June 21, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    For most of our Christian history, the Catholic Church of which we are members has been depicted as a ship on its  journey to the final destination of God’s Kingdom.  It is a very fitting image that has inspired many images and prayers throughout these twenty centuries.
    When Peter and the Apostles were in their fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee during the turbulent night when Jesus rescued them, their sailing vessel was very small and only carried a few believers.  The Church is a much larger and more stable vessel that carries more than 1.2 billion Catholic Christians on our shared journey to eternal life.
    Much as Peter and his fellow Apostles were grateful that the Lord Jesus brought them to safety, we too can be grateful that Jesus provides us with an even larger and more seaworthy vessel in which to travel—remain with the Lord’s holy Church and we will make our way together to the fullness of life in God.  May the Lord bless you always!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

LOOKING FOR MORE SHEPHERDS
    The Church is always in need of dedicated and good shepherds.  All young men are invited to discern the Lord’s call and to respond generously.  Contact the Diocesan Vocations Office here (+) for information.

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 this 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.  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!

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!

CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY!
    This Sunday, our nation is observing Father's Day once again!  It is very good to remember the importance that our dads have in our families, in our lives, and in the church as well.  Our best wishes and thanks are extended to all fathers, grand fathers, stepfathers, adoptive fathers, godfathers, expectant fathers, spiritual fathers, foster fathers, and all men who give life, goodness, and faith to their families and to many others in your daily living and work!   God bless!

The Altar Flowers for this Father's Day have been donated to our parish Liturgy by Eileen Gallagher and the Gallagher and Flynn Families in honor of their fathers and all fathers.  Thank you very much!

CONTINUING THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!!
    Our Bishop,  our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive and all our parishes are very, very grateful for the continuing contributions of our members and families who’ve pledged your support for our diocesan Church!     
    Thus far, about 40% of the pledges made in our parish and throughout the Diocese have been donated to the Campaign.  If 100% of our parish pledges are remitted to the Campaign offices, then Saint Scholastica Parish will receive about $600,000 toward important projects and renovations here. 
    Thank you for your generous contributions so far!  All contributors are invited to fulfill your pledges before June 2018 when the Campaign will be concluded.

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!

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.  We’re most grateful for the 30% who do participate and support us today.   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

PARISH MEMBERS ARE HEADING TO APPALACHIA THIS SUNDAY MORNING!
    Your continued prayers and support are appreciated by the nearly 80 parish youth and adults who will head to southern West Virginia early this 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 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!   God bless!

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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SEPTEMBER 19 CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    On Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held once again at the A. J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University!  This annual one-day event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese for seven hours of inspiration, prayer, fellowship, and support. 
    Events such as this have increased around our country during the past decade and have benefited countless Catholic men and families!   Mark your calendar now and register for this special event in the coming weeks.  More information on registration will be provided this summer.  Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  You’ll have an inspiring and excellent day on September 19!

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.

SCHEDULING WEDDINGS FOR 2016
    The schedule book for 2016 weddings is now open here at Saint Scholastica Parish.  All engaged couples interested in scheduling your 2016 wedding ceremony here are asked to contact our parish office this summer in order to schedule a meeting with the pastor.
    This initial meeting is needed in order to gather basic information and then to discuss a wedding date.  NO ceremony dates or times can be discussed with the parish staff but only with Father Torquato.  Also, please DO NOT plan any date for a reception until your ceremony is scheduled here at the church.  You’ll find further wedding information at our parish Internet site here.   Congratulations, and God bless!

FINDING A CATHOLIC LITURGY WHILE YOU’RE ON VACATION
    Going on vacation?   The excellent Catholic Internet site  www.masstimes.org (+) was created years ago to provide local Liturgy times for travelers and those on vacation.  Visit the web site now, and then check with the church you’ll be visiting when you arrive at your destination.  Have a great vacation.  God bless!

SUPPORTING OUR PARISH THIS SUMMER
    Thank you for your financial support of Saint Scholastica Parish throughout the year!   Please continue your support during this summer and when you’re away on vacation.  Your generosity truly helps our parish community to remain vital and strong.  Your support will also keep our local church alive for generations to come!

 . . . AND THINKING OF OUR PARISH’S 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 22—Saints John Fisher and Thomas More
   8:30 am   In Thanksgiving (Rich &  Donna Oxley)

Tuesday, June 23
   8:30 am   Living & Deceased Members of the Ziegler Family (Family)
           
Wednesday, June 24—The Birth of St. John the Baptist
   8:30 am   Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, June 25 
   8:30 am   Sophie Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)

Friday, June 26
   8:30 am   The Shanahan Family (John & Denise McCarthy)

Saturday, June 27—Saint Cyril of Alexandria
   9:00 am   Frank Donnelly (Constance Donnelly)
 
   5:00 pm   William Ladley (Marjorie Ladley)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, June 28—Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Robert Duch                           
               
   9:00 am   Lawrence & Margaret Conley (Judy Stafford & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Margaret H. Froehlke (Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Marsico) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 21, 2015

Sunday: Jb 38:1, 8-11/2 Cor 5:14-17/Mk 4:35-41

Monday: Gn 12:1-9/Mt 7:1-5

Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18/Mt 7:6, 12-14

Wednesday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10/1 Pt 1:8-12/Lk 1:5-17

                    Day: Is 49:1-6/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80

Thursday: Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 or 16:6b-12, 15-16/Mt 7:21-29

Friday: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22/Mt 8:1-4

Saturday: Gn 18:1-15/Mt 8:5-17

Next Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43

  
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 a need for the following food items: canned fruit, peanut butter, 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 church’s 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!  God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY CONTINUES TO GROW THIS YEAR
    Thanks to the continued support of our four Catholic Academy parishes as well as the work of our teachers, parents, families, staff members, admissions director Mrs. Traci Giuffre, and our principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, our student community of CDTCA continues to grow in number!  The number of students at CDTCA is expected to grow by 10%-15% by late August and reach nearly 165-170
students for the new school year!
    The future of CDTCA is very bright!  Our excellent school continues to get even better.  All parents and families with children ages 3-14 are welcome to apply for admission to our Catholic Academy.  Join us this year!
    
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
    If you’d like a quality Catholic education for your child in a faith-filled and nurturing school community, contact our school office (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 interested, please call 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 Ministry Center with Mr. Andy Bechman for meditation and prayer.  You’re most welcome to join them!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to the  Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory,  Blawnox   for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad for contact information!

Turning to Jesus each day! 
Jesus comes to the rescue of Peter and the Apostles in today’s gospel account. As Catholic Christians and disciples of Jesus, we believe that Jesus is present through the Holy Spirit to come to our rescue as well. Stay close to the Lord, and call upon him often!


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