May 4, 2014

      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?
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      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!

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

      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.

      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. 

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

      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.

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

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!

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

      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.

        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.

     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.

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

       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: 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 for more information.

      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).  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 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.

      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.

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

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
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….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