As we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord this Sunday, we remember that in giving his life on the Cross, Jesus established for us an eternal and unbreakable New Covenant between humanity and God the Father!
Beginning with Noah and the Abraham and Moses, each Covenant established between God and his people was meant to be a perpetual bond. Ancient covenants were broken, and so Jesus of Nazareth, the very Son of God, came to establish a new and final Covenant with the Father on our behalf. Like all the previous covenants, this New Covenant was to be sealed by the blood of a lamb, that is, the blood of the very Son of God!
Whenever we celebrate the Eucharist, we celebrate the new Covenant, and from each Eucharist, we receive the Body and the Blood of the Lord Jesus as the sign of, the promise of, and our own share in this new and eternal covenant!
May we always cherish and appreciate this extraordinary gift from the Lord Jesus. It is the sign of the eternal Covenant. It is likewise our share in the divine covenant, and it is our true participation in the very life of Christ Jesus who unites us with God now and forever. God bless!
— Father Jim Torquato
WELCOMING OUR NEWEST STAFF MEMBER
On July 1, our parish will welcome Miss Meredith Troyan as our full time Assistant Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Meredith is a life long parish member (along with her family) and has been active in our Religious Education Program and Youth Ministry for many years. In recent years, Meredith has assisted with our programs on a part time basis.
Because our Religious Education and Youth Ministry continue to grow, the decision was made to hire Meredith as a full time assistant to Mrs. Jamie Dillon. We’re both grateful and fortunate to be welcoming Meredith Troyan to our parish staff, and we know that our parish and our youth and families will truly be blessed by her ministry and her support! Welcome, Meredith, and may the Lord bless you and our entire community in the years ahead!
MOVING AHEAD WITH OUR IMPROVEMENTS
Hopefully you’ve noticed some projects taking place in recent weeks. The Pastoral Center and the parish offices are being repainted and refurbished. In addition, our emergency monitors will be upgraded by State Security of Verona, and additional video surveillance cameras will be added throughout the parish property. With this upgrade, our parish monitors will be overseen by State Security which provides these same services for all diocesan properties and most parish properties within the Diocese.
As the summer continues, additional cleaning and refurbishing will take place throughout the parish property. Your continued generosity to Saint Scholastica Parish will make possible these and many improvements still to come this year and during the years ahead. Thank you!
CONSIDERING DISCIPLESHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
This Summer, we encourage all of our parish members to invite your friends and neighbors to enter the Church if they are not Catholic Christians or are not yet baptized. There are many men and women who are interested in the Lord Jesus and in the community of the Church. Many of them are simply waiting to be welcomed to join us in our faith, in our Catholic community, and in the Kingdom of God. We are accepting inquiries now for our Adult Catholic Initiation process. Any interested individual or family is welcome to contact our parish office in the coming weeks to begin inquiring of us and walking with Jesus!
THE BISHOP’S CALL FOR MORE DEACONS
Before June 30, Bishop David Zubik is asking to hear from any adult man of our parish who is interested in becoming an ordained Deacon of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. There is information at the church doors and the parish office as well as on the Diocesan internet site— www.diopitt.org. See the brochures entitled “Do you have a heart for others?” All basic information and requirements are explained in the brochures.
The formation program is scheduled to be conducted from 2015—2020 prior to the ordination of the new class of deacons. You may contact the Deacon Formation Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-456-3124. If you’re interested, please pray and think about this calling and this opportunity to serve the Lord’s people in this ancient Catholic Christian ministry!
BE AN APOSTLE FOR THE LORD!
In our Confirmation, we become apostles of the Lord Jesus and of the Gospel. You can live your mission as an apostle by inviting others to return to Jesus and to join us in Church and in the Eucharist every Sunday!
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
Saint Scholastica Parish (and every Catholic parish community) is a local community of disciples dedicated to and living the life of Jesus of Nazareth. We consider Jesus to be our Lord and God who has redeemed humanity and who offers us an eternal communion of life with God!
We believe and live our Catholic Christian faith and life in this parish community along with other believing families and individuals. We share life with one another, and we offer our support to this community so that our parish will continue to thrive, to proclaim the Gospel, and to hand on our faith and life to many future generations.
Your participation and support are most important and appreciated by the pastor, our staff, and all in our Saint Scholastica Parish community! Please continue to participate each Sunday in our Liturgy and in all the aspects and programs of our parish life! Please continue your regular and constant support of our parish so that we will continue to be the presence of God here and build the Kingdom in our local area! Thank you all very much!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
HEADING OFF TO SERVE IN APPALACHIA
Our Appalachia Mission Trip begins this Sunday. Fifty students and 27 adult supervisors will be traveling to West Virginia this Sunday morning, June 22 for their one week Mission service. Thank you all for your financial assistance and your continued support. Also, thanks to all who are going on this Mission. Please keep all of our participants in your prayers this week.
‘CAMP HELPING HAND’ IS COMING IN JULY
Don’t forget! Register your middle school student for Camp Helping Hand July 8-10, from 9:00am - 2:00pm. This camp introduces young students to a variety of community service activities in the local area. The cost is $10 per person. Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon at email@example.com before July 1 for information and registration!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ CCD REGISTRATION
Don’t wait any longer. Please register your child now for our parish Religious Education/ CCD Program which begins Sunday, September 14. You can register online at the Parish website www.saintscholastica.com. Click on the Education tab at the top, and click the link for Elementary Religious Education. The registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have questions.
CATHOLIC YOUTH DAY AT KENNYWOOD
Our Diocesan Catholic Youth Day at Kennywood Park is Tuesday, July 8. This is open to any middle school or high school youth. Tickets are $25 per person. If you would like to attend or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before June 30.
COMMIT NOW TO JOIN ONE OF OUR CHOIRS!
Now is the best time to become a music minister by joining one of our two choirs — either the 9:00 am choir or the 11:00 am choir. Both choirs will begin their rehearsing and singing again in early September.
Since each volunteer needs to register in the Diocesan Safe Environment Program before actively participating, summer is a great time to complete this requirement. The process takes less than three hours total.
During June or July, please visit, email, or call Sister Pat Baker, CDP at the parish offices to sign up or to express your personal interest in becoming a choir member. Both groups have plenty of seats available for new high school and adult members. Thank you very much!
OUR PARISH MOTORCOACH FOR THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
On Saturday, October 4, we will join more than one thousand local Catholics for the biannual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Our Diocesan Bishops have been leading this diocesan pilgrimage for more than 20 years as a special day of prayer and as a way to introduce more of our Church members and families to this amazing and beautiful Shrine built by the Catholics of the United States to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
Led by Father Torquato, our bus will depart early on October 4. We will have an opportunity to tour the National Shrine and the nearby Saint John Paul II Center. We will celebrate the Sunday Liturgy with Bishop Zubik, and then we will return home that same night. There are 52 seats available. Thanks to a parish subsidy, the donation is only $25 per person, and a boxed dinner will be served on the bus during the trip back to Pittsburgh. To reserve a seat, please call the parish office this week!
EXPLORING A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is hosting a multi-day event for young men in high school and recent high school graduates who are interested in discerning a call to serve in the diocesan priesthood. This event, call “Quo Vadis Days,” will be held at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg from July 13-16 and will be filled with fun activities, meals, prayer, presentations, discernment, and the Liturgy. If you’d like to participate, please visit www.pghpriest.com. Transportation will be provided, and the donation for this event is $50. Scholarships will be available. Register soon!
ENJOY THIS SUMMER, AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPORT OUR PARISH COMMNUITY!
Enjoy all your travels and recreation this Summer! Please be sure to participate in the Liturgy every Sunday, and please remember to support our parish financially throughout the months ahead. Thank you very much!
CONSIDER ONLINE GIVING!
What is the best way to support your parish even when you go away? Our Online Giving system makes it easy! There are many benefits for the parish and for members who choose to give online. Some of the benefits for our members include: no need to write checks; give even if you are unable to attend the Sunday Liturgy here; and your contribution amount can easily be adjusted.
Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of offering may do so. However, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit www.saintscholastica.wegather.com. If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, call Christine Morton at 412-781-0186, ext. 24.
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
For up-to-date information on donations requested for poor and homeless people, see our parish website, www.saintscholastica.com. Click “Stewardship Corner” in the Quick Links box to see the latest requests. Donations may be left in the bins in the main entrance of church.
DIOCESAN VICTIM’S ASSISTANCE HOTLINE
Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse. The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL
ENROLL NOW IN CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy continues to accept registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for grades K-8. Please call Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) to schedule a visit and a tour of the school. The school office will be open most weekdays in June from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm. Before stopping by the school, please call the school office to ask if the staff will be available that day. Thank you!
OUR PRINCIPAL SEARCH
Guided by the Schools Office of our Catholic Diocese, our initial interviews of new principal candidates is coming to a close. Second interviews will be conducted this coming week, and then the Selection Committee and Father Torquato will offer the Principal position to one of the applicants. We hope to welcome the new CDTCA Principal to our parish and to CDTCA before the end of June. Many thanks to our Selection Committee and to the school and parish communities for your support and your patience during this process.
WELCOMING OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO ENROLL IN CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Please know that your promotion of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy among your children, your relatives, your friends, and your neighbors is truly most welcome. Our parish and regional Catholic elementary school provides both daily faith formation and an education of the highest quality. Many families and students will certainly appreciate learning of our school from you and from all in our Saint Scholastica community! Please share the good news about CDTCA with as many as you can. If you’d like information from and about the school, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) this Summer.
ATTENTION PARISH BUSINESS OWNERS
You can help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school by diverting your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance. Go to www.newpa.com and register with the Department of Community and 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. Ron Bowes at 412- 456-3090 or email email@example.com for information.
OUR SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
Twelve years ago, the Catholic Church throughout the United States initiated the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Every Catholic Diocese, parish, and school are required to make certain that ALL clergy, staff, ministers, and volunteers are cleared to serve in Church ministry.
During this past decade, our Bishops, pastors, principals, and parish coordinators have been making every effort to make certain that the Safe Environment Program is 100% implemented. We will continue to make certain that we are compliant in every aspect and in every way. Your cooperation and participation are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
DAILY LITURGY READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Sunday: Deut.8:2-3,14-16/ 1 Cor 10:16-17/ John 6:51-58
Monday: 2 Kings 17:5-18/ Matthew 7:1-5
Tuesday: Isaiah 49:1-6/ Acts 13:22-26/ Luke 1:57-66, 80
Wednesday: 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3/ Matthew 7:15-20
Thursday: 2 Kings 24:8-17/ Matthew 7:21-29
Friday: Deut 7:6-11/ 1 John 4:7-16/ Matthew 11:25-30
Saturday: Lamentations 2:2, 10-19/ Luke 2:41-51
Sunday: Acts 12:1-11/ 2 Timothy 4:6-18/ Matthew 16:13-19
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, June 23
8:30 am Anniv., Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
Tuesday, June 24—The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
8:30 am Living & Deceased Members of the Ziegler Families (Family)
Wednesday, June 25
8:30 am Thomas V. Kelsesky (Kelsesky Family)
Thursday, June 26
8:30 am Frank Donnelly (Family)
Friday, June 27
8:30 am Dorothy Rigatti (Patricia Rigatti)
Saturday, June 28—The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00 am Regis and Mary Lou Wessell, 60th Wedding Anniversary
5:00 pm Marion Borosa (Scanlon Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, June 29—Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Ted Goodwin (Benckart Family)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
11:00 am Thomas V. Kelsesky (Kelsesky Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10 Fax 412-781-4316
Internet site: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD
The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE
Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato Ext. 10
Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP Ext. 17
Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, Med Ext. 18
Parish Secretary—Bulletin—Safe Environment Program
Amy Condosta Ext.10
Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT Ext. 20
Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton Ext. 24
Assistant for the Religious Education Program
Gina Musser Ext. 21
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Sister Dorothy Dolak SCN (412)781-7927