May 6, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In these final two weeks of the Easter Season, we remember and celebrate that, before departing from the earth and returning to God the Father in the event of the Ascension, Jesus promised to share with us the fullness of life here and in the eternal Kingdom of God.  
    This fullness of life promised by Jesus comes to us through Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit, his promise and gift of love, and our Communion with him through our prayers and the Eucharist.  These gifts given us are sacred signs of Jesus’ love for all of us and for each of us.
    May we always be grateful to Jesus for the love and life he came to share with us.  May we remember that he will always share these gifts with us, and may we trust that Jesus will bring us to glory with himself in the everlasting life only he can bring to  his Church and all humanity.  God bless!
                                                                                                 —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!

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 was  named by the Bishop last weekend.   This seems to be a fair approach. 
                                                                               — Father Jim Torquato
    
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.  Please contact www.duq.edu/duquesnefest  (+) for complete information and details.

Jesus is our way and truth and life!

    THE  ‘ON MISSION’  ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Bishop Zubik has announced the official parish groupings as well as 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.    
    Included with the names of the priests and deacons who’ll be coming to this parish grouping, the Bishop also announced 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!

CLERGY CHANGES IN OCTOBER
    On Monday, October 15, all of the priest and deacon assignments announced last week 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 remain here.  Please welcome all of them to our community later this year!
    
OUR CELEBRATION OF ASCENSION THURSDAY
THIS WEEK
    This coming Thursday, May 10, is our annual celebration of the Ascension Thursday Holy Day!  Forty days after Jesus’ Resurrection, the Gospels tell us that Jesus was raised to the glory of God in the event of the Ascension.
    Our region of the United States still observes the Ascension on the actual 40th day of the Easter Season.
    Here at Saint Scholastica Parish, we will celebrate the Liturgy this Thursday at 8:30am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.   Please mark your calendar and be sure to join us on this Holy Day of Obligation.  May we all celebrate well the glory of the Lord seen clearly in the event of the Ascension!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MAY 7 PLANNING SESSION FOR VBS
    This Monday, May 7, at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center Library, a meeting will be held for all adults and teens wishing to assist with next month’s Vacation Bible School, June 11-15.  Contact Jamie Dillon for more information about our annual June VBS.

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!

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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MAY 7  BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
    This coming Monday, May 7, at 7:30pm,  Mr. Andy Bechman will conduct a Baptism Preparation Session for new and expectant parents in the parish hall.  Please contact our office today to register.  The next session will be held on June 18.

‘LIVING IN THE SPIRIT’ GATHERING
   This Ascension Thursday , May 10, at 8:00pm in the Parish Ministry Center, you’re welcome to join the Living in the Spirit Gathering.  Join us to develop your spiritual life both now and for the years ahead!

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.
 
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 DePaul 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 7
   8:30 am   Richard J. Kunselman, Sr.  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, May 8
   8:30 am   Sr. Ursula Kelly, SSND   (St. Scholastica Parish Community)

Wednesday, May 9
   8:30 am   Victor Nicholas, anniversary   (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Thursday, May 10 — The Ascension of the Lord
   8:30 am   Charles Welsh  (Kathleen McAndrews)

   12:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  

   7:00 pm   Yvonne B. Maher  (Thomas Maher)

Friday, May 11
   8:30 am   Mary Certo  (The Certo Family)

Saturday, May 12—Saints Nereus and Achilleus 
   9:00 am   John Donahue  (Kathleen McAndrews)

   5:00 pm   The Lavery & Romango Families   (Marie Romango)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 13
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Jean Eckert  (Husband Bill & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   The Hoolahan Family, living & deceased  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 6, 2018

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
Monday:  Acts of the Apostles 16:11-15; Psalm 149:1b-6a, 9b; John 15:26 -- 16:4a

Tuesday:  Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34; Psalm 138:1-3, 7c-8; John 16:5-11

Wednesday:  Acts of the Apostles 17:15, 22 -- 18:1; Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14; John 16:12-15

Ascension Thursday:  Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9; Ephesians 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20 
Friday:  Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18; Psalm 47:2-7; John 16:20-23

Saturday:  Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28; Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10; John 16:23b-28

Next Sunday:  Acts of the Apostles 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; Psalm 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20; 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  Powdered or shelf-stable milk is needed now [Note: this notice is more current than the print bulletin.]   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 Jocelyn Bosick of Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see her bulletin advertisement.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
    This week, May 7-11, is Teachers Appreciation Week.   We certainly value all our teachers.  Your guidance, teaching, wisdom, prayers, and activities have been a blessing to our school and to all our students.   May the Lord bless you always!

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.

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

Jesus returned in glory!
   Having celebrated the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection on April 1, we now approach our remembrance of Jesus' Ascension to God the Father in glory. The Holy Day of the Ascension deserves the attention and devotion of all Christians. It is a most important event in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death, Resurrection, and Ascension!

     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