May 24, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    In our Christian belief and tradition that are first expressed in the Book of Genesis, it was the Spirit of God who hovered over the waters of the earth and who carried out the work of the Creator in bringing about all earthly life and humanity as well.  It was through the divine Spirit that the Lord God created the People of Israel and led them through their history,  Likewise, it was the Holy Spirit who brought about the Incarnation and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  Finally, it’s been the Holy Spirit who has inspired all Christian faith and who has given divine life and guidance to the Church throughout these twenty centuries.
    The Holy Spirit of God has done so much for us and for all the Church.  From our faith and the Bible, to our Baptism and the Eucharist, to all the Sacraments and our prayer and Christian teaching, the Holy Spirit has given so many marvelous blessings to all of us! 
    Even now, the Spirit who has done so much for us continues to come upon us to assist us and to serve the People of God in so many ways!  Let us call upon the  Holy Spirit  each day and receive all the blessings and benefits that only the Holy Spirit of God can give.  God bless!
                                                                                        --Fr. Jim Torquato

CATHOLIC PASTORAL CARE AT UPMC SAINT MARGARET HOSPITAL
    Since moving from Lawrenceville to the City of Pittsburgh property adjacent to Aspinwall in 1980, UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital has received pastoral care for its Catholic patients from a number of priests and church members.  As you may know, Saint Margaret Hospital is actually part of the local Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh and employs a part-time Episcopalian chaplain.
    Coordinated now by Father Torquato, there are eight local Catholic pastors who provide daily emergency coverage for the Catholic patients at Saint Margaret’s.  In addition, dozens of Catholic Communion Ministers also provide the Eucharist each day for Catholic patients as well.  When you are a patient at Saint Margaret’s, please notify our parish office.  If Last Rites are needed, call our office or alert the nursing staff there ASAP!

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!

CELEBRATING THE GREAT DAY OF PENTECOST AND THE CONCLUSION OF EASTER
    We have arrived 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 this 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 God!

BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK HAS ANNOUNCED THIS YEAR’S “MANIFESTING THE KINGDOM” AWARDEES IN EVERY PARISH
    Initiated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl in 1999, the Manifesting the Kingdom Award recognizes members of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in every parish who are making significant contributions to the growth of the Church and the building of the Kingdom of God.
    This year, we’re pleased to announce that, at the request of the pastor and staff, the Manifesting the Kingdom Award will be conferred upon  Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher  of our Saint Scholastica Parish community!  For many years, Mary Ellen has been a member and an officer of our women’s Aquinas Guild.  She has served our school as a Parent Teacher Guild officer and as an active volunteer for several decades.  Mrs. Maher has also been active in our Pastoral Council for a number of years, and she was the general chairperson of our 2007 Centennial celebration.  Thank you so much, Mary Ellen, and congratulations once again!
    Previous recipients of this award were:  Mr. Louis Leeper (1999), Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (2001), Mrs. Mary Smith (2003), Mr. Ted Phillips (2006), M/M Jack and JoAnn Lovey (2009), Mrs. Bernie Bonessa (2011), and Mrs. Joanne Saunders (2013).  Thanks to all our awardees as well as all our members and families for your service to our parish, to the Diocese, and to the Kingdom of God!

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 goal.  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 Diocese.   Thank you!

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!

RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION FOR GENESIS
    This 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!

CONCLUDING OUR SUNDAY 9:00 AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Sunday, 9:00 am Children’s Liturgy of the Word will conclude this 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!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD THANKS!
    This Sunday is the final session of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  Many thanks go to our Children’s Liturgy leaders: Melissa Scheffler, Natalie Gillespie, Jamie Dillon and Youth Ministry members, Molly Conroy, Jennifer Begg, and Andy Bechman.   We also thank these students (many from Mrs. Scheffler’s CCD Confirmation class) who also assisted:   Mark Appleman, Abby Baldauf, Sydney Condron, Kate Feczko, Marissa Hardiman, Meredith Kenney, Brendan McLaughlin, Sara Rabbitt, Olivia Senan, Sarah Sinnott, as well as Julie, Emily, and Lindsay Scheffler.  Many thanks, too, to Mrs. Gillespie for coordinating this ministry and to Mrs. Scheffler for coaching our student helpers.   Special thanks go to all our of young children who took part this year.  May you always love God’s Word!

OUR HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE WILL MEET NEXT ON JULY 1st
    Thanks to all our parish members who participate in and support the work of our parish’s Hope for Haiti Committee!  Your care for and your charity toward the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is most important and greatly appreciated!  The Hope for Haiti Committee will NOT meet in June but will instead hold its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  All are welcome to attend our meeting!
    
ADDING AND TRAINING NEW ALTAR SERVERS
    Students in Grades 3-11 are welcome to register as new servers. To sign up and  become a new server, send an email to parish@saintscholastica.com.  Your service to our parish and Liturgy is greatly appreciated! 

Come, Holy Spirit!   Renew the face of the earth!

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 8:00 am.  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 at the Duquesne website 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 25 — Memorial Day
   9:00 am   Men & Women of the Armed Services (The Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, May 26 — Saint Philip Neri, priest
   8:30 am   Pete & May Koppel (The Koppel Family)
           
Wednesday, May 27
   8:30 am   Irene Berncic (Sheila Hauck)

Thursday, May 28
   8:30 am   Daniel S. Gombos, Anniversary (Dan & Theresa Gombos)

Friday, May 29
   8:30 am   Alice Sams—Living  (Lila Cunzolo)

Saturday, May 30
   9:00 am   Irene Berncic (Betty & Joe Bartolick)
 
   5:00 pm   James & Thomas Liberatore (Eleanor Liberatore)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
   
Sunday, May 31—MOST HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY 
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Charles Hughes (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Peggy Monfredi)  
      Presider : Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of May 24, 2015
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
Monday: Sir 17:20-24/Mk 10:17-27
Tuesday: Sir 35:1-12/Mk 10:28-31
Wednesday: Sir 36:1, 4-5a, 10-17/Mk 10:32-45
Thursday: Sir 42:15-25/Mk 10:46-52
Friday: Sir 44:1, 9-13/Mk 11:11-26
Saturday: Sir 51:12cd-20/Mk 11:27-33
Next Sunday: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Rom 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20

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 given to the homeless and poor in our area.  Items needed are canned vegetables, boxed meal mixes, and canned tuna and chicken.  Men's belts, sizes 30-34 (especially 32) are an urgent need.  Donations may be left in 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!

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

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

NEXT WEEK’S JUNE 1st CDTCA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING!
    Our CDTCA Annual Benefit Golf Outing will be held at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Monday, June 1!   Our field of golfers is full now, but to be placed on a standby list, please contact Mrs. Lori Russell by email here this week.  Your participation is greatly appreciated by our CDTCA students and by the Parent Teacher Guild!

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!

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 program to our 4-year-old Pre-K (either 5 day or 3 day)!   If you’re interested in visiting the program, please call Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) this week.  
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TAPPING OUR MONASTIC HERITAGE!
    Catholic monasteries have been well known for brewing beer.  On Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall, adults 21+ are invited to explore this heritage with our initial evening of ‘Theology on Tap.’  Mr. Brian Balonick will review the Trappist traditions of brewing.  Also, Trappist beers will be tasted, and then Mr. Andy Bechman will lead some time in the monastic meditation tradition of Lectio Divina.  There is NO fee to participate—donations for the refreshments will be accepted.   So that we can purchase enough provisions, please reserve a seat by June 1. Leave a message at 412-781-0186, ext. 18.   Come join us!

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

MASS INTENTIONS FOR LOVED ONES
    We remember and pray for our deceased loved ones through the request of a Mass Intention.   Intentions are still available for this year.  The offering is $10.  Call the office.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to the  McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes  for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad for contact information.

Celebrating Pentecost Sunday!
Today, we celebrate the third great event of the Easter Season: the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church!  Following Jesus’ Resurrection and his Ascension into glory, it is the gift of the Holy Spirit that has brought our faith and divine life to all Christians!

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
office@cdtca.org