May 25, 2014

      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).

      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

      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.

      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 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.

      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.

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,

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!

      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.

      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 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.

      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.

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

      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.

      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. 

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

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

Parish Office………………………………...…….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