August 2, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Have you ever been hungry?  Have you ever missed breakfast or another meal only to then feel weak or tired?  Many people know this experience both in our nation and most especially in poor and underdeveloped nations around the world.  Then again, many of us have never known this experience of hunger because there’s plenty of food available to us at all times of the day.
    Instead of physical hunger, most Americans have a condition of spiritual hunger!  Our lives are too busy, and our homes and workplaces are anything but quiet with all of the electronic noise constantly entering our ears!  Our souls are all too often longing for more prayer and meditation and quiet time in order to receive the divine grace that nourishes us spiritually.
    Jesus nourishes our souls with his Eucharist, and he gives us a share in his divine life through his Word and through silent prayer and meditation.  May we receive Jesus’ gifts each day so that we will never hunger spiritually but will instead be nourished and spiritually healthy always.  God bless!
                                                                      —Father Jim Torquato

PRAYING AND PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
    We’re beginning a three year self-study of our Catholic 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!), Bishop Zubik is inviting all in the Diocese to take part in various evenings of prayer this summer. 
    The next prayer event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12,  at 7:00 pm at Saint Paul Cathedral, Oakland.  All are invited and welcome to participate in this special evening of prayer!

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    Next month, Pope Francis’ will visit Philadelphia (for the World Meeting of Families), Washington, DC, and then New York City and then the United Nations.  Please keep Pope Francis in your prayers, and follow his coming Papal Visit on EWTN Catholic Television!

POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER ON ECOLOGY
    Every Catholic Christian is invited to read Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter on our need to care for the earth.  The Papal Letter is entitled Laudato Si (Praised Be God) and can be found in its English translation on the Vatican website here.  Church leaders, world leaders, and media commentators will be referring to Laudato Si for years.  Read this Papal Letter now.

WELCOME TO OUR MISSIONARY VISITOR THIS WEEKEND!
    This weekend, our parish welcomes our annual missionary visitor, Oblate Father Abraham of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales.  As you’ll see in the bulletin insert today, the Salesians have been serving in the Catholic Church and in the missionary work of the Church for centuries!  The Salesians have been bringing the Good News and our Christian faith and hope in God to nations and peoples around the world through their dedicated members and affiliates inspired by the Holy Spirit of God!
    Father Abraham will speak of his missionary experiences, and as we do each year, we’ll have our a second collection to benefit the Salesian Missions.
    Thank you for your welcome to Father Abraham and for your kindness and generosity in our second collections.  All of us are called to share the Good News with others.  Thank you for doing so through the continuing work of Church missions and missionaries.

CONTINUING OUR PROGRESS
   Hopefully you’ve noticed the improvements being made in our Saint Scholastica Parish church and academic buildings in the past 15 months!  Our maintenance and custodial staff have been hard at work during these summers and the entire year  to clean all of our property, to polish and make needed repairs, to paint what needs painting, and to put our parish and school property into excellent condition!
    As for the renovation of the Ministry Center and work on the interior of the church (which many have requested of our pastor),  these important projects will be addressed in the coming years as we near the completion of our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive.   Renovating both the Church and the Ministry Center in the coming years will benefit Saint Scholastica Parish for many generations to come!

THIS SUNDAY’S DONATION OF ALTAR FLOWERS
    The flowers at the altar today have been donated by Miss Tish Marsico in memory of her mother, Theresa Marsico,  who was born 100 years ago.

CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    On Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.  This one-day event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese for a day of prayer and fellowship.
    Register soon for this special event at www.cmfpitt.org.   Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  You’ll have an inspiring and excellent day on September 19!

MEDITATION ANNIVERSARY
    Our Wednesday Christian Meditation Group is celebrating their second anniversary of meeting at 7:15 am in the Ministry Center.  They invite you to this refreshing and life directing meditation experience.  Join them to deepen your practice and life of prayer!

Mass Intentions for this year can be scheduled by contacting our parish office during regular hours.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ANDYOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

 YOU’RE INVITED TO BE A CCD CATECHIST!
    It’s time to plan for our new Catechetical Year that begins this September!   Our excellent parish CCD program always needs the dedicated help of parish members to serve as catechists for the CCD year. 
    If you have time and an interest in sharing our faith with young students, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here this month.  Please help us to serve the Lord and to form his youngest disciples!
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CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY??
    If you or someone you know would like to learn about our faith and possibly become a Catholic Christian, our parish is forming a new Inquiry Group to discuss your questions about our Catholic faith and life.  It’s an informal group, and there’s NO obligation.  Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR via email here, OR contact our parish office!

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES ON SUNDAY
    Beginning this Sunday, August 2, from 10:15 am until 10:45 am, in the parish hall,  Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff will lead parish members in the prayer of Lectio Divina during which the Sunday scriptures will be read slowly so that a phrase or passage might speak to your heart and remain with you for the day.       
    This prayer is meant to deepen your appreciation for the Sunday Liturgy and to advance your spiritual life and prayer.  Stay after the 9 am Mass or arrive early before the 11 am Liturgy.  Come on any Sunday that you can—NO commitment is required.  Materials and snacks will be provided.  There is NO fee. 

SEMINAR FOR MARRIED COUPLES
    A special one day program to nurture married life is being hosted by our Catholic Diocese on Saturday, August 22, from 8 am—3:30 pm at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree.  All married couples are welcome.  Visit the diocesan website here for complete information. 

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 (www.pghpriest.com).

Once again, thanks for helping  to clean up our church after (and before) each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help!

FINDING A CATHOLIC LITURGY ON VACATION
    Going on vacation?   The Catholic Internet site  www.masstimes.org   was created to provide local Liturgy times for travelers and those on vacation.  Visit the web site, and then check with the church when you arrive.  Have a great vacation.  God bless!
  
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY EVENT
    On Sunday, October 11, at 2:30 pm at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate this year’s Liturgy to honor couples of the Diocese marking their 50 year wedding anniversary.  Please register now (and until August 8) at our parish office, and the Diocese will then send a formal invitation to your home in September.

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!

SCHEDULING WEDDINGS FOR 2016
    Weddings in 2016 are now being scheduled.  All couples should contact our parish office to arrange 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 on your engagement, and God bless!

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, August 3
   8:30 am   Donald Hogan (The Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, August 4—Saint John Vianney, priest
   8:30 am   Theresa Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)
           
Wednesday, August 5—Dedication of St. Mary Major
   8:30 am   Francis Clifford, anniversary (L. Clifford)

Thursday, August 6 — The Transfiguration of the Lord
   8:30 am   George Voyer (Marion & Bob Auray)

Friday, August 7
   8:30 am   Leo R. Schultz, birthday (Irene Schultz)

Saturday, August 8—Saint Dominic, priest
   9:00 am   George Miller (The Shaughnessy Family)

   5:00 pm   Douglas Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 9—Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Carmela Ferraro (The Ferraro Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Frederick Greif   (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries and Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 2, 2015

Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15/Eph 4:17, 20-24/Jn 6:24-35

Monday: Nm 11:4b-15/Mt 14:13-21

Tuesday: Nm 12:1-13/Mt 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14

Wednesday: Nm 13:1-2, 25--14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Mt 15:21-28

Thursday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14/2 Pt 1:16-19/Mk 9:2-10

Friday: Dt 4:32-40/Mt 16:24-28

Saturday: Dt 6:4-13/Mt 17:14-20

Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:4-8/Eph 4:30--5:2/Jn 6:41-51
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks to our donors who help the local group which serves our homeless and poor neighbors!   There is a need now for the following food items: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, and boxed meal mixes.  Donations may be left in the containers in 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 for information.  Thank you for your charity and your generosity to the poor!    God bless!

Give thanks and praise to the Lord always!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY CONTINUES TO GROW THIS YEAR
    Thanks to the support of our four Catholic Academy parishes as well as the work of our teachers, parents, families, staff members, our 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 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 is making progress with new technology and upgraded instruction.  All parents and families with children ages 3-14 are welcome to apply now for admission to our Catholic Academy.  Come join us at CDTCA where great beginnings last a lifetime!
    
CDTCA ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS 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 now (412-781-7927)!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    Please mark your calendar now for the CDTCA’s Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 7!  This year, our event will be held at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road, and the theme will be  “Into the Woods”.  It’ll be another fun evening with great company, fine food stations, and great auctions items!
    If you’d like to help our coordinators with donations, or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dani Folino here or Mrs. Erin Christoforetti here.  Thank you for your support of all our students at CDTCA!
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Blessed are those who live in the ways of the Lord!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to TeqGuys Computer Specialists  for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their bulletin ad today for contact information!
 
The Lord Jesus, bread of eternal life!
In the Gospel according to John, Jesus promises us that, by receiving him in the Eucharist, we will be given a share in his everlasting life. Through Jesus’ goodness, we’ll have a place at his eternal banquet of life. May we be grateful for this gift, and receive the Lord 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, Traci Giuffre...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

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927