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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.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!
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
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
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927