As Catholic Christians, we are hopefully taught at a young age to be
generous. In imitating Jesus, we first recognize that we are abundantly
blessed by God, and then we do what we can to share our blessings with
others in need. The generosity and charity that we share with others are a
reflection of the life of God, and they give us a participation in the very
life of the Divine.
Today's Gospel event of the feeding of the vast crowds of people is a
marvelous sign, once again, of the extraordinary generosity and charity of
the Lord toward all people. Jesus both speaks the good News of God's love,
and he also shares this generosity and charity with us and with many others
in very concrete ways.
May we always appreciate the generosity of God shared with by the Lord
Jesus, and may we ourselves always imitate this divine generosity in our own
lives and actions. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
This Wednesday, August 6, at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center, our parish's
Hope for Haiti Committee will meet once again to continue their important
work of making us aware of the desperate situation of the people of Haiti as
well as helping with charitable and educational efforts to serve numerous
people there. Our Hope for Haiti Committee meets each first Wednesday, and
the members invite you to join them for their meetings and in their efforts!
SPENDING TIME IN CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
Our Catholic Christian tradition has practiced the art of Christian
Meditation since the earliest years of the Church. In Christian Meditation,
we silently place ourselves in the presence of the Lord Jesus through the
working of the Holy Spirit. We allow our minds and hearts to become filled
with the Word and the indwelling of God. It is a profound and rewarding way
of deepening our spiritual life and furthering our walk with Jesus. All
are welcome to meet in the Ministry Center each Wednesday at 7:00 am for 25 minutes of meditation, followed by conversation about our practice. Contact Mr. Andy Bechman for info.
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!
SOME IMPROVEMENTS COMING THIS MONTH
As mentioned in recent weeks, a number of property improvements will be
throughout August. First, our largest project is the installation of an
upgraded electrical system in the school buildings. This work will be done
by Greg Industries of Shaler and will allow for the addition of air
conditioning units to the classrooms and offices as well as improved
corridor lighting and additional electrical outlets. The air conditioning
units are being installed by Elk Industries of North Huntington. This
$151,000 project is being funded by school benefactors and by the parish.
In the Pastoral Center, the main parish office will transfer soon to
the first office near the courtyard entrance, and the pastor's office will
be transferred to the second office. Windows will be placed in the office
door by Sommers Construction along with a mail slot for your convenience.
Also, new directional signs will be installed around the church and the
rectory now that our painting projects are finished. Finally, our emergency
system will be upgraded, and additional surveillance cameras will be added.
Thank you for your generosity and support of our parish which enables
all of these improvements!
COMING NOW TO YOUR MAILBOX
Our parish has begun mailing copies of the Pittsburgh Catholic to 40% of
our households each Friday! For nearly 50 years, our Bishops have required
that we provide the Pittsburgh Catholic to 40% of our households each week.
Working with the newspaper staff, nearly 500 households of Saint Scholastica
Parish have begun receiving the Diocesan paper at your homes. Only ten
copies will be available here at the church. If you find that the Pittsburgh Catholic is NOT coming to your home (and you'd like delivery), please call our office, and we'll make certain that you're placed on the mailing list as soon as possible! We hope that you appreciate this home delivery service of our Diocesan newspaper each week!
WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE BIBLE?
The Bible, like many literary classics, seems to have endless capacity
to touch people's lives. Some parts of the Bible—some stories from Genesis,
some of the Psalms, or the story of David, for example—rank with the Iliad,
Shakespeare or Dante's Commedia as literary works. But literary quality is
not why we read the Bible, and many parts of the Bible are not great
literature. So what separates the Bible from other classic texts?
We read the Bible primarily because it witnesses to God's revelation.
That is, through it, God tells us about God and about ourselves so that we
may be saved. This can occur because the Bible is inspired—and not only in
the sense that we speak of other great works of art as inspired or
inspiring. For we claim that the Holy Spirit guided the process by which
the Bible came to be written, so that we can say that, in a genuine sense,
God is the author (the source and originator) of the Scriptures. In a later
part of this series we will have more to say about the human dimension of
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWSRELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ CCD REGISTRATION
Please register your child now for our parish Religious Education/ CCD
Program which begins Sunday, September 14. You can register online here. The
registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have
THIS SUNDAY'S PARISH BLOOD COLLECTION
This 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. Thanks very much to all
those who donate a pint of blood today! Thanks too to our Respect Life
Committee for organizing this important parish event. Your donations will
benefit those who have an accident or an emergency or surgery or a serious
illness, and your donations will be greatly appreciated!
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
For all married couples celebrating your 50th Wedding Anniversary in
2014, Bishop Zubik invites you to the annual Golden Wedding Anniversary at
Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 pm. Please
contact our parish office with your information before August 8.
STATE "CHOOSE LIFE" LICENSE PLATES
If you'd like a public way to display your support for the sanctity of
all human life, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continues to make "Choose
Life" license plates available. Call the state (1-215-885-2919) or visit
www.pachoose-life.org for information and an application. This is a very
good way to share the pro-life message everywhere you drive!
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. Thank you!
COMPLETING OUR 2014-2015 PARISH CALENDAR
Before August 15, our plan is to compile a complete calendar of parish
activities and meetings for the coming year of September 1, 2014—August
2015. All committee chairpersons and program coordinators MUST submit your
upcoming 12 month calendar to our parish office in order to hold events and
meetings here. Please submit your information as soon as possible to the
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!
SATURDAY MORNING FAITH ENRICHMENT FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN
Magnificat, an organization of Catholic women here in the Diocese of
Pittsburgh, offers regular Saturday morning programs for the enrichment of
women's faith. This coming August 16, from 9:00 am until 12 noon at the
Sheraton Four Points in Cranberry Township, Kathy Wabick will speak of her
own faith awakening and her growing and dedicated ministry of prayer for
those who are seriously ill and dying. The donation for breakfast and the
morning is $20. Call Pam (412-461-8906) by August 8 for reservations.
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Isaiah 55:1-3 / Romans 8:35-39 / and Matthew 14:13-21
Monday—Saturday: The Prophet Jeremiah chapters 28-31 / Matthew chapters14-17
Next Sunday: I Kings 19:9-13 / Romans 9:1-5 / and Matthew 14:22-33
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, August 4 — Saint John Vianney, priest
8:30 am Birthday, Florence Fairley (Kathleen Piper)
Tuesday, August 5 — Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major
8:30 am Anniv., Francis P. Clifford (Lorraine Clifford)
Wednesday, August 6 — Transfiguration of the Lord
8:30 am Birthday, Theresa Marsico (Tish Marsico)
Thursday, August 7
8:30 am Alfred Mancini (Family)
Friday, August 8 — Saint Dominic
8:30 am Birthday, Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)
Saturday, August 9 — Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
9:00 am Gerald Wheaton (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
5:00 pm Therese D. Chao (St. Monica Society)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, August 10—Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Edith Pope (Ware Family)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
9:00 am Owen Pieper (Dave & Cindy Giovannitti)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Thomas McCune (Janet & Jerry Monaco) 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 here. Donations may be left in the bins in the main entrance of church.
VICTIM'S DIOCESAN 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.
TIME TO MEET OUR NEW PRINCIPAL
On Monday evening, August 18, the Parent Teacher Guild of Christ the
Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will host a two hour social in the school
cafeteria for school parents to meet our new Academy Principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich. We hope that
many of our parents will participate in this special gathering as we prepare
to begin the new academic year on August 21. For further information,
please contact the school office or one of the PTG Board members. This will
be an excellent opportunity to spend time with Mr. Grgurich as he begins his
era of leadership in our regional and parish Catholic Academy!
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
the Saint Scholastica Parish office this month if you'd like information
about registering for the new academic year beginning on August 21!
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING
Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 14, 2014 and join Christ
the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as it presents, "Light Up the Night" at
the Pittsburgh Field Club. CDTCA's annual Fall Fling fundraiser promises to
be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food
stations. Please feel free to contact Dani Folino at email@example.com
with any questions or to make a donation to the auction. Thank you in
advance for your support of CDTCA!
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10
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—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20
Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24
Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927