Have you ever experienced a difficult time in your life when all seemed lost? More than likely, every one of us has lived through a very difficult and seemingly hopeless event or crisis at some point in our years. Thankfully, all who are reading this note have obviously lived through this dark and difficult time in your lives. Sadly, not everyone has survived the darkness and storms of their lives.
One important lesson that we should take from today's Gospel account of Jesus appearing in the storm and ultimately rescuing Saint Peter is that the Lord will be with each of us during the storms of our lives. Jesus is always present to us through his divine and Holy Spirit. He is with us in our good times, in our bad times, and in our worst times. In fact, Jesus will definitely be with us in the storms of life because he knows that it's in those times that we need him most.
May each of us walk closely with the Lord Jesus every day, and may we trust his goodness and support during our crises and in the worst of times. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
THE HOLY DAY OF MARY'S ASSUMPTION THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
This Friday, August 15, the Church around the world will celebrate the Holy Day of the Assumption into Heaven of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As you know, there is no tomb of the Blessed Mother. Following her death, our Catholic tradition holds that God assumed the body of the Lord's Mother into the heavenly realm so that Mary might share already in the glory that awaits us in our next life in God's Kingdom.
Because this is a Day of Obligation (meaning all Catholic Christians are expected to participate in our Liturgy), we will celebrate the Mass at 8:30am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm this Friday. Please mark your calendar now for the Holy Day, and come to celebrate our holy faith and the Blessed Mother this Friday!
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!
WELCOMING OUR MISSIONARY VISITOR
This weekend, our parish welcomes the annual visitor sent to us by the Mission Office of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Today, we welcome Father Alex Chalangady, VC, a Vincentian priest from India. Father Alex will speak at each Liturgy, and we will take up the annual Second Collection for the benefit of his Mission work and projects.
Each year, every parish throughout the United States is asked by their own Bishop to welcome these visitors from Mission countries so that we will hear of the Church's numerous efforts around the world and so that we might support them with our parish members' generosity. Your goodness and support will be very much appreciated.
If you aren't prepared to make a contribution today, you may also bring a donation to the parish office by Monday morning. Please make any checks payable to Saint Scholastica Parish and indicate August Mission Collection in the memo line. All donations will be forwarded to our Diocesan Mission Office for proper processing. Thank you all very much for your hospitality and your support!
SOME IMPROVEMENTS COMING THIS MONTH
A number of property improvements will be made during August. Our largest project is the installation of an upgraded electrical system in the school buildings. This work will allow for the addition of air conditioning units to the classrooms and offices. The air conditioning units will then be installed. This $151,000 project is being funded by school benefactors and by the parish.
Also, 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!
THE 'CANON' OF THE BIBLE
The word "canon" comes from ancient Greek, and it means "a measuring stick." Originally, the word referred to the rule or standard that the Church used to decide whether a particular book should be included in the Bible. Later, it came to be used for the list of the books in the Bible, the books that the Church judged to be inspired and authoritative.
It is important to note that the various books of the New Testament arose within the Church communities, and it was the Church that determined which were reliable. Many books were written and valued by communities or groups within the Church, but not all of these became part of our New Testament. The process of choosing was complex.
By about 200 A.D., Christians generally agreed that the Gospels, the letters of Saint Paul, the Acts of the Apostles, and the First Letters of Peter and John were to be accepted as Scripture on the same level as the Jewish Scriptures. It was not until about 400 A.D. that the present list of 27 New Testament books seem to have been generally accepted. In 1546 A.D., the Council of Trent finally and formally defined the Canon of the Scriptures for Catholic Christians.
—from Andy Bechman
Bless the Lord at all times!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWSRELIGIOUS EDUCATION / CCD REGISTRATION
Our Religious Education Program will begin on Sunday, September 21 with this year's Catechetical Sunday.
· Please register your public school student/s now for our parish Religious Education/ CCD Program.
· Sessions here at the parish will now be Sundays 10:00 am—11:15 am /Tuesdays 6:15 pm—7:30 pm.
· You can register online at the Parish website here. The registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have questions.
ADULT / TEEN CATECHISTS STILL NEEDED
· Our Religious Education Program needs a catechist for the Fifth Grade here on Sunday mornings.
· We also need small group leaders for Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade student groups.
· Teens, we need YOU! We're looking for some exceptional teenagers to help us with Religious Education sessions on Tuesdays and Sundays. Contact Mrs. Dillon here if you can assist us in this important ministry!
YOUTH MINISTRY EVENING AT PNC PARK
Keep on Buc'n! All high school and middle school students are invited to join our Youth Ministry for a trip to PNC Park for the Pirates' game on Friday evening, August 29. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon here before August 21. Please join us for a great evening!
CHILDREN'S LITURGY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
The Sunday Children's Liturgy of the Word for children ages 4-10 will resume during the 9:00 am Liturgy after Labor Day. We are now seeking volunteers to lead or serve as assistants.
With just a small time commitment, you can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message that is also meant for the young children of our parish.
In addition to adults, we are also seeking high school and middle school students to serve as leaders and assistants as well. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Natalie Gillespie at
We're very grateful to all who participate in and work with this important parish catechetical ministry!
A NOTICE FROM THE ASPINWALL POLICE
Please remember that ALL curbside parking MUST be done in the same direction as the flow of traffic. It is a violation of traffic laws to have your vehicle facing in the direction opposite of the traffic flow. All vehicles facing the wrong direction are subject to a $15 fine. The borough police are grateful for your cooperation! Thank you!
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!
FAMILY / PARENTING POINTERS
Experts agree that skills all teens need to learn at home are: good social skills /manners, essential domestic skills, and automotive maintenance when they're 16. A good idea!
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 makes "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 good way to share the pro-life message everywhere you drive!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: I Kings 19:9-13 / Romans 9:1-5 / Matthew 14:22-33
Monday—Saturday: The Prophet Ezekiel chapters 1-12 / Matthew chapters17-19
Next Sunday: Isaiah 56:1-7 / Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 / Matthew 15:21-28
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, August 11—Saint Clare
8:30 am Respect Life Committee
Tuesday, August 12
8:30 am Birthday, Ryan Holt (Grandparents)
Wednesday, August 13
8:30 am William Powderly (The Byrnes Family)
Thursday, August 14—Saint Maximilian Kolbe
8:30 am Ellen Voyer (Lisa & Tom Perry)
Friday, August 15—The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:30 am Thomas Styslinger (The Styslinger Family)
12:00 pm All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
7:00 pm Gloria Greco (Dennis & Bernie Bonessa)
Saturday, August 16
9:00 am Deceased members of the Certo Family (The Certo Family)
5:00 pm Robert William Nawrocki (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Edward Werries & Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, August 17—Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Helen Ziegler (Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Luke Hadley (The Cordaro Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Louis Miketic (The Miketic Family)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
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.
THE SCHOOL YEAR IS SET TO BEGIN SOON
This year's first day of school for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be Thursday, August 21. Tours of the school can be arranged in these weeks, and registrations are still being accepted. Please contact the academy office at 412-781-7927 or email@example.com.
A 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.
ENROLL NOW IN CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Sharing our Catholic faith and an excellent education in a very fine and safe school is one of the best investments you'll ever make in your child's future! Call now!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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