Do you remember your grandparents? What about your great grandparents?
And your great, great grandparents? Most of us remember our parents and the
generation before them, but very few of us have any information about or
knowledge of the generations who lived before them. Yet, it is thanks to
all of the generations preceding us that we are alive today and are enjoying
all the blessings that we have received from our families and our ancestors.
The same is true of our ancestors in the faith and in the Church! Our
parents and grandparents have shared with us the Good News and the life of
the Lord's Church. They certainly did a very good job! Yet we should also
remember and be grateful for the efforts made in each of the generations of
God's people who shared our Catholic faith with their children and with new
believers since the days of the Lord Jesus.
The life and faith of our Christian community have been essential to
humanity for 2000 years, and the Kingdom of God has grown in every
generation thanks to our ancestors! May we always appreciate the Kingdom of
God that we have inherited, and may we continue to grow the life of the
Kingdom even today. May we also do our best to hand on the life of the
Kingdom and the faith of the Church to future generations as well. The Lord
and all who come after us will be very grateful. They will also be very
blessed by the Kingdom which they will soon inherit. God bless!
— Father Jim Torquato
LOOKING FOR A PART TIME CUSTODIAN
At this time, our parish is looking to hire a good part-time custodian
whose work would primarily be the regular cleaning of the church and the
parish gymnasium. All clearances as well as compliance with the Safe
Environment Program are necessary. Please call the parish office this week
for additional information.
A PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN SEMINAR
A Protecting God's Children Seminar will be held at Our Lady of Victory
Parish in Harwick on August 4th. Call (724)274-8575 x4 this week to
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!
FULFILLING THE PROMISES OF OUR 'CHURCH ALIVE' CAMPAIGN
Many of our parish families have shown your generosity in our Diocesan
"Campaign for the Church Alive" initiated by Bishop David Zubik to
strengthen the future of our Church of Pittsburgh. As you recall, the funds
returned to our parish from the gifts given by parish members have been
designated for these particular projects: replacement of the Brilliant
Avenue school windows, support for our youth ministry, renovation of the
ministry center, and support of family life here in Saint Scholastica
Thus far, we have been able to accomplish several of these planned
parish improvements. First, our parish has replaced the school windows.
Thanks to our contributors, this improvement now benefits hundreds of our
school and religious education students every day! Second, your generosity
has now allowed our parish to hire a full time Assistant Director for
Religious Education and Youth Ministry. Adding this staff member is a great
benefit to our programs and to all of our young students!
Your continued generosity to our "Campaign for the Church Alive" will
continue to benefit our Diocese in many ways and will also benefit our
parish in the years ahead! Thank you all very, very much!
THANKS 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. Thanks very much
to all who've already offered support to Bishop Zubik!
In the coming months, we will be asking additional support from those
who haven't made a contribution thus far. 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 20th ADULT FAITH REFLECTIONS
The word "bible" comes from the Greek biblia: "books" or "writings." It
is less a single book than a collection of books, a library of sorts. The
books of the Bible include many different types of writing. It is important
to understand what kind of text we are reading. These books are,
nevertheless, handed on together. It is in the context of the whole
collection that we reach our best understanding of the meaning of any
particular book for our faith.
A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to
be baptized in the parish will be held Monday, July 28, at 7:30 pm. It is
especially intended for parents who are baptizing their first child,
although parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
Contact Andy Bechman at the office if you plan to attend.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWSA REPORT ON THE APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP
This year's Appalachia Mission Trip was a great success! We had a
total of 76 participants— 49 students and 27 adults and young adults.
During the week, we had the opportunity to do work on 15 homes in southern
West Virginia. Many of these houses belong to residents who are elderly or
Our 76 parish members built stairs and wheelchair ramps, repaired roofs,
replaced drywall, and painted. In addition, our entire group engaged in
prayer and worship every morning and evening, and we had the opportunity to
participate two times in the Liturgy.
Our Appalachia Crew's deepest gratitude is extended to all of you who
gave your support to this Mission Trip which is a very important program of
our parish's mission!
—Mrs. Jamie Dillon
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
On Monday, July 21, all students are invited to the Sandcastle Water
Park. The cost is $20 per person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org today
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Wisdom 12:13-19 / Romans 8:26-27 / Matthew 13:24-43
Monday—Saturday: The Prophet Micah 6-7 / The Prophet Jeremiah 1-7 / Matthew chapters 12-13
Next Sunday: I King 3:5-12 / Romans 8:28-30 / Matthew 13:44-52
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, July 21
8:30 am Nancy K. Bellinger (Mark & Catherine Bellinger)
Tuesday, July 22— Saint Mary Magdalene
8:30 am Francis Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Marsico)
Wednesday, July 23 — Saint Bridget
8:30 am Birthday, Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
Thursday, July 24
8:30 am Stephen Miketic (The Miketic Family)
Friday, July 25 — Saint James the Apostle
8:30 am Jean Kiszka (The Koloc Family)
Saturday, July 26 — Saints Joachim and Anne
9:00 am Gloria Greco (The Wehrle Family)
5:00 pm Cissy Ritter (Patti McCaffrey & Gary Britcher)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, July 27—Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Elaine Mitsch (Mother)
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Louis Miketic (The Miketic Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Anniversary, Douglas Arturo (Renee Arturo)
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 near 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