April 29, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     In this 21st century, I read and hear everywhere that we should be very mindful and careful about what we eat, drink, breathe, and ingest into our bodies at all times.  In addition, we’re told that we should be very mindful of the environment in which we live and what effect it has on our physical health and our well being.
     All this health advice reminds me that our spiritual health also depends greatly on our prayer life and on what we receive into our minds and hearts and souls throughout each day.
     Jesus insists that, if we wish to be filled with the life of God, we need to be joined to him at all times—much like grapes are grown because of their natural and organic connection to the vine.  If we want to receive that best life we can receive—that is, the very life of God—then we must be connected to the Lord always, AND we need to receive into our lives  the things of God instead of the evil and darkness that is found throughout today’s society.
     We all seem to want what is best for our physical health.  May we also want what is best for our spiritual life.  May we remain connected to the life of God each day, and may we fill our hearts and minds and souls with the grace and blessings that Jesus offers to us each day.  God bless!     
                                                                                             —Father Jim Torquato

NEWS ABOUT OUR CHURCH SANCTUARY WALL
    The survey results have been tallied, and it’s a photo finish!   More than 550 members and friends participate in our Sunday Liturgies each week.  About 250 adults and family members chose to submit a ballot in our sanctuary wall survey.  While some expected the result to be an overwhelming request to repaint the sanctuary wall, such is not the case.  Slightly more than half of the ballots voted for repainting, and nearly half of those responding have asked that the current appearance be retained. 
    Since the result is so close, I will wait and discuss this matter with the new administrative team (of the new local parish grouping) that will be named by the Bishop this weekend.  This seems to be a fair approach. 
                                                                                            — Father Jim Torquato
    
OUR 2018 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Thank you for your annual support of our Parish Share Campaign which allows us to support Bishop Zubik and our Diocesan Church!
    Our 2018 Parish Share goal is to raise $67,780 for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.   Each household is asked to contribute $250 or more at this time or to make a monthly pledge.    On behalf of our Bishop, thank you for helping our parish community to meet our 2018 Parish Share goal before May 30!
     
THIS WEEKEND’S VERY IMPORTANT ‘ON MISSION’  ANNOUNCEMENTS
    This weekend, Bishop Zubik is announcing the new Clergy Teams of priests and deacons who will serve and lead each of the new parish groupings that will come into effect on Sunday, October 15.  The Bishop’s letter will be read at each Liturgy and will share the names of the priests and deacons being assigned to this parish grouping, and the letter will also announce the new assignments where current parish clergy will be transferred on October 15. 
    Included with the names of the priests and deacons who’ll be coming to this parish grouping, the Bishop will also announce that this local grouping will be comprised of Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, and Saint Joseph Parish.
    Let us all continue to pray for our Diocesan Church and for all our parishes, clergy, and church members!
 
A CHANGE IN OUR PARISH STAFF
   At this time, our parish bookkeeper, Mrs. Amy Condosta, has changed from her full time position with our parish staff to a part-time evening role here as she has begun her new work in the finance division of a company located near her home.  Amy will continue as our part-time parish bookkeeper until mid-October when the new clergy administrative team will begin a new era (and a new administration) for all four parishes here in this local parish grouping.
    Regarding Amy’s other responsibilities here, the bookkeeping for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy has now been transferred to the regional North Hills Regional Catholic Elementary Schools and will be overseen by Andrea Vescio, the regional business manager. 
    Also, our Safe Environment Program will be overseen by Mrs. Debbie VanDemark.  We will also work to provide office and telephone coverage so that our parish will continue to be administered well from now until mid-October when the new future begins!

GIRLS GETTING INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT
    Once again this year, the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest PA is offering two free weekend seminars this summer to girls entering grades 9-12.  Join many other girls from our region in learning about leadership, government, civics, community involvement, and more.  Apply before April 30 at www.GirlGov.org (+). 

The next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast for Women will be held May 12, 9:00am-12 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Green Tree.  The donation is $23 per person.  Call 412-461-8906 by May 4 to register.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS!
    Congratulations to our 50 students in the Eighth Grade who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday!  All of the Eighth Grade students in our CDTCA regional school and in our parish Religious Education program received the Gift of the Holy Spirit and committed themselves to living as faithful Catholic Christians throughout the years ahead. 
    The Lord gives us this sacred gift so that we’ll be joined to God through the Holy Spirit every day and so that we’ll have the faith and courage we need to share the Gospel of Jesus and our Catholic Christian faith with others.  To all our Confirmed students and to your parents and teachers and catechists, congratulations, and God bless!

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER
    This Sunday afternoon, April 29, 5:00pm—7:00pm, our Appalachia Mission Team will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner in the school cafeteria to help raise funds for this June’s Mission Trip.  All are welcome to come for dinner and support this annual Mission Trip which serves many and which introduces our teenage members to the Gospel mandate to serve others, especially the poor and those in need.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 11-15
    From Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, our parish Religious Education staff will once again hold a morning Vacation Bible School for young children ages 5-9.  The donation is $15 for each student before May 1 and then $25 for each student after  May 1, 2018.   Please register now through the parish office, our web site, or the bulletin flyers at the church exits.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MEETING
    There will be a meeting for any adult or teen wishing to assist with Vacation Bible School the week of June 11th on Monday, May 7, at 7:00pm in the library.

CAMP HELPING HAND JULY 9-11
    For three days, July 9-11, our Religious Education staff will hold the annual Camp Helping Hand to engage middle school students (grades 6-8) in local service projects for the benefit of our local community.  Again, please register now through our office, through our website, or using the flyer available at the church exits.  Sign up your youngsters today!
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ENTERING INTO THE FULL COMMUNION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    This Sunday, Mr. Jared Ruggieri as well as John, Joy, and Gunnar Lubawski will all enter into the Full Communion and life of the Catholic Church.  We welcome these new church members into the life of the Lord’s holy people and thank them for joining us!

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25 DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    As our Diocese launches the next important phase of our “On Mission” effort this April 29,  Bishop David Zubik has requested that all of our current 188 parishes host time for Eucharistic Adoration in our churches to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish for this prayer will be Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our future and for the “On Mission” effort!

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish property!

May the Lord bless us and keep the Church Alive!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him here to begin your inquiry.


HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your May donations of peanut butter, jelly, crackers, and tuna (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  
    Thanks for your generous donations.  Please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent de Paul Society!

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.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION  
Monday, April 30—Pope Saint Pius V
   8:30 am   Albert Urso  (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, May 1—Saint Joseph the Worker
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano, anniversary  (Wife)

Wednesday, May 2—Saint Athanasius, bishop
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Peter and Family)

Thursday, May 3—Saints Philip and James, apostles
   8:30 am   Dr. Guy Francis  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Friday, May 4
   8:30 am   Oran & Mary Allen, anniversary  (The Allen Family)

Saturday, May 5
   9:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo   (The Gonzalez Family)

   5:00 pm   Shawn Neville  (Diane Hupp)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Sunday, May 6 — Sixth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Klug & Koch Families  (Koch Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato 
   11:00 am   Rocky Benton  (Family & Friends)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 29, 2018
Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31/Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32/1 John 3:18-24/John 15:1-8
Monday: Acts of the Apostles 14:5-18/Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16/John 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28/Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21/John 14:27-31a
     St. Joseph the Worker: Genesis 1:26--2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 12-13, 14 and 16/Matthew 13:54-58
Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-6/Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5/John 15:1-8
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8/Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5/John 14:6-14
Friday: Acts of the Apostles 15:22-31/Psalm 57:8-9, 10 and 12/John 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 16:1-10/Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 5/John 15:18-21
Next Sunday:  Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4/1 John 4:7-10/John 15:9-17

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese;  powdered or shelf-stable milk; and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the main 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 Frida0ys.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR ENTIRE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
    On Sunday, July 29, at St. Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik and the entire Church of Pittsburgh will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of our Diocese.  All members and families of our Diocesan Church are invited to join in this celebration at 2:30pm, July 29!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement.
   

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

REGISTERING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    You’re most welcome to join us so that your child/children will receive an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!  Call our office this week (412-781-7927) to register for August.

THANK YOU, MRS MARY LOU COLAIZZI
   At the end of this school year, our long time Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mary Lou Colaizzi, will conclude her 40 year career as a Catholic educator and will begin her retirement. 
    Mrs. Colaizzi has been a CDTCA teacher for 20 years and is very well known to many students and families of our CDTCA community.   Throughout these 20 years, Mrs. Colaizzi brought a warm heart, a sense of humor, and a genuine love for her students to her classroom every day.  Our CDTCA school community will miss her!   Congratulations, and thank you, Mrs. Mary Lou Colaizzi!  God bless!
 
CONGRATULATIONS, MR. GRGURICH!
    Congratulations to our CDTCA principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, on winning this year’s Golden Apple Principal’s Award!  This Diocesan award is given to the principal who demonstrates exemplary performance and excellence in school leadership.    
    Mr. Grgurich attributes his success to the school community saying, ”I am humbled to receive this award.  It is a reflection of the hard work of our outstanding faculty, the support of the families that surround CDTCA, and the parishes that support our great school.  It is my privilege to serve as the principal at CDTCA, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last 4 years.”   Congratulations, Mr. G!
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Jesus wants a Church Alive!
  
This Sunday’s Gospel passage reminds us that Jesus wants us to remain in communion with him so that we will be filled with his divine life. Jesus also wants the entire Church to be filled with his divine life so that we can be the Church Alive and bring the Gospel to the world. Now and always, may we be the Church Alive!   

     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