August 12, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    At the heart of Christianity—and of our Catholic faith—is the Good News that Jesus preached throughout his three years of public ministry.  This Good News is still presented to us every Sunday and every day in the Four Gospels of the New Testament.  It is the Good News of God’s divine love for his creation—and especially for all of us who are his children.
    This Good News includes the promise of God’s love for us as well as the amazing assurance that all who are faithful People of God will come to share in everlasting life and love in the Kingdom of God.  If we truly believe in the Good News, then we will rejoice in this message every day, and we’ll also share this news with others—especially our children, family, relatives, friends, and neighbors.
    May we all receive and rejoice in the Good News each day, and may we live and share and proclaim the Gospel, the Good News every day.  God bless!                                                       
                                                                                                 —Father Jim Torquato

TRY MEDITATION THIS AUGUST!
    Would you like to try silent prayer?  It just might change your life!   We’ve schedule extra meditation sessions so you can experience what it is.  We’ll meet Tuesday afternoon on August  21 (1:00pm--2:00pm) as well as Thursday evening August 16 and 30 (7:30pm--8:30pm) in the Ministry Center Library (enter the back door of the former convent building on Fourth Street). There is NO registration or fee.  Each session stands on its own.  Just come when you can.  Our regular meditation sessions begin after the 8:30am Mass in the Church on Wednesdays.

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Reserve the weekend NOW for this year’s Men’s Retreat, Friday, November 16 (5:00pm) through Sunday, November 18 (Noon) at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the South Side.  Take time to recharge your spiritual batteries in quiet reflection, talks, conversation, prayer, and Liturgy.  This year’s theme is  “I Have Chosen You!”   Call Jim Fanning (412-680-7419) for more 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!

WE WELCOME OUR MISSIONARY VISITOR, FATHER DANIEL CHISHA,  MCCJ
    This weekend, our parish community is pleased to welcome Father Daniel Chisha, MCCJ.  a missionary priest of the Comboni Missionaries.
    Father Daniel is our annual missionary visitor, and his appeal to our parish is for donations to help fund projects including the resettlement of refugees in the Sudan, the prevention of AIDS, and the care for orphans with AIDS who’ve been abandoned by their parents, secondary education for women, and the digging of clean water wells for small villages. 
    Father Daniel Chisha is a native of Zambia and serves in a parish community there.  The Comboni Missionaries (founded in 1867) serve the Lord in 30 countries including the United States.  They take their name from Saint Daniel Comboni, the first Catholic Bishop of Central Africa.

THE ASSUMPTION HOLY DAY ON AUGUST 15
    This Wednesday, August 15, the entire Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her entrance into the glory of heaven following her death.  Even in death, Jesus took his beloved Mother into his presence.
    This Wednesday, our parish will celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation—the Assumption of Mary—in the 8:30am Liturgy, in a 12 Noon Liturgy, and in the 7:00pm Liturgy.  Please mark your calendar, and join us for a Holy Day Liturgy!

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    Within the next three weeks, our Diocese will announce the NEW Sunday/ Saturday evening schedule for this four parish grouping and for all 56 parish groupings being created this October in the Diocese.
    Three of the four parishes of this grouping will change to TWO Masses during the weekend.  Only one parish will have three Liturgies for each weekend.  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. 
      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.
      This approved interim schedule will begin October 15, and then this interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

YOU CAN HELP THE POOR AND VETERANS
   Our Saint Vincent de Paul Society committee invites all of our members to help the poor through donations into the Poor Boxes at the Church doors.  Thank you for your goodness.   ALSO, if you’d like to help Veterans at the VA Hospital get to their Sunday Mass, please email your interest to Boo Benckart here.

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.  Your help with our catechesis is needed and appreciated!
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BAPTISM PREPARATION THIS MONTH
    For new and expectant parents, we’ll hold a Baptism Preparation Seminar on Monday, August 13 at 7:30pm in the parish hall.  Contact the parish office now to register.   Please also arrange for the Baptism celebration now by calling the parish office!

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25  DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    Bishop David Zubik has requested that we host Eucharistic Adoration in our church to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish is Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our “On Mission” effort!

A PILGRIMAGE TO U.S. CATHOLIC SHRINES IN THE MIDWEST
    Visits made to six Catholic Shrines in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  October 8-12.   $660 each. Call Bernadette (412-563-3857), Saint Pius X Parish.

All Saints Parish Youth Theater in Etna presents the Catholic musical play Little Nellie  August 24-26.  $7 each / $30 per family.   Call 412-781-0530.
 
   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  tuna, crackers, peanut butter, and jelly (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  Also, please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent DePaul 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!
  
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, August 13—Saints Pontian and Hippolytus
   8:30 am   Peggy Dunn  (Pat & Frank Burchill)

Tuesday, August 14—Saint Maximilian Kolbe, martyr
   8:30 am   James Saunders   (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Wednesday, August 15 — The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   8:30 am  Monsignor Donald Kraus   (Jo & Natalie Certo)
   12:00 pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
   7:00 pm   Sam Karpa  (Bill Eckert)

Thursday, August 16—Saint Stephen of Hungary
   8:30 am   Gwendolyn Allen, birthday   (The Allen Family)

Friday, August 17
   8:30 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)

Saturday, August 18
    9:00 am   John E. Dimasi   (daughter, Mary Jo Romano)

    5:00 pm   Yvonne B. Maher  (Thomas Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 19 — 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Luke Hadley  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 12
Sunday:  1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:2-9; Ephesians 4:30 -- 5:2; John 6:41-51

Monday:  Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28c; Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14; Matthew 17:22-27

Tuesday:  Ezekiel 2:8 -- 3:4; Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131; Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday:  Vigil: 1 Chronicles 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2; Psalm 132:6-7, 9-10, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 15:54b-57; Luke 11:27-28
    Day:  Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Psalm 45:10-12, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56

Thursday:  Ezekiel 12:1-12; Psalm 78:56-59, 61-62: Matthew 18:21–19:1

Friday:  Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63 or 16:59-63; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Matthew 19:3-12

Saturday:  Ezekiel 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32; Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19; Matthew 19:13-15
Next 
Sunday:  Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

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: canned red or black beans; powdered or shelf-stable milk;  macaroni and cheese;  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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.  
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CLASSES FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN MONDAY,  AUGUST 27!
   In two weeks, our students, teachers, and staff will return to our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy for the 2018-2019 academic year!  After acquiring new SMART boards for our classrooms along with new computer tablets, and adding school upgrades this summer, we’re all looking forward to another excellent year here at CDTCA.
    It’s NOT too late to register your child/ren and grandchild/ren here at CDTCA for this school year.  Please call our school office (412-781-5927) this week to schedule a visit!

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!

BINGO NIGHT FOR CDTCA IN OCTOBER!
    On Friday evening, October 19, in our parish gymnasium, our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will host a BINGO NIGHT  to raise funds for our regional school!   This will be a night filled with Bingo Games, Raffles, Food Trucks, snacks, and fun!  Ticket sales will begin in early September, and tickets will be $30 per person.  Save the date, and tell all your family and friends!
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PLANNING ANOTHER CHURCH PROJECT
    The exterior window frames of the church building need repairs and repainting due to deterioration in recent years. 
    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.   For many years to come, the window frames will be in much better condition, 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.

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE STUDY THIS FALL
    The twelfth annual Women’s Scripture Study for this area will begin Tuesday, September 4, 1-3pm in our parish hall.   All women are welcome.  The topic will be the Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.  This will be a video and study book program.  The donation is $60.  An info session will be August 28 at 1pm here.  Call 412-963-0198 for information.

Jesus gives us the Bread of Eternal Life!
    Every Sunday and Holy Day and weekday in the Lord’s Supper, Jesus gives us the Eucharist, the gift of himself, the Bread of Eternal Life! Jesus promises us this gift in today’s Gospel, and he keeps his sacred promise every day of our lives. May we receive this gift with gratitude!

     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
office@cdtca.org