August 6, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    We read the amazing event of Jesus’ glorious Transfiguration every year on August 6.  As this is a most significant event in the life of Jesus and his Apostles, it is also the main focus of this Sunday as we observe this tremendous manifestation of the Lord’s glory and divine identity!
    You may recall that we also read the Gospel event of the Transfiguration every Lent on the Second Sunday of that holy season.   Just as Jesus manifested himself so that the Apostles might be prepared for the events of Jesus’ death and Resurrection, so too is the Transfiguration shared with us every Lent so that we might also have a strong faith when we recall the events of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
    Whenever we hear the Transfiguration account, may we renew our faith in Jesus as the Son of God who truly shares the divine glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit, and may we place our abiding faith in the Lord our Redeemer and Savior.  God bless!                                          
                                                                              —Father Jim Torquato

GETTING TO KNOW THE BIBLE PERSONALLY
    Do you feel drawn to reading the Bible — but don’t know how?  Have you tried to read the Bible — but have run into obstacles?  Do you want to read and grow more with the Bible?  Then come join us!
    We’re holding a summer workshop on “Getting to Know the Bible!”  Join us 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 Andy Bechman here  by August 7!  

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.  We also come to Church on Sunday because 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 worship and the Word of God and the Eucharist.  Our Sunday worship is of true importance.

SERVING GOD’S PEOPLE BY 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 MISSION APPEAL VISITOR THIS WEEKEND
    Every summer, the Bishops of our nation invite numerous missionaries from around the world to visit our parishes and make annual appeals to support their mission work and their churches around the world.   This weekend, August 5-6, our parish welcomes Father Theodore Mbaegbu from the Archdiocese of Onitsha in southern Nigeria.  His visit reminds us of the tremendous work being carried out around the world to bring Jesus and the Kingdom of God to all nations and all peoples everywhere!
    Father Theodore’s archdiocese is busy sharing the Gospel with the millions of people and the 1.3 million Catholic Christians in their territory.  In addition to their 180 parishes and their many schools, the Archdiocese of Onitsha also supports orphanages, medical centers, and outreach to the poor and homeless each and every day in southern Nigeria.
    Your generosity in our second collection this weekend will help very much in the mission work of the Lord’s Church in Nigeria!  Thank you!
 
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 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 website 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
     ·     A meeting for those interested in being a CCD catechist or aide  will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00pm.  All adults and senior high school students are welcome to  help in this important ministry.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon for information or questions.
     ·     Home Study families will begin their year at the 5:00pm Liturgy on Saturday, Sept. 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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TURN OUR PARISH WEBSITE INTO YOUR HOME PAGE
    Please consider making our parish internet site—www.saintscholastica.com—YOUR permanent home page for your browser.  It’ll keep you up to date each day and week.  You’ll find much at our web page!

FINDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THIS WORLD
    The media present all that is bad about our world today.  However, 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, death, and Resurrection, so much good exists today — all thanks to the Kingdom that Jesus established and which continues to grow through his Holy Spirit and Church.  Let’s keep up this work, and not be discouraged by all that still needs to be done!
 
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!
 
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!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  During 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.  

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.

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, August 7 — Pope Saint Sixtus II
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (The Ware Family)

Tuesday, August 8 — Saint Dominic, priest
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, birthday   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Wednesday, August 9—St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
   8:30 am   Robert Egan  (Connie Donnelly)

Thursday, August 10 — Saint Lawrence, deacon
   8:30 am   John F. Donahue  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, August 11 —Saint Clare of Assisi, virgin
   8:30 am   Clara Giuffre  (Kathleen McAndrews)

Saturday, August 12 — Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
   9:00 am   Jean Eckert   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, August 13 — Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary     Time
   7:30 am   Jean Eckert  (Dr. & Mrs. Jack Maher) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   John Gentilcore  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Thomas Styslinger, anniversary   (The Styslinger Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 6, 2017

Sunday: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14/Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9/2 Peter 1:16-19/Matthew 17:1-9

Monday: Numbers 11:4b-15/Psalm 81:12-17/Matthew 14:13-21

Tuesday: Numbers 12:1-13/Psalm 51:3-7, 12-13/Matthew 14:22-36 or 15:1-2, 10-14

Wednesday: Numbers 13:1-2, 25--14:1, 26-29a, 34-35/Psalm 106:6-7ab, 13-14, 21-23/Matthew 15:21-28

Thursday: 2 Corinthians 9:6-10/Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9/John 12:24-26

Friday: Deuteronomy 4:32-40/Psalm 77:12-16, 21/Matthew 16:24-28

Saturday: Deuteronomy 6:4-13/Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51/Matthew 17:14-20

Next Sunday: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a/Psalm 85:9-14/Romans 9:1-5/Matthew 14:22-33

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 duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned red or black beans, macaroni and cheese, prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper, and powdered or shelf-stable milk.  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!

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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Attorney Paul J. Giuffre in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see his 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 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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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 was seen in his glory! 
   Jesus’ Transfiguration is a most amazing event in the life of the Lord! As Jesus and his Apostles were making their way to Jerusalem for the final events of Jesus’ years among us, Jesus chose to reveal his glory to Peter, James, and John. They and wehave benefited from this event that showed Jesus’ glory to the Church!
 
     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