August 20, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    One of the most common questions posed to us is this question: “May I ask you a question?”  or perhaps “May I ask you a favor?”  I always want to say “Please don’t ask me if you can ask me, just ask me!”   All too often, people are very timid about approaching others with their requests, and so they ask IF they can even ask a question or a favor.
    As we hear in today’s Gospel passage about Jesus and the Canaanite woman, we should NOT be timid, but like the brave woman, we should simply ask our requests of the Lord.  He will see our faith as he saw her faith, and he will grant our requests in faith just as he granted her faith request.
    Jesus often tells his disciples and us as well that we should make our requests to him with faith and confidence.  He will help his people and grant what we need.  May we never be shy or timid before the Lord, but may we confidently tell Jesus what we need in our daily prayers.  The Lord is glad to receive our prayers and requests, and he will treat well all of us who are his faithful people.  God bless!
                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

AN EVENING WITH BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK
    As we move into the future, Bishop David Zubik is offering four evenings to come and meet with him for prayer and conversation.  In our area, he will be at Saint Mary of the Assumption, Middle Road, on August 24 and then at Saint Kilian Parish, Mars, on August 30, both 7:00-8:30pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    It’s time to reserve your weekend for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with 2 1/2 days of fellowship, quiet reflection, talks, prayer, and the Liturgy.  This weekend will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  More info coming!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION ON MONDAY
    This Monday, August 21, at 7:30pm, a Baptism Preparation Session will be held in the parish hall.  All new AND expectant parents are asked and invited to attend.  Please contact the office today to register.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
   We come to participate in the Liturgy every Sunday in order to keep God’s commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day.  It is an 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 the Word of God and the Eucharist.  Our Sunday worship is of true importance.

SISTER PAT’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
    On Sunday, September 10, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, our music director and bereavement coordinator, will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Sister of Divine Providence as well as 23 years of service to our parish community!   A Liturgy of Thanksgiving will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 10, and a light reception will be held in the parish gymnasium after the Liturgy.  To help us prepare for this special event, please call the parish office before August 31, and inform our staff if you and your family and friends will be coming to the reception.  Everyone is welcome to join Sister Pat and our parish!

A LOCAL DISCUSSION OF THE HEROIN ADDICTION EPIDEMIC
    This Thursday, August 24, from 7:00pm—8:30pm, our local municipal Emergency Management staff will be hosting a panel discussion on the current heroin and opioid epidemic affecting our area and the entire country.  This event is open to the public and to all emergency responders.
    The featured speakers will be Doctor Karen Hacker, MD, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, and DEA Agent Brian Dempsey.  Local professionals will also be on the panel.
    There is NO cost to attend.  This program will be held in Conference Rooms B&C at UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital.  Continuing Ed credits will be available to EMT’s.   You’re welcome to attend.

COME AND SEE . . . SAINT PAUL SEMINARY
   On Saturday, September 16, from 9am—9pm, for young men in high school, Father Michael Ackerman and the Diocesan Vocations Office will hold  a "Come and See" Event at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree.  This will be a day of games, talks, and a Liturgy.  There is NO cost.  Send an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org by September 8 to register.  Come and see!

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 is 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
    This is a good time for our CCD families to register all your young students for Religious Education classes beginning September 17. 
    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
    Classes are filling up at this time.  Please register soon, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

SOME IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR NEW CCD YEAR
  •  Home Study families will begin their year at the 5:00pm Liturgy on Saturday, September 16.
  •  Catechetical Sunday—and the beginning of the CCD year—is Sunday, September 17.  Please sign up for class or a small group or home study now.
  •  Small middle school CCD groups will be chosen on Sunday, September 17 after the morning Liturgies.
  •  On Sunday, September 17, we’ll have our annual CATEcarnival for all Religious Education families after the 9:00am Liturgy.  There will be games, food, and more.   All CCD parents and students are welcome!
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CELEBRATING OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA AND THE POLISH CHURCH AND FAITH
     The Catholic heritage of Poland  will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 23, at 7:00pm  with Bishop David Zubik at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, in Oakland.  This celebration will also honor Our Lady of Czestochowa.  All are most welcome to participate!

TURN OUR PARISH WEBSITE
INTO YOUR HOME PAGE
    Please consider making our parish internet site —www.saintscholastica.com— YOUR permanent home page. You’ll find much at our web page!

SERVING GOD’S PEOPLE BY YOUR ESTATE
    At times, a deceased parish member has included our parish in their estate.  It’s a final gift to our parish from someone who truly loved the church.   Please consider sharing a final gift with the parish yourself.
 
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!

GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com, then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In August,  your donations of boxes of cereal and breakfast bars are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

FINDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THIS WORLD
    Jesus points out that the reign of God is in our world even now, and the Kingdom continues to grow.  Compared to the era of Jesus’ own life, so much good exists today — all thanks to the Kingdom that Jesus established and which we’re still building.   Let’s not be discouraged but always keep building every day!

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!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, August 21 — Pope Saint Pius X
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (The Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, August 22 — The Queenship of Mary
   8:30 am   Daniel P. Gallagher  (Eileen & Dan Gallagher)

Wednesday, August 23 — Saint Rose of Lima, virgin
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti, anniversary  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, August 24 — Saint Bartholomew, apostle
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Friday, August 25 —Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Saturday, August 26
   9:00 am   Robert Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00pm   Robert Boley, anniversary  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, August 27 — Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary   Time
   7:30 am   Thomas Livingston  (The Strahler Family) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am.   H. Joseph Canel  (Bill & Jean Eckert)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   John C. Sheedy, Jr.  (Maureen O’Brien)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 20, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7/Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/Romans 11:13-15, 29-32/Matthew 15:21-28

Monday: Judges 2:11-19/Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43ab, 44/Matthew 19:16-22

Tuesday: Judges 6:11-24a/Psalm 85:9, 11-14/Matthew 19:23-30

Wednesday: Judges 9:6-15/Psalm 21:2-7/Matthew 20:1-16

Thursday: Revelation 21:9b-14/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/John 1:45-51

Friday: Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Psalm 146:5-10/Matthew 22:34-40

Saturday: Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Psalm 128:1b-5/Matthew 23:1-12

Next Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23/Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8/Romans 11:33-36/Matthew 16:13-20


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned red or black beans, canned vegetables, prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper), and powdered milk.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier transport.   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!

DOES YOUR MARRIAGE NEED SOME HELP?
    For decades,  the Retrouvaille (Rediscovery)  Program has helped thousands of married couples to renew their marriage and home life.  Call 412-277-3434 for information on the upcoming September 8 weekend program.  It could make all the difference!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THE NEW CDTCA SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 28
   We’ll soon be starting another great year at CDTCA!

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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YOU CAN STILL ATTEND OUR SEMINAR ON READING THE BIBLE
   Join us this August 23, 7:00-9:00pm, in the parish hall.  Contact our parish office today!

THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION
    If you attended a Catholic elementary or high school before 1975, your tuition was usually paid by your parish.  Now it’s our turn to help today’s students.  The Bishop’s Education Fund has helped students with grants for 23 years.  Our annual collection will be September 9-10.  Please help our students!

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY EVENT
    On Sunday, October 22, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Marriage for all couples married in the Church in 1967.   A light reception will follow in the social hall underneath the Cathedral.  
    Please call our parish office before Sunday, August 27 to register for this event.  In late September, the Golden Anniversary couples will receive an invitation to this special event from Bishop Zubik.

 Jesus had a change of heart!
     In today’s Gospel account, Jesus changed his mind.  Having been sent to the wayward People of God Israel Jesus changed his mind and offered salvation and healing to the daughter of the Canaanite woman because of the mother’s faith in him. Like Jesus, we too can have a change of heart and offer love to all people. 
     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