June 25, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO

    Jesus wants us to share both his Good News as well as his story with others so that they may share in his blessings and come into the Kingdom of God with him and with all of us who are his people.  Thinking about what Jesus asks of us, why wouldn't we be glad to assist him and share his message and our faith with many others?
    Some people think that faith and religion should be entirely private, but that has NEVER been the Christian understanding at any time in these 2000 years!  Instead, we believe that Jesus and his revelation and divine message are a glorious treasure that we should want to share with our children, our family members, and all others who will take the time to listen to Jesus’ simple yet profound message about God’s love for us and the promise of eternal life and glory in the presence of God!
    May we always cherish our Catholic Christian faith, and may we do as Jesus asks by bearing witness to him and to our faith every time we have the opportunity.  God bless!      
                               — Father Jim Torquato 

THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL
    Every year on June 29, the Church around the world celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  They are the two Apostles who brought the Gospel and the Apostolic Church to the ancient Imperial Capital of Rome.  They were martyrs in Rome, and they continue to be revered in the Mother Church for their respective roles as the chief shepherd (continued by Pope Francis) and as the leading Evangelist of the Church.  May we cherish and honor Saints Peter and Paul as well as the faith, gospel, and Church that they continue to share with us and the whole world!

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Thanks very much to our members and families who support our parish financially and through your service.  Only by the grace of God and your support does the Church exist and is the Kingdom built!

MOVING FORWARD EVERY SUNDAY!
    All of our parish members and families are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.  The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should sit!   Likewise, It’s good when we draw close together.  Please move forward in Church. Thanks!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW DIOCESAN PRIESTS
    On Saturday, June 24, Bishop David Zubik ordained five new priests for service in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
    These five new priests are:  Rev. Benjamin Barr,  Rev. Thomas Gramc,  Rev. David Green, Rev. Alexander Schrenk,  and  Rev. Daniel Waruszewski.   Congratulations to them and to our Bishop and Diocese!  Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their ministry as priests in service to the Diocese so that it may continue to be the Church Alive!

COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY FATHER’S WORK THIS WEEKEND
    Every year, before the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the Church everywhere takes up the traditional Collection for the Holy Father as the way to allow Pope Francis to carry out and contribute to charitable work around the world and wherever the Church exists.
    Thank you very much for your contribution to this annual Collection for the Work of the Holy Father!

GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
    In the Acts of the Apostles, we’re reminded that the Church of the Lord exists because of the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.  During the past 20 centuries, you’ll see a very dynamic history of growth and change.  Most humans aren’t exactly thrilled with change, but it’s a natural part of life.
   The Church has experienced incredible growth in these 20 centuries.   The Church now fills most of the world.  Yet, growth also gives way to pruning and decline.  We don’t like decline, but as in the natural world, decline usually leads to new growth!  May we pray and work to bring new life to the Church, and may we be confident in the Lord Jesus!

OUR NEW PARISH WILL BE . . .
    Our four local parishes to be merged by 2022 are:  Saint Scholastica Parish;  Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Twp.;  Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg; and the former Saint Edward Parish area of Saint Pio Parish in Blawnox and Fox Chapel.
    In March 2018,  priests will be assigned and will begin their ministry in October 2018.  At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  Each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.  The final work of consolidating a single parish with a primary church and 1-2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed by November 2021.
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, in participation, in donations, and in clergy.  Thanks for your cooperation and support!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES TO ALL OUR MISSION TRIP PARTICIPANTS THIS WEEK
    Beginning this Sunday, June 25, through Saturday, July 1, nearly 80 high school students and adult chaperones will be traveling to Appalachia for many service projects in southern West Virginia as well as time in prayer and in giving Catholic Christian witness to the people of the area.
    Please keep all our young people and adults in your prayers!

CAMP HELPING HAND FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN JULY
    Once again this summer, our Youth Ministry staff will be holding three days of service for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8.   Known as Camp Helping Hand, these days are July 10-12, 9:00am—2:00pm and will introduce our young students to service projects here in the local area.  This is an excellent way for our younger students to become familiar with the work of voluntary Christian service, and Camp Helping Hand gives them some good and beneficial things to do in July.
    To register, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here this week!
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JULY 22 MAGNIFICAT EVENT FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    All Catholic women are invited to join the Magnificat Association as they travel downtown to the Omni William Penn Hotel for the July 22, 12-2:30pm, lunch event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.   Acclaimed Catholic leader, musician, and speaker, Mrs. Susan Potvin, will speak about the Lord’s goodness and guidance during her life and the life of her children and family.  The donation is $28.   Call Pam (412-461-8906) or visit the Magnificat website here (+) to register before July 14.  Know that you’re invited and most welcome to join in this very special local Catholic event!

LOOKING FOR A FESTIVAL OF PRAISE?
    Several parishes in the Diocese are holding evenings of contemporary praise and singing.  If you’d like to join them for a praise service, you’ll find them at:  Saint Kilian Parish, Cranberry Twp., first Fridays at 7:00pm;  Saint Richard Parish, Richland Twp., Tuesdays at 7:00pm; Saint Paul Cathedral’s Synod Hall, 3rd Mondays at 7:00pm. All are invited and most welcome!

CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church.  So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,215,802 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

AN OCTOBER 2017 PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month for information and reservations.

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In June,  your donations of canned vegetables and canned fruit are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.
 
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, June 26
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)

Tuesday, June 27 — Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop
   8:30 am   Frank Donnelly  (The Donnelly Family)

Wednesday, June 28 — Saint Irenaeus, martyr
   8:30 am   Margaret Conley  (Judy Stafford & Family)

Thursday, June 29 — Saints Peter and Paul, apostles
   8:30 am   Michael J. Donohue  (The Newell Family)

Friday, June 30 — First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
   8:30 am   Catherine Johnson  (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, July 1 — Saint Junipero Serra, founder
   9:00 am   Deceased Family Members  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00pm   M/M Paul and Patricia Kennedy—Living  (Paul F. Kennedy)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 2—Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   John Gentilcore  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Rosemarie Boley, birthday  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
Readings for the Week of June 25, 2017
Sunday: Jeremiah 20:10-13/Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35/Romans 5:12-15/Matthew 10:26-33
Monday: Genesis 12:1-9/Psalm 33:12-13, 18-20, 22/Matthew 7:1-5
Tuesday: Genesis 13:2, 5-18/Psalm 15:2-4ab, 5/Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Wednesday: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18/Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9/Matthew 7:15-20
Thursday: Vigil of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul: 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
Friday: Genesis 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Psalm 128:1-5/Matthew 8:1-4
Saturday: Genesis 18:1-15/Lk 1:46-50, 53-55/Matthew 8:5-17
Next Sunday: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a/Romans 6:3-4, 8-11/Matthew 10:37-42

This Sunday, the flowers at the Altar  have been donated for our Liturgy by Mr. and Mrs. Regis and Mary Lou Wessell on the occasion of their 63rd Anniversary. Thank you and congratulations!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks for all your help!  There’s still an urgent need for clean blankets, adult backpacks, and luggage with wheels.  Used items in good condition are fine.
    Also, these food items are needed now:  canned baked beans;  macaroni and cheese;  cereal;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.
Also helpful are breakfast bars, fruit cups, raisins, and wrapped cookies.  Please leave your 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 Gentilcore Jewelers in  Fox Chapel Plaza for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  

REGISTRATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Join us for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, pre-school through eighth grade!   Call 412-781-7927 for information!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
   Financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this important aid.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition assistance!

WORK BEING DONE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS
    During these weeks of the summer break, we’ll be doing more work in our parish school buildings.  Thanks to our generous benefactors and parish members,  our school and the CCD program will both benefit from the removal of the old carpeting and the installation of wood and tile flooring to help decrease germs that typically exist in carpeting.
    Also, all the original wood doors of the main school building will be replaced with clean, modern wood doors.  Our buildings continue to be improved!  Thanks once again to our parish community and to all our generous parish and CDTCA donors!
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A PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    Father Michael Ackerman and Diocesan priests will be holding Quo Vadis (“Where are you going?”)  Days at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry Township, July 16-18.  The donation is $40.   Scholarships are available.  Register by July 7 at  www.PGHPriest.com (+).

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our Parish Share Campaign is still collecting our support for our Catholic Diocese.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before 2018.  This supports the budget and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and appreciated.   All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much!
Jesus gives us Good News!
     Throughout the Gospel according of Matthew, we receive wonderful teachings from Jesus that are found only in Christianity. Jesus tells us of the incredible love and care and protection given to us by God our Father
and Creator. These blessings are given us because we are unique and beloved in the eyes of God. May we be forever grateful for Jesus’ great message given us!

     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, Amy Condosta, ………….....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/ Safe Environment Coordinator
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