June 28, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    This weekend, we welcome home the 80 young adults and adults of our parish community who went on mission to southern West Virginia!  For many years now, students, chaperones, and parish staff  have journeyed together into rural areas of Appalachia.  Once there, they bring the Good News of God’s love and the Lord’s care to numerous families and households.  They participate in parish life and Liturgy there.  They also participate in local catechesis and evangelization, and they complete a large number of service and repair projects in the community!
    The Mission Week work accomplished by our students and adults is very beneficial to all those whom they serve.  I’m very grateful for all they accomplish each Summer in the name of the Lord.  Their service toward many people and the Kingdom of God is wonderful and exemplary. 
    These parish members and their missionary work also remind us that each and every one of us has been given a mission by the Lord Jesus in our Baptism and in our Confirmation.  Each and every one of us has work to do for the Lord, for the Church, and for the Kingdom!  Do you know what your mission is?  Are you fulfilling your mission this year and throughout your life?  Reflect now on your personal mission.  Do what you can to share the God News and build the Kingdom  so that, when you stand before the Lord Jesus on your last day, you can share with him all that you’ve done for him and for his Kingdom.  God bless!                                                                               —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 next event is scheduled for August at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland. 

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    We’re beginning a new era in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  We’re all invited to examine our discipleship and the life of our parish communities.  We’ve begun a 3 year self-study of all our parishes, schools, and programs. 
    We’re starting with prayer and refection.  Then we’ll initiate our self-study in each parish and school.  In 2018, we’ll implement plans for the future of the Diocese.  A great deal of information and participation will be offered to all members.  Please take part as we prepare for the next 50 years of our Diocesan life in Christ!   Thank you all!

SUPPORTING THE CHARITABLE WORK OF POPE FRANCIS IN THE COMING YEAR
    Every year, close to the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, we take up a world wide second collection to support the daily charitable efforts of the Holy Father in Rome.  The largest amount of support usually is donated from the Church in the United States of America!   This year, you can contribute directly to the work of Pope Francis as he shares your generosity and the charity of the Catholic Church with those challenged and struggling throughout the world.  Thank you very much.  God bless!
  
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 often give thanks to the Lord our God!    It’s also good for our parish community to give thanks to you, our parish members and families, for the years of active participation and generous support that you’ve shared with our parish as well as with many 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

  
OUR PARISH MEMBERS HAVE RETURNED FROM APPALACHIA, AND THEY GIVE THANKS!
    Having returned from their Mission Week in Appalachia, our 80 students and adults are very grateful to God for the excellent week and the missionary experience that they had beginning last Sunday.  Also, our many 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 here.
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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!

Also, thanks for helping  to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all grateful!
  
MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES ARE COMING LATER THIS SUMMER!
    For all those who’ve requested monthly contribution envelopes, you’ll begin receiving them in August now that we have 50 requests. Thanks for  your support!

Our parish’s Committee for Haiti will meet this Wednesday evening, July 1 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.  All parish members and friends are welcome!

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 website 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 29—Saints Peter and Paul
   8:30 am   Frank Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)

Tuesday, June 30—The First Martyrs of Rome
   8:30 am   Edward Biernesser (Family)
           
Wednesday, July 1—Blessed Junipero Serra 
   8:30 am   Irene Berncic (Debbie & Gerry Ries)

Thursday, July 2
   8:30 am   William Loeffler (Connie & Jack Kunz)

Friday, July 3—Saint Thomas, apostle 
   8:30 am   Graemer Hilton (Hilda DiBiasi)

Saturday, July 4—Independence Day
   9:00 am   Franklyn Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)
   
   5:00 pm   Margaret E. Wasson (Son, Robert)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, July 5—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato                            
               
   9:00 am   Frank Skowron (Children & Grandchildren)
      Presider: Father Robert Duch

   11:00 am   Alfonso Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa & Family)   
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 28, 2015

Sunday: Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24/2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15/Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43

Monday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10/Gal 1:11-20/Jn 21:15-19

               Day: Acts 12:1-11/2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18/Mt 16:13-19

Tuesday: Gn 19:15-29/Mt 8:23-27

Wednesday: Gn 21:5, 8-20a/Mt 8:28-34

Thursday: Gn 22:1b-19/Mt 9:1-8

Friday: Eph 2:19-22/Jn 20:24-29

Saturday: Gn 27:1-5, 15-29/Mt 9:14-17

Next Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a


DO YOU LIKE TO SING IN CHURCH?
    Please consider joining one of our reorganized choirs!  Complete an orange registration form in the church, and join in making beautiful music for the Lord, for our Liturgy, and for our parish community!  Thank you very much!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE 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, canned vegetables, canned chicken, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, rice, potato flakes 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!
    
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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HELPING TEENAGERS TO COPE
    A new program for teenagers is being offered by our Catholic Diocese this August 7-9 to help those ages 13-18 who’ve lost a parent to death or who are dealing with parental separation, or divorce, or remarriage.  Brochures for Young People’s Beginning Experience are available in the church entrances and in the parish office.

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!  Special note: On Wednesday, July 1, the meditation group will meet in the parish hall.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to S&T Bank in the Waterworks Mall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Visit them for your financial needs, and see their ad for contact information!

Save us too, Lord Jesus!

The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ saving the people of his day are inspiring and remarkable!  Thankfully, he will save us as well.  We all need to be helped and to be rescued —ultimately from death.  Jesus is the one Savior whom we should call upon often in our lives!

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