May 20, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Best wishes for a blessed Pentecost Sunday to all our parish members and families!
    The gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church is both an astonishing event and a divine presence given to all the disciples of Jesus both personally and in our communal life together as the People of God.  Just as Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the Church of his day, so too does Jesus send the Holy Spirit to all of us today.
    From inspiring faith in our hearts and in our communities, to guiding the members and leaders of the Church, to bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to us, in many ways, the Holy Spirit keeps the Church and our faith alive.  The Spirit also guides us and leads us through this world toward the eternal life of God’s Kingdom.
    May we rejoice in the gift of the Holy Spirit, and may we pray for the presence and the power of the Spirit every day.  God bless!           
                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato

PARISH EVENING TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS IN HAITI
    On Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 6:30pm, in the church and then in the hall, the Aquinas Guild and the Saint Scholastica Parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host a rosary and dessert event to benefit the Good Samaritans School in Haiti.  A presentation regarding the Good Samaritans School will also be offered.  Donations are welcome that evening, and checks should be made payable to the Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation.   To let us know you’ll be attending, please call Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher (412-767-5863) before Friday, May 25.  Thank you!

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR FATHER KENNETH WHITE
    This Sunday, May 20, a Fiftieth Anniversary celebration for Father Kenneth White will be held at Saint Thomas More Parish, Fort Couch Road, in Bethel Park at the 11:30am Liturgy.  You’re welcome to the Mass as well as a light reception in their parish hall following Father White’s anniversary Liturgy.

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 May 30!

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
      Beginning October 15, you and all our parish members will have seven local churches to call your own  —  and seven local churches where you will be most welcome to participate in the Sunday Eucharist!
      In these months of preparation, the new Clergy Team and the Regional Vicar and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday and Saturday evening Liturgy schedule for the four parishes of this Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping. 
      With three priests assigned here in October, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies beginning October 15.  Keep in mind that, as of 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.  That brings the total to nine Liturgies in keeping with Diocesan guidelines. 
      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 as much as possible.   
       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.
 
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.  Please welcome this new team!
    In these months, the four parishes will begin collaborating with one another with regard to the Liturgy schedule and common parish programs, 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!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL   JUNE 11-15
    From Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, our parish Religious Education staff will once again hold a morning Vacation Bible School for young children ages 5-9.  The donation is $25 for each student.   
    In addition, older students and parents are welcome to offer your time as VBS helpers. Please register now through the parish office, our web site, or the bulletin flyers at the church exits.

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 THEOLOGY OF THE BODY FOR YA’s   
    All young adults (ages 18-40) are welcome to learn about Pope Saint John Paul’s Theology of the Body at Saint Paul Seminary, Greentree, June 3 and July 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm.  Dinner, Mass, discussion.  NO cost.  Visit PGHPriest.com (+), or email Theresa Sullivan at the diocesan Vocations Office here.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY DUQUESNEFEST!
    On Sunday, June 10, at 8:00am, all high school seniors and juniors  are most welcome to participate in this year’s Duquesne University Open House.  Visit  www.duq.edu/duquesnefest (+).

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!

July Days for Young Catholic Men in High School —  our Diocesan Vocations Office is hosting days for high school boys to deepen your faith and learn about the priesthood.  July 15-16.  Visit  PGHPriest.com (+).

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!
 
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.
 
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 at www.PGHpriest.com.  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 May donations of peanut butter, jelly, crackers, and tuna   (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 DePaul 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, May 21—Mary, Mother of the Church
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore A. Certo  (Ted & Ann Phillips)

Tuesday, May 22—Saint Rita of Cascia, religious
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (The Saunders Family)

Wednesday, May 23
   8:30 am   Frank Capozzi   (Lorraine Capozzi & Joe Huber)

Thursday, May 24
   8:30 am   Paul J. Wessell   (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Friday, May 25—Pope Saint Gregory VII,  Saint Bede
   8:30 am   For all Pre-born Children   (Respect Life Committee)

Saturday, May 26—Saint Philip Neri, priest
   9:00 am   Anthony M. Greco  (wife, Tina, daughter & son-in-law Carol & Tim, granddaughter Jasmine)  
   3:00 pm   Wedding of Evan Bechtold & Megan Iannuzzi
   
   5:00 pm   John Gentilcore   (Jack & Cindy Petrick)  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 27 — The Most Holy Trinity
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Mary Gibson (The Donnelly Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Claire Darrigo  (The Hopkinson Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 20, 2018

Pentecost Sunday: Vigil: Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5; Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30; Romans 8:22-27; John 7:37-39;   Day: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
Monday: Genesis 3:9-15, 20 or Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14; Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7; John 19:25-34

Tuesday: James 4:1-10; Psalm 55:7-11a, 23; Mark 9:30-37

Wednesday: James 4:13-17; Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11; Mark 9:38-40

Thursday: James 5:1-6; Psalm 49:14-20; Mark 9:41-50

Friday: James 5:9-12; Psalm 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12; Mark 10:1-12

Saturday: James 5:13-20; Psalm 141:1-3, 8; Mark 10:13-16

Sunday: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Romans 8:14-17; Mt 28:16-20
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk.   Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the main 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!

Our Respect Life Committee thanks all donors and helpers for last Sunday’s donations.  $700 was given to Genesis and their Pregnancy Care Center!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Liturgical Publications for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisements on the last page for their information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

STILL LOOKING FOR A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR?
    There are still several openings still available for our CDTCA Kindergarten Program beginning late August 2018!  
    If you’d like to schedule a visit to our Kindergarten Program and/or our Pre-School Program, please call our CDTCA office (412-781-7927) this week, and we’ll be very happy to show you our fine school!

REGISTERING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    You’re most welcome to join us so that your child/children will receive an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!  Call our office this week (412-781-7927) to register for August.

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. GRGURICH!
    Congratulations to our CDTCA principal,  Mr. Mark Grgurich, on winning this year’s Golden Apple Principal’s Award!  This award is given to the principal who demonstrates exemplary performance and school leadership.    
    Mr. Grgurich attributes his success to the school community saying ”I am humbled to receive this award.  It is a reflection of the hard work of our outstanding faculty, the support of the families that surround CDTCA, and the parishes that support our great school.  It is my privilege to serve as the principal at CDTCA, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last 4 years.”   Congratulations, Mr. G!
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A NEW MEMORIAL DAY FOR MARY
    Beginning this year, Pope Francis has decreed that the Monday after Pentecost Sunday will be celebrated as the Memorial of Mary, the Mother of the Church!  
    As such, this new Memorial for the Blessed Mother will be celebrated this Monday, May 21.  This is an ancient title given to Mary, and throughout the year—especially in the months of May and October—the Church throughout the world honors and celebrates Mary as the mother of the Lord Jesus and the mother of all his disciples!

A Festival of Praise for Vocations will be held at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, June 21, 7:00pm.  Call 412-456-3123 for information.

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit!
    Every day, in fact, every moment since the first Pentecost Sunday, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit into the lives and hearts of each of his disciples as well as into the local communities of his holy Church and into the Church universal. May we call on the Holy Spirit and invite the Spirit into our lives and hearts every day!

     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
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
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  
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