June 14, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Quite often, as we make our way through our days and weeks and years, we think that it’s entirely up to us to get things done.  Whether it’s all the matters that occupy us in our homes and family life or perhaps the many responsibilities of our workplace or community or our parish or school, we usually think that “if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me!”
    Many of us think that the same is true of building the Church and growing the Kingdom of God.  Whether we’re members of the clergy, or we’re parish members, or we’re Religious or volunteers or paid staff, we often think that the work of the Lord has been left to us to accomplish.   If this were true, it would be a tremendous responsibility that would probably be overwhelming for any of us.
    Thankfully, in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus himself reminds us that the power and the providence and the Spirit of God are also very much at work bringing about the Kingdom that Jesus has inaugurated.  May we all do what we can for the building of the Church and the growth of the Kingdom of God, and may we also rely on the power and goodness of God to accomplish the work that Jesus has begun on behalf of all humanity.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

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.  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’re 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!

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR DIOCESE BY BEGINNING WITH PRAYER!
    As you know, Bishop David Zubik has begun a three year self-study of our Diocese along with all members, families, and shepherds of the Church.  In order to prepare for the work of this self-study (entitled On Mission for the Church Alive!), our Bishop is inviting all in the Diocese to take part in various evenings of prayer this summer and in the months ahead. 
    The first diocesan evening of prayer and reflection will be  held on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. in 12 parishes. Local churches will include Saint Sebastian Parish in Ross Township and Sacred Heart Parish in Shadyside.  The complete list of parishes will be published in the Pittsburgh Catholic next week.  All are welcome to this evening of Adoration and prayer.  The theme for the evening will be “What am I to do?”  Please plan to participate!

LEADERSHIP WITH THE HEART OF CHRIST
    Bishop David Zubik will host a special evening with Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, DD of Newark, NJ this 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 this weekend or Monday morning at the diocesan website here.

Once again, thank you all for your help in keeping our church clean for those coming to the next Liturgy.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated by everyone!
  
ENJOYING AND EXPLORING OUR TRADITIONS!
    On Thursday, June 4, almost 40 of our parish members gathered for an evening of “Tapping our Monastic Heritage.”  Those gathered heard a brief overview of the tradition of monastery brewing from Brian Balonick of our parish.  They sampled eight beers brewed by Trappist monks, and they also tried the monastic practice of Lectio Divina—a prayerful, meditative reading of the Scriptures.
    Many participants enjoyed the event and meeting other parish members.  Other comments included: “The beer tasting was very interesting and educational, but the prayers were better!”  and “It was fun to have a cross section of people” and again “It was very interesting to hear the historical background and religious connection of an enjoyable item!”
    Many thanks to Mr. Andy Bechman and to Mr. Brian Balonick and to all who participated.  Thanks too to those whose generous donations covered the costs of this event.  Stay tuned for more upcoming events!

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

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL THANKS!
    Last week, more than 90 young students, teenage volunteers, and parish staff and adults participated in this year’s Vacation Bible School here at Saint Scholastica Parish!  Its was a wonderful and full week of  learning much about the Bible!  It was also a week full of sharing faith and time with so many  members of our parish community and the People of God of all ages!
    Many, many thanks are offered to Mrs. Jamie Dillon and Miss Meredith Troyan of our Religious Education Staff for their coordination of the Vacation Bible School once again this year.  In addition, many sincere thanks are offered to all our adult and teenage volunteers as well as our parents, contributors, and supporters of this summer’s VBS!  Thank you for helping to share the message of God’s Word in the Bible with so many young children of our community. 
    Thanks to all for such a good VBS week, and may all of you have a blessed and restful summer.  God bless!

PARISH MEMBERS ARE HEADING TO APPALACHIA IN TWO WEEKS!
    Your continued prayers and support are appreciated by the nearly 80 parish youth and adults who will head to southern West Virginia early next Sunday, June 21, for one week of service to needy households and families! 
    These young and adult parish members will give a full week of time and energy to sharing their faith and charity with numerous families and households in the region of Appalachia.  They will participate in catechesis and prayer as well as numerous service projects that will help those who are elderly and in need.  
    As they prepare to depart for this year’s annual Mission Trip, our participants offer sincere and grateful thanks to all who’ve helped to make this service project possible!  Thanks to all our supporters for your generosity and for your daily prayers for this annual missionary project!

JULY CAMP HELPING HAND FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
    All parish students in grades 5-9 are invited to participate in this summer’s Camp Helping Hand on July 13, 14, and 15 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm each day! 
    Catholic Christians of every age are given a personal mission to serve and to make a true difference in the lives of others.   This is an excellent opportunity for our young students to get out into the local community (with adult supervision) and make such a difference. 
    The registration fee is $25 per student, and registration forms are needed before July 5th.  Adult help is also welcome.  For further information, please contact Meredith Troyan at the Religious Education Offices.
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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.
  
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.

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!

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!

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!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, June 15
    8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Bozik Family (The Miketic Family)

Tuesday, June 16
   8:30 am   Frank Capozzi (Francesca Capozzi-Alvin  and  Lou Alvin)
           
Wednesday, June 17 
   8:30 am   Stanley Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, June 18 
   8:30 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, June 19
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer (Family)

Saturday, June 20
   9:00 am   Irene Berncic (Debbie & Gerry Ries)
 
   5:00 pm   Andrew J. Bohatch (Thomas & Yvonne Maher) 
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
   
Sunday, June 21—Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am   William H. Labriola  (The Labriola Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Helen Jacob  (Bill & Jean Eckert) 
      Presider : Father Robert Duch 

Readings for the Week of June 14, 2015

Sunday: Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34

Monday: 2 Cor 6:1-10/Mt 5:38-42

Tuesday: 2 Cor 8:1-9/Mt 5:43-48

Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-11/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: 2 Cor 11:1-11/Mt 6:7-15

Friday: 2 Cor 11:18, 21-30/Mt 6:19-23

Saturday: 2 Cor 12:1-10/Mt 6:24-34

Next Sunday: Jb 38:1, 8-11/2 Cor 5:14-17/Mk 4:35-41
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Thanks to our donors who responded to our recent requests from the local group that serves our neighbors who are homeless and poor!  There is now an urgent need for men’s belts, sizes 30-34, and especially size 32; as well as men's tennis shoes in good condition, sizes 10 to 11½. 
    Items also needed are canned vegetables, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, and boxed meal mixes.  Donations may be left in the plastic containers near the main church entrance. 
    You’re also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards and PAT $2.50 Connect cards which can be placed in the small gift bag near the plastic containers.  See our parish website’s Stewardship page here for information.  Thank you very much for your charity and your generosity to the poor!

Volunteers of all sorts are always needed at the UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital, Delafield Avenue.    Please call 412-784-4000 this week to get started!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S CDTCA GRADUATES!
    This June, our eighth grade class of our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy celebrated their graduation! 
    Our sincere congratulations and best wishes are extended to:  Anhyra Arias-Gonzalez, Megan Cyterski, Natalie Cyterski, Nova Hawkins, Kirsten Hazel, Cassandra Karlik, Jacob Lewis, Jake Malcanas, Jada McCullough, Gregor Meyer, Catherine Moosman, Mackenzie Mosco, Julian
Pendergast, Claire Pilewski, Brian Purnell, Ben Studebaker, and Tatum Quinlan!   May the Lord bless you all as you live out your discipleship and help to build his Kingdom!

TOURS OF OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY AVAILABLE IN JUNE DURING OFFICE HOURS
    Our CDTCA offices will be open from 9:00 am—1:00 pm during weekdays in June.  If you’d like school information, or if you’d like to schedule a visit during June, please call the school office at 412-781-7927.  We welcome interested parents and families to contact us during these weeks!

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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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.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company, East Carson Street for being a bulletin sponsor.  See their ad for contact information!

Building the Kingdom of God!

Following Easter and Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi Sunday, now we come to “the rest of the year!” While the holy days have ended, these are now our months to focus on our daily work of spreading the Word of God and growing the Kingdom of the Lord!

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