July 15, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Our ancestors in the Church and many of us today have been growing the Church of the Lord and building the Kingdom of God since the time of Jesus here on the earth!  Humanity is so much better today than it was 20 centuries ago even though sin and injustice continue to exist today.
    Even after 20 centuries of sharing the Good News of Jesus with the world, so many people and families today live without any Good News in their lives.  Much as the Apostles were sent by Jesus in today’s Gospel account to bring God’s life and love to others, the work still needs to go on today since every generation must be introduced to the Lord.
    Both through our parish efforts and our individual and family efforts, may all of us and each of us go out and share Good News and God’s goodness and love with many others.  God bless!
                                                                                         — Father Jim Torquato
 
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!

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!

A NOTE FROM  MRS. JAMIE DILLON
    In early July, Mrs. Jamie Dillon shared with our staff and parish community that she will transition this summer to a new ministry as the Pastoral Associate at Mount Saint Peter Parish, New Kensington, in the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg. 
    Our parish community is very grateful to Mrs. Jamie Dillon for her 23 years of ministry as our Religious Education Director and Youth Minister.
    Following is a message to our parish families and members from Mrs. Jamie Dillon:

    “Dear friends, colleagues, and fellow Saint Scholastica Parish members—
    “Twenty three years ago, I left a promising occupation in health care to follow a calling into youth ministry.  I have never looked back.  For the last twenty three years I have loved being the youth minister, then also the Director of Religious Education here.  I’m grateful for every opportunity my time here has provided and am honored to have been able to be a part of the lives of you and your children.  Truly my family and I have been blessed in many ways.
    “Therefore it is with mixed emotions that I am sharing with you that July 20th will be my last day of employment here.  I have accepted a position as the Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation at Mount St. Peter’s Parish in the Diocese of Greensburg.  The position of pastoral associate is something that I have been working towards for some time.  I pray that this move will not only benefit my career, but my health as well.
    “My family and I will continue to be parishioners at St. Scholastica.  As my grandmother used to say, 'I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me.'”   
                                                                                                    —Mrs. Jamie Dillon

CHANGES IN OCTOBER
    On Monday, October 15,  the priests of this parish grouping will be Father Dale DeNinno as the administrator, and Father Paul Merkovsky.   Also, Father Michael Decewicz and Deacon Robert Wertz, both of Saint Juan Diego Parish, will remain here.
    Before 2022, these four parishes will become officially unified into one parish community.  Best wishes to all as we continue being the Church Alive!

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    The new Clergy Team, Regional Vicar, and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday Liturgy schedule for these four parishes.  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. 
      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. There will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      An approved interim schedule will be set in August and will begin October 15.   This interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP DONORS AND SPONSORS
    This past month, 80+ students and adults of our local area traveled to southern West Virginia for the 15th annual Appalachia Mission Trip sponsored by the Youth Ministry of Saint Scholastica Parish.  It was a special and memorable week for everyone who took part in this annual week-long event!
    Because participants do not pay a fee to participate or to cover the costs of this Mission Week, it is thanks to numerous parish members and parents and families as well as businesses and other donors that this Mission Trip is possible!
    Once again, our parish community, our staff, our Youth Ministry, and all our Mission Trip participants sincerely thank all of you who supported this year’s week of mission work!   You have allowed so much Christian service to be rendered and so many important experiences to be shared.  You’ve helped to bring the Gospel of the Lord to more and more people in need.  Again, thank you very much, and may our Lord bless all our supporters and all our student and adult participants!

THANKS TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN CAMP HELPING HAND THIS MONTH
    Thanks very much to our middle school students, our parish staff, and our adult helpers who took part in last week’s Camp Helping Hand.  This three day event was a good time of Christian service in our parish.
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DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND PRAYER HERE AT OUR PARISH
      "Living in the Spirit" is a group of adults who meet monthly to support each other and share practices and resources for spiritual growth.  The next session meets on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library. There is no need to register for this group—just join us when you can!

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.

ALL SAINTS PARISH SUMMER FESTIVAL
    Everyone is welcome to the All Saints Parish Summer Festival in Etna this July 18-21.  Dinners are served 5-7pm.  Stands open at 6:30pm with games.  There will be Bingo in the hall as well as entertainment each evening.  The Big Raffle will be held Saturday night.  Call 412-781-0530 for info. 
   
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.

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your July 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.

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, July 16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
   8:30 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero  (Mrs. Thelma Ruggiero & Family)

Tuesday, July 17
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Wednesday, July 18—Saint Camillus, priest
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Thursday, July 19
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Friday, July 20—Saint Apollinaris, martyr
   8:30 am   Canel, Kessler & Biernesser Families  (Bill Eckert & Family)

Saturday, July 21—St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest
   9:00 am   Ross R. Molinaro, Jr.  (Wife, Nancy Molinaro)

   5:00 pm   Georgene Veltri  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 22 — Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nancy D. Bellinger  (M. & C. Bellinger) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Jean Eckert  (Husband, Bill & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato)

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 15, 2018
Sunday:  Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85:9-14; Ephesians 1:3-14 [3-10]; Mark 6:7-13
Monday:  Isaiah 1:10-17; Psalm 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Matthew 10:34 -- 11:1
Tuesday:  Isaiah 7:1-9; Psalm 48:2-8; Matthew 11:20-24
Wednesday:  Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16; Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15; Matthew 11:25-27
Thursday:  Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Psalm 102:13-14ab, 15-21; Matthew 11:28-30
Friday:  Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Isaiah 38:10-12abcd, 16; Matthew 12:1-8
Saturday:  Micah 2:1-5; Psalm 10:1-4, 7-8, 14; Matthew 12:14-21
Next Sunday:  Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!   These items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese; powdered or shelf-stable milk; 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!

Catholic Charities of our Diocese is hoping to collect 100,000 baby diapers and other baby items this summer.  Call 412-456-6969 to ask how you can help!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Catholic Match Pennsylvania for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for their service information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CDTCA Retail Store Certificates will be sold by our school staff this Sunday morning after each Mass.  Thank you for your support of our regional school!

SUMMER IMPROVEMENTS AT CDTCA
    Thanks to our school families, parish contributors, CDTCA supporters, summer workers, and our school administration for working to keep CDTCA one of the best schools in the Diocese!   
    Our parish staff and summer employees are busy preparing for the next school year beginning in late August.  They are cleaning each classroom thoroughly, scrubbing and waxing floors, repainting a number of rooms, and taking care of the grounds and property.  In addition to this summer’s technology and SMART board upgrades, we continue to make certain that CDTCA is in the best condition possible in every aspect of our regional Academy’s life.  

LOOKING FOR A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM?
    There are 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 CDTCA office (412-781-7927) to register for August.
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MINISTRY CENTER ROOF COMPLETED
    Many thanks go to Welte Roofing for their work replacing the roof of our Ministry Center (originally the parish convent).  Their very fine and skilled labor as well as the generosity of our Campaign donors have helped to protect this 90 year old part of our parish heritage and property.  Thanks to everyone!

POSTPONEMENT OF THE 175th ANNIVERSARY LITURGY FOR OUR DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
    The Sunday, July 29 Liturgy at St. Paul Cathedral for the 175th Anniversary of our Diocese has been postponed until further notice.  More info later.

JESUS SENDS US AS APOSTLES!                        
   In his own day, Jesus sent out the 12 Apostles and many other disciples to share his Good News with the people of Israel and all who would accept Jesus’ message of God’s love and of the Kingdom of God. Today, Jesus sends us out as well. May we go forth and share our faith and Jesus’ Good News with many others! 
 
     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