May 17, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Are you still celebrating the Easter Season?  For most people, Easter was a celebration only observed on Easter Sunday, April 5.  However, for Catholic Christians who love our faith and all that we find in the Catholic Year, our celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection truly is a season of fifty days beginning with the Easter Vigil and continuing through the Lord’s Ascension and finally concluding with Pentecost Sunday!
    The Easter Season is a blessed time because the Spring season and our climate are a welcome change compared to the winter. This is also a blessed time because throughout these 50 days we celebrate the important event of Jesus being raised from the dead and all that the Resurrection means to us, to our faith, and to our hope in eternal life!
   I wish that this Easter Season would continue for an even longer time, but since it doesn’t, I hope that we’ll all make the most of this final week along with the great celebration of Pentecost and the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the Apostles and to all of us each day.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

OUR SUNDAY 9:00AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Sunday, 9:00 am Children’s Liturgy of the Word will conclude next Sunday, May 24 and will resume in September.  Thanks to all of our children and our parish adults who participated and led our program this year!

REMEMBERING YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES WITH  MASS INTENTIONS
    We remember and pray for our deceased parents, siblings, grandparents, spouses and loved ones through the request of a Mass Intention.   Intentions are still available for this year.  The offering is still only $10 for each Intention.  Please call or visit the parish office this month!

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    We’re beginning a new era that will prepare us for the coming decades of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  In keeping with Bishop Zubik’s vision for The Church Alive!,  we’re all invited to examine our own discipleship and the life of the parish communities.  So that we might fully address the future, we are now beginning a three year self study of all our parishes, schools, and programs. 
    We’re starting with prayer and refection in 2015.  Then we’ll initiate our self  study in each parish and school.  In 2018, we’ll come to our conclusions and implement plans for the future of the Diocese.   Information and participation in this process will be offered to all members of each parish.  Please take part as we prayerfully prepare for the next 50 years of our Diocesan life in Christ!

Thank you for your help in keeping our church seating area clean for those coming to the next Liturgy.  Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by everyone!

PREPARING FOR PENTECOST AND THE CONCLUSION OF THE EASTER SEASON
    In only six days, we will arrive at Pentecost Sunday and the great event and gift of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the entire Church!   While we celebrate Pentecost for only a single day, it has been and continues to be so very important to all of God’s People. 
    Without the Holy Spirit, we would have little.  The Holy Spirit inspired the writing of the Bible.  The Holy Spirit has inspired all Christians from the Apostles down to our own day.  The Holy Spirit confers all of the Sacraments.  The Holy Spirit guides the Church and our teaching, our ministry, and our service.  The Holy Spirit inspires our faith, and the Spirit gives us communion with the Lord in prayer.
    This week, please invite the Holy Spirit into your soul and life and family each day.  Celebrate Pentecost and the Holy Spirit with all of us next weekend.  Then continue to call upon the Spirit each day until the Holy Spirit leads you home into the arms of the Good Shepherd and into the very Kingdom of Heaven!
  
THIS SUNDAY’S SECOND COLLECTION TO SUPPORT CATHOLICS IN EASTERN EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA, AND AFRICA
    Thanks again for your donations to the earthquake victims in Nepal last weekend! 
    This week, we have the scheduled Second Collection to support Catholic Christians and Catholic efforts in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa.  Your generosity is always appreciated and very beneficial to those in need.

JOIN US FOR OUR MORNING LITURGY EVERY WEEKDAY
    Are you at home during many or most mornings?  Might you be looking for the best way to begin your day in a most meaningful and uplifting way?  If so, please consider joining dozens of our parish members and friends for our daily morning Mass here at Saint Scholastica Church.     
    Participating in the Liturgy is such a good and special use of our time on Sundays and every day.  Listening to God’s holy Word, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, and receiving divine life in Holy Communion are truly beneficial to our personal faith and to our participation in the very life of God.  You’re welcome to join us often on weekday mornings.  We’ll be happy to have you with us each day!

OUR PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is continuing this year’s Parish Share Campaign  to finance the work of Bishop David Zubik and our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 
    Our goal for 2015 is $ 97,653.   So far, you’ve donated $79,000 toward our parish goal.  We’re getting closer to reaching our goal, but we still very much need YOUR help! If the 1000+ households from whom we’re waiting to hear would respond and donate, our parish community would benefit greatly!
    Please respond generously so that we can meet our obligation to our Bishop and the Diocese  and then we’ll receive additional funds for Saint Scholastica Parish once our Diocesan goal is accomplished. Thank you!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

JUNE’S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    During the week of June 8, our 13th annual Vacation Bible School will be Monday through Friday for students ages 5-9.  The theme is Oceans of Faith.   Teens are also invited to register as VBS volunteers for that week.  Be sure to register with Mrs. Dillon this week!
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RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION FOR GENESIS
    On Sunday, May 24,  our Respect Life Committee will welcome your donations at the church exits after each Liturgy to support Genesis and their care for young and single moms in our local area.  Many thanks!

STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE THIS WEEKEND
    The staff of our Catholic Academy will be at all our Liturgies this Sunday morning, May 17,  to make available numerous different store certificates for your purchase.  By purchasing these certificates, a portion of your purchase will be returned to our Academy to help in many ways.  Thanks for buying store and restaurant certificates this Sunday!

ADDING AND TRAINING NEW ALTAR SERVERS
    Students in Third Grade through Eleventh Grade are welcome to register as a new server.  Training has begun with Meredith Troyan of our Religious Education Staff, and it will be held in two sessions for groups of new servers.  To sign up to become  a new server, send an email to parish@saintscholastica.com.  Your service to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated! 

ADDING  WEEKEND GREETERS, USHERS, LECTORS, AND COMMUNION MINISTERS
    Our parish very much needs to add new volunteers in all four of these ministries.  With some training and just 3 hours to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment Program, you can assist our parish Liturgy and community while you’re here at the Sunday Liturgy.  Please call the parish office.

THINKING OF OUR PARISH AND OUR FUTURE
    Some members of our parish have generously included Saint Scholastica Parish in their will.  Their love for the Lord, for the Church, and for our parish inspired them to arrange one final gift to our parish.  Your inclusion of our parish in your final plans will be greatly appreciated. Your
support will keep our parish viable in the coming years!

Local Catholic Cemetery Mausoleums are being built at both Saint Juan Diego Parish Cemetery, O’Hara Township  AND  at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish Cemetery, Glenshaw.  You can make arrangements now for burial spaces in either mausoleum or in their traditional ground plots.  Please call one or both of these local parish cemeteries for further information and arrangements!

Thank you very much for supporting our Parish Share Campaign and our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive!  Your support helps us in building God’s Kingdom!

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
    We’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes.  When we have 50 interested members, our envelope company will provide them.  To contribute your entire contribution with one monthly check, call the office to be added to our list.

RECEIVING MEALS ON WHEELS EACH DAY AND VOLUNTEERING TO HELP THE PROGRAM
    Anyone in the territory of the Fox Chapel School District who is homebound and unable to cook for themselves is eligible to receive weekday meals from the local Meals on Wheels program.  The program is here to assist you, and the volunteers are eager to bring meals to your residence.
    Also, if you have a few hours each week to assist in any number of ways, you’re most welcome to volunteer your service to this vital ministry.  Please give this program some consideration, and call 412-820-8350 to sign up for service OR to volunteer your time for this important and worthwhile volunteer meal service program.  Thank you!

Duquesne University, our Catholic university located in downtown Pittsburgh, will host its DuquesneFest on Sunday, June 14, at 8:00am .  This day is held to allow upcoming high school seniors and their parents to visit Duquesne University and learn all about its programs and admissions.  Register now here.

Volunteers are always needed at the UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital.  Call 412-784-4000 to get started!

TRY SOME MORNING MEDITATION
    Some of our best prayer time is actually spent in silence, meditation, and reflection.  On Wednesday mornings at 7:15 am, members of our parish community gather in the Library of the Pastoral Center with Mr. Andy Bechman for meditation and prayer.  You’re most welcome to join them!  Contact Andy at the parish office for more information.

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.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, May 18—Pope Saint John I 
   8:30 am   Louis Certo (The Certo Family)

Tuesday, May 19
   8:30 am   Susan Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
           
Wednesday, May 20—Saint Bernardine of Siena
   8:30 am   Millie Wenzel, 82nd birthday—Living

Thursday, May 21—Saint Christopher Magallanes
   8:30 am   Theresa Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)

Friday, May 22—Saint Rita of Cascia
   8:30 am   Marcy Galda (Bill and Ann Marie Kiszka and family)

Saturday, May 23
   9:00 am   James and Thomas Liberatore (Eleanor Liberatore)
 
   5:00 pm   The Romango and Lavery Families (Marie Romango)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, May 24— PENTECOST SUNDAY
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
                
   9:00 am   James E. Wasson (brother, Robert)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
   11:00 am   Paul Wessell, Sr. (M/M Regis Wessell)  
      Presider : Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 17, 2015
Sunday: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn 17:11b-19
Monday: Acts 19:1-8/Jn 16:29-33
Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27/Jn 17:1-11a
Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38/Jn 17:11b-19
Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11/Jn 17:20-26
Friday: Acts 25:13b-21/Jn 21:15-19
Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31/Jn 21:20-25
Next Sunday: Acts 2:1-11/Gal 5:16-25 or 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13/Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or Jn 20:19-23

Sunday Altar Flowers   for both Mothers Day and Fathers Day in June have been donated to the parish by the Gallagher and Flynn Families in memory of their parents and in honor of all mothers and fathers.  Many thanks!

LEADERSHIP WITH THE HEART OF CHRIST
    Bishop David Zubik will host a special evening with Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, DD of Newark, NJ on Monday, June 15, at 6:30 pm at Saint Paul Seminary.  Archbishop Hebda is a Pittsburgh native ordained here in 1989.  He will speak on leading others to the Lord.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Thanks for your help from the group which helps the homeless and poor in our area.  Items now needed include  canned vegetables, canned red, black, or baked beans, pasta sauce, boxed meal mixes, and canned tuna or chicken.  Donations may be left in the bins at the church entrance.
    You’re also invited to donate in the small gift bag in church both $5 McDonald’s gift cards and PAT $2.50 Connect cards.  See our parish website here for more information.  Thank you all very much!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

AN IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE CDTCA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING!
    Because the Fox Chapel Golf Club is doing extensive repairs on 12 of its golf course greens,  arrangements have been made to move the CDTCA Golf Outing to the nearby Pittsburgh Field Club on Monday, June 1!   For more information, please contact Mrs. Lori Russell here this month!  Your participation is greatly appreciated by our students and by the PTG!

A NEW 3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM  HAS BEEN ADDED TO OUR 4 YR. OLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN!
    Our Catholic Academy is adding a 2-day, 3-year-old  Pre-School to our 4-year-old Pre-K (both 5 days or 3 days) program!   If you’re interested in visiting the program, please call Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) this week.  

CDTCA VOLUNTEERS LITURGY AND BREAKFAST RECEPTION IS  MAY 22
    Our Catholic Academy will host a Liturgy and Breakfast on May 22 beginning at the 8:30 am Mass in order to thank the many parents and volunteers who’ve helped to make this year such a success.  We greatly appreciate all that you do for CDTCA!  Thank you.  Please join us on May 22!

CDTCA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW FOR THE 2015-2016 YEAR
    Our Catholic Academy continues to grow in these years!  If you’d like a quality Catholic education for your child in a faith-filled and nurturing school community, contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) for application information!
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HEALTH CLASSES AT THE ASPINWALL BOROUGH BUILDING
    The Aspinwall Borough Emergency Management Office is offering a class in Blood Pressure Control at the borough building this Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 pm.  Learn how to prevent cardiac problems and strokes by reducing your blood pressure.  For more information, please contact Mr. Andy Marsh at Aspinwall Borough.  Information on other future classes will be shared throughout the coming year.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to Tudi Mechanical Systems   for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad and contact them for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning needs!

Celebrating the Ascension!
This past Thursday, we commemorated Jesus’ return to the Father in his Ascension. We also celebrated the heavenly glory to which Jesus returned. When we are raised from the dead, we too hope to share in the glory of God in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven!

Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 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

Parish Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta..................Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
Amy Condosta………………………………………………Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso    

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927