June 26, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    I’m sure that, for all of us, there are many thoughts that occupy our minds on a constant basis.   From the activities and responsibilities of our personal and family life, to all the work that we do, to all the issues in the media and the distractions of society, there’s usually a great deal on our minds.
    This fact is part of the reason why we always need to keep the priorities of our faith in mind.  Knowing what’s most important in our lives as Catholic Christians will keep us rooted in what’s truly important and will help us navigate our way through life.
    In today’s Gospel account, Jesus calls all his disciples to keep our minds and hearts and lives truly focused on him and on his mission.  At the heart of Jesus’ message and mission is the call to promote love of God and love of our neighbors.  With all the things going on in our lives and with all the messages we hear, may we always be guided by and inspired by our Christian mission of loving God and loving our neighbors each day and at all times.  God bless!                                                              
                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

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

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 at the diocesan website here.

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!
  
    One of the most time honored practices in human society is for individuals and families to keep on hand the images (and now the photographs) of our loved ones.  This is a good way to remember our family members and friends and all those who are important to us.  It also reminds us of the important role of others in our lives as well as the love and goodness and life that they share with us. 
    May we also keep the Lord Jesus’ image close to us.  May we keep close an image of the Holy Trinity as well as images of the Lord’s Mother Mary and the saints and angels.  May we keep images of our heavenly family nearby along with our personal family photos.  May these holy images always be beneficial to our faith and our prayer and spiritual life as well!  
 
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!

    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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

HEADING OFF TO APPALACHIA
    This 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 30!
    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—Dorothy Day.  This film was first viewed during the hockey playoffs, and so we’re presenting it for those who couldn’t come the first time.
    On Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm, we’ll repeat this one hour film about Dorothy Day and discuss it.  The film is entitled “Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me a Saint.”
    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 27.  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!

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!

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. 

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 will observe 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 remember this fact and remind all Americans of this fundamental American 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.  For information, visit www.newmanassociation.com  and see the “2016 NAA Conference” tab.   Register before July 13.

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!

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.

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 27 — Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop  
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif — Birthday  (Wife)

Tuesday, June 28 — Saint Irenaeus, bishop
   8:30 am   Joseph Conley   (Judy Stafford & Family)

Wednesday, June 29 — Saints Peter and Paul, apostles
   8:30 am   Frank Donnelly  (Family)

Thursday, June 30 — First Martyrs of Rome
   8:30 am   Anthony Valenza  (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Friday, July 1 — Saint Junipero Serra, priest
   8:30 am   Roseanne Maschio-Henry   (Georgene Veltri and Family)
Saturday, July 2
   9:00am   Lance Brusco  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

   5:00 pm   Rosemarie Boley  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 3 — Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Ervin Domzal  (Dave & Jan Domzal)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Gary Keefer  (Maryrose Block)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Readings for the Week of June 26, 2016

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

Monday: Amos 2:6-10, 13-16/Psalm 50:16-23/Matthew 8:18-22

Tuesday: Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12/Psalm 5:4-8/Matthew 8:23-27

Wednesday: SS. Peter and Paul
   Vigil: Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10/Psalm 19:2-5/Galatians 1:11-20/John 21:15-19

   Day: Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11/Psalm 34:2-9/2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18/Matthew 16:13-19

Thursday: Amos 7:10-17/Psalm 19:8-11/Matthew 9:1-8

Friday: Amos 8:4-6, 9-12/Psalm 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131/Matthew 9:9-13

Saturday: Amos 9:11-15/Psalm 85:9-14/Matthew 9:14-17

Next 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

ALTAR FLOWERS THIS WEEKEND
    This weekend, June 25-26, the flowers at the church altar were donated by M/M Regis and Mary Lou Wessell in celebration of their 62nd wedding anniversary!  Congratulations to Rege and Mary Lou and all your family members and relatives.  God bless!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned chicken or beef stew, peanut butter, canned fruit, pasta, and spaghetti sauce. Gray bins are located in our church entrance. [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.]  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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to UPMC — the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for being a bulletin sponsor.  We’re grateful for their 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 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 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. 
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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 leads us to life in God!
    As Catholic Christians and disciples of the Lord Jesus, we believe that Jesus leads us to know God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus also taught us the way to life in God and in God’s Kingdom.
    May we be true to the message and the faith of Jesus, and may we know that following Jesus will lead to our eternal life and salvation in God who loves us all.
 
     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