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