July 9, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO

    Some times we forget just how truly human Jesus is.   Our Christian faith professes that Jesus is truly God and truly man.   Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ shared every aspect of our lives with us.  He loved.  He worked.  He ate.  He played.  He even rested and slept.  Becoming fully human in the Incarnation, Jesus came to know every facet of the human experience.
    As such, Jesus understands us and our lives more than we think he does.  He knows our joys and our sorrows.  He knows our accomplishments as well as our shortcomings.  He also knows the reality and limitations of having a human body and life.
    While Jesus hopes that each of us will follow him faithfully and that each of us will build the Kingdom along with him, he surely knows that we’re not superhuman.  He knows and accepts that we have limitations, that we need rest and renewal, that we’re trying and doing our best.
    May we do all that we can for the Lord, and may we trust that Jesus appreciates our efforts and work.  May we trust that, because Jesus is truly and fully human, he knows we’re doing our best for him and his Gospel and his Kingdom.   God bless!
                                                                        —Father Jim Torquato

WANT TO HELP THE POOR OF HAITI AND PERU THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?  
    You can do a lot to help the poorest people in the Americas.  Contact our Hope for Haiti Committee here in the parish.  You can also visit the website for our Diocesan Mission in Chimbote, Peru at www.chimbotefoundation.org (+).
    Your kindness will go far in helping the neediest of God’s people.  Teach your children and grandchildren all about charity toward the poor and needy!   Thanks!

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!

CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN!
    For 20 years now, the Bishops of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have recognized members of each parish with the Manifesting the Kingdom Award.  This award is presented every other year to those who serve their parish and the Church in a generous and selfless way.
    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 in our Catholic high schools, 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.  Thanks very much, Tish Marsico, and congratulations on being this year’s award recipient!

THE HOLY ONES OF JULY
     There are some truly inspiring observances and celebrations in these summer days.  Take a moment to look up some of this month’s saints, and you’ll find remarkable stories of faith, courage, witness and service to the Lord.  Read about Saint Junipero Serra, Saint Thomas the Apostle, Saint Maria Goretti, Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica, Saint Henry, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Saint Bonaventure, Saint James, Saint Ignatius Loyola, and others remembered this month.  You will be inspired by their faith and lives!

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!

Now is the day of salvation!

 

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 the last week of June 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 to Mrs. Jamie Dillon and Miss Meredith Troyan and our adult leaders who’ve coordinated this trip for fourteen years.

MANY, MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THIS YEAR’S APPALACHIA TRIP POSSIBLE!
    From Mrs. Jamie Dillon, Miss Meredith Troyan, and all our Mission Trip coordinators, sincere thanks go to all the parish families and members who made this year’s Mission Trip a success once again!  To all the adult chaperones, to all our donors and sponsors, and to all our contributors and parents and volunteers, your generosity and donations were amazingly helpful in providing this wonderful service experience for our students and for providing so much help and support to many people in southern West Virginia.
    All on the Mission Team and all who received our help are very, very grateful for all your support which made this year’s Mission Trip both possible and successful!  Thanks very much!  May the good Lord bless you all!

CAMP HELPING HAND IN JULY
    Once again this summer, on July 10-12, 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 today!
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LaRoche Catholic College in the North Hills is holding a Preview Day for all high school students this Saturday, July 15.  Visit laroche.edu (+)or call 800-838-4LRC for information and to register in advance.

Duquesne University’s  City Music Center is offering music lessons and programs for all adults!  Visit their website here (+) this week.

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 10
   8:30 am   Arthur & Josephine Bonessa  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Tuesday, July 11 — Saint Benedict, founder
   8:30 am   The Vey Family  (Dr. Kenneth Vey)

Wednesday, July 12
   8:30 am   Billy Dudas  (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Thursday, July 13 — Saint Henry, leader and servant
   8:30 am   Henry Kaleida  (Family)

Friday, July 14 — Saint Kateri Tekakwitha , virgin
   8:30 am   Charles W. Flynn, Jr.  (Eileen & Dan Gallagher)

Saturday, July 15 — Saint Bonaventure, bishop
   9:00 am   William Dudas  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00pm   Theresa Gabos  (Paul & Molly Gabos)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, July 16—Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Ross Molinaro, Jr.  (wife, Nancy Molinaro)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero  (Wife & Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of July 9, 2017
Sunday: Zechariah 9:9-10/Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14/Rom 8:9, 11-13/Matthew 11:25-30
Monday: Genesis 28:10-22a/Psalm 91:1-4, 14-15ab/Matthew 9:18-26
Tuesday: Genesis 32:23-33/Psalm 17:1b, 2-3, 6-7ab, 8b, 15/Matthew 9:32-38
Wednesday: Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a/Psalm 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19/Matthew 10:1-7
Thursday: Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5/Psalm 105:16-21/Matthew 10:7-15
Friday: Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30/Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40/Matthew 10:16-23
Saturday: Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26a/Psalm 105:1-4, 6-7/Matthew 10:24-33
Next Sunday: Isaiah 55:10-11/Psalm 65:10-14/Rom 8:18-23/Matthew 13:1-23

The All Saints Parish community in Etna invites everyone to their Summer Festival this coming July 19-22.  Dinner is at 5:00pm each evening.  Games open at 6:30pm.  Entertainment begins at 7:00pm.  Enjoy!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for all your generous help!  There’s still an urgent need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and comforters; pillows; and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!  
   These food items are needed now:  canned vegetablescanned 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their advertisement for contact information.

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY! 

NEW FOR THE COMING YEAR AT OUR CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
    For the new school year, we’ll happily welcome many pre-school and kindergarten and first grade students to CDTCA as well a number of students transferring from other schools.  Our student enrollment continues to be very strong! 
    Also, In addition to new flooring to replace all the carpeting and the installation of new modern doors, CDTCA is adding many new laptops and other technology upgrades.  CDTCA continues to be a leading school in our region and in our Diocese!

CDTCA STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE NEXT MONTH  ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
    Retail certificates that benefit our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be sold by our school staff 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 household to donate or pledge $250 or more.  Your generosity is very helpful and appreciated.  Funds received above our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish.  Thank you!

     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