June 5, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    Many of us were taught as children never to take our lives for granted.  It’s good to be young and healthy.  It is also good to be old and healthy.  Yet we should never presume that we will have unending days ahead of us.  The lives of countless family and friends and Church members remind us that we never know how many days will fill our lives.
    As such, it is important to be grateful for each and every day.  It is important to thank the Lord for every hour and moment.  It’s also a good practice to pray each day God will bless us and sustain our lives and the lives of our family and loved ones. 
    Likewise, we should keep in mind that the Lord promises eternal life beyond this life.  May we never fear or be doubtful, but rather may we know that our final existence will come in the Kingdom of God after we have lived our years in this world.  May we be grateful for all the life that we have and will receive, and may we always trust in the Lord’s goodness now and always.  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.  With your support and assistance, we hope that Ann will indeed receive a new transport van this year!

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.

WELCOME BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK!
    As Catholic Christians, we know that the Church was established upon the faith and the service of Saint Peter and the Twelve Apostles.  It is the successors of the Apostles who continue to lead, guide, serve, and teach the Church in the name of Jesus in our own time!
    Thanks to the Holy Father, Bishop David A. Zubik is the apostolic leader and shepherd of the Church of Pittsburgh here in our six counties.  We are blessed every day by Bishop Zubik’s faith, holiness, teaching, priesthood, and leadership. 
    We gratefully welcome Bishop Zubik as he shares the Gift of the Holy Spirit with our Confirmation candidates this Sunday afternoon!  May the Lord bless our Bishop, our students and families, and our parish on this wonderful day!

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    Rumors, rumblings, and realities:  What’s really happening in the Diocese of Pittsburgh?  We’ve all heard of  On Mission for the Church Alive!,  and we pray our On Mission Prayer each Sunday.   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.   Please see today’s bulletin insert or this weekend’s Pittsburgh Catholic for the complete list of 18 information sessions.  Everyone’s welcome!

SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR CCD CATECHISTS
    This coming June 21-24, all catechists of our parish and our Diocese are welcome to participate in an 18 credit program toward official certification as a catechist.  The sessions are at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry Township.  Breakfast and lunch provided.  The donation is $78 which will be paid by our parish.   Please register by June 10.   Visit www.diopitt.org to register  OR  call Pat (412-456-3115)  this week.

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 by August.  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.

Give thanks and praise to the Lord each day!

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.
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THEOLOGY ON TAP STARTS THIS WEEK!
    It’s time for some more adult faith enrichment!   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 month, 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. 
    This 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 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!

JUNE 20 BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
    New and expectant parents are invited to attend a June 20, 7:30pm Baptism preparation session in the parish hall.  Call the office to register.  The next session will be August 22.

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 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 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 6 — Saint Norbert, bishop
    8:30 am   Flo & Ed Fairley   (daughter, Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, June 7
   8:30 am   Lucille Domzal   (Dave & Jan Domzal)

Wednesday, June 8
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti (Evelyn Conflenti)
  
Thursday, June 9 — Saint Ephrem, deacon
   8:30 am   John C. Marous, Jr.  (The Marous Family)

Friday, June 10
   8:30 am   Kathleen Manley Welsh  (Mary B. Friday and Family)

Saturday, June 11 — Saint Barnabas, apostle
   9:00am   Lance Brusco (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

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

Sunday, June 12 — Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   John M. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   William M. Henderson  (Wife and Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   George Miller  (Janet & Jerry Monaco)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 5, 2016

Sunday: 1 Kings 17:17-24/Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/Galatians 1:11-19/Luke 7:11-17

Monday: 1 Kings 17:1-6/Psalm 121:1-8/Matthew 5:1-12

Tuesday: 1 Kings 17:7-16/Psalm 4:2-5, 7-8/Matthew 5:13-16

Wednesday: 1 Kings 18:20-39/Psalm 16:1-5, 8, 11/Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday: 1 Kings 18:41-46/Psalm 65:10-13/Matthew 5:20-26

Friday: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16/Psalm 27:7-9, 13-14/Matthew 5:27-32

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26; 13:1-3/Psalm 98:1-6/Matthew 5:33-37

Next 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

 
COME AND LEARN ABOUT HAITI
    A Rosary Brunch and info session about Haiti  (and our efforts there)  will be held this Friday, June 10, at 10:00 am in the hall, hosted by the Aquinas Guild.  Call 412-963-0198 by Monday to reserve a place!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: baked beans, spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, rice, and instant potatoes.  Gray bins are located in our main church entrance.  Also needed 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 Patsy Welsh Ford  of Howard Hanna Realty for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see her ad for 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!

Our Confirmation celebration with Bishop David Zubik this Sunday
     This Sunday afternoon, our parish welcomes Bishop David Zubik for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation! Nearly 50 students from our parish will profess our faith as young Catholic Christians and receive the Lord’s Holy Spirit. Congratulations!


     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