now — including information on cases which date back to nearly 75 years ago.
    As our bishops and lay church leaders have assured us, the Catholic Church has lead the way since 2001 in protecting children and reporting cases of child abuse.  The Church is very thorough in its review of every member of the clergy as well as all church staff, ministers, and volunteers. 
    May we be confident that a new era began two decades ago (30 years ago in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh).  Maybe one day our society and nation will adopt the current Safe Environment practices employed by the Catholic Church In the United States in the effort to protect all children and young people.

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    The new Clergy Team, Regional Vicar, and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday Liturgy schedule for the four parishes of this Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping—Saint Scholastica, Saint Pio, Saint Juan Diego, and Saint Joseph Parishes. 
      With three priests being assigned here, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies as of October 15.  Today, there are seven churches in use and 17 Liturgies each Sunday. 
      To be fair, each of the four parishes will have at least two Sunday and/ or Saturday evening Liturgies with one parish having three Liturgies.  This will bring the total to nine Liturgies. 
      In October, given the seating capacity in these seven existing churches, there will still be seating for 4500 to accommodate the 2650 members who do participate during the weekend.  Currently, the 17 Liturgies in this grouping provide 6300 seats for the 2650 members participating.  So, there will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      Weekday Liturgies will also be scheduled in order to accommodate all four parish communities.   
       An approved interim schedule will be set in August and will begin October 15.   Some Mass times will obviously change or will be eliminated, and hopefully, most members of these four parishes will be able to travel an extra 1-3 miles if needed to any location for the Sunday Liturgy.  This interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

A Baptism Preparation Seminar will be held on Monday, July 2, 7:30pm.  Call our office to register.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

GOING TO APPALACHIA THIS WEEKEND
    This week, nearly 85 of our parish students and adults will be making their annual mission trip to Appalachia and the southern area of West Virginia.  They’re going once again to conduct numerous service projects, to witness, to pray, to catechize, and to evangelize.  Please keep these parish members in your prayers during their Mission Trip throughout the next seven days.  May their work be blessed, and may they and the people they serve be drawn ever closer to the Lord Jesus.

CAMP HELPING HAND   JULY 9-11
    For three days, July 9-11, our Religious Education staff will hold the annual Camp Helping Hand to engage middle school students (grades 6-8) in local service projects for the benefit of our local community.  Again, please register now through our office, through our website, or using the flyer available at the church exits.  Sign up your youngsters today!
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THE DIOCESAN GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    On Sunday, October 7, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the annual Liturgy for couples married 50 years in the life of the Church.  Please call our parish office before August 1 to register for this event so that our diocesan staff can add you to the list and send you a formal invitation in September.  Family are most welcome to join you for this 50th anniversary celebration.  Again, please register before August 1.

OUR 2018 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Thank you for your annual support of our Parish Share Campaign which allows us to support Bishop Zubik and our Diocesan Church!
    Our 2018 Parish Share goal is to raise $67,780 for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.   Each household is asked to contribute $250 or more at this time or to make a monthly pledge.    On behalf of our Bishop, thank you for helping our parish community to meet our 2018 Parish Share goal before June 30!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him here to begin your inquiry.

Give thanks to the Lord, and bless his holy name!
  
CATHOLIC DAY AT KENNYWOOD
    On Monday, July 23, the Vocations Office of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a Catholic Day at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin.  Along with all the rides and attractions, the Vocations Office will host a Liturgy at 4:00pm and a Festival of Praise at 8:00pm at the park.  Tickets are $23.  Order all your tickets now here (+).  Families, adults, and young people are all welcome and invited to attend!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your June donations of mac and cheese, pasta, and spaghetti sauce  (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  
    Thanks for your generous donations.  Please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society!

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25 DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    As our Diocese launches the next important phase of our “On Mission” effort this April 29,  Bishop David Zubik has requested that all of our current 188 parishes host time for Eucharistic Adoration in our churches to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish for this prayer will be Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our future and for the “On Mission” effort!
 
VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, June 25
   8:30 am   William Ladley  (Marjorie Ladley)

Tuesday, June 26
   8:30 am   The Shanahan Family  (Dr. & Mrs. McCarthy)

Wednesday, June 27—Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop 
   8:30 am   Sebastian & Mary Sette  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Thursday, June 28—Saint Irenaeus, martyr
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Father Jim Torquato)

Friday, June 29—Saint Peter and Saint Paul, apostles
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Husband, Nick)

Saturday, June 30—The First Martyrs of Rome
   9:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)

   2:00 pm   Wedding of Eric Chiesa and Laura Powers

   5:00 pm   George Bud Eckert  (Brother, Bill Eckert & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 1 — Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Karen Torquato  (The Gonzalez Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
    11:00 am   Paul & Patricia Kennedy, living  (Paul Kennedy)
      Presider: Father James Torquato)

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2018
Sunday:  Vigil: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6ab, 15ab, 17; 1 Pt 1:8-12; Luke 1:5-17

    Day: Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts of the Apostles 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80

Monday:  2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Psalm 60:3-5, 12-13; Matthew 7:1-5

Tuesday:  2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36; Psalm 48:2-4, 10-11; Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Wednesday:  2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3; Psalm 119:33-37, 40; Matthew 7:15-20

Thursday:  2 Kings 24:8-17; Psalm 79:1b-5, 8, 9; Matthew 7:21-29

Friday:  Vigil: Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10; Psalm 19:2-5; Galatians 1:11-20; John 21:15-19

    Day:  Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11; Psalm 34:2-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

Saturday:  Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Psalm 74:1b-7, 20-21; Matthew 8:15-17

Next Sunday:  Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!   These items are needed now:  canned fruit; powdered or shelf-stable milk; instant potatoes, and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper. Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

HELP FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES
    A weekend for married couples who need to resuscitate your marriage will be this coming July 13-15.  Call the Rediscovery (Retrouvaille) Program (412-277-3434) for confidential information.  Help is at hand!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to  Donations Online for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE THIS SUNDAY
    This Sunday morning, our CDTCA school staff will make store certificates available for purchase in the main church entrance.  Your support is appreciated!

BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A GOOD SUMMER
    Our 2017-2018 school year was another excellent year for CDTCA in every way!   Many thanks go to our CDTCA students, teachers, parents, coaches, parishes, alumni, and community for a successful year of faith, learning, catechesis, prayer, activities, sports, competitions, and events!
    Best wishes now go to all our students, families, graduates, faculty, and staff for a wonderful and enjoyable summer break.  Rest and recreate well!  Enjoy these three months.  We’ll see everyone back here in the 2018-2019 CDTCA school year!

NEED A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM?
    There are still several openings still available for our CDTCA Kindergarten Program beginning late August 2018.   Please call our CDTCA office!

REGISTERING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    Give your child/children an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!   Call our office (412-781-7927) to register for August.
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175th ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR ENTIRE
DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
    On Sunday, July 29, at St. Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik and the entire Church of Pittsburgh will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of our Diocese.  All members and families of our Diocesan Church are invited to join in this celebration at 2:30pm, July 29!

The Christian Meditation Prayer Group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:45am.  Come to the church this Wednesday, and join us in this special time of silent prayer and meditation!
  
Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish property!
 
     Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.


SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato............................Ext. 10

Parish Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark  Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator………….....Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP..................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT................................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser.........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper
Amy Condosta…………………………………………….…Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org