July 29, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus and the young boy in today’s Gospel account provided food for all those gathered to hear Jesus’ teaching and his message.  What tremendous generosity shown by the Lord to those many people hungry and in need.
    We too can likewise share food with the hungry and those in need.  We usually take food for granted because most of us have plentiful food supplies every day.  Yet there are numerous families and individuals in our area and throughout the world who hunger for adequate food each day.
    Following Jesus’ action and example, may we also provide food for the poor in our region, our nation, and our world.  Food donations can be shared locally by bringing items to our church entrance any day.  For our region, donations are always welcome at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Nationally, donations to Catholic Relief Services are always most helpful.
    As Christmas approaches in less than five months, we might all consider directing our Christmas gifts to charities (like Food for the Poor, the Heifer Project, etc.) which provide for poor families in many nations of the world.
    Jesus generously provided food for the hungry.  May we imitate his charity and do the same as well.  God bless!                          
                                                                                             —Father Jim Torquato

A NEW PRAYER FOR THIS TIME OF TRANSITION
    This Sunday, a new prayer for this time of parish transition has been inserted into the bulletin at the request of Father Dale DeNinno, the lead administrator of the new four parish grouping here in the Lower Allegheny Valley.  Everyone is invited to pray this new prayer at home during the coming three months.  Next month, we’ll begin praying this prayer together in the Liturgy as these summer vacation weeks come to a close.
    Thank you for praying for the success of the Church Alive program, and thank you for your participation in this important effort of our Diocese!

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!

A FAREWELL FOR MRS. JAMIE DILLON
    A farewell gathering for Mrs. Jamie Dillon will be held on Saturday evening, August 4  beginning with the 5:00pm Liturgy and then followed by a reception in the parish hall. 
    Jamie has completed her work here and will begin her new ministry at Mount Saint Peter in New Kensington on Monday, August 6.  Many thanks and best wishes to Jamie and her family!

CONSIDERING ANOTHER CHURCH PROJECT
    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.

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 

CATECHETICAL TEACHERS NEEDED
    In September, our parish will begin the Catechetical Year and our Religious Education programs for all public school students in Grades K-8 as well as our Youth Ministry.  Every year, we rely on the generous volunteers of our parish who serve as CCD classroom teachers and aides as well as small group leaders and home study catechists.
    Before the new parish grouping comes together in October, Miss Meredith Troyan will assemble our Religious Education program for this new year.
    If you’d like to assist by being a catechist or classroom aid or small group leader, please contact Meredith Troyan or our parish office so that this year’s program can have a good start.  Your help with our parish catechesis is needed and appreciated!
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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 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!

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN ON AUGUST 25
    On Saturday morning, August 25, from 9am—12pm, the Magnificat program for Catholic women will host their monthly breakfast and speaker at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton in Cranberry Township.  In addition to breakfast and prayer, the guest speaker will be psychotherapist and author Doctor Carol Razza from Florida who will speak about our Catholic faith and the freedom and fulfillment in God which it offers.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) for info and registration before August 17.  The donation is $23 per person.

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 August 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 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!

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!

Give thanks to the Lord every day!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, July 30—Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop
   8:30 am   Anthony Furentino  (Sisters)

Tuesday, July 31—Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest
   8:30 am   Bill O’Neill  (Donna & Rich Oxley)

Wednesday, August 1—St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop
   8:30 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)

Thursday, August 2—Saint Eusebius of Vercelli
   8:30 am   The Fairley Family  (Kathleen Piper)

Friday, August 3
   8:30 am   Raymond Jurewicz  (Daughter, Peggy Santelli)

Saturday, August 4—Saint John Vianney, priest
   9:00 am   Joyce Caricato  (Maureen Griffith)

   5:00 pm   Jean Canel Eckert  (Husband & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 5 — 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Jonathan Marsico  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Kathleen & Tom Welsh  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29, 2018

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

Monday:  Jeremiah 13:1-11; Deuteronomy 32:18-21; Matthew 13:31-35

Tuesday:  Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Matthew 13:36-43

Wednesday:  Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21; Psalm 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18; Matthew 13:44-46

Thursday:  Jeremiah 18:1-6; Psalm 146:1b-6ab; Matthew 13:47-53

Friday:  Jeremiah 26:1-9; Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14; Matthew 13:54-58

Saturday:  Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34; Matthew 14:1-12

Next Sunday:  Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

Our Christian Meditation Time is changing to 9 am on Wednesdays in the church. All are welcome!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  spaghetti;  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!

To keep informed about the life of our parish and of our Diocese, please visit our respective websites often.  They are  www.saintscholastica.com  and www.diopitt.org (+).   You’ll be glad that you did!

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  McCabe Brothers, Inc. Funeral Homes for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement for contact 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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A SUNDAY EVENT FOR YOUNG ADULTS
    Next Sunday evening, August 5, from 4pm-8:30pm, at Saint Paul Seminary, all Catholic Young Adults are welcome to a free seminar on Igniting your Passion and Purpose in Christ.  There will be guest speakers, food, and prayer.  Visit the diocesan website here (+) this weekend for information and registration.  All Catholic young adults are welcome!

JESUS PROVIDES FOR US TOO!
   Jesus was most generous in providing bread and fish for the people of his own day. In a similar and sacramental way, Jesus provides sacred food for us each Sunday and every day in the Liturgy! Jesus gives us his own sacramental Body and Blood for our health and our salvation. May we gratefully receive the Lord each day!


     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