June 18, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Best wishes for Corpus Christi Sunday!

    For the past twenty centuries, the Eucharist has been at the heart of our Christian faith, Liturgy, and life.  The Church as we know it would not exist without this final gift of the Lord Jesus which is a most sacred source of God’s life and grace given to us every Sunday and every day.
    Jesus certainly knew how important Baptism and Confirmation and the Eucharist and all the seven Sacraments would be in sharing his divine life with his followers in every age.  He knew that sharing his sacramental Body and Blood and all his gifts of grace with us would be absolutely essential to maintaining true communion with his Church.  These gifts do indeed give us a share in the very life of God. 
    For many Catholic Christians, the act of receiving the Body and Blood of the Lord as often as we do leads to a diminished appreciation of this most sacred gift from the Lord.   As such, it’s important that we meditate on the greatness of this wonderful gift.  It’s important that we pray before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle.  It’s also very important that we thank Jesus every day for the gift of himself that he shares with us, giving sincere thanks this Sunday and each time we receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in the Eucharist. 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!

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! 

BEST WISHES FOR FATHER'S DAY!
    This Sunday, June 18, our nation is celebrating Father's Day once again, and so we extend best wishes and thanks to all our fathers and grandfathers,  to our stepfathers and adopting fathers and foster fathers, to  our expectant fathers and godfathers, and to all men for the life, faith, love, wisdom, and service that you share with us every day!  Our families, parishes, and communities rely on you for your dedication and generous service.   May God bless each of you and all of you this Father's Day!

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.

OUR NEW PARISH WILL BE...
    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 all for your understanding and support!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THANKS
    We’re grateful to all the young students who participated in last week’s Vacation Bible School and to their parents and guardians.  We’re also very grateful to our student volunteers who assisted during our VBS  week.  Finally, we’re most grateful to our Religious Education Director and staff and adult volunteers who shared the Word of God with so many young children in our annual VBS program.  Thank you all, and may God bless all our participants!
  
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE JUNE MISSION TRIP TO SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA
    In just one week, 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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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 this 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 19 — Saint Romuald, abbot 
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

Tuesday, June 20
   8:30 am   Stephen McCloskey  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, June 21 — St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
   8:30 am   Edward Colangelo  (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, June 22—Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More
   8:30 am   Jim O’Malley, birthday   (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, June 23 — Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
   8:30 am   The Shanahan Family   (John & Denise McCarthy)

Saturday, June 24—The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
   9:00 am   Clementine Tamburo, anniversary  (Evelyn Conflenti)
  
   3:00 pm   Wedding of Brooks DiFiore and Allie Withrow

   5:00pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, June 25—Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Lissa & Joe Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   William Ladley  (Marjorie N. Ladley)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Stella & Joe Veltri & Nick Powers  (Jojo & Roseann Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 18, 2017

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

Monday: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10/Psalm 98:1, 2b, 3-4/Matthew 5:38-42

Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9/Psalm 146:2, 5-9a/Matthew 5:43-48

Wednesday: 2 Corinthians 9:6-11/Psalm 112:1bc-4, 9/Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: 2 Corinthians 11:1-11/Psalm 111:1b-4, 7-8/Matthew 6:7-15

Friday: Deuteronomy 7:6-11/Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 10/1 John 4:7-16/Matthew 11:25-30

Saturday (Nativity of St. John the Baptist):
     Vigil: Jeremiah 1:4-10/Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17/1 Peter 1:8-12/Luke 1:5-17

     Day: Isaiah 49:1-6/Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15/Acts of the Apostles 13:22-26/Luke 1:57-66, 80

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 20:10-13/Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35/Romans 5:12-15/Matthew 10:26-33
 
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
    Also, these food items are needed now:  macaroni and cheesecanned baked beans;  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 Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue, Aspinwall, for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement and make plans now.

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 germs 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!

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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CONGRATULATIONS TO  OUR NEW EAGLE SCOUT
    Last Sunday, June 11, our parish member, Zachary Goreczny (the son of Dr. Anthony and Mrs. Kathleen Goreczny)  was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held at our church.  Congratulations to Zachary, his family, and all our parish scouts!

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 still offers himself to us in the Eucharist!
     Every time we receive Holy Communion during the Liturgy, it’s important to remember that we are given the sacramental Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus!  Twenty centuries after his final Supper, Jesus still gives us his life and grace in the Eucharist. What a divine gift!
 
     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