May 29, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Many Catholic Christians focus on the First Eucharist of their children and grandchildren, but in truth, our First Communion should be the first of thousands of times when each of us receives the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion!
    Jesus transformed his final Passover into what we celebrate daily as the Lord’s Supper.  In this sacred event, Jesus gives his Divine Life to all who are his disciples and his holy people.  By the action of the Holy Spirit and the Eucharistic prayers offered by the priest, the bread and wine presented in the offering of gifts are transformed into the very life—the sacramental Body and Blood—of the Lord Jesus.
    The Eucharist is our wonderful prayer and sacrifice of  thanksgiving.  It is our share in the very life and divine communion of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May we receive this sacred gift and treasure every Sunday, Holy Day, and even weekday as we journey toward the fullness of life in God’s Kingdom.  God bless!     
                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato
    
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
    Once again, many thanks are extended to all of our parish members and families who donate financial support for the community life and daily operations of our parish.  Thanks to the grace of God and your generosity, we remain strong and vital as a parish community.  Thank you very much, and God bless!

JULY 27  CPR/ AED CLASS TO BE HELD HERE
    On Wednesday, July 27, at 7:00pm, the Borough of Aspinwall will provide instruction in CPR  (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) and AED Defibrillator use here in the Parish Hall.  Parish members (16+ years) may participate. The borough has a fee of $10.  Class size is limited to 15. Call the parish now to register. 

THANKS FOR HELPING WITH ANN’S NEW VAN!
    Thanks to everyone who voted to put Miss Ann Scanlon in a new transport van.  We hope to know the results of this national contest in the coming weeks.    

A DAY FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN AND PARENTS AT CARLOW UNIVERSITY
    On Saturday, June 11, from 9:00am—4:00pm, Camp Healing Hearts and Family Hospice will host a day for grieving children (ages 6-12) and parents/ guardians at Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, in Oakland.  Professionals will work with children to remember loved ones and to develop coping skills.  Parents will also participate in support sessions.  Call 412-572-8829 this week for information/ applications.

CELEBRATING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD THIS SUNDAY
    Every Sunday and every day, we who are Catholic Christians are offered a share in the Lord’s Supper and the gift of the Holy Eucharist.      
    Ever since Jesus transformed the Passover meal into his own Supper on the night before he died, he offers this Sacred Meal to us so that we might participate in his personal act of thanksgiving. 
    We also receive Jesus’ divine life through his Sacred Body and Blood in the form of bread and wine.  May we always be grateful for the Body and Blood of the Lord, and may we receive this gift with tremendous gratitude and devotion every Sunday and even daily!

HONORING OUR NATION’S HEROES
    This Monday, May 30, our nation will once again observe Memorial Day  as a tribute to all the deceased military veterans of our nation.  This is a remembrance of those who died during wars and conflict as well as those who passed after their service and in these current years.
    This Monday, our Liturgy here begins at 9:00am. 
    At 11:00am,  the Borough of Aspinwall will hold its annual observance at the American Legion building on Commercial Avenue.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!  The memorial service will be followed by the annual Memorial Day parade.  Join us in honoring our deceased military service members and veterans tomorrow on Memorial Day!

AN UPDATE ON FATHER SEAN HOGAN
    Father Sean Hogan, CSSp (Congregation of the Holy Spirit)  is grateful for your prayers following his knee surgery.  His recuperation is coming along, and he hopes to return in late July.  If you’d like to send a card to Father Hogan, please send it to:

                                Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                                Trinity Hall
                                Duquesne University
                                Pittsburgh, PA  15282.

    Thank you again for your care, support, and kindness toward Father Hogan in these months.

OUR UPGRADED CHURCH SOUND SYSTEM
    In recent weeks, new sound system electronics were installed in the church and the children’s room.  A new digital system has been added to replace our decades old analog system, new microphones have been installed, and new wiring with a volume control has been placed in the children’s room. 
    In June, new microphones and a new mixer will be installed for use by our music director, choir, and youth group.  These upgrades should provide better and more audible sound for all our Liturgies!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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.

THEOLOGY ON TAP COMING IN JUNE!
    It’s time for some more adult learning!   You may remember that last September, when Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress, he mentioned two important U. S. Catholics — Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. 
    This June, adult parish members and guests (21+ years) are invited to two Theology on Tap sessions here at Saint Scholastica Parish to learn more about the lives and contributions of these two important figures. 
    On Thursday, June 9, at 7:30pm in our Parish Hall, we’ll view a film about Dorothy Day and then discuss it together.  On Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm, we’ll watch a film about Thomas Merton and then discuss it.  Each film is about one hour in duration.
    Beer, wine, and light snacks will be available. There is NO fee to participate—donations for the refreshments will be accepted. 
    So that we can purchase enough provisions, please reserve a seat by Monday, June 6 for the first session.  Please leave a message at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, or send an email to Mr. Andrew Bechman here.   Come join us for fellowship and enrichment in a relaxed summer setting.  All adults are welcome to join us.   See you here!
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PLAN FOR KENNYWOOD DAY NOW!
    Catholic Youth Day at Kennywood is Friday, July 8.  $20 per ticket.  Visit www.catholicyouthday.com now!

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!
  
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 like to pray for others, please sign up near the video screen in the church entrance.  You may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION TIME CHANGE
    Beginning Wednesday, June 1, the time for our Christian meditation sessions will change to 7:30AM in the Ministry Center.  Come join us for quiet prayer!

ASPINWALL SEEKING TO CREATE AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
    If you’d like to be part of a new Aspinwall Community Emergency Response Team, there are two information sessions being offered by the borough.  The first one hour info session is Thursday, June 9, at 7:00pm at Aspinwall Firemans Memorial Park, and the second session will be on Monday, June 13, at 7:00pm at the First Street fire Station.
    You can help our local community in a time of emergency.  Training will be provided.  Please consider taking part.  Call the Borough offices with any preliminary questions.

THE 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!

GIRLS’ SUMMER CAMPS IN OAKLAND
    Oakland Catholic High School is offering a number of camps and enrichment programs for girls in grades 3--8 in the coming months.  These include basketball, volleyball, Morning Masterpiece, LEGO Mind Storm, Write Your Mind, and Girls Night Out.  Visit the Oakland Catholic website here for more details. 

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 30 — Memorial Day
   9:00 am   David Moore (The Condosta Family)

Tuesday, May 31 — The Visitation of Mary
   8:30 am   George & Margaret Eckert  (Family)

Wednesday, June 1 — Saint Justin, martyr
   8:30 am   Rosalia Costa-Clarke, birthday  (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Thursday, June 2 — Saints Marcellinus and Peter
   8:30 am   Marion Borosa  (The Scanlon Family)

Friday, June 3 — The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
   8:30 am   All those Pre-born   (Respect Life Committee)

Saturday, June 4 — The Immaculate Heart of Mary
   9:00am   Frank Donnelly  (Family)

   5:00 pm   Stanley & Theresa Marsico  (Tish Marsico) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, June 5 — Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Helen Minshull  (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Joan Grace Farina, birthday  (Anthony & Jean Marie)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   1:00 pm   Confirmation Liturgy with Bishop Zubik

Readings for the Week of May 29, 2016

Sunday: Genesis 14:18-20/Psalm 110:1-4/1 Corinthians 11:23-26/Luke 9:11b-17

Monday: 2 Peter 1:2-7/Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16/Mark 12:1-12

Tuesday: Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16/Isaiah 12:2-6/Luke 1:39-56

Wednesday: 2 Timothy 1:1-3, 6-12/Psalm 123:1-2/Mark 12:18-27

Thursday: 2 Timothy 2:8-15/Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/Mark 12:28-34

Friday: Ezekiel 34:11-16/Psalm 23:1-6/Romans 5:5b-11/Luke 15:3-7

Saturday: 2 Timothy 4:1-8/Psalm 71:8-9, 14-17, 22/Luke 2:41-51
Next Sunday: 1 Kings 17:17-24/Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13/Galatians 1:11-19/Luke 7:11-17 

The Altar Flowers this May 28-29 weekend have been donated by Miss Tish Marsico in memory of her parents, M/M Stanley and Theresa Marsico.  Thank you very much!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed at this time:   canned chicken, chili, or stew.  Gray donation bins are located in our main church entrance.  Also needed are blankets, bedspreads, large comforters, sleeping bags, adult backpacks, duffel bags. These items can be used if in good and clean 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 TEQ Guys computer and tech services for being a bulletin sponsor.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR CDTCA PTG GOLF OUTING WAS DELAYED DUE TO THE RAIN LAST WEEKEND!
    Because of the constant rain last weekend and the wet condition of the local golf course used, our annual CDTCA  PTG golf outing was postponed by the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  We hope to schedule a make up date once everyone involved can meet to set a date.  Information will be shared with all participants and sponsors in the coming weeks.  Thank for your understanding and your continued support!

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 now,  and speak with our administration about applying for and receiving financial aid for the new 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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PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD
    On Thursday, June 23, from 7-8:30pm, a Festival of Praise will be held at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, in preparation for the Priest and Deacon ordinations on Saturday, June 25.
    Also, Quo Vadis Days will be held for young men in high school on July 11-12 at Saint Paul Seminary to explore priestly vocations.  These days include prayer, speakers, games, a bonfire, and camaraderie.  For info and registration, visit www.pghpriest.com.

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 gives us Divine Life in the Eucharist!
     Every day, we consume food to give us nourishment and energy. Every day, the Lord Jesus gives us heavenly food in the Eucharist to fill us with spiritual nourishment and energy! We cannot survive without our earthly food. Nor can we survive spiritually without the Lord’s food in the Eucharist. May we be grateful each Sunday and every day for this divine gift of the Eucharist!
 
     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

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

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