August 26, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Are you a person who reads many (or even a few) books?  Might you read magazines or newspapers?  Do you read many items and articles from the internet on your smartphone or tablet or laptop?
    We occasionally hear the concern that people read less now than in past generations.  We’re told that our intelligence, education, and mental sharpness benefit from regular reading rather than simply consuming entertainment.  Our brains get a good workout when we read and read and read.
    As Christian disciples, the best collection that we can read is called the Four Gospels in the New Testament.  This is because they contain the words, teachings, life, miracles, death and Resurrection of Jesus!  As Saint Peter proclaims today, it is Jesus who has the words of everlasting life!
    It is very good to keep the Gospels and the Bible close at hand and to read passages of the Bible on a daily basis.  It only takes a moment to take up the Bible, turn to your bookmark, and read the Word of God.  Read the Scriptures often and you’ll find there the words of everlasting life.  God bless!
                                                                                                      — Father Jim Torquato

JOIN ONE OF OUR CHOIRS THIS MONTH
    While we’re awaiting the new Sunday schedule, our two Sunday choirs will begin singing after Labor Day and will sing for the six weeks prior to October 21.  The choir rehearsals will start September 4.  Registration forms are near the church doors, OR you may speak now with Sister Pat Baker.  Join one of our choirs now.  You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll help us make beautiful music for the Lord each Sunday!

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!

TRY MEDITATION THIS AUGUST!
    Would you like to try silent prayer?  It just might change your life!   We’ve scheduled extra meditation sessions so you can experience what it is.  We’ll meet this Thursday evening August 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.

TODAY’S COLLECTION FOR BIRTHRIGHT
   This weekend, August 25-26, our parish Respect Life Committee is inviting your support for the work of Birthright and their care for preborn infants and their mothers.  Donations will be gratefully accepted after each Liturgy at the doors of the church.  Thank you very much!  Also, on September 8-9, our respect Life Committee will hold a Pro-Life Voter Registration.
 
MANY THANKS FROM MRS. JAMIE DILLON
    Our former Religious Education and Youth Ministry Director, Mrs. Jamie Dillon, recently sent a message of thanks to all of you who attended her farewell event on Saturday evening, August 4, as well as to all who organized that special evening in her honor. 
    Jamie assures you that she very much appreciates your 23 years of support, participation, and friendship along with the farewell program and your best wishes, love, support, and special farewell gifts!  Finally, Jamie prays that the Lord will bless all of you and your families now and always!

A CELEBRATION OF POLAND AND OUR FAITH
    This Monday, August 27, at 7:00pm, in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate a Liturgy in Honor of Our Lady of Czestochowa and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Polish Independence. All are welcome!

The Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil  is returning to downtown Pittsburgh this September 26 to November 4.  Information will be shared with you soon!

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    In two 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 throughout  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.
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION AND OUR YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER
    As we move forward On Mission for the Church Alive! and the new grouping of parishes—Saint Joseph, Saint Juan Diego, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, and Saint Scholastica—Father Dale DeNinno, the incoming Administrator, has hired Mrs. Delia Barr as the full-time Director of Faith Formation for all four parishes.  Father Dale has also hired Miss Meredith Troyan as the full-time Youth Ministry Leader.  
    Together they will work with others who will make up a Faith Formation Team that will reach out to the children, teenagers, young adults, and those who are well along in life in communicating the truths and beauty of our Catholic faith!

REGISTER NOW FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
    All parents with children in grades K-8 who are studying in public schools are asked to please register your children in our Faith Formation Program which will begin again in mid-September.   
   There are several options for your child/ren’s catechesis.  Please enroll them this week.  Our parish programs will help you share the Catholic Faith with your family and our youngest generation!

THIRD GRADE CATECHIST STILL NEEDED
     At this time, our CCD program is still in need of a teacher for the Third Grade students on Tuesday evening.  If you would like to share our faith with our children, please contact our parish office or speak with Meredith Troyan in the Religious Education Office.  Thank you very much!
     Also, if you’re interested in becoming a parish catechist or classroom aid or small group leader in future years, please contact Meredith Troyan or our parish office.  Your help with our catechesis is needed and appreciated!
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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.

With the Lord, there is kindness and mercy!
 
   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.
 
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 DAYLONG 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 27—Saint Monica, mother
   8:30 am   Joseph DiTullio  (Mary Labriola)

Tuesday, August 28—Saint Augustine, bishop
   8:30 am   Hattie Komorowski  (Family)

Wed.,August 29—The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
   8:30 am   Barbara & Mario Pitocco  (Bob Bauer)

Thursday, August 30
   8:30 am   Henry & Josephine Lenard, anniversary  (The Allen Family)

Friday, August 31
   8:30 am   Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Saturday, September 1—World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
   9:00 am   Raymond Phillips  (Ted & Ann Phillips)

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

Sunday, September 2 — 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Catherine Buchan  (Tish Marsico) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 26

Sunday:  Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69
Monday:  2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12; Psalm 96:1-5; Matthew 23:13-22

Tuesday:  2 Thessalonians 2:1-3a, 14-17; Psalm 96:10-13; Matthew 23:23-26

Wednesday:  2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18; Psalm 128:1-2, 4-5; Mark 6:17-29

Thursday:  1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Psalm 145:2-7; Matthew 24:42-51

Friday:  1 Corinthians 1:17-25; Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11; Matthew 25:1-13

Saturday:  1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Psalm 33:12-13, 18-21; Matthew 25:14-30

Next Sunday:  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15:2-5; James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Our Christian Meditation Time has changed 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: breakfast or protein bars, powdered or shelf-stable milk, and jelly.  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 Smiles by Smith Orthodontics for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement for location and contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CLASSES FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN THIS MONDAY,  AUGUST 27!
   This Monday, 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.  Please call our office (412-781-7927) this week to schedule a visit!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL AT CDTCA
    Most of our families at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy receive tuition assistance.  Much of this 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 tax credit programs.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition help!

CDTCA GOLF OUTING ON OCTOBER 8
    The annual CDTCA Golf Outing sponsored by the PTG will be held on Monday, October 8.  The donation for this all inclusive event is $375 per person OR $1500 per foursome.  Call 412-781-7927 for info.

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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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 studybook 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 words of Life!
    We have so much going on each day caring for our children, spouses, and family; work; meals; cleaning; and other responsibilities and activities.  There are many conversations and messages that accompany all these activities. Still, the best activity and the best message is found in reading the words of Jesus every 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
office@cdtca.org