June 8, 2014

    Greetings everyone, and best wishes  for a  blessed Pentecost Sunday!  Today marks the beginning of the Church's mission to proclaim the Good News and to build the Kingdom of God in our world!  The Apostles, many of our Catholic Christian ancestors, and we ourselves have been serving the Lord for twenty centuries now since the first Pentecost. The Kingdom has been built in most of the world, and our society and humanity are so much better because of the power of the Spirit and the witness and work of the Church in every land!
    Today marks my first weekly appearance in the parish bulletin since my arrival on April 28.   In recent days, Mrs. Amy Condosta has become the parish secretary following the retirement of Mrs. Pat Wolfson.  As our new secretary,  Amy has moved the publication of the bulletin to the parish office.  She will also coordinate the Safe Environment Program in conjunction with her service as the parish secretary.  We all welcome Mrs. Amy Condosta to our office staff!  This change will also allow me better access to the compiling of our weekly parish bulletin!
    You'll be seeing a number of refinements in the bulletin beginning today.  I will be offering thoughts each week.  Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, our Religious Education Program, and our Youth Ministry will now have weekly columns dedicated to their very important work.  The entire format of the bulletin will be updated to make better use of this very important publication each week! As you might have guessed, we are also beginning refinements of the operations of our parish community and of the facilities throughout the parish property. 
    As a pastor for ten years now and a priest for 25 years, I am always looking to make progress wherever I serve.  Each and every day, I am very much involved in the daily pastoral and administrative work of the parish, and I will definitely continue this dedication here at Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish.  Along with the community here and the staff, I will work every day to make regular improvements to every aspect of Saint Scholastica Parish, of our Catholic Academy, and of all our programs!
    Thanks for your support and cooperation as we truly begin moving forward beginning this Pentecost Sunday!  May God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless all of us and all of our endeavors to build the Kingdom of God!
    — Father Jim Torquato

    Our Appalachia Crew is selling fresh Italian or turkey hoagies as a fundraiser before they leave for this month's service in Kentucky!   Pick up will be the weekend of June 14-15.  The donation is $8 each.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon OR mtroyan102@aol.com NOW to order.

    Our annual Saint Scholastica Parish 'Camp Helping Hand' is July 8 - 10.  This is a Catholic service camp for middle school students.  It will be 9:00am - 2:00pm each of these three days.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon to register.  The donation is $15.

Come, Holy Spirit, and renew the face of the earth!

    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 deacons@diopitt.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!

    This ancient Catholic hymn was composed in Latin by Stephen Langton (d. 1228), archbishop of Canterbury. It is used in the Pentecost liturgy between the second reading and the Gospel acclamation.  This translation, though different from the one we use in the Liturgy, may be used in your private or group prayer this week.

Come, Holy Spirit,
send forth the heavenly
radiance of your light.
Come, father of the poor,
come giver of gifts,
come, light of the heart.

Greatest comforter,
sweet guest of the soul,
sweet consolation.
In labor, rest,
in heat, temperance,
in tears, solace.

O most blessed light,
fill the inmost heart
of your faithful.
Without your divine will,
there is nothing in man,
nothing is harmless.

Wash that which is unclean,
water that which is dry,
heal that which is wounded.
Bend that which is inflexible,
warm that which is chilled,
make right that which is wrong.

Give to your faithful,
who rely on you,
the sevenfold gifts.
Give reward to virtue,
give salvation at our passing on,
give eternal joy.

Amen. Alleluia.

    Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9 a.m. Liturgy has concluded for the season. Thanks to our leaders: Chrissy Albert, Andy Bechman, Jennifer Beggs, Jamie Dillon (assisted by members of our Youth Ministry), Natalie Gillespie, and Melissa Scheffler.  Thanks to Natalie for coordinating the effort!
    We are especially grateful for the eager participation of the children.  We can see them growing in their ability to hear the Word of God as a message that is meant for them.
    Interested in taking part? Contact Natalie Gillespie at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com. We will resume in September.

    The Saint Scholastica Parish group for women, the Aquinas Guild, invites all women of the parish to its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00pm in the Pastoral Center.  Please join us as we welcome our new pastor, Father James Torquato, for this gathering.  Light refreshments will be served.

    There will be a Protecting God's Children seminar on June 11th at 7:00pm in the hall of 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 of Saint Scholastica Parish and Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. It is also highly recommended for parents, grandparents, and all  who care about children.  There is no charge to attend

    Remember to register your 5-9 year old children for this week's Vacation Bible School June 9 - 13.  Our VBS theme is "Gold Medal Faith: Winning for Christ"
    Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon at jamiedillon@comcast.net by this Sunday afternoon.

    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 more information.

    Christ the Diving Teacher Catholic Academy is accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year for grades K-8.  Please contact Traci Giuffre at 412-781-7927 to schedule a tour.

    Now is the best time to commit to becoming a Music Minister by joining one of our two choirs at either the 9:00am or the 11am Liturgies.  Today, June 8, is our last Sunday to sing before the summer break.  Both choirs will begin again in early September around the week of Labor Day.
    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 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!

    Our RCIA candidates—Mara Baginski and Jeffrey Witte—have entered the Church, and they continue in the final period of the Rite—'mystagogy'.  This  name comes from the time of the first flowering of the catechumenate in the fourth and fifth centuries, and it refers literally to "guiding into mystery".
    What is the mystery into which our new members are guided?  It is, foremost, the love of God for us which is manifested in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
    The Rite calls the whole community to join its new members in "deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing works of charity."  Let us all open ourselves, by the grace of God, to such a deepening of our faith.  Let us also, in the words of the Rite, give our new members "a full and joyful welcome into the community" so that they, in turn, can give us "a renewal of inspiration and outlook."
    To date, we have met 3 times since Easter with Jeffrey and Mara.  We will continue to share time together in conversation about our lives and our faith. 
    In a real sense, the entire life of an adult Catholic Christian is 'mystagogy'—as we are called to continually deepen our appreciation for God's grace and then open ourselves to God so that this grace may change our lives.

    On Sunday, June 22, 2014,  Dr. Issam Nemeh, MD, a member of the Catholic Church and "a physician of unshakeable faith" will be visiting the Pittsburgh area and giving an Inspiring presentation followed by a Healing Prayer Service at the Pittsburgh Marriott North.  Everyone in attendance will receive an individual prayer with Dr. Nemeh following the presentation and Q&A.
    Due to limited seating, everyone is required to purchase a ticket to attend. Children under the age of 12 will be a guest of Path to Faith and do not require a ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.  Please visit www.pathtofaith.com for additional details and tickets or call Ticket Leap (877-849-5327).

         Sunday:     Acts 2:1-11/ 1 Cor.12:3-13/ John 20:19-23
        Monday:     1 Kings 17:1-6/ Matthew 5:1-12
        Tuesday:    1 Kings 17:7-16/ Matthew 5:13-16
   Wednesday:    Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3/ Matthew 5:17-19
       Thursday:    1 Kings 18:41-46/ Matthew 5:20-26
            Friday:    1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-16/ Matthew 5:27-32
       Saturday:     1 Kgs 19:19-21/Matthew 5:33-37
 Next Sunday:    Exodus 34:4-9/ 2 Corinthians 13:11-13/     John 3:16-18

Monday, June 9
    8:30 am  John Marous (Marous Family)

Tuesday, June 10
   8:30 am  John M. Mahardy (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)

Wednesday, June 11 — Saint Barnabas
    8:30 am  John M. Mahardy (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
Thursday, June 12
    8:30 am Anniv., Frank Capozzi (Louis & Francesca)
Friday, June 13 — Saint Anthony of Padua
   8:30 am  Deceased Members of the Shafer Family (Brenda & Joe Calihan)

Saturday, June 14
   9:00 am  Mary Navarro (Yuiska Family)
   5:00 pm  Birthday, Stanley Marsico (Tish Marsico)
           Presider:  Father James Torquato  

Sunday, June 15 — The Most Holy Trinity Sunday
   7:30 am  John Marous (Marous Family)
           Presider:  Father James Torquato
   9:00 am  William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
          Presider:  Father James Torquato
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
           Presider:  Father Robert Duch

309 Brilliant Avenue,   Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone  412-781-0186, ext. 10    Fax 412-781-4316
Email:   parish@saintscholastica.com
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
Facilities Manager
Tom Galda          maintenance@saintscholastica.com
Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton …………………………………….Ext. 24

Assistant for the Religious Education Program
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

205 Brilliant Avenue    Pittsburgh, PA  15215
Sister Dorothy Dolak SCN….…………………(412)781-7927

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