Our lives are filled with so many relationships, so many responsibilities, and so many interests. Even during the slower times of the year (if there really are any slower times of the year), there's so much on each of our schedules and so much taking place in our families, our work, and our lives!
I truly admire all those who can set their priorities and their goals and then focus their time and their efforts on what is most important to them. Personally, I think that most of us are carried through life by the currents of what's going on around us. It's hard to be dedicated to our chosen course when we are being pushed and pulled in multiple directions each day.
Jesus reminds us though that we all need to determine what is most important to us and then dedicate our lives to it. His sincere hope is that we will find our life in God and in God's Kingdom to be the most important element of our lives. Jesus calls us to see life in God as our treasure and
our highest priority.
May we set our hearts and daily lives on a deep and abiding life in the Lord as our most important focus and goal, and may we use our time to walk with Jesus each day. He is our greatest treasure. May we be close to him each Sunday and every day so that we will come to our final destination of eternal life in the Lord. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
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, ext. 4, this week
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!
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. Please consider Online Giving for the years ahead! If you'd like to enroll, please visit www.saintscholastica.wegather.com. If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, call please Mrs. Christine Morton at the parish office in August.
COMING SOON TO YOUR MAILBOX
At the request of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, our parish will soon begin
mailing copies of the Diocesan weekly newspaper, 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 this percentage of
households each week. Now, because of the small additional cost of home
delivery compared to the charge for U. S. Postal delivery of the newspapers
to the church, it makes sense to deliver the paper directly to your homes.
Working with the newspaper staff, nearly 500 households of Saint
Scholastica Parish will soon begin 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!
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!
A preparation session for the parents of children who are scheduled to
be baptized in the parish will be held this 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.
Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman.
SPENDING TIME IN CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
Yes, we often hear of meditation in other religions and ways of life.
However, our Catholic Christian tradition has long 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
through this life in the company of Jesus. All are welcome to meet in the
Ministry Center each Wednesday at 7:00 am for an hour of meditation, listening and conversation. Contact Mr. Andy Bechman for info.
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 at the
Parish website here. The registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have
NEXT SUNDAY'S PARISH BLOOD COLLECTION
Next 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
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.
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.
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, July 28
8:30 am Dorothy Killian (Family)
Tuesday, July 29—Saint Martha
8:30 am Anniversary, Rosemarie Boley (Children)
Wednesday, July 30
8:30 am Matthew Elder (The Elder Family)
Thursday, July 31—Saint Ignatius of Loyola
8:30 am John, Angie, and Dukie Farina (Anthony and Jean Marie Farina)
Friday, August 1—Saint Alphonsus Liguori
8:30 am Robert Nawrocki (The Scanlon Family)
Saturday, August 2
9:00 am Owen Pieper (Scanlon Family)
5:00 pm Giuseppe Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa and Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, August 3—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Louis Hren (The Miketic Family)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
11:00 am Owen Pieper (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries)
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!
LOCAL AUGUST 16 GERMAN FESTIVAL
On Saturday, August 16, at Saint Catherine of Sweden Parish on Wildwood Road (off Route 8 North in Hampton), the local German-American community will hold a Germanfest from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. There will be a traditional German dinner, and musical entertainment will be provided by the Josef Wendel Orchestra from Cleveland. Proceeds will benefit local German choral and dance groups. Call Marianne (412-398-0586) for information.
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