July 19, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As a reminder that Jesus is fully human as well as the divine Son of God, we see in today’s Gospel account that Jesus knew the importance of rest and meditation and prayer.  At various times in his public ministry, Jesus took the Apostles off by themselves to have quiet time away from their ministry and work even though the people wanted them to stay.
    This summer is a very good and important time for all of us to take time off and get rest from our daily and weekly routine.  These summer weeks are certainly moving along quickly, and the new academic and catechetical year will be with us in the months ahead.
    Along with all the work that we still must do in these weeks, may we all take time to rest and meditate and pray as did Jesus so that we’ll be refreshed and renewed by September.  Then we’ll be ready and eager to resume our service of the Lord and one another.  God bless!
                                                                                      --Fr. Jim Torquato

PARISH CENSUS UPDATE BEING CONDUCTED THIS SUMMER
    In these months, Mrs. Debbie VanDemark of our parish staff is contacting parish households by phone and mail to make certain we have your complete and correct information on file.  Your cooperation is truly appreciated and very beneficial to our parish. Thanks!

SEMINAR VIDEOS AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS
   This year, Sister Pat Baker, CDP and our Parish Bereavement Committee have been hosting programs on Sunday afternoons that address the topics of caregiving and other life issues.  Parish members and neighbors have been attending these seminars.
    If you’ve  not been able to participate in a particular session, you may contact Sister Pat through the parish office to arrange a weekday viewing of the program you missed.  The list of topics is posted at the each of the church entrances.

PRAYING AND PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
    We’re beginning 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!), 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 this Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 pm in one dozen parish churches.   Our closest church for this prayer service will be Saint Bartholomew Parish, Frankstown Road, in Penn Hills.  All are welcome!

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!

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    In just eight weeks,  Pope Francis will head from the Vatican to North America.  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 Sii (Praised Be God) and can be found in its English translation here.  Church leaders, world leaders, and media commentators will be discussing and referring to Laudato Sii 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!

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

YOU’RE INVITED 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 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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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 simple refreshments will be provided.  There is NO fee. 

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.

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 www.diopitt.org 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!
 
MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES COMING!
    For all those who’ve requested monthly contribution envelopes, you’ll begin receiving them in late August!

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!

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!

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, July 20
   8:30 am   Bashie Meyer (The Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, July 21—Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
   8:30 am   Nancy D. Bellinger (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
          
Wednesday, July 22—Saint Mary Magdalene
   8:30 am   All Souls most in need of God’s Mercy

Thursday, July 23—Saint Bridget
   8:30 am   Clementine Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, July 24—Saint Sharbel Makhluf
   8:30 am   Louis Hern (The Miketic Family)

Saturday, July 25—Saint James, apostle
   9:00 am   George Miller (Frank & Diane George)

   5:00 pm   Mary Ann Secola (Mickey Pastor)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, July 26—Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Elaine Mitsch (Fred Mitsch & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Neil Alexander (The Downey Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
Readings for the Week of July 19, 2015

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

Monday: Ex 14:5-18/Mt 12:38-42

Tuesday: Ex 14:21--15:1/Mt 12:46-50

Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Thursday: Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b/Mt 13:10-17

Friday: Ex 20:1-17/Mt 13:18-23

Saturday: 2 Cor 4:7-15/Mt 20:20-28

Next Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15

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 vegetables, cereal, macaroni and cheese,  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, divorce, or remarriage.  Brochures for Young People’s Beginning Experience are available in the church entrances and in the parish office.  Please register this week!

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  Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd., Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad for contact information!
 
Lord Jesus, shepherd us!
As today’s Gospel account reminds us, Jesus does want to walk with us and shepherd us each day.  For our part, we should remain as close as we can to Jesus so that we will know his presence and receive his guidance and his care. Walk with Jesus every day!

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