June 12, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO     
    Do you enjoy asking forgiveness?  Or is that a very awkward experience?
    Asking forgiveness is usually NOT easy for any of us.
    Asking forgiveness first means that we’ve offended or hurt someone in a deliberate way.  Asking forgiveness means that we’ve chosen to make a transgression against another person or other people.  Asking forgiveness may mean that we’ve made a wrongful mistake or decision. 
    Of course, we may not care about the harm or offense at the moment that we commit our wrongful action, but in time, we usually regret what we’ve done to harm others or to offend God.
    Do we then ask forgiveness of the Lord or of those whom we’ve harmed?  Or do we simply pretend that we did nothing hurtful to anyone or to God.  That’s probably why most Catholic Christians no longer participate in the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Many are simply pretending they’ve done nothing wrong.
    That doesn’t mean that the harm is not real.  It doesn’t mean that relationships are not fractured or destroyed.  It doesn’t mean that all will be well if we simply ignore our transgressions.
    If we want to have right standing with the Lord and with our families and friends and neighbors, then we absolutely need:   to admit our faults and our sins; to be honest and faithful disciples of Jesus;  and to ask forgiveness often in our lives.
    May we know that Jesus and our family and others will indeed forgive us.  To have a better life, all we need do is to ask forgiveness often.  God bless!
                                                —Father Jim Torquato

THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
    Many thanks are extended to 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.

THANK YOU, BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK!
    Our parish is certainly very grateful to our shepherd, Bishop David Zubik, for joining us last Sunday for our afternoon celebration of the Liturgy and the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It was a wonderful and memorable event for our community! 
    Congratulations to all our newly Confirmed students and to your families.  Many thanks to all parish and school staff, to our catechists and teachers, to our sponsors and parents and families, and to our music director, cantors, choir members, ushers, lectors, servers, and ministers.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR GRADUATES!
    Congratulations and best wishes to all our CDTCA Eighth Grade graduates as well as to all who have  graduated from middle school, high school, college, and graduate school this year.   May you celebrate all your achievements, and may your years ahead be filled with faith, success, and the goodness of the Lord!

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. 
    Following consultation with our Pastoral Council members, with staff, and with our organizations, the following six committee were chosen because:   they represent different neighborhoods of our parish; they also represent different age groups of our parish;   they represent both families and single members;  they are  both men and women;  and they are all participants in the organizations, councils, ministries, and/ or school  of Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish.
    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 soon!

   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.   Dates were given to you last week and will be repeated throughout the summer. Everyone’s welcome to attend and to participate!

Fathers Day is next Sunday, June 19!

Flag Day is this Tuesday, June 14!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

THIS WEEK’S  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    Welcome and best wishes to all our young children coming this week to participate in our annual Vacation Bible School!  Many thanks to our Religious Education  staff, catechists, teen volunteers, parents and parish members who will make this VBS a special event!

A VISIT TO SEWICKLEY THIS TUESDAY
    This Tuesday, June 14, our high school and middle school students are welcome to travel to Saint James Parish in Sewickley to see the pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Lourdes that’s touring the United States.  Contact Meredith Troyan to sign up.

A final Appalachia Mission Trip meeting   will be held this Thursday, June 16 at 7:00pm in the Hall.
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THEOLOGY ON TAP AGAIN ON JUNE 23!
    This month, adult parish members and guests (21+ years) are invited to a Theology on Tap session at Saint Scholastica Parish to learn about the life and contributions of a very important figure. 
    On Thursday, June 23 at 7:30pm, we’ll watch a one hour film about Thomas Merton and discuss it.
    On Thursday, July 30, we will repeat the film on Dorothy Day that we showed on Thursday for the benefit of those who were caught up in the Penguins game and anyone else who wishes to participate.
    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 20 for the Merton film and Monday, June 27, for the repeat showing of the Day film.  Please leave a message at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, or send an email to Andrew Bechman here.   Come join us for fellowship and enrichment in a relaxed summer setting.  All adults are welcome!

JUNE 20 BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
    New and expectant parents are invited to a June 20, 7:30pm Baptism preparation session in the parish hall.  Call the office 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 of our households is asked to contribute  $250 or more  as in past years.  
     Your donations provide the financial support needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik, for his staff, and for the numerous efforts that benefit all the people of our Diocese.   Please help us 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
    On Wednesday mornings, the time for our Christian meditation sessions has changed 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 second information 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 pasta, rice, and instant potatoes 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 enrichments 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, June 13 — Saint Anthony of Padua, priest
   8:30 am   Gary Keefer  (Georgene Veltri)

Tuesday, June 14
   8:30 am   Bertram & Theresa Noe   (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Wednesday, June 15
   8:30 am   Anthony Valenza  (The Massaro Family)
 
Thursday, June 16
   8:30 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)

Friday, June 17
   8:30 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, June 18
   9:00am   Stanley Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, June 19 — Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Dr. William H. Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Florence Fischer (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Janet Farrell  (Christine Farrell and Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 12, 2016

Sunday: 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13/Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11/Galatians 2:16, 19-21/Luke 7:36-8:3 or 7:36-50

Monday: 1 Kings 21:1-16/Psalm 5:2-7/Matthew 5:38-42

Tuesday: 1 Kings 21:17-29/Psalm 51:3-6, 11, 16/Matthew 5:43-48

Wednesday: 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14/Psalm 31:20-21, 24/Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: Sirach 48:1-14/Psalm 97:1-7/Matthew 6:7-15

Friday: 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20/Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18/Matthew 6:19-23

Saturday: 2 Chronicles 24:17-25/Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34/Matthew 6:24-34

Next Sunday: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1/Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9/Galatians 3:26-29/Luke 9:18-24
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: spaghetti, canned chicken, chili, or beef stew.  Gray bins are located in our main 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!

The International Pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be hosted by Saint John the Baptist Parish in Plum Borough this Thursday, June 16, from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Call 412-793-4511 for information.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Gators Grille on Saxonburg Boulevard  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see the ad for location and contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO EVERYONE AT THE END OF A VERY GOOD SCHOOL YEAR!
    It’s truly amazing that our 9 1/2 month academic year has already come to its conclusion!  This has been an excellent year for our students and families, for our teachers, staff, and principal, and for our entire CDTCA community!   Many thanks go to everyone for making this such a successful and enjoyable year filled with faith and learning and service! 
    Congratulations, too, to our 2016 graduates!  May you have faith and success in the years ahead!
    May the Lord Jesus bless all of you with rest, recreation, faith, blessings, and goodness during the months ahead!   Have a wonderful summer. 
    We look forward to welcoming back all our returning students—and all our new students—in August!

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 ARE BEING ACCEPTED 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. 
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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.  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 wants to forgive and heal!
   Today’s Gospel account is a wonderful story of Jesus’ desire to forgive and to heal. As Jesus forgives and heals the woman who anoints his feet, he also wants to forgive and to heal all of us as well. There’s NO need to be fearful of Jesus when we sin (and we sin often).  Go to Jesus—and his Sacrament—and be healed! 

     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