July 3, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In this year’s readings from the Gospel according to Luke, we hear Jesus’ calling all people to true discipleship time and time again.  Quite often, Jesus calls us to take up the cross and follow him faithfully despite the suffering and sacrifices our crosses might mean for us.
    There are other accounts (such as this Sunday) which don’t mention the cross explicitly.  Instead, Jesus calls those who hear him to go out from their homes and proclaim the Good News of God’s love and care and truth and holiness. 
    We are all called in our own way to be a missionary disciple of Jesus in our own lives as well.  We’re called in our Baptism and our Confirmation to bring the light, mercy, truth, and love of the Lord Jesus to our families and neighbors as well.  Looking around us, we can see just how much others need the Good News and the life of Jesus.  May we take the faith and life given to us and generously share these blessings with others for their benefit and for the building of God’s Kingdom.  God bless!
                                                                                                     — Father Jim Torquato

PURSUE YOUR PERSONAL MISSION
    Attend the  Called and Gifted Workshop  at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, this July 8-9, and learn about your call and personal mission as a Church member in service of the Lord Jesus.  Find more info and register today through the diocesan website here (+).

ON MISSION INFORMATION SESSION
    Learn about the Diocesan On Mission program on Monday, July 18, 7:00pm, at Saint Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township.  All are welcome to attend and to learn about how we’re preparing for the future of the Church in our region.

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. 

OUR 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     Our 2016 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 household is asked to contribute  $250 or more.  Your donations provide the financial support needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik and his staff which benefit all the people of our Diocese.   Please help us this year!
 
LOOKING TO HIRE A FULL TIME PARISH/ SCHOOL FACILITIES MANAGER AND A PART TIME SCHOOL CUSTODIAN
    Our parish is looking to hire a full time, daytime facilities manager for the church and school before August 1.  Knowledge of facilities management, maintenance, and mechanical systems is preferred.  Applicants must also be able to acquire all necessary clearances for school and parish employment.
    In addition, our CDTCA school is looking to hire a part time custodian to clean the middle school building from 3:00pm-7:00pm each school day during the school year beginning mid-August.  Again, applicants must also be able to acquire all necessary clearances for school employment.
    For further information, please call our parish office (412-781-0186) this week. 
  
CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY
    Each year on July 4th, our nation celebrates our independence and our history, our growth and our blessings.  As we observe this year’s Independence Day this coming Monday, may we do so with gratitude to God in our hearts for all the countless blessings, the peace, and the security that we enjoy together as Americans.  May we all give thanks to God in our 9:00am morning Liturgy and throughout the day, and may we dedicate ourselves to our country as well as to sharing our wealth and our blessings with the poor and those in need in other lands as well.  Best wishes for the Independence Day holiday!

Rumors, rumblings, and realities:  What’s really happening in the Diocese of Pittsburgh?  So that all members and families of our Church can learn even more about On Mission for the Church Alive!,  the Diocese will hold 18 information sessions from June through August.   The closest session is on July 18 , 7:00pm at Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township. Everyone’s welcome to attend and to participate!

A free football camp for upcoming 4th-9th grade students will be held at Central Catholic High School on Tuesday, July 19, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Visit www.pccvikingsfootball.com and click the “forms” tab for the Youth Camp information brochure!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WELCOME BACK FROM APPALACHIA
    This Sunday, July 3, our Appalachia Mission Team of 75 adults and students will return from southern West Virginia and their week of service and Christian witness.  Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported and funded this Mission Trip.  Thank you for keeping the Mission Team in your thoughts and prayers.  Certainly, their witness and service was of great benefit to many people and to the Mission Team as well.  Welcome home!

CAMP HELPING HAND IN JULY
    This coming July 11-13, from 9:00am-2:00pm, all middle school students are invited and welcome to take part in Camp Helping Hand.  This is the 20th year for this camp!  Register with Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.
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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 7:30AM WEDNESDAYS
    On Wednesday mornings at 7:30am, you’re welcome to join our Christian meditation sessions in the Ministry Center.  Come join us for silent prayer!

HELP FOR MARRIAGES IN TROUBLE
    Several times each year, a special Retrouvaille weekend program is held here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to support and guide husbands and wives who are experiencing difficulties in their married life.  The sessions of this weekend aim to help couples express to each other what’s in their hearts and then to communicate more openly and regularly.  The coming weekend is July 8-10.  Call 412-277-3434 ASAP for confidential information and registration. 

OUR ‘ON MISSION’ PARISH COMMITTEE
    As our Diocesan reconfiguration of parishes and schools moves forward, each parish was asked to select six parish members to be part of the local discussion and to help facilitate Open House events for our own parish and our four parish cluster.
    These committee members will NOT be making decisions for the parish.  Rather they will be assisting in the discussion process that will be held September 2016 through February 2017. 
    Our six On Mission committee members are:  Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher, Mrs. Wendy McCorkle-Koloc, Miss Meredith Troyan, Mr. Thomas Pohl, Mr.  Rick Duffy, and Mr. Adam Souply.  
    Many thanks go to these six committee members.  We’ll share more information on this process throughout these summer months!

The Lord is kind and merciful!

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!

PROTECTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
    For two weeks, concluding on July 4, the Catholic Church in the United States has observed a Fortnight for Freedom with the goal of promoting respect for religious freedom in our country. 
    Our U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all our citizens, and it’s important that we remind all Americans of this fundamental right.  
    For additional information, please visit our Diocesan website here (+)  OR visit the website of the National Bishops’ Conference here (+).

CELEBRATING CARDINAL NEWMAN
    This July 28-30, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh will host a national conference on the life and thought of Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Visit www.newmanassociation.com  (+) and see the “2016 NAA Conference” tab.   Register before July 13.

THE AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild to collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring canned vegetables, canned fruit, and canned tuna to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!

ASPINWALL CREATING AN EMERGENCY TEAM
    You can help our local community in times of emergency.  If you’d like to be part of a new Aspinwall Community Emergency Response Team, training will be provided.  Please consider taking part.  Call the Borough offices to become part of the team.

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, July 4 — Independence Day
   8:30 am   Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, July 5 — Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
   8:30 am   Alfonso Lopardo   (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Wednesday, July 6 — Saint Maria Goretti, virgin
   8:30 am   Frank Skowron  (Family)
 
Thursday, July 7
   8:30 am   Patricia Zahorchak  (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Friday, July 8
   8:30 am   Ed Blaha  (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Saturday, July 9 — The Chinese Martyrs
   9:00am   Charlotte Lally  (Mary Labriola)

   5:00 pm   The Vey Family (Dr. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 10 — Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Frank & Sophie Skowron  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Eugene Becker (Patty & Ron Hopkinson)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 3, 2016

Sunday: Isaiah 66:10-14c/Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20/Galatians 6:14-18/Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

Monday: Hosea 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22/Psalm 145:2-9/Matthew 9:18-26

Tuesday: Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13/Psalm 115:3-10/Matthew 9:32-38

Wednesday: Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12/Psalm 105:2-7/Matthew 10:1-7

Thursday: Hosea 11:1-4, 8c-9/Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16/Matthew 10:7-15

Friday: Hosea 14:2-10/Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17/Matthew 10:16-23

Saturday: Isaiah 6:1-8/Psalm 93:1-2, 5/Matthew 10:24-33

Next Sunday: Deuteronomy 30:10-14/Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 or Psalm 19:8-11/Colossians 1:15-20/Luke 10:25-37 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned fruit, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned chicken, and peanut butter. Gray bins are located in our church entrance. 
Also needed still are clean (and in good condition) blankets, bedspreads, or large comforters.
     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!

ALL SAINTS PARISH FESTIVAL, ETNA
    This July 13-16, All Saints Parish in Etna will host their Summer Festival on the parish grounds, 6:30-10pm nightly.  Call 412-781-0530 for information.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox  for being a bulletin sponsor.  We’re grateful for their weekly support!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
WE’RE BUSY THIS SUMMER PREPARING FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN AUGUST!
    While our students and faculty are enjoying their summer recess, our Principal and parish staff are busy preparing for the new school year that begins in August.  Our school buildings will be thoroughly cleaned.  Waxing and painting are also on our project list.  There’s much to do every summer.  All this work will be done for the benefit of our students and school community.  Our aim is to have the best Catholic school in the Diocese.  Thanks for your support!

MOVING OUR PRE-SCHOOL INTO THE MAIN CDTCA SCHOOL BUILDING
    By reconfiguring our CDTCA computer lab and Library, we’ll soon have a combination lab and library in each of our buildings.  This will then allow us to move the Pre-School Program from the gymnasium area into the main CDTCA building.  This will bring our youngest students into the larger school community.  We hope that this move will benefit everyone!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    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 WELCOME NOW
     Sign up now!  Registrations for the next school year are being accepted for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children and students planning to enter K through Grade 8 in August.  Please call the school (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org (+) for full info. 

A PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD
    The Quo Vadis Days program will be held for young men in high school this  July 11-12  at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree,  as a way to learn about the  priesthood.  Visit www.pghpriest.com for information.  Register by Wednesday, July 6, via the website.

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 calls us to go on mission!
Throughout our years, we think about what we’re doing with our lives. We spend lots of time determining our work, career, life at home, and personal interests.  How often do we ask ourselves what we’re doing for Jesus?  As his people, we’re asked to serve the Lord.  What’s your mission? What are you doing for the Lord?
 
     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