August 9, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Most of us who participate in the Eucharist every Sunday (as well as those who take part each day) more than likely receive the Body of the Lord in Holy Communion.  Many receive the Blood of the Lord as well.  These are great gifts of Jesus offered to all of us who are his people. 
    Hopefully all of us are conscious that we are receiving divine food from God when we receive the Lord’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion.  This “Holy Communion” gives us a sacramental  “union with”  the very life of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit each time we present ourselves and receive the Eucharist.
    It’s easy to forget the importance of this gift that the Lord is giving to us.  It’s possible that Holy Communion will simply become the routine we follow when we come to church.  My hope is that we will all take the time to reflect on the divine and sacred gift that we are receiving as well as the eternal life that is promised us when we receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in the Eucharist.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

 THE HOLY DAY OF THE ASSUMPTION
    Because August 15 is on Saturday, the Holy Day of the Assumption of Mary is  NOT  a Day of Obligation.

PRAYING AND PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
    Before our three year Diocesan self-study (entitled On Mission for the Church Alive!), Bishop Zubik is inviting all in the Diocese to take part in prayer. 
    The next prayer event is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, August 12,  at 7:00 pm at Saint Paul Cathedral, Oakland.   Everyone is invited and welcome to this special evening of prayer!

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!

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.  Church leaders, world leaders, and media commentators will be referring to Laudato Si for years.  Read this Papal Letter now!

 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!

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!

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.  You’ll have an inspiring and excellent day on September 19!

MEDITATION ANNIVERSARY
    Our Wednesday Christian Meditation Group is celebrating their second anniversary of meeting 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 WEEK
    This Wednesday, August 12,  all teens are welcome to “Slip and Slide Kickball” (that is, kickball with lots of water!)   We’ll begin at 7:00 pm at Fireman’s Park.  Contact Meredith Troyan here or Mrs. Dillon here for information.
    Then on Thursday, August 13, there’ll be a  “Meteor Shower Night Hike at Deer Lakes and Camp Out.”  Students in grades 8-12 are welcome.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon here by Monday, August 10.
    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 EVENTS
    For all Young Adults ages 18-35, our staff is making plans to establish and grow a ministry program for you!  Among our upcoming plans is the creation of a Bocce League for Young Adults.  More information is coming soon!
    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!   Come and help us serve young students through this important renovation project!   NO skills required—join us and help in many ways!   Our first work date will be Saturday, August 15 from 1:00 pm —4:30 pm, and then we’ll participate in the 5:00 pm Liturgy together.  Please reply to Jamie Dillon here this week!  Your help is needed and most appreciated!

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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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!
  
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 10—Saint Lawrence, deacon
   8:30 am   Tolge Family (Mary Zyczynski)

Tuesday, August 11—Saint Clare, virgin
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano (Mrs. Mary Jo Romano)
           
Wednesday, August 12—Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
   8:30 am   George Miller (M/M Phillip & Elizabeth Kaleida)

Thursday, August 13
   8:30 am   Father James Torquato—Living, anniversary (M/M Jerry & Carole Werries)

Friday, August 14—Saint Maximilian Kolbe, martyr
   8:30 am   Rose & John Alvin (Francesca Capozzi-Alvin  &  Lou Alvin)

Saturday, August 15 — The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   9:00 am   All those Pre-born  (The Respect Life Committee)
   5:00 pm   Thomas Styslinger, anniversary (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 16—Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Helen Ziegler (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Luke Hadley (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of August 9, 2015

Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:4-8/Eph 4:30--5:2/Jn 6:41-51

Monday: 2 Cor 9:6-10/Jn 12:24-26

Tuesday: Dt 31:1-8/Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday: Dt 34:1-12/Mt 18:15-20

Thursday: Jos 3:7-10a, 11, 13-17/Mt 18:21--19:1

Friday: Jos 24:1-13/Mt 19:3-12

Saturday: Vigil: 1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/1 Cor 15:54b-57/Lk 11:27-28

                Day: Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/1 Cor 15:20-27/Lk 1:39-56

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

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 fruit, canned vegetables, canned beans, spaghetti sauce, elbow macaroni, and canned tuna or chicken.  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!

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  Renaissance Paint and Flooring for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor. See their bulletin ad for contact information!

Lord Jesus, we give you thanks! 
The Lord Jesus gives us his life in the Eucharist. This is a treasure given to us in every Liturgy!  Because we’re grateful for our Holy Communion, we bow before receiving the Eucharist, and we say ‘AMEN’ to express our belief in the Divine Gift offered to us!
 

   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