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