May 18, 2014

      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!
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      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!

      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.

        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 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.

      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

      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.

      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 to order.

      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.

      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.

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,

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!

      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.

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

      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.

      Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school.  You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance.  Go to 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 for more information.

      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,, or 412-321-4823.

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

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

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. James R. Torquato, STL…….……………....…Ext. 14

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

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

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

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

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

Church Secretary…...………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927