August 7, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    What do we tell others when they ask us who we are or what we do?   Do we tell them about our family or our profession or our work or our other interests?   Or do we tell first them that we are disciples of the Lord Jesus who live his way of holiness and love and who have the work of bringing  others to him and to life in God?
    In our society today, we usually find ourselves occupied with many matters and responsibilities.  Hopefully, though, we always keep our faith and our Christian ways and our personal divine mission in mind every day.  
    It’s the sacred duty of every Catholic Christian to remain close to the Lord and to be devoted to the work and ministry of Jesus in our lives.  May we truly be his good and faithful servants.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato    

CATHOLIC PASTORAL MINISTRY AT UPMC SAINT MARGARET HOSPITAL
    As you may know, UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital has always been a ministry of the Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh.  The part-time hospital chaplain and the chapel and services are all under the auspices of the Episcopalian Bishop of Pittsburgh.
    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 to schedule the Sacrament of the Sick before you enter the hospital.  If you are admitted as a patient unexpectedly and would like a visit from the parish, please call our parish office since Federal Privacy Laws prohibit the hospital staff from informing us of your presence in the hospital.
    We hope to provide pastoral care to our parish members in times of need and hospitalization, but we need you and your family to inform the parish staff if this is the case.  Thank you for keeping this information in mind and for keeping our parish pastor and staff informed.  Thank you very much!

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!

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.  With the recent retirement of Mr. Tom Galda, we are fortunate to now hire Bruce who is a veteran of parish property and systems maintenance.     
   Mr. Bruce Hassing is a resident of Shaler Township and 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!
   
RENOVATING THE MINISTRY CENTER BASEMENT
    This summer, our Youth Ministry staff, students, and volunteers have been very busy transforming the Ministry Center basement into a gathering place for High School and Middle School Youth Ministry participants.  On Monday, August 8, they will continue their work from 9:00am—3:00pm.  All YM students and adults are invited to please come and lend two hands as this project gets closer to its completion.

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. 

Might you have time to help?  UPMC Saint Margaret  Hospital needs volunteers in various roles of welcome, transportation, etc.  Please call their Volunteer Office (412-784-4000) if you can help their patients and staff.

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.

This August 10,  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.

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.
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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!
  
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!

50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    On Sunday, October 2, at 2:30pm, Bishop David Zubik will host a Liturgy at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland 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 from the Diocese in September.  Congratulations!

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!

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 8—Saint Dominic, priest
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, birthday  (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, August 9 — St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
   8:30 am   Peg Holl  (Connie & Jack Kunz)
 
Wednesday, August 10 — Saint Lawrence, deacon
   8:30 am   Dr. Margaret Ann Klasa  (Arthur Hussey)

Thursday, August 11 — Saint Clare, virgin
   8:30 am   Cathy Ragan  (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)

Friday, August 12 — Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
   8:30 am   Matthew Hussey  (Father)

Saturday, August 13 — Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus
   9:00am   Roy Fowler  (Georgene Veltri Family)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 14 —  20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Daniel P. Gallagher, Sr. (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Thomas Styslinger, anniversary  (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato 

Readings for the Week of August 7, 2016

Sunday: Wisdom 18:6-9/Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22/Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19

Monday:  Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28c/Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14/Matthew 17:22-27

Tuesday: Ezekiel 2:8--3:4/Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131/Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10/Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9/John 12:24-26

Thursday: Ezekiel 12:1-12/Psalm 78:56-59, 61-62/Matthew 18:21--19:1

Friday:  Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63/Isaiah 12:2-6/Matthew 19:3-12

Saturday: Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32/Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19/Matthew 19:13-15

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10/Psalm 40:2-4, 18/Hebrews 12:1-4/Luke 12:49-53


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese, boxed meal mixes, and canned 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  Chad Gregorini of State Farm Insurance, Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his 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 josephleofarrell@gmail.com OR pgiuffre@gmail.com 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!

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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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.

Jesus calls us to be servants!
     Jesus tells us in the Gospels that he came to serve humanity rather than to be served.  As Jesus’ followers, we are likewise called to serve rather than be served.  Today, so many people want to be served.  Many even
demand to be served.  Instead, may we offer humble Christian service to God—and to all—in Jesus’ name. 
 
     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