August 19, 2019

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    For many centuries, Catholic Christians have participated in a time of prayer known as Eucharistic Adoration.  It is a spiritual practice well known to older Catholics, but it is largely unknown to most Catholics of recent generations. 
    You might be wondering,  “why would I meditate and pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament?”   First, the very best place to spend time in prayer is in the real and sacramental presence of the Lord Jesus.  We genuflect toward the Tabernacle in church because our faith assures us that Jesus is present sacramentally in the Eucharist.  It is wonderful to pray kneeling or seated before the Lord in his Blessed Sacrament.
    Second, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament reminds us what an incredible treasure and gift we have in the Eucharist. While we often take Holy Communion for granted, it truly is a most wonderful gift given to us by Jesus.  The Eucharist is our food for Eternal Life.  May we be grateful always for Jesus’ gift of the Eucharist, and may we remember that it gives us the life and the presence of the Lord every day.  God bless!
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25  DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    Bishop David Zubik has requested that we host Eucharistic Adoration in our church to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish is Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our “On Mission” effort!

TRY MEDITATION THIS AUGUST!
    Would you like to try silent prayer?  It just might change your life!   We’ve scheduled extra meditation sessions so you can experience it.  We’ll meet Tuesday afternoon, August 21 (1:00pm--2:00pm) as well as Thursday evening August 30 (7:30pm--8:30pm) in the Ministry Center Library (enter the back door of the former convent building on Fourth Street). There is NO registration or fee.  Each session stands on its own.  Just come when you can.  Our regular meditation sessions begin after the 8:30am Mass in the Church on Wednesdays.

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Reserve the weekend NOW for this year’s Men’s Retreat, Friday, November 16 (5:00pm) through Sunday, November 18 (Noon) at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. Take time to recharge your spiritual batteries in reflection, talks, conversation, prayer, and Liturgy.  This year’s theme is  “I Have Chosen You!”   Call Jim Fanning (412-680-7419).
 
THANKS FROM OUR MISSIONARY VISITOR, FATHER DANIEL CHISHA,  MCCJ
    Following his visit here last weekend, Father Daniel Chisha, MCCJ, our visiting priest of the Comboni Missionaries, extends his gratitude to our parish community and all those who donated to his Mission Appeal. 
    His missionary appeal to our parish was to help fund projects including the resettlement of refugees in the Sudan, the prevention of AIDS, and the care for orphans with AIDS who’ve been abandoned by their parents, secondary education for women, and digging clean water wells for villages. 
    Your donations will help to bring the Lord’s Gospel and the goodness of Jesus to many needy people in Africa and Latin America.  Thank you!.

NEXT WEEKEND’S COLLECTION FOR BIRTHRIGHT
   Next weekend, August 25-26, our parish Respect Life Committee is inviting your support for the work of Birthright and their care for preborn infants and their mothers.  Donations will be gratefully accepted after each Liturgy at the doors of the church.  Thank you very much!  Also, on September 8-9, our respect Life Committee will hold a Pro-Life Voter Registration.
 
A CELEBRATION OF POLAND AND OUR FAITH
    On Monday, August 27, at 7:00pm, in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate a Liturgy in Honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence. All are welcome!

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    In three weeks, our Diocese will announce the NEW Sunday/ Saturday evening schedule for this four parish grouping and for all 56 parish groupings being created this October in the Diocese.
    Three of the four parishes of this grouping will change to TWO Masses during the weekend.    Only one parish will have three Liturgies for each weekend.  With three priests assigned here, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies as of October 15.  Today, there are 7 churches in use and 17 Liturgies each Sunday. 
      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. There will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      This approved interim schedule will begin October 15, and then this interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION AND OUR YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER
    As we move forward On Mission for the Church Alive! and the new grouping of parishes—Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, and Saint Scholastica—Father Dale DeNinno, the incoming Administrator, has hired Mrs. Delia Barr as the full-time Director of Faith Formation for all four parishes.  Father Dale has also hired Miss Meredith Troyan as the full-time Youth Ministry Leader.  
    Together they will work with others who will make up a Faith Formation Team that will reach out to the children, teenagers, young adults, and those who are well along in life in communicating the truths and beauty of our Catholic faith!

REGISTER NOW FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
    All parents with children in grades K-8 who are studying in public schools are asked to please register your children in our Faith Formation Program which will begin again in mid-September.   
   There are several options for your child/ren’s catechesis.  Please enroll them this week.  Our parish programs will help you share the Catholic Faith with your family and our youngest generation!

THIRD GRADE CATECHIST STILL NEEDED
     At this time, our CCD program is still in need of a teacher for the Third Grade students on Tuesday evening.  If you would like to share our faith with our children, please contact our parish office or speak with Meredith Troyan in the Religious Education Office.  Thank you very much!
     Also, if you’re interested in becoming a parish catechist or classroom aid or small group leader in future years, please contact Meredith Troyan or our parish office.  Your help with our catechesis is needed and appreciated!
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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.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts!

A PILGRIMAGE TO U.S. CATHOLIC SHRINES IN THE MIDWEST
    Visits made to six Catholic Shrines in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  October 8-12.   $660 each. Call Bernadette (412-563-3857), Saint Pius X Parish.

All Saints Parish Youth Theater in Etna presents the Catholic musical play Little Nellie  August 24-26.  $7 each / $30 per family.   Call 412-781-0530.

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your August donations of  tuna, crackers, peanut butter, and jelly  (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  Also, please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society!
 
A SPECIAL DAY LONG EVENT FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN — OCTOBER 27
    On Saturday, October 27, the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will hold its 2nd Annual Catholic Women’s Conference entitled OVERFLOW!   This will be a time of friendship and prayer, talks and Liturgy.  Speakers for the day include Barbara Heil, Sister Bernadette Beamsley, DLJC, and Benedictine Father Benedict Hicks.  Come celebrate God’s overflowing love and grace given to us so that we may minister to our families and community.  Visit  www.cwfpitt.org (+) for information!

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.

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!
 
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, August 20—Saint Bernard, abbot
   8:30 am   Louise & Arthur Bauer  (Bob Bauer)

Tuesday, August 21—Pope Saint Pius X
   8:30 am   Peggy Dunn  (Pat & Frank Burchill)

Wednesday, August 22—The Queenship of Mary
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, August 23—Saint Rose of Lima
   8:30 am   Lawrence Demase  (Family)

Friday, August 24—Saint Bartholomew, apostle
   8:30 am   Louis Kopec  (The Bonessa Family)

Saturday, August 25—Saint Louis
   9:00 am   Robert Boley, anniversary  (Children)

   5:00 pm   Anna & Joseph Francis Wessell  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 26 — 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Victor Nicholas, birthday  (Mary Ann Nicholas)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Fran & George Schrenk  (The Schrenk Children) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 19

Sunday:  Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

Monday:  Ezekiel 24:15-24; Deuteronomy 32:18-21; Matthew 19:16-22

Tuesday:  Ezekiel 28:1-10; Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35cd-36ab; Matthew 19:23-30

Wednesday:  Ezekiel 34:1-11; Psalm 23:1-6; Matthew 20:1-16

Thursday:  Ezekiel 36:23-28; Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19; Matthew 22:1-14

Friday:  Revelation 21:9b-14; Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18; John 1:45-51
Saturday:  Ezekiel 43:1-7a; Psalm 85:9ab, 10-14; Matthew 23:1-12

Next Sunday:  Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69
 
Our Christian Meditation Time is changing to 9 am on Wednesdays in the church. All are welcome!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now: canned red or black beans; powdered or shelf-stable milk;  macaroni and cheese;  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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the  Paul J. Giuffre Law Firm in Aspinwall  for being a sponsor.   Please see his advertisement for contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CLASSES FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN MONDAY,  AUGUST 27!
   In one week, our students, teachers, and staff will return to our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 academic year!  After acquiring NEW SMART boards for our classrooms along with new computer tablets, and adding school upgrades this summer, we’re all looking forward to another excellent year here at CDTCA.
    It’s NOT too late to register your child/ren and grandchild/ren here at CDTCA.  Please call our office (412-781-7927) this week to schedule a visit!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL AT CDTCA
    Most of our families at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy receive tuition assistance.  Much of this help comes from the Bishop’s Education Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as Pennsylvania businesses contributing to the SOS and EITC tax credit programs.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition help!

CDTCA GOLF OUTING ON OCTOBER 8
    The annual CDTCA Golf Outing sponsored by the PTG will be held on Monday, October 8.  The donation for this all inclusive event is $375 per person OR $1500 per foursome.  Call 412-781-7927 for info.

BINGO NIGHT FOR CDTCA IN OCTOBER!
    On Friday evening, October 19, in our parish gymnasium, our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will host a BINGO NIGHT  to raise funds for our regional school!   This will be a night filled with Bingo Games, Raffles, Food Trucks, snacks, and fun!  Ticket sales will begin in early September, and tickets will be $30 per person.  Save the date, and tell all your family and friends!
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WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE STUDY THIS FALL
    The twelfth annual Women’s Scripture Study for this area will begin Tuesday, September 4, from 1-3pm in our parish hall.   All women are welcome.  The topic will be the Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.  This will be a video and studybook program.  The donation is $60.  An info session will be August 28 at 1pm here.  Call 412-963-0198 for information.

Jesus gives us the Bread of Life!
We take food for granted today because it is so abundant in our land. Yet, for our ancestors who lived centuries and millennia before us, having food and drink required a great deal of effort. As such, when Jesus told his disciples that he was the Bread of Eternal Life, they were amazed. Even now, may we also be amazed!
 
     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