July 10, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well known and beloved teachings in the New Testament Gospels and in the Christian world. 
    Jesus’ story had to make the Jewish people uncomfortable and perhaps even very angry.  The Jewish people and the people of Samaria had been separated during the Exile to foreign lands (in the eight centuries before Jesus), and when they all returned to Israel, they each thought that their former neighbors had been unfaithful to the Hebrew religion.
    For the Jewish people to hear a parable where one of their distrusted neighbors was the hero, they must have felt slighted.  This fact is lost on most people today—yet Jesus’ message is still important.
    Jesus showed care and love and mercy to all, and he calls on us to show care and love and mercy as well.  So many of us (although not all) know that this is the best way to live and to be truly Christian and human.  May we always be guided by Jesus’ teaching, and may we care and love and be merciful to all.  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!
    
ON MISSION INFORMATION SESSION
    Learn about the Diocesan On Mission program on Monday, July 18, 7:00pm, at Saint Joseph Parish 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.

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!

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 on July 18 , 7:00pm at Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township. Everyone’s welcome to attend and to participate!

Notify your student’s college Catholic Campus Ministry that they’ll be in school this coming August.  Do so through  www.diopitt.org/newmanconnection (+).

A free football camp for upcoming 4th-9th grade students will be held at Central Catholic High School on Tuesday, July 19, 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Visit www.pccvikingsfootball.com (+) and click the “forms” tab for the Youth Camp information brochure!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CAMP HELPING HAND THIS WEEK!
    This July 11-13, from 9:00am-2:00pm, many middle school students will take part in Camp Helping Hand which provides service to our local community.  This is the 20th year for this camp!   Thank 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
    This Wednesday morning July 13,  at 7:30am, you’re welcome to our Christian meditation session in the Parish Hall.  Come join us for silent prayer!  We will return to the Ministry Center library next week.

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!

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.  Register before July 13.

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!

ASPINWALL CREATING AN EMERGENCY 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, July 11 — Saint  Benedict, abbot
   8:30 am   Ralph & Bernice Kochik  (B.J. Tirch)

Tuesday, July 12
   8:30 am   Hoover Family  (Jimmy Devo)

Wednesday, July 13
   8:30 am   Marilou Kennedy  (Paul F. Kennedy)

Thursday, July 14 — Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin
   8:30 am  Charles W. Flynn (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

Friday, July 15 — Saint Bonaventure, bishop
   8:30 am   Joseph Costa, anniversary   (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Saturday, July 16 — Our Lady of Mount Carmel
   9:00am   John A. Sabol  (Jean & Bill Eckert)
 
   5:00 pm   Vincent Leo Ruggiero  (Wife & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, July 17 — Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
     Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Rosemarie Kavanaugh   (M/M. Gerard E. Werries, Christina & Maria)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Rosemarie Kavanaugh  (Scanlon Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 10, 2016

Sunday: Deuteronomy 30:10-14/Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 or Psalm 19:8-11/Colossians 1:15-20/Luke 10:25-37

Monday: Isaiah 1:10-17/Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23/Matthew 10:34-11:1

Tuesday: Isaiah 7:1-9/Psalm 48:2-8/Matthew 11:20-24

Wednesday: Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16/Psalm 94:5-10, 14-15/Matthew 11:25-27

Thursday: Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19/Psalm 102:13-21/Matthew 11:28-30

Friday: Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8/Isaiah 38:10-12, 16/Matthew 12:1-8

Saturday: Micah 2:1-5/Psalm 10:1-4, 7-8, 14/Matthew 12:14-21

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


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned fruit, baked beans, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, elbow macaroni, rice, instant potatoes, canned chicken, and peanut butter. Gray bins are located in the church. 
    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!

ALL SAINTS PARISH FESTIVAL, ETNA
    This July 13-16, All Saints Parish in Etna will host their Summer Festival nightly. Call 412-781-0530.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to   321 Blink,  Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall   for being a bulletin sponsor.  We’re grateful for their weekly support!
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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 in August.  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 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!

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 in the Diocese.  Thanks for your support!
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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!

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 show care and mercy!
     Jesus’ words and acts of care and mercy were profound events as well as actions which showed to all the power and reality of God’s love. Many disciples were drawn to Jesus because of the goodness that he offered in his day. Jesus’ goodness and the goodness of his Church have drawn many to the Lord. May we also show care and mercy and bring many others to Christ! 
 
     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