August 30, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When Catholic Christians discuss Pope Francis and his faith and leadership and teachings, they often call Saint Francis of Assisi to mind as the namesake of the Holy Father.  Pope Francis can also be associated with the great Jesuit Catholic saints who are Saint Ignatius Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier!
    Having been a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as a young man and priest before becoming a Bishop, Pope Francis received his formation in the faithful and strong ways of the Society founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
    Among the disciplines and spiritual practices of the Jesuits is the commendable practice of a regular (or even daily) examination of conscience.  Jesus calls us to true holiness.  Saint Ignatius of Loyola then called all companions of the Lord to examine our lives, thoughts, actions and faithfulness to Jesus each and every day.  What a good practice for all of us who wish to be holy and to remain close to the Lord always.  God bless!                       
                                                                             —Father Jim Torquato

CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry has adopted the practice of sending CARE packages to our parish students in college.  Parents are invited to submit your student’s college address to Jamie Dillon this week.
    ALSO, if you’d like to contribute to this parish effort, donations of chewing gum, life savers, Kleenex, small hand sanitizer bottles, packages of hot chocolate, prayer cards, etc. will be most welcome!  A donation box will be placed in the church entrance soon for your college care package contributions.  Thank you!
    
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 event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese!
    Register soon for this special event at www.cmfpitt.org.   Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  It’ll be a great day!

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
    From September 23—November 1, the local Forty Days for Life program will hold its daily prayerful witness at the Planned Parenthood location on Liberty Avenue, downtown, to stand against the practice of abortion that is committed there each day.  For information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) OR local director Nikki Bruni (412-926-9413).

LOCAL WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY
    The ninth year of our Women’s Catholic Bible Study will begin here at Saint Scholastica Parish on Tuesday, September 8, at 1:00pm—3:00pm in the Parish Hall.  The multi-week program will be a study of the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Isaiah!   There will be 26 sessions now until May (excluding holiday weeks).  The seminars will include written and video commentaries presented by Catholic Biblical scholars.  The donation for program materials is $55 per participant.  For further information, please call Bernie Bonessa (412-963-0198) this week.

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!

CONTINUING OUR PROGRESS
   Hopefully you’ve noticed the improvements being made in our Saint Scholastica Parish church and academic buildings!  Our maintenance and custodial staff have been cleaning, polishing, making repairs, painting, and putting our church and school into excellent condition!
    As for the renovation of the Ministry Center and work on the interior of the church (which many have requested),  these important projects will be addressed in the coming years as we complete our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive.  Renovating the Church and the Ministry Center will benefit Saint Scholastica Parish for many generations!

LIFELINE HEALTH SCREENING COMING SOON
    On Tuesday, September 15, Lifeline Health Screenings will be conducting their testing at Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg.  Learn more about your health.  Call 1-800-690-0323 before Sept.  8.

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!

Meals on Wheels is looking for those in need and for volunteers to help.  Call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) to request meals OR to help!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR CCD PROGRAM!
    All of our parents with children in public and/ or  private, non-Catholic schools are asked to register your student/s in our parish Religious Education  Program this week.  All students in grades 1-8 are expected to participate in one of our various CCD sessions beginning September 20.  Please contact our staff this week to register for this year’s program.

YOU’RE INVITED TO BE A CCD CATECHIST!
    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 now.  Please help us to serve the Lord and to form his youngest disciples!

CCD SESSIONS TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20
    This year’s Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, September 20, and the national theme for this CCD year is “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.”  Please be sure to contact our Religious Education staff this month to register for CCD classes and to choose the day you’d like to attend!
    On Sunday, September 20, following the 9:00 am Mass in church, an assembly for Sunday CCD students and their parents will begin at 10:00 am in the school cafeteria (enter via the Third Street door).  Also, an assembly for Tuesday evening students and their parents will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:15 pm in the school cafeteria.  Finally, Home Study families are asked to come to the 5:00pm Saturday evening Mass on September 12 and pick up your materials in the Church after the Liturgy.

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
    A Generations Softball Game is scheduled for this Sunday, August 30, at 1:00 pm, at Aspinwall Field!  All teens and adults are welcome to attend and take part.

SATURDAY EVENING YOUTH MINISTRY LITURGIES TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 12
    All students in grades 6-12 are invited and most welcome to participate in the music ministry of our monthly Saturday evening 5:00 pm Youth Ministry Liturgy.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon for information.  Rehearsals are held in the church during the late afternoon.  The first Youth Ministry Mass will be September 12.  Please come and join us!
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OUR COMING “YEAR OF MERCY”
    Pope Francis is asking all Catholic Christians to celebrate a “Year of Mercy” from December 8 until next November.  More information will be shared in the coming months. 

The 50th Annual Diocesan Mission Dinner to help fund our diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru will be held October 8 at the Station Square Sheraton.  For info, contact Father Torquato or call 412-456-3085.
  
NEW BEGINNING WEEKEND FOR ADULTS
    The loss of a spouse because of death, separation, or divorce is a traumatic experience.  The New Beginning Weekend is a program held by our Catholic Diocese to help those widowed, separated, and divorced come to a new beginning and a new life.       
    The next weekend will be October 23-25 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  Financial assistance for the weekend program is available.  Visit www.BeginningExperience.org for information and registration OR call Mary (412-523-2405) this week.
   
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!

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).

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, August 31
   8:30 am   Cecelia Ferguson  (Rita V. Schultz)

Tuesday, September 1
   8:30 am   Joseph A. Smetanka  (Jean & Bill Eckert)
          
Wednesday, September 2
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

Thursday, September 3—Pope Saint Gregory the Great
   8:30 am   Jonathan Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, September 4
   8:30 am   Frances Maher   (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)

Saturday, September 5—Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
   9:00 am   Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   Frances Maher & Elizabeth M Williams   (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, September 6—Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Stephen F. Miketic, birthday   (The Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Stephen Herbolich   (daughter, Marianne Chatham)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 30, 2015

Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30

Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37

Wednesday: Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44

Thursday: Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11

Friday: Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39

Saturday: Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5

Next Sunday: Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks to all who help the local group which serves our homeless and poor neighbors!   They now need the following food items: canned vegetables, canned beans, cereal, boxed mac ‘n cheese, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, fruit cups and jello cups. Donation bins are 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 bins.  See our parish website’s Stewardship page here for information.  Thank you for your charity and your generosity to the poor!  God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

PARENT/ STUDENT/ FAMILY EVENTS AT CDTCA
    On Wednesday, September 2, all CDTCA parents are invited and welcome to the Parent Information Program at 6:30pm.
    On Tuesday, September 8, the Annual CDTCA Family Social will be held at Squaw Valley Park from 6-8pm.  Please join us!

WELCOME TO OUR 177 STUDENTS AND ALL OUR CDTCA FAMILIES!
    This academic year we welcome 177 returning, transfer, and new K-8 students to our regional school—a 20% increase in students since last June!
    Our pastors, principal, teachers, and staff know this will be an excellent year!   The air conditioning will keep everyone cool.   Our new technology is installed.  Our wireless network has been upgraded.  The Google Chromebooks are here and will be integrated into our Grade 5-8 curricula.  Classrooms, the cafeteria and kitchen, and both buildings have been cleaned and painted and polished.  New equipment has also been provided by the PTG, our school benefactors, and Saint Scholastica Parish.
    If you’re still considering CDTCA for your child or children, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) at CDTCA this week for information and a tour! 

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, it will be at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road. The theme will be  “Into the Woods”.  It’ll be a fun evening with great company, fine food, and great auction 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 CDTCA!
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BOY SCOUT POPCORN SALE THIS WEEKEND
   Our local Boy Scouts of Troop 380 will hold their Popcorn Sale outside the church this weekend, August 29-30.  You’re welcome to support our scouts and get a tasty treat.  They appreciate your support!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Dr. Frank LeDonne and Hartwood Chiropractic  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their bulletin advertisement for information and for their office telephone number!


Jesus’ call to holiness of life

   During the past five Sundays, Jesus called of us to receive divine life and eternal salvation through his Eucharist.  This Sunday, Jesus calls us to be worthy of his divine life by committing ourselves to his holiness of life and our discipleship and companionship of the Lord.

   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

August 23, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Are you aware that you and all of us have been redeemed by Jesus? In our Catholic Christian faith, it was by the self-sacrifice and death of Jesus on the cross—followed by his Resurrection on the third day—that we were set right, justified, redeemed in the eyes of God the Father. This redemption has been assured for all people by Jesus.
    As such, right now, and for the past 20 centuries, all people have shared in the Lord's redemption of humanity. Yet our redemption, our being 'set right' before God is not the end of our journey!
    What's still to come is our hoped for eternal salvation (healing, health, life) and the reward of everlasting life. As Saint Paul writes, we are all still working out our salvation—it is not guaranteed to anyone during our lifetime even though we are all redeemed by Jesus. Our salvation is the final gift of God that is offered to the Lord's holy people and which we hope to share in the Kingdom of God.
    Jesus offers us all a share in the eternal Kingdom. Yet we still depend on Jesus' love and goodness because we won't know for certain that we will finally be saved until we stand before the Lord and receive his judgement as to our faith and lives and holiness and charity. God bless!
                                                              —Father Jim Torquato
 
CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry has adopted the practice of sending CARE packages to our parish students in college. Parents are invited to submit your student's college address to Jamie Dillon this week.
    ALSO, if you'd like to contribute to this parish effort, donations of chewing gum, life savers, Kleenex, small hand sanitizer bottles, packages of hot chocolate, prayer cards, etc. will be most welcome! A donation box will be placed in the church entrance soon for your college care package contributions. Thank you!

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 event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese!
    Register soon for this special event at www.cmfpitt.org. Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well. It'll be a great day!
 
Meals on Wheels is looking for those in need and for volunteers to help serve those in need. Call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) this week to register for meals or to help deliver meals!
 
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!
 
STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE THIS SUNDAY
    This Sunday morning, our CDTCA staff will make retail store certificates available in the main entrance. Stock up on store certificates for your shopping plans. You'll be supporting our Academy this year!
 
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!
 
CONTINUING OUR PROGRESS
    Hopefully you've noticed the improvements being made in our Saint Scholastica Parish church and academic buildings! Our maintenance and custodial staff have been cleaning, polishing, making repairs, painting, and putting our church and school into excellent condition!
    As for the renovation of the Ministry Center and work on the interior of the church (which many have requested), these important projects will be addressed in the coming years as we complete our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive. Renovating the Church and the Ministry Center will benefit Saint Scholastica Parish for many generations!
 
BAPTISM SEMINAR THIS MONDAY
    This Monday, August 24, at 7:30pm, in the parish hall, we'll have our seminar for parents preparing for the baptism of a child. Both expectant and new parents are invited to participate. The NEXT Baptism seminar will be held on Monday, October 19.
 
LIFELINE HEALTH SCREENING COMING SOON
    On Tuesday, September 15, Lifeline Health Screenings will be conducting their testing at Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg. Learn more about your health. Call 1-800-690-0323 before Sept. 8.
 
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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR CCD PROGRAM!
    All of our parents with children in public and/ or private, non-Catholic schools are asked to register your student/s in our parish Religious Education Program this week. All students in grades 1-8 are expected to participate in one of our various CCD sessions beginning September 20.  Please contact our staff this week to register for this year's program.
 
CCD SESSIONS TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20
    This year's Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, September 20, and the national theme for this CCD year is "Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person." Please be sure to contact our Religious Education staff this month to register for CCD classes and to choose the day you'd like to attend!
    On Sunday, September 20, following the 9:00 am Mass in church, an assembly for Sunday CCD students and their parents will begin at 10:00 am in the school cafeteria (enter via the Third Street door). Also, an assembly for Tuesday evening students and their parents will be held on Tuesday,
September 22, at 6:15 pm in the school cafeteria. Finally, Home Study families are asked to come to the 5:00 pm Saturday evening Mass on September 12 and pick up your materials in the Church after the Liturgy.
 
YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
    A Generations Softball Game is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, at 1:00 pm, at Aspinwall Field! All teens and adults are welcome to attend and take part.
 
SATURDAY EVENING YOUTH MINISTRY LITURGIES TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 12
    All students in grades 6-12 are invited and most welcome to participate in the music ministry of our monthly Saturday evening 5:00pm Youth Ministry Liturgy. Please contact Mrs. Dillon for information. Rehearsals are held in the church during the late afternoon. The first Youth Ministry Mass will be September 12. Please come and join us!
 
YOU'RE INVITED TO BE A CCD CATECHIST!
    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 or Miss Meredith Troyan now. Please help us to serve the Lord and to form his youngest disciples!
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PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES ON SUNDAY
    During the Sundays of August, 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 for meditation. Stay after the 9 am Mass or arrive by 10:15 am in the hall. Come on any Sunday that you can. Materials and snacks will be provided. There is NO fee.
 
OUR COMING "YEAR OF MERCY"  
    Pope Francis is asking all Catholic Christians to celebrate a "Year of Mercy" from December 8 until next November. More information will be shared in the coming months.
 
The 50th Annual Diocesan Mission Dinner to help fund our diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru will be held October 8 at the Station Square Sheraton. For info, contact Father Torquato or call 412-456-3085.
 
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).
 
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!
 
POPE FRANCIS' LETTER ON ECOLOGY
    Every Catholic Christian is invited to read Pope Francis' recent Letter on our need to care for the earth. The Letter is entitled Laudato Si (Praised Be God) and can be found in English at the Vatican website here.
 
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 24—Saint Bartholomew, apostle
   8:30 am   Jenny Gonzalez (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
 
Tuesday, August 25—Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest
   8:30 am   Louis Kopec (The Bonessa Family)

Wednesday, August 26
   8:30 am   Betty Haberman (Tish Marsico)
 
Thursday, August 27—Saint Monica
   8:30 am   John C. Sheedy, Jr. (Maureen O'Brien)
 
Friday, August 28—Saint Augustine, bishop
   8:30 am   Hattie Komorowski (The Skowron Family)
 
Saturday, August 29—The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
   9:00 am   Ellen Hadwiger (Rodger Janssen)
 
   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, August 30—Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am Victor Nicholas, birthday (Mary Ann Nicholas)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Veltri Family (Jojo Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
   11:00 am Rosemarie & Bob Diehm (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Readings for the Week of August 23, 2015

Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32/Jn 6:60-69

Monday: Rv 21:9b-14/Jn 1:45-51

Tuesday: 1 Thes 2:1-8/Mt 23:23-26

Wednesday: 1 Thes 2:9-13/Mt 23:27-32

Thursday: 1 Thes 3:7-13/Mt 24:42-51

Friday: 1 Thes 4:1-8/Mt 25:1-13

Saturday: 1 Thes 4:9-11/Mk 6:17-29

Next Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
 

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, canned beans, canned tomatoes (whole or diced), and canned corn beef hash.  In addition, food for people in shelters is needed: cereal bars, cookies, plain crackers, peanut butter, fruit in pull-tab cans, pudding, jello or fruit cups, and packages of chicken salad.  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 here for information. Thank you for your charity and your generosity to the poor! God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY! 

WELCOME TO OUR 176 STUDENTS AND ALL OUR CDTCA FAMILIES!
    The first day of classes for CDTCA is this Monday, August 24, and we'll welcome 176 returning, transfer, and new students to our regional school—a 20% increase in students since last June!
    Our pastors, principal, teachers, and staff are looking forward to an excellent year! The air conditioning will keep everyone cool.  New technology awaits our students. Our wireless network has been upgraded. The Google Chromebooks are here and will be integrated into our Grade 5-8 curricula. Classrooms, the cafeteria and kitchen, and other spaces in both buildings have been cleaned and painted and polished. New equipment has also been provided by the PTG, our school benefactors, and Saint Scholastica Parish.
    If you're still considering CDTCA for your child or children, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) at CDTCA this week for information and a tour!
 
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, it will be at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road. The theme will be "Into the Woods." It'll be a fun evening with great company, fine food, and great auction 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 CDTCA!
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BOY SCOUT POPCORN SALE NEXT WEEKEND
    Our local Boy Scouts of Troop 380 will hold their Popcorn Sale outside the church next weekend, August 29-30. You're welcome to support our scouts and get a tasty treat. They appreciate your support!
 
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Our thanks go to Patsy Welsh Ford of Howard Hanna Real Estate for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor. See her bulletin ad for contact information!


Jesus’ words of eternal life
   We all hear so many different messages every day of our lives because of our modern media.  Yet, no message speaks to us like the Good News of Jesus. He alone assures us that God loves us and wants to share eternal life with us. May we all appreciate the Gospel!

   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

August 16, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 
    When you and I receive the Body and the Blood of the Lord in Holy Communion, are we conscious of the wonderful gift that is shared with us by Jesus?  Do we recognize it as a very sacred moment and a profound and divine gift that we are receiving?
    The reason why the passages of Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse (in the Gospel according to John) are heard during these Summer Sundays is because the Eucharist is so very important to our lives and to the existence of the entire Church.
    As individual disciples and companions of Jesus and as communities of the Lord, the Bread of Eternal Life—the Eucharist—is the divine food that unites us with the God of Jesus Christ and which unites us with one another throughout the world.  This is a most amazing gift, and we should spend time in meditation and prayer and reflection to deepen our appreciation of the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
    Rather than simply receiving Holy Communion as a matter of devotional habit, I hope that all of us will truly know and appreciate what a wonderful gift and treasure is given to us every Sunday and every day!  May we all be blessed by the Eucharist of Jesus, and may this divine gift truly benefit us now and bring us to the life and joy of the Lord’s eternal banquet.  God bless!   
                                                                               —Fr. Jim Torquato                          

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.

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    Next month, Pope Francis’ will visit Washington, DC, New York City and the United Nations, and then Philadelphia (for the World Meeting of Families).  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.  Do the Catholic thing, and read this Papal Letter in the coming weeks!

THANK YOU!    THANK YOU!    THANK YOU!
    As this year quickly moves along and we draw near to the academic and catechetical year,  it’s time again to thank all of our members, families, contributors, staff, and volunteers for all the support that you’ve offered to our parish community this year!  Along with the grace of God, your support is essential to the life and operation of our parish.
    In the coming months, our Sunday bulletin will contain a monthly stewardship update to thank you for your generosity.  This monthly financial update will inform everyone of how we are doing in terms of financial stewardship and your generosity.
    In addition to presenting this financial information, our staff will also be inviting donations from parish households who have not offered a contribution to the parish this year.  The support of every parish household is essential to our operations and our future.  Hopefully this effort will help to increase our usual 30% participation to a higher level of support.
    Again, thanks to all who support the life of Saint Scholastica Parish.  May the Lord bless you for your goodness and generosity!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS MONTH
July Donations to our parish — $35,816
Monthly parish donations needed — $41,350
Mission Appeal Collection — $2,658
Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

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 cleaning all of our property, polishing and making needed repairs, painting what needs painted, and putting 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),  these important projects will be addressed in the coming years as we complete our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive.  Renovating the Church and the Ministry Center will benefit Saint Scholastica Parish for many generations!

MEDITATION ANNIVERSARY
    Our Wednesday Christian Meditation Group meets 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!

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
    Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee will be held at Squaw Valley Park this Tuesday, August 18, 8:15-9:30 pm.  All teens are welcome to join us!
    A Generations Softball Game is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, at 1:00 pm, at Aspinwall Field!   All teens and adults are welcome.  Join us for a great afternoon of fun for everyone!

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY PROJECTS
    For all Young Adults ages 18-35, our staff is making plans to establish and grow a ministry program for you!  Among our plans is Young Adult Bocce.
    Also, we need a number of our Young Adults to help us refashion the Ministry Center basement into a Youth Center for our expanding Middle School Ministry!  Help us serve young students through this important renovation!  NO skills required—join us and help in many ways!  Our next work date will come soon.  Contact Jamie Dillon here.

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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LIFELINE HEALTH SCREENING COMING SOON
    On Tuesday, September 15, Lifeline Health Screenings will be conducting their testing at Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg.  There are a number of screenings that you can schedule in order to learn more about your health.  To register, call 1-800-690-0323 before September 8.

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!

Rejoice in the Lord always!

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!

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES ON SUNDAY
    During the  Sundays of August, 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.        
    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. 

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).

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!

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!

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 17
    8:30 am   Elizabeth M. Haberman (Mary Daley & Harry Berdik)

Tuesday, August 18
    8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano (Barbara Heiner-Hill)
           
Wednesday, August 19—Saint John Eudes, priest
    8:30 am   Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (The Shaughnessy Family)

Thursday, August 20—Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
    8:30 am   Betty Haberman (Georgene Veltri and Family)

Friday, August 21—Pope Saint Pius X
    8:30 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer—Living (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, August 22—The Queenship of Mary
    9:00 am   Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)

    5:00 pm  Daniel P. Gallagher, Sr. (The Gallagher Family)
       Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, August 23—Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
    7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
       Presider: Father James Torquato
               
    9:00 am   John Marmarella (Wife and Children)
       Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

    11:00 am  Celia Mancini (The Mancini Family)
       Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 16, 2015

Sunday: Prv 9:1-6/Eph 5:15-20/Jn 6:51-58

Monday: Jgs 2:11-19/Mt 19:16-22

Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a/Mt 19:23-30

Wednesday: Jgs 9:6-15/Mt 20:1-16

Thursday: Jgs 11:29-39a/Mt 22:1-14

Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Mt 22:34-40

Saturday: Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Mt 23:1-12

Next Sunday: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b/Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32/Jn 6:60-69
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
     Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent requests from the local group that serves our neighbors who are homeless and poor!  However, the group's cupboards are nearly bare!  There is a particular need for prepared meal mixes and any kind of protein: beans, tuna, chicken or peanut butter.  In addition, food for people in shelters is needed: cereal bars, cookies, plain crackers, fruit in pull-tab cans, pudding, jello or fruit cups, and packages of chicken salad. Donations may be left in the containers near the church’s front 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 here for information.  Thank you for your charity and your generosity to the poor!    God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

JOIN US AS OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY CONTINUES TO GROW THIS YEAR
    Our student community of CDTCA continues to grow in number!  The number of students at CDTCA is expected to grow 20% by late August and reach nearly 175 students for the new school year!
    The future of CDTCA is very bright!  Also, our excellent school is making progress with new technology, programs, 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!  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 auction 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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BAPTISM SEMINAR THIS MONTH
    On Monday, August 24, at 7:30 pm, in the parish hall, we’ll have our seminar for parents preparing for the baptism of a child.   Both expectant and new parents are invited to participate.  Contact the parish office now.  The NEXT Baptism seminar will be held on Monday, October 19.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. In Aspinwall  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their bulletin ad for contact information!

   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