May 28, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Alleluia!  Best wishes for a joyful Easter Season!

    When it comes to the Lord Jesus’ Ascension (which we celebrated this past Thursday), the question is asked: “Why did Jesus leave us?  Why didn’t he simply remain here on earth?”
    Of course, we’re left to think about this question and to meditate on the answer simply because Jesus didn't give us a complete answer as to why he had to or chose to return to the Father.
    Church leaders and scholars and theologians have taught through the years that Jesus returned to the Father because his primary mission of redemption was completed in the Resurrection.  Others note that Jesus ascended because it was the will of the Father that Jesus share once again in the full glory of God.  Still others maintain that Jesus wanted to share the Holy Spirit with us, and so it was fitting for him to be with the Father in order to send forth the Spirit.  Finally, it’s also believed that, in order to be present to all his people in every time and every place, Jesus needed to be beyond the confines of this world in order to be present to everyone.
    As disciples of the Lord, may we renew our belief that Jesus has ascended to the Father, and may we be confident that, from his place there, he is with us all.                                          
                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

EVENING ROSARY AND DESSERT TO BENEFIT YOUNG STUDENTS IN HAITI
    Sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee and our parish’s Aquinas Women’s Guild,  everyone is welcome to an evening to benefit the young students whom our parish sponsors in Haiti.  This event will be held on Tuesday, June 13 beginning at 7:00pm in the church with the Rosary and then moving into the parish hall for desserts and a presentation about Good Samaritan School in Saint Marc, Haiti.  Proceeds will benefit the students our parish sponsors at the school.  Please contact Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198  OR  by email here) today to reserve your seat.  Thank you for your support!

MOVING FORWARD EVERY SUNDAY!
    All of our parish members and families are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.  The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should sit!   Likewise, It’s good when we draw close together.  Please move forward as you choose your seat/s in Church. Thanks!

 MEMORIAL DAY THIS MONDAY
    This Monday, May 29, our nation will once again honor those who sacrificed their lives for our nation as well as all veterans who died during the past year.  Our parish Liturgy will begin at 9:00am on Monday!   Please join us in remembering our deceased members of the U.S. military.  Also, everyone is welcome to the local Memorial Day service at the American Legion Post on Commercial Street.  It will begin at 10:30am this Monday!  Please come join us!

CONFIRMATION CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS!
    Congratulations to the 56 newly Confirmed members of our parish and school and of the Lord’s Church!   Last week’s ceremony officiated by Bishop David Zubik was a wonderful event, and now Jesus has 56 more missionaries sharing his Gospel in our local community.  Many thanks to these students as well as our parish and CDTCA staff, our parents and guardians and families and guests, our teachers and catechists, our music director and choir,  and all who gave their assistance this year!   Best wishes!

ON MISSION TOWN HALL MEETING THIS WEEK
    You can see below our newly  recommended parish grouping for the future.  Diocesan staff over- seeing the On Mission process would like to have your feedback.  As such, we’ll have one more gathering to ask your input.  We’ll meet this Tuesday, May 30, 7:00-8:30pm in the parish hall.  Everyone is welcome to come for the latest information  and to express your thoughts as On Mission moves forward!

OUR PARISH GROUPING IS . . .
    Diocesan officials have announced the parishes in our area  which will be creating a unified parish.  They are Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Twp., Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, and the former Saint Edward Parish area of Saint Pio Parish in Blawnox. 
    In March 2018, priests will be assigned to begin their assignments in October 2018.  At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.   The final work of consolidating our parishes into a single parish with a primary church and 1 or 2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed in October 2021. 
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

Our Christian Meditation Sessions will be held in the parish hall at 7:30am on May 31and June 7.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this time of prayer!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School, June 12-16.  The donation is $25 per child.  A third or fourth child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in church!

STUDENT HELP NEEDED FOR OUR JUNE VBS
    High School and Junior High School students are needed and most welcome to assist with our June 12-16 Vacation Bible School, 8:30am-12:15pm each day.  You can lead groups, tell stories, prep food, help with crafts and AV, and do other tasks.  Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon now.

For Middle School students of our parish,  the annual Camp Helping Hand will be held again in July.  Information will follow soon for this summer service opportunity .  Plan now to join us in July!
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CHILDRENS’ LITURGY OF THE WORD GRATITUDE!
    Our 9:00am Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word has ended its season until September.  As we conclude, many thanks go to our Liturgy of the Word leaders:  Andy Bechman, Meredith Troyan, Melissa Scheffler, Jamie Dillon, and Molly Conroy.  Thanks also to the students in Youth Ministry and Religious Education who also gave assistance.
    Thanks also to our young children and parents who participated this year.  Your openness to God’s Word and your thoughts were inspiring. 
    If you’d like to help next year, contact Andy Bechman here.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY EVENT IN JUNE
    Students in next year’s Class of 2018 are all welcome to visit Duquesne University, downtown Pittsburgh, on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 8:00am, for the annual Duquesne Fest!   For students and your parents, there will be activities and information about our local Catholic university and its admissions, financial aid, academics, majors, student life, classes, and more.  Register this week online here (+).  Visit now, and apply this Fall!

CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church.  So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,215,802 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

AN OCTOBER PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month for information and reservations.

VOLUNTEER MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ARE NEEDED
    If you’d like to volunteer some time to serve at the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Clinic downtown, please call 412-456-6977 this week.  Thank you!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In June,  your donations of canned vegetables and canned fruit are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

A PENTECOST SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL
    This June 1-3, Our Lady of Grace Parish (310 Kane Boulevard) in Scott Township will host a Sacred Arts Festival from 3pm-9pm.  There will be original art as well as concerts and poetry.  Visit the parish internet site here (+) or call the parish (412-279-7070).  All are welcome!

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, May 29 — Memorial Day 
   9:00 am   David Moore  (The Condosta Family)

Tuesday, May 30
   8:30 am   Elsie Sabatasso  (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday, May 31—Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   8:30 am   Roberta M. Cox  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, June 1 — Saint Justin, martyr
   8:30 am   Frank Donnelly   (The Donnelly Family)

Friday, June 2 — Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs
   8:30 am   Dr. Guy M. Francis  (Family)

Saturday, June 3—St. Charles Lwanga and companions
   9:00 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo, birthday  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00pm   Mr. & Mrs. Henry Lenard   (The Allen Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, June 4 — Pentecost Sunday
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Ed & Flo Fairley  (daughter, Kathleen)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Joseph Miller  (Family & Friends)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 28, 2017

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14/Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8/1 Peter 4:13-16/John 17:1-11a

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 19:1-8/Psalm 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab /John 16:29-33

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 20:17-27/Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21/John 17:1-11a

Wednesday: Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16/Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6/Luke 1:39-56

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 22:30; 23:6-11/Psalm 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11/John 17:20-26

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 25:13b-21/Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab/John 21:15-19

Saturday: Morning: Acts of the Apostles 28:16-20, 30-31/Psalm 11:4-5, 7/John 21:20-25

Pentecost Sunday:
   Vigil: Genesis 11:1-9 or Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5/Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Romans 8:22-27/John 7:37-39

   Extended Vigil: Genesis 11:1-9/Psalm 33:10-15/Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Daniel 3:52-56 or Psalm 19:8-11/Ezekiel 37:1-14/Psalm 107:2-9/Joel 3:1-5/Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Romans 8:22-27/John 7:37-39

   Day: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11/Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34/1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13/John 20:19-23
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    There’s an urgent need for:  clean blankets, bath towels, and adult backpacks.  Used items in good condition are fine. 
    Also, these food items are needed now:   24-can cubes of regular Pepsi (no diet, please);  canned stew or chili;   macaroni and cheese;  soup in pull tab cans;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.] Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
        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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co., East Carson Street  for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A VERY FINE YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR THE SUMMER!
    In the coming days, we’ll come to the conclusion of our CDTCA school year!  Congratulations and best wishes to our 18 graduates as you enter into your high school years!  Also, best wishes to all our students and your families as you begin this summer recess.  Enjoy the summer months ahead, continue your learning and prayer, and look forward to the coming academic year here in our CDTCA regional Catholic elementary school!   God bless!

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, pre-school through eighth grade!  Call for a visit to our fine regional Catholic school!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this important aid.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition assistance!

WHAT OUR MERGERS MEAN FOR CDTCA
    While our schools are uniting into a regional administration and our parishes are merging into a larger unified parish, our CDTCA school will continue to exist as it has since its establishment.  CDTCA will receive greater support from our entire North Hills region, and our eventual merged parish will remain committed to our support and subsidy of CDTCA.  All will be well and strong in the years ahead!
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OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our Parish Share Campaign is still collecting our support for our Catholic Diocese.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before 2018.  This supports the budget and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and appreciated.   All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much!

Jesus is committed to us!
     It is a blessing to hear Jesus’ words in the Gospel this Sunday in which he vows to remain with his Church always! We may not have every single prayer and request answered the way we’d like, but it’s reassuring to know that Jesus still cares for us, loves us, and walks with us. May we be certain to walk with him as well! 

     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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927