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
—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!
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!
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!
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
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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927