July 2, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As Americans, most of us are probably aware of the freedom that is ours — freedom which we enjoy each and every day.  We have so many freedoms guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution:  freedom of religion, freedom of speech,  freedom to assemble,  freedom to travel,  freedom from unwarranted surveillance,  freedom to live as we choose,  freedom to pursue our careers and dreams and ambitions.
    Yet,  it’s our faith and our life in Jesus that guarantee our most important freedoms:  freedom (by the grace and goodness of God) from sin and vice,  freedom from darkness and evil,  and most especially, freedom from death.
    May we always appreciate the freedom given us in our nation, and may we especially appreciate the freedom from sin and death gained for us by the Lord Jesus in his own death and Resurrection.  God bless!                                                         
                                                               —Father Jim Torquato

THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Once again, thanks very much to all our members and families who support our parish community financially and through your service.  Only by the grace of God and your generous support does the Church continue to exist and is the Kingdom built!

JULY 22 MAGNIFICAT EVENT DOWNTOWN FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    All Catholic women are invited to join the diocesan Magnificat group as they meet downtown at the Omni William Penn Hotel, Grant Street for the July 22, 12-2:30pm luncheon to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  Acclaimed Catholic mother, leader, musician, and speaker, Mrs. Susan Potvin, will speak about the Lord’s goodness and guidance in her life and the lives of her children and family members.  The donation for the luncheon is $28.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) or visit www.magnificatpittsburgh.org  to register before July 14.   Know that you’re invited and most welcome to join in this very special and local Catholic event!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY THIS JULY 4th!
    Best wishes to all our parish members, families, and friends for a Happy Independence Day this Tuesday!  On July 4th, we will celebrate our nation’s  anniversary of declaring independence from Great Britain—anniversary #241 this year.  May we celebrate our independence and give thanks to God for our nation and all the blessings we’ve received.  May we bless God this July 4th just as the Lord has blessed us abundantly throughout these 241 years.
    Everyone is welcome to join us for our 9:00am Liturgy this Tuesday as we give thanks to the Lord for his grace and goodness!
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
    For 20 years now, the Bishops of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have recognized members of each parish with the Manifesting the Kingdom Award.  Given to individuals and married couples and members of Religious Orders, this award is presented every other year to those who serve their parish community and the diocesan church in a generous and selfless way.
    This year, upon nomination by Father Torquato and the parish staff,  Bishop David Zubik will present the Manifesting the Kingdom Award to Miss Tish Marsico on Sunday, September 24, at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland.  Tish Marsico is being honored for her 40 years as a Catholic educator (and retreat coordinator) in Catholic high schools of the Diocese, for her 40 years as a parish lector and Communion minister, for her work as a home and hospital visitor, for her work as a parish catechist, for her service on the Pastoral Council, and for her 15+ years as a parish and funeral choir member.  Tish has been a most dedicated member and participant here in Saint Scholastica Parish for many years.  Thanks very much, Tish Marsico, and congratulations on being this year’s award recipient!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Our four local parishes which will be merged by 2022 are:  Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish. 
    In March 2018,  priests will be assigned and will begin their ministry 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 into one parish with a primary church and 1-2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed by November 2021. 
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thank you all for your understanding and support!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO ALL OUR MISSION TRIP PARTICIPANTS
    Returning on July 1, nearly 80 high school students and adult chaperones spent this past week in  Appalachia conducting various service projects in southern West Virginia.  They also spent time in prayer and in giving Catholic Christian witness to the people of the area.   Many thanks go once again to our Appalachia Mission Team as well as Mrs. Jamie Dillon and Miss Meredith Troyan and our adult leaders who’ve coordinated this trip for more than a decade.

CAMP HELPING HAND IN JULY
    Once again this summer, our Youth Ministry staff will be holding three days of service for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8.   Known as Camp Helping Hand, these days are 9:00am—2:00pm and will introduce our young students to service projects here in the local area.  This is an excellent way for our younger students to become familiar with the work of voluntary Christian service, and Camp Helping Hand gives them some good and helpful things to do in July.
    To register, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here this week!
___________________________________________
 
A PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL BOYS INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    Father Michael Ackerman and Diocesan priests will be holding Quo Vadis (“Where are you going?”)  Days at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry Township, July 16-18.  The donation is $40.   Scholarships are available.  Register by July 7 at  www.PGHPriest.com.

May God bless America, and may America bless God!
 
LOOKING FOR A FESTIVAL OF PRAISE?
    Several parishes in the Diocese are holding evenings of contemporary praise and singing.  If you’d like to join them for a praise service, you’ll find them at:  Saint Kilian Parish, Cranberry Twp., first Fridays at 7:00pm;   Saint Richard Parish, Richland Twp., Tuesdays at 7:00pm;  Saint Paul Cathedral’s Synod Hall, 3rd Mondays at 7:00pm. All are invited and most welcome!

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 in Church. Thanks!
 
AN OCTOBER 2017 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.

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In July,  your donations of paper products and bars of soap 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!

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 3 — Saint Thomas, apostle
   8:30 am   Julia Lazar  (daughter, Sherry Schaffer)

Tuesday, July 4 — Independence Day
   8:30 am   Franklyn Conflenti, anniversary   (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, July 5 — Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
   8:30 am   Frank Skowron  (The Skowron Family)

Thursday, July 6 — Saint Maria Goretti
   8:30 am   Catherine Johnson   (The Georgene Veltri Family)

Friday, July 7
   8:30 am   Fred Fiumefreddo   (Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Granato)

Saturday, July 8
   9:00 am   Patricia Murphy  (Kathy Murray)

   5:00pm   John Gentilcore  (Kathleen McAndrews)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, July 9—Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Peter Marsh  (The Marsh Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Scripture Readings for the Week
Sunday: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a/Romans 6:3-4, 8-11/Matthew 10:37-42 
Monday: Ephesians 2:19-22/John 20:24-29
Tuesday [USA: Independence Day]: Genesis 19:15-29/Matthew 8:23-27
Wednesday: Genesis 21:5, 8-20a/Matthew 8:28-34
Thursday: Genesis 22:1b-19/Matthew 9:1-8
Friday: Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67/Matthew 9:9-13
Saturday: Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29/Matthew 9:14-17
Next Sunday: Zechariah 9:9-10/Romans 8:9, 11-13/Matthew 11:25-30


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for all your generous help!  There’s still an urgent need for clean blankets, adult backpacks, and luggage with wheels.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned vegetables, canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, 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!

REBUILDING YOUR MARRIAGE WEEKEND
    This coming weekend, July 7-9, you can still attend the Retrouvaille marriage weekend to begin healing your married life.  Call  412-277-3434 for information

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
  Our thanks go to Smiles by Smith and Dr. Bradley Smith, DMD, Orthodontist for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their advertisement and make an appointment now.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE AT CHURCH THIS JULY 16
    Retail certificates that benefit our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be sold by our school staff in two weeks, on Sunday morning July 16, in the main church entrance.  Everyone is welcome to support our Catholic school by purchasing these cards.

REGISTRATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Join us for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (pre-school through eighth grade) beginning Monday, August 28!  
    Call for information (412-781-7927) and a visit to our excellent 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!

WORK BEING DONE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS
    During these weeks of the summer break, we’ll be doing more work in our parish school buildings.  Thanks to our generous benefactors and parish members,  our school and the CCD program will both benefit from the removal of the old carpeting and the installation of new wood and tile flooring to help decrease germs that typically exist in carpeting. 
    Also, all the original wood doors of the main building will be replaced with clean, modern wood doors.  Our buildings continue to be improved every year!  Thanks once again to our parish community and to all our generous parish and CDTCA donors!
______________________________________

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 brings us freedom!
     Our lives as Americans are filled with many blessings, but they are also challenging at times and have their share of burdens and illness and problems. Our faith assures us that not only does the Lord give us these blessings, he will also free us from the burdens of life and of our human condition. Live in Jesus, and be free!

     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