June 29, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
   As we say in the Liturgy, 'it is right and just' that we give all honor
and praise to the Lord Jesus! He is our divine Lord and Savior, our eternal
brother and loving friend.
   It's also important that we remember and remain close to all of the holy
ones who are Jesus family and closest companions! It's very good that we
remain close to the Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus who is the Son of
God. It is also very good that we remain close to Saint Joseph and all
those who were a part of Jesus' earthly life.
   Likewise, it is of tremendous benefit to us that we walk closely and
share our lives with all the saints, martyrs, and holy ones who are united
with Jesus in the heavenly Kingdom. They are with God, and they remain close
to all of us who are their fellow believers and followers of the Lord. The
Saints, including Peter and Paul, continue to pray for us and guide us and
intercede for us. They are of great benefit to all the Church and to each
of us who are baptized into the Lord.
   As we honor Saint Peter and Saint Paul this Sunday, may we always be
close to these great Apostles of the Lord, and may we ask their help in
making our own journey to everlasting glory in the heavenly company of all
the Lord's Saints. God bless!
                                       — Father Jim Torquato

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 are 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!

FULFILLING YOUR PLEDGE FOR THE "CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE"
   Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bishop David Zubik and our own
parish are very, very grateful to all of our families and members who made
pledges and donations to the Bishop's "Campaign for the Church Alive" last
year! Thanks to all of our contributors, the Diocese and our own parish
will greatly benefit from your generosity. Please continue to fulfill
your pledges, and soon enough, all the good work that has been planned will
be accomplished!
   If you'd like to make new contributions to this diocesan effort, your
help will be most appreciated. Contact our parish office for information or
to ask any questions!

JUNE 29 ADULT FAITH REFLECTIONS
   Beginning this week, we'll be including thoughts on our faith for adults
provided by Mr. Andrew Bechman. Today, we begin by looking at our Catholic
understanding of the Bible and our approach to the living Word of God.
   "Comprehensible, but never fully comprehended!" 
   As the leader of the Church at the end of the sixth century A.D., Pope Saint Gregory the Great wrote that the Scriptures (the Bible) are waters in which lambs may wade and elephants may swim!
   A beginner can read the four Gospels and grasp the essential meaning of
Jesus' story (a lamb can wade). At the same time, Scripture scholars can
devote decades to the study of one Gospel or another book of the Bible
without ever feeling that they've understood all there is to understand
(elephants swim).
   This is the nature of any classic literary piece or work of art — we
never get to the bottom of the work. As we approach the Scriptures, we
first recognize that all of us have limited knowledge but that we can help
each other to explore and understand the Bible. God bless!

MOVING AHEAD WITH OUR IMPROVEMENTS
   Hopefully you've noticed some projects taking place since the end of
April. 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.
   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 all!

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!

Lord Jesus, share with us the fullness of your life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WELCOME BACK FROM APPALACHIA!
   Our Appalachia Mission Trip is now completed. Fifty students as well as
27 adult supervisors traveled to West Virginia this past week, These
students and adults were engaged in a week of service and catechesis and
prayer that they shared with the people of that region who were glad to
receive many helping hands and support!
   We thank our coordinators and our chaperones as well as our young
students for embarking on this Mission Trip and bringing the Good News and
the goodness of the Lord to so many people in need! God bless you for your
service!

'CAMP HELPING HAND' IS COMING IN JULY
   Register your middle school student for Camp Helping Hand July 8-10,
from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. 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 jamiedillon@comcast.net before Tuesday, 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 meredithtroyan102@yahoo.com by tomorrow, June 30.

MORE PARISH YOUTH ACTIVITIES
   On Friday, July 18, our Youth Ministry will take middle school and high
school students and your families to the Pirates Game at PNC Park. The cost
is $35 per person. Also, on Monday, July 21, students are invited to the
Sandcastle Water Park. The cost is $20. Contact jamiedillon@comcast.net
for further information!

OUR AUGUST PARISH BLOOD COLLECTION
   It's time to roll up your sleeve and donate blood! On Sunday, August 3,
from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., our parish will hold a Blood Collection for
the Central Blood Bank. Your donation will benefit those who have an
accident or an emergency or surgery or a serious illness. To set your
appointment, call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) or visit
centralbloodbank.org and use sponsor code G0040167. Your donation will be
greatly appreciated!

BEST WISHES FOR JULY 4th!
   This Friday, our nation and all of us will celebrate the independence
of the United States of America that began in 1776! As we recall our
history and the many blessings that we've received as a nation, you're
invited to the 8:30 a.m. Liturgy on July 4 to give thanks to God our Creator
and our Lord for the life, freedom, and gracious blessings that we have all
received as Americans! Come and join us!

ALTAR FLOWERS DONATED THIS WEEK
   This week, the flowers at the church altar have been donated in honor of
the 60th Wedding Anniversary of M/M Regis and Mary Lou Wessell! Congratulations!

HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
   The next meeting of our parish's Haiti Committee will be held this
Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center. Come and help us help
assist the people of the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. All are
welcome!

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!
Join us!

COMMIT NOW TO JOIN ONE OF OUR CHOIRS!
   Become a music minister in one of our two choirs — either at 9:00 am
choir or at 11:00 am. 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 July, please visit, email, or call Sister Pat Baker, CDP to
express your interest in becoming a choir member. Both groups have plenty
of seats available for new high school and adult members. Thank you very
much!

LITURGY READINGS FOR THE WEEK
This Sunday:  Acts 12:1-11/ 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18/Matthew 16:13-19
Monday:  Amos 2:6-10, 13-16/ Matthew 8:18-22
Tuesday: Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12/ Matthew 8:23-27
Wednesday: Amos 5:14-15, 21-24/ Matthew 8:28-34
Thursday: Ephesians 2:19-22/ John 20:24-29
Friday: Isaiah 57:15-19/ Philippians 4:6-9/ John 14:23-29
Saturday: Amos 9: 11-15/ Matthew 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Zechariah 9:9-10/ Romans 8:9, 11-13/Matthew 11:25-30

LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, June 30 — The First Martyrs of Rome
   8:30 am   Paul Logue (Peggy Friday & Family)

Tuesday, July 1—Blessed Junipero Serra, priest
   8:30 am   Thomas & Jeanne Modany (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)

Wednesday, July 2
   8:30 am  Birthday, Rose Marie Boley (Children)

Thursday, July 3 — Saint Thomas, apostle
   8:30 am Maher & Williams Family (Mary Ellen Maher)

Friday, July 4 — Independence Day
   8:30 am  Anniv., Franklin Conflenti (Evelyn)

Saturday, July 5 — Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
   9:00 am …Respect Life Committee

   5:00 pm …Alfonso Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 6—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am  Anton Bozik (Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am …Frank Skowron (children & grandchildren)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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.

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!

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
9:00am-1:00pm. Before stopping by the school, please call the school office
to ask if the staff will be available that day. Thank you!

OUR NEW PRINCIPAL SEARCH
   Guided by the Schools Office of our Catholic Diocese, our process for
selecting a new CDTCA Principal has made significant progress. As soon as
the Selection Committee and Father Torquato select a Principal from among the many fine applicants, we are required to ask the Bishop to accept our selection. Afterward we will finalize our agreement with the new Principal. Then, we will inform our parish and our school families and welcome the new CDTCA Principal. Many thanks to our fine Selection Committee and to the school and parish communities for your support and your patience during this process!

WELCOMING OTHERS 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 rbowes@diopitt.org for information.

CONSIDER ONLINE GIVING!
   Our Online Giving system makes it easy to support our parish community
wherever you are! There are many benefits for the parish and for members who choose to give online. These benefits 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.
   We ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit www.saintscholastica.wegather.com, click on the "Giving" tab and look for the "Recurring Transactions" icon. If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, call our staff member Christine Morton at the parish office this week (412-781-0186, ext. 24).