June 17, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
May all people dwell in the Kingdom of God!

    Since the dawn of humanity, we and our ancestors have tended to separate ourselves into families and groups and clans and now regions and nations.   All too often, we focus on our differences rather than our common humanity as children of God and members of our Creator’s family.
    However, in Jesus’ imagery of the Kingdom of God, he speaks of a great tree which has grown to provide a home for all birds of the air.  As creatures of the same earth, we do share a common home with one another.  Pope Francis reminds us of this very often — we have but one common home. 
    Our one Creator, our one home, and our one origin should remind us very clearly that we’re meant to be one family and one people caring for one another and living in peace with one another.  This is the goal of Jesus’ Kingdom and the goal of the Church’s mission — to bring together all people of all lands into one family of God respecting and loving one another, sharing the Lord’s blessings and life with each other.
    Rather than excluding others or denigrating others, we do well—and we do the will of the Lord—to bring people together and create familial bonds with others.  This is the goal of the Kingdom of God—to bring all people together into the one family of God sharing the one home and the one life given to us by the one God who is Creator and Lord of all the earth and all the universe.  God bless!
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

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.
    
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!

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!

With the Lord, there is mercy and forgiveness!

HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL!
    This Sunday, we again have our annual national celebration of Fathers Day to thank and honor all fathers and all men of our nation and of the Church!  
    Once again, then, our heartfelt thanks go to all our living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, stepfathers, godfathers, adopting fathers, guardians, and all men for the life and love and goodness and care that you’ve shared with us throughout your lives.  Thank you so very much!  May you always know our gratitude, and may the Lord bless you, in turn, for your goodness and your paternal love and care.  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 for the Eucharist!
      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 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.
    In these months, the four parishes will begin collaborating with one another, 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

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 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 de Paul Society group here in the parish.
 
This summer, spend daily time with the Lord.  It’s as important taking time in prayer as in recreating!
 
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 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, June 18
   8:30 am   Richard N. Allen, birthday  (The Allen Family)

Tuesday, June 19—Saint Romuald, abbot
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

Wednesday, June 20
   8:30 am   Sister Jane Fadgen, RSM  (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, June 21—Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
   8:30 am   Ken Piccolino  (The Newell Family)

Friday, June 22—Saints John Fisher and Thomas More
   8:30 am   In Thanksgiving  (Donna & Rich Oxley)

Saturday, June 23
   9:00 am   Clementine Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

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

Sunday, June 24—The Birth of Saint John the Baptist
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members    
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Don & Helen Vincent  (Thomas Maher)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Frank Donnelly  (Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2018

Sunday:  Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:2-3, 13-16; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34
Monday:  1 Kings 21:1-16; Psalm 5:2-3ab, 4b-7; Matthew 5:38-42

Tuesday:  1 Kings 21:17-29; Psalm 51:3-6ab, 11, 16; Matthew 5:43-48

Wednesday:  2 Kings 2:1, 6-14; Psalm 31:20, 21, 24; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday:  Sirach 48:1-14; Psalm 97:1-7; Matthew 6:7-15

Friday:  2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Psalm 132:11-14, 17-18; Matthew 6:19-23

Saturday:  2 Chronicles 24:17-25; Psalm 89:4-5, 29-34; Matthew 6:24-34

Next Sunday:  Vigil: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6ab, 15ab, 17; 1 Peter 1:8-12; Luke 1:5-17
    
    Day: Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts of the Apostles 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80

ALTAR FLOWERS FOR FATHERS DAY
    The flowers at the altar this Fathers Day Sunday are a donation from M/M Fran and Christina Muracca.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  canned fruit;  cookies; 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 Ms. Rose Stegman (412-486-5521) for information and registration.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to www.parishstore.com for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement, and visit their online Catholic store.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A GOOD SUMMER
    Our 2017-2018 school year was another excellent year for CDTCA in every way!  Many thanks go to our CDTCA students, teachers, parents, coaches, parishes, alumni, and community for a successful year of faith, learning, catechesis, prayer, activities, sports, competitions, and events!
    Best wishes now go to all our students, families, graduates, faculty, and staff for a wonderful and enjoyable summer break.  Rest and recreate well!  Enjoy these three months.  We’ll see everyone back here in the 2018-2019 CDTCA school year!

NEED 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 office (412-781-7927) to register for August.
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BREAKFAST WITH BISHOP ZUBIK
    At 7:30am, on Saturday, June 23, before the Diaconate Ordination at Saint Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik will meet with college age and post-college age men interested in the priesthood.   NO cost.  Email Mrs. Teresa Sullivan here to register.

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 is still building the Kingdom!
    Twenty centuries ago, Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ preached and inaugurated the Kingdom of God which is at the heart of his mission. Jesus’ true desire is that all people and all creation live in the peace and life and love of God. Our Catholic Christian ancestors have added greatly to this Kingdom. May we do so as well!  


     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
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator  
Debbie VanDemark  ………….....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
office@cdtca.org