Prayer has always been an essential part of our life as Catholic Christians! We pray in thanksgiving to God. We pray to give praise and honor to the Lord. We also pray as a community every Sunday and every day in the sacred Liturgy when we celebrate the Lord's Supper.
Another important form of prayer is the prayer we call petition. For thousands of years, our ancestors and we have raised our hands to God and have made our requests of the Almighty. We do so because we believe that God who has created us and who sustains us also is the Holy One who loves us and hears and answers our prayers. Jesus himself recommends that we pray and make our needs known to God the Father.
On numerous occasions, including today's account in the Gospel, Jesus acknowledges and commends the prayers and petitions of those who are asking favors from God. May we know that the Lord does hear us, and may we never cease praying to the Lord to ask his kindness and his providence for us, for our loved ones, and for the whole church. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
IMPORTANT RESPECT LIFE EVENTS
This Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall, the Respect Life Committee will hold its first meeting to plan all of this year's activities. Everyone is welcome!
Also, next weekend, the Respect Life Committee will be accepting donations at the church exits after each Mass for the support of Birthright and the help that they provide for expectant mothers in need of our assistance. Thank you for your care and support!
MORE CHOIR MEMBERS STILL NEEDED
In early September, both of our Sunday choirs will begin their rehearsals and their singing on Sunday mornings. We'd really like to add some new choir members to both groups. The 11a.m. Choir is particularly in need of some additional men's voices. NO audition is required. Contact Sister Pat Baker today! Help us to continue our long tradition of gracious service to our parish community through the Music Ministry!
CONSIDERING DISCIPLESHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
We encourage you 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. Interested individual are asked to contact our parish office soon!
2014 MASS INTENTIONS STILL AVAILABLE
Before we schedule Mass Intentions for 2015 beginning in October, please know that there are numerous weekday and Sunday Mass Intentions still available for 2014!
If you'd like to schedule a priest's Mass Intention to be offered for a family member or friend (especially those who are deceased), please contact the parish office this month. The donation for each Mass Intention is still $10. Thank you for scheduling Mass Intentions for your family and loved
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FROM OUR MISSIONARY VISITOR
Last weekend, our parish hosted Vincentian Father Alex Chalangady, VC who was the annual visitor sent to us by the Mission Office of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Father Alex and the Vincentian Missionaries have expressed their sincere gratitude for your generosity in the second collection and for the numerous offers to financially support their seminary students in East Africa and India. Thank you for your kindness and your generosity!
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 BIBLE IS 'CANONICAL' (PART TWO)
We noted last week that the word "canon" originally meant "measuring stick" in ancient Greek. We saw that the word "canon" is used today for the list of the books in the Bible—the ones that the Catholic Church regards as inspired by God. They are the books that "measured up."
The Bible is canonical in another sense as well. Because the Scriptures bear witness in an authoritative way to the saving actions of God—and particularly to the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ—they become our touchstone, a standard that guides us in what we believe and do. The Scriptures guide the teaching of the Church. As the bishops of the Second Vatican Council put it: "The magisterium [the teaching authority of the Church] is not superior to the word of God, but is rather its servant." (Dei Verbum, 10) The words of all of our liturgies are firmly rooted in the Scriptures as well. Through these sources and through our own prayerful reading of the Scriptures alone or with other Christians we can indeed find a guiding standard for living fruitful lives in Christ!
- from Andy Bechman
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. Click on the Education tab at the top, and click the link for Elementary Religious Education. 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!
UPCOMING YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS
Our Youth Ministry will participate in Pet Therapy at the Aspinwall VA Hospital on Tuesday, August 19 at 11 am. On Wednesday, August 20, the Leadership Team will meet at Squaw Valley at 7:30 pm followed by Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee at 8:30 pm. On August 25, there will be kayaking at North Park. Finally, our youth can attend a trip to PNC Park for the Pirates' game on Friday evening, August 29. Please reply before Monday, August 18, to Mrs. Dillon here.
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. You can have an impact by sharing the Word of God with the young children of our parish.
In addition to adults, we are also seeking high school and middle school students to serve as well. If you're interested in learning more, please contact Natalie Gillespie here. Thank you!
THIS YEAR'S WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Looking for an opportunity to enrich your faith and spiritual life? Consider signing up for our women's Bible Study of the Book of Revelation. An orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. On hand will be study participants and a copy of the study text. Each session includes a video presentation by a Bible scholar as well as other commentary. The study is 25 weeks with time off for holidays. Regular Tuesday gatherings are 1:00-3:00pm with usually 20-40 participants. The cost for the study text is $55. Feel free to attend the September 9 orientation. No reply is necessary. Call Bernadine (412-963-0198) with any questions!
OUR PARISH MOTORCOACH FOR THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
On Saturday, October 4, we will join in the biannual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, this has been a special day of prayer and a way to introduce more of our Church members and families to this amazing 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!
ARE YOUR PARISH MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION UP TO DATE?
We need to keep our membership files up to date. If you're not sure whether or not your registration information is current, or if you need to register here at Saint Scholastica Parish, please call Amy at our parish office this month. We will be conducting a complete parish census in the coming years, but we'd like to have everyone's registration up to date now! Thanks for your assistance!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Isaiah 56:1-7 / Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 / Matthew 15:21-28
Monday—Saturday: The Prophet Ezekiel chapters 24-43 / Matthew chapters 19-23
Next Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23 / Romans 11:33-36 / Matthew 16:13-20
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, August 18
8:30 am Arthur Bonessa (Cummings Family)
Tuesday, August 19—Saint John Eudes
8:30 am Pamela Tarantini (Friends)
Wednesday, August 20—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
8:30 am Patricia Akanowicz (Charlene Akanowicz)
Thursday, August 21—Pope Saint Pius X
8:30 am Sherry Woods (Friends)
Friday, August 22—The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:30 am Anniv., Marion Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)
Saturday, August 23
9:00 am Anniv., Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)
5:00 pm For all Saint Scholastica Members
Presider: Father Robert Duch
Sunday, August 24—Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am The Macino and Driscoll Families (Carl V. Macino)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
9:00 am Jenny Gonzalez (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
11:00 am Rosemarie Diehm (The Diehm Family)
Presider: Father Robert Duch
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
During the summer, fewer donations are made to the local homeless ministry due to so many members and families being on vacation during the summer months. Your help is still needed to feed and to clothe the poor. Items needed include: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans) canned tuna, chicken, chili, or beef stew, beans, breakfast bars, and cereal. Please also check the parish website here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks very much!
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
The first day of school for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be this Thursday, August 21. Tours of the school can be arranged in these days, and registrations are still being accepted. Please contact the Academy office at 412-781-7927 or by email here.
A TIME TO MEET OUR NEW PRINCIPAL
This 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 by email here 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