May 31, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Praise to you Almighty Lord,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
    God the Most Holy Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—whom we celebrate today and every day of the year is both the origin of the universe and all life and all humanity as well as our final destination and our salvation!  What a wonderful and magnificent revelation the Lord gave to Israel in ancient days and Jesus the Christ has given to his holy Church in the Christian era!
    All that God is and all that God does are signs of the incredible love and community that is at the heart of God in the Holy Trinity!   Compared to other beliefs and ways of life,  may we always know how blessed we are as Catholic Christians to know the Trinity and the divine love and community to which all of us are called.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato
    
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.  Please register online this week at the diocesan website here.

CATHOLIC PASTORAL CARE AT UPMC SAINT MARGARET HOSPITAL
    Since 1980, UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital has received pastoral care for its Catholic patients from a number of priests and church members.  As you know, Saint Margaret Hospital is actually part of the local Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh and has 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 ever needed, call our parish 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!
 
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND YOUR SUPPORT!
    We celebrate the Eucharist each Sunday and every day because we should give thanks to the Lord our God every day!   In our lives, it’s important for us to thank one another often as well—especially our spouses, our parents, our grandparents, our children, our friends, and our neighbors.
    As a parish community, it’s also good for the pastor and the staff to express our gratitude for the years of active participation and generous support that many in Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish have shared with our parish as well as with other Catholics, the poor, and the needy. 
    Every year, nearly 30% of our parish members and families participate in our Sunday Liturgies weekly or often.  Likewise, nearly 30%  contribute to the life and operations of Saint Scholastica Parish.  It would be wonderful if we actually had 100% participation and support, but that has never happened.  We’re most grateful for the 30% who do participate and support us in this day and age.   May you always know how important and appreciated your regular participation and support truly are, and may the Lord bless you for being his faithful and generous disciples and for being members of his holy Church!
                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato              

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!

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! 

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!

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!

PARISH MEMBERS ARE HEADING TO APPALACHIA!
    Your continued prayers and support are appreciated by the nearly 80 parish youth and adults who will head to southern West Virginia early on Sunday, June 21, for one week of service to needy households and families!  Thanks for your generous support and for your daily prayers for our annual missionary project!
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THIS SUNDAY’S 1-3 pm PROGRAM ON CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
    Sister Patricia Baker, CDP and our parish Bereavement Committee will host a video and discussion program this Sunday afternoon, May 31, from 1:00—3:00 pm, for parish members and guests who are caring for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Please join us, and bring any friends or neighbors who might also benefit from this important program this Sunday afternoon!

OUR SUNDAY 9:00 AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD HAS CONCLUDED FOR NOW
    Our Sunday, 9:00 am Children’s Liturgy of the Word has ended for the summer months and will resume again 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!
    On behalf of our Children’s Liturgy of the Word, many thanks go to our leaders: Melissa Scheffler, Natalie Gillespie, Jamie Dillon and Youth Ministry members, Molly Conroy, Jennifer Begg, and Andy Bechman.   We thank these students (many from Mrs. Scheffler’s 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 well Julie, Emily, and Lindsay Scheffler.  Thanks, too, to Mrs. Gillespie for coordinating this ministry and to Mrs. Scheffler for coaching our students.  Thanks also go to 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 our parish members who participate in and support the work of our Hope for Haiti Committee!  The Hope for Haiti Committee will meet next on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.  All are welcome!
 
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 Duquesne's 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, June 1—Saint Justin, martyr
   8:30 am   Frank Donnelly (Constance Donnelly)

Tuesday, June 2—Saints Marcellinus and Peter
   8:30 am   Marion Borosa (The Scanlon Family)
           
Wednesday, June 3—The African Martyrs
   8:30 am   Nicholas Hanchulak (Barbara Michaels)

Thursday, June 4
   8:30 am   Flo & Ed Fairley (daughter, Kathleen Piper)

Friday, June 5—Saint Boniface, martyr
   8:30 am   Joan Grace Farina, birthday (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Saturday, June 6—Saint Norbert, bishop
   9:00 am   Patrick & Janet Fitzgerald, anniversary (children)
   
   5:00 pm   Helen Minshull (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
   
Sunday, June 7—BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
                 
   9:00 am   Eleanor Pantone (husband, Joseph & children, Joey, David & Marilyn)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Bernice Gimber, anniversary (L. Clifford) 
      Presider : Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of May 31, 2015
Sunday: Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Rom 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20
Monday: Tb 1:3; 2:1b-8/Mk 12:1-12
Tuesday: Tb 2:9-14/Mk 12:13-17
Wednesday: Tb 3:1-11a, 16-17a/Mk 12:18-27
Thursday: Tb 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a/Mk 12:28-34
Friday: Tb 11:5-17/Mk 12:35-37
Saturday: Tb 12:1, 5-15, 20/Mk 12:38-44
Next Sunday: Ex 24:3-8/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

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

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Thanks for your help given to the homeless and poor in our area.  There is an urgent need for men's belts, sizes 30-34, especially 32; and for men's tennis shoes in good condition, sizes from 10 to 11½.  Food items needed are canned vegetables, boxed meal mixes, and canned fruit.  Donations may be left in the bins near 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!

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!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONCLUDING OUR ACADEMIC YEAR!
    This Friday, June 5, following the morning Liturgy, our Catholic Academy will conclude classes for this academic year!   Congratulations and thanks very much to all our students and parents and families for an excellent year!  Many thanks, too, to our principal and faculty and staff!  Thanks also go to our four pastors, our parish staff members, and our four parish communities for the tremendous support that they continue to give so generously to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!   May all of you have a blessed summer!  See you back at CDTCA in August!

OUR CDTCA GOLF OUTING IS THIS MONDAY!
    Our CDTCA Annual Benefit Golf Outing will be held tomorrow at the Pittsburgh Field Club!  Many thanks go to all of our participants, our event sponsors and contributors, our dedicated organizers and the CDTCA PTG, the CDTCA administration and staff, all our volunteers, and the parish staff!  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 Monday, June 1. Leave a message at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 or email Andy Bechman here.  Come join us!

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 Pittsburgh Vein Center in Monroeville for being a bulletin sponsor.   To schedule a personal consultation, see their ad for their address as well as for their contact information!

Celebrating Trinity Sunday!

This weekend, we celebrate the divine life and community of God who has created us, who redeemed us, and who sanctifies us!  Our faith and life in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are extraordinary gifts for which we should be grateful every day. Amen!


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