June 1, 2014


7TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
       There are people in this world who do some serious waiting. I'm not talking about the time some of us spend in a doctor's office or the checkout line. Those are brief moments. And even those who line up for several nights to buy opening game tickets or concert tickets can't count their camping out in front of the box office as serious waiting. The people who do serious waiting are those like the spouses of soldiers who have been deployed overseas who spend their days wondering if their loved one will come home. It is the parents who are watching an illness slowly debilitate their child, even as they wait in hope for some possible cure. It is the woman who is pregnant, anxiously waiting nine months while her child grows within her.
      This Sunday is one of waiting. The risen Lord has ascended to heaven and the disciples are on their own. They are huddled in the upper room wondering what will happen. The Gospel that the church gives us in these days between Ascension and Pentecost is the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper as found in the Gospel of John. In this prayer Jesus acknowledges that he has entrusted the message of eternal life to his followers. And he prays for all those who have accepted his word.
      Liturgically, we wait for the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. But in reality, the Spirit is already given to each of us who have been baptized and who believe in the name of Jesus. Even though this Sunday is like a pause between two great feasts, the wait is already over for us. The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. We can't wait huddled in some upper room. We who are in the world are called to take the word of Christ into the world today.
                                        ©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
     This prayer, adapted from one by St. Augustine, may help prepare us for Pentecost next Sunday.  We found it on the home page of Duquesne University's Spiritan Campus Ministry.

Breathe in me, Holy Spirit, 
that my thoughts may reflect you.
Act in me, Holy Spirit, 

that my life may further God's Reign.
Fill my heart, Holy Spirit, 

that I may love with great kindness.
Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, 

that I may defend the poor and needy.
Embolden me, Holy Spirit, 

that my life may be a witness to the Gospel.
Preserve me, Holy Spirit, 

that I may always remain your dwelling place.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
      Remember to register your 5-9 year olds for Vacation Bible School June 9 - 13.  This year's theme is Gold Medal Faith: Winning for Christ.  Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held this Monday evening, June 2, at 7:30 in the parish office.  The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.  If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself by contacting the parish office at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptismal preparation session will be held on July 28.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
We must not let ourselves fall into the vortex of pessimism. Faith can move mountains!             --Pope Francis 
Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. This week, Nancy requests the following items:
      • Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      • McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      • large bath towels and washcloths;
      • sheets and pillows (Used pillows are fine.  They are cut in half and re-covered for homeless people.  Throw pillows are also useful.);
      • adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags (any high schoolers who are done with a backpack?);
      • used men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, all sizes, but especially  12-14;
      • men's jeans and casual pants, waist sizes 30-36.
      Food items that are needed include:
      • tuna or chicken in pouches or pull tab cans;
      • canned fruit in pull tab cans;
      • macaroni and cheese;
      • prepared meal mixes(such as Hamburger Helper);
      • breakfast bars;
      • fruit or pudding cups.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins. Please do not overload bags.
      Thank you for your generosity!

THANK YOU!
      Genesis of Pittsburgh wishes to extend our gratitude to everyone that donated towards the Mother's Day Drive to benefit our mission to help pregnant women in crisis.  You raised an amazing $1,065.10. On behalf of all of the women and their babies you are helping - Thank You!  Your donations will help us with the Genesis Adoption Center opening at 550 California Avenue in Avalon, PA in the fall of this year. Look for information regarding our Open House in the upcoming months.

CAMP HELPING HAND
      Camp Helping Hand is July 8 - 10.  This is a service camp for middle school youth.  It is from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Please contact Jamie Dillon to register.  Cost is $15.

AQUINAS GUILD/WOMEN'S GROUP MEETING
      St. Scholastica's women's group, the Aquinas Guild, invites all women of the parish to its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please join us as we welcome our guest, Father James Torquato.  Light refreshments will be served.

WOMAN'S BIBLE STUDY
      Are you looking for an opportunity to enrich your spiritual life and learn more about your faith and the Bible?  Then consider signing up for next year's Catholic Scripture Study, where we will be taking an in-depth look at the Book of Revelation.  An informational coffee will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 10:00 am in the Duch Pastoral Center at St. Scholastica Parish.   On hand will be women from other area Catholic parishes who have participated in the program for the past seven years, as well as a copy of the textbook that will be used in the study.  
      Each week's lesson includes extended commentary on the chapter studied as well as a video analysis presented by a well-known Biblical scholar.   The Revelation sessions will run for 25 weeks from September through April with time off for holidays and spring break.  The group meets on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 - 3:00pm  at St. Scholastica Parish.  The cost of the text is $55.  In past years, there have been 20-40 women involved and we have studied, Genesis, Exodus, the Gospels of John and Matthew, the Acts of the Apostles, Hebrews and James and Joshua, Ruth and Judges.  There is no need to make reservations for the coffee.   Please call Bernadine Bonessa, 412-963-0198 with any questions. 

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
      There will be a Protecting God's Children workshop on June 11th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please call Jamie at 412-781-0186 x20 to register.  This workshop is mandatory for all employees of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and for all volunteers at St. Scholastica and Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. It is also highly recommended for parents, grandparents and all those who work with children.  There is no charge to attend. 

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
       Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

HOAGIE SALE!
Our Appalachia Crew is selling Italian or Turkey Hoagies!  They are very fresh!  Pick up will be the weekend of June 15.  Cost is $8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon here or Mike Troyan here by June 5 to order.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: JUNE 1, 2014
Sunday: Acts 1:1-11/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20
Monday: Acts 19:1-8/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
     Ext. Vigil: Gn 11:1-9/Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Ez 37:1-14/Jl 3:1-5/Rom 8:22-27/Jn 7:37-39
     Day: Acts 2:1-11/1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13/Jn 20:19-23

CDTCA NEWS
      · Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Come see and hear about the benefits of a Catholic education. Contact Traci Giuffre at the school 412.781.7927
      · Congratulations to 8th Graders who are graduating from CDTCA on June 2nd. Kate Carnevale, Hannah Collins, Mason Daniels, Claire Farrell, Zachary Goreczny, David Herr, Alexis Jarvie, Jordan Kipp, Julie Kiszka, Madeline Macek, Meredith Massaro, Courcy Moosman, Devin Newell, Christopher Pignoli, Ed Podgorski, Joseph Pronio, Jonathan Russell, John Saunders, Libby Usher, Lucas Willmer & Max Wolfendale.
      · Congratulations to CDTCA 8th graders that competed at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Penn State University. A perfect score and 1st place was awarded to Hannah Collins. 1st place was awarded to Jordan Kipp, Jonathan Russell & John Saunders. And 2nd place was awarded to Kate Carnevale, Julie Kiszka & Ed Podgorski.

COMMIT NOW TO JOIN ONE OF THE CHOIRS!
      Now is the best time to commit to becoming a Music Minister by joining one of our two choirs  (9 am or 11 am).  June 8 is our last Sunday to sing before the summer break.  Both choirs will begin again the week of Labor Day.
      Since each volunteer needs to complete all the Diocesan Safe Environment requirements before actively participating, summer is a great time to take care of this.  See, email, or call Sr. Pat soon to sign up or express your personal interest in becoming a choir member, preferably by the end of July. Both groups have plenty of room for new members  (High School and  Adults).

INSPIRATIONAL TALK & HEALING SERVICE
Sunday, June 22, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA
      Issam Nemeh, M.D., a Roman Catholic and "physician of unshakeable faith"will be visiting the Pittsburgh area and giving an Inspirational Talk followed by a Healing Prayer Service at the Pittsburgh Marriott North.  Everyone in attendance will receive an individual prayer with Dr. Nemeh following the presentation and Q&A.
      Due to limited seating, everyone is required to purchase a ticket to attend. Children under the age of 12 will be a guest of Path to Faith and do not require a ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.  Please visit www.pathtofaith.com for additional details and tickets or call Ticket Leap, 877-849-5327.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 31
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 1
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Pamela McCorkle (Kiszka Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am…Birthday, Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinetta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Monday, Easter Weekday,  June 2
   8:30 am  Frank Donnelly (Family)

Tuesday, St. Charles Lwanga, June 3
   8:30 am  Mary Smith (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, June 4
   8:30 am  Anniv., Flo & Ed Fairley (Kathleen Piper)

Thursday, St. Boniface,  June 5
    8:30 am  Birthday, Joan Grace Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Friday, Easter Weekday, June 6
   8:30 am  Helen Minshull (Scanlon Family)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  June 7
   9:00 am  Anniv., Bernice Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)

Saturday, Vigil of Pentecost, June 7
   5:00 pm  Deceased Members of the Fleming-McNally Families (Fleming Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Pentecost, June 8
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Owen Pieper (Contemporary Choir)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Helen McAuliffe (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14
parish@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Amy Condosta…………………………...……..Ext. 10
amycondosta@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Parish Office………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                              

May 25, 2014

6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
      Every once in a while a dispute about the display of the Ten Commandments on public property makes the news.  A judge might make a decision or an elected official might push the issue, and some minister may stand up to denounce what he sees as the dissolution of the moral fiber of society.  These public displays usually involve the text of the commandments from the Book of Exodus, also known as the Protestant version.  The Catholic version, which comes from the list in the book of Deuteronomy, rarely gets acknowledged in such disputes.
      Neither the commandments in Exodus, nor the ones in Deuteronomy, are the commandments that Jesus is concerned about in today's Gospel.  While those minimal expectations are to be followed, Jesus has a much greater precept that he wants his followers to observe.  The command that Jesus gives is the law of reciprocal love.  He expects his followers to love him and in return he and the Father will love them.  Jesus commands his followers to love one another in the same way that he loves them.
      This command of love raises the bar on the level of expectations.  For the Christian, it is no longer a minimal level of moral behavior that fulfills the covenant.  Instead, it is a complete renewal of life that is required, a renewal which begins with an encounter with the Father through Jesus and comes full circle in the love for one another.  The minimum requirements of the law are not enough.  Instead, love becomes the singular command that must be fulfilled: love of God, and love of one another.  Disputes about the Ten Commandments have gone on for years and will likely continue for years to come.  Likewise, there are always debates about the concrete ways of fulfilling Christ's command to love.  But his words to his followers are very clear: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (Jn 14:15).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
      Remember to register your 5 to 9-year-olds for Vacation Bible School June 9 - 13.  This year's theme is "Gold Medal Faith: Winning for Christ."  Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

CAMP HELPING HAND
      Camp Helping Hand is July 8 - 10.  This is a service camp for middle school youth.  It is from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Please contact Jamie Dillon to register.  Cost is $15.

HOAGIE SALE!
      Our Appalachia Crew is selling Italian or Turkey Hoagies!  They are very fresh!  Pick up will be the weekend of June 8.  Cost is $8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon or Mike Troyan at mtroyan102@aol.com to order.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
      A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, June 2, at 7:30 pm in the parish office.  Please use the entrance nearest the grotto on the Fourth St. side of the Pastoral Center.
     The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
     If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Jim at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptismal preparation session will be held on July 28.

MAY MADNESS
      With concerts and recitals and kids' sporting events, graduations and their associated parties, May seems one of the busiest months of the year.  When the dust settles for you, consider adding a new practice of prayer to your summer routine.  In Christian meditation we slow down and turn, for a little while, from our usual preoccupation with doing to pay some attention to our being.
      We meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for about twenty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay can discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:00.  You may join us at any session, and you do not need any previous experience with meditation.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
None of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice.                           --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Recently we have received donations of "new" sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels, for which we are very grateful.  However, we do not give these new items to our homeless clientele.  Rather, we give them to clients who, with the help of housing agencies, are being set up in apartments.
      There has been some question as to whether we accept "used" bedding and towels.  Yes, we definitely accept CLEAN used items, and these we do give to our homeless brothers and sisters as well as to those blessed to get off the streets.
      We have also had parish members ask about the location of our headquarters and our volunteer schedule.  Please . . . Donations may only be handed to volunteers between 10 a.m. and noon on Mondays and Fridays at the SIDE DOOR of 316 Third St., Aspinwall.  Again, we ask that no donation be left anywhere outside of either 316 or 318 Third St.  Thank you for helping us help others!
                         Yours in Christ,
                           Nancy


Help Needed!
      This week, Nancy requests the following items:
      • Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      • McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      • sheets and pillows;
      • washcloths and large bath towels;
      • adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.
      Food items that are needed include:
      • cereal;
      • canned vegetables;
      • canned fruit in pull tab cans;
      • macaroni and cheese;
      • canned beans (red, black, etc.);
      • prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper).
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins. Please do not overload bags.
      Thank you for your generosity!

AQUINAS GUILD/WOMEN'S GROUP MEETING
      St. Scholastica's women's group, the Aquinas Guild, invites all women of the parish to its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please join us as we welcome our guest, Father James Torquato.  Light refreshments will be served.

PRAYING WITH BODY, MIND & VOICE
      In the celebration of Mass we raise our hearts and minds to God. We are creatures of body as well as spirit, so our prayer is not confined to our minds and hearts. It is expressed by our bodies as well. When our bodies are engaged in our prayer, we pray with our whole person. Using our entire being in prayer helps us to pray with greater attentiveness.
      During Mass we assume different postures—standing, kneeling, sitting—and we are also invited to make a variety of gestures. These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They have profound meaning and, when done with understanding, can enhance our participation in the Mass.

Standing
      Standing is a sign of respect and honor, so we stand as the celebrant who represents Christ enters and leaves the assembly. From the earliest days of the Church, this posture has been understood as the stance of those who have risen with Christ and seek the things that are above. When we stand for prayer, we assume our full stature before God, not in pride but in humble gratitude for the marvelous things God has done in creating and redeeming each one of us. By Baptism we have been given a share in the life of God, and the posture of standing is an acknowledgment of this wonderful gift. We stand for the proclamation of the Gospel, which recounts the words and deeds of the Lord. The bishops of the United States have chosen standing as the posture to be observed for the reception of Communion.

Kneeling
      In the early Church, kneeling signified penance. So thoroughly was kneeling identified with penance that the early Christians were forbidden to kneel on Sundays and during the Easter season, when the prevailing spirit of the Liturgy was one of joy and thanksgiving. In the Middle Ages kneeling came to signify homage, and more recently this posture has come to signify adoration, especially before the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is for this reason that the bishops of this country have chosen the posture of kneeling for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.
Copyright 2010 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MAY 25, 2014
Sunday: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/1 Pt 3:15-18/Jn 14:15-21
Monday: Acts 16:11-15/Jn 15:26--16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11/Eph 1:17-23/Mt 28:16-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Zep 3:14-18a or Rom 12:9-16/Lk 1:39-56
Next Sunday:Acts 1:12-14/1 Pt 4:13-16/Jn 17:1-11a

HELP UP KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK
      If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website, here.  

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      There is still room for students who want to be a part of the 2014-15 school year at the new site in Cranberry.  Freshmen and transfers are welcome.  Information may be obtained on the school website, cwnchs.org, or 412-321-4823.

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
      There will be a Protecting God's Children workshop on June 11th at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please call Jamie at 412-781-0186 x20 to register.  This workshop is mandatory for all employees of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and for all volunteers at St. Scholastica and Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. It is also highly recommended for parents, grandparents and all those who work with children.  There is no charge to attend. 

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 24
   5:00 pm  Catherine Rogers (Scanlon Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25
   7:30 am  John Marous (Marous Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Thomas Amodeo (parents, Sam & Shirley)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Monday, St. Philip Neri, May 26
   8:30 am  Service Men & Women (Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 27
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Calihan Family (Brenda & Joe Calihan)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 28
   8:30 am  Anniv., Daniel S. Gombos (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Thursday, Ascension of the Lord,  May 29
   8:30 am  Nick Metallo (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)
   12:00 pm  Maher & Williams Families (Mary Ellen Maher)
   7:00 pm  Edith Pope (Tish Marsico)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 30
   8:30 am  Helen Kester (Drs. Thomas & Yvonne Maher)

Saturday, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31
   9:00 am  Mary Certo (Certo Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 31
   5:00 pm  Anniv., Ruth Cleary (Daughter, Dana Poznik & Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 1
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Pamela McCorkle (Kiszka Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Birthday, Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinetta Costa & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14
parish@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Parish Office………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                 

May 18, 2014


5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
      Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" is studied in many English classes. Countless school children have memorized and recited back the four stanzas that constitute the work. The 1920 composition is remembered most for its final three lines: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." Taking the road less traveled has become synonymous with making bold choices in life that are in some ways counter-cultural. More than thirty years ago, M. Scott Peck even turned that image into an attempt to merge psychoanalysis and spirituality (along with a host of other things) into what would become a best-selling book. So successful was Peck's book, that the actual title of the Frost poem is now confused in Internet searches and Web pages with the bestseller.
      Thomas and Philip were also a bit confused in today's Gospel. Jesus had to make plain to them that he is the way and the truth and the life that leads to the Father. Jesus clarified his interaction with the Father when he said to Philip, "Whoever has seen me has seen the Father" (Jn 14:9). But the ultimate promise that Jesus makes in today's Gospel is about the power that resides in the Christian. Jesus says that whoever believes in him will do greater works because Jesus is returning to the Father.
When John wrote his Gospel he was not shy about the gift of the Holy Spirit that Jesus handed over to believers. That Spirit of God dwells in each of the baptized and empowers us to do the works of Christ. Those who were baptized at the Easter vigil just a few weeks ago, now share in that same out-pouring of the Holy Spirit that is within all of us who renewed our baptismal promises. God is there ready to work within us. Let's take that road!
                                                                 ©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

WELCOME, FR. JIM!
      Fr. Jim Torquato was formally installed by Bishop Zubik as St. Scholastica's fourteenth pastor two weeks ago.  You are invited to greet him in the Pastoral Center after each of this weekend's liturgies.  Thanks to the Aquinas Guild for arranging for refreshments!

DISCIPLESHIP & HOSPITALITY WORKSHOP
      Join us for the workshop "Discipleship & Hospitality: Welcoming the Divine" at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw from 9:00 am-3 pm May 24.  Call 412-456-3112.

BAPTISM PREPARATION
        A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to be baptized in the parish will be held on Monday evening, June 2, at 7:30 in the Parish Office.  Please use the entrance nearest the grotto on the Fourth St. side of the Pastoral Center.
      The session will provide parents an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of the sacrament and to walk through the ceremony itself.  It is especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child, although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
      If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself with Fr. Jim at least six weeks before your desired date.  The next baptismal preparation session will be held on July 28.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
      Remember to register your 5-9 year olds for Vacation Bible School June 9 - 13.  This year's theme is "Gold Medal Faith: Winning for Christ."  Contact Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net.

CAMP HELPING HAND
      Camp Helping Hand is July 8 - 10.  This is a service camp for middle school youth.  It is from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Please contact Jamie Dillon to register.  Cost is $15.

HOAGIE SALE!
      Our Appalachia Crew is selling Italian or Turkey Hoagies!  They are very fresh!  Pick up will be the weekend of June 8.  Cost is $8.  Please contact Jamie Dillon or Mike Troyan at mtroyan102@aol.com to order.

GENESIS
      Thank you to all the donors and helpers who made our Genesis collection so successful.  We are able to give Genesis of Pittsburgh $1,120.10.  There are unwed mothers who will be able to give birth because of your generosity.  God bless you.

VOTING
      This Tuesday, May 20, is Election Day.  There are many issues but some are more important than others.  The US Bishops make this clear in Living the Gospel of Life when they explain that the right to life is like the foundation of a house.  It holds up every other issue because it is the principle at the heart and core of every effort for justice and peace.  Your vote Tuesday is vitally important.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
What does "evangelize" mean? To give witness with joy and simplicity to what we are and what we believe in.
                                                              —Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      A few weeks ago I wrote of all the churches, Catholic and non-Catholic, not only in this area, but in the North Hills and South Hills, that actively participate in our ministry.  However, I pointed out the fact that because of St. Scholastica's proximity to our headquarters, it is in a unique position to respond almost immediately to our ever-changing needs.
      Generally on Thursdays I put five or six shelter grocery bags together.  Shelter bags have food items for clients not able to cook.  Sometimes it's someone who managed to keep up with their rent, but fell back on their gas utility which was then turned off.  Sometimes it is a client who is pregnant (we currently have one six months pregnant) who is housed in a shelter but must provide her own food. (Each resident's personal food is locked up.)  Sometimes it's a pregnant girl and the baby's father (we have a couple right now in this circumstance) who are living outside and working with multiple agencies hoping for help to be able to get married and find housing.  Hence, these shelter bags, though very expensive to put together, serve a very important need.
      This Thursday as I put them together, I was noticeably short in three areas.  I had only four cans of non-condensed, pull-tab protein-based soup, and I needed about two dozen. (We can use any soup except clam chowder.)  I also needed tuna or chicken in either pull-tab cans or foil pouches (I had none), and more fruit in pull-tab cans.
      However, in an instant I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to go and check the bins in the back of St. Scho's.  I responded immediately and—yes—there were bags with exactly what was needed for the shelter bags: non-condensed soup, tuna and fruit.  I was able to fill my shelter bags.
      Needless to say, I was ecstatic!  To the parishioners who answered God's call:  "You are my nomination for 'Parishioner of the week'!" Thank you and all who continue to support our efforts.
             A very special thanks to Elaine Laymon and her family who for many years have put together the truck load of groceries that we provide to families who are in dire need of our help.  We appreciate what a huge commitment this is on your part.  Thank you also to the Pilewski family who pick up a truck load of groceries from Community Supermarket and check each and every item to be certain they are in date.  To both of these wonderful volunteer families, thank you for doing such a wonderful job.
                                                                Yours in Christ,
                                                                Nancy

P.S.  Please, please, pass the word about nothing being dropped off at either 316 or 318 Third St.  Donations may be dropped off  at the headquarters on Mondays or Fridays at 10 am or by prior arrangement.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Help Needed!
      This week, Nancy requests the following items:
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      •  McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      • "bath towels, bath towels, bath towels" and washcloths;
      •  pillows.
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  canned vegetables;
      •  tuna in pouches or pull tab cans;
      •  hearty soups with protein (meat or beans) in large (18+ oz.) pull tab cans (NOT condensed soups);
      •  canned fruit in pull tab cans;
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  canned beans (red, black, etc.);
      •  prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper);
      •  breakfast bars;
      •  fruit or pudding cups.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins. Please do not overload bags.
      Thank you for your generosity!

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses this weekend, May 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MAY 18, 2014
Sunday: Acts 6:1-7/1 Pt 2:4-9/Jn 14:1-12
Monday: Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21
Next Sunday: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17/1 Pt 3:15-18 or 1 Pt 4:13-16/Jn 14:15-21 or Jn 17:1-11a

HELP UP KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK
      If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on the "Our Community Outreach" page of our website here.

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      There is still room for students who want to be a part of the 2014-15 school year at the new site in Cranberry.  Freshmen and transfers are welcome.  Information may be obtained on the school website, cwnchs.org, or 412-321-4823.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Edith Pope (mother of Leslie Forney) and Gerald Hart.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 17
   5:00 pm  Angela Marsiglio
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider: Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Anniv., Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Mary Ruth Wessell Burke & Paul F. Wessell (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 19
   8:30 am  Louis Certo (Certo Family)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 20
   8:30 am  Birthday, Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 21
   8:30 am  Edith Pope (Dan Cush)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 22
    8:30 am  Dolly Giovannetti (Bill & Kathleen Gavlak)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 23
   8:30 am  Randall Russell Sr. (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  May 24
   9:00 am  John Davies (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 24
   5:00 pm  Catherine Rogers (Scanlon Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25
   7:30 am  John Marous (Marous Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Thomas Amodeo (parents, Sam & Shirley)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14
parish@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary…...………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                                                

May 11, 2014

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
      "Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture." Jesus' analogy about the pasture suggests the ideas of both provision and protection. In this grassy field, the sheep find their sustenance. The pasture is also the safe zone where the Shepherd can keep tabs on his flock. When Jesus speaks of himself as "the gate for the sheep" he is telling us that through our belief in him, we too will find provision and protection.
      First: provision. Jesus wants to provide for his people. He "came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." The imagery here is of plenty, not just "enough." Today's psalm says, "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want...You spread the table before me...my cup overflows." This generous Shepherd provides not only our daily bread, but also our spiritual needs. "He refreshes my soul," the psalm tells us. When we are weary from the cares of life, the struggles of daily survival, and the burden of our sins, Jesus gives us "repose" in the "verdant pastures" of his love. Today's epistle follows the theme: "You had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls."
      This brings us to the second point: protection. Jesus guards us, ensuring our safety. Again, Psalm 23 declares, "Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side." Jesus wants to comfort us when we are frightened by trials or threatened by temptations. He "calls his own sheep by name and leads them out." Out of harm's way. We only must be sure we know him well enough to "recognize his voice" when he calls. 

MOTHER'S DAY PRAYERS
      As we celebrate Mother's Day, here is a prayer written by a mother who struggles to find space for prayer in her overflowing life.  For other prayers by and for mothers, visit the Creighton University Online Ministries website at: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Mothers/#MothersDay
My Loving Creator,
      You know how really tired I am. On days when things are really frantic, I consider how you made the world in seven days—and then I try to remember that you aren't asking me to re-create that feat.
      Please help me to remain a loving mother to my children and to keep some balance in my life. Help me to remember that you are with me in every packed hour of every day. As I am finishing a work project or planning dinner or buying the kids shoes, (sometimes all at the same time) help me to remember your loving care for me and let me sometimes stop for a moment and just wallow in that.
      Most of all, my caring Father, let me remember to ask for help and to rely on you for strength when I have none left; for patience when mine is so often gone; and for the wisdom and endless well of compassion and love I need in my job as mother.


Taken from the "Mothers' Prayers" page on the Creighton University's Online Ministries web site: http://www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html  Used with permission.

GENESIS
      Today as you exit Mass, Respect Life Members will be collecting funds for their annual Mother's Day Drive.  Donations will assist their work in providing life affirming support services and housing to pregnant women in crisis.  Genesis provides counseling, housing (Genesis House), educational programming, emergency pantry items and adoption services.  Proceeds from this collection will help sponsor the new Genesis Adoption center which will be located at 550 California Avenue in Avalon, PA., opening in 2014.  Please consider honoring a mother in your life by donating in her honor to this worthy cause.  If you know of anyone who may need the Genesis services, please refer them to 412-766-2693.  Thank you!

DISCIPLESHIP & HOSPITALITY WORKSHOP
      Join us for the workshop "Discipleship & Hospitality: Welcoming the Divine" at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw from 9:00 am-3 pm May 17 & 24.  Call 412-456-3112.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
A simple lifestyle is good for us, helping us to better share with those in need.                                    --Pope Francis

A Note from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
      Here we are with spring just beginning, and already we are feeling the effects of warmer weather on our ministry . . . longer lines and fewer donations.  Lines become longer because, whether due to financial stress or emotional stress, families and individuals, who might not put a person "out" in cold weather, will do so now.
      Despite the stormy, rainy weather, our line on Monday [April 28] showed a very notable increase.  The result: we ran out of socks, personal care kits, towels, wash cloths, pillows and, most importantly, FOOD, both lunches and bags of groceries.
      That last classification—FOOD—really hurt.  A couple of the last clients to arrive were particularly sad cases.  One of these was a lovely young lady six months pregnant who came to us from a women's shelter that requires its residents to provide their own food, which is kept locked up.  She had just learned of our ministry and came for help.  We were able to "reclaim" a small part of the groceries we had already given a client to give her, along with three McDonald's gift cards to help get her through the week.  Obviously this was not enough to take care of the nourishment needs of a six-month-pregnant lady, but it was the best we felt we could do at that time.  (A second pregnant couple, living in the streets, came early enough to get a "shelter bag," one that doesn't need any preparation.)
      With beautiful days ahead of us, people are on vacation or just "out" enjoying the weather.  They, therefore, are less likely to think of our donations.  However, our line will nearly double by summer and our need for bath towels, wash cloths, pillows, sheets and blankets, backpacks, jeans, casual pants, tennis and walking shoes and food will be greater than ever before.
      God has generously provided for this ministry for twenty years, and we know he will continue to do so.  For this, He still needs your hands and your hearts.  God bless!
                                                    Yours in Christ,
                                                    Nancy


Help Needed!
      Among the staple items mentioned above, there is a particularly urgent need for sheets.  Other needed items include:
      •  Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      •  McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card). 
      Food items that are needed include:
      •  tuna in pouches or pull tab cans;
      •  hearty soups with protein in large (18+ oz.) pull tab cans (NOT condensed soups);
      •  canned fruit in pull tab cans;
      •  macaroni and cheese;
      •  canned or dried beans (red, black, etc.);
      •  prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper).
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins. Please do not overload bags.
      Thank you for your generosity!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
      Recently, Pope Francis tweeted: "We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts." If you would like to follow the pope's advice, consider joining us for Christian meditation.
      We meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for about twenty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay can discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:00.  You may join us at any session, and you do not need any previous experience with meditation.
      If you have questions about our meditation prayer group, please contact Andy Bechman.  This is a real opportunity to open our hearts to God!

GIFT CERTIFICATES
      We will be selling gift certificates after all Sunday Masses next weekend, May 18th. A wide variety will be available including Giant Eagle, Labriola's, Community and Whole Foods. Cash or checks (payable to CDTCA) will be accepted. Thank you for your continued support.

CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      There is still room for students who want to be a part of the 2014-15 school year at the new site in Cranberry.  Freshmen and transfers are welcome.  Information may be obtained on the school website, cwnchs.org, or 412-321-4823. 

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MAY 11, 2014
Sunday: Acts 2:14a, 36-41/1 Pt 2:20b-25/Jn 10:1-10
Monday: Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:11-18
Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30
Wednesday: Acts 1:15-17, 20-26/Jn 15:9-17
Thursday: Acts 13:13-25/Jn 13:16-20
Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14
Next Sunday: Acts 6:1-7/1 Pt 2:4-9/Jn 14:1-12

HELP UP KEEP TRACK OF OUR FLOCK
      If you are a parishioner, or know a parishioner who is in the hospital, has recently moved to a nursing home, or who is newly shut-in at home and needs pastoral care, please contact the parish to tell us about the person's new location and how we can help. You can call or email the parish office, or fill out an online form on our website, here.

HISTORY OF CONFIRMATION, PART TWO
      The Second Vatican Council reaffirmed the historical connection of Confirmation with Baptism. The Confirmation rite included a renewal of baptismal vows and candidates were encouraged to use their baptismal names and their godparents as Confirmation sponsors.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) reunited the three sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist - with the Presider (priest or bishop) confirming the adults.
      The timing of Confirmation in the U.S. at present is determined by the bishop. It was out of a desire to reconnect the sacraments of initiation that the Greensburg diocese celebrated Confirmation along with First Communion from 1994 until recently. The bishops of the Diocese of Pittsburgh have chosen to retain celebration of Confirmation by a bishop and at a later age.

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

ALTAR FLOWERS
      This week's altar flowers are being placed in honor of the Flynn & Gallagher Families by the Gallagher Family.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 10
   5:00 pm Magdalen Lang & Ruth Scholl (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Rosalia Costa-Clarke (son, Joseph Costa-Clarke)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am…Celia Mancini (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 12
   8:30 am  Alfreda Kopec (Mr. & Mrs. D. Fabri)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 13
   8:30 am  Respect Life Committee

Wednesday, St. Mathias, May 14
   8:30 am  Kevin Scanlon (Scanlon Family)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 15
   8:30 am  60th Wedding Anniversary, Jack & JoAnn Lovey

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 16
   8:30 am  Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (Jim & Vicki Cavanaugh)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  May 17
   9:00 am  56th Wedding Anniversary Tom & Millie Wenzel

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 17
   5:00 pm  Angela Marsiglio
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 18
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Anniv., Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Mary Ruth Wessell Burke & Paul F. Wessell (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14
parish@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org                            

May 4, 2014

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER
      Journey tales are a popular form of literature. Some involve a quest, like the various renditions of the tales of King Arthur or the modern classic by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. Others reflect a wandering experience, as chronicled in Jack Kerouac's novel, On the Road, or John Steinbeck's diary, Travels with Charley. All of these stories have as a common thread the gradual unfolding of discovery as the journey progresses. New insights are gained and in many tales it is revealed that not everyone is as he or she first seems.
      That is certainly the case in this Sunday's Gospel, which portrays the journey to Emmaus, a small village about seven miles northwest of Jerusalem. Jesus comes upon two disciples who are dismayed about the Crucifixion. He talks with them on the way and opens their minds to an understanding of the Scriptures. When they sit down together for the evening meal, they recognize him in the breaking of the bread.
      Whether the story is historically accurate or not is of little consequence. It is the meaning that is most important. The real presence of the risen Lord is revealed in the breaking of the bread. When Christians gather, whether around a table in Emmaus or an altar halfway around the world from that little town, the risen Lord is truly there. In the Eucharist we celebrate each Sunday Christ is really present. Preachers are fond of asking the question, "What would you do if you met Jesus today?" as though Jesus were only present two thousand years ago. But the fact is that in the Eucharist we really do encounter Christ. We meet him each time we celebrate Mass and receive Communion. So the preacher's question is far from idle speculation. As the Emmaus story points out clearly, we do meet Christ. But for all of us the question still remains: "What would you do?" Do you have an answer?
                                                             ©2011 Liturgical Publications Inc

WELCOME, BISHOP ZUBIK AND FR. JIM TORQUATO
      We welcome Bishop Zubik to our parish this weekend, as he formally installs Fr. Jim Torquato as our pastor and administers the sacrament of Confirmation.  Fr. Jim has been working at the parish since early this week.  Bishop Zubik will formally install him at the 11:00 am liturgy this Sunday.  Because this Sunday is so busy with the bishop's visit and Confirmation, Fr. Jim has requested that we put off his welcoming receptions until the weekend of May 17-18.  There is no need to wait until then, however, to extend a personal welcome!

THANK YOU FROM FR. KEN
      I am so grateful for the wonderful receptions following last Sunday's Masses and all the support and blessings you offered me.  I am thankful  for these past six years as pastor and your kind words and gifts.  I know you will welcome Fr. Jim Torquato as our new pastor and give him "lots of slack" for his first six months as he adjusts to our parish community.  You remain in my heart and prayers!    Fr. Ken

CONGRATULATIONS
      Congratulations to our students who are receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  May God bless you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
      There will be a meeting for anyone interested in helping with Vacation Bible School (which is the week of June 9) on Tuesday, May 6 at 5:00 pm in the Ministry Center in the Blue Room.

PIRATE GAME - YOUTH MINISTRY
      On Friday, May 9, Youth Ministry will be attending the Pirate game.  Please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to join us. 

THANK YOU
      Many thanks to everyone who helped out with our 5K at Hartwood Acres last week.  It was a big success!!

GENESIS
      Next weekend, in honor of Mother's Day, volunteers will be collecting donations as you exit Mass to help support the work with pregnant women in crisis in our local area.  Genesis provides counseling, housing (Genesis House), education programming, emergency pantry items and adoption services.  Proceeds from this collection will help sponsor the new Genesis Adoption Center located on 550 California Avenue in Avalon, opening in 2014.  Please consider making a donation to help support their worthwhile work.

REST IN PEACE
      Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Davies, brother of Judy Klingensmith.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER
How good it is for us when the Lord unsettles our lukewarm and superficial lives.                    --Pope Francis

Help Needed!
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  This week, Nancy requests the following items:
      • Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card—available at Giant Eagle);
      • McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      • ladies' pants, sizes 14, 16, or 18;
      • men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10 and up;
      • washcloths and large bath towels;
      • adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.
      Food items that are needed include:
      • cereal;
      • canned vegetables;
      • tuna in pouches or pull tab cans;
      • hearty soups with protein in large (18+ oz.) pull tab cans (NOT condensed soups);
      • fruit in pull tab cans;
      • breakfast bars;
      • fruit or pudding cups.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins. Please do not overload bags.
      Thank you for your generosity!

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
      The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome!

PILGRIM PEOPLE
      Our "Pilgrim People" Bible study ended during Lent.  We had a good showing of participants, and some lively conversation around the biblical theme of pilgrimage as it played out in the stories of Abraham and Sarah, the Exodus, the Exile in Babylon and return to the Promised Land, and in the Gospels.  Throughout, we kept in mind our own journeys of faith as individuals and a community.
      One participant summed up her experience in this way:  "The Bible study was a wonderful opportunity to learn from others with different experiences and backgrounds about how the Bible informs and strengthens their faith. Each member of the group inspired me."Another wrote:  "What really touched me, was how the group members have a compassion for each other and how one can witness their life struggles with (if you will) strangers and be so loved with compassion from the group." Finally, a third participant said, "I experienced how the Lord works so cleverly in our lives.  He sends us individuals that imprint a beautiful and spiritually touching focus on our minds and souls.  This Lenten study truly was a gift from God!"
      Thanks to all the participants!  If you were not able to take part in this study, keep an eye out for the next one.

HISTORY OF CONFIRMATION
        It seems that what we call Confirmation was originally a part of the early Christian rite for initiation into the community, that is, Baptism.  The celebration of Christian initiation varied from place to place and time to time, but usually involved a celebration at the Easter Vigil as the local community gathered around its leader, the bishop.  People entering the community were baptized by a presbyter (priest) and given an initial anointing by a deacon or deaconness. On rejoining the assembly, the newly baptized would be anointed with chrism by the bishop and greeted with a kiss of peace.
        As the Church grew and dioceses became larger, it was impossible for the bishop to be present at the Easter initiation celebration for everyone.  In the Eastern Christian churches, the anointing was done by the person who presided at the Easter rites (often a priest).  In the West, Pope Innocent I in 412 A.D. reserved the anointing to the bishop, so that Confirmation became separated from Baptism.
        Over time, Confirmation became gradually more separated from Baptism, and was often administered with First Communion at around age fourteen.  Early in the 20th century,  Pope Pius X lowered the age of First Communion, and Confirmation was left on its own.

DISCIPLESHIP & HOSPITALITY WORKSHOP
     Join us for the workshop "Discipleship & Hospitality: Welcoming the Divine" at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw from 9:00 am-3 pm May 17 & 24.  Call 412-456-3112.

READINGS FOR THE WEEK: MAY 4, 2014
Sunday: Acts 2:14, 22-33/1 Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35
Monday: Acts 6:8-15/Jn 6:22-29
Tuesday: Acts 7:51--8:1a/Jn 6:30-35
Wednesday: Acts 8:1b-8/Jn 6:35-40
Thursday: Acts 8:26-40/Jn 6:44-51
Friday: Acts 9:1-20/Jn 6:52-59
Saturday: Acts 9:31-42/Jn 6:60-69
Next Sunday: Acts 2:14a, 36-41/1 Pt 2:20b-25/Jn 10:1-10

SUBSTANCE ADDICTION MINISTRY TRAINING
       St. Joseph  Church of Coraopolis will host a workshop on substance addiction ministry on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The workshop is designed to help participants discern whether they wish to become involved in this ministry.  There is no charge for the workshop, but  it is necessary to register by May 9: Lwagner@diopitt.org or 412-456-3157.
      Many of us deny the presence of the problem or the magnitude of addiction's effects. Substance addiction ministry helps people face the challenges that accompany addiction. The mission of the Substance Addiction Ministry Parish Team is:
      · Increase awareness of addiction through education to various ministries and groups within the parish family and the community at large;
      · Provide a safe, confidential place for parishioners to call for help and receive appropriate referral and support.
      Visit http://nccatoday.org/substance-addiction-ministry-sam/ for more information.

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).  Click on single application, upper right corner.  Once you create a user name and password you are permanently  registered.  Apply as a for profit entity.  Once you submit, a new application will come up for EITC or OSTC.  You can apply for either. Right now you can apply for OSTC since there is $20,000,000 available.  The critical date coming up for new EITC  applications is July 1, 2014  This is the date you apply for your tax credit.  Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email rbowes@diopitt.org for more information.

CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
      There is still room for students who want to be a part of the 2014-15 school year at the new site in Cranberry.  Freshmen and transfers are welcome.  Information may be obtained on the school website, cwnchs.org, or 412-321-4823.

BENEFIT THE FOOD PANTRY AT LA CAPPELLA
      Why not give yourself a break from preparing Sunday dinner, and at the same time support St. Vincent de Paul Society's Food Pantry!  Come and join us on Sunday, May 4 at la Cappella's in Waterworks Mall.  20% of your tab will go directly to the food pantry.  Hours are from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm.  The Food Pantry, located in the basement of St. Mary's Church in Sharpsburg, serves the entire Fox Chapel Area School District.

MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter, May 3
   5:00 pm  Deceased Members of the Childs & McManus Families (Fleming Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Third Sunday of Easter, May 4
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Mary Bozik (Miketic Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  John Vollmer (Edna Jenca)
       Presider:  Bishop David Zubik

Monday, Easter Weekday, May 5
   8:30 am  Carol Kline (son, Christopher Kline)

Tuesday, Easter Weekday, May 6
   8:30 am  Birthday, Joseph Costa (Antoinetta Costa & Family)

Wednesday, Easter Weekday, May 7
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Shafer Family (Brenda & Joe Calihan)

Thursday, Easter Weekday,  May 8
   8:30 am  Anniv., Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, Easter Weekday, May 9
   8:30 am  Birthday, Shawn Neville (Sansosti Family)

Saturday, Easter Weekday,  May 10
   9:00 am  James & Thomas Liberatore (Eleanor Liberatore)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 10
   5:00 pm  Magdalen Lang & Ruth Scholl (Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   9:00 am  Rosalia Costa-Clarke (son, Joseph Costa-Clarke)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato
   11:00 am  Celia Mancini (Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Jim Torquato

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
parish@saintscholastica.com
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Pastor
Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14
parish@saintscholastica.com

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17
patbakercdp@saintscholastica.com

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18
andybechman@saintscholastica.com

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20
jamiedillon@saintscholastica.com

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21
ginamusser@saintscholastica.com

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
mswindal@saintscholastica.com
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
parish@saintscholastica.com

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24
financeoffice@saintscholastica.com

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda
maintenance@saintscholastica.com

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
amycondosta@ymail.com
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
www.cdtca.org
Principal
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927
office@cdtca.org