June 11, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Best wishes for Trinity Sunday!
    All life and blessings come to us from God the divine Father, through Jesus the divine Son of God, and in the power of the divine Holy Spirit of God.   Throughout the history of the universe, the earth, humanity, and the Church, it is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who have continued to give life and goodness to all creation.
    In the end, all life will make its return to the Father, through the work of the Son, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.  All existence and all life will find its final consummation in the glory and eternity of God the Blessed Trinity!
    We’re grateful that God the Holy Trinity has been so gracious and good, and we’re also grateful that Jesus has revealed this great truth about God to us and that our faith and God’s Kingdom continue to grow throughout the world keeping us filled with the life of God and leading us to the glory of the Trinity.  God bless! 
                                                                                          —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 this 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 there.  Contact Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198) 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!
 
GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
    In the Acts of the Apostles, we’re reminded that the Church of the Lord exists because of the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.  When you study Church history during the past 20 centuries, you’ll see a very dynamic history of growth and change.  Most humans aren’t exactly thrilled with change, but it’s a natural part of life. 
   The Church has experienced incredible growth in these 20 centuries.   The Church now fills most of the world.  Yet, growth also gives way to pruning and decline as well.  We don’t like decline, but as in the natural world, decline usually leads to new growth!  May we pray and work to bring new life to the Church in the United States, and may we be confident in the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the power of God!

A FESTIVAL OF PRAISE FOR VOCATIONS
   An evening Festival of Praise will be held  (in anticipation of the June 24th Ordination of 5 Priests) on June 22 at 7:00pm at Saint Paul Cathedral.  All Church members and families are invited and most welcome to come for prayer and singing on June 22.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINAL INPUT
    In May, via the internet, the bulletin survey, and two town hall gatherings, we received final thoughts and comments from parish members regarding the local parishes to be merged by 2022  These comments have been sent to Diocesan staff.  A final decision will be announced by Bishop Zubik in March 2018.  Thank you!

AND OUR 2018 PARISH GROUPING IS ...
    Our four local parishes which will be merged by 2022 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 and Fox Chapel. 
    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 a single 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 for your understanding and support!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THIS WEEK
    Vacation Bible School is this week, June 12-16.  The donation is $25 per child.  A third or fourth child in any family may attend without any donation.
    We’re most grateful to all the young students participating in this week’s Vacation Bible School and to their parents and guardians.  We’re also very grateful to our student volunteers who will be assisting during these days.  Finally, we’re most grateful to our Religious Director and staff and adult volunteers who will be sharing the Word of God will many young children in our annual VBS program.  Thank you all, and best wishes to all our participants!
 
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE JUNE MISSION TRIP TO SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA
    In just two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1, nearly 80 high school students and adult chaperones will be traveling to Appalachia for many service projects in southern West Virginia as well as time in prayer and in giving Catholic Christian witness to the people of the area. 
    Please keep all our young people and adults in your prayers!  Any final donations you may wish to provide to support this trip are still most welcome.  Please bring donations to the parish office this week!
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ALTAR FLOWERS THIS WEEKEND
    The flowers at the altar this weekend are donated by the Goreczny Family in honor of their son Zachary’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor this Sunday.

A Baptism Preparation Session will be held on Monday, June 26 at 7:30pm in the Hall.  Please register with our office. The next session is August 21.

FOR YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD…
   Father Mike Ackerman and the Diocese will be holding several events to begin getting you acquainted with formation for the priesthood.  Come to  breakfast with the Bishop on Saturday, June 24, at 7:30am before the Ordinations at Saint Paul Cathedral.
 
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!

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 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 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!

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, June 12 
   8:30 am   Orlando Secola  (Family)

Tuesday, June 13 — Saint Anthony of Padua, priest
   8:30 am   Catherine O’Leary  (M. Griffith)

Wednesday, June 14
   8:30 am   Millie Wenzel, 81st birthday   (Tom Wenzel)

Thursday, June 15
   8:30 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo, anniversary  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, June 16
   8:30 am   For all the Pre-born   (Respect Life Committee)

Saturday, June 17
   9:00 am   Stanley Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00pm   Jack Kiley  (The Kiley Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, June 18 — The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
   7:30 am   William H. Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato 
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
       Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 11, 2017

Sunday: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9/Daniel 3:52-56/2 Corinthians 13:11-13/John 3:16-18

Monday: 2 Corinthians 1:1-7/Psalm 34:2-9/Matthew 5:1-12

Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 1:18-22/Psalm 119:129-133, 135/Matthew 5:13-16

Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 3:4-11/Psalm 99:5-9/Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday: 2 Corinthians 3:15--4:1, 3-6/Psalm 85:9ab, 10-14/Matthew 5:20-26

Friday: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15/Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18/Matthew 5:27-32

Saturday: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21/Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12/Matthew 5:33-37

Next Sunday: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a/Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20/1 Corinthians 10:16-17/John 6:51-58
 
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.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    There’s an urgent need for:  clean blankets, bath towels, adult backpacks, and luggage with wheels.  Used items in good condition are fine. 
    Also, these food items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese;  spaghetti sauce;  and prepared meal mixes such as 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 Flowers for Life  (formerly Whiteman's Flowers), Brilliant Avenue for being a sponsor. Please see their advertisement and visit.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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 wood and tile flooring to help decrease bacteria that typically exist in carpeting. 
    Also, all the original wood doors of the main school 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!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A VERY FINE YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR THE SUMMER!
    We’ve now come to the conclusion of our CDTCA school year!  Best wishes to all our graduates and 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!
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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 revealed the Holy Trinity!
     Our faith in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is unique to the Christian faith. It is thanks to Jesus alone that the Trinity was revealed to us in Jesus’ teaching and his life. From the life of Jesus to the early life and writings of the Church, the Trinity has been believed and is still at the heart of our faith today!
 
     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