June 10, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Even with a human population of more than seven billion people and a national population of 320 million Americans, there are still countless individuals who nonetheless feel lonely and isolated.  This was the surprising conclusion of a national survey whose results were released last month—nearly 40% of all Americans feel forgotten and alone.
    In response, many people pursue friendships and make the effort to connect with others in their families and neighborhoods and workplaces.  Many others simply lead lives of solitude.  Some are resentful that they’re not as popular as they think that they should be.  Still many others respond through the use of alcohol, pornography, medications, and drugs.
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us another option.  Jesus calls us to be his companions, his family.  He invites us to spend our time with him in prayer instead of chasing friendships with others.  Jesus calls all of us to share our life with him.  The Lord invites us to be his family and his companions every day of our lives instead of always trying to gain acceptance with others.  Jesus accepts us all and wants each of us and all of us to find our best and truest friend in him!
    May we focus on being Jesus’ very own family members, friends, and companions, and may we find our truest fulfillment in Jesus, in his Church, and in our own communities of faith now and throughout our lifetime.  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 June 30!

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.

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!

Lord Jesus, be our healing and our salvation!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR GRADUATES!
    In these weeks, many of our students are graduating from Catholic schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, graduate schools, trade schools, and other educational programs. 
    Our parish offers our sincere congratulations to all our graduates and to your families—along with our best wishes for your futures and your success!  As you move ahead in life, may you also remain close to the Lord Jesus and make your discipleship most important in the years and decades ahead. God bless!

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!
      The new Clergy Team and the Regional Vicar and Diocesan staff are now 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
    This 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.


GOING TO APPALACHIA THIS MONTH
    At the end of June, nearly 85 of our parish students and adults will be making their annual mission trip to Appalachia and the southern area of West Virginia.  They’re going once again to conduct numerous service projects, to witness, to pray, to catechize, and to evangelize.  Please keep these parish members in your prayers during their Mission Trip in late June.  May their work be blessed, and 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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OUR JUNE ADULT BIBLE STUDY
    This  June 13, 20, and 27 at 7:30pm, Mr. 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.

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.  

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 here (+).  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 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, June 11—Saint Barnabas, apostle
   8:30 am   John M. Mahardy  (M. & C. Bellinger)

Tuesday, June 12
   8:30 am   John O’Shea  (The Koloc Family)

Wednesday, June 13—Saint Anthony of Padua, priest
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (Husband Bill & Family)

Thursday, June 14
   8:30 am   Bert & Theresa Noe  (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Friday, June 15
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Regis & Mary Louise Wessell)

Saturday, June 16
   9:00 am   Linda Atkins  (Eileen McGrath)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, June 17 — Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
    7:30 am   Dr. W.H. Labriola   (The Labriola Family)
       Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
    9:00 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    11:00 am   The Hoolahan Family, living & deceased  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 10, 2018

Sunday:  Genesis 3:9-15; Psalm 130:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13 -- 5:1; Mark 3:20-35
Monday:  Acts of the Apostles 11:21b-26; 13:1-3; Psalm 98:1-6; Matthew 5:1-12

Tuesday:  1 Kings 17:7-16; Psalm 4:2-5, 7b-8; Matthew 5:13-16

Wednesday: 1 Kings 18:20-39; Psalm 16:1b-2ab, 4, 5ab, 8, 11; Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday:  1 Kings 18:41-46; Psalm 65:10-13; Matthew 5:20-26

Friday:  1 Kings 19:9a, 11-16; Psalm 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Matthew 5:27-32

Saturday:  1 Kings 19:19-21; Psalm 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-10; Matthew 5:33-37

Next Sunday:  Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  canned chicken;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper. 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!

HEAR THE SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR IN DETROIT
    Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Glenshaw, is taking a coach bus to Detroit this July 11-12 for a live concert by the Sistine Chapel Choir.  Call Rose Stegman (412-486-5521) for information and registration.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Home Security Team for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information so that you can help protect your family now.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 20 EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATES!
    This past Wednesday evening, our 20 Eighth Grade students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy celebrated their graduation from our regional elementary school as well as their advancement to their respective high schools. 
    We offer congratulations and many thanks to our graduates and your families on this wonderful occasion.  We’re all grateful that you’ve been members and families of our CDTCA community, and we wish you all God’s blessings in the years ahead.  Enjoy your celebrations, and best wishes!

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 an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!  Call our office (412-781-7927) to register for August.
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FLAG DAY is this coming Thursday, June 14.

FATHERS DAY is next Sunday, June 17.  Enjoy!

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!

BREAKFAST WITH BISHOP ZUBIK TO EXPLORE A VOCATION TO THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    At 7:30am, on Saturday, June 23, before the Ordination to the Diaconate at Saint Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik will host a Breakfast at Synod Hall adjacent to the Cathedral.  All college age and post-college age men are invited to attend.  There’s NO cost.  Email Mrs. Teresa Sullivan here  to register.

Jesus enjoys our company!
   This June, we find ourselves at graduations, weddings, picnics, and even tailgate parties. Many people enjoy the company of family and friends. Jesus also enjoyed the company of family and friends as we hear in today’s Gospel. He must surely also enjoy our company when we invite him into our lives and into our homes! 
     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