July 8, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When we hear today's Gospel account of Jesus speaking with the townsfolk of the local synagogue, we can only imagine Jesus’ disappointment at the obstinacy of his listeners and their refusal to accept the Gospel.  Jesus came to bring a wonderful message of God’s love for his people and for all people.  Yet the people to whom he spoke rejected him and his Good News.
    As we hear today, Jesus’ audience was lacking in true and living faith, and as such, they were very slow to hear the teaching which Jesus brought to them from the Father.  They resisted the Messiah promised to them and their ancestors.  Together, they missed out on the salvation offered them in Jesus.
    As for ourselves, may we not be lacking in faith.  Nor may we resist Jesus’ words and teaching.  Rather, may we listen in the silence of prayer every Sunday and every day, and may we read the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels regularly so that we’re truly close to the Lord and to the salvation he alone offers us.  God bless!    
                                                                              — Father Jim Torquato

REVISITING 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.

MANY THANKS TO OUR PARISH SUPPORTERS!
    In this new fiscal year, many thanks go to all our parish and Parish Share donors who keep our parish community and Diocese stable and strong.  It’s thanks to the grace of God and to you, our faithful financial supporters and parish participants, that our Saint Scholastica Parish community and all parishes remain alive and active.  Thank you for your goodness now and in the many years still to come.  Your generosity and support are most appreciated!
 
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!

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

CAMP HELPING HAND THIS WEEK
    For three days  (July 9-11)  beginning this Monday, 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.  
    Best wishes to all our students who are participating in this event, and thanks to our parish staff and all the parents and adults assisting our staff with this annual three day service project. 

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!

A NEW BEGINNING PROGRAM FOR ADULTS
    For Catholic adults who’ve lost their spouse through separation, divorce, or death, the Beginning Experience Lay Apostolate offers programs  to help you move through this time of grief and to help you move forward with life.  This program will hold a one day seminar at the Martina Spiritual Renewal Center  of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit off Perry Highway near West  View.  The day will be Saturday, July 14, 9am-4pm.  The donation is $20.  Please call 412-884-5904 now for information and registration.
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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!

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.
 
   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 callMr. 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!

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.

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 9—The Martyrs of China
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Vey Family  (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Tuesday, July 10
   8:30 am   Paul M. Kennedy  (Paul F. Kennedy)

Wednesday, July 11—Saint Benedict, abbot
   8:30 am   Mary Certo  (The Certo Family)

Thursday, July 12
   8:30 am   Henry & Helen Kaleida  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Friday, July 13—Saint Henry
   8:30 am   Marilou Kennedy  (Paul F. Kennedy)

Saturday, July 14—Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin
   9:00 am   Esther Marie Weible Macchioni  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

   5:00 pm   Jean Canel Eckert  (Evelyn Booth)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, July 15 — Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members    
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Jer & Carole Werries, 48th Wedding Anniversary
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Josephine Bonessa  (The Bonessa Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato)

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 8, 2018

Sunday:  Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a
Monday:  Hosea 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22; Psalm 145:2-9; Matthew 9:18-26

Tuesday:  Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13; Psalm 115:3-10; Matthew 9:32-38

Wednesday:  Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Psalm 105:2-7; Matthew 10:1-7

Thursday:  Hosea 11:1-4, 8c-9; Psalm 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16; Matthew 10:7-15

Friday:  Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-14, 17; Matthew 10:16-23

Saturday:  Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 93:1-2, 5; Matthew 10:24-33

Next Sunday:  Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 85:9-14; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mk 6:7-13

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. 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 Liturgical Publications for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisements for their company information.  
  

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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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!

     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