June 19, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Do you often think about whom you follow in this life?  Is Jesus on your mind and in your heart each and every day?  We profess our faith each Sunday and we pledge ourselves to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Are your life and your family centered on Jesus and his Good News and his way of life and discipleship?
    As we know from the Gospel account today, Jesus wants us to be close to him and to follow him faithfully.  Jesus doesn’t want us to simply be aware of him.  The Lord calls us to remain close to him and to live by his words and his ways.  Jesus also insists that we endure suffering as his followers— that we carry our crosses like he carried and gave his life on his own cross to further the kingdom of God.
    As we make our way through life, may we always be close to Jesus.  May we be true to his Gospel and his way.  May we be willing to endure rejection and even suffering in order to remain true and faithful to the Lord every day.  God bless!
                                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

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.

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. 

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!
  
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
    This Sunday, our nation once again observes and celebrates Fathers Day!   As such, we thank and honor all of our fathers, grandfathers, expectant fathers, stepfathers, godfathers, adopting fathers, foster fathers, and all men who give of themselves each day for the benefit and life of their children, their grandchildren, and all those for whom they care.
    May all our dads know our gratitude for the life and faith, care and love and service that they share with us every day and every year!  May all our dads and all our families have a very good holiday today!
  
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 members 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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

JUNE 22 YOUTH MINISTRY FRISBEE NIGHT
    All high school and middle school youth are invited to participate in Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee on Wednesday, June 22, at 8:30pm at Squaw Valley Park, Fox Chapel Road.  Come join us!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL THANKS
    Many thanks go to our Religious Education staff, catechists, and volunteers for a very good and memorable Vacation Bible School this past week!  We’re thankful that more than 40 young children participated in our VBS, and many more older students as well as adults took part as volunteers, helpers, and catechists. 
    We hope that our annual Vacation Bible School brings many of our young children closer to God and to the Lord Jesus.  Thanks again to everyone who participated and who made VBS a good week!
    
HEADING OFF TO APPALACHIA
    Next Sunday, June 26, our Appalachia Mission Team of 75 adults and students will head to southern West Virginia for a week of service and Christian witness and prayer.  Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported and funded this Mission Trip.  May we all keep the Mission Team in our thoughts and prayers next week, and may their witness and service benefit many people and the Mission Team as well.  May God bless and be with you during Mission Week!

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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THEOLOGY ON TAP AGAIN THIS JUNE 23!
    This week, 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.
    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.  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!


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!

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 next weekend is July 8-10.  Call 412-277-3434 for confidential information and registration. 

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
    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.

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 or boxed potatoes to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!

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 20
   8:30 am   Living & deceased members of the Ziegler Family  (Family)

Tuesday, June 21 — Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
   8:30 am   Kathleen Manley Welsh  (Mary B. Friday & Family)

Wednesday, June 22 — Sts. John Fisher, Thomas More
   8:30 am   Anthony Valenza  (The Newell Family)

Thursday, June 23
   8:30 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer—Living  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, June 24 — Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
   8:30 am   Bashie & Gregor Meyer   (Dr. & Mrs. John McCarthy)

Saturday, June 25
   9:00am   Clementine Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, June 26 — Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Linda Klena  (Appalachia Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Kathleen Welsh  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Thomas Kelsesky  (Tim & Ellen Hayes)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 19, 2016

Sunday: Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1/Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9/Galatians 3:26-29/Luke 9:18-24

Monday: 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18/Psalm 60:3-5, 12-13/Matthew 7:1-5

Tuesday: 2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36/Psalm 48:2-4, 10-11/Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Wednesday: 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3/Psalm 119:33-37, 40/Matthew 7:15-20

Thursday: 2 Kings 24:8-17/Psalm 79:1-5, 8-9/Matthew 7:21-29

Friday: (Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
     Vigil: Jeremiah 1:4-10/Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17/1 Peter 1:8-12/Luke 1:5-17
     
     Day: Isaiah 49:1-6/Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15/Acts of the Apostles 13:22-26/Luke 1:57-66, 80

Saturday: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19/Psalm 74:1-7, 20-21/Matthew 8:5-17

Next Sunday: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21/Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/Galatians 5:1, 13-18/Luke 9:51-62

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned chicken or beef stew, peanut butter, and instant potatoes. [Note: this list is more current than the one in the print bulletin.]  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!

ON MISSION INFORMATION SESSION
    Learn about the On Mission program on Monday, July 18, 7:00pm, Saint Joseph Parish, Dorseyville Rd.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Paul J. Giuffre, Attorney at Law, for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his ad for contact information.

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 here 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 wonderful 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. 
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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.

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 follow him!
     Our days and years pass by quickly. Our schedules are filled with family life, work, responsibilities, and events.  As we move through life, we’re called as Catholic Christians to be guided by and to follow Jesus every step of the way. Life moves quickly, but when we live by the ways and words of Jesus, life becomes Eternal!


     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