August 5, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus gives us his wonderful and remarkable teaching every day in the Four Gospels of the New Testament.  The people of his own day were indeed  privileged to hear the message of God’s love and goodness from the very Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth.  We ourselves are blessed to hear and read the words and Good News of Jesus in the scriptures handed down to us during these past 20 centuries.
    At the same time, we receive even more than Jesus’ teaching.   We also receive heavenly food from the Lord, and we receive the Bread of Eternal Life and the Chalice of Salvation which share with us the very life of Jesus Christ.   The disciples of Jesus’ own day were amazed at the bread he shared with them.  May we also be amazed and grateful that Jesus shares divine life with us as well in the breaking of the bread at each and every Liturgy and in the Eucharist that we receive in Holy Communion.  God bless!
                                                                                                       --Father Jim Torquato

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 Tuesday afternoons on August 7 and 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!

THANKS AND FAREWELL TO JAMIE DILLON
    Having served Saint Scholastica Parish for 23 years as both Religious Education Director and Youth Minister, Mrs. Jamie Dillon has completed her work here and will begin a new ministry as Pastoral Associate at Mount Saint Peter Parish in New Kensington on Monday, August 6. 
    Jamie has planned and directed our CCD program throughout these many years since 1995.  She has trained numerous parish catechists in these decades.  She has conducted many seminars as well as mega-meetings for our Confirmation classes and sessions for our First Eucharist classes. 
    Jamie Dillon has lead countless Youth Liturgies on Saturday evenings and at Christmas.  She has provided many events and service projects for our high school students.  She has coordinated and lead 15 Annual Mission Trips to Appalachia as well as a dozen Camp Helping Hand weeks for middle school students.  Jamie has also been an integral member of our parish staff throughout all these years.
    Jamie has served the young people, students, families, and community of Saint Scholastica Parish extraordinarily well during these 23 years, and we are most grateful to her and her family for their generous service and witness to this faith community of Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish.
    Many thanks and best wishes to Jamie Dillon as well as Scott, Jesse, and Casey!   May the good Lord bless you all in the years ahead—and in your continued ministry in service to Jesus and his people!

WELCOMING A NEW MEMBER THIS SUNDAY
    During the 9:00am Liturgy this Sunday, August 5,  Mr. John Lubawski  will enter into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.   John was baptized into the Methodist Church.  His sponsor is Holly Lubawski.   John’s wife Joy and son Gunnar were received into the Church in April 2018. 
    Both John and Joy wish to deepen the faith life of their family, and as a police officer, John hopes to bring the strength he finds in faith to his interactions with people whose lives are in turmoil.   Welcome to our Catholic community, John, and congratulations!

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.

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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DEVELOP YOUR PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
    “Living in the Spirit”  brings together a group of adults who meet monthly to support each other and to share practices and resources for spiritual growth.  The next session will be this Thursday, August 9, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.  There’s NO need to register—simply join us this Thursday!

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.  Come and learn about the Sacrament and the Ceremony with Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff.  Contact the parish office now to register.  Please make arrangements 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 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 “On Mission” effort!

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST FOR CATHOLIC WOMEN ON AUGUST 25
    On Saturday, August 25, from 9am—12pm, the Magnificat program for Catholic women will host their breakfast and speaker at the Double Tree Hotel in Cranberry Township.  In addition to breakfast and prayer, the guest speaker will be 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 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!

Sing praise to the Lord, sing praise!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, August 6—The Transfiguration of the Lord
   8:30 am   Nancy K. Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Tuesday, August 7—Pope Saint Sixtus II, martyr
   8:30 am   Mary Ruth Wessell Burke  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Wednesday, August 8—Saint Dominic, priest
   8:30 am   Douglas Arturo, birthday  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Thursday, August 9—St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born   (Respect Life Committee)

Friday, August 10—St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr
   8:30 am   John M. Mahardy   (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, August 11—Saint Clare of Assisi, virgin
   9:00 am   Carolyn Carvelli  (Kathy Murray)

   5:00 pm   Bernard & Josephine Reese  (The Reese Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, August 12 — 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Paula Oxley-Stevens—Living  (Carroll Mackey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Catherine Corletto  (Niece)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 5

Sunday:  Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:3-4, 23-25, 54; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35
Monday:  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Peter 1:16-19; Mark 9:2-10

Tuesday:  Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22; Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23; Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

Wednesday:  Jeremiah 31:1-7; Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12ab, 13; Matthew 15:21-28

Thursday:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19; Matthew 16:13-23

Friday:  2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9; John 12:24-26

Saturday:  Habakkuk 1:12 -- 2:4; Psalm 9:8-13; Matthew 17:14-20

Next Sunday:  1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:2-9; Ephesians 4:30 -- 5:2; John 6:41-51

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. [Note: This list is more current than the print bulletin.]  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 Gentilcore Jewelers, Fox Chapel Plaza for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for location and 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!

REGISTERING FOR THIS 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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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.

 Jesus promises eternal life in God!                                 
    The most wonderful promise of Jesus is that we will share in the eternal life and love of God if we share in the life and love of the Lord in this world. It is Jesus’ pledge to all who are his disciples. It is a sacred pledge given to us through the gift of the Eucharist in the Lord’s Supper. May we gratefully receive this gift!

     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