May 27, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    Do you take enough time to pause and reflect on our faith and our life as Catholic Christians?  If you do reflect on our faith, then you hopefully realize how wonderful is the Gospel of Jesus as well as the Way of the Lord — as well as the beliefs of our Creed!
    When we speak of God, we place our faith not in some generic, undefined divinity.  Rather, we place our faith in the God of Jesus Christ—the Triune God who has created the universe, has redeemed humanity from our sins, and who leads us through this life to the fullness of God’s own life. 
    God the Holy Trinity is the source of all life and all love.  God the Holy Trinity is good to us and promises this divine goodness forever.  What more could we ask?  The Lord our God is totally amazing, and we should be grateful that God shares his revelation and life with us every day.  God bless!                                                                                               — Father Jim Torquato

CELEBRATING THIS MEMORIAL DAY!
    As we celebrate our annual observance of Memorial Day, may we take time to thank and pray for all our deceased military veterans—especially those who sacrificed their lives in combat and those who have since died.
    Our morning Mass here will be held at 9:00am.  You’re most welcome!  Everyone is also invited to the American Legion Post, Commercial Street for an 11:00am service and then the start of the Annual Parade.  Join us!

PARISH EVENING TO SUPPORT HAITI EFFORTS
    On Wednesday, May 30, beginning at 6:30pm, in the church and then in the hall,   the Saint Scholastica Parish Aquinas Guild and Hope for Haiti Committee will host a rosary 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.   Please join us!

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!

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
      Beginning October 15, you and all our parish members will have seven local churches to call your own  —  and seven local churches where you will be most welcome to participate in the Sunday Eucharist!
      In these months of preparation, the new Clergy Team and the Regional Vicar and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday and Saturday evening Liturgy schedule for the four parishes of this Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping. 
      With three priests assigned here in October, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies beginning October 15.  Keep in mind that, as of today, there are seven churches in use and 17 Liturgies each Sunday. 
      To be fair, each of the four parishes will have at least two Sunday and/ or Saturday evening Liturgies with one parish having three Liturgies.  That brings the total to nine Liturgies in keeping with Diocesan guidelines. 
      In October, given the seating capacity in these seven existing churches, there will still be seating for 4500 to accommodate the 2650 members who do participate during the weekend.  Currently, the 17 Liturgies in this grouping provide 6300 seats for the 2650 members participating.  So, there will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      Weekday Liturgies will also be scheduled in order to accommodate all four parish communities as much as possible.    
       An approved interim schedule will be set in August and will begin October 15.   Some Mass times will obviously change or will be eliminated, and hopefully, most members of these four parishes will be able to travel an extra 1-3 miles if needed to any location for the Sunday Liturgy.  This interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.
 
CLERGY AND PARISH CHANGES IN OCTOBER
    On Monday, October 15,  the priests coming here to this parish grouping will be Father Dale DeNinno as the 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 this new team!
    In these months, the four parishes will begin collaborating with one another with regard to the Liturgy schedule and common parish 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!

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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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD THANKS
    Our Sunday 9:00am Children’s Liturgy of the Word is concluded now until September.  Many thanks go to our leaders:  Melissa Scheffler (with husband Kevin and daughters Julie, Emily, and Lindsay), Jamie Dillon, Meredith Troyan, and coordinator Andrew Bechman.  We’re particularly grateful to the children and parents who took part.  If you’d like to assist with this Sunday ministry, contact Andrew Bechman at the parish office.

JUNE ADULT BIBLE STUDY
    On June 13, 20, and 27 at 7:30pm, Andrew Bechman will conduct a Summer Bible Study on the theme of TRUST in the Bible.  We’ll look at passages that teach us to surrender to the power of divine love and to rely on God who created us and redeemed us. The book donation is $15.  Contact Andrew Bechman.

If you’d like to help families  and individuals in need, consider assisting with the work of our Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  There’s much to do, and extra help is always welcome.  Contact our parish office (412-781-0186) to be connected with our Saint Vincent DePaul Society group here in the parish.

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.
    
CATHOLIC DAY AT KENNYWOOD
    On Monday, July 23, the Vocations Office of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a Catholic Day at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin.  Along with all the rides and attractions, the Vocations Office will host a Liturgy at 4:00pm and a Festival of Praise at 8:00pm at the park.  Tickets are $23.  Order all your tickets now at www.PGHpriest.com (+).  Families, adults, and young people are all welcome and invited to attend!

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 28 — Memorial Day
   9:00 am   Dr. Salvatore A. Certo   (Kathleen McAndrews)

Tuesday, May 29
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Wednesday, May 30
   8:30 am   Larry Demase  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Thursday, May 31—Visitation of Mary
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato   (Kathleen McAndrews)

Friday, June 1—Saint Justin, martyr
   8:30 am   Frank Donnelly  (Family)

Saturday, June 2—Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs
   9:00 am   Joe Zuccaro  (Bill Eckert & Family)

   5:00 pm   Jean Canel Eckert  (Evelyn Booth)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, June 3 — The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Joe Zuccaro  (Kathleen McAndrews)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Joseph Miller  (The Miller Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 27, 2018

Sunday:  Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Psalm 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20

Monday:  1 Peter 1:3-9; Psalm 111:1-2, 5-6, 9-10c; Mark 10:17-27

Tuesday:  1 Peter 1:10-16; Psalm 98:1-4; Mark 10:28-31

Wednesday:  1 Peter 1:18-25; Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20; Mark 10:32-45

Thursday:  Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Luke 1:39-56

Friday:  1 Peter 4:7-13; Psalm 96:10-13; Mark 11:11-26

Saturday:  Jude 17, 20b-25; Psalm 63:2-6; Mark 11:27-33

Next Sunday:  Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: 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!

DEEPENING YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
    “Living in the Spirit” is a group of adults who meet monthly to share practices and resources for spiritual growth.  The next session will be Thursday, June 7, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.  No need to register in advance—simply join us that evening!

100,000 DIAPERS BEING COLLECTED
    Catholic Charities Emerging Leaders Council has begun a 100,000 diapers in 100 days collection.  Sizes 2-5 welcome.  Call Brendan (412-456-6969) to arrange drop-off in the coming weeks. 

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Smith Orthodontics on Freeport Road   for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for office information.

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!   Please call our CDTCA office!

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

FAREWELL TO MRS. MARYLOU COLAIZZI
    In June, our long time Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Marylou Colaizzi, will retire  from her teaching career.  She’s taught in Catholic schools for 40 years and the past 20 years at CDTCA. 
    Our PTG will host a reception on Monday, June 4, 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the school cafeteria.  Please reply to Mrs. Luci Massaro here if you’ll be attending.  All are welcome!  Congratulations, Mrs. Colaizzi, and thank you very much!

P. J. A. S.  AWARD WINNERS
    Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade students who traveled to Penn State last weekend for the Finals of the PA Junior Academy of Sciences.  Eleven CDTCA students competed in the finals. Six students were given First Place, and five students were given Second Place. 
    First place recipients were: John Christoforetti, Matthew Giannetta, Jordan Howe, Elizabeth Massaro, Madeline Schlichter, and Marina Zdarko.  Second place recipients were: Gabi Folino, Sarah Giuffre, Joselyn Parkinson, Zach Poppish, and Alina Stiger.
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A Festival of Praise for Vocations will be held at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, June 21, 7:00pm.  Call 412-456-3123 for information.

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!
  
Jesus shares the life of God with us!
   When we make the Sign of the Cross, we show others our faith in the Holy Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  It is Jesus who revealed to the world the life of the Trinity, and it is Jesus who has shared the life of the Holy Trinity with all of us who are the People of God!  Rejoice and be glad!  
 
     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