June 7, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Whether it’s the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus or the gift of the Holy Spirit or our belief in the Holy Trinity or the Holy Eucharist, these most important elements of our Catholic Christian faith are so significant that we celebrate them every day and again with special days and seasons each year!   They are all such a regular part of our faith and our lives that we forget, at times, of just how amazing and wonderful the Resurrection, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, and the Eucharist truly are!
     On this Corpus Christi Sunday and throughout the entire year, may we appreciate the faith and divine revelation that we have received from the Lord and from our ancestors in the Church.   May we also cherish the Eucharist that is our share in the heavenly banquet of the Lord.  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.  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!

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.  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 WILL PRESENT THIS YEAR’S “MANIFESTING THE KINGDOM” AWARDS AT SAINT PAUL CATHEDRAL TODAY
    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 Sunday afternoon, Bishop David Zubik will present the Diocesan “Manifesting the Kingdom” Award to  Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher  of our Saint Scholastica Parish community as well as to recipients from our 200 parishes!   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!

The Eucharist is our promise of eternal life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

 THIS WEEK’S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    During this 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.   Our Religious Education staff will be sharing these morning sessions with nearly 60 young students, and they’ll be assisted by dozens of our teenage helpers.  This is always a fun and wonderful week for all participating!  Please offer a prayer today for the success of this week’s Vacation Bible School.  Thanks!

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 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!

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!  This is an excellent opportunity for our young students to get out into the local community (with adult supervision) and make 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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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!

HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE TO MEET 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 next Sunday, June 14, at 8:00am .  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, June 8
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, June 9—Saint Ephrem, deacon
   8:30 am   Pamela McCorkle (The Koloc Family)
           
Wednesday, June 10
   8:30 am   John Marous (The Marous Family)

Thursday, June 11—Saint Barnabas, apostle
   8:30 am   John Mahardy (Mark and Cathy Bellinger)

Friday, June 12—The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
   8:30 am   The Unborn (The Respect Life Committee)

Saturday, June 13—The Immaculate Heart of Mary — Saint Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor
   9:00 am   Special Intentions of the Certo Family (J. and N. Certo)
 
   5:00 pm   Kathleen Nolan (Ruth & Gary Keefer)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, June 14—Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
   9:00 am   William M. Henderson (Wife & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Bert & Theresa Noe (Patricia Noe Kennedy) 
      Presider : Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 7, 2015

Sunday: Ex 24:3-8/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-26

Monday: 2 Cor 1:1-7/Mt 5:1-12

Tuesday: 2 Cor 1:18-22/Mt 5:13-16

Wednesday: 2 Cor 3:4-11/Mt 5:17-19

Thursday: Acts 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Mt 5:20-26

Friday: Hos 11:1, 3-4, 8c-9/Eph 3:8-12, 14-19/Jn 19:31-37

Saturday: 2 Cor 5:14-21/Mt 5:33-37

Immac. Heart: Is 61:9-11/Lk 2:41-51

Next Sunday: Ez 17:22-24/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Thanks for your help given to the homeless and poor in our area.  Items needed are canned vegetables, canned fruit, boxed meal mixes, and macaroni and cheese.  Donations may be left in the church entrance.  You’re also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards and PAT $2.50 connect cards.  See our parish website here for more information.  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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad for member doctors, their locations, and contact information!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S CDTCA GRADUATES!
    This past Wednesday, our eighth grade class of our Catholic Academy celebrated their graduation day!   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 build his Kingdom in the years ahead!

OUR CDTCA GOLF OUTING THANKS!
    Our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild and the organizers of last Monday’s Annual Benefit Golf Outing are very, very grateful to all of the participants, the event sponsors and contributors, all the event volunteers, the CDTCA administration and staff, and our parish staff for making this annual event such a tremendous success once again!   Your participation and support are truly appreciated by our CDTCA students and by the entire Academy community!
  
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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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!


Celebrating the Body and Blood of the Lord!
Following the Easter Season and Holy Trinity Sunday, we now have our annual celebration of the Eucharist which Jesus gives to us each day!  His Body and Blood are his pledge to share both divine and eternal life with all of us who are his faithful disciples!

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