How often do you meditate on the Kingdom of God and the growth of the
Kingdom here on the Earth? It is a true reality, and the Kingdom of God
has grown in remarkable ways during the twenty centuries since Jesus
inaugurated the Kingdom in his life, ministry, death, Resurrection,
Ascension, and gift of the Holy Spirit of God.
Without the Kingdom of God, humanity would more than likely be in ruins
today if humanity even continued to exist. It's really that simple.
Without the divine life and grace and Spirit of God given to the Lord's
disciples and apostles, our world would truly be lost in darkness, sin, and
However, our Church and the ways of the Lord have brought about
Christian civilization and society in many lands and among many peoples
during these 2000 years. Our ancestors in the Church have worked tirelessly
for many centuries to establish Catholic Christian culture, order, peace,
education, health care, charity, justice, and so many divine blessings for
countless human persons. All of these aspects of life that we take for
granted are actually the presence of God and the Kingdom of God growing in
We have inherited the wonderful presence of the Lord and the Kingdom of
God from Jesus and from all our ancestors in the Catholic Church. May each
of us truly add to the growth of the Lord's Kingdom and to the increasing of
his divine presence in our world today and in the generations still to come.
—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!
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!
Bless the Lord, and praise his holy name!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND YOUR SUPPORT OF THE DIOCESAN
"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
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! Your support and your generosity are always
THANKS, TOO, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR 2014 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN!
Each year, we are asked to support the work of Bishop David Zubik and
his pastoral administration of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. As you know, the
support requested of Saint Scholastica Parish is $94,547.00. Thank you very
much for your generous support of the Bishop!
In the coming months, we will be asking additional support from those
who haven't made a contribution at this point. Additional support received
above the goal this year will once again stay with our parish and will help
to fund the programs of our parish community!
Again, thanks for your Parish Share support and for all of your
generosity to Saint Scholastica Parish this year and throughout all these
years. God bless!
SUNDAY, JULY 13th ADULT FAITH REFLECTIONS--FURTHER THOUGHTS ON THE BIBLE
The other ingredient we bring to the Scriptures is ourselves. Each of
us has an experience of life and of faith. Our own experiences shape how we
look at Scripture and receive its message. Further, when we share our
interpretations of the Bible with each other, the experience may open up a
way of encountering God in the Scriptures that you had never realized.
The most important thing to keep in mind as we read the Bible is that it
is designed to change us. It is a collection of testimonies to the action
of God in the world: God's actions of creating the world and holding it in
existence; God's work in liberating a people from slavery and forming them
as God's own; God's action of offering reconciliation to all by becoming
human in Jesus of Nazareth. These testimonies help us understand the
relationship we have with God and how that relationship can change how we
live in all of our relationships.
THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE RCIA
A couple of weekends ago, two members of our team attended a workshop on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). We learned that the parish community itself—not the RCIA team—is the most important actor in the process. It was, after all, their contact with our community that moved our present inquirers to come forward. It is by watching and participating in the life of our parish that they will learn what it means to live as Christians. What a challenge for us! Does the way we treat each other reflect Christ's love? Does the way we behave all week long show Christ's presence in the world, particularly his healing presence for those who are hurt? May we always be aware of the example we are setting for those among us who are exploring what it means to follow Christ!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS'CAMP HELPING HAND' THANKS!
Thank you very much to all of our young Middle School students who
participated in last week's 'Camp Helping Hand' and in the many Catholic
service projects accomplished in our local area!
Many thanks are also extended to Mrs. Jamie Dillon, to Miss Meredith
Troyan, and to all of our Youth Ministry volunteers, our adult catechists,
and all our coordinators, sponsors, and donors who made this three-day
effort so meaningful and successful this year!
As we share our faith and Liturgy with our young members, may they and
all of us place great value in our Catholic service of others as we imitate
Jesus' life, his service, and his building of the Kingdom of God!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ CCD REGISTRATION
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 here. The registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have questions.
MORE PARISH YOUTH ACTIVITIES
This Monday, July 14, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at Squaw Valley, all middle school and high school students are welcome to Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee. Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon today to reserve a spot.
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 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
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 Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) or visit centralbloodbank.org and use sponsor code G0040167. Your donation will be greatly appreciated!
OUR GOLDEN WEDDING 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 on Sunday, October 12 at 2:30 pm. Please contact our
parish office with your information before August 8. Formal invitations
will be sent to you in September. Also, a light reception will be held
after the Liturgy in the social hall underneath the Cathedral. Contact our
office this week!
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
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, July 14—Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin
8:30 am Anniversary, Philip Joyce (Wife)
Tuesday, July 15—Saint Bonaventure, bishop
8:30 am Anniversary, Joseph Costa (Antonietta Costa & Family)
Wednesday, July 16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
8:30 am Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family)
Thursday, July 17
8:30 am Bruce Hartner (Margaret & Barry Leonard)
Friday, July 18—Saint Camillus de Lellis
8:30 am Joseph L. Shultz (Family)
Saturday, July 19
9:00 am 45th Wedding Anniversary, Gerard & Carole Werries
5:00 pm Shawn Neville (wife, Tracey Neville)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, July 20—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Nancy K. Bellinger (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Lorraine Haburchak (Larry & Pat Wolfson)
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.
WELCOMING OUR NEW C.D.T.C.A. PRINCIPAL, MR. MARK N. GRGURICH
Following interviews with a number of candidates, our Principal
Selection Committee and Father Torquato have chosen Mr. Mark N. Grgurich
to be the new principal for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.
Bishop David Zubik, the Superintendent of our Catholic Schools, all four
pastors of our regional school, and the staff of the Diocesan Schools Office
have all concurred with this selection.
Since 1987, Mr. Mark Grgurich has been a Catholic educator here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and since 2000, he has been a Catholic elementary school Principal. He's been Principal at Saint Joan of
Arc School in South Park, at Bishop John B. McDowell Regional School in Baldwin, and most recently, at Saint Sylvester School in Brentwood. His career, application, and interview were all greeted with great enthusiasm by our Selection Committee, and we know that Mr. Grgurich will bring true faith, dedication, skill, leadership, and enthusiasm to CDTCA!
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Mark Grgurich to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy and to Saint Scholastica Parish this summer as he begins his very important work as Principal of our regional Catholic
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 during July if you'd like information
about registering for the new academic year beginning in late August!
CONSIDER GIVING ONLINE TO OUR PARISH!
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. 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 our staff member Christine Morton at the parish office this week.
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