July 22, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Everyone wants to know that at least one other person cares for them and looks after them.  For many of our years, most of us have our parents in that loving and caring role.  Many spouses are fortunate to have a partner who loves and cares for them as well.    
    It’s also a truly reassuring promise from Jesus that he is our Good Shepherd who cares for all of us and for each of us!  Even if we’re not certain who cares for us among our family and friends, we can always be certain Jesus always cares for and loves each one of us individually and as his people!
    What’s most important then is that we remain close to Jesus throughout our lifetime.  We need to always stay close to the Lord so that we know he’s our Good Shepherd who is always with us and who cares for us and guides us to everlasting life among God’s people.  God bless! 
                                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

A NOTE FROM  MRS. JAMIE DILLON
        Following is a message to our parish families and members from Mrs. Jamie Dillon:
    “Dear friends, colleagues, and fellow Saint Scholastica Parish members—
    “Twenty three years ago, I left a promising occupation in health care to follow a calling into youth ministry.  I have never looked back.  For the last twenty three years I have loved being the youth minister, then also the Director of Religious Education here.  I’m grateful for every opportunity my time here has provided and am honored to have been able to be a part of the lives of you and your children.  Truly my family and I have been blessed in many ways.
    “Therefore it is with mixed emotions that I am sharing with you that July 20th will be my last day of employment here.  I have accepted a position as the Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation at Mount St. Peter’s Parish in the Diocese of Greensburg.  The position of pastoral associate is something that I have been working towards for some time.  I pray that this move will not only benefit my career, but my health as well.
    “My family and I will continue to be parishioners at St. Scholastica.  As my grandmother used to say, I’ll pray for you, if you pray for me.”   
                                                                                        —Mrs. Jamie Dillon

A FAREWELL FOR MRS. JAMIE DILLON
    For all those who’ve inquired, YES, a farewell gathering for Mrs. Jamie Dillon is being planned for early August.  Once a date and time are set, information will be shared with our Saint Scholastica Parish community.  Jamie has completed her work here and will begin her ministry at Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington on Monday, August 6.  Best wishes to Jamie and her family!

CONSIDERING ANOTHER CHURCH PROJECT THIS SUMMER
    It’s come to the attention of our pastor and staff that the exterior window frames of the church building need repairs and repainting due to deterioration in recent years. 
    If you stand outside the main entrance of the church and along the left side, you’ll see that the paint is peeling off the frames.  However, what’s made this repair and painting project something of a challenge is the fact that at some time (perhaps in 1975 when the colored glass artwork was installed) a covering of plexiglass was placed over all the glass artwork and was then permanently sealed to the window frames.
    Having consulted with Hunt Studios which installed our glass artwork in 1975, the plexiglass covering was never really needed because modern glass artwork is even more sturdy and solid than traditional leaded glass windows.
    By carefully removing the plexiglass covering, we’ll be able to repaint all the church window frames and make any repairs that might be needed.   At this time (and for many years to come), the window frames will be in much better condition once repainted, and there won’t be any need to construct a new plexiglass covering.  This project will be funded by parish savings donated by past generations of our parish community.

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!

DEVELOPING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    The new Clergy Team, Regional Vicar, and Diocesan staff are developing an interim Sunday Liturgy schedule for these four parishes.  With three priests assigned here, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies as of October 15.  Today, there are 7 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. 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.

If you need confidential assistance, please call our parish office, and our St. Vincent de Paul Society will contact you to lend a hand.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP DONORS AND SPONSORS
    Last month, 80+ students and adults of our local area traveled to southern West Virginia for the 15th annual Appalachia Mission Trip sponsored by the Youth Ministry of Saint Scholastica Parish.  It was a special and memorable week for everyone who took part in this annual week long event!
    Because participants do not pay a fee to participate or to cover the costs of this Mission Week, it is thanks to numerous parish members and parents and families as well as businesses and other donors that this Mission Trip is possible!
    Once again, our parish community, our staff, our Youth Ministry, and all our Mission Trip participants sincerely thank all of you who supported this year’s week of mission work!   You have allowed so much Christian service to be rendered and so many important experiences to be shared.  You’ve helped to bring the Gospel of the Lord to more and more people in need.  Again, thank you very much, and may our Lord bless all our supporters and all our student and adult participants!
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A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25  DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    As our Diocese launches the next important phase of our “On Mission” effort,  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!

A SPECIAL DAY LONG EVENT FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN — OCTOBER 27
    On Saturday, October 27, the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will hold its 2nd Annual Catholic Women’s Conference entitled OVERFLOW!   This will be a time of friendship and prayer, talks and Liturgy.  Speakers for the day include Barbara Heil, Sister Bernadette Beamsley DLJC, and Benedictine Father Benedict Hicks.  Come celebrate God’s overflowing love and grace given to us so that we may minister to our families and community.  Visit  www.cwfpitt.org (+) for information!

   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 July 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!

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.

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.

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!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, July 23—Saint Bridget of Sweden, religious
   8:30 am   Clementine Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, July 24—Saint Sharbel Makhluf, priest
   8:30 am   Francesca Capozzi-Alvin  (Lorraine Capozzi & Joe Huber)

Wednesday, July 25—Saint James, Apostle
   8:30 am   Lawrence Demase  (Family)

Thursday, July 26—Saints Joachim and Anne
    8:30 am   Lisa Ciafre Krotec  (Maureen Griffith)

Friday, July 27
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Saturday, July 28
   9:00 am   Harry Bechman  (The Donnelly Family)

   5:00 pm   Joe Zuccaro  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 29 — 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Matthew Elder  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Rosemarie Boley, anniversary  (Children)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 22, 2018

Sunday:  Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34
Monday:  Micah 6:1-4, 6-8; Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Matthew 12:38-42

Tuesday:  Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalm 85:2-8; Matthew 12:46-50

Wednesday:  2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 126:1bc-6; Matthew 20:20-28

Thursday:  Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Psalm 26:6-7ab, 8-11; Matthew 13:10-17

Friday:  Jeremiah 3:14-17; Jeremiah 31:10-13; Matthew 13:18-23

Saturday:  Jeremiah 7:1-11; Psalm 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Matthew 13:24-30

Next Sunday:  2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk; raisins and other dried fruit;  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!

Catholic Charities of our Diocese is hoping to collect 100,000 baby diapers and other baby items this summer.  Call 412-456-6969 to ask how you can help!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for their pre-planning information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL AT CDTCA
    Each year, most of our families and students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy receive financial assistance with their tuition.  Much of this financial help comes from the Bishop’s Education Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as Pennsylvania businesses contributing to the SOS and EITC contribution/ tax credit programs.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition help!

SUMMER IMPROVEMENTS AT CDTCA
    Thanks to our school families, parish contributors, CDTCA supporters, summer workers, and our school administration for working to keep CDTCA one of the best schools in the Diocese!   
    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 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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MINISTRY CENTER ROOF COMPLETED
    Many thanks go to Welte Roofing for their work replacing the roof of our Ministry Center (originally the parish convent).  Their very fine and skilled labor as well as the generosity of our Campaign donors have helped to protect this 90 year old part of our parish heritage and property.  Thanks to everyone!

Jesus guides us all!
    Most Christians appreciate the promise and image that Jesus is our shepherd. Yet all too often, some of us think that Jesus cares more about the other members of the flock that he cares about us. Not true. Jesus does care for all of us, and Jesus does care for each of us. Walk close to Jesus as Jesus walks along with you! 
 
     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