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