A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Do you enjoy your daily work at the office or at home or at your place of employment? Do you look forward to each new day and every new week and all the new possibilities and challenges and successes that will come your way? I hope that your work and your life are very fulfilling and that you appreciate the many contributions that you’re able to make to those you serve and with whom you share your life and your daily efforts!
Jesus also reminds us in today’s Gospel according to Matthew that he has work for each of us to do as well! We may be occupied with all of the labors that we undertake in our own careers and our own families, but the Lord who gives us life and grace and blessings also has work for us to do! Our service of Jesus and of his Kingdom is all part of the personal and communal mission that he gives to each of us! We are all called to work for the Lord as well as for ourselves and our families!
As such, what is your mission in service of the Lord Jesus? What have you been doing for him and for his people? What can you do and what will you do for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit today and every day of your life? Our faith, our holiness and love, and our generous service of the Lord will benefit so many other disciples. As active apostles for Jesus, we can transform others and the world, and together, we can build the Kingdom of God that will our final destination and our eternal place of fulfillment. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
CONGRATULATIONS TO FATHER MICHAEL ACKERMAN AND THE NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS OF OUR CATHOLIC DIOCESE!
On Saturday, June 28, Bishop David Zubik ordained four young men to the ministerial priesthood in service of the Lord Jesus and of our local Church of Pittsburgh! These new priests are Father Michael Ackerman, Father Michael Conway, Father Ken Marlovits, and Father Thomas Schluep. As most of our parish members know, Father Michael Ackerman and his family are residents of Aspinwall and have long been associated with Saint Scholastica Parish and our parish school!
We’re all very proud of Father Michael, and we wish him many blessings now and throughout the years ahead as he serves the Lord and God’s people! Father Michael will begin his priestly service in New Castle, Pa.
We hope to welcome Father Michael Ackerman back to Saint Scholastica Parish in the coming months when he is able to visit and to spend time here with his hometown community. Again, congratulations to Father Michael Ackerman and to all of his family on this wonderful occasion for them and for all the Lord’s Church!
SUNDAY, JULY 6th ADULT FAITH REFLECTIONS
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process the Church uses to call adults to conversion and full membership in the Church as disciples of Jesus. The first period of the RCIA process can go by various names: the period of evangelization, the precatechumenate, or inquiry. According to the Rite, it is “a time, of no fixed duration or structure, for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values, an opportunity for the beginnings of faith.”
We try to adapt the period of inquiry to the needs of the people involved. For a person who is not baptized, this would be a time to hear the story of Jesus and the message of the Gospel and to relate these to his or her personal story. For a baptized Christian from another denomination, the period of inquiry is a time to reexamine one’s own life as a follower of Jesus and to investigate areas of Catholic living that may be unfamiliar.
When an inquirer has become ready to commit to the church and gives evidence of a deepening faith in attitudes and actions, it is time for the first ritual of the RCIA—the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens (for unbaptized persons) or the Rite of Welcoming Candidates (for persons baptized in another Christian denomination).
People can enter the inquiry process at any time of the year. We currently have two inquirers. Please pray for them and for our RCIA team. If you think you may be called to explore entering the Catholic Church, contact Andy Bechman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
FULFILLING YOUR PLEDGE FOR THE “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 be accomplished!
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 appreciated!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
‘CAMP HELPING HAND’ IS THIS WEEK!
Thanks and best wishes to all of our middle school students taking part in this week’s Camp Helping Hand on July 8-10. This three day service camp introduces young students to a variety of community service activities in the local area. Also, many thanks to Mrs. Jamie Dillon and Miss Meredith Troyan for organizing and directing this year’s Saint Scholastica Parish “Camp Helping Hand”!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/ CCD REGISTRATION
Now is the time! 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 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 email@example.com for further information!
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL
WELCOMING OUR NEW PRINCIPAL THIS MONTH
Following interviews with a number of candidates, our Principal Selection Committee and Father Torquato have chosen a highly qualified and enthusiastic new principal for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy. All four pastors of our regional school and the staff of the Diocesan Schools Office have all concurred with this selection. As soon as final approval has been received, we will announce and welcome the new principal to CDTCA. Yes, under their leadership, our school will certainly enjoy many good years!
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!
WELCOMING OTHERS TO ENROLL IN CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Please know that your promotion of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy among your children, your relatives, your friends, and your neighbors is truly most welcome. Our parish and regional Catholic elementary school provides both daily faith formation and an education of the highest quality. Many families and students will certainly appreciate learning of our school from you and from all in our Saint Scholastica community! Please share the good news about CDTCA with as many as you can. If you’d like information from and about the school, please contact our parish office!
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!
OUR PARISH PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES
Our prayers for the deceased and our sincere condolences are extended to the families of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Flecker and Mr. Robert W. Nawrocki who were both laid to rest this past week. May they and their families receive peace and grace in the life of the Lord!
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 much!
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 Mary Catherine Scanlon (412- 781-6550) or visit centralbloodbank.org and use sponsor code G0040167. Your donation will be greatly appreciated!
EXPLORING A VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is hosting a multi-day event for young men in high school and recent high school graduates who are interested in discerning a call to serve in the diocesan priesthood. This event, call “Quo Vadis Days,” will be held at the Bishop Connare Center in Greensburg from July 13-16 and will be filled with fun activities, meals, prayer, presentations, discernment, and the Liturgy. If you’d like to participate, please visit www.pghpriest.com. Transportation will be provided, and the donation for this event is $50. Scholarships will be available. Register soon!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Zechariah 9:9-10/ Romans 8:9-13/ Matthew 11:25-30
Monday—Saturday: The Book of the Prophet Hosea / Matthew 9-10
Next Sunday: Isaiah 55:10-11 / Romans 8:18-23 / Matthew 13:1-23
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, July 7
8:30 am Birthday, Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)
Tuesday, July 8
8:30 am For the Spiritual & Temporal Welfare of Maria Catherine (Parents)
Wednesday, July 9—The Holy Martyrs of China
8:30 am Deceased Members of the Vey Family (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
Thursday, July 10
8:30 am Therese Chao (Bill & Jean Eckert)
Friday, July 11—Saint Benedict, brother of Saint Scholastica
8:30 am John Stafford (Rita & Frank Ruscetti)
Saturday, July 12
9:00 am Francis Marsico (Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Marsico)
5:00 pm Mary Legath (Tish Marsico)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, July 13—Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Thomas V. Kelsesky (Kelsesky Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Frances Giovannitti (Kathy & Bill Gavlak)
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.
MOVING AHEAD WITH OUR IMPROVEMENTS
Hopefully you’ve noticed some projects taking place since the end of April. The Pastoral Center and the parish offices are being repainted and refurbished. In addition, our emergency monitors will be upgraded by State Security of Verona, and additional video surveillance cameras will be added throughout the parish property.
As the summer continues, additional cleaning and refurbishing will take place throughout the parish property. Your continued generosity to Saint Scholastica Parish will make possible these and many improvements still to come this year and during the years ahead. Thank you all!
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. These benefits include: no need to write checks; give even if you are unable to attend the Sunday Liturgy here; and your contribution amount can easily be adjusted.
We ask that you prayerfully consider Online Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit www.saintscholastica.wegather.com, sign in and click the "Giving" tab. 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 (412-781-0186, ext. 24).
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10
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—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