May 13, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As we begin this final week of the Easter Season, it’s good to remember that the events of Jesus’ Ascension and of Pentecost are the wonderful conclusion to the event of the Lord’s Resurrection.  Most Christians think that Jesus’ rising from the dead is the main event, but in fact, it’s the Lord’s return in glory to the Father as well as his gift of the Holy Spirit which complete this most important event.
    We celebrated the Ascension of the Lord this past Thursday, and we believe that Jesus is in the presence of the eternal Father in the Kingdom of God.  From his place in the presence of the Father, Jesus now sends his Holy Spirit to all of us who are his people.  It is the Holy Spirit who gives us communion with the Holy Trinity of God.  It is the Holy Spirit who guides and inspires the Church and fills us with divine life.
    All three of these historic events are the completion of the Lord’s plan for our redemption and salvation.  These events are all joined together as the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission and the beginning of the Church and our ongoing mission of drawing disciples to Jesus and of transforming humanity and the earth into the very Kingdom of God here on earth.  Best wishes for Pentecost next Sunday and for the final days of the Easter Season.  God bless!                                      
                                                                                — Father Jim Torquato

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR FATHER KENNETH WHITE
    Next Sunday, May 20, a Fiftieth Anniversary celebration for Father Kenneth White will be held at Saint Thomas More Parish, Fort Couch Road, in Bethel Park at the 11:30am Liturgy.  You’re welcome to the Mass as well as a light reception in their parish hall following Father White’s anniversary Liturgy.

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!

    DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY DUQUESNEFEST!
    On Sunday, June 10, beginning at 8:00am, all high school seniors and juniors  are most welcome to participate in this year’s Duquesne University Open House.  Find complete information and details at the Duquesne website here (+).
 
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
    Best wishes to all mothers and all women for a blessed Mothers Day holiday this Sunday!
    This American holiday (which is also celebrated on various other Sundays around the world) is a wonderful and fitting day for our nation and the Church to thank and celebrate all our moms and all women for the life, love, faith, and goodness that you give to all of us throughout our lives!  Whether you’re a mom, a grandmother, a stepmother, an adopting mother, a foster mother, a godmother, or a woman of the Lord, we pray that you will be blessed this Sunday and every day of the year!  God bless!  Happy Mothers Day!

CLERGY AND PARISH CHANGES IN OCTOBER
    On Monday, October 15, all of the priest and deacon assignments announced by Bishop Zubik will become official and will begin.
    Our pastor, Father Jim Torquato, will move to Saint Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township and will become a Senior Parochial Vicar at the parish grouping of Saint Ferdinand Parish, Saint Gregory Parish, and Holy Redeemer Parish.  It will be the most populous of all our parish groupings and will have 20,000 parish members with 5,000 participating in the Sunday Liturgies every week.
    Coming here to this parish grouping will be Father Dale DeNinno as the parish grouping administrator, and Father Paul Merkovsky as a Senior Parochial Vicar.   Also, Father Michael Decewicz and Deacon Robert Wertz, both of Saint Juan Diego Parish, will both remain here.  Please welcome all of them to our community later this year!
    Again, these four parishes will now begin collaborating with one another with regard to the Liturgy schedule and shared programs, and before 2022, these four parishes will become officially unified into one parish community.  Best wishes to all as we continue being the Church Alive!

PARISH EVENING TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS IN HAITI
    On Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 6:30pm, in the church and then in the hall, the Saint Scholastica Parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host a prayer gathering and dessert event to benefit the Good Samaritans School in Haiti.  A presentation regarding the Good Samaritans School will also be offered.  Donations are welcome that evening, and checks should be made payable to the Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation.   To let us know you’ll be attending, please call Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher (412-767-5863) before Friday, May 25.  Thank you!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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 $25 for each student.   
    In addition, older students and parents are welcome to offer your time as VBS helpers. Please register now through the parish office, our web site, or the bulletin flyers at the church exits.

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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Mother's Day Prayers are available today at www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/online.html (+).

GENESIS REQUEST FOR DONATIONS THIS MOTHER'S DAY
    Our area Genesis program is requesting your donations this Mothers Day to help them assist single and young mothers and their infants and children.  Your generosity helps Genesis to extend our Respect Life care to very young children and mothers in addition to all our Respect Life efforts to promote pre-born life and to protect children in the womb.  Thank you very much for your kindness and generosity!

PENTECOST FESTIVAL OF PRAISE
    On Saturday, May 19, at 7:30pm, Bishop David Zubik invites you to participate in a Festival of Praise for Pentecost at St. Paul Cathedral.  All are welcome!

The Annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be held this Sunday, May 20, at 1:30pm in downtown Pittsburgh.  Please meet at Epiphany Church.  All are welcome to participate in these special events!

July Days for Young Catholic Men in High School —  our Diocesan Vocations Office is hosting days for high school boys to deepen your faith and learn about the priesthood.  July 15-16.  Visit  PGHPriest.com (+).

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!
 
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.

A CHANGE IN OUR PARISH STAFF
   Our parish bookkeeper, Mrs. Amy Condosta, has changed from her full time position 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.
    
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!

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!

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, May 14—Saint Matthias, apostle
   8:30 am   Albert Urso  (Kathleen McAndrews)

Tuesday, May 15—Saint Isidore
   8:30 am   James & Cabrini Vioral, 50th wedding anniversary

Wednesday, May 16
   8:30 am   John & Angela Sadlo (The Bonessa Family)

Thursday, May 17
   8:30 am   Thomas & Frances Maher  (Thomas Maher)

Friday, May 18—Pope Saint John I, martyr
   8:30 am   Louis Certo  (The Certo Family)

Saturday, May 19 
   9:00 am   Dr. Thomas & Susan Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   Jean Eckert   (Husband Bill & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 20 — Pentecost Sunday
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Theresa Marsico  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 13, 2018

Sunday:  Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/1 John 4:11-16/John 17:11b-19 

Monday:  Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 113:1-8; John 15:9-17

Tuesday:  Acts of the Apostles 20:17-27; Psalm 68:10-11, 20-21; John 17:1-11a

Wednesday:  Acts of the Apostles 20:28-38; Psalm 68:29-30, 33-36ab; John 17:11b-19

Thursday:  Acts of the Apostles 22:30; 23:6-11; Psalm 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11; John 17:20-26

Friday:  Acts of the Apostles 25:13b-21; Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab; John 21:15-19

Saturday:  Acts of the Apostles 28:16-20, 30-31; Psalm 11:4, 5, 7; John 21:20-25

Sunday:  Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5; Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30; Romans 8:22-27; John 7:37-39
   Day:  Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese; prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper; powdered or shelf-stable milk.   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 Fridays.  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 CatholicMatch.com/PA or being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement on the last page of this bulletin.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

STILL LOOKING FOR A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR?
    There are still several openings still available for our CDTCA Kindergarten Program beginning late August 2018!  
    If you’d like to schedule a visit to our Kindergarten Program and/ or our Pre-School Program, please call our CDTCA office (412-781-7927) this week, and we’ll be very happy to show you our fine school!

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.

MRS. CLARE YAKSICH—OUR CDTCA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
    Mrs. Clare Yaksich loves teaching at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy where she began teaching nine years ago.  Mrs. Yaksich teaches all subjects for our Fourth Grade students.  She knows that Fourth Grade is an important transition from the Primary Grades to the Intermediate Levels, and she finds it very rewarding to educate and share our Catholic faith with all her students. 
    For Mrs. Clare Yaksich, CDTCA is truly a family and a valuable academic environment where students begin their lifetime of learning.  Mrs. Yaksich is grateful to be a teacher at CDTCA which she describes as a “superior Catholic school!” 

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. GRGURICH!
    Congratulations to our CDTCA principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, on winning this year’s Golden Apple Principal’s Award!  This award is given to the principal who demonstrates exemplary performance and 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 promises the Holy Spirit!
   Having celebrated the Ascension of the Lord Jesus this past Thursday, we now look forward to Pentecost Sunday and the remembrance of the great gift of the divine and Holy Spirit of God given to the Church 20 centuries ago. Jesus still gives us the Spirit today. May we call on the Holy Spirit of God every day of our lives!

     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  Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator………….....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
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