A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
People choose from among so many different beliefs and ways of life today, but is there really any other faith or way of living that even compares to our Catholic Christian faith in the Lord Jesus and our way of life?
The Gospel of Christ and the faith of the Church are wonderful assurances of God’s love for each of us and all humanity. We have been told that all life has been created and is sustained because of the amazing love of the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In God’s love, we are also given the light, truth, grace, mercy, and compassion of God. In turn, we are called to be faithful to the Lord and the holy ways of God. What a wonderful and faith and way of life that will lead us to life everlasting in Christ. God bless! —Father Jim Torquato
CATHOLIC PASTORAL MINISTRY AT UPMC SAINT MARGARET HOSPITAL
UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital has always been a ministry of the Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh. The part-time hospital chaplain, the chapel, and services are all provided by the local Episcopalian Bishop (Church of England).
As such, the pastoral care of Catholic patients is the responsibility of every patient’s particular pastor and parish. For years now, local Catholic pastors have provided pastoral care (on a scheduled basis) for critical needs and emergencies. Also, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Holy Eucharist each day within the hospital.
If you are scheduled for a stay in UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital, you may contact our parish office for the Sacrament of the Sick before you enter. If you’re admitted as a patient unexpectedly, please call our parish office since Federal Privacy Laws prohibit the hospital staff from informing us of your presence in the hospital.
Please inform our parish office whenever pastoral care is needed. Thank you very much!
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
For the women of our parish and local area, an eight week Bible Study for this Year of Mercy will be held in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall from Tuesday, September 6 through Tuesday, October 25, from 1pm-3pm.
Join us and learn the Biblical message of God’s divine Mercy! This video and discussion course is produced by Saint Benedict Press. The donation is $20 per person. Call Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198) for information and registration.
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED MOTHER
This Monday, the Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the glory of heaven. It is a wonderful event of our Christian history! Because August 15 is a Monday, it is NOT a Day of Obligation this year. We will only celebrate the Liturgy at 8:30am. Please join us!
WEEKEND RETREAT FOR HEALING
This September 16-18, our Catholic Diocese will hold another Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women and men affected by a choice to procure an abortion in a time of pregnancy. In our nation, millions of Catholic women and men carry the guilt of this decision. If you need peace, mercy, and healing, register now for this healing weekend in Bethel Park. Pamphlets are in the church. Call Toni (412-352-5348) for information.
WE WELCOME MR. BRUCE HASSING TO OUR PARISH STAFF
On Tuesday, August 16, we will welcome Mr. Bruce Hassing to our parish and to our staff as the new facilities and maintenance supervisor here at Saint Scholastica Parish. We are fortunate to hire Bruce who is a veteran of parish property and maintenance.
Mr. Bruce Hassing is a 20+ year veteran of Catholic parish supervision both in Shaler and most recently in Plum Borough. He is a very competent and kind person, and we all look forward to working with Bruce in the coming years. Welcome, Bruce, and thank you for joining our parish staff!
MIGHT YOU HAVE USED FURNITURE TO DONATE?
Our Youth Ministry staff and students are getting closer to completing the renovated Ministry center basement as a place for youth gatherings. If you have unneeded and gently used couches and/ or bookshelves, donations would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Please contact Meredith Troyan or Jamie Dillon if you’d like to arrange a donation to this effort.
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!
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. 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.
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!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
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. We need Sunday K and 1st grade teachers as well as Tuesday 2nd grade catechists—and teachers for grades 6-8. If you’re interested in serving our young students and their families, email 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.
SEPTEMBER 17 CATE-CARNIVAL
On Saturday, September 17, after the 5:00pm Liturgy, our Religious Education program will host a Carnival in the parish hall to begin the CCD year. There will be food, music, games, and more for all.
OCTOBER BUS TRIP TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
On Saturday, October 8, Bishop Zubik will again lead a pilgrimage from our Diocese to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. If you’d like to take part, contact Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Township (412-963-8885, ext. 301) for reservations and cost information.
Doctor Scott Hahn, Catholic theologian and scholar, will speak on "God, the Father of Mercies and The New Catholic Evangelization," on Saturday, September 17, from 9:30am to 12 noon at Saint Joseph Parish, 1111 South Cascade Street, NEW CASTLE. Admission free. Reservations required. Dr. Hahn’s books will be available. Call 724-658-1683.
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!
HELP FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES
Register now for a Rediscover Weekend near Pittsburgh and offered by our Diocese. Call 412-277-3434. It’ll do you and your marriage a world of good.
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!
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. This month, 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!
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!
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 15 — Assumption of the Virgin Mary
8:30 am Alfreda Kopec (Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Cavalcante)
Tuesday, August 16 — Saint Stephen of Hungary
8:30 am Irene Halasowski (Dan & Ann Moretti)
Wednesday, August 17
8:30 am Edmond Downey (The Downey Family)
Thursday, August 18
8:30 am Lucille Tommarello (The Stitzel Family)
Friday, August 19 —Saint John Eudes, priest
8:30 am Jane McQuaid (Georgene Veltri)
Saturday, August 20 — Saint Bernard, abbot
9:00am Francesca Alvin (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
3:00pm Wedding of Matthew R. Jannetta and Rachel M. Powers
5:00 pm All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, August 21 — 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am Helen Ziegler (Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Luke Hadley (Cordaro Family)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
11:00 am Anne Catherine O’Donnell ( Sancho Martinez Family)
Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR
Readings for the Week of August 14, 2016
Sunday: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10/Psalm 40:2-4, 18/Hebrews 12:1-4/Luke 12:49-53
Monday: Vigil: 1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2/Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14/1 Corinthians 15:54b-57/Luke 11:27-28 Day: Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Psalm 45:10-12, 16/1 Corinthians 15:20-27/Luke 1:39-56
Tuesday: Ezekiel 28:1-10/Deuteronomy 32:26-28, 30, 35-36/Matthew 19:23-30
Wednesday: Ezekiel 34:1-11/Psalm 23:1-6/Matthew 20:1-16
Thursday: Ezekiel 36:23-28/Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19/Matthew 22:1-14
Friday: Ezekiel 37:1-14/Psalm 107:2-9/Matthew 22:34-40
Saturday: Ezekiel 43:1-7a/Psalm 85:9-14/Matthew 23:1-12
Next Sunday: Isaiah 66:18-21/Psalm 117:1-2/Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13/Luke 13:22-30
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, and canned beef stew, chili, or chicken.
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 Whiteman’s Flowers, Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall for being a bulletin sponsor. Please see their ad for contact information.
GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
COACHES FOR SOCCER, GIRLS’ BASKETBALL BEING SOUGHT FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR
The CDTCA Athletic Board is interviewing now for coaches to guide the coed soccer team and the girls basketball team. Please email Joseph Farrell here OR Paul Giuffre here if interested!
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!
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!
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION SESSIONS THIS MONTH
All of our parish members and friends are welcome to take part in Christian meditation sessions in the parish Ministry Center every week.
During this August, sessions will be held Tuesdays (11am-12 Noon), Wednesdays (7:30am-8:30am), and Thursdays (7pm-8pm). Come spend quiet time with the Lord. Join us for prayer in August!
A Baptism Preparation Session will be held for parents on Monday, August 22 at 7:30pm. Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism Ceremony. Please call the office to register.
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