July 26, 2015


A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s Gospel account of Jesus feeding the 5000 members of his audience recalls an important event in the ministry of the Lord.  This remarkable and miraculous multiplication of the loaves and the fishes has always been evidence to us Christians that Jesus possesses divine power.  This event also shows us the very generous care and love that Jesus extended toward all those who came to him.
    This kindness shared by the Lord with so many people is also a clear message and reminder to all of us that we are called to do all that we can to meet the needs of our families and fellow disciples and neighbors.  Our nation is blessed with so much abundance and so many riches.  We do well to imitate Jesus in sharing our resources and blessings with others in need.
    We can help very local efforts in our parish to feed and help the poor.  We can assist other projects like the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  We can donate to Catholic Relief Services.  We can do a great deal to serve and provide for others just as Jesus did.  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!

PARISH CENSUS UPDATE BEING CONDUCTED
    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
   Sister Pat Baker, CDP and our Parish Bereavement Committee have been hosting programs on Sunday afternoons that address life and family issues.  Parish members have been attending all 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 each of the church entrances.

JOIN OUR REORAGNIZED CHOIRS NOW!
    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!

THIS SUNDAY’S 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 this Sunday, July 26 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm 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.  Follow the instructions and bring photo identification.  Thanks for your donation and generosity!   Many will benefit because of your gift of blood which is a gift of life!

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.
    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!

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    In seven weeks,  Pope Francis will visit 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!

POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER TO ALL PEOPLE REGARDING OUR CARE FOR THE EARTH
    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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

CONGRATS TO CAMP HELPING HAND!
    Congratulations to the 21 teenagers and the 3 parish adult volunteers who participated in the 19th annual Camp Helping Hand in July!  During this middle school community service camp, our students worked with Habitat for Humanity, Family House, the Veterans Hospital, and our nearby Adopt a Highway!  They also packed and unpacked cartons of books for religious education and worked in the ministry center!

YOU’RE INVITED TO BECOME AN ADULT CCD CATECHIST THIS YEAR!
    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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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 light refreshments will be provided.  There is NO fee. 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
“We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit," Pope Francis has written, "so that the
love of God may warm our hearts.”  Join other parish members who are trying to discover this spirit as we practice Christian meditation on Wednesday mornings, beginning at 7:15 in the Ministry Center library.  No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

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 more 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, July 27
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, July 28
   8:30 am   Dorothy Killian (The Killian Family)
          
Wednesday, July 29—Saint Martha
   8:30 am   Special Intention (L. Clifford)

Thursday, July 30—Saint Peter Chrysologus
   8:30 am   Matthew Elder (Family)

Friday, July 31—Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest
   8:30 am   Mario Noro (Elissa and Melissa Lang & Pete O’Malley)

Saturday, August 1—Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop
   9:00 am   Mario Noro (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Robert Styslinger, birthday (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, August 2—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Florence Fairley (Kathleen Piper, daughter)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Giuseppe Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 26, 2015

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

Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34/Mt 13:31-35

Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28/Mt 13:36-43

Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35/Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42

Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38/Mt 13:47-53

Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37/Mt 13:54-58

Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17/Mt 14:1-12

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

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 beans (red, black, kidney, etc.), canned vegetables, 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 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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MANY THANKS FROM THE AQUINAS GUILD!
    Our Aquinas Guild members extend their thanks to all our parish members who’ve supported their events and fundraisers this year.  Thanks to you, the Guild has been able to support our parish as well as the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Sharpsburg Food Bank,  Meals on Wheels, the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Good Samaritans School in Haiti, and Family House.  We’re grateful for all your support!

HELPING TEENAGERS TO COPE
    Help for teenagers is being offered by our Catholic Diocese this August  7-9 to help those 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 in the  church and in the office.  Please register now!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Hartwood Chiropractic  for being a bulletin sponsor.   See their ad for information!

Lord Jesus, nourish us! 
Most Americans are blessed with more than enough food for our families and ourselves.  Jesus’ providing food in his own day reminds us to help those in need. It also reminds us that the Lord wants us to receive the spiritual food that he offers us in the Eucharist!


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