July 16, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s gospel parable of the sower and the seeds is one of the favorite and most well known of all the parables.  Usually, we’re asked which of the levels of results produced might be our level.  Then again, at times we can and should consider ourselves the one who sows the seeds of the Kingdom in our lives.
    How much have we produced for the Lord in our lives?  We tend to think about how much we’ve done for ourselves and how much we’ve accumulated for ourselves by our work and investing and savings.  Yet, Jesus’ teaching in today’s parable reminds us very clearly that we should also be directed toward producing good results for the Kingdom of God.
    As I mentioned above, sometimes our work is also to sow the seeds that will be grown in the lives of others.  At times, we are the sowers who plant the Word of God and the seeds of our faith into the minds and the hearts of other disciples and other people.  We are the ones called to share the Good News and to be the ones who evangelize our family members and neighbors. 
     Whichever role we are given, the role of the sower or the role of the produced, may we give our attention and effort and energy to doing the work of the Lord. May we grow the Kingdom of God in this vineyard given to us by Jesus for both our benefit and the benefit of many in the Church and in our world.  God bless!                                                                      —Father Jim Torquato

REMEMBERING GOD’S PEOPLE IN YOUR ESTATE
    Every few years, our parish receives notice that a deceased member has included our parish in their will and estate.  It’s a final gift to our parish community from someone who truly loved the church.   Please consider sharing a final gift with the parish yourself.

JULY 22 MAGNIFICAT EVENT DOWNTOWN FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    Join the diocesan Magnificat group as they meet downtown at the Omni William Penn Hotel 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!

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!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN OUR SUNDAY LITURGY
   We come to participate in the Liturgy every Sunday in order to keep God’s commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day.  We also come to Church on Sunday because it is a sacred expectation of all Church members who are able to participate.  Also, we worship in Church on Sunday because our spiritual lives need this prayer and worship and the Word of God and the Eucharist.  It’s the very least we can and need to do!  Our Sunday worship is of true importance.

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 

REGISTERING NOW FOR OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
    Yes, we’re still in the middle of July, but this is a very good time for our CCD families to register all your young students for Religious Education classes beginning in late September. 
    You can register for classroom sessions, small group sessions, or home study on our parish internet site here.  You may also contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon or Miss Meredith Troyan directly, OR  you may come to the parish office during normal office hours for a registration form. 
    Classes are filling up at this time.  Please register soon, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

SOW THE SEEDS OF FAITH — VOLUNTEER THIS YEAR AS A CCD CATECHIST OR ASSISTANT
    Many church members are called to sow the seeds of faith by their teaching the Word of God and our Catholic Christian faith to the youngest of God’s children.  If you want to share our faith with our children, and if you can give several hours each week to this effort, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon this month to inquire about the possibility of becoming a Religious education catechist or a classroom or program assistant. 
    The help of many qualified catechists and assistants is truly needed each year.  Please consider if YOU are called to this ministry, and begin the process this week of becoming a Church catechist for the Lord and his people!

CAMP HELPING HAND THANKS!
    Thanks very much to our middle school students, parents, volunteers, and Religious Education staff members who participated in this past week’s Camp Helping Hand sponsored by Saint Scholastica Parish.  Our young students and their adult helpers were given the opportunity to serve others with home projects and other community service programs.
    As Catholic Christians, service and charitable work are essential to both our faith and our Christian way of life!  It’s always good and important to cultivate this service and charitable work in all of our children and grandchildren in the Lord’s Church.  Thanks again!
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Believe in the Good News of the Lord Jesus!

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 17
   8:30 am   Georgia A. Jackson   (The Condosta Family)

Tuesday, July 18 — Saint Camillus de Lellis
   8:30 am   Ryan M. Cent  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, July 19
   8:30 am   Jer & Carole, 48th Anniversary

Thursday, July 20 — Saint Apollinaris
   8:30 am   Maribeth Murphy  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, July 21 — Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
   8:30 am   Nancy Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
Saturday, July 22 —Saint Mary Magdalene
   9:00 am   Clementine Tamburo, birthday  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00pm   Sam Amodeo  (Sister Pat)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 23—Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Mary Labriola) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father Michael Ackerman
   11:00 am   William Kish  (The DeMartino Family) 
      Presider: Father Michael Ackerman

Readings for the Week of July 16, 2017

Sunday:  Isaiah 55:10-11/Psalm 65:10-14/Romans 8:18-23/Matthew 13:1-23

Monday:  Exodus 1:8-14, 22/Psalm 124:1b-8/Matthew 10:34--11:1

Tuesday:  Exodus 2:1-15a/Psalm 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34/Matthew 11:20-24

Wednesday:  Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12/Psalm 103:1b-4, 6-7/Matthew 11:25-27

Thursday:  Exodus 3:13-20/Psalm 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24-27/Matthew 11:28-30

Friday:  Exodus 11:10--12:14/Psalm 116:12-13, 15, 16bc-18/Matthew 12:1-8

Saturday:  Song of Songs 3:1-4b or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17/Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9/Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

Next Sunday:  Wisdom 12:13, 16-19/Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16/Romans 8:26-27/Matthew 13:24-43

The Lord is kind, merciful, and loving!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for all your generous help!  There’s still an urgent need for clean blankets, bedspreads, comforters, and for duffel bagsClean, used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:   canned vegetables, canned beans,  macaroni and cheese,  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  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 McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes in Bloomfield and Shadyside for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  


GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONTINUING UPGRADES IN OUR SCHOOL FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR
    While our CDTCA school community is enjoying the summer recess, our school staff and summer employees and contractors are busy with our various upgrades taking place during these months.  Again, the carpeting is being replaced with tile and wood laminate flooring.  Also, new doors are being installed in the main school building, and new computers and other technology are being delivered.  CDTCA is moving forward thanks to our community and benefactors!

CDTCA STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE AT CHURCH ON AUGUST 13
    Retail certificates that benefit our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be sold by our school staff this weekend and on Sunday morning, August 13, 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!
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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!

     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
www.cdtca.org

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