We see the images of the cross and the crucifix in many locations within our church and in our homes. The cross and the crucifix are central to our faith as Catholic Christians because they remind us of the tremendous sacrifice that Jesus made to establish a new and everlasting Covenant between humanity and the God the Father. The crucifix and the cross are very important to us!
On the other hand, how often do we see images of the Lord's Resurrection? We see and think often of the Lord's cross, but it's Jesus' Resurrection that is also most important to our faith, our hope, and our lives! Jesus himself informs the Apostles in today's Gospel account that he must suffer and die and be raised on the third day. It is by this Paschal Event that sin, evil, and death have been conquered. It is by the Resurrection that the Father accepts Jesus' sacrifice and restores him to the fullness of life and glory.
May we profess and meditate on our Christian faith every Sunday and every day. May we keep our minds and hearts focused on the Incarnation, life, teaching, ministry, death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus! May we always be true, holy, and faithful disciples and apostles of the Lord along with all the saints of the Lord. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION FOR BIRTHRIGHT
This weekend, August 23-24, 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!
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 people who are interested in the Lord Jesus and in the Church. Many of them are simply waiting to be welcomed to join us.
We're 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 ones!
AQUINAS GUILD GATHERING ON SEPTEMBER 8
The Aquinas Guild is continuing its effort to restructure and reorganize so as to promote and strengthen fellowship among the women of our parish. Last Spring, three new committees were formed. They are the Spiritual, Service, and Social committees.
Recruitment for these committees is beginning now. All three committees will be meeting the evening of Monday, September 8. More information will be included in a bulletin insert next week. Please consider participating in one or more of these committees and help the Aquinas Guild to continue its mission of providing opportunities for faith-based fellowship for the women of our parish!
SOME IMPROVEMENTS COMING THIS MONTH
A number of property improvements are being made during August. Our largest project is the installation of an upgraded electrical system in the school buildings. This work has allowed for the addition of air conditioning units to the classrooms and offices. 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 TRUTHFUL
Another way in which the Bible is unique is that, in it, we find the truth that we need in order to live in God. The bishops at the Second Vatican Council wrote: "the books of Scripture must be acknowledged as teaching firmly, faithfully, and without error the truth which God wanted put into sacred writings for the sake of our salvation." (Dei Verbum, 11)
This is a very careful statement that is worth reading carefully. Note that it does NOT say that there is no error of any kind in the Bible nor that everything written in the Scriptures is true. It DOES say that the truths necessary for our salvation may be found in the Bible. It does not attempt to list those truths, and so how do we find out what they are? We do so by encountering the Word of God within the life of the Church community.
There are many ideas expressed in the Scriptures and many stories told. It is within the living Tradition of the Church that we discern together which of these ideas are central and which of the stories are to be our models as we allow God's grace to shape our lives.
— 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. The registration fee is $100.00. Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you have questions.
· There will be a dinner meeting for all catechists and small group leaders on Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 pm. Please reply to Jamie Dillon by August 30.
· A meeting for Confirmation candidates and parents will be held September 21, 12 noon, Pastoral Center.
ADULT / TEEN CATECHISTS STILL NEEDED
We also need small group leaders for Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade student groups.
UPCOMING YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS
On Friday, August 29, our Youth Ministry will travel to PNC Park for the Pirates' evening game. Thanks to our parish Youth Ministry staff and our parents, volunteers, and students for taking part in these fun events!
Our Youth Liturgy will return on September 20 at 5:00pm. If any student would like to help sing or to play a musical instrument, please contact Mrs. Dillon now. Homeschool families are especially welcome. A cookout will follow.
OUR CHILDREN'S LITURGY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
After Labor Day, the Sunday Children's Liturgy of the Word for children ages 4-10 will resume during the 9:00 am Liturgy. 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!
A weekly Support Group for those Separated or Divorced will be held at Saint Richard Parish, Richland Township, beginning on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 pm. For information, call Ralph (412-741-5456) this week.
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23 / Romans 11:33-36 / Matthew 16:13-20
Monday—Saturday: 2 Thessalonians / 1 Corinthians, chapter 1 / Matthew, chapters 23-25
Next Sunday: Jeremiah 20:7-9 / Romans 12:1-2 / Matthew 16:21-27
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 will include 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 1:00-3:00 pm 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!
SUPPORT DURING GRIEF
A seven week Support Program for anyone in Grief following the death of a loved one will start meeting on Friday mornings beginning September 5, 11:00 am, at Saint Bonaventure Parish, Mount Royal Boulevard in Shaler.
For further information and registration, please call their parish office (412-486-2606, ext. 101). Another support session will also be held in the Spring of 2015.
LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, August 25—Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest
8:30 am Anniversary, Robert Boley (Children)
Tuesday, August 26
8:30 am Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)
Wednesday, August 27—Saint Monica, mother
8:30 am William T. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)
Thursday, August 28—Saint Augustine, bishop
8:30 am Mary Flynn (Mr. & Mrs. Dean Kartsonas)
Friday, August 29– The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
8:30 am Marie Streppa (Carl V. Macino)
Saturday, August 30
9:00 am Communion Service
5:00 pm All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father Robert Duch
Sunday, August 31—Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Birthday, Victor Nicholas (Mary Ann Nicholas)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
9:00 am Birthday Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
11:00 am John Marmarella (Wife & Children)
Presider: Father James Torquato
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 these 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), and kidney, red, or black beans. Please also check the parish website here for further 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 HAS BEGUN!
The new school year for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy began this past Thursday, August 21, and we were glad to welcome back all of our students, teachers, parents, and families. We'll have a very full year of faith, learning, and growth. Information about our Academy will be shared each week with all of our parish community in the parish bulletin.
Registrations are still being accepted, and tours of the school can be arranged in these days. Please contact the Academy office at 412-781-7927 or email@example.com.
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 here with any questions or to make a donation to the auction. Thank you in advance for your support of CDTCA!
ASPINWALL FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER
On Saturday evening, August 30, the Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a Wine Tasting event at the Parkview Social Hall, 726 Midway Drive, O'Hara Township. The doors will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 each to taste 6 wines and enjoy various cheeses and meats. There will also be raffles and door prizes.
For information, contact Michael Troyan (412-818-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org) this week! Thanks for your support!
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