July 5, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, wants to make this journey of life with each of us and all of us!  The Lord came to share life with all human persons and to accompany us throughout all our years.
    As Jesus makes this journey with all of us who are his flock, he certainly knows well who we are, how close we are to him, and what our virtues and our shortcomings are.  Still, Jesus wants to be with us as much as he wants us to be with him.  More than likely, Jesus wants to be with us even more than we desire to be with him. 
    Knowing his followers very well,  Jesus makes it clear in today’s Gospel that we often lack strong faith.  Yet, he understands our condition, he continues to encourage us to have faith in God and in him, and he extends great patience toward us as we mature in our belief and in our discipleship.
    May we not be discouraged by our lack of Christian perfection or the weakness of our faith or our lack of perseverance.  Instead, may we know that the Lord will never give up on us.  Jesus will stay with us and will do all that he can to guide his flock to the Kingdom!                                              —Father Jim Torquato

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    We’re beginning a new era in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  We’re all invited to examine our discipleship and the life of our parish communities.  We’ve begun a 3 year self-study of all our parishes, schools, and programs. 
    We’re starting with prayer and refection.  Then we’ll initiate our self-study in each parish and school.  In 2018, we’ll implement plans for the future of the Diocese.  A great deal of information and participation will be offered to all members.  Please take part as we prepare for the next 50 years of our Diocesan life in Christ!   Thank you all!

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 event is scheduled for July 22  at 7:00 pm.   The closest local church for this prayer service will be Saint Bartholomew Parish, Frankstown Road, in Penn Hills.

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY!
    Our nation is celebrating our American Independence Day and the liberty, life, Constitution, and history that have been ours and all Americans' since 1776! There’s so much to celebrate and so much for which we should be grateful every day of the year.  May we continue to be grateful for all the blessings received by the United States of America!   May we continue to thank and praise God who has blessed us all!
    Best wishes for a good holiday weekend as we celebrate our nation!  In addition to our celebrations, may we also recommit ourselves to serving our country and our fellow citizens of this wonderful land.  Finally, may we share our blessings with many others, and may we continue to serve humanity and the world by sharing our faith and our freedom with all who are longing for light and  hope in their lives and lands!

OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED THIS FRIDAY
    This Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, our nation will officially observe the Independence Day holiday.  Our parish offices will be closed this Friday (as well as Saturday).  Our offices will be open again on Monday, July 6.  Have a good holiday and a good weekend!

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 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.  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!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND YOUR SUPPORT!
    We celebrate the Eucharist each Sunday and every day because we should often give thanks to the Lord our God!    It’s also good for our parish community to give thanks to you, our parish members and families, for the years of active participation and generous support that you’ve shared with our parish as well as with many 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.  We’re most grateful for the 30% who do participate and support us today.  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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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! 
    Catholic Christians of every age are given a personal mission to serve and to make a true difference in the lives of others.  This is an excellent opportunity for our young students to get out into the local community (with adult supervision) and make such a difference. 
    The registration fee is $25 per student, and registration forms are needed today.  Adult help is also welcome.  For further information, please contact Meredith Troyan at the Religious Education Offices.

MANY THANKS FROM OUR APPALACHIAN MISSION TEAM
    Our Appalachian Mission Team would like to thank all our supporters in the parish for your generosity and your prayers.  Last week, 76 students and adults were in southern West Virginia for a week of service at 22 homes, for prayer, and for evangelization.  Many residents were delighted that we traveled so far to assist them!   All of our hard work and caring were made possible through your support.  Thank you!
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SEPTEMBER 19 CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    On Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held once again at the A. J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University!  This annual one-day event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese for seven hours of inspiration, prayer, fellowship, and support. 
    Mark your calendar now and register for this special event in the coming weeks.  More information on registration will be provided this summer.  Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  You’ll have an inspiring and excellent day on September 19!

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

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.

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.
 
MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES ARE COMING LATER THIS SUMMER!
    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 engaged couples interested in scheduling your 2016 wedding here are asked to contact our parish office this summer in order to schedule 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, 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!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, July 6—Saint Maria Goretti—martyr
   8:30 am   Dolly Ellerbrock (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, July 7
   8:30 am   Liza Porter (Deana Miller)
          
Wednesday, July 8
   8:30 am   Graemer Hilton (The Donnelly Family)

Thursday, July 9—The Chinese Martyrs
    8:30 am   Reverend Donald Bolls—Living (Aspinwall Friends) 

Friday, July 10 
   8:30 am   Reverend Michael Ackerman—Living (CDTCA Friends)

Saturday, July 11—Saint Benedict—abbot  
   9:00 am   Mario Noro (Georgine Veltri)
   
   5:00 pm   Deceased members of the Vey Family (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, July 12—Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato                            
                 
   9:00 am   Dr. Herbert Sperling (Carolyn Buzzelli Stumpf) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
   11:00 am   Angela Marsiglio (Friend)    
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 5, 2015
Sunday: Ez 2:2-5/2 Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6a
Monday: Gn 28:10-22a/Mt 9:18-26
Tuesday: Gn 32:23-33/Mt 9:32-38
Wednesday: Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a/Mt 10:1-7
Thursday: Gn 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5/Mt 10:7-15
Friday: Gn 46:1-7, 28-30/Mt 10:16-23
Saturday: Gn 49:29-32; 50:15-26a/Mt 10:24-33
Next Sunday: Am 7:12-15/Eph 1:3-14 or 1:3-10/Mk 6:7-13

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks to our donors who responded to our recent requests from the local group that serves our homeless and poor neighbors!  There is a need for the following food items: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned chicken, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, instant potato flakes, rice, and boxed meal mixes.  Donations may be left in the containers near 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 church’s plastic 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!

TRY SOME MORNING MEDITATION
    Some of our best prayer time is actually spent in silence, meditation, and reflection. On Wednesday mornings at 7:15am, members of our parish community gather for meditation and prayer.  On Wednesday, July 8, the meditation group will meet in the parish hall.  On subsequent Wednesdays, they will be back in their usual spot in the Ministry Center library.  Please join them!


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 by 10%-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 continues to get even better.  All parents and families with children ages 3-14 are welcome to apply for admission to our Catholic Academy.  Join us soon!
    
CDTCA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW 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.

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

Lord Jesus, renew our faith!
A great many Catholic Christians desire a stronger faith in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! If you’re one of these disciples of Jesus who would like a deeper faith, then spend much more time in silent meditation and prayer and in reading the Bible!

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