July 31, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO     
    Today, all Americans are encouraged to save what we can for our years in retirement.  Even though the percentage of those who have IRA accounts is growing slowly,  there are more and more Americans  saving to supplement the small amount that anyone receives from Social Security.
    While it is good save for our later years, Jesus reminds us today that Christians are NOT meant to be misers.  The life and blessings that we enjoy are gifts of an extraordinarily generous God who is good to us each day.  In return, the Lord Jesus calls us to imitate the generosity and charity of God by being compassionate and generous to others— especially those truly poor and in need.
    Out of gratitude for all that God gives to us, we share our blessings with others and with our parish community and with the Church.  We can be sure that God will continue to bless us.  May we then be generous like the Lord.  God bless!
                                                                        —Father Jim Torquato

REMAINING CATHOLIC IN COLLEGE
    Parents/students can notify your student’s/your college Catholic Campus Ministry that they/you’ll be in school this coming August.  Do so at www.diopitt.org/newmanconnection.  Catholic campus ministry directors across the country have promised to reach out to students who are registered through this program.   Register this week and have a great year!

THE TREMENDOUS GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY AND PARISH MEMBERS
    As you read in the bulletin this month, Miss Ann Scanlon did NOT receive a new transport van in the recent national contest.
    Needing a new van, Ann’s family and friends created a Go Fund Me page through the Internet.   The good news is that the full amount needed to purchase a pre-owned transport van for Ann was raised by her family and friends and neighbors and members of our community.  Some donors were extraordinarily generous with their donations!
    Ann and her mother, Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon, and their family are tremendously grateful to all who contributed to the purchase of this transport van.  They’re also most grateful to the Lord and all in our parish for your care and support and goodness and prayers.  Thank you all, and may God bless you!

Once again, thank you for helping   to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church! 

WELCOME BACK, FATHER SEAN HOGAN!
    We welcome Father Sean Hogan back to our parish and to our Sunday Liturgies!  Father Hogan was away from us since early May because of an accident and injury to both his knees.
    Please know that Father Hogan is truly grateful to many in our parish community for the visits, cards, and kindnesses that you shared with him throughout the past three months.
    Again, welcome back, Father Hogan!  We’re very glad that you’ve returned to us and to our parish!

MANY THANKS FROM FATHER ROLAND BIAH!
    Our Mission Appeal visitor, Father Roland Biah, who was with us from Liberia last weekend is very grateful for the donations given for the rebuilding of the Catholic Church in the war-torn country of Liberia.  The damage done by civil warfare and by the Ebola outbreak and the HIV/AIDS epidemic has devastated the country.  The Catholic Church has so much work to do there for the People of God and all people there. 
    If you’d like to make any further contributions, please send them to our parish office (payable to Saint Scholastica Parish), and our Diocese will forward them to the Church in Liberia.  Thank you once again!!

CONTINUING TO OBSERVE AND CELEBRATE THIS HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
    Throughout this Church Year until the solemnity of Christ the King in late November, the Catholic Church continues to observe and celebrate this Year of Mercy initiated by Pope Francis.  Each day, we receive divine mercy through the Holy Spirit and sacraments.  May we be grateful for God’s mercy and accept it each day of our lives.  May we also invite others to receive God’s mercy as well and welcome them back to God!

RETAIL CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE TODAY FOR PURCHASE AFTER EACH LITURGY
    Our regional Catholic academy — CDTCA — offers various retail store certificates for purchase throughout the school year and during the summer.  These retail store certificates come from a variety of stores.  Every purchase of these retail certificates brings funds back to our school.  Get your certificates this Sunday morning and help support our regional Catholic school!

LOOKING TO HIRE A PART TIME SCHOOL CUSTODIAN
    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.  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.  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE AS A CCD CATECHIST OR CLASSROOM AIDE?
    Our Religious education program is seeking the help of parish adults and young adults to serve as CCD catechists and classroom aides and small group leaders for the new CCD year.  If you’re interested in serving our young students and their families, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.

SHARING THE CATHOLIC FAITH WITH ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
    At this time, our Religious Education program is accepting CCD registrations for public school and private academy students.  Our classes for religious formation are required for all our students—NOT only students in Grade 2 and Grade 8.  Please make certain that all of your children and grandchildren participate in  Religious Education classes from Grades 1 through 8!  Classes for Grades K-5 begin on September 18.  Please register now!

This August 10-11, all high school students are welcome to a Meteor Shower Camp Out.  Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Ms. Meredith Troyan here by August 8. 

On Saturday, August 13, high school and middle school students are all welcome to participate in the Produce to People Project of the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank from 9am-12pm.  Please reply before August 10 to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.

Come join us for  ‘Glow in the Dark’  Ultimate Frisbee on Tuesday, August 23, at 8:30pm at Squaw Valley Park.  All high school and middle school students are welcome to participate.

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CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SESSIONS THIS MONTH
    On Wednesday mornings at 7:30am, you’re welcome to our Christian meditation session in the Ministry Center.  
    Also, please note that this August, you’re welcome to one hour sessions on Tuesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center.  Join us for prayer on any of these days in August!

The next Baptism Preparation Session  will be held on Monday, August 22 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  New parents are asked to come and learn about the sacrament and the ceremony prior to the celebration of your child’s Baptism.  Please contact our parish office today to register for this session.
 
CHILDREN’S ROOM ALWAYS AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents and young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible via the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 22 years — after having been the choir loft 1950—1994.
    There’s seating for parents, chairs and tables for small children, air conditioning, a restroom, a diaper changing area, books, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.  You and your children will appreciate having your own space!

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!

A special one day Retreat for Moms will be held by our Diocese on Saturday, August 6,  at the Gilmary Center near the Pittsburgh airport.  This is a full day event with national speakers, prayer, and Liturgy.  The donation is $50.  You may register at www.eventbrite.com.  All moms are welcome!

If you’d like to receive or even perhaps assist the services of Aspinwall Meals on Wheels, please call their operations office at 412-820-8350.  Meals are available, and volunteer help is always welcome and appreciated by your neighbors in the community!

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 peanut butter, jelly, and crackers 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, August 1 — Saint Alphonsus Liguori, bishop
8:30 am   Florence Fairley  (daughter, Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, August 2 — Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop
8:30 am   Giuseppe Lopardo  (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Wednesday, August 3
8:30 am   Marie Rosiak  (Tish Marsico)


Thursday, August 4 — Saint John Vianney, priest
8:30 am   Raymond Pritzl  (Tom & Millie Wenzel)

Friday, August 5 — Dedication of Saint Mary Major
8:30 am   John A. Sabol  (Georgene Veltri)

Saturday, August 6 — The Transfiguration of the Lord
9:00am   Theresa Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

5:00 pm   Anne Catherine O’Donnell  (Michael & Mary Goetz)
   Presider: Father James Torquato 

Sunday, August 7 — Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
   Presider: Father James Torquato

9:00 am   Thomas Kelsesky  (Virginia Kelsesky)
   Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR

11:00 am   Robert Styslinger, birthday  (The Styslinger Family)
   Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Sunday, July 31: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23/ Psalm 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17/ Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11/ Luke 12:13-21
Monday, Aug. 1: Jeremiah 28:1-17/ Matthew 14:13-21
Tuesday, Aug. 2: Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22/ Matthew 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14
Wednesday, Aug. 3: Jeremiah 31:1-7/ Matthew 15:21-28
Thursday, Aug. 4: Jeremiah 31:31-34/ Matthew 16:24-28
Friday, Aug. 5: Nahum 2:1, 3;3:1-3, 6-7/ Matthew 16:24-28
Saturday, Aug. 6, Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord:Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14/ 2 Peter 1:16-19/ Luke 9:28b-36
Next Sunday, Aug. 7: Wisdom 18:6-9/ Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18-22/ Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-12/ Luke 12:32-48

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, boxed meal mixes, canned chicken, and peanut butter. Gray bins are located in the church. 
    Also urgently needed still are clean (even used if in good condition) towels, blankets, bedspreads, or large comforters.  NO pillow shams or dust ruffles, please.  Adult backpacks are also most welcome!
     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 the   Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.  We’re grateful for their weekly support! 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

COACHES FOR SOCCER, GIRLS BASKETBALL BEING SOUGHT FOR THIS YEAR
    CDTCA is interviewing now for coaches for the coed soccer team and the girls’ basketball team.  Please email josephleofarrell@gmail.com OR pgiuffre@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Thank you!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016-2017 WELCOME         
   Sign up now!    Registrations for the coming school year are being accepted for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children and students planning to enter K through Grade 8 next month.  Please call the school (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org for full info. 

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!

MOVING OUR PRE-SCHOOL INTO THE MAIN CDTCA SCHOOL BUILDING
    We’ve moved the Pre-School Program from the gymnasium to the first floor of the main CDTCA building.  This brings our youngest students into the larger school community.  We hope this will benefit all!

WONDERFUL UPGRADES IN OUR BUILDINGS!
    We’re reconfiguring the CDTCA computer lab and library this summer.  We’re placing new wood floors in the six classrooms of the main school building.  We’re also converting the former Pre-School Room (near the gymnasium) into a multi-purpose Middle School computer lab/ library/ instructional room.  We’re also planning to have a renovated playground behind the main school building.  Our technology and computers continue to be expanded and kept current.  Great things continue to take place at CDTCA!
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50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
   On Sunday, October 2 at 2:30pm, Bishop David Zubik will host a Liturgy at Saint Paul Cathedral to celebrate married couples who’ve reached their 50th Wedding anniversaries in the Church.  Please call OUR parish office to register by August 12, and an invitation will be sent in September.  Congratulations!


 Jesus calls us to be generous!    Jesus and our ancestors in the Church have together taught us and the whole world to be generous as well as charitable to the poor and those in need! We’re not to be selfish or miserly, but we’re called to share.  May we follow the way of the Lord and be assured that, in doing so, Jesus will bless us for our goodness!
     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
www.cdtca.org

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

July 24, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     In today’s Gospel account, Jesus assures us of the goodness of God toward us and toward all people who share in the life that our Creator has given us.  Both in the Lord’s prayer and in the following passages, Jesus tells us repeatedly of God the Father’s love, generosity, and goodness.
    Jesus also reminds us that we are also called to share this same generosity and care with those who need our help and who call upon us.  Not only are we meant to receive and be grateful for all of the blessings that God shares with us, we are also meant to imitate and share the love of the Lord in our own daily lives!
    May we always be confident that God is and will always be generous and good to us, and may we, as Catholic Christians, imitate this divine love and share goodness and blessings with our family and all our neighbors.  God bless!                
                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato

THE TREMENDOUS GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY AND PARISH MEMBERS
    As you read in the bulletin last week, Miss Ann Scanlon did NOT receive a new transport van in the recent national contest.
    Needing a new van, Ann’s family and friends created a Go Fund Me page through the Internet.   The good news is that the full amount needed to purchase a pre-owned transport van for Ann was raised by her family and friends and neighbors and members of our community.  Some donors were extraordinarily generous with their donations!
    Ann and her mother, Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon, and their family are tremendously grateful to all who contributed to the purchase of this transport van.  They’re also most grateful to the Lord and all in our parish for your care and support and goodness and prayers.  Thank you all, and may God bless you!

REMAINING CATHOLIC IN COLLEGE
    Parents/students can notify your student’s/your college Catholic Campus Ministry that they/you’ll be in school this coming August.  Do so at www.diopitt.org/newmanconnection (+).  Catholic campus ministry directors across the country have promised to reach out to students who are registered through this program.   Register this week and have a great year!

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

WELCOME FATHER ROLAND BIAH, THIS YEAR’S MISSION VISITOR FROM LIBERIA
   This weekend, our parish welcomes Father Roland Biah, a priest from the Archdiocese of Monrovia in Liberia, as our Mission Appeal visitor.  On the west coast of Africa, Liberia has suffered from civil war for 13 years as well as crises of Ebola and HIV.  Many children are homeless, and many communities and Catholic parishes, hospitals, and schools need to be rebuilt.  Your generosity in this effort will be greatly appreciated.   Thank you all very much!

OUR SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
TO HELP THE MISSION EFFORTS IN LIBERIA
    This Sunday’s Second Collection will be the annual Collection for the Missions and will directly benefit the mission and charitable work of the Archdiocese of Monrovia in Liberia in which our missionary visitor, Father Roland Biah, is a priest.  Their needs are great, and your generosity will be very much appreciated.  Thank you very much!

WELCOME BACK, FATHER SEAN HOGAN!
    Following ten weeks of recuperation, rest, and physical therapy, we welcome Father Sean Hogan back to our parish and to our Sunday Liturgies!  Father Hogan was away from us since early May because of an accident and injury to both his knees.
    Please know that Father Hogan is truly grateful to many in our parish community for the visits, cards, and kindnesses that you shared with him throughout the past three months.
    Again, welcome back, Father Hogan!  We’re very glad that you’ve returned to us and to our parish!

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. 

Our Catholic Academy staff will be offering retail store certificates for sale on Sunday, July 31. 
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

RETURNING TO APPALACHIA IN AUGUST
     Because of the tremendous need for help in continuing the clean up after last month’s devastating floods, several of our staff members and parish adults will return to Appalachia this August 2-4 to help with clean up efforts.  Interested adults and young adults 18+ are welcome to join them.  Please contact Jamie Dillon here if you’re interested.

SHARING THE CATHOLIC FAITH WITH ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
    At this time, our Religious Education program is accepting CCD registrations for public school and private academy students.  Our classes for religious formation are required for all our students—NOT only students in Grade 2 and Grade 8.  Please make certain that all of your children and grandchildren participate in  Religious Education classes from Grades 1 through 8!  Classes for Grades K-5 begin on September 18.  Please register now!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE AS A CCD CATECHIST OR CLASSROOM AIDE?
    Our Religious education program is seeking the help of parish adults and young adults to serve as CCD catechists and classroom aides and small group leaders for the new CCD year.  If you’re interested in serving our young students and their families, please contact Jamie Dillon here.

This August 10-11,  all high school students are welcome to a Meteor Shower Camp Out.  Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Meredith Troyan here by August 8. 

On Saturday, August 13, high school and middle school students are all welcome to participate in the Produce to People Project of the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank from 9am-12pm.  Please reply before August 10 to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.
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If you’d like to receive or even perhaps assist the services of Aspinwall Meals on Wheels,  please call their operations office at 412-820-8350.  Meals are available, and volunteer help is always welcome!

The next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast for Women will be Saturday, August 6, 9am-12pm in Cranberry Twp.  Donation is $23.  Call 724-772-6749 to register.

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!
  
CHILDREN’S ROOM ALWAYS AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents and young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible via the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 22 years — after having been the choir loft 1950—1994.
    There’s seating for parents, chairs and tables for small children, air conditioning, a restroom, a diaper changing area, books, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.  You and your children will appreciate having your own space!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 7:30AM WEDNESDAYS
    On Wednesday mornings at 7:30am, you’re welcome to our Christian meditation session in the Ministry Center.  Come join us for silent prayer!

A special one day Retreat for Moms will be held by our Diocese on Saturday, August 6, at the Gilmary Center near the Pittsburgh airport.  This is a full day event with national speakers, prayer, and Liturgy.  The donation is $50.  You may register at www.eventbrite.com (+).  All moms are welcome!

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!

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 25 — Saint James, apostle
   8:30 am   Bernard Kilroy  (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, July 26 — Saints Joachim and Anne
   8:30 am   Stanley, Theresa & Jonathan Marsico  (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday, July 27
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo)

Thursday, July 28
   8:30 am   Dorothy Killian  (Family)

Friday, July 29 — Saint Martha
   8:30 am   John A. Sabol  (Aspinwall Police Department)

Saturday, July 30 — Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop
   9:00am   Matthew Elder  (Family)

   5:00 pm   Rosemarie Boley, anniversary  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, July 31 — Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Mr. & Mrs. William & Nellie McDonough  (McDonough Family)
      Presider: Father  Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   George & Margaret Eckert  (Family)
      Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR

Readings for the Week of July 24, 2016

Sunday: Genesis 18:20-32/Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8/Colossians 2:12-14/Lk 11:1-13

Monday: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15/Psalm 126:1-6/Matthew 20:20-28

Tuesday: Jeremiah 14:17-22/Psalm 79:8-11, 13/Matthew 13:36-43

Wednesday: Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21/Psalm 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18/Matthew 13:44-46

Thursday: Jeremiah 18:1-6/Psalm 146:1-6/Matthew 13:47-53

Friday: Jeremiah 26:1-9/Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14/John 11:19-27 or Luke 10:38-42

Saturday: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24/Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34/Matthew 14:1-12
Next Sunday: Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23/ Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17/ Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11/ Luke 12:13-21
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   macaroni and cheese, rice, instant potatoes, canned chicken, and peanut butter. Gray bins are located in the church. 
    Also urgently needed still are clean (even used if in good condition) blankets, bedspreads, or large comforters.  Other bedding (e.g., sheets, pillowcases) are welcome, but NO pillow shams or dust ruffles please.  Adult backpacks are  also most welcome!
     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 Renaissance M.S. Paint and Flooring  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.  We’re grateful for their weekly support! 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

WONDERFUL UPGRADES IN OUR BUILDINGS!
    We’re reconfiguring the CDTCA computer lab and library this summer.  We’re placing new wood floors in the six classrooms of the main school building.  We’re also converting the former Pre-School Room (near the gymnasium) into a multi-purpose Middle School computer lab/ library/ instructional room.  We’re also planning to have a renovated playground behind the main school building.  Our technology and computers continue to be expanded and kept current.  Great things continue to take place at CDTCA!

THE EXTRAORDINARY VALUE OF A CATHOLIC EDUCATION AT CDTCA
    As you know, a Catholic school education at CDTCA is an investment in your children—and a very beneficial investment at that!   Learning in a Catholic Christian environment is a blessing in many ways.  Also, learning and living the Catholic faith in our CDTCA community will benefit students throughout their lives.  As in past generations, there are many reasons and great value to being students and families in the CDTCA community.  Join us this year!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016-2017 WELCOME NOW
     Sign up now!  Registrations for the coming school year are being accepted for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children and students planning to enter K through Grade 8 next month.  Please call the school (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org (+) for full info. 

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!

MOVING OUR PRE-SCHOOL INTO THE MAIN CDTCA SCHOOL BUILDING
    By reconfiguring our computer lab and Library, we now have a combination lab/ library in each building.  We’ve moved the Pre-School Program from the gymnasium into the main CDTCA building.  This brings our youngest students into the larger school community.  We hope that this move will benefit everyone!
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Jesus promises us God’s generosity!
     Our Christian faith is centered on the Good News preached by Jesus, and at the heart of the Good News is Jesus’ promise of God’s love and generosity given to each of us and to all of us. We have been and are all blessed by God every day. We do well to see how very generous and good God has been and continues to be!

     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

July 17, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO     
     Experts tell us that, in this new century, our minds and our brains are in a constant state of agitation because of all the electronic activity and media and messages that bombard us 24 hours per day.  
     This situation is NOT at all good for us and for our children, and yet so many people feel obligated to absorb all this activity and media as if we’re required to do so.  It’s no surprise then that our families and society are in the state we have today!
    Until the 20th century, there was mostly quiet and calm in society.  I’m sure that time in prayer was much more common before 1900 AD and that the faith of most Catholic Christians was much stronger.
    We very much need to renew our spiritual lives and our time in prayer.  May we turn off the distractions and the less than important activities of life today and spend more time quietly with Jesus in prayer.  We—and the Church and the world—will all be better for doing so.  God bless!              
                                                                                         —Father Jim  Torquato

A NOTE FROM MISS ANN SCANLON REGARDING THE NEW VAN EFFORT
     Miss Ann Scanlon and her mother, Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon, are very grateful to all our parish members and families who cast your votes on the internet so that Ann might be considered for a new mobility transport van. 
     Ann did move into the second round of this program thanks to your votes, but unfortunately, she was NOT the person chosen nationally to receive a new transport van.  Still, Ann and Mary Catherine are very, very grateful for your care and your effort on their behalf.  Thanks very much to one and to all!
    
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!

Our Catholic Academy staff will be offering retail store certificates for sale on Sunday, July 31. 

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

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. 
 
PARISH STEWARDSHIP IN THESE MONTHS
Parish donations in May — $43,024
Parish donations in June — $35,271
Parish donations needed each month — $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!
  
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 this Monday, July 18 , 7:00pm at Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township.   Everyone’s welcome to attend and to participate this Monday evening!

REMAINING CATHOLIC IN COLLEGE
    Parents and students can both notify your student’s or your college Catholic Campus Ministry that they or you’ll be in school this coming August.  Do so through  www.diopitt.org/newmanconnection (+).  Catholic campus ministry directors across the country have promised to reach out to students who are registered through this program.  Register this week and have a great year!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CAMP HELPING HAND THANKS!
    Many middle school students and adult leaders took part in Camp Helping Hand this past week which provided services to our local community.  This is the 20th year for this camp!   Many thanks to our student participants and to our staff and adult helpers!

SHARING THE CATHOLIC FAITH WITH ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
    In the coming months, our Religious Education program will begin accepting registrations for public school and private academy students.  Our classes for religious formation are required for all our students and NOT only students in Grade 2 and Grade 8.  Please make certain that all of your children and grandchildren participate in  Religious Education classes from Grades 1 through 8!
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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. 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 7:30AM WEDNESDAYS
    On Wednesday mornings at 7:30am, you’re welcome to our Christian meditation session in the Ministry Center.  Come join us for silent prayer!

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 next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast for Women will be Saturday, August 6, 9am-12pm in Cranberry Twp.  Donation is $23.  Call 724-772-6749 to register.
 
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!
 
CHILDREN’S ROOM ALWAYS AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents and young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible via the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 22 years — after having been the choir loft 1950—1994.
    There’s seating for parents, chairs and tables for small children, air conditioning, a restroom, a diaper changing area, books, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.  You and your children will appreciate having your own space!

A special one day Retreat for Moms will be held by our Diocese on Saturday, August 6, at the Gilmary Center near the Pittsburgh airport.  This is a full day event with national speakers, prayer, and Liturgy.  The donation is $50.  You may register at www.eventbrite.com (+).  All moms are welcome!

CELEBRATING CARDINAL NEWMAN
    This July 28-20, 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.

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!

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 18 — Saint Camillus, priest
   8:30 am   Mary Lou Burhans  (Mr. & Mrs. Mark Studer)

Tuesday, July 19
   8:30 am   Kathleen Manley Welsh   (Mary B. Friday & Family)

Wednesday, July 20 — Saint Apollinaris, martyr
   8:30 am   Mary Helen Fuhrer   (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Thursday, July 21 — Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, priest
   8:30 am   Nancy Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Friday, July 22 — Saint Mary Magdalene
   8:30 am   Clifford Kulick  (Helen Simanek)

Saturday, July 23 — Saint Bridget, religious
   9:00am   Clementine Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   Philip Casale  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 24 — Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Martha L. McNulty  (Family Friends)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Anne Catherine O’Donnell   (Josephine Martinez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 17, 2016

Sunday: Genesis 18:1-10a/Psalm 15:2-5/Colossians 1:24-28/Luke 10:38-42

Monday: Micah 6:1-4, 6-8/Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23/Matthew 12:38-42

Tuesday: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20/Psalm 85:2-8/Matthew 12:46-50

Wednesday: Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10/Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17/Matthew 13:1-9

Thursday: Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13/Psalm 36:6-11/Matthew 13:10-17

Friday: Jeremiah 3:14-17/Jeremiah 31:10-13/John 20:1-2, 11-18

Saturday: Jeremiah 7:1-11/Psalm 84:3-6, 8, 11/Matthew 13:24-3

Next Sunday: Genesis 18:20-32/Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8/Colossians 2:12-14/Luke 11:1-13


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, rice, instant potatoes, canned chicken, and peanut butter. Gray bins are located in the church. [Note: this list is more current than the print edition of the 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  Holy Apostles Online Campus for being a bulletin sponsor.  Learn about their educational programs.  We’re grateful for their support!

Come Holy Spirit, and renew the People of God and all people of the earth!
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THE EXTRAORDINARY VALUE OF A CATHOLIC EDUCATION AT CDTCA
    As you know, a Catholic school education at CDTCA is an investment in your children—and a very beneficial investment at that!  Learning in a Catholic Christian environment is a blessing in many ways.  Also, learning and living the Catholic faith in our CDTCA community will benefit students throughout their lives.  As in past generations, there are many reasons and great value to being students and families in the CDTCA community.  Join us this year!

WONDERFUL UPGRADES IN OUR BUILDINGS!
    We’re reconfiguring the CDTCA library and computer lab this summer.  We’re placing new wood floors in the six classrooms of the main school building.  We’re also converting the former Pre-School Room (near the gymnasium) into a multi-purpose Middle School computer lab/ library/ instructional room.  We’re also planning to have a renovated playground behind the main school building.  Our technology and computers continue to be expanded and kept current.  Great things continue to take place at CDTCA!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016-2017 WELCOME NOW
     Sign up now!  Registrations for the coming school year are being accepted for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children and students planning to enter K through Grade 8 next month.  Please call the school (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org (+) for full info. 

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!

MOVING OUR PRE-SCHOOL INTO THE MAIN CDTCA SCHOOL BUILDING
    By reconfiguring our computer lab and Library, we now have a combination lab/ library in each building.  We’ve moved the Pre-School Program from the gymnasium into the main CDTCA building.  This brings our youngest students into the larger school community.  We hope that this move will benefit everyone! 
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Jesus calls us to time in prayer!
   Need a break? No one can be busy all the time. No one can work constantly or be engaged by the phone or
the media all the time. Like Jesus and his friend Mary, we all need quiet time and prayer to balance our lives and to keep life together with the Lord’s help. Prayer, silence, and meditation are the keys to a good life!
 
     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