May 15, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In the days after Jesus’ Ascension into glory, the Apostles probably wondered what the coming gift of the Holy Spirit would bring to them.  They found out soon enough during the remarkable event of that first Pentecost Sunday.  The Spirit filled them with divine life and inspiration and courage!
    Even now, the Lord invites us to call the Holy Spirit into our lives and our families, into our parishes and the entire Church.  The Spirit of God will fill us with divine life and inspiration and courage as well!
    Have you done so?  Have you invited the Holy Spirit  into your life and family as well as our parish and the entire Church?   Try it, and you might be wonderfully surprised just like the Apostles.  God bless!
                                                                                      —Father Jim Torquato

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    During this weekend, May 14-15, all parishes in the United States will hold the annual national collection to support the work of Catholic Relief Services and to support Catholic dioceses and parishes in Eastern and Central Europe, South America, and Africa.  Thank you for your generosity to our fellow church members in need and in these increasingly Catholic lands and nations!

Help put Ann in a new van!  Please help us to acquire a new transport van for Miss Ann Scanlon of our parish.  You can “click for Ann” every day this month and help her in this effort to receive new transportation soon! Information is in the main entrance.

JUNE 15  CPR/ AED CLASS TO BE HELD HERE
    On Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00pm, the Borough of Aspinwall will provide instruction in the First Aid practice of CPR  (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and AED Defibrillator use here in the Parish Hall.  Parish members 16 years and older are encouraged to participate.  Please call the parish office this month to register. 

OUR 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     Our 2016 Diocesan Parish Share Campaign is collecting the money to fund our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Our own Parish Share Campaign assessment for 2016 is $74,497.  Each of our households is asked to pledge and contribute  $250 or more  as in past years.  
     Your generous donations provide the financial support needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik, for all his staff, and for the numerous efforts that benefit all the people of our Diocesan Church.  Please help us to meet our goal this year!

CELEBRATING PENTECOST THIS SUNDAY!
    This Sunday, May 15, the entire Catholic Church and all Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost Sunday and Jesus’ divine gift of the Holy Spirit of God!   In fact, every day of the year can be another Pentecost if we invite the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and our lives.  May we celebrate and be grateful for the Holy Spirit this Pentecost Sunday, and may we ask the Spirit to inspire us and his Church every day!

LAST SUNDAY’S ALTAR AND PULPIT FLOWERS
    The Mothers Day altar and pulpit flowers for last Sunday,  May 8, were donated by M/M Dan and Eileen Gallagher in honor and memory of their mothers and all mothers.  Thank you very much!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP LAST MONTH
April donations to our parish —                 $36,075
Monthly parish donations needed —       $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

HONORING OUR BLESSED MOTHER MARY DURING THE MONTH OF  MAY
    It is a very good practice for us to honor and to celebrate our Blessed Mother Mary every day of May and every day of the year! 
    Mary brought our Lord and Savior to humanity, and she remains our mother as well.  May we all express our gratitude and devotion to Mary this month of May and every of our lives!

THANK YOU, MRS. MARY CATHERINE SCANLON AND MISS ANN SCANLON FOR YOUR SERVICE
     Recently, Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon and Miss Ann Scanlon completed a new Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh certification course to remain Parish Advocates for Persons with Disabilities.  Our parish is very grateful to Mary Catherine and Ann Scanlon for your ministry to the members and families of our parish in this and in a number of apostolates that serve the Lord Jesus and his people! Congratulations, well done, and thank you very much once again!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONCLUDING OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD NEXT SUNDAY
    Next Sunday, May 22, we’ll hold our final Children’s Liturgy of the Word session for this catechetical year at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Many thanks go to our adult leaders and the children and parents who participated.  These sessions for our children will resume in September.

OUR JUNE 13-17 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    All students ages 5-9 are welcome to participate in our parish’s Vacation Bible School, June 13-17.  The donation is $40.   Contact our Religious Education Office for information and registration.

DONATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME FOR THE APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP IN JUNE
    Our Appalachia Mission Team is very, very grateful for all the financial support given to the Team this year for their upcoming Mission trip this June!  Anyone who would also like to make a monetary contribution to this important ministry (and to the students taking part) is welcome to do so!  Please place your donation envelope in the Sunday collection. Thank you!
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AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE
    Our Aquinas Guild is collecting items to help the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring paper products (bathroom paper, paper towels, etc.)  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS YEAR
    On Mission for the Church Alive! is our Diocese’s effort to plan ahead and to realign our parish communities to serve future generations.
    In 2018, almost all parishes will be reconfigured in terms of administration.  Our own local grouping includes Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and All Saints Parish.  We’ll embark in 2018 on a renewed mission as a new Catholic community!  

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has established a Ministry of Prayer.  If you’d like prayers offered,  OR  if you’d also like to be a person or family who prays for others, please sign up underneath the video screen in the main church entrance.  Also, you may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR E-GIVERS
    Many thanks go to our nearly 30 households who make their contributions electronically.  While they may not place an envelope in the Sunday collection basket, their support is regular and much appreciated.   
    Using the Online Giving Program helps to provide a steady and scheduled stream of income for our parish community.  If you’d like to learn more about this easy, safe, and secure way of contributing, please visit our website here. Thanks very much!

CAREER TRAINING AND HELP FOR WOMEN
    Pennsylvania Women Work offers the New Choices Career Development Program for single mothers and for homemakers to receive career and computer training.  Call 412-742-4362 for complete information.

LOCAL FREE SHREDDING EVENT ON MAY 21
    State Rep. Dom Costa will host a Free Paper Shredding Event at Saint Raphael School, 1154 Chislett Street, Morningside on Sat., May 21, 9:00am-12pm.  You can safely dispose of unneeded papers!

JULY VOLLEYBALL CAMP
    The Girls Volleyball Team and coaches at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Cranberry Twp.,  will host a July 18-20 Volleyball Skills Camp for students entering grades 5-8.  Sessions will be 6:00-9:00pm.  The registration fee is $100 before July 1 OR $110 after July 1.  Email questions to cwnchsgvb@gmail.com.  Be sure to register soon!

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, May 16
   8:30 am   Tom & Millie Wenzel—Living, anniversary  (Tom Wenzel)

Tuesday, May 17
   8:30 am   Margaret Cullinan  (The Dailey Family)

Wednesday, May 18 — Pope John I, martyr
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Maher  (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)

Thursday, May 19
   8:30 am   Susan Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, May 20 — Saint Bernardine of Siena
   8:30 am   Tom Wenzel—Living, birthday   (Millie Wenzel)
 
Saturday, May 21 — St. Cristobal Magallanes and comp.
   9:00am   Louis Certo   (The Certo Family)

   5:00 pm   Roseann Wallace  (The Downey Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 22 — The Most Holy Trinity
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Theresa Marsico, anniversary  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Claire Darrigo   (Ron & Patty Hopkinson)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday: Vigil: Genesis 11:1-9 or Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5/Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Romans 8:22-27/John 7:37-39

Day: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11/Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34/Romans 8:8-17 or 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13/John 14:15-16, 23b-26 or John 20:19-23

Monday: James 3:13-18/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/Mark 9:14-29

Tuesday: James 4:1-10/Psalm 55:7-11, 23/Mark 9:30-37

Wednesday: James 4:13-17/Psalm 49:2-3, 6-11/Mark 9:38-40

Thursday: James 5:1-6/Psalm 49:14-20/Mark 9:41-50

Friday: James 5:9-12/Psalm 103:1-4, 8-9, 11-12/Mark 10:1-12

Saturday: James 5:13-20/Psalm 141:1-3, 8/Mark 10:13-16

Next Sunday: Proverbs 8:22-31/Psalm 8:4-9/Romans 5:1-5/John 16:12-15

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:   canned beans;  spaghetti,  macaroni and cheese, and canned chicken or tuna.  Also useful are nuts, raisins, trail mix, fruit cups, jello and pudding cups, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, and food in packets.  Gray donation bins are located in our main church entrance. 
     Also needed are sleeping bags, adult backpacks, and duffel bags.  Items can be used and clean if in good condition.
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to W. Hough Contracting, Inc. or being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin ad for service and contact information.  
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Retail store certificates to benefit CDTCA will be available at our church this Sunday, May 22. 

APPLEBEE’S HELPING CDTCA NEXT SUNDAY
    On Sunday, May 22, the Applebee’s Restaurant at the Pittsburgh Mills, Route 28, will make a donation to our Academy for every dine in, take out, or delivery orders accompanied by a coupon that’s available in our main church entrance.  Many thanks to you and Applebee’s for this welcome support!

IT’S TIME FOR OUR CDTCA GOLF OUTING!
    In just one week, on  Monday, May 23, our Catholic Academy PTG will host the annual Golf Outing at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  For information, contact Mr. Colin Murray by email here,  or contact the office (412-781-7927)!  Your support of CDTCA is greatly appreciated, and you’ll enjoy this wonderful event!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    Most of our CDTCA families receive Financial Aid toward their children’s school tuition. 
    We can help you afford the tremendous investment that is Catholic education at CDTCA.  Please register with our school now,  and speak with our CDTCA administration about applying for and receiving student financial aid for the new school year!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016-2017 ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
     Sign up now!  Registrations for the next school year are being accepted NOW for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children as well as for students planning to enter Kindergarten through Grade 8 in August.  Please call the school office (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org for registration materials. 

Visits of CDTCA are available now for parents, new students, and transfer students coming to our academy in August! Contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at the school (412-781-7927) in the coming days or weeks.
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Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help!

Jesus sends us his Spirit even today!
    It was surely a wonderful event when the Holy Spirit of God came upon the Apostles and Mary and the disciples on that first Pentecost Sunday!  The Church truly came alive that day and has been alive ever since.  The same Holy Spirit of God comes upon the Church in every Baptism, Eucharist and sacrament and in so many ways.  May we welcome the Spirit with gratitude every day!  
 
     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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927