July 1, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    In addition to Jesus’ death and Resurrection, it has been Jesus’ teachings and actions which have drawn billions of disciples to him throughout these past 20 centuries.  If it weren’t for the fact that billions of people are prevented from listening to Jesus’ gospel by their own religion or their government, there would probably be 2-3 times as many disciples of the Lord in our world today!
    Jesus’ teachings and his saving actions in the Gospels are clear evidence of the love of God for humanity that Jesus came to share with us.  His powerful and saving actions as the Son of God assure all of us that Jesus truly is the promised Messiah and the Redeemer of the world who also promises salvation in the Kingdom of God.
    May we place our faith in Jesus every day, and may we truly share his good news and salvation with all those who will accept and receive the life and love of the Lord.  God bless!           
                                                                                              —Father Jim Torquato

MANY THANKS TO OUR PARISH SUPPORTERS!
    In this new fiscal year, many thanks go to all parish and Parish Share donors who keep our parish community and Diocese stable and strong financially.  Your generosity and support are most appreciated!

REVISITNG THE  PAST ONCE AGAIN
    As you know, the State Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Joshua Shapiro, has prepared a report on the cases and allegations of sexual crimes against minors during the past 75 years in the Catholic Church of Pennsylvania. 
    While Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro has reviewed the cases of six Catholic Dioceses in our state, it isn't known when he will review cases within any other churches, other religious groups, government agencies, public organizations, public school districts, other schools, private organizations, and children’s associations.
    While this report may once again shake the faith of some Catholic Christians, it will primarily contain information that has been known for two decades now — including information on cases which date back to nearly 75 years ago.
    As our bishops and lay church leaders have assured us, the Catholic Church has lead the way since 2001 in protecting children and reporting cases of child abuse.  The Church is very thorough in its review of every member of the clergy as well as all church staff, ministers, and volunteers. 
    May we be confident that a new era began two decades ago (30 years ago in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh).  Maybe one day our society and nation will follow the current Safe Environment practices employed by the Catholic Church In the United States in the effort to protect all children and young people.
 
BEST WISHES FOR A BLESSED INDEPENDENCE DAY!
    This coming Wednesday, July 4, our nation will once again celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the effort to remove this land from British governance.  This is the 242nd anniversary of the first Independence Day in 1776.
    As we observe this important and special day, may we remember and offer thanks for the nation, the Constitution, and for all the blessings that are our heritage as Americans.  May we remember our founders and all the countless people who have made and preserved this great nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.
    This Wednesday, everyone is invited and welcome to join us for the 9:00am Independence Day Liturgy as we celebrate this special day and give thanks to God for the nation and all the blessings we received in the past 242 years.  God bless, and God bless America!
 
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.
    Before 2022, these four parishes will become officially unified into one parish community.  Best wishes to all as we continue being the Church Alive!

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    The new Clergy Team, Regional Vicar, and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday Liturgy schedule for the four parishes of this Lower Allegheny Valley Grouping.  With three priests being assigned here, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies as of October 15.  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.  This will bring the total to nine Liturgies. 
      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. So, there will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      An approved interim schedule will be set in August and will begin October 15.   This interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WELCOME HOME FROM APPALACHIA
    This weekend, nearly 85 of our parish students and adults are returning from the annual mission trip to Appalachia and the southern areas of West Virginia.  They went to conduct numerous service projects, to witness, to pray, to catechize, and to evangelize.   May they and the people they serve be drawn ever closer to the Lord Jesus.

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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Happy Anniversary to Father Torquato on his 29th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood of the Lord and the Church which took place on July 1, 1989!

THE DIOCESAN GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    On Sunday, October 7, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the annual Liturgy for couples married 50 years in the life of the Church.  Please call our parish office before August 1 to register for this event so that our diocesan staff can add you to the list and send you a formal invitation in September.  Family are most welcome to join you for this 50th anniversary celebration. Again, please register before August 1.

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 June 30!

A Baptism Preparation Seminar will be held on Monday, July 2, 7:30pm.  Call our office to register.
 
    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 here (+).  Families, adults, and young people are all welcome and invited to attend!
 
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 June donations of  mac and cheese, pasta, and spaghetti sauce  (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, July 2
   8:30 am   Rosemarie Boley, birthday  (Children)

Tuesday, July 3—Saint Thomas, apostle
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano  (Wife)

Wednesday, July 4—Independence Day
   9:00 am   The Greif Family, living & deceased (Marjorie Greif)

Thursday, July 5—Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
   8:30 am   Lawrence Demase  (Family)

Friday, July 6 –Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr
   8:30 am   Sr. Jane Schmidt, OSF  (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, July 7
   9:00 am  Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   Frank & Sophie Skowron  (Children & Grandchildren)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 8 — Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members    
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Stanley, Theresa & Jonathan Marsico  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Jean Canel Eckert  (Husband & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato)

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 1, 2018

Sunday:  Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43
Monday:  Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Psalm 50:16bc-23; Matthew 8:18-22

Tuesday:  Ephesians 2:19-22; Psalm 117:1bc, 2; John 10:24-29

 Wednesday:  Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Psalm 50:7-13, 16bc-17; Matthew 8:28-34

Thursday:  Amos 7:10-17; Psalm 19:8-11; Matthew 9:1-8

Friday:  Amos 8:4-6, 9-12; Psalm 119:2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131; Matthew 9:9-13

Saturday:  Amos 9:11-15; Psalm 85:9ab, 10-14; Matthew 9:14-17

Next Sunday:  Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!   These items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese; powdered or shelf-stable milk; and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper. [Note: This list is more current than the print bulletin.] Please leave 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!

HELP FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES
    A weekend for married couples who need to resuscitate your marriage will be this coming July 13-15.  Call the Rediscovery (Retrouvaille) Program (412-277-3434) for confidential information.  Help is at hand!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Aspinwall Meals on Wheels for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  You can also volunteer in this important community work!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SUMMER IMPROVEMENTS AT CDTCA
    Thanks to all our school families, parish contributors, and CDTCA supporters as well as to our workers and our school administration for keeping CDTCA one of the best schools in the Diocese and in the region!   
    While our students are enjoying this summer break, our parish staff and summer employees are busy preparing for the next school year beginning in late August.  They are cleaning each classroom thoroughly, scrubbing and waxing floors, repainting a number of rooms, and taking care of the grounds and property.  In addition to this summer’s technology and SMART board upgrades, we continue to make certain that CDTCA is in the best condition possible in every aspect of our regional Academy’s life.  

LOOKING FOR A KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM?
    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 an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!   Call our CDTCA office (412-781-7927) to register for August.
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175th 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!

The Christian Meditation Prayer Group  will not meet on July 4 or 11.  We will resume on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:45am in the church.

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!
  
     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
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