July 12, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    If I were to offer an opinion, I would say that all of us who are Catholic Christians probably do the work of the Lord more often than we might think.  We accomplish the work of Jesus in our families, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in our wider community in so many ways every day!
    Like the Gospel account this Sunday in which the Apostles and disciples are sent on their missions by Jesus, the work of the Lord Jesus is  NOT only found in the spectacular events and the marvelous miracles which attract lots of attention.  The work of the Lord Jesus is done in all of the acts of care and kindness and compassion which we extend regularly to our family members and fellow Christians and neighbors and strangers.
    May we all serve others as did Jesus and the Apostles, and in doing so, may we and Jesus and the entire Church continue to bring about God’s Kingdom on earth.  God bless!                       
                                                                      —Father Jim Torquato


THIS SUNDAY’S PROGRAM TO ASSIST CAREGIVERS AFTER YOUR TIME OF SERVICE
    All of our parish members and our neighbors who have been caregivers for a family member or friend are most welcome to this Sunday’s afternoon program in the parish hall. 
    From 1 pm—3 pm, a parish program will be held this Sunday on “Returning to Life after Giving Care”.  Presented by Sister Pat Baker, CDP and our Parish Bereavement Committee, this video seminar will give support and professional advice to those who have been busy caring for loved ones!  All are welcome!

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 prayer event is scheduled for July 22  at 7:00 pm in one dozen parish churches.   Our closest local church for this prayer service will be Saint Bartholomew Parish, Frankstown Road, in Penn Hills.  All of our members and families are welcome!

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!

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    Having concluded his Papal Visit to Central and South America this past week, Pope Francis will head from the Vatican to North America in just nine weeks.  Many Church members and families and parishes are preparing for and anticipating Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba followed by his visit to Philadelphia (for the World Meeting of Families) and then Washington, DC and finally New York City for an address to the United Nations.
    Please keep Pope Francis and the event planners in your prayers this summer, and then plan to follow this coming Papal Visit in September on EWTN Catholic Television!  Viva il Papa!

POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER TO ALL PEOPLE REGARDING OUR CARE FOR THE EARTH
    Every Catholic Christian and every Christian and every person is invited to read Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter on our need to care for the earth which is our one and only home. 
    The Papal Letter is entitled Laudato Si (Praised Be God) and can be found in its English translation on the internet using any search engine.  Church leaders, world leaders, and media commentators will be discussing and referring to Laudato Si for years to come.  Read this Papal Letter yourself this summer!

CHANGING BABY DIAPERS AND MORE
    Our church has new baby changing stations in the Men’s Restroom and upstairs in the Children’s Room.  We’ll also be working to upgrade and improve the Children’s Room this year in keeping with our Campaign project to reach out to more young families!

PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR JULY 26 SUMMER BLOOD DRIVE!
    For the purpose of medical treatments, surgery, and emergency readiness, the supply of blood in our region must always be kept at an adequate level.  To assist with this need, the Central Blood Bank will return to our parish hall on Sunday, July 26 from 8:00 am to Noon to accept your generous donations for their blood supply. 
    While many donate blood at work and in other events, all of our parish members and families are welcome to donate blood here as well.  Please register at www.centralbloodbank.org and use CODE G0040167.   On July 26, follow the instructions and bring photo identification.  Thanks for your donation and generosity!   Many people will benefit because of your gift of blood which is a gift of life!

SEPTEMBER 19 CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    On Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held again at the Palumbo Center at Duquesne University!  This one-day event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese for a day of inspiration, prayer, and fellowship.
    Mark your calendar now and register for this special event in the coming weeks.  More information on registration will be provided soon.  Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  You’ll have an inspiring and excellent day on September 19!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

  
INVITING YOU TO BECOME AN ADULT CCD CATECHIST THIS YEAR!
    It’s NOT too early to begin planning for our next Catechetical Year that begins this September!   Our excellent parish CCD program always needs the dedicated help of additional parish members to serve as catechists for the school year. 
    If you have time and an interest in sharing our faith with young students, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon  or Miss Meredith Troyan this month.  Please help us to serve the Lord and to form his youngest disciples!

JULY CAMP HELPING HAND FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
    This week, parish students in grades 5-9 will participate in our Camp Helping Hand on July 13, 14, and 15!  This is an excellent opportunity for our young students to go into our local community (with adult supervision) and make a difference. 
    Many thanks to our students who are participating, to Mrs. Jamie Dillon and Miss Meredith Troyan of our parish staff, and to the parents and catechists who are assisting this week.   Have a great week, everyone!
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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) for information.

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES ON SUNDAY
    Beginning 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. 

Join us on Wednesday mornings for Christian meditation at 7:15am in the Ministry Center Library!

A Protecting God’s Children Seminar will be held on Saturday, July 25, 10:30 am at St. Irenaeus Parish in Oakmont.  Call 412-828-9521 now to register.

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES COMING!
    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!
  
SCHEDULING WEDDINGS FOR 2016
    The schedule book for 2016 weddings is now open here at Saint Scholastica Parish.  All couples planning to schedule your wedding here 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 website here.  Congratulations on your engagement, and God bless!

FINDING 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!

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!

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, July 13—Saint Henry 
   8:30 am   Marilou Kennedy (Paul F. Kennedy)

Tuesday, July 14—Saint Kateri Tekakwitha—virgin
   8:30 am   Charles W. Flynn (The Gallagher Family)
          
Wednesday, July 15—Saint Bonaventure—bishop
   8:30 am   Joseph Costa, anniversary (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Thursday, July 16—Our Lady of Mount Carmel
   8:30 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero (Wife & Family) 

Friday, July 17
   8:30 am   Rocky Benton (Deanna Miller)

Saturday, July 18—Saint Camillus—priest
  9:00 am   Mary Rom (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
 
  5:00 pm   Philip Joyce (Family)
     Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 19—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
   9:00 am   Edmund Nerz (The Doherty Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Janet Fitzgerald (The Bassler Family)    
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 12, 2015

Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13

Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22/Mt 10:34--11:1

Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a/Mt 11:20-24

Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12/Mt 11:25-27

Thursday: Ex 3:13-20/Mt 11:28-30

Friday: Ex 11:10--12:14/Mt 12:1-8

Saturday: Ex 12:37-42/Mt 12:14-21

Next Sunday: Jer 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34

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 chicken, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, instant mashed potato flakes, and boxed meal mixes.  Donations may be left in the plastic 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 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 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 for admission to our Catholic Academy.  Join us now!
    
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)!
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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.  Please register now!

DO YOU LIKE TO SING IN CHURCH?
    Please consider joining one of our reorganized choirs!  Complete an orange registration form located in the church before July 30, and join in making beautiful music for the Lord, for our Liturgy, and for our parish community!  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to  Dr. Bradley Smith, DMD, of Smith Orthodontics, Fox Chapel  for being a bulletin sponsor.   See his ad for more information!

Lord Jesus, help us to help you!

In the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, the Lord sends out his Apostles and disciples to continue his work, and he promises to be with them through his Spirit. Let us pray that the Lord who is also sending us out to serve will remain with us and support us through his Spirit!


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