July 23, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In the four Gospels, we are told that Jesus came to bring God’s true presence, God’s true Kingdom here to the earth.  We also hear that Jesus’ goal is to lead as many disciples as possible into the Kingdom of God. 
    After 20 centuries, an incredible number of families, men, women, and children have become Jesus’ disciples and missionaries.  In fact, a very large portion of humanity has become members of the Christian family.  Hopefully, most of these disciples will be found worthy of everlasting life in the Kingdom of heaven.
    May we rejoice that so many people have been baptized into the divine life of the Lord, and may we make every effort, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to draw even more individuals and families into the life of Jesus and his holy people.  May we help Jesus to achieve a tremendous harvest of saints for the Kingdom of the Lord.  God bless!
                                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

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.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AND PRAYER
    In the media today, we often hear of the practices of prayer and meditation that we see in the daily lives of individuals and communities.  However, many of these reports do not refer to the same practices in Catholic Christianity.  In fact, personal prayer and meditation have been essential to the life of the Church and to our members for 20 centuries.  Want daily prayer and meditation in your life?  Embrace our Catholic heritage, and make prayer and meditation a regular part of your spiritual experience!

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.

OUR CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS’ DAY
    Every July 26, the Church celebrates and honors Saints Joachim and Anne, the maternal grandparents of Jesus.   All our grandparents can play and often have played a special role in the lives of their children and grandchildren. 
     As we honor Jesus’ grandparents, may we honor and thank our grandparents, and may all grandparents follow the example of Saints Joachim and Anne in guiding your family to their grandson, the Lord Jesus!
 
WHICH PRIESTS WILL SERVE THE NEW PARISH GROUPING IN 2018?
    With the parish consolidations coming in late 2018, some parish members have asked about which priests will be serving in this area at that time.
    As life would have it, Father Joe Keenan at Saint Pio Parish has asked to begin his retirement in July 2018.  As for the three remaining pastors in our area, all three (Father Thomas Miller, Father Mike Decewicz, and Father Jim Torquato)  have asked if they might be considered for assignment  here in the new parish grouping (in some capacity) where they are currently serving.  This may or may not be the final decision in April 2018, or Bishop Zubik may decide that one (or all)  of them is needed elsewhere.  We’ll all know next Lent when the final decision is made.

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!

FINDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THIS WORLD
    The media and our society often present all that is bad and troublesome about our world today.  However, Jesus points out that the presence and the reign of God are here in our world even now, and the Kingdom continues to grow.  Compared to the era of Jesus’ own life, death, and Resurrection, so much good exists in our world today — all thanks to the Kingdom that Jesus has established and which he continues to grow through his Holy Spirit and his holy Church.  Let’s keep up the good work, and never be discouraged by the work that still needs to be done!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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!

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. 
    Choose from among the options of classroom sessions  OR  small group sessions  OR  home study.  Registration forms are available on our parish internet site here.  You may also contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here 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!
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BECOMING A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN
    As this new century continues, we’re learning that some adults in our community were never brought to the Church by their parents for the Sacrament of Baptism and membership in the Lord’s Church when they were infants or young children.  When the Sacrament of Baptism is neglected by parents, then the children of the family usually have little or no upbringing in the Christian faith.
    It is unfortunate when parents don’t share the treasure of our Christian faith and life with their children.  To remedy this situation, the Church in every parish wants to offer catechesis in the faith and Baptism to adults who were never baptized or catechized.  If you know someone in this situation, please help them to contact our parish office (412-781-0186), and we’ll begin the adult process of bringing them to faith, life, and salvation in Jesus.  Thank you!
 
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 24 — Saint Sharbel Makhluf 
   8:30 am   Francesca Alvin   (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Tuesday, July 25 — Saint James
   8:30 am   Audrey M. Demme  (Bill & Jean Eckert)

Wednesday, July 26 — Saints Joachim and Anne
   8:30 am   Mrs. Shim (Family)

Thursday, July 27
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, anniversary   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Friday, July 28
   8:30 am   McCarthy Family   (John & Denise McCarthy)

Saturday, July 29 — Saint Martha
   9:00 am   Dr. Robert Romano  (Wife)

   5:00pm ……....  … All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, July 30 — Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Matthew Elder  (Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Rosemarie Boley, anniversary  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 23, 2017

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

Monday:  Exodus 14:5-18/Exodus 15:1bc-6/Matthew 12:38-42

Tuesday:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15/Psalm 126:1bc-6/Matthew 20:20-28

Wednesday:  Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15/Psalm 78:18-19, 23-28/Matthew 13:1-9

Thursday:  Exodus 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b/Daniel 3:52-56/Matthew 13:10-17

Friday:  Exodus 20:1-17/Psalm 19:8-11/Matthew 13:18-23

Saturday:  Exodus 24:3-8/Psalm 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15/John 11:19-27

Next Sunday:  1 Kings 3:5, 7-12/Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130/Romans 8:28-30/Matthew 13:44-52

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 duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned vegetables, canned soup, canned red or black 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!

Our souls will only be at rest in the Lord!
 
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to The Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company of East Carson Street  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location and 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 in two weeks, on Sunday 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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GETTING TO KNOW THE BIBLE PERSONALLY
    Do you feel drawn to reading the Bible — but don’t know how to get started?  Or have you tried to read the Bible — but have run into obstacles?  Do you want to read and grow more with the Bible?
    Then join us for a summer workshop on “Getting to Know the Bible!”  Join others in becoming more at ease with the Good Book.  We’ll meet August 9, 16, and 23 from 7:00pm—9:00pm in the parish hall.  There’s NO fee.  Register with Andrew Bechman here before August 7!  Come join us!

 Jesus wants a bountiful harvest!
   For 20 centuries, the mission of the Church has been to add more and more disciples to the community of the Lord.  It’s the same goal of the Church even today.  We may regret that fewer people are interested in Jesus and his Kingdom today, but in fact, our mission is still to lead more people to the Lord.  Now’s the time!
     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